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Swedish File-Sharers File For Religious Status

euphemistic Re:Control Not Command (420 comments)

Ctrl C and V (also X and Z and I think P) predate Microsoft by quite some time.

more than 3 years ago
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Swedish File-Sharers File For Religious Status

euphemistic Re:What do they share? (420 comments)

So what you're trying to tell us is that it already has a lot in common with a vast array of existing religions?

more than 3 years ago
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Temporary Brain Changes Lead to Accelerated Learning

euphemistic Re:Heh. (140 comments)

If I had mod points, they would be yours.

more than 3 years ago
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Commadore 64

euphemistic Commodore (1 comments)

BTW, I am actually the first to post this here? Is it old news? (I searched and got no related results for "Commadore")"

That would be because it is "commodore".

more than 3 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

euphemistic Re:Where's linux? (648 comments)

The point is that the world of things that compute is vastly more than just the single desktop you've got sitting in front of your face right now. Sure, in your perspective that's all you really can see everyday in the traditional definition of "computer", but there are vast arrays of networks and electronic devices and things you never ever consider the programming and workings of that you rely on every single day; and while they might have a plethora of different brandnames associated with them, behind the scenes is good ol' linux doing its stuff.

Sometimes it's more than enough to control everything *except* the most visible sector of a particular market, and honestly, it's probably better to be the invisible winner.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Leaks Internal Bank of America Emails

euphemistic Re:leaked? (535 comments)

Well, I went from the article which alluded to it being the leak Assange was sitting on:

It looks like the hacker group, which frequents online message board 4chan, made good on a promise Wikileaks founder Julian Assange made several months ago.

In retrospect the word "perhaps" would have been better than "reportedly" because it really is quite the assumption, and I probably should have outright ignored any sentence that starts with "the hacker group" as a matter of principle. In my defense, I had just polished off a bottle of wine at the time of writing it. Sorry for the lack of clarity though.

more than 3 years ago
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41% of Facebook Users Willing To Divulge Personal Info

euphemistic Re:I wouldn't mind giving my info to him, he's cut (157 comments)

In terms of A), I suspect it has to do with being below the theoretical threshhold facebook might have for identifying scam users who are there to scrape information for profit/social engineering/other bad thing. Had they targeted 1000 a little bell might have gone off at facebook HQ before they had an adequate chance to actually look at what they'd managed to access.

more than 3 years ago
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Australian Court Gives Green Light To Disconnect Pirates

euphemistic Nowhere near as bad as the headline makes it sound (131 comments)

While it might give AFACT a better description of what it would potentially need to disconnect people, there are a few things in the summary by Judge Cowdroy which suggest even if they did, it still wouldn't happen.

13. Secondly, I find that a scheme for notification, suspension and termination of customer accounts is not, in this instance, a relevant power to prevent copyright infringement pursuant to s 101(1A)(a) of the Copyright Act, nor in the circumstances of this case is it a reasonable step pursuant to s 101(1A)(c) of the Copyright Act.

I find that iiNet did have a repeat infringer policy which was reasonably implemented and that iiNet would therefore have been entitled to take advantage of the safe harbour provisions in Division 2AA of Part V of the Copyright Act if it needed to do so. ... While iiNet did not have a policy of the kind that the applicants believed was required, it does not follow that iiNet did not have a policy which complied with the safe harbour provisions. However, as I have not found that iiNet authorised copyright infringement, there is no need for iiNet to take advantage of the protection provided by such provisions.

20. The law recognises no positive obligation on any person to protect the copyright of another. The law only recognises a prohibition on the doing of copyright acts without the licence of the copyright owner or exclusive licensee, or the authorisation of those acts.

The above taken from the judge's summary of the findings

426. There can be no doubt that the respondent has the contractual right to warn and terminate its subscribers pursuant to its CRA if a breach of its terms occurs. However, that does not, of itself, make termination a reasonable step or a relevant power to prevent infringement in all circumstances. It must be remembered that absent those contractual provisions, the respondent would have had no power to terminate subscribers even if they were found by a Court to have infringed copyright. The CRA constitutes the respondent’s standard contractual terms used by a wide variety of subscribers. Consequently, and unsurprisingly, the CRA seeks to provide sufficient contractual terms to cover all eventualities, both existing at the time of the writing of the CRA and into the future. That does not mean that such terms should or would always be exercised even if a contractual right to exercise them arises. 427. Further, the right to do something does not create an obligation to do something. The doctrine of privity of contract provides that the only two parties relevant to the enforcement of the CRA are the respondent and the subscriber. Should the contract be breached by the subscriber, it is entirely a matter for the respondent to decide whether to act on the contract. Had the respondent taken action against its subscribers based on an AFACT Notice and it was subsequently found that the allegation was unfounded, the respondent would have committed a breach of its contract with the subscriber and been made potentially liable for damages without any indemnity from the applicants or AFACT. In such circumstance it was not unreasonable that the respondent should have sought to be cautious before acting on information provided by a party unrelated to the CRA.

