Another demonstration of the ridiculousness of Mills' scam: Do a Google image search on ["periodic table of" -elements]. ("periodic table of", excluding "elements")
You'll get countless results starting with "Periodic Table of Cars", "Periodic Table of Jazz", "Periodic Table of Swearing", "Periodic Table of the Internet" and "Periodic Table of Dessert."
Scroll down and you'll see a Periodic Table of pretty much anything and everything. And of course all of them being adapted from the same source material as Mills' adaptation - the Periodic Table of Elements - inevitably most look similar.
Yesterday I made a post that could "cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety" to an American politician. Since Techdirt is accessible in Ireland, could he take legal action against me there?
Even with a conviction for such a comment being highly unlikely, even without legal costs to defend yourself, just being told of a police investigation could still have a chilling effect on free speech.
Jeb arranged the pardon and residency in the US for Orlando Bosch with his dad. This after Bosch was responsible for bombings from South America to Florida to Canada, and even a car bombing in Washington DC. His "greatest hit" was bombing an airliner out of the sky, killing 73 people.
Indicted by the feds, Recarey fled the country — but not before Jeb placed a call on his behalf to his presidential dad’s health and human services secretary, Margaret Heckler. For serving as the flunky of a crook, he received a generous tip of $75,000 from Recarey, a mob associate. He performed a similar service, with more success, on behalf of the Cuban militant Orlando Bosch, for whom he sought a presidential pardon from his father. The boastful murderer of dozens of innocent people — and a prosecution target of the U.S. Justice Department — Bosch deserved a pardon about as much as the worst jihadi in Gitmo. But his sponsors were the same Cuban-Americans in Miami who had fostered Jeb’s real estate business there, so he ignored the Republican attorney general’s denunciation of Bosch as an “unreformed terrorist.”
I was expecting that if America went full Honey Boo Boo and elected Jeb, the CIA would have an awkward time switching from torturing terror suspects to hiring them again.
And that when G.W.Bush declared "Make no distinction between the terrorists and those who harbour them", the next Bush family dinner was REAL quiet.
This is what Microsoft's PlaysForSure DRM standard was supposed to fix. Twenty-three major hardware vendors and a variety of content providers - MTV, Yahoo, etc. - supported it. It would Play For Sure!!!
Naturally, Microsoft scrapped PlaysForSure a couple years later in favor of the Zune Marketplace.
Which was scrapped a few years after that for Xbox Music and Xbox Video brands on the XBox 360 and Windows Phone.
And of course the XBox One isn't compatible with the 360.
The only damn reason the disk is used is to add the copy protection layer so that other MPEG players can't access the digital file it can easily play.
If only it were that simple and reliable.
Blu-Ray includes High Definition Content Protection (HDCP) DRM. Your monitor or TV must also be HDCP compliant, because this is where the decryption is done. A lot of early - and not so early - HD monitors and TVs will never show Blu-Ray movies because they don't support HDCP.
The same goes for satellite TV. Many HD TVs when dark when Star Choice / Shaw Direct in Canada started using HDCP. That included TVs that DID support HDCP, but didn't talk well with other HDCP compliant equipment.
The NSA, DOJ, FBI, TSA, DEA and other agencies would demand access within the US alone.
If US agencies have them, you can count on similar agencies demanding the same access in every other country where Apple and Google's phones are sold.
In any split-key system where the government agency and the device maker must combine their keys for access, it's absolutely inevitable that a government agency will simply demand the device maker's keys.
Apparently, your principles do change when the MPAA pays you over $3 million per year.
Look, Dodd is essentially a Teddy Ruxpin doll with Washington connections. Whoever stuffs money up his ass instead of batteries, also gets to swap out the voice and programming tape for the one they want.
You really shouldn't go calling someone a "whore" over this legalized bribery.
In other news today, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster admits sleeping with a top lobbyist for the leading U.S. airline trade association, an organization that spends millions of dollars trying to influence his panel.
That would be the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism wouldn't become binding until both sides come to an agreement, or until both side ratify the agreement, depending on the wording.
The EU is a lot less open to ISDS provisions than it was when negotiations started.