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Foxconn Signs Massive Android Patent Agreement With Microsoft

Mister Whirly Re:Microsoft loses nothing (168 comments)

Yeah PARC came up with some cool stuff, they just had no idea what to do with it. Apple and Microsoft marketing departments took care of that though.

about a year ago
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Foxconn Signs Massive Android Patent Agreement With Microsoft

Mister Whirly Re:Microsoft loses nothing (168 comments)

This is Microsoft's new business model: World's Largest Patent Troll.

Which they most likely "stole" from Apple.

about a year ago
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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

Mister Whirly Re:Silverlight greatness (394 comments)

True, but Netflix is as easy to use as Google, or easier, if you specifically want to watch video. Some folks also want to be nice and legal while watching.

about a year ago
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AMD Says There Will Be No DirectX 12 — Ever

Mister Whirly Re:no DirectX 12 (305 comments)

And of all the things you mentioned only Spinal Tap is still actually relevant. I mean it only basically launched VH1 and their whole "Behind the Music" series.

If you don't believe me, dust off your VHS (I personally have it on Blu-Ray nowadays) and watch it again. It is still hilarious and one of the best fake "reality" show ever made. And still being referenced in this day and age. Just look at my sig for further proof of Spinal Tap's staying power...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

Mister Whirly Re:Don't try it, it's illegal (328 comments)

No, the obvious answer is give people the choice. Don't like TV - don't watch it. Nobody is forcing anybody to watch. It is pretty presumptuous to just ban everything you don't personally agree with.

about a year and a half ago
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Most Doctors Don't Think Patients Need Full Access To Med Records

Mister Whirly Re:Conspiracy! (659 comments)

But free markets and privatization fixes everything!!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

Mister Whirly Re:Don't try it, it's illegal (328 comments)

So basically you are admitting you can't understand how people could like some things you don't like? And implying that if everyone lived their life the way you do the world would be a better place? Sounds like a dreadfully simplistic view to me.

about a year and a half ago
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Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

Mister Whirly Re:Translation: We Don't Have Gigabit Fiber (573 comments)

I have fiber running to my house and I pay $35 a month for 50 down and 30 up. I know that the area my ISP covers in the city is limited to where their backbone runs, but if you are in their coverage area, it is the best deal around. I used to have Comcast and paid $55 for 25 down and 7-10 up. Plus an extra $10 if you didn't also have their $50 a month basic cable package.

about a year and a half ago
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Duke Nukem 3D Code Review

Mister Whirly Re:duke nuken (128 comments)

Yeah Blood took what was good about DN3D and multiplied it times ten. For a long time that was my favorite FPS, probably until Half-Life came out and I got my first Voodoo 3DFX graphics card.

about a year and a half ago
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Duke Nukem 3D Code Review

Mister Whirly Re:duke nuken (128 comments)

Crude or not it was the first FPS to even attempt humor. The whole "gritty realism" thing in FPS games wasn't quite there due to graphics limitations at the time, but the sense of humor definitely made it more enjoyable for me. And if you thought DN3D humor could be crude, did you ever play Shadow Warrior?

about a year and a half ago
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Duke Nukem 3D Code Review

Mister Whirly Re:duke nuken (128 comments)

Duke Nukem 3D was the first FPS to inject a healthy dose of humor into the game. That is what stands out in my mind over actual gameplay mechanics.

about a year and a half ago
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Canadian Court Rules You Have the Right To Google a Lawyer

Mister Whirly Re:Yellow Pages ??? (105 comments)

Oh, never mind. He did have phone books available.

about a year and a half ago
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Canadian Court Rules You Have the Right To Google a Lawyer

Mister Whirly Re:Yellow Pages ??? (105 comments)

The article states he only had access to 411 directory information, nothing about having a phone book is mentioned.

about a year and a half ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Addresses Ubuntu Privacy Issues

Mister Whirly Re:Yeah .... just in my experience. (279 comments)

That is the equivalent of getting a flat tire in a Ford and blaming Ford for the flat tire. The tire was bad, not the entire car.

about a year and a half ago
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Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

Mister Whirly Re:I'm a skeptic. (841 comments)

Agreed. My father did the same thing. Worst car he has ever owned, and he has had some clunkers. Never buy anything but wine or cheese made by the French, and especially not cars.

about a year and a half ago
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Judge Hints At Jail Time For Porn Copyright Troll Prenda Law

Mister Whirly Re:Is Porn Copyrightable? (63 comments)

Not quite. "Obscene" material is illegal, however the definition of "obscene" is not a federal standard. It is up to local government to decide what is "obscene" and what isn't. So there can't be any federal law making pornography illegal to distribute.

about a year and a half ago
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Judge Hints At Jail Time For Porn Copyright Troll Prenda Law

Mister Whirly Re:Is Porn Copyrightable? (63 comments)

Wikipedia can answer that.Some courts have applied US copyright protection to pornographic materials. Although the first US Copyright law specifically barred obscene materials, the provision was removed in subsequent extensions of copyright. Most pornographic productions are theoretically work for hire meaning pornographic models do not receive statutory royalties for their performances. Of difficulty is the changing views of what is considered obscene, meaning works could slip into and out of copyright protection based upon the prevailing standards of decency. This was not an issue with the copyright law up until 1972 when copyright protection required registration. When congress changed the law to make copyright protection automatic and for the life of the author, some courts have held it effectively granted copyright protection to pornography because materials once considered obscene might no longer be considered as such. Congress's decision also made ascertaining the copyright status of pornographic materials nearly impossible because of the secrecy conferred to the identity of the models and producers.

The copyright status of pornography in the United States has been challenged as late as February 2012.

about a year and a half ago
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Rich Countries Suffer Less Malware, Says Microsoft Study

Mister Whirly Re:You don't say? (84 comments)

And when she buys an iPad, how are you going to duplicate that setup?

about a year and a half ago
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Rich Countries Suffer Less Malware, Says Microsoft Study

Mister Whirly Re:You don't say? (84 comments)

So what happens if the icon isn't there? What happens if the program that is supposed to run when she clicks the icon is broken?

Now read the rest of my post. Forcing someone to use {Product X} isn't the answer to security.

about a year and a half ago

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Research shows video games don't make kids violent

Mister Whirly Mister Whirly writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mister Whirly (964219) writes "Playing video games does not turn children into deranged, blood-thirsty super-killers, according to a new book by a pair of Harvard researchers.

Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson, a husband-and-wife team at Harvard Medical School, detail their views in "Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do", which came out last month and promises to reshape the debate on the effects of video games on kids.

"What I hope people realize is that there is no data to support the simple-minded concerns that video games cause violence," Kutner told Reuters.

The pair reached that conclusion after conducting a two-year study of more than 1,200 middle-school children about their attitudes towards video games.

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