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Canadian Newspaper Charging $150 License Fee To Publish Excerpts

bbecker23 Re:Not illegal to ask for money (217 comments)

... if someone wanted to republish an article entirely now they can do it much more easily, instead of figuring out who to contact to negotiate a license.

Does it really do that, though? According to TFS, the popups come up for third-party quotes as well as for the original content. If this paper actually has the rights to that third party material, I'll eat my hat. If you think that's okay, I've got some Mickey Mouse licenses I would just love to sell you.

about a year and a half ago

Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

bbecker23 Re:They're worthless anyhow (851 comments)

So I've got this tiger-repelling rock I'm looking to sell...

about a year and a half ago

Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds

bbecker23 Re:Good (851 comments)

A better analogy would be requiring STD Clinic staff to not have casual sex with (some non-singular subset) of their patients. Other than being hopefully unnecessary, I would have no problem with such a policy.

about a year and a half ago

Meet the Lawyer Suing Anyone Who Uses SSL

bbecker23 Re:So... (347 comments)

The problem is that 5 minute thought process can exclude people from using an idea for 20 years.

And that's the problem, in a nutshell. That 5 minute thought process shouldn't be protected (non-obvious, anyone?). I work in learning systems and some of the implementations I've seen are, frankly, beautiful. If those sorts of things were the only ones accepted for patenting, that is novel and innovative discoveries, we likely wouldn't be having these software patent discussions. The problem only crops up when we start allowing "bouncy scrolling" patents and their ilk.

about 2 years ago

Free Registrar Goes the Way of the Dodo

bbecker23 Re:Mysteriously? (70 comments)

Mistery in the data-center!? Now it all makes sense. Damned condensate ruins everything.

about 2 years ago

The First Amendment and Software Speech

bbecker23 Re:It is about not lettting ideas be silenced (194 comments)

Only the rights granted to it as a union. That's what keeps getting lost in the "corporations are people" vitriol. Corporations (and unions) have always had certain rights normally reserved for people. Signing contracts, financial identity, ability to be sued. The issue at hand is what those granted rights should be. Though granting unions only those rights held by corporations (whatever those may be) is something most of us can likely agree on. Nice try, though.

about 2 years ago

Study: Kids Under 3 Should Be Banned From Watching TV

bbecker23 Re:Big Bird and the morons (334 comments)

Can we just cancel the election and impe[a]ch Obama today?

Impeach. I don't think that word means what you think it means.

about 2 years ago

Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

bbecker23 Re:I'll bet it has writing on it that says (396 comments)

The Russian's sent quite a few probes but no rovers. There are some proposals out there for sending a rover, however. Exciting stuff.

about 2 years ago

Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

bbecker23 Re:Wow (396 comments)

Somalia? You have to admit, they're Libertarian as fuck!

Oh, you meant success like... ah.... nevermind.

about 2 years ago

Water-Prospecting Lunar Rover Prototype Built

bbecker23 Re:The dimensions are incredible (36 comments)

(Yes, I know 150lbs won't amount to much on the Moon. I'm still impressed)

It'll amount to the same weight on the moon as on Earth. Granted, it'll take much more mass to get up to the weight. If it can haul 150lbs here, it can do the same anywhere.

about 2 years ago

Innocence of Muslims Filmmaker Arrested, Jailed

bbecker23 Re:Why? (747 comments)

...without one word in support of the concept that even hateful speech is Free Speech and protected in America.

That's simply not true. The video is rather long but he makes it clear that despite the video being vile (and it is, let's not play that game), free speech is sacrosanct. A choice quote, if you don't wish to follow the link,

Like me, the majority of Americans are Christian, and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our most sacred beliefs. Moreover, as President of our country, and Commander-in-Chief of our military, I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and I will always defend their right to do so.

You'd have a hard time finding a greater free speech apologist than myself, but I think that the president has done a fine job of defending free speech while communicating with the Muslim community.

about 2 years ago

Fusion Power Breakthrough Near At Sandia Labs?

bbecker23 Re:No? (358 comments)

captcha: thighs

I think you're doing that wrong.

about 2 years ago

Monkeys Made Smarter With Prosthetic Device

bbecker23 Re:Smarter or just less impaired? (102 comments)

The feed back device didn't improve the monkey's intelligence, it simply undid some of the damage the crack did to them.

Really? Not even going to RTFS?

According to the study findings, the MIMO device was exceedingly effective in restoring the cocaine-impaired decision-making ability to an improved level of 10 percent above normal, even when the drug was still present and active.'"

Emphasis mine. Your other points may be valid, but this technique certainly did more than just undo the effects of the drug.

about 2 years ago

Stem Cells Turn Hearing Back On

bbecker23 Re:Deaf community will hate this (101 comments)

... and cars used stainless steel windshields?

Driving would be significantly more dangerous.

about 2 years ago

35 Years Later, Voyager 1 Is Heading For the Stars

bbecker23 Re:Has it made it ? (226 comments)

...reading a libro...

Of course not! I'd say "Estoy leyendo un libro."

about 2 years ago

Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

bbecker23 Re:Samsung should just leave the US market (1184 comments)

350+ posts by you and every one is a Pro-Apple/Anti-Samsung shitstorm. So tell me, will we get to enjoy your presence after this is settled or will we have to wait for the appeal before you turn back up?

about 2 years ago

BitTorrent Tries To Appease Users By Making Torrent Ads Optional

bbecker23 Re:Or pay for... (215 comments)

*continues seeding the ArchLinux iso*

Pay for your what now?

more than 2 years ago

Demonoid Shut By Ukrainian Authorities

bbecker23 Re:OTOH, US Law Enforcement could take a lesson... (178 comments)

That's it! I'll be writing in a "Corporate^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Government Seizure Prevention" line-item on next year's budget request.

Seriously, though, is this really something we're willing to accept. I can perfectly rationalize a backup budget to hedge losses to hardware failures and the like, but the threat of becoming collateral damage in an IP shakedown? Why is that even a thing?

more than 2 years ago

Iran Nuclear Agency Not "Thunderstruck" By Virus

bbecker23 Re:So... (91 comments)

We could try to do all of that, but frankly I don't think we've got The Jack.

more than 2 years ago


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