Regarding my piece about ISPs implementing their new "six strikes" copyright alert system, reader T. B. wonders about the legal implications of calling someone a pirate.
It would be interesting to find out if accusing someone of piracy is equivalent to libel. I wonder how many lawsuits it will take for an ISP to retreat from this policy? Whatever, after the first notice I received I will be contacting my ISP. Either expunge the issue or lose me as a subscriber. I'm not going to give an inch to the copyright Gestapo.
Nor I, matey. You also win the prize for first reader to invoke Godwin's law.
After I wrote about how Chromebooks are kind of the second coming of Netscape, I heard from several Chrome OS fans. Longtime reader and world-class geek S. D. wrote:
In my house, we have four Macs (G4 MacBook, G5 iMac, early Intel MacBook, and a 2012 MacBook Pro 13), plus an Acer netbook that has been modded with 2GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, and Ubuntu 10.04. The S5 Chromebook probably gets 95 percent of my usage, even though its Atom processor can be frustratingly slow. It will run for 8 to 10 hours off battery, and the 3G capability means I can use it anywhere, anytime. ... I choose to use Chrome OS. At this time in the development of Chrome OS, it would be a stretch to make a Chromebook one's main computer, but it satisfies most of my needs.
I also heard from Cringester H. T., who claims to be one of the few people on earth who actually paid for Netscape back in 1995 and still has a copy of the license. Unfortunately, it only allows him to use the browser in Win 3.1 or Windows 95. (Psst, H.T., some free advice: You might want to think about cleaning out your attic at least once a decade.)
Eagle-eyed reader T.J.M. notes that I flouted the rules of English grammar the other day by misusing the word "flout." In my post regarding Microsoft being fined $732 million by European regulators and the utter pointlessness of that exercise, I talked about big banks and other corporations that "flaunt the rules." He writes:
The phrase you were looking for was "flout the rules." It's a stripper who flaunts her wares, for instance -- or an insufferable know-it-all who flaunts his education, I suppose.
Good thing I wasn't writing about flautists making flautas. That could have really gotten ugly.
I should add that T.J.M. also called me out in the comments recently for using the word "might" when I should have used "mite" in a post about Apple's next miracle.
I blame autocorrect. It isn't actually part of the software I use to compose these screeds, but I'm blaming it anyway. Heck, that's really the only thing it's good for.
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