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Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy

DickBreath Re:I wonder.... (187 comments)

SCO is not actually dead. It's case is alive and well in the Utah court. It is currently in Judge Nuffer's court. The parties are waiting for him to respond to the latest motion (which was so long ago, I don't actually remember when the motion was made).

While it is true that SCO may have no money, no friends, no ownership of copyrights, no standing to have sued IBM, and no brains; they technically still exist in a state of bankruptcy, and their court case is active.

We should expect to see some action in SCO's case in the Utah court within, I'd say, within no more than one quarter of a galactic turn. So please be patient waiting on Judge Nuffer to make a decision. I'm sure he is diligently giving the matter all of the careful attention that it deserves.

about two weeks ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

DickBreath Small sample sizes, and Correlation IS causation (246 comments)

If you like to use sample sizes that are too small, then I would like to interest you in another useful technique.

Correlation is causation.

For example:

The tides cause the moon. The correlation proves it.

Similarly, murder rates are higher in the summer, and ice cream sales are higher in summer months. Therefore ice cream causes murder.

I hope that was helpful.

about a month ago
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

DickBreath Re: Yeah baby! (164 comments)

> A Disney search engine with hidden phallic symbols

I cannot think of anyone who would be interested in hidden phallic symbols.

about a month and a half ago
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

DickBreath Re:Copyright Infringers of the Caribbean (164 comments)

> explain the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

50 % of the population has below average intelligence.

about a month and a half ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

DickBreath What America does best: Outsourcing (407 comments)

Can't we just outsource prisons?

Send poor people to serve time in some third world hell hole. Send rich people to serve time in some vacation paradise.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

DickBreath FOSS Patents (187 comments)

When naming your blog, why did you choose an oxymoron of such contradictory terms? Sort of like Microsoft Morals. Or Apple Humility.

Thanks

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

DickBreath Patents and Innovation (187 comments)

Hi Florian,

Thanks for being interviewed on Slashdot.

Could you please give us an estimate, if you have one, of how much innovation has been destroyed by patent trolls? Also, if you happen to know, how many startups?

Thanks

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

DickBreath Who paid for a Q&A on Slashdot? (187 comments)

Who (or how many parties) paid you to do a Q&A on Slashdot?

Thanks

about 2 months ago
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Nearly 700 Genetic Factors Found To Influence Human Adult Height

DickBreath Re:size matters (68 comments)

While I agree with what you say about height, I think it overlooks something of greater importance. I am more interested in increasing the size of something else rather than overall height.

about 2 months ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

DickBreath Sub-$100 Android tablets are already old news (182 comments)

Over a year ago I could pick up sub $100 Android tablets at my local Walmart. And there are actual third party applications that are available for Android. Sub $100 Android tablets make good children's toys.

about 3 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

DickBreath Re:X, perhaps? (399 comments)

Windows OS X -- Mount'n Lyin'
Windows OS X -- Leo Pard
Windows OS X -- Snowl Epard

(sorry, the 1st one, Mount'n Lyin' brazenly copied from a comment on Ars)

Or as I've heard suggested elsewhere, Microsoft could use the <adjective> <animal> naming convention:
Abscessed Albatross
Bubonic Bat
Chlamydic Chigger
Dyspeptic Deertick
. . . .
Masturbating Monkey
etc.


Buy why would Microsoft scrap Windows 9 and go to Windows 10?

Because Microsoft had promised Windows 9 as a free upgrade to (some) Windows 8 users, and viewed this as a way to screw over Windows 8 users a second time. (cue evil laughter and mustache twirling)

Notice Windows 9 on Wikipedia now redirects to Windows 10.

Linux to Microsoft: Changing the name or the graphics won't make you cool.
Apple to Microsoft: Culture is more than something that grows in your ears.

about 3 months ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

DickBreath My Mathematical Model tells me . . . (127 comments)

My mathematical model tells me that they will keep the show going for as long as possible as long as ratings are good. Then it will suddenly end. Maybe on a cliffhanger.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Expands Commercial Space Program

DickBreath Re:Good news for Spacex (24 comments)

You step on the accelerator. Chemical reactions occur within thousands of small cells, instantly releasing vast amounts of pent up energy as huge volumes of electrons are forced through the path of least resistance through the motors that propel the vehicle. The huge torque of electric motors causes sudden intense acceleration that pushes you back in your seat. The car gains speed. Faster. Faster.

