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US Supreme Court Upholds Removal of Works From Public Domain

dakameleon Re:Terrible (380 comments)

In Australia, our recently introduced carbon tax / emissions trading scheme ties the taxation to stuff that can't be "taken elsewhere": electricity and resource extraction. Power companies can't generate off-shore, and resources can't be extracted elsewhere. Of course, the increased tax will be passed through to the end-user, but that's where the feedback loop of capitalism is supposed to kick in and eventually move to lower cost options.

more than 2 years ago
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London Installing Largest Free Wifi Network

dakameleon Re:Olympics (158 comments)

Wait, you thought Olympics earnt cities money?

Hahahahahahahaha. haha. ha!

(speaking as a resident of Sydney, host of the 2000 "Best Olympics Ever", after which Sydney seems to have entered a malaise of government inactivity & decline)

more than 2 years ago
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North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead at 70

dakameleon Re:North Korean State television Says... (518 comments)

The true report is even funnier, that he died from mental and physical exhaustion from his dedication to improving the country. Can't make that stuff up.

more than 2 years ago
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Fish Evolve Immunity To Toxic Sludge

dakameleon Re:Why would this be a surprise? (267 comments)

This is not a biological evolution. We aren't born pacifists; quite the opposite, actually. A society certainly can evolve, and so does the "Life" game in a computer. This has nothing to do with biological evolution as people understand it. The rules of the enlightened society are not living in genes. At best our genetic tendency to form societies is not much different from the desire of dogs to form packs. Both are in genes because they are advantageous.

Society is a meme, not a gene. (and not a meme in the cat-picture sense). Humans have evolved the genetic ability to communicate and apply memes on top of genes; another plus is that memetic evolution is faster than genetic evolution.

So yes, you would fail a strict gene-only-evolution test, but that's not the only story going on here.

about 3 years ago
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News From Apple's iPhone Event

dakameleon Re:No iPhone 5, just iPhone 4s (392 comments)

3G -> 4S is a bigger upgrade than many considering this who are on 3GS or 4 - the 3GS upgrade path is reasonable one, the upgrade from 4 much less distinct, but one that's hedged by those who didn't like the current design (like me). The design might be selling like hotcakes, but that doesn't mean everyone likes it - and some of us got our hopes up with rumors of a redesign.

Yes, yes, Apple didn't promise anything, but nonetheless it left this presentation a little underwhelming.

more than 3 years ago
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News From Apple's iPhone Event

dakameleon Re:Live? (392 comments)

With a camera using the volume controls for shutter, how do you zoom?

Pinch, or an on-screen zoom bar with touch controls. iPhone 4 has demonstrated this for a while now.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

dakameleon Re:The Dock sorely lacks (862 comments)

...to me the Dock is nothing more than the Windows taskbar "quick launch" area with some nice intuitive activity behaviors.

Where do you think Windows 7 got the idea from?

more than 3 years ago
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Outlining a World Where Software Makers Are Liable For Flaws

dakameleon Re:Sure (508 comments)

Nah, even with more-or-less universal healthcare in Australia, personal injury & workers comp lawyers exist. They just sue for damages, irrespective of actual costs incurred. They're rather unpopular, even when taking into account the fact that they're lawyers to begin with.

more than 3 years ago
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Global Mall Operator Starts Reading License Plates

dakameleon Re:Old news: UK already tracks plates (301 comments)

This, and the fact that toll roads and petrol pumps ("gas stations") have had this kind of technology for years means this should be a total non-story. The only innovation is that they're admitting the police might use the data.

more than 3 years ago
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Global Mall Operator Starts Reading License Plates

dakameleon Re:Oh no! (301 comments)

Just because there's a technology which winds back the ability to be "lost in the crowd" doesn't mean that you have/had an automatic assumption to privacy. It's like saying that the police shouldn't be able to track a fugitive on the run logging in to his facebook account because that technology to find someone 2 states away didn't exist when we first established the FBI.

more than 3 years ago
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Global Mall Operator Starts Reading License Plates

dakameleon Re:Slippery slope? (301 comments)

a) now.
b) never.

more than 3 years ago
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Global Mall Operator Starts Reading License Plates

dakameleon Re:Slippery slope? (301 comments)

What's a parking attendant?

(haven't seen one in a Westfield mall in Australia since early 2000s)

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Buy Legal Game ROMs?

dakameleon Re:ROM Marketplace? (361 comments)

The DMCA would only be relevant if you're routing around copy prevention measures. I don't know for a first-hand fact, but I wouldn't think that an emulator running a ROM from the 80s or early 90s is going to be dealing with much by way of copy prevention, software or hardware.

Patents would relate to the method of rendering the game; it is likely the patent would refer to hardware and specific hardware-based techniques, so a pure software emulator may be able to route around that.

more than 3 years ago
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'Cosmo' — a C#-Based Operating System

dakameleon Re:Full Kernel without C* (406 comments)

Too bad Visual Studio 6 was the last VS before .NET.

more than 3 years ago
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Tanks Test Infrared Camouflage Cloak

dakameleon Just imagine... (309 comments)

"Uh sir, I can see through my night vision a line of cows coming towards us at 40mph..."

more than 3 years ago
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What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?

dakameleon Re:Bah! Pretenders! (624 comments)

Goto is bad because of the bad code it enables - even though fundamentally, assembler is all about goto (jmp, etc). A useful technique that enables code to be hacked to death and made unmaintainable deserves to lie in its shallow grave.

more than 3 years ago

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Wikileaks booted from Amazon

dakameleon dakameleon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dakameleon (1126377) writes "Wikileaks has been booted from its Amazon hosting, and has now shifted to being hosted in Europe. Senator Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in a statement."This morning Amazon informed my staff that it has ceased to host the WikiLeaks website," which raises the question whether this was requested by the government. Senator Lieberman said Amazon's decision to cut off WikiLeaks "is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies WikiLeaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material". Wither free speech and reporting?"
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