top London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites
Maybe that's why you don't often see the "Corporate Police" as a means of Corporations to enforce their will through Free Trade Agreements (which *trump* the democratic national laws) and also *enforce* these laws on the public in UK Sci-Fi movies: they already have it.
top Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean
ALL THESE WORLDS
ARE YOURS EXCEPT
Well, let's hope if I add some lowercase that the filter will allow me to post. HAL 9000 communicated in capitals."
top Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs
Australia is obliged under its free trade agreements with the United States, Singapore and Korea (not yet ratified) to provide a legal incentive to ISPs to cooperate with rights holders to prevent infringement on their systems and networks.
And, ladies and gentlement, there you have it. Again. Completely bypassing the democratic process, FTA's trump national legislation. And anyone that thinks that Singapore and Korea are actually the ones pressing Australia to ramp up their pro-copyright industry efforts is naive. It's just a little smokescreen. So Who's Your Daddy?!! Good ole Uncle Sam (MPAA/RIAA/USTR) is. Bend over, and take it like a man Aussies!
top Appeals Court Affirms Old Polaroid Patent Invalid
Well, well... is Slashdot joining the PoliCor movement? A "patent assertion company"? Those companies must be the Pride and Joy of the American Enterprising spirit!
about a month and a half ago
top Rightscorp Pushing ISPs To Disconnect Repeat Infringers
basic human right to have access to the Internet... except in the "land of the Free" of course.
top New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist
See, there is a God! The Universe is a gigantic Pinball machine and He has just unlocked a Super Multi-ball!
top Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Heads Into Home Stretch
Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to pay authors to write English-language childrens' books as a "work for hire" then release them under a Creative Commons license? That way you can serve up these books globally instead of just in the USA.
top The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software
the Supreme Court does not understand software
Simple. Appoint RMS to the Supreme Court and let all other judges go. Bring on the software patent cases!
top $57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops
Exactly. You see that more often that hints are being given about circumstances that would have lead to a different outcome. Even in copyright trolling cases. Just the phrase "(hint, hint!)" is missing. So for instance it wouldn't be "Denied because it is unclear if the subscriber is the perpetrator" it becomes instead "Denied because no secondary evidence was presented where -for instance being the only adult male in the household- it could be presumed that the subscriber is the only one likely to have been the perpetrator, which would be enough evidence to grant the subpoena". As I said, only the "(hint, hint)" is missing.
If the police orders you to "stop filming" even IF YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO DO SO, you are still not following their orders. This ALSO applies to flight attendants. It doesn't matter ONE LITTLE BIT if the order was proper, you ARE guilty of not following it.
The CURRENT "proper way" of doing this is to follow their orders and then file a complaint at the station about the infringement on your rights. And yes, you won't have your videotaped evidence. And yes, police will likely retaliate. And no, the officer won't be immediately fired with cause. You lose.
top Torrentz.eu Domain Name Suspended
The City of London Corporation wants to expand its own "Campus Police" to a full-fledged "Corporate World Police" complete with politicians in their pockets to further advance the corporate agenda.
top Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years
The enormous investments needed for regular broadcasters to convert to HD (and yes even now it's a mess with 720p/1080i/1080p) I don't see them going to 4K and 8K anytime soon. Streaming on the Internet is relatively speaking cheap.
These guys see its coming. Just like as the Copyright MAFIAA saw it coming in the 1990s (leading to WIPO & WTO-TRIPs). They see it coming and they want in on where the money is. Cable is going down, Internet streaming is going up.
Strangely enough, in some parts of Canada usage caps were the standard (because there was no other alternative than dial-up). With fibre being available from the Telcos as an alternative, there is now competition, and caps are gone, or can be bought off for unlimited for a reasonable amount like $10/mo, or are only applicable in certain configurations.
top US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader
I bet with all this slashvertising these things are going to become collector's items; every hacker will want one to see if they *can* change the content.
top UK ISPs To Send Non-Threatening Letters To Pirates
The best Legal Alternative to piracy is of course legalizing p2p-filesharing. Which the EFA/Greens faction in the European Parliament supports. And with the EP elections being this month... there you go, be a good lad, and get off that fat arse and DO something for a change.
top Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet
What do you think ye average Holy Being(s)-fearing, holding their bible/fill-in-your-religious-.txt high in the air, Earthling is going to think when it turns out the Holy Writer(s) of the aforementioned
.txt not only "forgot to mention" a few things (which you can spindoctor away), but that the ETs have completely different views. I would be very surprised if any kind of contact happened, this would play out in the open. The "reasoning" given for the need for absolute secrecy around stories like Project Majestic, etc. remain valid. The closed-minded will either get more closed-minded (harmless) or will see their world shatter and all chaos will break out.
top Favorite Star Wars Movie?
What always irritates me is the countdown for the Death Star to get line-of-sight to the Yavin moon. For all intent and purposes it's a 20.xx second coundown (when you first see it, just count the numbers down at the same speed and keep counting). Later on you see the same countdown at 16.xx, going to 15.xx etc. And THIS is something that actually should have but never was fixed.
top Finally, Hi-Def Streaming Video of the ISS's View of Earth
Reli Fundamentalists should also be fine with the sentence, provided that it is a matter of course that it should be interpreted as "more than 13, but less than or equal to 6,000 years"
top Meet Ununseptium, Best Contender Yet For Element 117
It's May the 4th, this element has the highest Protonian count ever observed, so I suggest Anakinium.
top Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?
Not always. Heads are used for many things. The first 4 head units were done for better pause action not for better EP mode.
Was this right after "Basic Instinct" came out on VHS?
top How the USPS Killed Digital Mail
Right, unlike the MPAA or RIAA, the USPS is not.
top American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries
How about Dutch servers (Leaseweb) rented by a company based in Hong Kong (Megaupload)?
top Faster-than-Fast Fourier transform
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
top Judge takes copyright infringement seriously
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?"." Link to Original Source
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