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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

AC-x Having read TFA... (161 comments)

perhaps that is in the evidence somewhere and just didn't make the summary.

Yes, having read TFA there are some statements that ex-employees made:

The opinion also took note of the testimony of ex-Grooveshark employees who testified on behalf of the record companies. They explained how their bosses ordered them to acquire "the most popular and current songs" and upload them into the Grooveshark system.

As well as this:

"Escape openly acknowledged that their business plan was to exploit popular label content in order to grow their service and then 'beg forgiveness' from the plaintiffs and seek licenses," wrote Griesa.

So that coupled with the email seems to make it beyond reasonably doubt that the email was referring to downloading copyrighted music rather than looking for public domain music.

yesterday
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

AC-x Having read TFA... (161 comments)

perhaps that is in the evidence somewhere and just didn't make the summary.

Yes, there are some statements that ex-employees made:

The opinion also took note of the testimony of ex-Grooveshark employees who testified on behalf of the record companies. They explained how their bosses ordered them to acquire "the most popular and current songs" and upload them into the Grooveshark system.

As well as this:

"Escape openly acknowledged that their business plan was to exploit popular label content in order to grow their service and then 'beg forgiveness' from the plaintiffs and seek licenses," wrote Griesa.

So that coupled with the email seems to make it beyond reasonably doubt that the email was referring to downloading copyrighted music rather than looking for public domain music.

yesterday
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

AC-x Re:Will Capcom sue? (595 comments)

Whoops, actually meant MR16, but yeah 12v halogen replacements.

5 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

AC-x Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

every one that I've purchased - from multiple companies - has burned out prematurely

Did you buy the cheapest, crappiest ones you could find or something? My house has a total of 21 Phillips GU10 and 4 Megaman MR11 (yes they're a real company) bulbs, all 6W (50W equiv) dimmable, and not a single one has failed in 3 years, including the ones in the bathroom (so hello high humidity and temperature swings).

They're all modern warm white LEDs, they work fine on standard dimmers, and the light quality is indistinguishable from the halogen spotlights they replaced. My living room has the equivalent of 1000W of light for just 60W worth of LEDs.

5 days ago
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Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

AC-x Re:Underwater? Yes. Robot? NO (71 comments)

"A robot is an automatic mechanical device ... "

Quite a serviceable definition, and it covers what they are doing.

But there's nothing automatic about their model; They manually attached it to a water hose to fill it, manually released it, and relied on fixed fins to provide passive stability.

Sure the technology can be used on robots in the future, but this proof-of-concept model is as robotic as a water bottle rocket.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

AC-x Re:Some details about the 3D printer (129 comments)

That's why you carry spare parts with you.

Still, with mass at a premium it would be more efficient to send up a stockpile of raw plastic rather than many combinations of different spare parts. After all you can't perfectly predict which parts will fail and how often, so you could get caught short on a part that was supposed to be reliable but failed more than often it was predicted to.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

AC-x Re:Some details about the 3D printer (129 comments)

Ever since Muslims were banned from going to Mars by a fatwa? I guess it is!

Well, they're banned if the mission is one-way rather than two-way, mainly in response to that daft Mars One thing. Of course Islam doesn't have any central authority anyway so it's not like that "no suicide missions to Mars" fatwa is actually binding to anyone.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

AC-x Re:oh wow (129 comments)

Thing is, you're melting plastic and placing that melted plastic where you want it to be. In gravity and endless atmosphere this is easy, the gravity helps feed the raw materials through a hopper and ensure that the plastic stays where you place it, and the essentially endless atmosphere carries away noxious fumes so that you don't poison yourself. Unfortunately on a space station or in a spacecraft you have no effective gravity and a very limited atmosphere, so you cannot pollute nor can you rely on gravity to make things go where you want them.

Gravity making things go where you want them?? Gravity is a limiting factor in terrestrial 3D printers! The plastic is loaded as a filament and is mechanically pushed through the nozzle so no gravity required there, and without gravity you could get much better overhangs without requiring supports.

