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Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

CanEHdian Real World (179 comments)

"Come on now, professor Falken... why all this hostility? It would be a shame if this email conversation with Melissa would somehow fall into the hands of your wife, would it? That's a good man!"

yesterday
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Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults

CanEHdian Wow! (244 comments)

Well, at least names didn't get changed to things like "CowboyNeal" or "CmdrTaco" !

yesterday
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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

CanEHdian Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (145 comments)

and you can reasonably get over 568k conventional free with little hassle.

Awesome... perhaps with a little bit of careful tweaking, I can get even more, but I seriously doubt I'll ever need more than 640k.

about a week ago
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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

CanEHdian Kickstarter! (141 comments)

I'm sure there's a large group of Iranian counter-revolutionists (those that want to return Iran to its former pre-1979 glory) contemplating a Kickstarter; to set aside their differences and come up with the money to send former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in low Earth orbit and realize his dream. I'm not so sure they will reach the stretch-goal of providing him with a re-entry vehicle, though...

about two weeks ago
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Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

CanEHdian Re:Planets? (170 comments)

Plenty if you assume the orbital period to be around 5,000 years (see e.g. 2012_VP113)

about two weeks ago
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Canada's Copyright Notice Fiasco: Why the Government Bears Responsibility

CanEHdian Re:In other words ... (73 comments)

Well, the talent the GOP has, they fire.

about three weeks ago
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NASA's New Horizons To Arrive At Pluto With Clyde Tombaugh's Ashes

CanEHdian Re:Discoverer? (108 comments)

I read it that Clyde Tombaugh discovered Clyde Tombaugh!

about three weeks ago
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NASA's New Horizons To Arrive At Pluto With Clyde Tombaugh's Ashes

CanEHdian Re:Not all of his ashes.. (108 comments)

And still a tremendous waste of money to placard those who fund NASA for emotional reasons, not scientific reasons.

What do you think is going to do more for NASA? The discovery/proof that Mars once was a planet with liquid water and perhaps even microbial life (which is HUGE from a scientific perspective), or two Good Ole American Boys planting the Stars & Stripes on the surface of the red planet, broadcast "live" on all major TV networks in the US and around the world? It is all about emotion: enthousiasm, national pride, and conquering that Final Frontier and leading the way. That's how it worked with Apollo.

about three weeks ago
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Nintendo Puts Business In Brazil On Hiatus

CanEHdian Re:Brazil has long had a very protectionist (111 comments)

...but using the word 'property' as in 'Intellectual Property' leads to an Intellectual Property Tax! And this tax is to be collected after 10 years, for the 10 years previous and the 10 years following from the owner (unless owner withdraws any and all property rights and the 'property' becomes public domain).

about three weeks ago
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Chilling Effects DMCA Archive Censors Itself

CanEHdian Re:This is how DMCA takedown works at Google (88 comments)

Remember, your DMCA letter contains the juicy content, like weblinks to pirated and other copyrighted material.

1. Copyright holder sents DMCA letter to Google. 2. Google takes down copyrighted content. 3. Google sends your DMCA letter to ChillingEffects. 4. ChillingEffects posts your DMCA letter to its website. 5. Google caches the ChillingEffects website. Your copyrighted material is NOW back on Google.

6. We check *alleged* copyrighted content.
7. Content appears to be a self-made movie of birds singing, instead of the copyrighted work.
8. *Claimant* on behalf of "Copyright holder" still gets away with this act of vandalism scott-free, but we can put another mark on the bench

about three weeks ago
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Chilling Effects DMCA Archive Censors Itself

CanEHdian CH*E CHARLIE (88 comments)

Chilling Effects is not CHARLIE. Chilling Effects is licking Chris Dodd's boots.

about three weeks ago
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3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

CanEHdian 3DS (141 comments)

The Nintendo (New)3DS (LL/XL) has a 3D camera (and 3D viewscreen), so it's already been "out there" by the millions for years. It's just that the quality is bad. It would be great to have a camera that can take near-360 degree panoramas, 3D pictures and movies which you can view on your Oculus or other VR.

about three weeks ago
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How Long Will It Take Streaming To Dominate the Music Business?

