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Will Touch Screens Kill the Keyboard?

Sethumme Re:No (332 comments)

Exactly. Trying to touch-type without tactile awareness of the edge of each key while resting is like trying to two-finger-type with your eyes closed

more than 3 years ago

Avoiding DMCA Woes As an Indy Game Developer?

Sethumme Re:trademark not copyright (494 comments)

Violation of copyright "if you try to pass the 'derivative' work off as the work of the other guy"? You are mixing up art forgery and copyright violations. Quite different.

In fact, if you use a photograph as a direct guide for a derivative painting without getting permission from the photograph's copyright holder, the you will be violating copyright. It's simply a matter of whether the copyright holder decides to press the issue. Even Andy Warhol was sued for using Patricia Caulfield's photograph in his prints. And since trademarks are not about image ownership, but rather brand association, it's perfectly fine to use a trademarked image in transformative way and in a different market or industry than the commercial sector that the trademark actually exists in. In Warhol's case, it helped that Campbell's Soup enjoyed his works, but it wasn't the deciding factor.

I understand you're not claiming your description is how IP works, and just how you wished it worked, but you're way off base from the current legal system. You're right that there's a scale, and it's often the whole point of a lawsuit to decide where on the scale your work actually falls. There are guidelines, but it still has to be decided on a case-by-case basis. The reason you can do an interpretation on the Mona Lisa is because it is not protected by copyright (Public Domain!). A cubist interpretation of a current work still under copyright protection, if identifiable as a derivative work (or if you say you derived it from another work), would fall under the regulations of copyright derivatives. Then it's up to the court and jury to decide if you were co-opting too much of the protected work (and it wouldn't help that you were working in the same format -- 2D visual art). Using the same subject matter as depicted in an existing work is not a violation of copyright unless you were using their actual work as the source (at least as far as the other side can successfully demonstrate that to a jury). IANAL, etc.

more than 3 years ago

Gentlemen Prefer Androids, Ladies iOS

Sethumme Re:Duh! (483 comments)

Now I'm picturing a phone that starts with a robotic "POID"

more than 3 years ago

Playstation Phone "Zeus" Revealed

Sethumme Re:I can see the legislation now... (154 comments)

Exactly. If there is no issue that some bank-rolled special interest group can get behind, then the law has to be about blaming some specific action or product -- not making citizens responsible for their own behavior. The voting masses don't like being told to use common sense.

more than 3 years ago

Replacing Sports Bloggers With an Algorithm

Sethumme Re:Close, but still not pratical (120 comments)

You forgot to add how the footage accompanying the anchors' stories are many times not actual footage of the event, but rather footage showing elements that are similar to those in the story.

more than 3 years ago

Pluto Might Be Bigger Than Eris

Sethumme Re:What does being old have to do with it? (257 comments)

Clearly they should change the name from "dwarf planet" to "pseudo planet." Grammatically correct, pseudo planets would not be, in fact, planets at all, but merely similar to planets. As a bonus, I'm sure everyone could get behind the phrase "Pluto's a pseudo planet." Just try it out - it rolls off the tongue.

more than 3 years ago

Going Faster Than the Wind In a Wind-Powered Cart

Sethumme Re:store and release energy? (315 comments)

Pushing any air necessitates creating an area of lower air density where the air you are pushing used to be. This weak vacuum sucks in air from other directions, pulling air towards the fan which than then be pushed away in the opposite direction.

more than 3 years ago

How Much Math Do We Really Need?

Sethumme Re:What we do/don't need in Calculus. (1153 comments)

I would also re-include differentiation to that list.

