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December 20, 2005
  • And? After reading MS Research: Typo-Squatters Are Gaming Google via Neowin and then Scoble, I am left with a big - so what. I do agree with Robert that it is interesting, but I think to say it is "gaming" Google is incorrect. Gaming: An illegal activity; a racket.

    For example, is it gaming when a person types a word incorrectly into a search engine and then clicks an ad that is the real company? I do not think so.. That is one of the purposes served by search engines. The only thing getting "gamed" appears to be trademark law. Trademark issues aside (which should be handled via trademark law), I do not see how this is at all different than when a person mis-types a domain that does not exist, the browser may then take you to a search engine where ads may appear. Moreover, when I do not know how to spell a product or domain, I might go to an engine and attempt to spell it. What happens? A bunch of returns, along with ads, are listed. Sometimes I see an ad and say "Hey, that is what I wanted!" and I click. Is this gaming?


    Dec 20, 2005 at 02:00 PM in News
December 19, 2005
  • I am in the market for a large capacity hard drive based MP3 player... This means that I have been spending some time researching the options. I find a lot of great looking devices from Creative, Apple etc. I can get a device that not only plays music, but enables me to look at pictures, watch video and even record sounds. I can even listen to FM radio. The radio capability is always touted as a must... Sure, I can understand that. What I cannot understand it the lack of AM capability? Where is it? I have contacted Create as well as others... and like trying to listen to AM on these devices, what did I hear? Nothing. Nada. Nil. I have not gotten a response...

    Is there a manufacturing cost associated with it? Is it a technological issue? I honestly would like to know. Perhaps I am the only person who listens to AM? I don't think so. If anyone knows, please let me know.


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    Dec 19, 2005 at 01:10 PM in Electronics & Devices
December 06, 2005
  • Once again Bruce Schneier uncovers something I find quite disturbing. This reminds me of reading over non-disclosure, non-compete and or employment agreements. Why? Because when doing so, it seems more times than not (especially lately), there are items written in that are completely unbelievable and sometimes unenforceable. For example, one company actually had it written that no employee was allowed to purchase/ own stock in a competing company... Since the aforementioned company is in the software sector, as they defined it, no employee was allowed to own stock in Microsoft, Oracle or any other firm. Moreover, it was all at their discretion; they actually expected employees to ask for permission before making investments in companies, public or not, and could approve or decline at their discretion. Absurd? Yes.

    When asked about this clause, their answer was "Well, we do not enforce it or anything." Then why is it in the agreement? If you have no plans to enforce said item, then take it out. Long story longer, while it seems unlikely the FCC will be able to enforce the clauses outlined below, the trend towards inserting these items is disturbing because if there is an attempt to enforce them, their validity will need to be litigated. Litigation takes time, and if you get enough of these items stacked up, then that is more time and more money. This is not just governmental, it is also in the private sector.. Bottom line, pay attention and be careful to what you sign, but I digress.

    FBI to Approve All Software?

    Sounds implausible, I know. But how else do you explain this FCC ruling (from September -- I missed it until now):

    Dec 6, 2005 at 01:27 PM in Current Affairs, Legal, News, Take Notice