CanEHdian "Music" vs. "Recording" business (169 comments)

Please don't confuse "music" vs. "recording" business. Recording = (big) labels (incl. the so-called "made men" among musicians) = RIAA and everything it stands for. While you can live-stream, most streams are streams of registrations by the recording industry. It would help if we can see quality streaming with proceeds going directly to artists, rather than their masters.

about a month ago
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US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

CanEHdian Re:I think sneakernet floppies are a good idea (252 comments)

How Delisle spied

Information presented at Delisle's bail hearing detailed how Delisle would browse for material on the secure computer at Trinity, save it in the notepad feature, then transfer it to a floppy disk drive. He would take the floppy out of the secure computer, transfer it to an unsecure system and make a USB copy.

about a month ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

CanEHdian Re:Copyright reform. (328 comments)

What are you supposed to do with a book to keep it "alive"? Let me guess, you don't pay for other people's stuff because...entitled.

Main principle: If people keep their stuff to themselves in their basements, it's their business. If they go to town square, climb atop a soap box and start loudly yelling, for everyone to hear (i.e. "publishing") it becomes public. Everyone is entitled to everything that is public (exceptions are e.g. South Africa under Apartheid, etc).

Special case: some people's loud yelling is deemed to be of benefit. Applying capitalist principles (others would be e.g. artistic), there needs to be a monetary reward for this to happen. This is achieved by enforcing an artificial monopoly on further publishing/making public that which is already public, but "for a limited time". The argument is about what "a limited time" should be in order to reap which level of the benefits while not indefinitely artificially impeding the public access to that which has been published/made public.

about 1 month ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

CanEHdian Re:Copyright reform. (328 comments)

If you haven't done anything with it in 10 years, you lose it.

It's better to reinstate the mandatory Copyright (c) YYYY marki have automatic copyright for 10 years, then in the 10th year (not before) allow for an extension of another 10 years application by (1) registering the work with the new Copyright Registry and Escrow Agency, (2) submitting a fully function copy, unencumbered with DRM, watermarks (audio and/or visual and/or otherwise), etc. and (3) paying a fee which will serve as the Intellectual Property Tax for the work, to pay for the system, and any extras will go toward cultural subsidies/programs etc. This will have to be tweaked a bit for situations where there are updates/changes (most commonly with software). A newer/changed/improved work can never "reset the clock" of a previously submitted work.

about 1 month ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

CanEHdian Copyright Term Reduction (328 comments)

Please all note that this mechanism will also allow for copyright term reductions to be applied retro-actively and without compensation to rightsholders!

about 1 month ago
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Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

CanEHdian Re:Hmmm ... (180 comments)

But, the extension of copyright terms prevents works from entering the public domain, making that exchange a fraud.

Not just that. All copies of works you have purchased, with the knowledge and understanding each and every one of those will enter the public domain on a specific date, suddenly become less valuable or even zero if that date is retroactively extended, perhaps to beyond your own lifetime. Members of the public have never been compensated for this loss of wealth.

All is not lost; by the same reasoning copyright terms can (1) also be retroactively reduced and (2) without compensation to rightsholders.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

CanEHdian Re:So, then... (227 comments)

should be on the torrent sites in time for Christmas?

Torrent? Probably we'll be too busy downloading the new GOP dumps (unless the "we'll allow you to release it" pastebin was genuine).

about a month ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

CanEHdian Re:Welcome. (391 comments)

Only old people from Korea expire jokes.

In Soviet Russia, old jokes expire YOU!

about a month and a half ago

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Faster-than-Fast Fourier transform

CanEHdian CanEHdian writes  |  about 3 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 2 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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