Finally, it reaches MECO1 and the back half of the car falls away and gently glides back to earth to soft land vertically at the launch pad.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Expands Commercial Space Program

DickBreath Re:Turf building (24 comments)

India was able to do a Mars satellite so cheaply by cutting lots of corners that NASA would have required.

For example, India failed to generate documents necessary to form a committee that would make plans to do a study on how to begin planning the mission. Definitely cutting corners.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Expands Commercial Space Program

DickBreath Re:Good news for Spacex (24 comments)

SpaceX could still face a major setback if states make SpaceX sell launches only through dealer networks.

about 3 months ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

DickBreath Re: RAID-proof? (144 comments)

You've got it wrong. This is not talking about Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives, this is talking about how to protect The Pirate Bay data from a specific brand of insecticide.

about 3 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

DickBreath Re:stopped reading at "can't be pirated' (358 comments)

Apple needs to work on putting copy protection onto floppy disks. That worked out quite well before.

Can't Be Pirated is the holy grail of the copyright idiots. It's more important than profit, fame or success. It won't let common sense stand in its way.

The only format that can't be pirated is a format that you cannot listen to. Hey I'm going to encrypt this music and then hand your player the decryption keys! We can try moving the decryption closer and closer to your ears, or to your eyes (as in HDMI), but ultimately it has to interact with your senses and can be picked up using sensors (mics, cameras).

Please tell me again, how many anti piracy measures have actually been effective?

about 2 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

DickBreath Re:Expert. (358 comments)

> He should make songs and not talk about things he hasn't got a clue about.

Nooooooo! Please don't make more songs! (Also do not talk about things he doesn't have a clue about.)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

DickBreath Masturbation efficiency plotter app for watch (471 comments)

Make is a social network enabled app to enable sharing of results and aggregation of important statistics.

about 3 months ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

DickBreath Diet Coke instead (228 comments)

Genetically engineer the coffee plant to produce Diet Coke beans.

about 3 months ago

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Apple Bounceback patent FINAL rejection from USPTO affects Samsung damages

DickBreath DickBreath writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DickBreath (207180) writes "I knew when Apple won against Samsung that it was just a little bit too soon for Apple to start counting those billions. According to Groklaw Apple's '381 patent has received a final rejection from the USPTO. This will have a huge effect on the damages Apple won in the Apple vs. Samsung I which is still in appeal. Apple and Samsung are squabbling over whether the Apple vs Samsung II trial should wait on the outcome of the appeal of Apple vs Samsung I."
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Hell Freezes Over: SCO vs IBM trial back on again

DickBreath DickBreath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DickBreath (207180) writes "It looks like the lawsuit SCO started back in March 2003 against IBM (but really against Linux) is back on again.

SCO first filed this clue-challenged lawsuit in March 2003. SCO claimed Linux was contaminated with code IBM stole from UNIX and that it was impossible to remove the infringement. Therefore, said SCO, all Linux users owe SCO a license fee of $1399 per cpu — but since SCO are such great guys, for a limited time, you can pay only $699 per CPU for your dirty infringing copy of Linux.

Of course, Novell claimed and later proved in court that SCO doesn't even own the copyrights on UNIX that it is suing over.

IBM claims there is no infringing code in Linux. SCO never provided evidence of the massive infringement it claimed existed. The source ordered SCO three times to produce its evidence, twice extending the deadline, until it set a FINAL deadline of Dec 22, 2005 — which came and went — with SCO producing nothing but a lot of hand waving. Meantime, SCO filed for bankruptcy protection in September 2007 because it was being beaten up in court so badly with the court going against SCO."

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SCO is Toast! Court Rules: Novell owns UNIX.

DickBreath DickBreath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DickBreath writes "Judge Kimball has ruled in the SCO vs. Novell. See it here on Groklaw.

SCO does not own Unix copyrights. Therefore, SCO has no standing to sue IBM re: Linux.

Example of standing: Jane cannot sue Bill for sealing John's tires. Jane does not have standing. (although John has standing to sue Bill for stealing his tires.)

SCO does not have standing for the lawsuit it filed against IBM back in Mar 2003. SCO was hoping to win $5 Billion from IBM, and then charge every Linux user $699 per cpu.

There is not yet an outcome in the IBM case. But I would be willing to bet we'll see some action RSN."

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