UK Passes "Instagram Act"
I imagine they would get a copyright on the derivative work, but not the original image.
This seems to me like a good idea, with two caveats:
1 - If, after a diligent search, the owner comes forward and is able to prove they own the copyright, they should be able to receive a fair, standard rate compulsory license fee.
2 - If, after a search designed to not find the real owner, the owner comes forward, the compulsory license should have a much higher punitive rate.
Also, keep in mind that just because you can use a picture, doesn't mean you have the likeness rights to the people in that picture. That's bit a few companies with Creative Commons licensing.
Microsoft Kills Windows Gadgets Via Security Update
an attacker could take over a user's system if they are logged in as admin and they install a vulnerable gadget
Am I missing something? Because if the attacker has root privs, you're pretty much screwed no matter what, gadget or no...
Interview With Suren Ter From 'You Have Downloaded'
Or this hypothetical. Is abusing the GPL wrong? If so, why is that wrong and piracy is okay? At a high level, it's the exact same issue - someone says "I've produced this intellectual property, I want other people to do this or not do that with it", and someone else says "too bad, I'm going to do what I want. Deal with it".
Illegally appropriating GPL code ISN'T THEFT EITHER.
Theft is a very specific thing. Copyright infringement is another, but different, very specific thing.
Whether or not you believe them morally identical isn't relevant. Your assumption that people complaining that copyright infringement isn't theft are thereby excusing copyright infringement is flawed. That discussion is completely orthogonal.
SSD Latency, Error Rates May Spell Bleak Future
On behalf of my fellow Brits I would like to apologise, and assure you that henceforth we shan't abbreviate the full term, perambulator. Let's face it: pushing an overloaded baby carriage (including baby, nappy bags, bottles, snacks, toys, etc.) is a long way from being the "leisurely walk" for which the word "stroller" would be appropriate.
Walk or travel through or around (a place or area), esp. for pleasure and in a leisurely way.
Xbox 720 Might Reject Used Games
"Hey the PS2 is going to prevent you from playing used games!"
Oops, no, you can just fine...
"Hey, the PS3 is going to prevent you from playing used games!"
Nope, wrong again...
"Hey, the next Xbox is going to prevent you from playing used games!"
At this point, I'm convinced it's just a way for the hardware people to wrangle a little bit extra developer support before launch, where inevitably they aren't stupid enough to do something that would alienate their core market...
Federal Judges Wary of Facebook, Twitter Impact On Juries
Yes! In fact, let's give Nancy Grace sovereign power over each human to decide if they should live or die right now!
I think you have that backwards... we should give every human sovereign power to decide if Nancy Grace should live or die right now...
Pirate Party Wins Seat In Berlin
Present, but unnoticed? Oh... my... god...
Police Raid PS3 Hacker's House, Hacker Releases PS3 'Hypervisor Bible'
It happened in Germany.
But hey, don't let that get in the way of a good America bashing...
The Empire Strikes Back Added To National Film Registry
Surely you can't be serious!
Net Pioneers Say Open Internet Should Be Separate
To me, it sounds like "separate, but equal".
That didn't work out that well, either.
Boxee Box Pre-Orders Start At $229
Not trolling, but how's 1080p x264 playback with that setup? I have a Popcorn Hour A100 (old-school) that does it all except DTS audio... :\
The important bit to note is the ION. If you have a NVidia GPU, you can use the Live or Linux (And at this point, I think the Windows version supports GPU acceleration) versions, and if you enable VDPAU (Or the Windows equivalent), and it will happily accelerate the video. I get full 1080p playback with no dropped frames or stuttering on a Asus AspireRevo that is almost completely silent.
40 Windows Apps Said To Contain Critical Bug
Posting to undo moderation.
Gasoline From Thin Air
In this house, we obey the laws of thermodynamics!
King's Quest Fan Project The Silver Lining Is Back
Good on Vivendi. It's good to see they realized they made a mistake, that this wasn't hurting them (Quite the opposite, probably), and correcting the issue.
One company (on one issue) down, a few million more to go!
Leaked MS Presentation Shows App Store Plans For Windows 8
And it would be one way for an administrator to allow people to download software while being reasonably assured they're not going to install malware by accident. I would hope.
Check out AppLocker.
It allows you to vet certain programs and allow them to be installed, including updates and future versions, without granting the user account full rights to install.
Or you can publish MSIs to the network and allow your users to install programs from the "Add Programs" menu.
Should I Take Toyota's Software Update?
If it bricks, the Dealer's going to be the one who has to replace it. As far as I look at it, it's zero risk, financially.
Safety wise, it fixes a known bug.
Take the update.
For April Fool's, I...
I realized how much I want a Tauntaun Sleeping bag!
The Real Reason For Microsoft's TomTom Lawsuit
So really you lose all rights to using that code?
You lose all rights to DISTRIBUTE that code. You can still use that code in perpetuity, though.
WarGames and the Great Hacking Scare of 1983
No. Bill Gates did not say that.