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Senate Cybersecurity Bill Stalled By Ridiculous Amendments

Greger47 Re:What would it take... (233 comments)

The problem is figuring out how to craft a law demanding that. What does it mean to be "relevant" to a bill's stated purpose? For that matter, how does one define the "stated purpose" of a bill?

The obvious answer is, whoever wrote and introduced the bill gets to decide which amendments are relevant.

If a bad bill is introduced and the submitter stonewalls any amendments to improve it then it'll just get voted down.

/greger

about 2 years ago
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Interviews: Giovanni Organtini Answers About the Higgs and LHC

Greger47 Wait, phi^4 what? (123 comments)

So I read the arXiv paper which was quite understandable, but on page 5 it suddenly throws in a phi^4 term:

It is easy to show that adding a term like phi^4 to the energy density, the latter reaches its minimum for a field phi != 0.

And suddenly vacuum isn't empty any more. Why is that? What is the motivation for adding that phi^4 term out of nowhere?

/greger

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat Will Pay Microsoft To Get Past UEFI Restrictions

Greger47 $99 (809 comments)

What the sensationalist headline and summary forgot to mention is that RedHat is paying a whopping $99 to Microsoft.

What is more worrisome and more headline worthy is that Microsoft has now become the de facto gatekeeper of your computer BIOS. Without their signature you operating system will not run.

/greger

more than 2 years ago
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Apple vs. Nokia, RIM and Motorola On Nano-SIM Standard

Greger47 Re:Too small (144 comments)

But if they remove the SIM there is plenty of room for a microSD slot in it's place.

A "software SIM" on the SD card would be a win for consumers. It'll never happen though, since not having a SD and price gouging additional models with more internal flash is all the vogue right now.

/greger

more than 2 years ago
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BASF Moves GM Plant Research From Europe To US

Greger47 BASF still exists? (288 comments)

Wow!

BASF still exists? To me BASF is this, and I haven't heard them since. :)

/greger

more than 2 years ago
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Pop Artists Support Megaupload; Universal Censors

Greger47 Re:Ah good old Kim (255 comments)

What you say is only true only if the artists where directly involved in writing the song and lyrics, if they just performed it, no copyright for them.

The only thing we know from the video is that they preformed, who wrote the song any lyrics we don't know. We do know that Megaupload claims they signed contracts with everyone involved and own the rights. If the artists signed mutually exclusive contracts with both Universal and Megaupload, then again this is a contract dispute.

-greger

more than 2 years ago
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Pop Artists Support Megaupload; Universal Censors

Greger47 Re:Ah good old Kim (255 comments)

This isnt difficult; if the request is bogus as Kim claims so vehemently, all he has to do is counter-file a claim under the DMCA. At that point, if the video truly is infringing, it is on Kim to defend and take the heat, not Youtube.

They did dispute the takedown, see https://torrentfreak.com/universal-censors-megaupload-song-gets-branded-a-rogue-label-111210/

Now when I check a few YouTube links the message have changed to a terms of use violation instead, convenient for UMG's spin control, eh?

More likely, hes full of crap, and the artists signed agreements with UMG that means they really do hold the copyright(s).

Nice try, but the artists in the video don't get any copyright in the video, the guy holding the camera does. The only thing the artists can contract away to Universal is a promise not to appear in a video production not sanctioned by Universal. If they did it anyway, it's a contractual dispute between Universal and the artists, not a copyright issue.

/greger

more than 2 years ago
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Pop Artists Support Megaupload; Universal Censors

Greger47 Re:Ah good old Kim (255 comments)

If one or more of the artists have clauses in their contracts preventing them from taking part in a commercial, then it's a dispute between Universal and the artists. It does not give Universal automatic copyright over the video, nor does it allow Universal to use the DMCA to have it removed.

I also find it highly unlikely that the producers where dumb enough to use samples or other material under copyright ownership by Universal or any other third party without permission.

-greger

more than 2 years ago
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Pop Artists Support Megaupload; Universal Censors

Greger47 Re:Ah good old Kim (255 comments)

Sure, Kim is as big a slime ball as they come, but don't stare yourself blind on him.

The big story here is the absolutely monumental brazenness of Universal, using a bogus DMCA copyright claim to censor someone they don't like on a high visibility site as YouTube .

And they do this in spite that one of the major criticisms against their pet new SOPA/PIPA law is that it is ripe for abuse through bogus notices.

Either they are so sure of them selves, having congress in their pocket, or they are monumentally stupid.

-greger

more than 2 years ago
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R7RS Scheme Progress Report

Greger47 Crap... (47 comments)

I didn't understand a word of that gobbledygook. I better turn in my nerd credentials, before someone catches on. :(

/greger

more than 2 years ago
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Australian 'Electronic Pigeon Hole' Could Replace Gov't Snail Mail

Greger47 Re:"Pigeon Hole" (116 comments)

Oh great, so anyone can walk up to my electronic pigeonhole and grab my social security check?

They really need to work on their analogies...

greger

about 3 years ago
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Fedora 15 Released

Greger47 Re:Is it better? (171 comments)

Exactly my impression to, I think it would be great for tablets.

But for desktop not so much, it feels like a mouse marathon back and forth over the wide-screen monitor to launch applications, switching desktops etc.

/greger

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia Plan B Was Just a Hoax

Greger47 Re:You mean... (142 comments)

So where EXACTLY does that leave them an alternative? They need a product RIGHT NOW this very minute, they don't have time losing share as quickly as they are to dick around for who knows how long to get MeeGo up to snuff, and NOBODY like Symbian for anything other than dumb phones.

And how does a panic switch to WP7 help them now? Since it's a totally new platform to Nokia you can count on it taking them at least 12 months to get their first Windows phone out the door.

And with Symbian oficially declared dead you can count on their smart-phone market share dwindling even faster reaching exactly 0 in the mean time. Talk about loosing market traction, getting any market for their WP7 phone is going to be a uphill battle.

With MeeGo they have the device in the works ready within short, who knows it might even be ready as promised since November last year and Elop delayed it for tactical reasons to make his switch to WP7 seem even more justified.

/greger

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Tech Can Deblur Images Automatically

Greger47 Frankencamera. (204 comments)

Step back! This is a job for Frankencamera. Run it on your Nokia N900 today.

OTOH having that Arduino board and a mess of wires attached to your camera does score you a lot more geek cred than photographing using an plain old mobile phone.

/greger

about 4 years ago

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