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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

CanEHdian Re:So much for his career (160 comments)

Bad example. Better would be how a beta version of Windows 3.1 was blocked from running on top of DR-DOS (AARD). And yes, from a consumers' point of view that is shady, and if it isn't it should be illegal. It's not about the "rights" that Real has, it's about the "rights" the owner of the iPod has, no matter what is in Apple's small print.

4 days ago
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Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display

CanEHdian Re:Monty Python? (78 comments)

I'm sure there would be a long line, um queue, for the complaints department.

Oh! Oh, I'm sorry. This is the argument clinic. Complaints is next door, room 12B.

4 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

CanEHdian Explanation? (262 comments)

Can somebody please explain why BigPharma creates a medication X (consisting of components A B and C) and patents it, then halfway through its life creates X+ (consisting of A B and D) and patents it again, this affects the patent for medication X? I should be able to create a generic for X using the old formula (A B and C) when the patent for X expires, regardless of any patents for X+, or Y.

4 days ago
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Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display

CanEHdian Monty Python? (78 comments)

I think I'd rather visit a theme park that was entirely based on Monty Python's Flying Circus,

"No, you wouldn't."

4 days ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

CanEHdian Re:Working magnet links (112 comments)

Yes, but things change over time. Sometimes for the better (e.g. TPBs infrastructure changes), sometimes for the worse (e.g. TPB taking down content that had nothing to do with child pornography. terrorism, etc.)

TPB was (and may again be?) the Light Tower of Ecthelion, a symbol of hope, against the Big Labels (RIAA) and Big Studios (MPAA) constant warfare (domain seizures, raids, DNS/IP blocks, proxy blocks, etc. IF you can reach TPB and perform a search, rejoice! Your Internet is not dead yet!

This is where Brokep went wrong. It's not the functionality of TPB which makes it great (since it sucks) or who is running it and what's in it for them, it's the fact that it. is. still. there. Unchanged, unwavering, undefeated. After all that happened, after all the perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide thrown against it, it is still there. Well, now it's not. The Copyright Cartels are popping the corks early. And that is why it's sad. Not because I can't search for some RIAA or MPAA member's faeces there.

5 days ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

CanEHdian Re:How fresh/stale is the backup? (112 comments)

Also, if anyone has magnet links or hashes for the Sony leak files, maybe you could post those here.

I would, but I forgot where I reddit.

5 days ago
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'Revolving Door' Spins Between AT&T, Government

CanEHdian Damn those Infrastructure Guys! (61 comments)

And here's yet another example where traditional Copyright Industry territory is being invaded! That's right! The revolving door was between RIAA/MPAA (members) and the Government. And now those telco boys are butting in there too? It's a scandal and something should be done to restore the Old Way Of Things!

5 days ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

CanEHdian Re:How good are the cops? (184 comments)

Heh, nobody can stand against the mighty #GOP... except #TJR The Justice Riders! (Where "a pro-Union posse of diverse multinationals" is particulary apt.)

about two weeks ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

CanEHdian Re:Agenda? (184 comments)

Sony hired FireEye (where In-Q-Tel is a major investor) which since Dec 2013 owns Mandiant. The latter and it's operations features prominently in the HBGary emails from a couple of years ago. I wouldn't put it past any of them to carry out a false flag operation, at the expense of the Sony employees (compare to the "hit me, hit me hard" to lamely cover up letting a prisoner escape) to try and draw out the GOP.

GOP is also doing nobody a favour, if they did, by releasing a couple of pre-release movies. That makes Sony the legitimate victim. Releasing documents, on the other hand, that show dirty backstabbing, expose lies, and otherwise shed some light at the secretive goings-on of a major Copyright MAFIAA member makes Sony the perp.

Don't forget, the keyword of the 2010s is Victimship. The art of making yourself look like the victim. It's not really new, as burglars that were caught in the act and became good acquintances with the homeowner's baseball bat always did this.

about two weeks ago
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GCHQ Does Not Breach Human Rights, Judges Rule

CanEHdian Re:One hand washes the other (81 comments)

Didn't you read? It's not a crime. Just because you personally don't like what they do doesn't mean that it's a crime.

Oh, cool. If it's not a crime, then we all can do what GCHQ does. Belgacom, here we come! Ur box3z r m1ne? How about Sony? Warner? As long as it's not a crime, that is.

about two weeks ago
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EU May Not Unify Its Data Protection Rules After All

CanEHdian Re:Thanks Momma Merkel! (55 comments)

She simply does not understand internet issues and thus promptly falls back on an industry-friendly position.

Perhaps she fully understands the Internet issues, but it's just more lucrative to side with the industry (who also understand Internet issues) than with the users (who for the vast majority do not understand Internet issues). Same with patent term extension on pharmaceuticals; it's always hidden on the 3rd or 5th page of the business section and in the "may" pay more (vs. generics) language bracket. Same with copyright term extensions: items that would become public domain do not, which DOES rob society. As long as the majority of society doesn't understand the issue, greedy politicians will always side with the money or power or fame.

about two weeks ago
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Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

CanEHdian Re:50 MILLION DOLLARS! (70 comments)

That usually makes the guy who sold you it for $205,000 look a little stupid.

