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Court Takes Away Some of the Public Domain

Knara Re:subject to Berne Convention (431 comments)

Explain to me, exactly, how the Berne Convention "countermands citizen rights".

more than 4 years ago
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Court Takes Away Some of the Public Domain

Knara Re:ALL copyright is a restriction on free speech. (431 comments)

You (and I, with the posts I made on the same subject) are pissing in the wind. On Slashdot, if something has to do with copyright and it isn't "more of this stuff is now free for the taking", it's automatically bad.

more than 4 years ago
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Court Takes Away Some of the Public Domain

Knara Re:The RIAA are not people (431 comments)

Some "asian" stereotypes (and I use the term in the way that is used in the US, mainly referring to folks whose ethnic origins are in eastern, north-eastern, or south-eastern asian, but not including South Asians, as is the case in other English-predominant countries) are strangely objected to in modern society. The one that always gets me is that "asians are cunning" or "asians are sly". I, personally, would love to be considered cunning or sly. I've even heard of folks objecting to the stereotype that "asians" are intelligent and diligent workers.

I've come to conclude that, at least in much of US popular culture, people feel they need a certain amount of oppression to publicly object to, in order to feel a real part of the "success in the face of hardship" ethos that the "American Dream" represents.

And that people are weird, regardless of where they come from or what they look like.

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Court Takes Away Some of the Public Domain

Knara Re:The RIAA are not people (431 comments)

You're essentially right. As far as I can tell, this ruling states that is okay to sign a treaty that restores the copyright in an official manner for both US works and works from *one specific country* that were *already copyrighted under the Berne Convention* and had not had their terms expire.

Its got nothing to do with much else. The article summaries are full of whargarbl and devoid of meaningful analysis.

more than 4 years ago
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Court Takes Away Some of the Public Domain

Knara Re:Madness (431 comments)

See my comment here. It really isn't nefarious at all.

more than 4 years ago
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Court Takes Away Some of the Public Domain

Knara Eh (431 comments)

In reading the actual text of the decision, it looks like the only works with restored copyrights were not those that were expired, but basically those foreign works works (from one specific country) that were not under explicit US copyright protection due to technicalities, but would have been under the Berne Convention anyway.

In other words, the treaty that specified the restoration basically set the record straight in terms of US copyright what was already copyrighted due to the Berne Convention.

Sorry, this is Slashdot, I forgot. "Zomg RIAAMPAAEVVILLLL!#@!(#!"

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Louisiana Federal Judge Blocks Drilling Moratorium

Knara Re:So? (691 comments)

Have a 401k or any investment vehicle that has DJIA or S&P400 indexes in it? Then you do, as well.

I have no problem with this ruling, seeing as the agency concerned has no evidence to show that what happened with the problematic rig is likely to happen, with any sort of likelihood, on any other rig.

more than 4 years ago
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For-Profit, Illegal Movie Download Sites Threaten MPAA

Knara Re:why would anyone BUY an illegal copy? (387 comments)

The studios pay both the MPAA/RIAA (they exist at the behest of the major studios) and the people who produce the content via revenues from publishing/distributing/etc. If you don't think that's the case, you're essentially saying that magical fairies pay salaries and contracts.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Engineers Don't Like Twitter

Knara This just in... (460 comments)

... engineers set in their ways find new tool not all that useful for themselves.

Later, we explain why 8-core CPUs are stupid because you can't use them as protection against ballistas.

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Why Engineers Don't Like Twitter

Knara Re:Breakfast? (460 comments)

Exactly. It's like screen+IRC for folks who never had screen+IRC.

more than 4 years ago
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WordPress 3.0 Released

Knara Re:Missing Features (79 comments)

Sure. Though its trivial to add "like" buttons using a text widget.

more than 4 years ago
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WordPress 3.0 Released

Knara Re:Wordperfect (79 comments)

Fuck yeah joe, I mean, Wordstar.

(I used "joe" instead of vi, emacs, or pico for years and years on Linux)

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Vote Marks Effort To Take Greater Control of the Web

Knara Re:Incredibly misleading headline (323 comments)

You don't understand. It has something to do with the Obama administration, and therefore its a naked power grab moving us closer to socialism and the end of The American Way of Life.

more than 4 years ago
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Over a Third of the Internet Is Pornographic

Knara Re:Thats more porn... (247 comments)

People who wear wetsuits are worse off.

more than 4 years ago
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Over a Third of the Internet Is Pornographic

Knara Re:Thats more porn... (247 comments)

Some people like it. I like it sometimes. Depends on my mood. There's still tons more vanilla porn out there for folks like you.

more than 4 years ago
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Over a Third of the Internet Is Pornographic

Knara Re:Thats more porn... (247 comments)

The first company to come out with fully interactive, fully immersive tactile VR body suits will have a CEO with wealth that rivals Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Get on it!

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Reverses Rejection of Ulysses Comic

Knara Re:It's easy to feel good about Apple's policies.. (422 comments)

I blame everyone for complaining when they clearly did not do their purchase for something that is either a large ticket item, or, in particular, is something to do with their health.

more than 4 years ago

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Mystery Roar from Faraway Space Detected

Knara Knara writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Knara (9377) writes "From Space.com:

Space is typically thought of as a very quiet place. But one team of astronomers has found a strange cosmic noise that booms six times louder than expected. The roar is from the distant cosmos. Nobody knows what causes it. The signal is measured to be six times brighter than the combined emission of all known radio sources in the universe. For now, the origin of the signal remains a mystery. "We really don't know what it is,"said team member Michael Seiffert of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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Autism Shown to Have Significant Genetic Basis

Knara Knara writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Knara (9377) writes "From an article on ABCNews.com:

'[...]Three different laboratories across the country have identified the same gene abnormality as a possible cause of autism — adding to the growing body of evidence that the disorder is primarily genetic.

The gene — known to scientists as contactin-associated proteinlike 2 (CNTNAP2) — has been a prime autism suspect among scientists. The gene is a blueprint of sorts for an important protein involved in the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other properly.'

There's also a slightly more technical scoop at MedPageToday"

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