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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

Moryath Re:501(c)(3) Classes (228 comments)

Most open-source "foundations" have been operating in a "give away the razor, sell the blades" mentality.

Give away the razor (base software), sell the blades (support contracts / phone support / specific pay-for-implementation requests / etc).

I can see why the IRS is having a hard time taking claims of being a nonprofit or public-benefit company seriously when that's examined. It's kind of taking the "how to make money off FOSS" instructions constantly published in the community at face value.

about 3 months ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

Moryath Re:What ever happened to abandonment? (360 comments)

Trademark =/= Copyright.

They can copyright that fucking mouse all day long, the copyright on the older works is far overdue to reenter the public domain - especially when Walt, the fucking thief, took liberally from the commons to make most of his early successes.

Want to make a new creative work out of an old fairy tale today? Watch out you don't cross The Fucking Mouse's Army Of Lawyers. Nevermind that Sapsorrow/Cinderella is in the public domain, they'll come after you for making something "similar" to something they made based on the same thing.

Same thing for half of Hans Christian Andersen's catalog, same thing for so many songs where they blatantly stole the melodies from earlier-era, public domain music, and on and on and on. Disney and the copyright cartels see the public domain, not as a common resource for all, but their personally owned little idea-mining zone and that needs to fucking change.

about 8 months ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

Moryath Re:As a max time limit before entering public doma (360 comments)

It seems absurd to me that a work be protected for 95 years when the medium it was produced for will last less than a decade.

Paying GoG for their work in *adapting* the game - spending the time to troubleshoot or repack the installer, repack the system updates, correctly create the auto-configuration for Dosbox or other compatibility software, and so on - I'm perfectly fine with.

But the point is valid. We LOSE more than we gain from the public domain these days. Almost no software, except that specifically gifted to the public domain, is available like that. The media they are stored on dies, and those whose goal is preserving our digital history against the simple ravages of compatibility and bitrot must be willing to skirt the law in order to do so, which is frankly asinine.

The expansion of knowledge requires that it be brought to the public domain. I propose we limit copyright to a term no greater than that of patent, and require that the source code of any software be provided in the copyright filings so that it cannot be lost.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

Moryath Re:You were not hired to finish the project (308 comments)

One reason companies hire contractors for jobs like this is visibility.

Another reason they hire contractors for jobs like this is to get a fall guy. "The code worked before we hired the contractor, now it doesn't work, obviously the contractor is to blame."

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

Moryath Re:Enjoy your Death March (308 comments)

Stockholm Syndrome. It's very common among GOP-leaning employees who don't know how hard they get screwed thanks to the steady stripping away of regulatory and union protections for workers...

about 8 months ago
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Decision, EA: Judge Reverses Multimillion Dollar Award To Madden Dev

Moryath Re:As usual, the rich win. (125 comments)

If the expert was wrong, then the defense should have shown them side-by-side to show the differences.

This. After reading the judge's ruling, I'm convinced it has more to do with the brand-new swimming pool in his backyard with an EA logo on the bottom than anything to do with the facts of the case...

about 8 months ago
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US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

Moryath Re:Now the next step... (143 comments)

But what ACTUALLY happens is that the big companies have their own attorney on staff, whose job it is to robosign "due diligence searches" without bothering to do them.

about 8 months ago
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US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

Moryath Now the next step... (143 comments)

placing the burden on the patent holder to prove the patent is NOT the result of:

- Patent slamming to game the system (e.g. submitting the same fucking thing 100 different times hoping one submission will slip by an overworked patent reviewer)
- Patenting something already patented
- Patenting something that is already obvious
- Submarine-patenting

about 8 months ago
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Candy Crush Maker King.com Has Trademarked 'Candy' For Games

Moryath Re:No worries (169 comments)

Time for a spate of lawsuits showing how commonly the word is used, and the throwing out of this candy-ass "trademark."

about 7 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Moryath Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

No, the USA is worse.

Iran and SA are slowly embracing the concept of treating women as equals. The GOP are actively trying to repeal women's rights.

about 8 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Moryath Re:What's the big deal? (770 comments)

Your fault for electing George Dumbass Bush... then Governor Hairgel... Taliban Dan... Louie Gohmert... Ted Cruz...

about 8 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Moryath Re:What's the big deal? (770 comments)

You'd be surprised how many stereotypes turn out to be right on when it comes to Texas...

about 8 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Moryath Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

"“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”"

--Isaac Asimov

about 8 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Moryath Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

Around here we call that dumbass "Taliban Dan." He's one of the worst of the worst of the GOP's "racist fucking moron christian" base-rousers.

about 8 months ago
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Silicon Valley Workers May Pursue Salary-Fixing Lawsuit

Moryath Re:Collusion, in tech? (130 comments)

Eventually.

