top Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again
Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again
Canada ponders legalizing p2p filesharing for not-for-profit, personal use
Obama Approves Keystone Pipeline and Fast-Tracks Implementation
top Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings
I know for a fact that the Dutch tax agency experimented in the 1990s with simply put: the paper return but turned into a computer program, with some added sanity checks and obvious automation/summations, available on a 3.5" floppy disk that you mailed back; later on it allowed you to dial in directly via modem to return, later via the Internet. Free of charge, directly from the Tax Agency themselves. You could also buy commercial programs, that offered specific tax tips and more elaborate explanations.
Why is a free, electronic version of the paper return from the IRS/CRA so much to ask for? I don't trust my demographics to these so-called "free versions" of commercial tax return software.
top IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches
The fun part is that both the UK and The Netherlands governments are doing the same; thus each patch is now paid 3 times over! The sad part is that none of the taxpayers will be able to get their hands on these patches.
top Software Upgrade At 655 Million Kilometers
According to TFA they have a kernel exploit and will attempt to install a CFW.
In the mean time, forget about torrenting Churyumov.-.Gerasimenko.(2014).CAM.x264-Rosetta.avi as it's VERY blurry and sound is missing.
top Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published
I think AC meant, a brand new copyright term as in x number of years.
Even if in a few short years from now we see a global trend to radically curtail copyright terms, starting with the European Spring, I do agree that
unpublished (*) works should be treated as new works when published by the estate (with a "safety net" provision of x years for unpublished works, anonymous or not, for works to fall into the public domain) (**).
(*) publishing should be seen in the broadest sense possible, to avoid "members only" clubs where works are "circulated only amongst members" for some bogus reason, leading to the claim that the work hasn't officially been published, so a copyright term never started.
(**) this might lead to the interesting conclusion that "selfies" become public domain 120 years after your death.
top Twitter Turns 8; May Drop Hashtags and @replies
the @userid and the trick with the . in front, combined with "hashtag" DEFINES twitter. Twitter wants to kill that off? Sure.
Here comes Flit-it with @userid, hashtags, and 255 character Fleets. Flit it. Fleet it like it's 2013.
top Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'
The dissenters should just commission their own series, perhaps called
It opens with a bright blue eyed boy of about 4 years old, sitting on his knees on the carpet, toy rocket in hand, talking to what is presumably his great-grandfather who is seated in a comfortable chair, sipping from a cup of tea in his right hand, a copy of the Holy Bible on one of the armrests. "Grampy," the boy asks, "where did the world and all the stars come from?"
The man puts his other hand on the bible. "Boy," he says, "the answer to that and all other questions is right in here!" He puts the cup of tea on a side table and picks up the bible, thumbing through it, then closing it and holding it up in front of the boy. "It's all here because God wanted it to be here. He said: Let there be light! And there was light. And the next 5 days He spent building everything you see, including us. And on the 7th day He rested."
The boy ponders over this for a second, then frowns. "But Grampy... then where did God come from?" The man's face turns into an angry scowl, he lifts up the bible high into the air as if to strike down the young man with it... then screams "Blasphemy! How dare you ask such questions! Off you go, get out of my eyes!"
top Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes
Gates seems to be forgetting that other Three Letter Acronym agencies were already standing in line to access the "metadata" and some were already actively using it, with the caution that the source could never be disclosed. And once the TLAs had their fill, the FLAs are next (Four Letter... as in MPAA or RIAA).
top Monster Hypergiant Star Discovered
"By analysing data on the star’s varying brightness, using observations from other observatories, the astronomers confirmed the object to be an eclipsing binary system where the smaller component passes in front and behind the larger one as it orbits. In this case HR 5171 A is orbited by its companion star every 1300 days."
Wouldn't atmospheric drag from the Yellow Giant slow the companion star down rapidly or is it somehow "star surfing"?
about a month and a half ago
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.
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.
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 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
CanEHdian has no journal entries.