Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Is Santorum's "Google Problem" a Google Problem?

clambake Re:Maybe... (775 comments)

I don't want my 12-year-old daughter to see that definition

Please don't perpetuate your prudery into the next generation.

Please do not dictate how I should raise my children.

Please leave my society. As long as you are living in it, your children are as much my responsibility as yours.

more than 2 years ago
top

Remembering Sealab

clambake Re:The ocean frontier - not (138 comments)

Diamonds are actually a worthless gemstone in terms of true scarcity. If not for the DeBeer's cartel, they would be worth the same as topaz.

more than 2 years ago
top

Remembering Sealab

clambake Re:The ocean frontier - not (138 comments)

Actually, it's commonly thought due to various imaging evidence that Titan basically has vast seas of petroleum sloshing around on it.

more than 2 years ago
top

North Korea Says War With South Would Go Nuclear

clambake Re:I'm sure they're (608 comments)

literally insane.

Last I checked, the US could make all of the North's soil uninhabitable with just a handful of bombs.

I think the North Koreans have already beat them to it.

more than 3 years ago
top

Scientists Create Programmable Bacteria

clambake Re:Viruses? (117 comments)

So, they'll still be prone to bacteriophage viruses right?

I think those will now be referred to as patches.

more than 3 years ago
top

Google Earth Adds 3-D Trees

clambake Somebody has (95 comments)

too much time on his hands...

more than 3 years ago
top

Pay Or Else, News Site Threatens

clambake Re:Clueless (549 comments)

By that same token, you might consider their site offering you a page of data an implicit agreement to YOUR contract (the one that says you own all data that is given to your browser and expect royalties), no?

more than 3 years ago
top

Pedestrian Follows Google Map, Gets Run Over, Sues

clambake The blackberry (699 comments)

also has no warnings against sticking it up your nose, yet WHY didn't she attempt this, eh?

more than 4 years ago
top

New "Circuit Breaker" Imposed To Stop Market Crash

clambake Why not just make all stock prices go up? (460 comments)

Make it impossible to sell for less than the stock was bought, have a circuit breaker that kicks in anytime a stock drops by even a penny. Everybody wins, yay money is fiction!

more than 4 years ago
top

Yelp Founder Says "No Extortion — Just a Misunderstood Algorithm"

clambake I used to work for yelp (120 comments)

Jeremy is right, that algorithm is so convoluted and complicatedly random that they COULDN'T rig the votes, even if they wanted to. Nobody understands how it works anymore. BUT the story is right too... The sales people DO make those claims.

more than 4 years ago
top

Physicists Discover How To Teleport Energy

clambake Re:Consistent Histories? (365 comments)

In this case, you have to "measure" the particle in a particular way to retrieve the energy, and that way depends on what happened to the particle on the other side while the energy is being "pumped in" (so you cannot know in advance).

So you take a trillions and trillions and trillions of particles, and start measuring them randomly at once... Eventually you get lucky, and one of them gives you a return on energy. Poof, instant information transfer, but without having the data that you "needed" to do it. No waiting in line!

more than 4 years ago
top

US DOJ Says Kindle In Classroom Hurts Blind Students

clambake Re:Hmm, this seems illogical. (492 comments)

"it is a recognition that we do not leave people behind"

unless they are poor

more than 4 years ago
top

Pirate Bay Shuts Down Tracker, Switches To Distributed Hash Table

clambake Re:Distributed Post! (327 comments)

R.......

more than 4 years ago
top

Pirate Bay Shuts Down Tracker, Switches To Distributed Hash Table

clambake Re:Distributed Post! (327 comments)

Crap, stuck at 99%!

more than 4 years ago
top

Initial Tests Fail To Find Gravitational Waves

clambake Re:Linearization (553 comments)

It's because closer to the bottom of the gravity well, the planck length actually decreases. It's hard to visualize, but imagine a set of gridpoints that must always exist, and when you drop a ball of mass into it, it pushes the gridoints near it closer together, since it can't cover them up. The distance between those points gets closer together. Things can only travel from planck point to planck point (nothing can exist outside of one of these points), and since the ones near the mass are closer together, there is a tendency for things to strike those points more often, and thus the motion of the object appears to bend towards the mass.