Not in the explicit sense of formal differentiation, but in the general sense of the slope of the line tangent to a curve, or the rate of change of some value. People should have the basics of velocity and acceleration before starting physics 101, especially since it's easy to go through the entire education system without taking any physics classes. That sort of understanding lays the groundwork for thinking about interrelated systems, and dependent behaviors that are neither directly nor indirectly related to a parent process, but rather derived from it.

more than 3 years ago

Chatbot Suzette Wins 20th Annual Loebner Prize, Fools One Judge

Sethumme Re:not so chatty bot (257 comments)

I think it's because their attention span is so short that they've forgotten what you were talking about as soon as you respond.

more than 3 years ago

How to Heartlessly Arbitrage Used Books With a PDA

Sethumme Re:Depends what you want... (445 comments)

Well, local used-books shops might be accurately pricing their books for the local market, which could differ from the nationwide market on the internet. If the local stores were forced to price to the national market, they might not be able to sell those books to their usual customers, and not even the used-book arbitrage traders would want to buy them. This could, in the long run, significantly reduce the thrift bookstore revenues and drive some out of business.

And like GP pointed out, some of the hidden treasures in the book stores act as sales to draw in customers to the store, who might buy other books as well. If the arbitrage trades come in and snatch up the "sale" items, the stores are forced to eat the discount instead of generating more revenue.

more than 3 years ago

DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

Sethumme Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (795 comments)

And if those 10% of players, the ones who paid, were the only ones to play the game - paid for or free - would the game be as popular?

more than 4 years ago

Google and Verizon In Talks To Prioritize Traffic (Updated)

Sethumme Re:Get ready to Bend over America (410 comments)

There is the potential problem when one service uses a different avenue of communication than the competing services. Such as when one company provides video as bulk data downloads, and another only provides them via video-stream. Or when one company provides navigation information some kind of direct-to-device status update, but others are forced to use standard internet packets. I'm not saying it's wrong (or that it could even be effectively regulated), but it is quite possible to differentiate the same service using distinct data types, which could be charged separately.

more than 4 years ago

Barnes and Noble Bookstore Chain Put In Play

Sethumme Re:Let me tell you... (414 comments)

Perhaps the publishers should have a deal for the e-books then. Include a free print-out of the e-book. Maybe bind it all together in a tough outer shell and slap an attractive design on the outside. Now there's a perk.

more than 4 years ago

Chatroulette To Log IP Addresses, Take Screenshots

Sethumme Re:And Then What Will You Do With It? (194 comments)

Intent to commit an act that is criminalized (whether you recognize that it is or not makes no difference) can be prosecuted if actual steps were taken to complete that act.
Completing an act that is strictly outlawed by statute is a crime regardless of the intent. The risk is wholly upon the actor if they get too close to the line.

more than 4 years ago

Lightspark 0.4.2 Open Source Flash Player Released

Sethumme Re:The best feature they could add... (172 comments)

Internet surfers are a crabby bunch.

The most promising aspect of open source software, even beyond being free of locked-down monopolies, is the opportunity for anyone with an interest in software to get their hands dirty and experience what it feels like to help develop a project they actually use and care about. Even if the coding experience isn't there, there may be other ways to get involved. Participating in OSS has the potential to be very gratifying, and can entice more people to consider computer programming by leaping over the barrier of "who cares about a stupid program that prints 'hello world'?"

more than 4 years ago

Onion Story Gets Blown Out of Proportion

Sethumme Re:Suckaz (641 comments)

More specifically, because the religious left or right care about information, but don't care whether it's scientifically verifiable or not. The thing is, religion, by it's very nature is conservative. Change contradicts 1,000-year-old scripture.

more than 4 years ago

Matt Smith Leaving Doctor Who Already?

Sethumme Re:Christmas special? (423 comments)

Some people argue that science fiction, apart from being set in some techno-future, is (or at least should be) about addressing timeless human philosophical conflicts and ethical challenges, such as the issues related to ruling over other people via technological superiority, or the extent to which society/government can/should mold/control human's physical traits, behaviors, thoughts, or very lives. For the most part, these types of Sci-fi stories mainly use fictional technology to remove the tedious technicalities that something can't yet be done, and instead jump right into whether something should be done. In contrast, your run-of-the-mill fantasy is about adventure and heroism. All engaging fiction needs some sort of plot-advancing "adventure," but wonder of exploration is more often tied with fantasy adventure then sci-fi conflict.

more than 4 years ago


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