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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

ZombieBraintrust Remove the word Store (102 comments)

Now they just need to remove the words Buy, Store, and Sale.

3 days ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

ZombieBraintrust Shock Collars for everyone (211 comments)

It is going to be like virtual fence for your dog. Everyone gets shock collars. Anyone who crosses the line is shocked. Also no barking.

4 days ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

ZombieBraintrust Halting Problem (317 comments)

that a general algorithm to solve the halting problem for all possible program-input pairs cannot exist

The article misunderstands the halting problem. You could replace robots with humans and murder with any descision involing other people and come to the same conclusion. AI does not try to create perfect solutions. Instead you try to create solutions that work most of the time. Approaches that can evolve with trail and error. Ethically you weigh the positive benifits of success against the negative consequences of your failures.

5 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

ZombieBraintrust Re:They WILL FIght Back (498 comments)

And the coal mine? Coal doesn't just grow on trees. It has to be dug up.

5 days ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

ZombieBraintrust Patents last 20 years (99 comments)

Patents last 20 years. All of todays seeds will eventually be public domain. Problem will solve itself by doing nothing.

about a week ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

ZombieBraintrust Re:Interesting (118 comments)

ICANN was not involved in those cases. ICANN delegates the buying and selling of second level domains to domain name registars. This is where the contract comes in. ICANN controls the top level domain and points these at the domain name registars. In this case North Korea.

about two weeks ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

ZombieBraintrust Re:Interesting (118 comments)

The courts can award Faye $1million even if Edward has $5 in his wallet. They can force Edward to hand over the cash once the contract completes. Faye becomes a lienholder agaists Edward.

about two weeks ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

ZombieBraintrust Interesting (118 comments)

Basically it works like this.
1) Amy has a contract to wash Bob's car for $100 month.
2) Carl sues Bob for murdering his dog.
3) The courts can not give Carl a contract with Amy. The courts can only award Carl with property and money taken from Bob.
Basically the courts can't force Amy to work with Carl. They can't force ICANN to work with the plantiffs.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

ZombieBraintrust Re:It's simple if you understand the law... (260 comments)

Sure utility patent for the functional part and design patents for the ornamental part. The structure, sequence, and organization of the API is ornamental. The implementation of an API method is functional. You can get copyright on the implementation of the API because the implementation is an expression of the API. The API being a method of operation for the software it is excluded from copyright. (in order to allow multiple expressions of the API)

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

ZombieBraintrust Re:It's simple if you understand the law... (260 comments)

http://www.unc.edu/~unclng/bak...

Any author may explain the truths of a science or the methods of an art that are the property of the entire world and get a copyright in the work. That copyright, however, does not extend to the method or use of the system described. A system is simply not subject to copyright protection. To protect a system, the author would have to apply for a patent and meet the patent requirements.

This is where the method of operation language comes from in the EFF document. They are arguing that that API is a method of using the system.(java) They are arguing that you can't protect java by copyrighting the API. That it should be protected with patents instead.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

ZombieBraintrust Re:It's simple if you understand the law... (260 comments)

No, I'm talking about Baker vrs Seldon. Selden had written a book "Book-keeping Simplified." that described his book-keeping form. His estate sued Baker who used a very similar form in his book.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

ZombieBraintrust Re:It's simple if you understand the law... (260 comments)

The idea–expression divide differentiates between ideas and expression, and states that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas, and not the ideas themselves.

This came about in a court case where someone tried to copyright a book keeping form they invented. They were attempting to get copyright on the form because they failed to get a patent on it. The inventor carefully thought out how the book keeping form should look like. It was not a mere arrangement of facts or information. The courts rejected this argument. They did not want useful inventions covered by copyright when congress intended for them to be covered by patents. In 1975 congress updated the law to match what the Supreme court ruled.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

ZombieBraintrust Re:It's simple if you understand the law... (260 comments)

Design patents are the correct form of IP protection for what you described. An API is an invention with utility. It is just like a font. Or a guitar body. Or a lamp shaped like a lady's leg. 14 years is not a long time for protection either.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

ZombieBraintrust Re:It's simple if you understand the law... (260 comments)

Not all written works are covered by copyright. For example, most of the content in dictionaries and phone books are not covered by copyright. EFF is arguing that an API is more like a phone book than it is like Harry Potter.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

ZombieBraintrust Small Goverment (260 comments)

All kinds of things fall outside copyright protection. For example fashion can not be copyrighted. Nor can recipe's for food. Short catchy phrases can not be copyrighted. The idea behind a joke can not by copyrighted. Fonts are free of copyright. Most of these exceptions exist because congress and the courts wanted smaller government. People all over the country made their own cloths. Copyright on fashion would be a large intrusion by the government in an everyday activity. Most families cooked their own meals. Enforcing copyright on food would require a massive intrusion on privacy. Copyrights on fonts were a threat to the freedom of speech. API should not be copyrighted because API are a form of language. People should be free to communicate with their machines and with their software. Once I learn the grammar and phrases of an API I should not be forced to work with a company for 150 years.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

ZombieBraintrust Re:"I'm not a computer scientist, but..." (260 comments)

Patents are why API's can not be copyrighted. API's are an invention not a literary work. Patents only last 20 years and must be novel to get protection. Java could not get patents on most of its interface because it was derivative of earlier languages.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

ZombieBraintrust Re:Split this baby down the middle... (260 comments)

Put a password on the interface and protect your research with patents like everyone else.

about two weeks ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

ZombieBraintrust Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

It also doesn't work when you start talking about cells in your body. Sure they reproduce and mutations can occur. But most of your cells don't participate in evolution at all. Their mutations don't pass on to your offspring.

about two weeks ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

ZombieBraintrust Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

Of course dogs are more natural than robots. They are more natural than alot of human creations. They are less natural than wolves. I don't want to discus if ghosts are alive.

about two weeks ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

ZombieBraintrust Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

Definition of natural:

existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.

Dogs and GMO crops are artificial lifeforms. They were caused by humankind. If humans did not exists then dogs would not exist. Humans don't create anything from scratch. We always create using a mix of natural and artificial parts. Everything we create is artificial by definition.
Definition of artificial:

made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, typically as a copy of something natural

Definition of supernatural

(of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.

about two weeks ago

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Religious Americans Enjoy Higher Wellbeing

ZombieBraintrust ZombieBraintrust writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ZombieBraintrust writes "An analysis of more than 676,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews conducted in 2011 and 2010 finds that Americans who are the most religious have the highest levels of wellbeing. The statistically significant relationship between religiousness and wellbeing holds up after controlling for numerous demographic variables."
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Sony Offering Free Identity Theft Protection

ZombieBraintrust ZombieBraintrust writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) writes "Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International have made arrangements with Debix, Inc., one of the industry’s most reputable identity protection firms, to offer AllClear ID Plus at no cost to PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders for 12 months from the time an account holder registers for the program.

The details of the program include, but are not limited to:
Cyber monitoring and surveillance of the Internet to detect exposure of an AllClear ID Plus customer’s personal information, including monitoring of criminal web sites and data recovered by law enforcement.

Priority access to licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists.

A $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user to provide additional protection in the event that an customer becomes a victim of identity theft."

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