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Windows 8 Introduces a New Cross-App Data-Sharing System

Repossessed Security concerns? (213 comments)

So now viruses can spam facebook & twitter with scam ads?

more than 2 years ago
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If it were mine to decide ...

Repossessed Re:What happens if the merger is blocked (182 comments)

They can go under. The biggest problem with cell phone mergers is that once the merger takes place its forever, no new national level competitor can enter the market without an existing provider selling them bandwidth (which would pretty much be a lose/lose for said provider). If T mobile goes under and its spectrum is given to a new competitor it prevents us from falling all the way to three national providers forever.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Copyright Terms For a Thesis?

Repossessed Re:Say WHAT? (211 comments)

It's fairly common to cut and paste charts and graphs without violating plagiarism standards.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Copyright Terms For a Thesis?

Repossessed Re:ND ? you're on crack. (211 comments)

'derivative' would include something like grabbing a copy of a chart or a table of figures published in the first paper. I don't write papers, so I'm not sure how much of a pain in the ass it would be to remake them (though I imagine a lot, since raw data usually isn't included), but I see this tactic uses very very frequently in secondary papers.

more than 2 years ago
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Better Copyright Through Fair Use and Ponies

Repossessed Re:Not right about fashion (169 comments)

The coke bottle isn't covered under copyright, but trademark. So as long as its clear that your book is *about* Coca Cola (its always legal to use a trademark in a nominative fashion) and not *from* Coca Cola you have the legal right to publish it without their permission (this won't necessarily keep them from suing you of course, which is the real problem, not the laws).

IANAL and so forth.

more than 3 years ago
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Better Copyright Through Fair Use and Ponies

Repossessed Re:Not right about fashion (169 comments)

As a specific example, although you can mostly copy the general size and shape of a pair of glasses, if the designer embeds a sculpture on the design or a designer specific pattern which serves no functional purpose (e.g, like oakley has an embedded O sculpted in their frame designs, or gucci which has a G), that design for that pair of glasses can be copyrighted.

IANAL and all, but I'm pretty sure those are trademarks and not copyright. That O is there so the consumer knows whats an Oakley and whats a (non counterfeit) knock off. Actually, I'm also pretty sure the coke bottle falls under trade dress. Trademark (and dress) have totally different rules than copyright.

more than 3 years ago
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Law Enforcement Wants To Try 'Predictive Policing'

Repossessed Re:Behind the times (377 comments)

Yeah uh, if this is anything like Call center forecasting they should probably pack up and go home. Most call centers I've worked for can't figure out that just after the holidays is the busiest time of the year. Or maybe they can and they just don't give a shit when the client pulls the contract because we were 30% under the staff we promised in the SLA come January 2nd.

more than 3 years ago
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Law Enforcement Wants To Try 'Predictive Policing'

Repossessed Re:Life insurance policy = Tax Dodge (377 comments)

Law of averages actually says you can expect to *lose* money from life insurance. But, as you pointed out life insurance isn't taxable, so they remove taxable profit by buying the policy, and get untaxable money back (on top of smoothing the lumps caused by employee training, though for walmart I expect turnover from quitting is higher than dying).

more than 3 years ago
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PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015

Repossessed While I've never waited long.. (391 comments)

Paypal customer service was still at an utter loss for what to do if the online password reset doesn't work.

more than 3 years ago
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Mobile Browsers Alternatives Compared

Repossessed Re:Not really (47 comments)

Well, that assumes that web developers are bright enough to target the backend instead of the name of the browser. I see a lot of 'please use firefox' messages while using Iceweasel.

more than 3 years ago
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Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

Repossessed Re:Forgiveness? (391 comments)

Implying that was not my intention, the legal status part is a totally separate statement about a different possible motive for pirates to use the service.

more than 3 years ago
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Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

Repossessed Re:Forgiveness? (391 comments)

There's no reason for the artists to get paid for this, its not meant to be a service to provide new music, its a data availability service for music you already own. The money Apple is paying the record labels is basically extortion money.

more than 3 years ago
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Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

Repossessed Re:Forgiveness? (391 comments)

That's true for paying the people who provide the iCloud service in this case (and if you want iCloud that's great). But this isn't a purchase service at all, you don't get music you don't already have out of it. So it might be de jure legit to pirate music then get it from iCloud*, but it's still de facto piracy, and has the same moral issues as going to pirate bay in the first place.

*If there was ever an argument that our IP laws need to be burned, pissed on, and rewritten from scratch that even the content providers would listen too this has to be it.

more than 3 years ago
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Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

Repossessed Re:Forgiveness? (391 comments)

0$ of which goes to the artists.

more than 3 years ago
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Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

Repossessed Re:Forgiveness? (391 comments)

I don't see how doing this would relieve the guilt in the first place. You still haven't payed for the music. And people who pirate don't fear lawsuits.

more than 3 years ago
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Turkish Police Nab 32 Suspects Tied To Anonymous

Repossessed Re: or, Turkey cracks down on dissidents (153 comments)

In this case, is there a difference? In fact, I've never heard of an Anon related arrest that *wasn't* targeting dissidents.