After years of appeals, attempts to bury the employees in mounds of paperwork and bleed them dry on legal fees.

Followed by appeals over whether or not the defendants, if they lose, have to pay the plaintiffs' legal fees too...

Meanwhile, The H1-B Scam is alive and well, just two stories down from this one on the front page...

about 8 months ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

Moryath Re:Freakin' Riders. (767 comments)

Incandescent bulbs suck. They break easily, don't last long, and are a fucking fire hazard when used incorrectly (as simple as putting materials too close or putting too bright a bulb in a fixture with inadequate insulation and thin wiring).

CFLs suck less than incandescent bulbs. They don't get nearly as hot, they draw roughly an order of magnitude less current. Are they perfect? No, there are still issues like what to do if one is broken (shattered) and with deteriorating light amount over time on some of the earlier CFL models.

LEDs suck less than CFLs. They draw a bit less power and don't have some of the other CFL trade-offs.

The douchiness is in reactionary fucking morons who scream "waah CFLs suck because of LEDs, therefore we should all go back to incandescents" which is a really fucking stupid comment as you watch them make it.

about 8 months ago
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Behind the Scenes of Wii U Software Development

Moryath Re:People actually liked the controller? (92 comments)

Which is why they created the kiddie-friendly Xbox S controller in short order... pick which one you want.

about 8 months ago
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Behind the Scenes of Wii U Software Development

Moryath Re:There are different opinions (92 comments)

Wow. Getting a "debunk" from a PR blog called "Nintendo Enthusiast" about the WiiU... That's like trusting Fox News when they say the Tea Party aren't a bunch of racists.

about 8 months ago
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Behind the Scenes of Wii U Software Development

Moryath Re:People actually liked the controller? (92 comments)

Funny thing: I liked the old DC controller and the original Xbox controller. As long as you didn't hold them improperly, they were great.

The trick is, you are supposed to actually hold them in your HAND, not your fingers. That prevents finger strain and a lot of the RSI problems people get into with awkward hand positioning. The side of the controller goes into the crease between thumb and forefinger and across your palm, and your thumbs are free to use the buttons while your index and middle finger operate the triggers.

The Xbox controller was the first one I ever had a marathon gaming session with and felt no pain after. Couldn't say that about any of nintendo's controllers, nor the silly Playstation controllers that jab your hand with a too-short flange underneath each side and force you to curl your ring and pinky fingers in to try to hold it up.

It's ergonomics 101.

The other feature I "like" about the WiiU's controller is the theoretical ability to play a game on it while someone else uses the TV. Not enough to buy a WiiU, but I like the concept of the feature. The problem with it is that from what I hear, most companies don't really take advantage of that - they assume you have the TV running the game, and the pad screen available for some other form of readout, and so going to single-screen mode hurts your gameplay options.

I guess that's kind of like with the Wii's controller. There were a few games that used it really well, and a lot of third-party games (looking square at Activision here) where they implemented shitty controls to "show off" the motion-sensing features when there was no good gameplay reason to bother with motion-sensing anything.

about 8 months ago
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Healthcare IT's Achilles' Heel: Sensors

Moryath Wait a second. (84 comments)

I thought the achilles heel of healthcare IT was the dumbass doctors and nurses who put passwords to everything on sticky notes attached to the monitors?

about 9 months ago

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Time for ISPs to increase the caps?

Moryath Moryath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Moryath (553296) writes "Back in 2008, a bunch of ISPs — Roadrunner, Comcast, AT&T — rolled out "data usage caps" designed, well, mostly to do things like this and try to force customers to use their cable TV service instead of services like Hulu, Youtube, and other video subscription services.

Now it's 2012. Data usage is through the roof — the high quality options on Hulu+ and Amazon's streaming service can serve over 2.5 GB in a single hour. Watch 100 hours in your household, you're over the cap without doing a single thing else.

Is it time for the cable providers to start finally upping these stupid caps?"
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Heartless Company Attacks Little Girl, Hospice

Moryath Moryath writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Moryath (553296) writes "In a Mafia-like demonstration of why copyright laws are insane, the unbelievably heartless grinches at New York-based Bourne Music Co decided that a 10-year-old girl's attempt to raise money for a children's hospice by performing an homage to a Charlie Chaplin film needed to be squashed like a bug. While it would have been simple to acknowledge her, they instead demanded payments of $2000 for making the video available for only one year (the video itself had a budget of nothing, since the staff time and equipment usage were donated by Phil Steel and Sound Sense), plus they demanded $250 for every time the girl was caught singing the song in public. Please feel free to tell them how you feel."
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Obama Campaign Enables Credit Card Fraud

Moryath Moryath writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Moryath (553296) writes "It appears that the Obama campaign's donation setup has something fishy in it; they've deliberately disabled the security safeguards that prevent cards from being accepted if they don't match the card's registered name and address, removed the requirement of the CVS code on the back, and even removed safeguards that verify that out-of-country donations are from citizens (only US Citizens can legally donate to a political campaign in the US). Direct Data from FEC filings exposing the fraud is popping up; Screenshots of a test attempt with totally bogus info (except the actual credit card number) available.

