While Apple thought they would lobby to ensure that ‘jailbreaking’ (or placing your phone under your own control instead of that of Steve Jobs) violates copyright, since the process purportedly requires they use parts of the Apple bootloader in order to ensure it’s circumvention of Apples “lockdown” on apps and other features.
“When one jailbreaks a smartphone in order to make the operating system on that phone interoperable with an independently created application that has not been approved by the maker of the smartphone or the maker of its operating system, the modifications that are made purely for the purpose of such interoperability are fair uses,” Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights, wrote in the ruling approved by the Librarian of Congress.
This ruling is great — first of all, it solidifies that the CONSUMER is the owner of the cellphone, and once purchased, should be under your control. If you wish, you can ‘unlock’ it to run applications you desire, or as far as I can see, you can unlock a phone to use it on your carrier of choice.
Steve will have to figure out a new approach to aggravate people’s lives aside from locking their phones, utilizing undefined rules for app store qualification, or testing the latest phone with a previous model’s case, not allowing them to fully test the reception issues experienced with a traditional death grip (or simply said, holding your phone securely).
It’s a good day!
Pay-Walls have been all the talk online lately, as Murdoch continues to lock down online newspaper content, the AP suing people for fair-use quotes, and Woot even telling the AP they owed them $17.50 for quoting the Woot blogâ€¦. but today TechDirt reports that the all-so-savvy Sun Chronicle in Mass. is now making an even bigger mistake.
Now, in order to COMMENT on the Sun Chronicle website, you will be charged a one-time fee of 99Â¢ to register your account. Commenters are now required to use their REAL NAMES as well.
According to the Sun Chronicle article touting the restoration of their comments section, and mentioning the 99Â¢ registration fee, says,
RipOffReport.com – a website many are familiar with as they have stumbled upon it when they are searching for a company online. Sometimes you never even get to that companies website – I mean, they seem to be ripping people off online!
But Wired reports that Ripoff Report founder Ed Magedson claims he is suffering from attacks by ‘Internet Terrorists’ who are pushing his highly ranked pages in search engines down a few notches. “SEOs, on the other hand, say Magedson is basically extorting money out of clients.”
Google – Good Job! Spyware has long been a thorn in my side. Several years ago I was deeply involved in litigation regarding spyware and trying to stop it. We all know that spyware has evolved considerably over the last 10 years, but it continues to be a problem. Millions of computer users worldwide are currently having their PC used for things they aren’t even aware of – most often being used to send emails. Spam. My favorite! (Ugh!)
Google announced that they were removing paid links which although seeming to go to legitimate websites, many were redirecting to search results and other pages which would perform a ‘drive-by download,’ where the person is generally not aware an application is being installed on their computer. This can be done a myriad of ways, and they seem to try them all – but now Google is going to stop as much of it as they can. Continue reading
Dogs are a great help in search and rescue as well as in the fight against drugs for the DEA and as well for explosives detection, but pirated movies? Unless there is a specific scent associated with being ripped off (would I go so far as to say that these are dogs seeking fecal aroma or methane pockets?) how can these dogs find pirated DVDs?
Two Malaysian dogs trained to sniff out DVDs have made their second big discovery of pirated movies, leading investigators to a hidden stash worth more than $430,000, a local newspaper said on Sunday.
Lucky and Flo, two black Labradors, sniffed out at least 150,000 discs in a secret compartment in a shop in the capital on Saturday after anti-piracy officials, acting on a tip-off, raided the place but failed to find anything, the New Sunday Times said.
Get ‘em while they last!
Well, you’d think that the world was running out of domain names quickly enough, right? Well, AOL has decided to provide FREE email addresses, including a custom domain (limit one per registrant at this time). Then your friends can use it as well, for IM, email and more!
I fully can understand the convenience of use of this service, but funding a $6 purchase for every single email domain requested and available is just stupid. Free services should not take step backwards to the days of NameZero. With few enough domain names still available for the businesses of America and the world – AOL could have done something else, like register a couple hundred good domains and let people have at ‘em. But no, AOL is determined to bleed money until it’s dead. (Keep watching!)
To get your free email and domain….
The Internet continues to bring people together and provide information on a grand scale – internationally. The UK’s law which does not allow pre-convicted individuals to be tossed about the papers was respected and the NYT simply notified users from the UK that they could not read the article due to local law.”
Okay, so logon to Anonymizer and read the article, right? Anyone who knows anything about the internet can still see it, from the UK even. Logon to a US AOL account from the AOL Client – you’ll see it as it thinks you are in Dulles.
If Web readers in Britain were intrigued by the headline ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…”Details Emerge in British Terror Case,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? which sat on top of The New York TimesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s home page much of yesterday, they would have been disappointed with a click.
The Universal Service Fund (“USF”). Hmm, what’s that? Well, it’s been a fiesty little charge that’s on my cellular and telephone bill for a very long time. It amounts to a significant amount – an amount that’s always just annoyed me. First of all, the USF has been around since the early days of the telephone industry as a fund to provide for expansion into remote and rural areas of the country, including Alaska. Made sense then, today, I don’t think so.
Think about it, you can pretty much use a cellular phone anywhere, let alone get a landline. People have phones on their boats and planes and via satellite in the middle of freaking nowhere. So, how could this continue to be justified? Well, seems that they have gotten rid of it. I have to file this away in the ‘I can’t believe I didn’t hear about this’ file. So, what am I to find out tonight? That BellSouth and AT&T, and perhaps others, continue to collect the USF.
BellSouth, …couldn’t even be bothered to pretend that any new fee is unrelated to the end of the USF. They’ve announced that they’ll just keep on charging the exact same amount on everyone’s bill and will pocket it.