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  • Some Fiction About Fan Fiction

    Pangolin ( profile ), 16 May, 2010 @ 07:07pm

    Mickey Mouse

    What's the dividing line between "fan fiction" and "no fan fiction". If I were to take Roger Zelazny's Amber World and write an Amber Novel and sell it - would I be crossing the line?

    What about Mickey Mouse? I hear occasional fear mongering over the fact that the "copyright" is going to expire. Is it different because it's art? Would not my expression of the mouse be "different" or does it have to be different enough to avoid the copyright issue?

  • Is It Illegal To Tell People How To Commit Suicide Online?

    Pangolin ( profile ), 14 May, 2010 @ 07:41am


    Whether you like it or not - a literal reading of the law shows that this guy is Guilty. The law applies to Minnesotans advising.... not to those who attempt/commit suicide.

    On broader issues - there are two types of suicide:

    Terminal illness/suffering
    Depression/Mental illness

    This guy is actually a serial killer in my mind because he is taking advantage of the latter and manipulating a sick mind into the ultimate act of preventing recovery. Suicide removes all choices.

  • Subway Claims Trademark On 'Footlong' Threatens Hotdog Seller Who's Been Selling Footlongs For Decades

    Pangolin ( profile ), 13 May, 2010 @ 11:48am

    Re: Trademark

    ....Windows... so you are wrong.

  • Apple To Face Antitrust Investigation Over Its iPhone Development Policies?

    Pangolin ( profile ), 03 May, 2010 @ 04:23pm

    Total Bunk....

    The allegations are total bunk. I'm not sure what else to say but Apple is well within their rights and they are pursuing what is in their minds a good business strategy. The Government needs to butt out. As always.

  • Australian Recording Industry Group Tries To Assert Copyright On A Picture of a Piece of Paper

    Pangolin ( profile ), 13 Apr, 2010 @ 02:26pm


    Maybe they did it for free publicity....

  • Wait, Who Wants A Proprietary, Locked Down Device That Limits What You Can Do?

    Pangolin ( profile ), 28 Jan, 2010 @ 04:26am

    Re: Re:

    re: Flash. I expect a flash player to become available. Adobe claims that the lack of a flash player on iPhone/iPod Touch is because of processor capability. That's now moot for this device.

  • Ten Good Reasons To Buy

    Pangolin ( profile ), 26 Jan, 2010 @ 12:43pm

    Leveraging scarcity

    Southwest Airlines is doing this now. You can check in 24 hours before your flight to get your boarding pass. I'm usually right on the minute in order to get a good seat and so my family can all sit together.

    Now with Southwest - for $20.00 you can check in earlier than the 24 hours.

    Artificial scarcity and great rtb.

  • So Is Verizon Cutting Users Off Or Not?

    Pangolin ( profile ), 25 Jan, 2010 @ 08:40am

    Confirmed - Verizon cut off

    My brother called over the weekend. Verizon cut him off DSL.

    The reason, however, was not file sharing. They claim he has a virus.

  • Once Again, FBI Caught Breaking The Law In Gathering Phone Call Info; But Real Issue Is Why Telcos Let Them

    Pangolin ( profile ), 19 Jan, 2010 @ 12:36pm

    Re: The missing WHY.....

    Talking to myself... but I like Brooks' answer better than mine.

  • Once Again, FBI Caught Breaking The Law In Gathering Phone Call Info; But Real Issue Is Why Telcos Let Them

    Pangolin ( profile ), 19 Jan, 2010 @ 12:34pm

    The missing WHY.....

    I wonder if perhaps the reason Telco's don't want info released and the Govt is cooperating and this whole fiasco came about is ..... MONEY.

    Did the Telco's make a buck selling the government the information?

  • Will Google Pull Out Of India, Australia And Other Countries Over Internet Censorship?

    Pangolin ( profile ), 14 Jan, 2010 @ 10:44am

    Re: Let them start their own Google..


    Google was/is a minority player in China.

    Baidu is the search engine of choice for various reasons and remains censored.

    gmail is something else.

    Gmail was used as a tool of the Chinese Government to crach down on it's citizens.

    I believe this is what Google cannot stomach and they are retaliating in the only way they can.

    Until they are blocked - the citizens that use google will get unfiltered results. Good for them.

