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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Monkey-Man2000 Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

This is a very good point and excellent support for your point is the experience Google had with Sun Microsystems and now Oracle regarding the Android/Java technology. Last I heard Oracle had won the argument that an API is copyrightable in front of a judge and that Google owes them money; it must be in appeal because I didn't recall hearing that Google actually paid out yet. A key difference, of course, is that this is patents and Oracle was mostly arguing copyright I believe. And I believe Google's main defense was that the last CEO at Sun supported their usage (notwithstanding the fact that an API should NOT be copyrightable to begin with!).

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Monkey-Man2000 Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

test1

about 3 months ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

Monkey-Man2000 Re:Only in America (188 comments)

The DJ responsible for "Fuck Tha Police" just made a billion dollars. I love it.

Now he can write a song called "Fuck Tha [Apple] Shareholders"...

about 3 months ago
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Static Electricity Defies Simple Explanation

Monkey-Man2000 Re:it's explained in the study (86 comments)

Well, I think it's pretty well known that you're more likely to shock yourself from static electricity in low humidity conditions (I haven't RTFA so will have to see how this observation jibes with the study). I always assumed it was because when there is higher water density in the air that charges are more evenly distributed in a room while in lower humidity charged surfaces are more isolated and when you touch something you make a conduit and feel the shock.

about 3 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

Monkey-Man2000 Re:Buggy whips (417 comments)

FYI, this is fundamentally to protect customers. For example, this and this were recently reported as occurring in Paris by illegals cabbies.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Monkey-Man2000 Re:You don't hear about the failures (390 comments)

True, and many people are not born with entrepreneurial skills either (but some learn early and we'll say they were born for it) -- most people need to learn these types of things through work or education. Those averse to learning them, or encouraged(/discouraged) by comments like yours, will surely fail as they think they can't learn to be an entrepreneur to begin with. Did Walt Disney think of himself primarily as an entrepreneur, or just an animator that wanted to get shit done? The end effect was the same, he was an animator AND an entrepreneur but he needed no special training, or novel built-in talent, to distinguish the two. That's my point. The GP post pointed out he knew some of his faults were in his industry connections; IMO, that's the first lessons to be learned toward an entrepreneurial future and GP learned some hard but good lessons IMO. Why not start an industry? We need more of those things states-side I think...

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Monkey-Man2000 Re:You don't hear about the failures (390 comments)

I guess I just don't get why you wouldn't try bettering your community with starting a new local industry (the US needs more job-makers after all!)-- that said, being a teacher is certainly admirable as I would like to be one, and that betters the community in nonlinear ways like creating a business. But there are are a surplus of students in the US and not enough JOBS, so the ability to be able to deliver an _actual_product_, produced locally, is a big deal IMO, and a big deal for your locale (and would be for your local government FYI)...

From your brief comments, you could shepherd that, and even Pixar and Disney(!) started small.... Just saying... There's probably more going in your life than you let on I would hazard a guess, like family or something, and I understand if that's the case, because they can distract from the IDEAL career-choices... And I suppose the IDEAL career-choice, was not a recent option for you, because you (like many) have had practical considerations to think of... Cheers though, for sharing your story!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Monkey-Man2000 Re:You don't hear about the failures (390 comments)

Fair enough, but big cities started as small towns too. I.e., you could still start a studio if you find some good people and you might be surprised what skilled people (like you) live in your neighborhood, and if you were very good in the local endeavors, you would probably attract more to the locale.

LOL, I just realized, my comment was directly influenced by the fact I've been reading the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin this week -- good book btw, a bit rambling as he was mostly an old fogey as he says up-front, but I should have read it when I was much younger I think, because he has really good advice for getting shit done (both personally and in the community). :)

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Monkey-Man2000 Re:You don't hear about the failures (390 comments)

I'm curious what you are doing now then? If I had the skills, I'd try to use Blender (or whatever) and start my own studio if I couldn't get hired by the big boys/girls. Connections would still be a problem though for distribution, but now you know that and could alleviate it.

about 4 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Monkey-Man2000 Re:How to call Bruce (2219 comments)

Hi Bruce, What I wish had happened is that /. had asked for volunteers to start a non-profit foundation (like Blender) to sell to instead of a company like DICE that's apparently run by pointy-haired bosses. In the absence of even that offer to the community, I'm onboard supporting your actions but I would also suggest waiting to see how the protest works out here.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Monkey-Man2000 Re: Why? (2219 comments)

The change is apparently because they're trying to co-opt the /. brand by putting the DICE website on it (and hope to have bought the /. userbase). Fat chance that's going to work out...

about 7 months ago
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Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

Monkey-Man2000 Re:Protest Beta (206 comments)

Hear, hear! I'm with you on this!

about 7 months ago
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Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

