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  • Jan 9th, 2018 @ 8:27pm

    Re: Re: Wow!

    Copyright is supposed to be a mechanism to encourage creation of new works. How is [any number] of years past death going to encourage a dead author or artist to create more works?

    How about "Life or 20 years, whichever comes first", with /maybe/ an optional second 20 years?

  • Jan 31st, 2017 @ 10:42pm

    Somebody hasn't read the Presidential Memorandum

    The outrage is somewhat misplaced, as people seem to be mixing and matching different parts of the Pres. Memo.

    The DNI and Chairman JCoS _are_ still mandatory members of the full National Security Council, with "shall attend" status. This is the full NSC where Bannon is one of five members who are not mandatory attendees, but have an open invitation.

    The Principal's Committee, an interagency coordination committee (PC) is the one where the DNI and CJCoS are not required to attend _all_ meetings, but are still "shall attend" for anything in their bailiwick. Note that this is the exact same thing GW Bush did in _his_ realignment of the NSC (he did not, however, add anybody like Bannon to the PC).

    It helps to read the actual document in question, instead of news and blog article ledes. To read this one, see -security-council-and

  • Jan 13th, 2014 @ 10:21pm

    Why use a contractor?

    Can't they just ask the NSA for a data dump?

  • Dec 28th, 2012 @ 8:33pm

    Re: Re:

    The petition is sort of a joke, but it is also an indignant reaction to his advocated overthrow of a part of the Constitution. As such, he should be treated like any other terrorist trying to overthrow the government.

    Now, the real question is, to where do we deport all our Congresscritters who have violated their oath of office to obey and defend the Constitution? And which country would want to take them?

  • Dec 28th, 2012 @ 8:28pm

    Re: What about "Zero Tolerance"

    And all the pro-gun people I know who signed the petition did so to shine light on the stupidity of the DC law in the first place.

    We all agree David Gregory should NOT be prosecuted, and the law should be struck down as a violation of the Secondment Amendment just like every other DC anti-gun law, but we also think he and his management need to be publicly raked over the coals for violating one of the gun-control laws they advocate in the name of more gun control. Signing the petition is our way of doing that.

  • Jan 30th, 2012 @ 11:20pm

    Two problems

    Right off the top of my head, I see two problems.

    One is the Fair Use problem of a mom posting a YouTube video of her baby dancing to some random backgroung music; auto-matching would find it as a violation, since nobody (except the RIAA) expects mom to check a database and pay a license fee - she may not even know what the background song was.

    The other is Orphaned Works. You can find the music, or recordings of it, but if nobody claims it, it's not in the monster database - even if somebody added it, with a "blank" owner name, to whom would royalties be paid and who would set the royalty/license amount?

  • Jan 15th, 2012 @ 5:35pm


    I don't know...I'm pretty sure some of them are actually evil. Look at Lamar Smith - he can't really be blind to all the opposition, so the alternative is that he's evil. He _just doesn't care_ what his constituents think. If they vote him out of office, he's pretty confidant his MPAA/RIAA/whoever paymasters will reward him with a lucrative job somewhere in their organizations - probably in a lobbying arm. And then he won't have to put up with all the sniping from us any more. Win-win for him.

  • Jun 23rd, 2011 @ 9:38pm

    Use their name in a way that can't infringe

    Call it the "non-Apple Store" - there's absolutely no chance of consumer confusion, the "Apple" name is used fairly to accurately describe what it is, and it should really piss off the wankers at Apple.

  • Mar 11th, 2011 @ 9:50pm

    (untitled comment)

    Yeah, they get summers off _without pay_. And, on 9 months of pay for the year, they're expected to pay for summer school to gain education credits and to keep current in their chosen subjects.

    Many of them are paid too little to support their families and still pay for summer school, so they end up not getting their skills upgraded, which means they don't qualify for pay raises, and they have to take summer jobs to support their families for the three "vacation" months.

    Too many people think they get a 3-month paid vacation, but it doesn't work like that.

  • Feb 5th, 2010 @ 7:26am

    Re: Re: Loss Leader

    I don't know where your Best Buy is, but in the St. Louis, MO area, most DVD's full price is $19.99, and Best Buy sells them for $15.99 or $16.99 Tue-Sat the week of release. They're cheaper at that sale price than anybody locally except Wal-Mart, and you usually can't find the new releases at Wal-Mart, anyway.

  • Jan 21st, 2010 @ 4:59pm

    Not much of a business model

    "But if you realize that you're now taking away the ability to serve all of your customers for nearly a month at the point when their demand is likely to be the highest... well, that doesn't seem very customer friendly at all."

    Doesn't seem like much of a business model, either. ...taking away the ability to collect revenue from your customers for nearly a month at the point when their demand is likely to be the highest...

  • May 1st, 2009 @ 1:28pm

    Re: Hybrid Vehicles Are Quiet - Maybe Too Quiet (as Rich Zellich)

    Maybe they could be required to have a pedestrian carrying a lantern precede them.

    Historical precedent, after all.

  • Mar 16th, 2006 @ 12:56pm

    Re: Deaf beauty queen was text-messaging when hit (as Rich Zellich)

    > Her death resulted from a tragic set of circumstances, but CNN has to blame something, apparently, to keep people's interest, so why not the text messages?

    There was no tragic set of circumstances. She was stupid enough to walk on the railroad tracks, even though she was deaf and obviously couldn't hear a train coming. The only thing to blame was _her_ - and it's not particularly tragic (except to her family), just "evolution in action". Train 1, Idiot 0.