  • Amazon Sued In Germany For Offering Good Prices On Books

    Pangolin ( profile ), 29 Dec, 2009 @ 09:53am

    Who sets the price?

    Who sets the book prices? Publisher? Amazon? This independent?

  • This Is What's Wrong With eBooks: Amazon Loses $2 On Every eBook Sold

    Pangolin ( profile ), 08 Dec, 2009 @ 09:21am

    It's about Royalties

    I'm a published author - and my book deal with the publisher is 8% for published books - and 25% for electronic distribution. My deal was made in 1997 - when ebooks were not in vogue or even very much handled. Now - I love it. However, it's less money for the publisher. They'll get what the market will bear - that's basic economics. If Amazon is willing to pay it, the publishers would be foolish to charge less.

  • If We Don't Kick People Off The Internet For File Sharing, Football Will Die

    Pangolin ( profile ), 30 Nov, 2009 @ 05:08pm

    Here's a novel idea

    Let's say someone is CONVICTED of "File sharing" and assuming it is illegal, won't the jail time automatically kick them off the internet?

    Why do we need new laws?

  • Italian Prosecutors Assume Google Execs Read All YouTube Comments; Demands Jailtime Over Video

    Pangolin ( profile ), 30 Nov, 2009 @ 10:47am

    Here here...

    I think we need more such prosecutions. Hear me out. The more ludicrous these get then the sooner people will decide to change the law to explicitly protect service providers and we can get on with our happy lives.

  • iPhone App Developer Backlash Growing

    Pangolin ( profile ), 22 Nov, 2009 @ 05:40am

    Re: Go away Apple trolls

    I'm responding to troll bait but let me explain.

    I'm a windows developer.

    I do it all on my mac. I use vmware fusion and I do it all on one piece of hardware. It is cost effective because I just have one piece of hardware to "do it all". I bought the mac because I wanted to do some mac and iphone development. This makes sense.

    Apple hardware is of higher price. It's also better quality.

    I liked the user experience so much - I ditched all the other hardware and bought more macs. I've switched all my productivity to the mac side of the house and use with windows boxes only for development.

    Nothing is perfect and on one macbook the fan started making a lot of noise. I took it to the apple store and they sent it off to a repair depot (no cost) and I had the machine back, repaired, delivered directly to me in 72 hours.

    Match that with any other PC vendor.

  • Netherlands The Latest To Propose Mileage Tax That Requires GPS For Tracking Driving

    Pangolin ( profile ), 19 Nov, 2009 @ 09:03am

    But wait...

    Gas tax is unfair because when I drive my truck I pay more tax than when I drive my car.

    If you use GPS then I'll be taxed fairly. I'll get to pay an equally high tax on each vehicle.

    That's not really an incentive to buy an economical "green" vehicle.

    The problem is really that tax revenues from fuel sales are perceived to go down when more hybrids and fully electric cars (no tax there!) are driven.

    I think this is coming whether we like it or not as we transition to differently powered vehicles.

    They could just use the odometer. Sure it can be "spoofed" but don't you bet the GPS can be jammed? Also it doesn't really work well in all cases so is unreliable. Just have some radio reporting of self reporting of the odometer.

  • Oh Look, Some Police Do Know How To Use Craigslist As A Tool

    Pangolin ( profile ), 19 Nov, 2009 @ 09:00am

    Re: The police didn't use Craigslist

    Right. It could have been a newspaper ad just as easily. The detective was the initial theft victim.

  • Google, Rocky Mountain Bank Ask Judge To Restore Deactivated Gmail Account

    Pangolin ( profile ), 28 Sep, 2009 @ 06:16pm

    Perhaps it was more widely sent...

    Perhaps it was more widely sent than to just this single account or perhaps the recipient was the INTENDED one?

  • Fox Paid $60k For Video Footage Of Madoff On A Yacht… And Still Gets Sued For Copyright Infringement

    Pangolin ( profile ), 16 Sep, 2009 @ 08:48am

    On the Ball but off base

    He should be suing for breach of contract and not copyright infringement - though copyright may be an EASIER avenue to the cash.

    On the ball because he's actively pursuing his contract and the obligations of it. It may appear to be STUPID on Fox's part but that doesn't make this guy a fool by any means nor does it negate his rights.

    Go for it.

    Show how insanely stupid current copyright ENFORCEMENT is and let's slay this dragon.

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