“The Internet at this stage started to change the world as we knew it. It wasn’t boring in any shape or form given the standards of the time. If we were to time travel back: yes, the web may have been boring by todays standards, but students of history know better than to judge history strictly by modern eyes.”—The web in 1996 wasn’t as bad as Slate makes out
We have to replace practices that come from a time when lines drawn on a map represented real boundaries between markets, and not limit innovation because the world has changed in ways that were not properly anticipated by rights holders…
…When will the content companies realise that I am not an IP number, I am a free man—and a potential customer, no matter where I am in the world.
“I hate to hear about “partnerships” between government and business, or between government and other organizations. When there is a partnership between an ant and an elephant, who do you suppose makes the decisions?”—Thomas Sowell : Random Thoughts - Townhall.com
“Jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, says Apple in comments filed with the Copyright Office as part of the 2009 DMCA triennial rulemaking. This marks the first formal public statement by Apple about its legal stance on iPhone jailbreaking.”—Jailbreaking Now Illegal: Blame The Pirates | Bwana.org
“A little online sleuthing finds that I’m not the only one who figures that if Cash4Gold has this much money to spend on TV ads, someone’s getting the short end of the stick, and it’s probably the people sending in their family heirlooms to be melted into ingots. The folks at Cockeyed.com put Cash4Gold to the test, rounding up a bunch of old rings, necklaces, and earrings, and taking them to a regular pawn shop to be appraised. The offer: $198 for the lot. They then sent the items to Cash4Gold and waited for a check in the mail. It arrived within a few days as promised… in the amount of 60 bucks.”—Beware Cash4Gold and other gold-buying ripoffs : Christopher Null : Yahoo! Tech
Open the latest version of Google Earth, switch to “Mars” and search for “Meliza”. Click on the small robotic icon and you’ll be able to chat with Meliza, a friendly relative of Eliza, one of the first chat bots. A message informs Earthlings that “Meliza is using an account on a different planet. There may be translation errors.” The chat bot has some predefined text related to Mars and it can’t answer to many questions, but it’s always ready to rephrase your messages.