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UK Passes "Instagram Act"

FrYGuY101 Re:This could go both ways (230 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Kills Windows Gadgets Via Security Update

FrYGuY101 Uh (161 comments)

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...

more than 2 years ago

Interview With Suren Ter From 'You Have Downloaded'

FrYGuY101 Re:Right, because BS is a thorough refutation (366 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

SSD Latency, Error Rates May Spell Bleak Future

FrYGuY101 Re:Sounds legit (292 comments)

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.

perambulate: verb

Walk or travel through or around (a place or area), esp. for pleasure and in a leisurely way.


more than 2 years ago

Xbox 720 Might Reject Used Games

FrYGuY101 Every new generation (543 comments)

"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...

about 3 years ago

Federal Judges Wary of Facebook, Twitter Impact On Juries

FrYGuY101 Re:I for one think its about damn time... (154 comments)

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...

about 3 years ago

Police Raid PS3 Hacker's House, Hacker Releases PS3 'Hypervisor Bible'

FrYGuY101 Re:P.S. The photo (448 comments)

It happened in Germany.

But hey, don't let that get in the way of a good America bashing...

more than 3 years ago

The Empire Strikes Back Added To National Film Registry

FrYGuY101 Airplane!? (129 comments)

Surely you can't be serious!

more than 4 years ago

Net Pioneers Say Open Internet Should Be Separate

FrYGuY101 Re:halp (216 comments)

To me, it sounds like "separate, but equal".

That didn't work out that well, either.

more than 4 years ago

Boxee Box Pre-Orders Start At $229

FrYGuY101 Re:'All in one media player' exists already... (266 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Gasoline From Thin Air

FrYGuY101 Lisa, get in here! (283 comments)

In this house, we obey the laws of thermodynamics!

more than 4 years ago

King's Quest Fan Project The Silver Lining Is Back

FrYGuY101 I can't believe I'm saying this, but... (61 comments)

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!

more than 4 years ago

Leaked MS Presentation Shows App Store Plans For Windows 8

FrYGuY101 Re:Just hilarious (339 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Should I Take Toyota's Software Update?

FrYGuY101 Take the update (750 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

The Real Reason For Microsoft's TomTom Lawsuit

FrYGuY101 Re:Say It Ain't So (408 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago



Saccharin can be used to fight Asian Soybean Rust

FrYGuY101 FrYGuY101 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

FrYGuY101 (770432) writes "Saccharin, the artificial sweetener used in diet drinks and other consumer products, has an unexpected sweet agricultural benefit: It helps soybean plants ward off a disease that threatens the entire soybean industry, University of Florida researchers say. If the sugar substitute performs as well in the field as it did in the lab, it may give farmers a cost-effective weapon in the fight against Asian soybean rust, an invasive fungal disease that appeared in the continental U.S. in 2004 and is now a major grower concern."
Link to Original Source

EFF, Software Freedom Law Centre help Shareaza

FrYGuY101 FrYGuY101 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FrYGuY101 (770432) writes "Open-source peer-to-peer client Shareaza recently had its domain-name taken over, followed by an ongoing attempt to trademark 'Shareaza'. Recently, they announced both their plans for future development of the client (including making future versions cross-platform) as well as their plans on fighting the legal threat posed by the aptly named company attempting to hijack Shareaza: 'Discordia, LTD'."

Shareaza website taken, soon to be trademarked?

FrYGuY101 FrYGuY101 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FrYGuY101 (770432) writes "Open source Peer-to-peer client Shareaza recently lost its website to a company, appropriately called Discordia Ltd. After closely recreating the look of the old Shareaza website, they've since gone one step further and have filed for a trademark for "Shareaza". The problem? The old Shareaza is still around. A timeline of events can be found here."



Anonymous Coward (+5 Funny)

FrYGuY101 FrYGuY101 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Long before I actually officialized my geekdom by gaining a full-fledged member-ID and nick, I made my comments as good ole' Anonymous Coward.

Many of those comments were modded up, and quite highly so. Some +5 Insightful, a few +5 Informative, most +5 Funny as I'm a glorified smartass. In the process, I learned something: Anonymous Coward has two benefits when one seeks to make a point (Or joke, for that matter).