Monkey-Man2000 Re:first (206 comments)

The editors know... we made it clear in the beta announcement thread and at least one editor said he was going to bubble it to the top of the foodchain. This is a topdown order and going to straight-up KILL slashdot. I don't think DICE even cares, and apparently neither do the editors as their still drawing paychecks. This is some serious shit; I don't know how things went down but I'd like to think Taco had the integrity to leave when he knew which way the ship would be going -- maybe he had family concerns financially. But the others, I feel bad for them, but damn, goddamn indeed, they need to stage a revolt because the users of /. are about to if this shit is forced down our throats....

about 7 months ago
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Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

Monkey-Man2000 Re:Fuck the beta (206 comments)

If you took their survey you'll see they know most long-time /. users are outraged. The first question was something like, "Did you know, you can find the classic slashdot layout at a link at the bottom of the page" Answer: No. Next question, "did you find it?". Answer: No (it's buried in a text box). Next question, "Do you have any suggestions for improving the usability of the beta" Answer: Go back to classic Slashdot by default. Etc., etc., They know the beta's shit and don't care because they are going to use the site to phish irregular users into their "Business Intelligence" BS. They don't care to keep us here, they just want the name for the geek-chique with the managers that may think they're hip because they've heard of /. but never actually visited. I hope Taco made a mint on this and the other "editors" as well because they sold out hard -- I knew something was seriously wrong when he jumped ship after so many previous acquisitions....

about 7 months ago
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Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

Monkey-Man2000 Re:MOD UP! (206 comments)

Dear God this thread! DICE is killing a beloved brand if they go to this horrible new format. WE DO NOT WANT AND WILL NOT USE IT!!!

about 7 months ago
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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

Monkey-Man2000 Re:Hire them at companies without experience (545 comments)

I mostly agree with you, but I don't think your personal anecdote is a good example of what you're trying to convey since apparently some boys started archery/self-defense, decided they didn't like it, and changed. The teachers were just conveying their experience (like you) that most boys play football/baseball and girls do the other stuff. Anyway, I would have been with you (and the girls :) doing the archery/self-defense. :)

about 7 months ago
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Who's Writing Linux These Days?

Monkey-Man2000 Re:Basic functionality of an OS is there (63 comments)

All that code developed by companies is then reviewed and tested by part timers

[[Citation Needed]] The linked article suggests the opposite and shows that signing off on code submissions is overwhelmingly corporate.

What, you don't browse the Linux repository's weekly commits every Saturday evening like me? People get paid for that?!

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

Monkey-Man2000 Re:Never gonna happen, because of how OSS works. (299 comments)

If you want to use pro audio, you want to be able to mix the low latency, high sampling rate stream together with the regular OS/Desktop audio.

Why on earth would you want to mix your professionally sounding audio with every freaking app that goes "ding" or "boing" or "you've got mail"? To me, that sounds like the perfect way to ruin everything.

I WANT my music production app to grab the sound card for itself, so no "ding" or "boing" can touch it.

This. Maybe GP is talking way above my head but that just sounded like a very bizarre requirement.

about 7 months ago
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Open Source Add-on Rewrites the User Interface of IE11

Monkey-Man2000 Re: Who cares (86 comments)

Another vote for vomit-inducing. DICE please take notice because it was strongly conveyed in comments of the beta announcement: I, and many like me, have had /. our homepage for 15+ yrs and read it several times a day. If you go with this godawful layout I expect you'll be lucky to have 10% of your current traffic. I will certainly not be one of those remaining... It makes me sad that a single company can singlehandedly kill a beloved site/brand like this... It now seems inevitable...

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Language To Learn For Scientific Computing?

Monkey-Man2000 Re:Python (465 comments)

a complete answer would be Python and C++, because numpy/scipy can't do everything and Python is still very slow for number-crunching.

That's why more people should check out Cython. It's basically it's own language modeled closely after Python but uses C-like language constructions when optimizations are helpful. I quite liked it when I checked it out, but I haven't been following it much recently.

about 10 months ago

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Jailbreaking cell phones does not break the DMCA

Monkey-Man2000 Monkey-Man2000 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Monkey-Man2000 (603495) writes "After the EFF petitioned the Library of Congress' Copyright Office to investigate whether jailbreaking phones (particularly iPhones) violated the DMCA, it has ruled that jailbreaking is "innocuous at worst and beneficial at best," as indicated here. Apple has responded that jailbreaking still can violate your warranty, that you are more prone to malware after jailbreaking, that they may refuse service of your iPhone, and it can void the EULA. Perhaps also of interest, the Copyright Office ruled that remixing videos from DVDs does not violate the DMCA and is fair use. The full decision also includes an updated list of fair use provisions that do not violate the DMCA."
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