Since I was in the subreddit when this started happening, I can shed a bit of light on it. Prufrock happened to be in the right place at the just the right time with his bit of flash fiction. Redditors ate it up and it got quickly bounced to the front page.
Someone on Reddit had contacts in the industry and brought it to the attention of some folks in a position of power. They saw the idea and the response and flew Prufrock out to LA for a meeting.
They didn't just buy the idea. They set him up with one of their development companies to develop the idea further. They helped him get it registered with WGA and are keeping him on as the head writer while developing his skills to turn it into a proper screenplay. One of the reasons that this is moving along so fast is that they don't have to go through all the focus group group. This idea effectively originated FROM a focus group.
His not being on Reddit is the same as any writer. They simply can't accept outside ideas and pitches. It sucks but anyone who reads TechDirt can see why. Look at all stupid "U stoled my idea so give me all your monehs" lawsuits Mike reports on. If people wouldn't constantly file crap like that we might see more open collaboration on stuff.
As far as the rights go, it has been discussed on Reddit. The license doesn't give Reddit ownership of the idea. It grants them a non-exclusive license to basically use it how they see fit. Reddit could go make their own movie based on what is already out there but Prufrock still owns what he wrote. Reddit has no say or rights to over any derivative content. My guess is that he will start over with the same basic concept but rewrite it with all new characters and details since I doubt any studio would be keen to share the rights to it.
Wow. It's been three hours and nobody has yet posted "Arthur Alan Wolks is a pedophile / zoophile who rapes children / pets." Raping Adolph Hitler with a frying pan is the closest I've seen. Usually there are at least two or three such comments after a few hours. I guess his campaign of legal tyranny was successful.
If only someone would give him a reason to make legal threats against 4chan, the internet could rid itself of another pestilence.
Seriously, find someone over the age of consent in their state (16 in many states) but under the age of 18. Get them to have sex in front of the webcam when it's on. What do you know, Aaron's just got busted with kiddie porn.
Comcast's data caps have already prevented me from investing in one of those cloud backup services. Trying to back up my files would quickly result in me blowing through my bandwidth caps. Well maybe not quickly since upload sucks but you know what I mean.
This should be interesting. She just painted a big ol target on herself. I've seen the other CC roasts and there's no way these guys are going to hold back on her now. Really, her best bet might have been to ask to be a presenter. Sure, they would have still made fun of her just like they do each other, but at least she could have struck back.
I don't think there's much she will be able to do about it, at least in the US though. Unless the other presenters where signatories to the divorce decree they cannot be bound by it. At that point, free speech, public figure, and all that. She can send all the demand letters to Comedy Central she wants but might want to keep in mind that this is the network that brings us South Park every week. I'm sure they've had their share of pissed off celebrities sending legal nastygrams.
So, I suppose if Nashville had a Facebook game Zynga would try to sue them for daring to use their own name. Never mind that I'm pretty sure the city has about 200 years of prior claim on the name. Or even the TV show "Nashville Star" for that matter. Wonder if they will start trying to extort real life cities and events for using a city name ending in ville in the title. I'd sort of like to see that argument in court.
"Your honor, this municipality is unfairly using our client's trademarked 'ville' in their name, causing them irreparable harm."
"The city has been there for 200 years, your client has only had the trademark for 2 years."
Depends on the drugs, really. Some, like cocaine, are metric but our biggest one (pot) is still measured with imperial units (dime = 1/10 oz, quarter = 1/4 oz, etc).
Oh, wait. You meant LEGAL drugs. Okay, then, yeah, those are metric. Let's not forget two of the most important things. Liquor is sold in metric volumes and Coke and other soft drinks have come in 2 liter bottles forever and now they also sell liter and .5 liter sizes. Of course, you still have 12 oz and 20 oz sizes too so, eh.
Re: Re: Re: This word you keep using, Google does not think it means what you think it means
In any case, I have to disagree. What you have described IS innovation. Take an idea that someone else had and improve on it. Based on your logic Google's image search is inferior to Bing's because MS had the idea for the infinitely scrolling search and then Google copied the idea.
That's also not what I believe happened here. Rather, MS is looking at user behavior. User searches for a word or phrase in Google or any other search engine and then clicks on links A, B, and F (having decided that C, D, and E are just blog spam). When the search is done on Bing it takes into account that people were clicking on A, B, and F but only a few were clicking on C, D, and E and they didn't stay if they did. When it ranks the results C, D, and E are ranked lower as a result.
Basically, it brings humans into the ranking process to provide more useful results. Digital computers are not nearly as good at recognizing patterns (and thus filtering out junk sites) as the human brain. In some ways, it is sort of like Yahoo did in its early days. Also bear in mind that even after Google engineers fed Bing lots of fake data and fake clickthroughs on nonsense words they still only managed to get Bing to show the site they wanted a like 6 times out of 100 attempts. In other words, using a bullshit scenario that would never happen in real life they were only able to trick Bing a whopping 6% of the time.
I wonder how long before they start banning things like large breast implants on board planes. After all, someone could get implants but have them filled with several lbs of some sort of explosive gel instead of silicone or saline. I bet they would be hard to tell apart by touch or the nudie xrays.
"I'm sorry, ma'am, we can't let you board the plane. Your breasts are too big."
Somehow, it kind of reminds me of this from Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
It is of course well known that careless talk costs lives, but the full scale of the problem is not always appreciated.
For instance, a human (see Earth) named Arthur Dent who, because of a Vogon Constructor Fleet, was one of the last two humans in the Universe at the time, once said "I seem to be having trmendous difficulty with my lifestyle." At the very moment that Arthur said this, a freak wormhole opened up in the fabric of the space-time continuum and carried his words far far back in time across almost infinite reaches of space to a distant Galaxy where strange and warlike beings were poised on the brink of frightful interstellar battle.
The two opposing leaders were meeting for the last time.
A dreadful silence fell across the conference table as the commander of the Vl'Hurgs, resplendent in his black jewelled battle shorts, gazed levelly at the the G'Gugvuntt leader squatting opposite him in a cloud of green sweet-smelling steam, and, with a million sleek and horribly beweaponed star cruisers poised to unleash electric death at his single word of command, challenged the vile creature to take back what it had said about his mother.
The creature stirred in his sickly broiling vapour, and at that very moment the words I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle drifted across the conference table.
Unfortunately, in the Vl'Hurg tongue this was the most dreadful insult imaginable, and there was nothing for it but to wage terrible war for centuries.
Eventually of course, after their Galaxy had been decimated over a few thousand years, it was realized that the whole thing had been a ghastly mistake, and so the two opposing battle fleets settled their few remaining differences in order to launch a joint attack on our own Galaxy - now positively identified as the source of the offending remark.
For thousands more years the mighty ships tore across the empty wastes of space and finally dived screaming on to the first planet they came across - which happened to be the Earth - where due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog.