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Web Browsing Isn't Copyright Infringement, Rules EU Court of Justice

maxwell demon Re:I don't get it (79 comments)

Someone wanted to deliver content via webserver and then sue people who received this delivery as violating copyright?

Amazing.

They seem to be saying that, in addition to displaying the content on your screen, your browser also writes a copy into its cache, and that's two copies.

I wonder what they'd say of, say, a RAID1 file system, which makes two copies of the cached page, on two different disks. Would that mean two violations of the copyright? And if, after sending it from the screen to your eyes, the information in your brain is a third violation?

It's even worse. From the copy on the screen, each of your eyes makes another copy on its retina.

And on the technical side, all the routers temporarily put the data into a buffer. So it causes one extra copyright infringement for every router the data passes.

about 2 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

maxwell demon Energy cost of DRM? (339 comments)

Did they also calculate how much energy would be saved if we would not waste processor power on DRM decoding?

about 3 months ago
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Study: Stop Being So Cynical, You Could Give Yourself Dementia

maxwell demon Re:Wait (153 comments)

Less than 1% of the electricity generated in the US is from oil. Solar and Wind only generate electricity.
So well under 1% of all oil is used to generate electrical power. It was less the 2% of all oil in 2004 and has gone down to under 1% of the oil used in the US.

What you say may be true. As non-American I'm not terribly interested in the details of the American energy mix. Indeed, before that post, I couldn't even know which county you are from, so even with perfect knowledge of the American energy mix I could not have decided on the truth of that statement.

But your definition of "stupid" is wrong. "Stupid" is not the same as "uninformed", "misinformed" or "wrong".

And you just flunked your skeptic and critical thinking test.

There was no critical thinking test. I didn't make any statement about the energy situation of the US or any other country. I only made a statement about your use of "stupid".

1. You assumed you knew the truth.

I didn't assume to know the truth of the statement. I did (and still do) assume I know the truth about the meaning of "stupid". And your use of that word doesn't fit that meaning.

2. You failed to question the truth.

OK, I indeed didn't consult a dictionary (but I'm convinced you didn't either). Well, let's do now (I omit the pronounciation and ethymology parts):

stupid I a: slow of mind: obtuse b: given to unwise decisions or actions 2: dulled in feeling or sensation 3: marked by or resulting from dullness: senseless (a stupid mistake) 4: dreary, boring (a stupid plot) [Source: Webster's New Encyclopedic Dictionary]

None of those fits your use of stupid.

3. spouted off without doing any research.

Yes, I did not do any research on the meaning of "stupid". Nor did you, apparently.

4. You trusted without question those that told you that Solar and Wind would reduce our dependence on foreign oil when it is less than 1% of our oil use.

Does not apply. I didn't make a statement about wind and solar energy, I made a statement about your use of "stupid".

5. I am willing to bet that you are proud of your critical thinking skills and consider yourself an enlightened skeptic yet you showed none of those skills.

While I do think I have some critical thinking skills, I certainly didn't need to use them on your comment. Basic language knowledge was sufficient. In that sense I agree that I didn't show any critical thinking skills in my reply, because there was no critical thinking skill needed or sufficient.

You better think about what your answer says about your critical thinking skills.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Stop Being So Cynical, You Could Give Yourself Dementia

maxwell demon Re:Wait (153 comments)

Stupid == We need solar and wind to reduce our dependance on foreign oil.