A little? Make that VERY stupid -- unless the seller(s) got something out of it personally, which would make it illegal. NEVER license exclusively unless you make sure you have leveraged the upside potential.

about three weeks ago
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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

CanEHdian Re:us vs. them (151 comments)

I wish /. would spend less time on these celebrity spectacles and more on the people who actually make a difference, who actually are on our side, whose interest goes beyond having a mansion and a private helicopter.

That's the whole point. Kim Dotcom is able to reach the masses that don't even know about slashdot. So just hanging around on slashdot going on about Michael Geist, Derek Khanna, the EFF, etc. is like going on about a rare stamp among stamp collectors. Nobody else knows/cares. So a widely-known name is what we need so badly. A popular, public figurehead that takes on the Copyright MAFIAA openly and that can't be "crushed like a bug" quite easily like Aaron Swartz was. Unfortunately that takes a lot of money, so you need even more "lots of" money so you can just don't care and easily spend it on top-notch lawyers.

So who is our big Anti-"IP Chapter in the TPP" guy/gal? Who's our big Let's-Bring-Copyright-terms-back-to-2-times-14 guy/gal? What Heroes of the Digital Age would auntie Ethel be able to name? You'd be surprised how many people know about Kim Dotcom, especially Down Under and among Kiwis.

about three weeks ago
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Pitivi Video Editor Surpasses 50% Crowdfunding Goal, Releases Version 0.94

CanEHdian Pitiemacs (67 comments)

Bah, humbug! My money is on Pitiemacs.

about a month ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

CanEHdian I *hate* video (206 comments)

I absolutely detest video on blogs/sites/etc. instead of text and where appropriate pictures. Text I can quickly skim through, get to the relevant part, etc.

Video you have to wait a few seconds for it to start, then most of the time have to apply the 30(?)-second-rule, if it's slow you can't fast-forward and you just hope you're luckly you find the relevant bit. Note: the 30 second rule is not the one about making an impression, it's about skipping the leader, the talking head that explains what you're about to see, etc.

about a month ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

CanEHdian Re:Trying to wrap my head around this (389 comments)

The takedown was fake, but there's nothing we can do about that.

Oh, yes we can!

Until DMCA takedown requests are required to submit proof of ownership and have escalating penalties for false/fraudulent claims, this situation will only get worse.

Very simple and restores some balance. The "proof" is not proof of ownership, but proof the complainant work is actually infringing on the claimed work. This can just be something like a report from an automated analysis tool with a confidence percentage, but at least something needs to be submitted to substantiate the claim instead of just having to believe it on their big blue eyes.
The second part is a penalty system and the submitted proof will also be used to determine the penalties in case of false/fraudulent and I'd even include frivolous claims (e.g. 20-second clip of baby dancing to music playing on tv in the background) to cover obvious Fair Use cases. An entity, having incurred 2 strikes already, caught complaining about an outdoors video featuring birds singing as infringing on their #1 rap artist's copyright would then have to pay a hefty fine as even the most casual of checks would determine the work is not infringing. As to what to do with the collected monies, aside from financing the whole system so the tax payer is off the hook, I'm sure there are plenty of cultural projects that need funding.

about a month and a half ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

CanEHdian Kopimism (268 comments)

What do those Jedis have that Kopmists do not? We'd like to copy it.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

CanEHdian Re:That's how we CS people roll (175 comments)

No, he was in a "I'm Feeling Lucky" mood.

about 2 months ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

CanEHdian En.larg.e your Telo.meres che.ap! (422 comments)

I just received an e-mail with the same subject, offering me to buy certain medications from Thailand that will enlarge my telomeres, so I can drink all the pop I want!

about 2 months ago

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Faster-than-Fast Fourier transform

CanEHdian CanEHdian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CanEHdian (1098955) writes "MIT news reports on research done resulting in a Faster-than-fast Fourier Transform algorithm, the Nearly Optimal Sparse Fourier Transform, which also has practical applications:

At the Association for Computing Machinery's Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) this week, a group of MIT researchers will present a new algorithm that, in a large range of practically important cases, improves on the fast Fourier transform. Under some circumstances, the improvement can be dramatic — a tenfold increase in speed. The new algorithm could be particularly useful for image compression, enabling, say, smartphones to wirelessly transmit large video files without draining their batteries or consuming their monthly bandwidth allotments.

Paper will be available on arXiv."

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Judge takes copyright infringement seriously

CanEHdian CanEHdian writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CanEHdian (1098955) writes "Texas court-at-law judge identified as William Adams alledgedly put his belt where his mouth was back in 2004 upon his discovery of the alledged crime of alledged copyright infringement perpetrated by his own daughter and committed in his own home. A graphic and disturbing video is included with TFA, reader discretion is advised.
A source close to the RIAA, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated "If all American Dads had done that to their kids, piracy would have been eliminated... did I just infringe on a Trademark?"."

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