Advantage one: Nobody knows you. No stigma is attached, no checking up on the name for past comments is done, nothing. Every post is the first and last post in that little world. This may not seem like much, and it usually isn't, but when you post something even remotely disparaging towards Mac or Linux, unless you 'prove your credentials', you're a troll, and even if you do, if you make multiple disparaging remarks, even if your 'credentials' and complaints are completely valid, you eventually get labeled a troll. AC's allow one to avoid this taint. I could go on about what a sad state of affairs it is that one must 'prove' themself to make a bad comment about a UNIX derived system, but that's best left for another entry.

Advantage two: This one is what got me thinking about the kernel of this journal entry. AC's have a lower bar of expectation. To quote Stewie from Family Guy: "I see, I give you comedy gold and I get nothing, the fat man makes a pun and you all shit yourselves". Well, not quite that bad here at Slashdot... since my registration I've gotten plenty of +5 moderations, and plenty of my anonymous postings haven't. But the point remains. Some of my anonymous postings (Like so) I just have a sneaking suspicion would be modded to hell as a troll or flamebait if I slapped my name on it... but Anonymously? Heck, Coward made a joke! Laugh!

If I had stepped up, fessed to this posting, and taken the moderation like a man... would it have gotten +5? Maybe. The more I think about it, the more this one probably would have, as it panders to Slashdot's Libertarian bias (I'd like to take this time to pimp out my boy Badnarik, whom I'm voting for as soon as I get down to the early voting station). But as I think about all the other comments where I was too concerned about my precious karma to sign my name to, that ended up +5, I sadly DON'T think all would have faired as well, which I learned early on at Slashdot. The fact that "Funny" mods don't grant karma, but "Flamebait" and "Troll" et al take them away doesn't help, and only encourage that comments like this are done anonymously, as they could be taken either way, and one mod sets the mood when looking at it...

Bah, I've ranted long enough. I suppose what I'm saying is that Slashdot is a community which is subtly encouraging anonymity, the very antithesis of the foundation of a community. While we may have anonymity in the sense that you have no idea whether I'm in Perth, Australia, Kabul, Afghanistan, or Des Moine, Iowa (I'm in none)... but you still know this is "FrYGuY101". You can see some of my more recent comments. You can label me a friend if you like my comments, or a foe if you don't. If I think highly of you, I'm a fan, if I don't, I'm a freak... but when comments which are the most controversial cause me to fear reciprocity to my karma, not because I'm lying or trolling or flaming, but because my views are unpopular, the comments which would most define who I am, and give the best measure of whether or not you become a fan of mine or a freak, are almost forced into the microcosm of a single AC post, you lose that. And, in the end, isn't that what the Anti-Slash idiots want? To disrupt this fun, vibrant community? Well, sadly, they've succeded at that, in spades.


RIP, Pat Tillman

FrYGuY101 FrYGuY101 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Pat Tillman gave up a $3 Million contract to become an Army Ranger, fighting on the front lines of Afghanistan. He was also a modest man, requesting that the media not make a big deal out of it. He wanted to be just like any other soldier, and like any other soldier could, he ended up giving his life when he was ambushed on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Rest in peace, sir. You are truly worth of the title 'Hero'.



FrYGuY101 FrYGuY101 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Okay. I'm rather annoyed.

I made a rather valid point in the article about the Australian traffic department's statement about their switch to Mac being based on it being 'open standards and systems' being rather odd, since Apple is known for being rather closed when they can. Hardware, software (OS-X isn't open, even if its Kernel is), whatever.

While the article was being read by the general slashdot populous, it was modded +5 insightful. Granted, +5 may have been a bit excessive, but that's besides the point. The point is that as the story moved off the main page, but stayed high on the 'Apple' page, the Apple fanboys started (ab)using their mod powers. Because my statement wasn't pure praise for Apple (it DID contain a positive statement about Apple) it was modded down as "Flaimbait" and "overrated". Now the statement is listed as " -1 Insightful". Moreover, it dropped my Karma from Good, to positive, to neutral, to bad.

Gee, thanks. Take a +5 post making valid claims, and trash it because you don't like the statement made. It's reasons like this I fucking hate Apple users sometimes. Rather than dealing with criticism, valid or not, they dismiss it as 'stupid windows users'. In the future, I'll take specific note to mod down Apple fanboys, simply for being in the same crowd as those assholes. You want to ignore criticism? I'll ignore the dumbass remarks of the 'inherent superiority' of Macs by its zealots.

Like I said in a post in that thread, there are few memories longer than that of a geek scorned.


FrYGuY101 FrYGuY101 writes  |  more than 10 years ago I've given in to my inner geek, and finally gotten a /. ID.

Curse you, geek! CURSE YOU!

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