No, equalling that statement with "stupid" is stupid.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Stop Being So Cynical, You Could Give Yourself Dementia

maxwell demon Re:Wait (153 comments)

(NOTE: this is sarcasm for those of you who can't think critically)

The smiley at the end already said so. But of course this is Slashdot, so stating it twice may be appropriate. ;-)

about 3 months ago
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Study: Stop Being So Cynical, You Could Give Yourself Dementia

maxwell demon Re:Average age? (153 comments)

My average age is exactly half of my actual age. I'm speaking about the time average, of course.

about 3 months ago
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Who controls the HVAC at work?

maxwell demon Missing option (216 comments)

HVAC? What HVAC?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

maxwell demon Re:Jobs? Whole industries... (343 comments)

Except for the telephone sanitizers whose job is generally undervalued. You know, a single unsanitized telephone could wipe out a complete civilization.

about 3 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

maxwell demon Re:Bad syllogism (426 comments)

A reference is

I think you remembered your reference once too often. ;-)

about 3 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

maxwell demon Re:Ass time (499 comments)

So you think that a higher status makes you a better cook? Or that a higher status makes the local supermarket to sell you the unprocessed food cheaper?

about 4 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

maxwell demon Re:Ass time (499 comments)

the cheaper food actually tasted even better

A definite no. But then, I was not raised on industrially processed food; you tend to like the sort of food you were raised on.

about 4 months ago
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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

maxwell demon Re:Fire = Good (167 comments)

Chernobyl was a fission plant, but nature does have fusion reactors reacting all over the universe all the time,

And quite a lot of them actually exploded. ;-)

about 5 months ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

maxwell demon Re:The full sentence (335 comments)

The people hiding Jews in Nazi Germany also broke the law. I guess that would also exclude them from being heroes in Bill Gates' opinion?

about 5 months ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

maxwell demon Re:Obvious response from Gates (335 comments)

Not a fan of the NSA part, but anything that reduces the worldwide birth rate is good in my opinion.

So you are in favour of a global thermonuclear war? Because that certainly would reduce the birth rate worldwide.

about 5 months ago
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Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

maxwell demon Re:Out of step with reality (149 comments)

Just don't take pictures of people who obviously don't want to be in your photo and you're fine

Must be a great place if you're a thief.

No, because in Germany, while you're forbidden to publish the picture without consent of the person, you're not forbidden to take it, nor to show it to the police.

about 5 months ago
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Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

maxwell demon Re:Out of step with reality (149 comments)

for example just about any photograph depicting the demolishing of the Berlin Wall would have been illegal.

Given that the German law contains an explicit exemption for pictures of contemporary history, that statement is not true.

about 5 months ago
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Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

maxwell demon Re:Out of step with reality (149 comments)

No, there are usually exceptions for that type of photography. Also there are typically exceptions for people of special interest (that is, if you photograph a politician, he cannot forbid you you to publish it, at least not on the ground of that law) and for certain other common cases.

about 5 months ago

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Scientists create functional Maxwell's Demon

maxwell demon maxwell demon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

maxwell demon (590494) writes "For the first time, scientists have converted information into pure energy, experimentally verifying a thought experiment first proposed 150 years ago.

The idea was originally formulated by physicist James Clerk Maxwell, but it gained controversy because it appeared to violate the second law of thermodynamics. Put in experimental terms, this law states that when hot and cold water are mixed, they will eventually reach an equilibrium middling temperature.

Maxwell proposed that a hypothetical being (later dubbed Maxwell's demon) could separate the water into two compartments and reverse the process, isolating hot molecules from cold by letting only the hotter-than-average through a trap-door between the compartments.

(Link to original paper)"

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Green laser pointers may be dangerous

maxwell demon maxwell demon writes  |  about 4 years ago

maxwell demon (590494) writes "Researchers at NIST have found out that cheap green laser pointers can emit dangerously intense infrared light. Since you cannot see infrared light, you'll normally not notice it, however it's dangerous for your eye. The article also describes how to test laser pointers with consumer equipment. Of course, while doing that, do not look into laser with remaining eye."
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Journals

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maxwell demon maxwell demon writes  |  about 12 years ago

Yes, it's the First Post in this journal.

All those Anonymous Cowards trying to make a First Post again after every story obviously have not yet found out about this foolproof way to get a First Post: As soon as you create an account on slashdot, you get a journal, and in your journal you always will have the first post.

So don't be an Anonymous Coward, get an account, and you get your guaranteed First Post for free!

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