The RNC has officially filed a protest as well."
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Wikipedia's Fundamental Problems

Moryath Moryath writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Moryath (553296) writes "We all know Wikipedia isn't perfect — but can it be saved? Is it usable, or at the same time those who love it crow, why is it that more people are now leaving than entering? Why is it that the vast majority go by, perhaps contribute once, and quickly become like even Wikipedia's co-founder, utterly disillusioned? Why do former administrators come out and tell the problems themselves even when the "community" threatens them?

Or is it something more basic — is it that wikipedia's administrators are too powerful, and too willing to place an indefinite ban on anyone they choose, with no recourse? Is it impossible for new users to even come in and work, with edit-count-itis and entrenched cliques running the place into the ground?"
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Obama, Ospamma

Moryath Moryath writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Moryath (553296) writes "My spam traps (email addresses that exist solely to receive spam, for filtration's sake) and my real address have recently seen a ton of mail from the Barack Obama campaign.

Their unsubscribe link does not work; email to the campaign asking them to remove my addresses was responded with a form letter thanking me for "joining" the campaign and asking me to donate money; phone calls have all been hung up on, several times after someone claimed to be "transferring" me to "the person who can fix this."

Why is this allowed? And what response would Slashdotters suggest for a campaign that is obviously unwilling to respect my request NOT to receive their spam?"
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Obama, Ospamma

Moryath Moryath writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Moryath (553296) writes "A couple days ago I submitted the a question in the politics area — I guess maybe it's better as an Ask Slashdot.

My spam traps (email addresses that exist solely to receive spam, for filtration's sake) and my real address have recently seen a ton of mail from the Barack Obama campaign. Their unsubscribe link does not work; email to the campaign asking them to remove my addresses was responded with a form letter thanking me for "joining" the campaign and asking me to donate money; and phone calls have all been hung up on.

Why is this allowed? And what response would Slashdotters suggest for a campaign that is obviously unwilling to respect my request NOT to receive their spam?

The last submission here sat "pending" for 3 days and then was rejected, presumably by a slashdotter who favors Obama. We'll see if this goes any better in this category. I'd really like to see the Obama campaign clean up their act, it's obvious they have bought a spammer list and are using it."
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Obama Spamming

Moryath Moryath writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Moryath (553296) writes "This might deserve to be an Ask Slashdot, or somewhere else, I don't know, but recently a number of my spam-trap email addresses (addresses I keep just to compare to my normal inbox for spam filtering) have been seeing daily emails from the Obama presidential campaign asking for donations.

I tried using the unsubscribe link, which failed to operate; I sent the campaign an email directly , and received a form response thanking me for "joining" their campaign and asking me to donate. Phone calls to the campaign office have been uniformly dismissive — 90% of the time they just hang up, the other 10% they put me on hold claiming to be "getting someone who can fix this" and then drop the call.

It's obvious that they have no intentions with complying with my request to get off of their email system — and equally obvious that they have padded their supposed "record number" of supporters by purchasing bulk email lists from spammers. Why should we support politicians who behave in this way and don't respect our rights? And what would Slashdotters suggest as the next step to deal with a politician who simply refuses to follow the law?

For the record, I'm a registered independent, and so far my only intention for the campaign is to point and laugh at Ron Paul."
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Moryath Moryath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Moryath (553296) writes "High ranking Wikipedia admins — caught trying to shut people up for exposing their deeds, and then posting "anonymous" flames at them?

Wikipedia seems to be in a tailspin lately. What can they do to pull out of it? Or is the entrenched cronyism and corruption of the administrators too much for it?"
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Moryath Moryath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Moryath (553296) writes "Following the story on Fuzzy Zoeller the other day, I saw a Digg Link scrolling around, and it caught my eye. Apparently a former admin from Wikipedia who's been exposing abuses in the system got booted from their private mailing list for exposing some serious corruption. What's worse, some real nasty comments came in to the livejournal he wrote at.

He traced the IP of the comments back far enough to link it to one David Gerard, a high-ranking admin and (not coincidentally) a listmod to that same mailing list who's got a real mean streak.

Could Wikipedia's real problem be administrators who keep doing things like this?

They have a funding drive coming up soon. Stuff like this makes me not want to donate. Why would I give money to people who can't be honest?"

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