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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

MachineShedFred Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (282 comments)

It is considered "Fair Use" as defined in Sony v Universal (the Betamax decision). Because it's private use, and is only considered "place shifting", there is no copyright infringement to be found unless you redistribute the shifted media.

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

MachineShedFred Re:Good luck with that. (282 comments)

They don't even need better lawyers. They need one paralegal that can search American Law Review, where this was already decided in 1999 in the case of RIAA v Diamond Multimedia - the landmark case that makes all portable MP3 players legal under the "space shifting" provision of the Audio Home Recording Act.

There's a reason why the RIAA hasn't tried this shit since that decision - they already failed in circuit court, and on appeal. Does anyone really think they didn't want a piece of the iPod market?

yesterday
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

MachineShedFred Re:$7142.85 (393 comments)

Or, pricing the same system from Lenovo (or as close as you can get - they use Nvidia Quadro rather than AMD FirePro, and you have to go with a SATA SSD rather than PCI-E that performs >30% better) is $4200, in a much bigger and louder package.

I can't speak to your "bumped up specs to be a useful animation/artist box", but it seems that every single one that Apple has made since December has been happily sold to professionals that care only about getting their work done as quickly and accurately as possible, so Apple must be doing something right.

yesterday
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

MachineShedFred Re:$7142.85 (393 comments)

Which, coincidentally, is the same price you would pay for an "ideal server" from any other OEM.

yesterday
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Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

MachineShedFred Re:Yes it should ship! (106 comments)

Or, here's another look.

You are a massive semiconductor manufacturer, as well as a manufacturer of smartphone handsets. You've grown your phone business to being #1 in a market segment (Android) and you're one of the few making a profit, and people are actually buying in on your marketing. You've managed to do something that very few other companies ever get done, especially in a rapidly shifting tech marketplace.

But you are completely reliant on another company for your operating system, and they don't take their marching orders from you because they need to maintain relationships with your competitors.

We've seen this before (PC hardware), and we've seen what happens (Microsoft). Samsung is making a play to keep some leverage on Google - you fuck around with us, and we walk away taking half your market with us. The money spent on Tizen is simply for leverage on Google, to make sure that Google doesn't jerk their chain too much.

2 days ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

MachineShedFred Re:Typical (161 comments)

I'd like to temper the last bit of your post with the following addendum:

It's not surprising that Beats Audio is getting sued for this all of a sudden, now that they are about to have some very deep pockets for a potential settlement.

Oh, and Beats has had noise canceling tech shipping for at least a year, so this seems very much like Bose waiting until they could extract a nice cash settlement rather than actually working to protect a competitive technical advantage.

2 days ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

MachineShedFred Re:Typical (161 comments)

Yeah, because Apple has commented on this somewhere?

You do realize that Apple doesn't even own Beats Audio yet, right? And that this legal action, in no way resembles Bose making an opportunistic money grab now that it looks like Beats will be gaining some very deep pockets in the next few weeks, right?

Why didn't they sue months / years ago when Beats first put noise canceling products on the market?

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

MachineShedFred Re:No need for a conspiracy (281 comments)

It depends on the features being added. In particular, the feature being added for Windows 8 is that they are leveraging EFI booting in a way that isn't completely fucked up, and they've jettisoned a heap of code for backwards compatibility with hardware nobody uses any more.

Net effect: much more stable and efficient software.

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

MachineShedFred Re:No need for a conspiracy (281 comments)

Yeah, because nobody would ever gripe at Apple about version n+1 not being supported on their precious 3 year old phone.

Oh wait, everyone gripes about that when they have done that in the past.

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

MachineShedFred Re:my ipad 2 still works (281 comments)

Oh noes, anonymous coward thinks someone looks like a "stupid dipshit moron" for buying a 2011-model tablet that actually worked, and has been useful for years.

Is this the part where I say that the previous AC looks like an idiot for using three words in a row that basically mean the same thing? Or is he saying that the GP poster should have bought a Motorola Xoom instead, being the chief competitor to the iPad 2? How'd that work out for all those customers? Maybe a BlackBerry PlayBook or an HP TouchPad? Because anyone who bought those products are still using them today?

Sorry, AC, but while the GP might "look" like a "stupid dipshit moron", you actually are one.

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

MachineShedFred Re: Not Just Phones (281 comments)

Well, reason #1 would probably be a massive class action lawsuit that would destroy the coveted relationship that these companies have with their user base.

Yes, I said that right - they won't give a shit about the monetary damages because they are doing laps in Scrooge McDuck-style money bins; but as soon as you get a reputation for creating shit devices that don't work 6 months after purchase, you become Motorola Mobility - a company that makes halfway decent hardware now, but can't sell it because of all the TERRIBLE PRODUCTS that you made before and never bothered to update.

2 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

MachineShedFred Re:Papers (223 comments)

A bluetooth keyboard?

Just say'in.

