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New York MTA Asserts Copyright Over Schedule

Cutie Pi This is will never fly in the courts (395 comments)

There is significant precedent in copyright law that lists of facts or data cannot be copyrighted.

See, e.g. Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Tel. Service Co., 499 U.S. 340 (1991)
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more than 5 years ago
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Why a Hard Disk Is a Better Bargain Than an SSD

Cutie Pi Define "bargain" (403 comments)

I don't think anyone out there is saying that from a $/GB perspective that SSD's are a bargain.

But here are two key points:

1) Not everyone needs 1TB of storage (about $100, and practically entry level now for hard drives). Especially on laptops, a $350 32GB SSD (also entry level) can get you quite far, especially if it is reserved for the OS and applications. You can pick up a 32GB SSD for a reasonable price, and get the really good performance, and use a big, cheap HD for media files.

2) Many people view the extra performance + lower power consumption + greater reliability as worth the premium price, and that makes them a value. Just because they can't compete on a $/GB basis doesn't make them a bargain to some people.

more than 5 years ago
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64-Bit Slackware Is Alive

Cutie Pi Re:Glad to here. (164 comments)

Are you talking about Microsoft BOB? That was my first distro too. I wonder when MS will be coming out with a 64-bit version. :)

more than 5 years ago
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Reports Say Apple May Manufacture Its Own Chips

Cutie Pi Manufacture or design? (202 comments)

There's a big difference between manufacturing a chip and designing one. Unless Apple suddenly acquires the capital and know how to run a fab, manufacturing is best left to foundries like TSMC.

I'd even be surprised if they did the design completely in-house. Most likely it would be a collaborative effort with an already established low-power design house like ARM.

more than 5 years ago
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Trick or Treatment

Cutie Pi Organ enlargement, etc. (713 comments)

I'd like to see a follow-up book on all the crazy shit that's out there like the penis enlargers, the motorized belts that vibrate your fat away, oddly shaped ergonomic chairs and desks, ionic air purifiers, the automatic muscle exercisers, yadda yadda yadda.

Flip through a SkyMall catalog on an airplane some time and you'll find tons of examples of devices like this that supposedly improve your body or health. (Also, a magnet stand that magically ages your wine collection 100 years in minutes!!) This industry is even less regulated that alternative medicine but can be just as dangerous, if not more so. At a minimum, they lend credence to the saying, "a fool and his money are soon parted."

more than 5 years ago
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Storing Qubits In Nuclei

Cutie Pi Re:So what (90 comments)

Not only that, but it's not like the silicon used in today's chips is low grade crap. The purity standards for electronic grade silicon are pretty insane considered to the standards of most things we think of as "pure", including pharmaceuticals. (Seven to eight 9's purity is not uncommon). And yet its produced in great volumes relatively cheaply.

about 6 years ago
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Cray's CX1 Desktop Supercomputer, Now For Sale

Cutie Pi Re:Speed limit (294 comments)

Yes, but it's easier if just you hit the "Turbo" button.

about 6 years ago

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30% of Americans want "balanced" blogging

Cutie Pi Cutie Pi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Cutie Pi (588366) writes "In a recent Rasmussen poll looking at the public's attitudes toward a possible revival of the fairness doctrine by the Democrats, a surprisingly large percentage of those polled seek fairness doctrine mandates (originally intended for public airwaves) to cover the Internet as well. It is encouraging that a minority of people feel that way, but Democrats say "hands-off the Internet...by a far smaller margin than Republicans and unaffiliated voters. Democrats oppose government-mandated balance on the Internet by a 48% to 37% margin. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Republicans reject government involvement in Internet content along with 67% of unaffiliated voters." Will a Democratic majority post-November bring major changes to our media?"
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Blogger Supoenaed for Criticizing Trial Lawyers

Cutie Pi Cutie Pi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Cutie Pi writes "Trial laywers are trying to set a scary new precedent of silencing bloggers who oppose them. Katherine Seidel, mother of an autistic child and an avid blogger has been supoenaed for her "family's bank records, tax returns, autism-related medical and educational records, and every communication concerning all of the issues to which I have devoted [her] attention and energy in recent years." The laywer in question is representing a mother who is suing Bayer for $20M with the claim that mercury in their vaccines caused her child's autism. In her blog Seidel has spoken out against laywers trying to cash in on thimerosal lawsuits, noting that the thimerosal-autism link has been debunked in several studies. But Seidel herself has had no direct involvement in the lawsuit. Will controversial bloggers soon be forced to hide their identities to avoid lawsuits?"

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