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FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

OECD Re: More than one type of "freedom" (1098 comments)

Eh, there's a fair number of power users who could step up in case of necessity. It's not just neckbeards and grandmas out there.

about 8 months ago

It's Official: Registrars Cannot Hold Domains Hostage Without a Court Order

OECD Re: hmm.... (112 comments)

The City of London was well within reason to ask them to look at whether one of their users was violating their terms, and all they had to do was say "no". RTFS

about 8 months ago

Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

OECD Re: LIAR (572 comments)

Personally, I'm an an American and I consider you an idiot.

about 9 months ago

Milestone: The Millionth UK-Made Raspberry Pi

OECD Re: RasPi had so much potential (129 comments)

This is a known problem/solution. Adafruit sells a good converter.

about a year ago

No FiOS In Boston? We'll Make an Ad Anyway

OECD Re: Um (202 comments)

South Jersey is a different planet from North Jersey.

about a year ago

Wanted: Special-Ops Battle Suit With Cooling, Computers, Radios, and Sensors

OECD Re: "warfighter"? (176 comments)

Not Grar! enough. Same reason all the Pentagon flunkies are riding the Metro in camo.

1 year,15 days

The Death of the American Drive-in

OECD Re:San Jose, CA (236 comments)

The one in Baltimore just installed its digital projector about a month ago. Coincidentally, I saw a (digital) documentary there about the history of drive-ins that claims there's a bit of a resurgence lately. It's called Going Attractions.

about a year ago

Did Goldman Sachs Overstep in Criminally Charging Its Ex-Programmer?

OECD Re: Lemme get this straight (186 comments)

You want to change the prison system? Introduce some rich people to it.

about a year ago

MIT Releases Swartz Report: Instead of Leading, School Was 'Hands-Off'

OECD Timing (127 comments)

If MIT is at all serious about implementing any reforms to stop this kind of tragedy from happening again, it must stop objecting to the release of information about the case. Which they will probably do, now that they got "ahead of the story."

about a year ago

Apple Defends App Makers Against Lodsys

OECD Re:Tip of the Iceberg (108 comments)

Indeed. I'm sure everyone is scrambling to see if they have a patent that Apple hasn't licensed. Weee! Free market at its finest!

more than 3 years ago

Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack

OECD Re:I told you, I didn't do it! (575 comments)

There is no 'Anonymous.' It's just a term that's been widely co-opted. Sort of like 'Al Qaeda.'

more than 3 years ago

The Chemical-Free Chemistry Kit

OECD Clever (296 comments)

It's really an end-around the ridiculously litigious society we live in. The kit isn't quite chemical free. It doesn't ship with any, but the experiments utilize common household chemicals.

more than 3 years ago

AT&T Admits Network Can't Handle iPhone, iPad Traffic

OECD Re:Geee, wiz. (298 comments)

Ditto that. In the Mid-Atlantic, it's pretty good. From what I hear about NYC and the West Coast, not so much.

more than 3 years ago

Foxconn May Close Factories In China

OECD Re:Instead of actually addressing the problem... (476 comments)

Those robots will never fit inside a standard sized Suicide Booth so chances are they'll work in those factories until their little robot arms fall off ;-)

Which will significantly reduce their suicide success rate. Problem solved!

more than 4 years ago

What Do You Look For In a Conference?

OECD Re:Location Location Location... (186 comments)

"I look for good, decently matched football teams. It makes the games much more interesting."

I laughed, anyway.

more than 4 years ago

The LHC, the Higgs Boson, and Fate

OECD Re:Could happen (691 comments)

What did you say?

more than 4 years ago

Copyright Should Encourage Derivative Works

OECD Re:Remixes (136 comments)

Typically when a song is remixed or sampled, the copyright holders have given permission and are getting royalties.

I don't have figures, but no, not for the notable ones at least.

The artists and marketing guys know and encourage remixing, but it's not normally a contract situation. That often leads to conflicts with the RIAA in their 'super SWAT team' form. See this for example.

more than 5 years ago

How the Obama Copyright Policies Might Unfold

OECD Re:Don't bet on it (188 comments)

Oh yeah. My GF was an Edwards fan at that point. I had an earful of that. I have a vague recollection that they (The MSM) would only name the top four-ish candidates. Not sure if that accounts for the Edwards disappearance.

more than 5 years ago




Warner Bros. tape YOU!

OECD OECD writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cue the Soviet Russia jokes: The Consumerist is reporting that Warner Brothers has a new policy "to film movie theater audiences around the country during the opening weekend of its movies in an effort to prevent piracy."

A reader reported seeing "an older gentleman who looked to be about 60 standing in the corner of the theater. Sporting a black suit and a black briefcase, he began to film the audience during the movie. Every 5-10 minutes he would sweep the audience with his video camera, then turn it off and just watch us, then turn the camera back on and sweep again." A trip to Customer Service confirmed that the gentleman in question was contracted to Warner Brothers as part of an anti-piracy campaign.


"Pirate" petitions for DVD release

OECD OECD writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I completely forgot about this show, but someone is a passionate fan of the TV series Quark. They've put up episodes, scans of ephemera, and a petition for a DVD release.

I'm especially amused by the fact that they've got episodes up for D/L while lobbying for a DVD release. It belies the ridiculous claims of the studios about the impact of piracy.


Google CEO joins Apple's Board of Directors

OECD OECD writes  |  about 8 years ago According to a TidBits article, Apple has announced that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has joined the Apple Board of Directors.


OECD OECD writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Giant Iceberg Collision Friday April 22, @04:33PM Rejected

The B-15A Iceberg--the world's largest floating object--has collided with the Drygalski Ice Tongue, breaking off a 3-mile section. The Ice Tongue is large and permanent enough to appear on many atlases, which will now have to be amended. The collision appears to have taken place on or before April 14th. (B-15A has been previously mentioned here.)


OECD OECD writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Giant Iceberg on the Move Again! Tuesday April 12, @05:29PM Rejected

The B-15A iceberg--the world's largest floating object--is adrift once more after two months aground on a shallow seamount. This latest development poses a renewed threat to the nearby pier of land-attached ice known as the Drygalski ice tongue.

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