5 days ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

MachineShedFred Re:Not Apple's first Yosemite-named Mac product (165 comments)

Yeah, but nobody is going to confuse a modern software branding with that ass-ugly hardware tower.

Though, it was the first NewWorld ROM Mac, so that's worth something. And that case got infinitely better when they went with grey / graphite for the G4. It's still one of the best cases to work inside that's ever been made, since the logic board was mounted to the hinged door.

about a week ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

MachineShedFred You did it wrong. (165 comments)

If you just want a UNIX shell, why are you running all that graphical crap at all? Real men want a text mode UNIX. Here, let me help you...

From the login window, in the user name field, type:

>console

and hit enter.

Now, loginwindow.app and the window server go away, and you're in a real UNIX shell. And get off my lawn.

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

MachineShedFred Re:Misquote in #1 (701 comments)

Everyone seems to forget that the Rocketdyne F1 motor's fuel pumps alone had 55,000 horsepower, used for nothing but to pump kerosene into the main combustion engine, and use the exhaust from that gas generator to protect the nozzle extension from the much hotter temperatures being created by the rest of the motor.

This is the single most powerful thing ever created that didn't use a nuclear isotope to make the power. Yeah, it was pretty complex.

about a week ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

MachineShedFred Re:Orion is NOT carrying astronauts to Mars (108 comments)

Because there's absolutely no way for Orion to dock with something else that has yet to be developed, launched separately, meant to support a longer mission.

Right?

about two weeks ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

MachineShedFred Re:NASA has become small indeed... (108 comments)

Rendezvous with an asteroid is about the same as rendezvous with another small orbital body, like a space station. You match your orbital plane, and then you plot a point of intersection between your orbit and the target. You match velocity and orbit with a maneuver when you get close. You then get nice and close, and do what you're gonna do (take pictures, grab on, etc.).

As with all things, the devil is in the details. But we've gotten really good at rendezvous - we've been doing it in orbit since the 1960s in Gemini, we've done it in lunar orbit. There's no reason to say that rendezvous with a giant lump of rock would be any different - it's just crunching the math on how much delta-V is necessary, and then building hardware to get it done.

about two weeks ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

MachineShedFred Re:NASA has become small indeed... (108 comments)

When Kennedy gave that speech, we had all of 15 minutes of manned spaceflight experience from putting a single manned capsule on what was essentially a V-2 rocket imported from Germany. Alan Shepard could have held his breath through most of that flight.

So yeah, the later Mercury flights, the Gemini flights, and the Apollo program were essentially from scratch.

about two weeks ago

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Microsoft launches FUD campaign against iPad

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "ZDnet has posted an article containing a PowerPoint slide deck that Microsoft is shopping around to Windows-based tablet manufacturers showing how the iPad is horrible for the enterprise. Never mind that half of the things on the slides are incorrect, or are solved using Microsoft's own Exchange / ActiveSync technologies. The more things change, the more they stay the same."
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NTP Sues World + Dog Over Wireless Email Patents

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  about 4 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many other tech companies have been named in a lawsuit being brought forth by NTP, the company that settled a lawsuit against Blackberry-maker Research in Motion for over $600M. I would imagine that this is going to be vigorously defended, as the entire tech industry stands to lose on this one. Also, it's fairly obvious what NTP is about when even CNN calls them a 'Patent Troll.'"
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Oregon speech law challenged in court

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "A lawsuit has been filed against all the county District Attorneys, as well as the Attorney General of Oregon to block enforcement of a new law that restricts the sale of "sexually explicit" material to people under the age of 18. Powell's Books (who claims to be the largest independant new and used bookstore in the world) as well as Dark Horse Comics (publisher of Frank Miller graphic novels) as well as many other bookstores claim that the new law would be impossible for these businesses to comply with. In an affidavit, Michael Powell had to say "Powell's has in stock over 2 million volumes constituting over 1 million titles," Powell said in his affidavit. "We receive on an average over 5,000 new titles per week. Obviously we cannot read each new title to determine whether there are any sexual explicit portions and if so whether such portions 'serve some purpose other than titillation' (even if I knew what that meant).""
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Supreme Court to hear FCC indecency case

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "The Supreme Court of the United States has announced that it will be hearing the FCC's appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that the FCC has changed it's policy on fleeting expletives without adequate explanation. It's now on the FCC to explain to the Supreme Court why it's policy has changed.

This is also the first time the Supreme Court has heard a major "broadcast indecency" case in 30 years."
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MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "El Reg is reporting that MIT scientists have found a way to reduce the heat load on your standard Nuclear Pressurized Water Reactor from ~1800 C to ~700 C. They found that reshaping the fuel pellets as tubes rather than cylinders that are manufactured for the reactors can greatly increase the amount of heat transfer from the fuel pile to the coolant. This would make for a safer reactor system because you much farther below the melting point of Uranium (2840 C)."

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Clackamas Sucks!!!

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Arrgh.

Stuck out in CLK in the broken ring closet.

PowerBook... barely... has... connection... !

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