I just made that up last night. Nobel prize please!

about 5 years ago
top

Initial Tests Fail To Find Gravitational Waves

clambake Re:Linearization (553 comments)

So, you are saying the event horizon, CREATED BY GRAVITY, will stop gravity itself from propagating? Gravity is so strong at the singularity that even gravity can't escape itself? I wonder how that works...

about 5 years ago

Submissions

top

Legal offense fund needs your support!

clambake clambake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

clambake writes "The story is long and involved, and you can read about it all in my recent request for volunteers, but let me give you the quick run down:

So, for a while now I have been hounded by these debt collection people. They think I owe them money, I think I do not. How to resolve this? Well, I say, how about a court of law, where an impartial judge can decide... seems reasonable, no? Well, they are reluctant. And, believe me, I understand them. I mean, what if they lose their ungrounded claim? They'd be responsible for all kinds of court and legal fees, and they don't want that. So I'm going to do my best to help them out.

I'm going to organize a bake sale for them to raise money for their Legal Offense Fund, so they can feel comfortable suing me properly. I'm hoping that we can raise them a lot of money because I'm going to be representing myself... I mean, look what they are up against! I feel like they are going to need some of the best lawyers in the country to go toe to toe with a guy just crazy enough to raise money for them to file suit, and those kind of people don't come cheaply.

At this point, they have stopped taking my calls and, I'm sure, are a little worried about the tight squeeze they find themselves in. I think they need as much help as they can get. I'm really hoping to get this bake sale off the ground soon, and would love it if the Slashdot community would be willing to pitch in and provide bakers, arrange van lines to shuttle people in from around the nation, maybe a website designer or two to build some software to organize this whole thing. I'm really excited about what fun this might be to do, and also I'm hoping that people can see my efforts and maybe get inspired to do similar things to help out the major corporations that are so reluctant to sue them properly too.

If this sounds like fun, please drop an email to legaloffensefund@chipped.net and let me know what you think you'd like to do. I'm not going to hand away these email addresses to spammers or anything like that and I want to assure you that I am super committed to making this thing happen in the very near future. I'm so excited about what we'll be able to do together when we put our minds to it. I hope to hear from you soon!"

Link to Original Source
top

Are clothing designs copyrightable art?

clambake clambake writes  |  more than 6 years ago

clambake writes "I was reading an article on how Prince is gearing up to sue his own fans, and I happened to notice this link pimping Prince's snazzy clothing, and a thought struck me: How are these clothes not art?

I can't help but wonder how displaying these clothes proudly to thousands (or millions, in the case of the Super Bowl) of people is not considered a "Public Performance"? What is the difference between displaying pictures of album art on a web page and displaying artistically designed clothes (or shoes, or hair styles, or make-up, etc.) in a similarly public venue? Clearly they are not any different, so clearly these designers must be getting paid royalties, right?

So my question to Slashdot is basically, how much does your average "entertainer" (musician, actor, etc) pay in royalties to their clothing designers, cosmetics and makeup artists, hair dressers, and the other artists for each and every public performance? Do they get paid royalties at all? Is it possible that there is a massive underclass of artists and designers who's hard work is being callously pirated by big wig celebrity entertainers? I hope this is not the case, of course, but I don't have any contacts in the entertainment industry, so I was hoping that some Slashdot folks would know the answer."
top

clambake clambake writes  |  more than 7 years ago

clambake writes "Oh come on, one of the BEST things about slashdot was threaded/nested comments, and now we're back to "flat only" ? What the HECK ?"

Journals

clambake has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>