top Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon
It's unbelievable how much time and effort went into the protection (from "unlicensed copies") of Windows 8.x -- the OA/SLIC 3.x method for large OEM customers causes an *individual key* for each unit to be generated, verified/registered with Microsoft, and inserted into the systems firmware.
And now they're just giving it away?
I still prefer and use Windows 7, and will continue to do so.
top Internet Censorship Back On Australian Agenda
Do you have an url, other than a site targeted under
"Operation Cleanfeed" which has been around since 2006?
top Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise
First take in
Perhaps "a 100-person Mechanical Turk study with a $5 research budget" should be done here as well, then define "married" to be engaged in holy matrimony with an actual physical human being (of the opposite, same, or any of the genders defined by Facebook). Perhaps the questionnaire failed to mention "IRL" so they thought WoW counted, too.
top Google Says It Has "No Current Plans Regarding Bitcoin"
It's just too bad I can't use Zoins in the Play Store, and can't use Googs to buy stuff on Amazon.
about a month and a half ago
top CERN Antimatter Experiment Produces First Beam of Antihydrogen
I don't understand where your "negative mass" is coming from.
Another one that never watched ST:TAS... from Memory Alpha's description of
Beyond the Farthest Star:
En route to investigate, the Enterprise suddenly experiences severe hypergravitational effects from Questar M-17's negative star mass.
about a month and a half ago
top Mars One Studying How To Maintain Communications With Mars 24/7
The major obstacle is initial funding. Here's the
link to the indiegogo campaign. Right now it's at something like $150k of $400k. Once they successfully land something on Mars, demonstrate they can manufacture water, oxygen and plenty of electricity on Mars, they will be taken a lot more serious. Until then, it's just the odd one out that's putting their money where there dreams are.
top Nintendo Defeats and Assumes Control of 'Patent Troll's' Portfolio After Victory
I wonder what Nintendo is going to do with these patents they weren't infringing on in the first place (and thus should be null and void from their standpoint)... going after Sony or Microsoft that might be infringing on them with certain elements of Move or Kinect?
top 100-Year-Old Photo Negatives Discovered In Antarctica
It'd be interesting to see how the copyright is going to be talked into existence on these 100-year-old photographs made by an unknown photographer.
top Panoramic Picture Taken By China's Moon Lander
Chang'E 3 has several cameras (as does the YuTu rover)
The rover's cameras cannot be used following an emergency injunction order from YouTube for trademark infringement.
top Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs
What you need to ask yourself: what makes the "A" player an "A" player? How did that player get there? A very intelligent go-the-extra-mile person with excellent social skills is always welcome. Don't forget, this would affect anyone that has been an "A" player in one role, and (after a similar transitional period a new hire would get) is an "A" player in another role. Because if you are made redundant in the manner McCord champions, what would be the chances that you would ever return to the same company, other than for a substantial wage increase and -in a fool me once... manner- demand a substantial severance package.
top Throwable 36-Camera Ball Nearly Ready To Toss
Two guys, one with a large backpack, are in the middle of an always very busy Time Square, NYC, NY. They look around, excitedly talking to each other. They stop, the back pack goes off and a big, rugged, grapefruit-sized ball is taken out. They are seen fumbling with it, like they are using some kind of activation mechanism. Then one of them is what looks like preparing to throw said ball in the air. The police officer, who had been observing the whole thing, takes immediate action!
top Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?
Up to this point it has been a term that refers to software controls that require a key/authorisation to work.
Eh, no. Cinavia is also DRM and is just an audio watermark; yes, it changes (== degrades, but to which point is a whole other discussion) the audio stream. Certain devices manufactured after a certain date are mandated to *check for this watermark* and upon discovery do something (e.g. mute the audio after x amount of minutes).
DRM != Usage Restrictions. DRM is often used to enforce usage restrictions, but it does not need to. FairPlay restricted usage, the current system iTMS uses does not. But it is still DRM since the sole purpose is to enforce copy
top Winamp Shutting Down On December 20
In "classic" skin you have the good old nice and small interface, and it has excellent 24bit support... Fraunhofer Institute codecs... all sorts of goodies. I wonder what will happen to people who (recently) bought the Pro upgrade...
top Supreme Court Refuses To Hear EPIC Challenge To NSA Surveillance
That's indeed how it works, like a Bruce Lee movie: you start with the lowest ranked minion, then work your way up. Except you're not working, a very expensive team of lawyers is. Ka-ching, Ka-ching and Ka-ching. You don't get to jump to the End Boss without racking up a huge, huge legal bill.
top MPAA Backs Anti-Piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students
The good thing about this coming up every time is that it serves as a reminder to everyone else (other than tied into the vested business interests of the copyright industry) to educate youths about the history of "copyright", where it was originally aimed at, and whether they believe it would be wrong to go out and publicly perform "Happy Birthday To You" without paying a royalty to Warner Music Group, and whether they believe it would be wrong to self-manufacture a copy of an old recording that has been out of print for over a decade.
top D-Wave Quantum Computing Solution Raises More Questions
There should be plenty of problems a quantum computer could solve in polynomial time that would take classic computers eons to solve. Start solving those problems and it's a quantum computer. Simple as that.
top Mark Cuban Found Not Guilty of Insider Trading
OK, didn't RTFA, but let's assume the following:
- insider trading is trading stock based on information obtained from insiders not available to the general public
- these rules are in place to give the general public the idea that stock trading is a "fair game"
- Cuban talked to the CEO of the company privately and suddenly decides to quickly get rid of the stock in that company
- A few days after the fact the company publishes "bad news" and stock price takes a dive.
Question: is the problem that the SEC couldn't prove that information was passed on that influenced Cuban to sell the stock, or that they stacked so many charges (to make it sound reallllly bad) that they overplayed their hand?
top Fleet of Drones Maps a Mountain in 3D
The movie Prometheus has a very interesting-looking use of drones mapping the insides of the spaceship.
top Most Parents Allow Unsupervised Internet Access To Children At Age 8
It's amazing at how many (including taxpayer) dollars are spent "educating" the kids about the "evils" of online copyright infringement. These dollars would be better spent educating about online bullying and setting up a website where kids, at their option anonymously, can get help from a real human being (of course properly vetted).
top Sorm: Russia Intends To Monitor "All Communications" At Sochi Olympics
In Soviet Russia, State watches you!
Err... what changed?
top Faster-than-Fast Fourier transform
CanEHdian 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 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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