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  • Sep 24, 2013 @ 07:20am

    Re: Everyday means?

    Yeah, if only a phone theif had access to something the victim may have touched. Maybe something smooth made of glass so it's really easy to lift a finger print. Oh, right. the phone itself!

    That's right, anyone who steals your phone already has a copy of your finger prints, potentially even in tact, that they can copy. That's like keeping a copy of your password stuck to the back of device.

  • Jan 31, 2013 @ 10:57am

    Wikipedia did it once too. But they had it slightly easier, if I recall correctly. They were originally under an older version of the the GFDL. Then when GFDL 1.3 came out, they could automatically upgrade to that. Then as a result of GFDL 1.3 including an explicit relicencing clause, they could switch to CC-BY-SA.

  • Jun 22, 2012 @ 06:04am

    Either Apple or a 3rd party will make an adapter, so it's not a big deal. A lot of people are just overreacting about this.

  • Apr 17, 2012 @ 07:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Debate Ended

    > I was so sick and tired of people coming back into the computer store trying to say we ripped them off because their 40 GB hard drive wasn't 40 GB

    You should blame Microsoft for failing to switch to using decimal values while still incorrectly using SI prefixes. Typical users should rarely be exposed to binary values (except for RAM, where IEC binary prefixes should be ideally used instead. i.e. GiB, not GB).

    OS X and Ubuntu (not sure about other Linux distros) handle this (mostly) correctly. But Windows is still lagging behind.

  • Apr 17, 2012 @ 07:13am


    No, a megabyte (MB) is really 1000000 (mega- means 10^6) bytes. A mebibyte (MiB) is 1048576 bytes (mebi- means 2^20). (These are what the IEC binary prefixes are designed for)

    The annoying usage of SI prefixes for binary values is an historical artifact of a time when 1024 bytes was a close enough approximation of a kilobyte.

    Standard SI prefixes and interpretations (base 10) are used for data transfer and all modern disk storage capacities. OS X and Ubuntu now correctly use SI units for file sizes. Windows still gets it wrong.

  • Apr 13, 2012 @ 04:08am

    Re: Re:

    Oops, my bad. I misunderstood. I thought the Tesco TV ad was the infringing video. It seems the two videos given are indeed the same songs. The claimed infringing video is linked separately. I retract my previous comment.

  • Apr 13, 2012 @ 04:05am


    > really? you have copyright on the use of weather as metaphor for happiness in a song?

    Did you even listen to the two songs? I played them simultaneously and they synced up almost perfectly. They are virtually identical. I couldn't distinguish between them at all.

    Assuming the company really did fail to pay appropriate royalties for the use of the musical score and did just re-record it and try to pass it off as their own, this is a clear and blatant case of copyright infringement and it's difficult to see how any fair use/fair dealing (or equivalent) defence could be used in this case.

  • Feb 09, 2012 @ 05:51am

    This is ridiculous. It's not a requirement for any given work to be a progress for science and/or the useful arts. That is a mandate for the US government to create laws regarding exclusive rights that do that. It is simply unrealistic to have a system where the determination of what qualifies for copyright or not be based on someone's subjective interpretation of usefulness.

  • Feb 08, 2012 @ 04:15pm

    Re: Re:

    And repeal the DRM anti-circumvention clauses of the DMCA; and revise the notice and take down system to make it fairer and less prone to abuse.

  • Jan 20, 2012 @ 02:56am

    > What sort of company employs a quasi-illiterate to surf Wikipedia all day? I'm genuinely curious

    He was obviously referring to school/university work.

  • Jul 19, 2011 @ 04:20am

    The difference is that the TSA forces you to consent to the pat down. If you don't consent, they don't let you fly, whether you like it or not. The TSA agent never consented to the reciprocal pat down, regardless of fairness.

  • May 23, 2011 @ 07:22am

    The article you linked to does not claim the boots resemble the actor himself and you are blatantly misrepresenting the issue here. It clearly states:

    According to the lawsuit, the boots look similar to a pair that Brando wore in the 1953 classic The Wild One.

    Since neither you nor the other article actually included a picture of those boots from the film, it is difficult to evaluate the claim here, at least as far as the similarity of the boots is concerned. (I'll leave it to the lawyers to fight over whether the Brando estate actually has any rights whatsoever to the design of the boots, even if they are similar.)