436. The Court does not consider that warning and termination of subscriber accounts on the basis of AFACT Notices is a reasonable step...

The above taken from the full findings available at: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/FCA/2010/24.html

more than 3 years ago
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Attacked By Anonymous, HBGary Pulls Out of RSA

euphemistic Re:Anatomy of the Hack (415 comments)

Large paper posters can be vandalism, I was imagining something massive and pasted to their booth sign or something... Then I saw the photo.

I can see why they're quaking in their boots.

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie Retailers Lobby For Tax On Online Purchases

euphemistic Re:Seems unfair to me (203 comments)

This is exactly at the crux of the matter and should be rated more highly (and mentioned more often). The major retailers are bitching about an amazingly small minority of all purchases and simply want a tax to discourage people to even consider online shopping.

more than 3 years ago
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8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study

euphemistic Kudos (174 comments)

Kudos to the school here, and Beau Lotto too. They managed to achieve something absolutely amazing, educational and potentially inspirational for the kids in this class. It was a fantastic idea, and hopefully will advance the cause of science education in schools.

more than 3 years ago
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Today's WikiLeaks News

euphemistic Re:Isn't that the same thing? (312 comments)

It's basically a matter of traffic issues more than anything. The Town Hall to Martin Place route is pretty standard for protests, I've been to more than a few that take place there. It's smack bang in the middle of the city, if Sydney had a Times Square, that would be it. Sydney is notoriously also full of one way streets, so when you block off a street, you really do screw traffic up, in an area that is over-congested to begin with. In my experience as a protester, the police are (usually) pretty cool, sometimes the lower ranks over-zealous and nervous but I've walked with the senior sergeant in charge while I was protesting before and had a good ol' chat about how everything was going; it was really very pleasant. What has happened in this case is an issue with shortnotice. They have to arrange for hundreds of police to come from all over the state (which is larger than Texas, for a little perspective) to attend and be briefed, etc. etc. Short notice also means they're not going to be able to figure out a good traffic plan in time. You can tell it wasn't an iideological problem at heart because of the alternate options they suggested, namely "police offered alternatives including holding a static protest, marching an alternate route or holding the march at another time.". They didn't mind that there was a protest, just the way in which it was planned.

I'm a big supporter of Wikileaks, of public protest, of free speech; but good planning makes the event better for the protesters, for the police and for the innocent bystanders who were unfortunate enough to be travelling through the area at the time. It doesn't necessarily mean the population is oppressed.

more than 3 years ago
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Comcast Accused of Congestion By Choice

euphemistic Re:The text in a readable format (434 comments)

What I understand from your analogy is that Comcast is using the pimping/strip joint owner business model. At this point I don't even care if the analogy is flawed.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Backtracks On Accessibility In Windows Phone 7

euphemistic Re:Blind people using a touchscreen? (54 comments)

I know a guy who is blind (light sensitivity only), he tried an iPhone the other day and loved it. I do a bit of interface design, and I thought it wouldn't work so well due to the lack of tactile feedback; apparently it wasn't even an issue. Provided you have a consistent learnable layout (such as the grid icon system of an iPhone for different applications), and/or at least an alternative way of "tabbing" through interactive items on the screen, plus obviously screen-reading capability, they're set. Up until now, the visually impaired have had to rely on third parties who cater to that niche to install software onto phones to give them the screen-reading capability, but the iPhone has made this unnecessary and from all accounts is quite popular with the visually impaired community for that reason.

tl;dr yes the blind can use touchscreen based phones provided they're designed/developed well

As an aside, watching the guy I know write text messages never fails to fascinate me.

more than 3 years ago
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Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

euphemistic Re:This is scary (1020 comments)

I agree entirely, which is why I used the word "anyone" instead of "a woman"; I also say it as a woman myself.

more than 3 years ago
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Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

euphemistic Re:This is scary (1020 comments)

I don't understand - the condom broke in the middle so she asked him to stop, he didn't - and that's rape?

Yes. If anyone in the middle of sexual intercourse says stop, you have to stop. If you choose to disregard this direct request, it's rape or at the very least sexual assault - no matter what point during intercourse it happens.