As for the fumes it would be pretty easy to have the printer in a separate fume cupboard if they needed.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

AC-x Re: So we just gave all this money (129 comments)

The X-37 isn't the launch vehicle, it's the payload...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

AC-x Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

With an Android device, the manufacturer outright abandons updating the phone the moment their next handset is on sale. (Samsung seems to be the worst about this, but, even Google has done it to stock Nexus phones.)

Pick your poison. Slow, or quick. ....then get ready for your next pill.

At least with Android running a custom build is officially supported by the OS, and some handsets (especially the Nexus line) officially support rooting to install custom builds too. My nearly 4 year old Nexus S is running the latest version of KitKat just fine, and has actually got faster with the last few versions.

about two weeks ago
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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

AC-x Re:a collision wouldn't surprise me (65 comments)

It just seems that any time a government spends a lot of money to do anything, it normally ends with a fail worthy of Monty Python

Lets be fair here, the last thing they did on Mars was place a 1 ton nuclear powered tank on the surface using a rocket powered crane, so they've obviously come along way since that unfortunate units mixup...

about two weeks ago
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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

AC-x Re:a collision wouldn't surprise me (65 comments)

What, this one? An autonomous rendezvous test satellite that bashed into the derelict satellite it was practising with?

I mean, the whole point of that mission was to get close, tho not quite that close.

about two weeks ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

AC-x Re:"CipherShed" (269 comments)

personally I'd rather go for Serial Attached Small Computer System Interface over Small Form Factor 8470

To be fair they do just go for "SAS" rather than "SASCSI"

about two weeks ago
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Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

AC-x Re:lynx! (40 comments)

Why do you miss it? It's not gone anywhere -> sudo apt-get install lynx

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

AC-x Re:Tough as steel? (132 comments)

Is it the same one who would win if you ran a "typical automobile" into a transport truck or a dump truck?

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

The Syrian civil war is a political conflict sparked by a violent crackdown on anti-Assad protests in 2011 you dolt. Some of the rebel fighters are literally backed by the US government. Does that mean the US government supports Islamic extremists? Maybe you're confusing it with ISIS, an Iraqi group which was at the time of your poll (May 2013) a largely unknown bit player?

about three weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

According to that link the poll shows three quarters of Dutch Muslims support other Dutch Muslims joining rebels fighting Assad, the very same rebels that the west was so desperate to help.

Claiming three quarters of Muslims support extremism based on that is an outright lie.

about three weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

AC-x Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

That's how many soldiers ISIS has, where did they get money for weapons, outside support. Where are they getting rations, outside support. Where are they getting vehicles, outside support.

Wrong, the vast majority of their finances and equipment comes from money and kit captured in Iraq and Syria. source

n mid-2014, Iraqi intelligence extracted information from an ISIS operative which revealed that the organization had assets worth US$2 billion,[164] making it the richest jihadist group in the world.[165] About three quarters of this sum is said to be represented by assets seized after the group captured Mosul in June 2014; this includes possibly up to US$429 million looted from Mosul's central bank, along with additional millions and a large quantity of gold bullion stolen from a number of other banks in Mosul.

The most common weapons used against US and other Coalition forces during the Iraq insurgency were those taken from Saddam Hussein's weapon stockpiles around the country, these included AKM variant assault rifles, PK machine guns and RPG-7s.[184] ISIS has been able to strengthen its military capability by capturing large quantities and varieties of weaponry during the Syrian Civil War and Post-US Iraq insurgency.

about a month ago

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Famous Judge calls U.S. patent system "dysfunctional"

AC-x AC-x writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AC-x (735297) writes "Famous U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner calls patent system "dysfunctional", wants to have the trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility over smartphone patents dismissed with prejudice because "it was apparent that neither side could show they had been harmed by the other’s patent infringement".

His involvement and his anti-patent blog posts could prove to be a watershed moment for a U.S. patent system that is regarded as spiralling out of control."

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