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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

msauve Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (268 comments)

Also, under what circumstances does extending the copyright of an existing work encourage the creation of new works? It's exactly the opposite - if they can live off income created from old works, there's less incentive to create new ones.

about a week ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

msauve Re:Bad link in summary (189 comments)

Interesting fact: "timothy" is actually a Turing Test. As can be seen, machines have still not shown intelligence.

about a week ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

msauve Re:60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda? (409 comments)

Have you always been so logically challenged? Saying that a non-person can't vote is not the same as claiming that someone who can't vote isn't a person.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

msauve Re:60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda? (409 comments)

You can't vote in the country of your citizenship? What dictatorship are you from?

about two weeks ago
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Lenovo Recalls LS-15 Power Cords

msauve Re:Why? (71 comments)

CCC = Cheap Chinese Crap.

China seems to be like 1950's Japan - some signs of innovation and quality, but mostly tin toys.

about two weeks ago
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Lenovo Recalls LS-15 Power Cords

msauve Whew. (71 comments)

I have an LS-16.

about two weeks ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

msauve Re:class act (171 comments)

Carbonite, FTW!

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

msauve Re:Have Both (567 comments)

"Why would you want to limit yourself to only one screen?"

Desktop real estate? How about a laptop with support for only a single display?

You need to provide a citation to back up your claim, I don't believe it except for specific cases (e.g. CAD or DTP). How do multiple screens help productivity for a typical user who does email, or word processing, or spreadsheet, or even web browsing (where a multiple document interface is near ubiquitous).

about two weeks ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

msauve Re:Someone has (270 comments)

"Keurigs one selling point is that only coffee that is wanted gets made"

My Breville Youbrew (I have no affiliation...) does that, too. The amount is variable from a small cup through a full pot. Strength is adjustable. No extra waste if you use the gold foil basket. Plus, it will grind fresh beans immediately before brewing. So, the only incremental costs are coffee beans, water and electricity.

And, if you just want hot water, or want to fill the basket with something other than ground beans from the hopper, you can do that, too.

All easily done by pushing a few buttons.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

msauve Re:Have Both (567 comments)

Sure, have both, but why have 2?

The Radius Pivot let you switch on the fly, in the early 1990's.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

msauve Can I buy an editor? (129 comments)

I think that summary sets a new /. record for poor grammar.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

msauve Re:It's bullshit, but it's the same bullshit as us (192 comments)

" too many people have been way too happy to promote the thinking that if it didn't exist the late 1700's, then it wasn't covered in the Bill of Rights. "

<sarcasm>Yes, that's true. Freedom of the Press obviously only applies to Gutenburg-type manual presses, not high speed lithography and photocopiers. And certainly not electronic media, which the founding fathers could have never envisioned.</sarcasm>

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

msauve Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (268 comments)

Walt Disney has been dead for quite a while, too. Shouldn't Mickey Mouse, then, be in the public domain?

The cited case is nuanced - it hinges on derivative works - "As we have previously concluded that appellant's tile-preparing process results in derivative works and as the exclusive right to prepare derivative works belongs to the copyright holder, the "first sale" doctrine does not bar the appellees' copyright infringement claims."

The defendant was placing the original printed images on ceramic tiles, which was decided to be derivative. It's undecided by this case whether simply selling individual pages would be derivative (and doubtful, IMO), and simply framing the pages would be a gray area, as they would still be a print medium.

about two weeks ago
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FISA Court Extends Section 215 Bulk Surveillance For 90 Days

msauve Re:Courts? (83 comments)

That just shows that their plan is working perfectly. See: Newspeak.

about two weeks ago

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SQRL proposes to solve password problems.

msauve msauve writes  |  about a year ago

msauve (701917) writes "The Secure QR Login system (SQRL, pronounced “squirrel”) may revolutionize web site login and authentication. It promises to eliminate every problem inherent in traditional login techniques. With SQRL, your phone snaps the QR code displayed on a website's login page . . . . and YOU are securely logged in."
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LightSquared CEO resigns amid appearance of bribery.

msauve msauve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msauve (701917) writes "LightSquared, the company who's request to use make use of spectrum in a way likely to interfere with GPS was recently denied, has suffered another setback. CEO Sanjiv Ahuja has now resigned, only a week after a report detailing political contributions and the personal financial interests of Obama and officials in his administration in SkyTerra, the precursor company to LightSquared.

Ahuja's one and only contribution to the Democratic Party occurred on the same day he tried to arrange a meeting with Obama administration officials, apparently as part of LightSquared's desire to fast track FCC approval of a change beneficial to the company."

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