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Verizon Announces Pay-Per-Use 'Turbo Boost' For Smartphones

ls -la Re:Uhhh... (129 comments)

I thought so too, the summary was somewhat misleadingly worded on that front, I mean who thinks end-users are going to use an API (especially in an app they didn't write)? And because this places a burden on the app developers to implement the API, it is still going to favor bigger and more established companies who can more easily bear the burden, though less so because (presumably) once you have it in, there's no recurring fee to keep it going.

more than 2 years ago

Vim Turns 20

ls -la Re:Emacs vs VIM: Who cares? (271 comments)

Honestly, both are excellent text editors. I, like most programmers, use the one that was favored at my university. Not because it was necessarily better, but because lots of other people used it and helped me get over the learning curve. I still use VIM today on every operating system I use or am forced to use.

Interesting. At my school, emacs was the editor of choice, and I still ended up using vim.

more than 2 years ago

Vim Turns 20

ls -la Re:I hate vim and emacs. (271 comments)

bash: emacs: command not found

Not a problem for me.

more than 2 years ago

Vim Turns 20

ls -la Re:Daily user thanks Bram (271 comments)

I use it on almost every Unix-Like system I work on.

Almost? What kind of a vim user are you!?

more than 2 years ago

Vim Turns 20

ls -la Re:still using it for remote admin (271 comments)

Me too. Even the web browser et. al part (I've more than once ended up with random j's and k's in word[shudder] documents. I even use vim for my iPhone apps. PITA that I have to tab over to compile and run it... though I'm sure there's a way I should look for.

more than 2 years ago

Bank of America Cuts Off Wikileaks Transactions

ls -la Re:Free speech? (467 comments)

I don't get it. If congress can't set a federal drinking age how can they outlaw drugs? If the feds needed a constitutional amendment to prohibit alcohol how come one wasn't needed for the war on drugs?

Little known fact: The constitution was repealed by FDR shortly after Pearl Harbor. Prohibition was before, the war on drugs was after.

more than 3 years ago

Backscatter X-Ray Machines Easily Fooled

ls -la Re:Better technology (342 comments)

This obviously means that we are going to need better technology. We'll need technology that will be able to give us a full color representation of your completely nude body, but only if you're a hot chick. - Your Friendly local TSA Agent

Even better, implement beer goggle technology into these full body scanners, so no matter how the passenger really looks, the TSA agent will never need eye bleach at the end of his or her shift.

How about reverse beer goggles. No matter how hot the people going through the scanner are, the agents that see the scans will want to gouge their eyes out with a spoon.

more than 3 years ago

USB Is the Devil's Connection

ls -la Re:Blue-eyed Jesus (474 comments)

...Is a blue-eyed-Jesus supported Biblically?

No. Just like the devil's pitchfork that started this all. Not to mention large chunks of the remainder of christian beliefs. But when has that ever stood in the way of christians believing what they want?

more than 3 years ago

Oracle To Monetize Java VM

ls -la Re:Platform jump (641 comments)

I believe that was the point he was trying to make.

more than 3 years ago

Google Sues US Gov't For Only Considering Microsoft

ls -la Re:Eheh (407 comments)

It's an open bid as in, any color you like, as long as it's black.

more than 3 years ago

Exploits Propagated Via Social Media Increase

ls -la Social Media? Gr8 (28 comments)

In true slashdot fashion, I haven't RTFA. However, I see a number of people saying the article mentions attacks targeted at social media, android phones, and microsoft. As I don't use any of these, I would like to tell the hackers: Great! Keep up the good work.

more than 3 years ago

Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found

ls -la Re:I work with 2 of the authors (575 comments)

If you'll recall, Crematoria had a dawn, as that was what they were running from in the movie; tide-locked planets can't have a dawn. I suspect extremes like on Crematoria (which happen to a lesser extent on the moon, btw - 100-390K at the equator according to wikipedia) are from two primary factors: first, being much closer to the sun, and second, less of an atmosphere (ozone in particular) for thermal regulation.

more than 3 years ago

iPad Getting a Subscription Infrastructure?

ls -la Three words (94 comments)

About Fucking Time. I was printing wirelessly off my Palm Pilot 15 years ago.

about 4 years ago

State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor

ls -la Re:Doggie porn? (574 comments)

At least it wasn't kitty porn.

more than 4 years ago

American Lung Association Pushes For Ban On Electronic Cigarettes

ls -la Re:Agenda? (790 comments)

What is their agenda? (other than to promote lung health, which no reasonable person could criticize)

When their agenda includes banning a legal product because they think it sends the wrong message, then they've crossed the line. They've done noble work over the years, but they're becoming as bad as those fools from the Center For Science In The Public Interest. If you want to convince someone to change habits, more power to them. If you're trying to ban a legal product because, well, you just know what's good for them, then ALA can go pound sand.

Note: I don't even smoke. Never have. But ALA is just being a nannying busybody here.

It wouldn't make much sense pushing to ban an illegal product, now would it?

more than 4 years ago

World's Smallest Superconductor Discovered

ls -la Re:What temperature does this work at though?! (72 comments)

This doesn't do us a lot of good in most applications if we have to cool our processors with liquid nitrogen.

Except that most slashdotters already cool their systems with liquid nitrogen, or would love the excuse to make it so.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Says, Don't Press the F1 Key In XP

ls -la Re:Well, at least the important keys still work. (324 comments)

More importantly, is there a way to disable F1 in Windows? I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally hit it when trying to hit Esc.

A screwdriver will work. It's even cross-platform.

more than 4 years ago

Physicists Discover How To Teleport Energy

ls -la Re:Fusion (365 comments)

Can't we just teleport energy from the sun?

Not unless the sun is sending us entangled particles and measuring them just the right way at just the right time.

more than 4 years ago


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The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act

ls -la ls -la writes  |  more than 8 years ago The REAL reason behind the SBCTEA: Everyone knows (or should know) by now that the Sonny Bono Copyright... Act extended copyrights by 20 years, starting in 1998. This means the term is now 70 years past the author's death (or 95 past publication for anonymous/pseudonymous/works for hire). Many speculated that this was because Disney pushed for the extension, because Mickey Mouse was almost in the public domain. I have uncovered the REAL reason behind the copyright extension. (No, seriously, hear me out on this. You'll want to know it.) I recently opened a book to read, and looked at the copyright date. 1949, renewed 1977. OK, that is probably covered by the SBCTEA. So I look online at the text of the copyright law, expecting to find the usual 70-years-after-the-authors-death law. As it turns out, this book falls into a narrow loophole in the SBCTEA: "Any copyright still in its renewal term at the time that the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act becomes effective shall have a copyright term of 95 years from the date copyright was originally secured." ( That means that this book, and any other published between 1942 and 1949 (inclusive) receive 95-year copyrights. Not the (already outrageous) 70 years after the author's death that every other book gets (which would have put this book at 2020), but NINETY-FIVE YEARS, regardless of when the author died. That means this particular book, which should have entered the public domain this year(2005), or at the latest 2020, is under copyright until 2044, 39 years after it should be in the public domain. I don't know about you, but I find that fact extremely frightening. Why? Because I believe the loophole was put there on purpose, for this specific book.

Which book, you ask? Can you guess?


[Update 21.10.05] I looked more closely, and all works published before 1978 get 95 years from publication, instead of 70 from the author's death.

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