Now, their methods aren't exactly legal, but its worth pointing out that governments are doing jack shit to help regular people who are targeted by Anon. It's only the dissidents that they go after.

more than 3 years ago
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Friday's Big Swings, Mostly Down, Illustrate Bitcoin Value Volatility

Repossessed Re:$2MM+ worth of nerds just got played (476 comments)

Its a way to buy or sell very large chunks of bitcoins without the transaction showing up on the ticker. (I fI understand it right, you can only buy or sell other black pool offers, and normal offers that are actually larger than your black pool offer, but its possible to do both black pool and normal offers at the same time).

For bonus hilarity: The price went from 11$ to 18$ at 3am on a Sunday. This has to be the last currency in the world a professional investor should touch, though the new generation of meth addled bitcoin traders who are desperately trying to find the non existent Silk Road to get a fix will be hilarious to watch).

more than 3 years ago
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Friday's Big Swings, Mostly Down, Illustrate Bitcoin Value Volatility

Repossessed Re:Legality? (476 comments)

At the end of the day, its the same service Paypal offers. Just without the central control.

more than 3 years ago
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Friday's Big Swings, Mostly Down, Illustrate Bitcoin Value Volatility

Repossessed Re:$2MM+ worth of nerds just got played (476 comments)

While I do think pump and dump was the source of the high prices, the pumpers weren't the dumpers in this case. The trigger was a miner who got a huge chunk of coins from early mining.

He forgot to use the black pools to prevent his large transaction from futzing up the market (or more likely, had no idea what a black pool is), and the pump and dumpers got screwed just as hard as everybody else (who was paying attention Friday, those who tried to sell today got totally boned courtesy of the market being open but the banks being closed aggravating the crash (its possible to sell but until Monday you can't buy in volume unless you already had money in mtgox, so there are sellers galore but the buyers have to wait, and some people with money in their mtgox accounts are expecting the low point in the market to be Sunday, which drags the buying power out more)).

more than 3 years ago

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Amazon censorship marches on.

Repossessed Repossessed writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Repossessed (1117929) writes "Amazon is now cracking down on Yaoi manga, with several titles that have been available on the Kindle since 2009 being delisted and others now being rejected according to Digital Manga Publisher. DMP has also stated that Amazon has not given any rationale for the rejections and removals, and Amazon has not been answering emails or phone calls from journalists asking about the subject."
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Finnish man prosecuted for discussing CSS

Repossessed Repossessed writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Repossessed (1117929) writes "From Out-Law.com

A Finnish man has asked the European Court of Human Rights to defend his right to discuss encryption systems used by the entertainment industry. He says that Finland's implementation of the EU's Copyright Directive restricts his right to free speech.

The original court dismissed the case, since European law requires the DRM to be effective, but a Finnish high court reversed the ruling. An application to appeal before Finland's supreme court was also denied."
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Obama's preventive detention proposal

Repossessed Repossessed writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Repossessed (1117929) writes "In a recent speech, Obama prosed that the government be given the power to indefinitely imprison people who are suspected to be dangerous.

It's important to be clear about what "preventive detention" authorizes. It does not merely allow the U.S. Government to imprison people alleged to have committed Terrorist acts yet who are unable to be convicted in a civilian court proceeding. That class is merely a subset, perhaps a small subset, of who the Government can detain. Far more significant, "preventive detention" allows indefinite imprisonment not based on proven crimes or past violations of law, but of those deemed generally "dangerous" by the Government for various reasons

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Austrailian convicted of insulting Thailand's king

Repossessed Repossessed writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Repossessed (1117929) writes "

A Thai court sentenced an Australian man to three years in prison for insulting head of state King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his heir in an obscure 2005 book that sold seven copies.

The passage in Nicolaides' book that referred to the royal family took up three lines of a 300-page book, according to Reporters Without Borders, an advocacy group that called for his release. Only 50 copies of his novel were printed, it said.

The book is however, available online."
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Religion and open source

Repossessed Repossessed writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Repossessed (1117929) writes "
This program that I am being given to work in, is called Open Solaris! This is something that is constantly being worked on, and built up. We are also as an Open Source project to the Lord! We are constantly being worked on, and being improved. As the bugs are being worked out of this program; so, is the Lord working out the bugs in us!


I've heard, of course, the complaining about the almost religious nature of some open source fanatics, what about more mainstream religions incorporating the ideal of open source?"

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