Anyway, I have no clue whether these things happened or not, all I know is that Assange is in a world of trouble regardless. He has chosen one dangerous road.

more than 3 years ago
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What To Load On a 4-Year-Old's Netbook?

euphemistic Re:Regardless (742 comments)

Probably should learn to walk before running, in this case maybe The GIMP would be a better starting point.

more than 3 years ago
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MP3Tunes 'Safe Harbor' Court Challenge Approaching

euphemistic length of amicus curiae brief (94 comments)

32 whole pages including cover page, table of contents and submission credits at 1.5 line spacing? And people accuse Gen Y of having a short attention span... I'd have to agree that EMI are scraping the bottom of the barrel for reasons.

more than 3 years ago
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Malaysian Indicted After Hacking Federal Reserve

euphemistic Re:Mr Poo? (132 comments)

You are, it's more like Pay.

more than 3 years ago
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Proposed ADA Requirements May Affect Public Internet Use

euphemistic Re:Fine with me (420 comments)

Youtube are taking steps to introduce transcription to videos, but this is moot. From the article:

"But what about personal photos on Facebook? Does Facebook have to make sure the photo content can be read aloud to a blind user? Perhaps not. The Justice Department is considering making it clear that some personal, noncommercial content would not be affected."

Pretty sure individual user content uploaded to youtube where they are not making money (eg. "boy gets hit in groin with football") is going to be excluded. Content partners would probably have to take the time to do it to qualify for their 3 cent revenue.

more than 3 years ago

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Anonymous leaks Internal Bank of America Emails

euphemistic euphemistic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

euphemistic (1850880) writes "Reportedly the information Wikileaks was set to disclose about a particular bank back from December, "a massive batch of internal Bank of America emails" has been leaked. While the site hosting it seems to currently be down due to the obviously gigantic amount of traffic interested in this leak, the leak is said to pertain to the Bank of America's improper foreclosure on homes. "The report came from a former employee with Balboa Insurance — a risk management and insurance firm. The employee reportedly corresponded with Bank of America employees and was told to falsify loan numbers on documents to force Bank of America to foreclose on homeowners.""
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Music royalty society shown to be complete farce

euphemistic euphemistic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

euphemistic (1850880) writes "The Belgian music royalty society SABAM (Société d’Auteurs Belge – Belgische Auteurs Maatschappij) which represents authors, composers and publishers has been targeted by an investigative and satirical show called Basta after receiving complaints about their business practices; such practices include suing a business owner because the TV in his private room could be overheard by public in his shop. Basta decided to test the boundaries of how far SABAM would go to squeeze a buck from those "publically performing" copyrighted works with tragically ludicrous results. English description of the piece can be found here, and the video except from the show (in Belgian) here. Well worth a read for all those who have suspected some music royalty societies have no shame."
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Paypal caught in Wikileaks crossfire

euphemistic euphemistic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

euphemistic (1850880) writes "There is finally some actual damage caused (indirectly) by Wikileaks, although not what you might think. After PayPal froze Wikileaks' account for "violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity"; there were some who were not so pleased by this decision and responded by launching a DDoS attack squarely at the paypalblog announcing the decision. So far the finger has been pointed at Anonymous by researchers from Panda Labs. Given there have been separate calls for Operation Avenge Assange, it's probably not beyond the realms of plausibility."
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Austria's 'bionic man' dies in car crash

euphemistic euphemistic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

euphemistic (1850880) writes "'An Austrian man who became the first person outside the US to wear thought-powered "bionic" arms has died from injuries sustained in a car crash... Kandlbauer, who would have turned 23 next month, sustained severe head injuries when the specially modified car he was driving swerved off the road in the south east of Austria and crashed into a tree on October 19. The cause of the accident is not yet known, particularly whether the neurally-controlled arm-prostheses he had been fitted with might have played a role.'"
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Pirate Bay back in court for appeals

euphemistic euphemistic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

euphemistic (1850880) writes "The Pirate Bay is back in court for the appeal against last year's rulling. On April 17th in 2009, Pirate Bay operators Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstrom were sentenced to 1 year in prison and ordered to pay over US$900,000 in damages each. Only 3 of the "Pirate Bay Four" are present this time, with Svartholm remaining in his Cambodian home due to health problems. The trial last year was plagued by problems including a leaked verdict and accusations of biased judges; so it's possible the appeal will have a few intriguing twists in store for us. Completion of the trial is expected by the 15th of October, so stay tuned for more news."
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Ninth Circuit: You can't resell imported brands

euphemistic euphemistic writes  |  about 4 years ago

euphemistic (1850880) writes "The Ninth Circuit has ruled that reselling goods made overseas with a brand name/logo on them might NOT be covered by Section 109 of the Copyright Act. This section states that people who purchase goods from the initial copyright owner are allowed "to sell or otherwise dispose of the possession of that copy" as they see fit, and this right extends to subsequent buyers of those items. However Costco, who bought Omega brand watches from an overseas licensed distributor of Omega goods (but not Omega themselves) were infringing copyright because the items were made outside the US.

This decision has further implications, especially for sites such as Amazon and eBay.

The EFF have called this decision "bogus copyright theory"

Copy of court document: http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=11786240821938750657"

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