  • Mar 13, 2011 @ 05:39pm

    In Australia when I was learning this in school 20 years ago, I was most definitely taught a method similar to method one, but the the multiplication itself still required us to multiply single digits and carry the remainders, more like method 2. We didn't multiply the big numbers in our heads directly.

    So, for example, we'd do this:

    4 * 6 = 24 (write down 4 in column 1, carry the 2, add to the next)
    4 * 3 + 2 = 12 + 2 = 14 (write down 4 in column 2, carry the 1)
    (write down 1 in column 3)

    That gives us 144. Then we'd write a 0 in column 1 on the next row and repeat.

    2 * 6 = 12 (write down 2 in column 2, carry the 1)
    2 * 3 + 1 = 6 + 1 = 7

    That gives us 720, and then we just do the addition or 144 + 720.

  • Feb 14, 2011 @ 03:36am

    You've incorrectly referred to VP8 as V8 several times in the article. Please correct that.

  • Dec 29, 2010 @ 04:46am

    The simple solution. STOP using cheques! They are seriously outdated technology that the rest of the world outside the USA has largely abandoned in favour of much more secure electronic transfers.

  • Dec 16, 2010 @ 03:23am

    Re: Re:

    He hasn't been let out on bail yet. The UK prosecutors are appealing the decision and fighting for him to be detained until his extradition hearing.

  • Nov 30, 2010 @ 07:06am

    This is clear trademark infringement, and I think Apple did the right thing. The figurines clearly used the Apple logo, which could give the false impression that they were endorsed by Apple.

  • Nov 30, 2010 @ 06:55am

    The domain that Sunde is referring to, which was handed over to the IFPI, was Sunde had somehow obtained the domain after the IFPI had let it expire. The details of how he obtained it aren't clear, but he claimed it was given to him by someone else who snagged it after it expired. He had then set up a landing page on the site calling it the International Federation of Pirates Interests. ICANN then decided to seize the domain and return it to the IFPI.

  • Oct 22, 2010 @ 05:13am

    I really despise the CC-NC and CC-ND licences. They are an attractive nuisance that are used by far too many clueless people who don't understand the inherently blurry line between commercial and non-commercial works, and, particularly in the case of ND, by people who have no interest in actually contributing their creative work to the collective commons, but still want to be associated with the CC brand.

    The NC licence actually has a hidden ShareAlike-like component to it, in that any work that is licenced for non-commercial use can only be reused in works that also have a non-commercial restriction. A lot of people miss that point. So although CC-SA-NC is technically worse, at least it's honest about what it means.

    Any work that is licenced under the NC or ND licences should simply be considered unusable.

    But the problems you describe are not limited to people beliving all CC licences are NC. I've also seen many people completely misunderstand the restrictions imposed on works that are licenced under NC, and believe that all CC licences can be reused and modified without a problem. (I think this is actually far more common than the reverse situation you described.)

    I also have a problem with the CC-SA licence because any copyleft licence is inherently incompatible with almost any other copyleft licence, and so it often imposes an unintended reuse restriction. e.g. A work licensed under CC-SA is incompatible with a work licensed under the GFDL, even though both licences are intended to permit reuse and remixing.

  • Oct 10, 2010 @ 06:34am

    The CC -NC licences are an attractive nuisance. They're often used by clueless people who simply don't understand the restriction that imposes on reusing the work. While they seem appealing, they are absolutely annoying and must be strongly discouraged.

    Say you make a mashup from various CC licenced materials. If you use anything in there with an NC licence, then the work as a whole must also be licensed only for non-commercial use.

    I once got into a debate with an author of a JavaScript library I wanted to use. The author had used an NC licence, but still indicated that use by other web developers was allowed. I ended up writing to the author to clarify what the author had intended to allow, and ended up determining that the author had tried to draw some arbitrary line between commercial and non-commercial that made no sense. The author wanted to allow use by some professional web developers for some cases, but not other cases. That made it basically impossible to use, all because this author was clueless about licensing issues and had been deceived about the benefits of the NC licence.

    It gets worse if you use CC-SA, because you simply can't mixed by-sa and by-sa-nc together. For me, CC-by is the only creative commons licence I will accept.

    Having said that, I fully understand why the CBC would want to avoid CC-NC licences, and perhaps also CC-SA license. But CC-BY licences should be completely acceptable.

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