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YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

ogl_codemonkey Re:Like it matters (157 comments)

Certainly doesn't seem to; they've just halved the bits-per-frame by the look of it.

The image quality is just... awful.

about 6 months ago

Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

ogl_codemonkey Re:Denial of use (281 comments)

Maybe I can get in with this before the entire debate falls apart... hah, yeah right. Anyway, here goes:

The Copyright equivalent of stealing a candy bar (or a car from a dealership, to use your earlier analogy) from a grocery store is actually:

  1. Man enters a grocery store and sees a $1 candy bar
  2. He goes home and produces his own candy bar just like it, with the resources he has available; with his own time, energy, and equipment (stove, mixer, trays and moulds), and ingredients (chocolate, nougat, peanuts, whatever)
  3. He could eat this bar, give it away, or sell it without having *stolen* anything.

The original candy bar is still available for purchase for $1 to the next customer. If the Man in the example were selling his candy bars for profit, he would have effectively created a competing business to the grocery store. If he sells them wholesale to the store, he's competing with their other distributors.

If they are confusingly similar to the original brand, he may be infringing the manufacturer's protected trade marks. If he uses their patented process to put bubbles in chocolate or something, he may be infringing their patent; but legal competition for manufactured goods is specifically not covered by Copyright law.

Back to the car example, manufactured goods may contain Copyright-protected work, i.e. microcode in the car's engine management unit; but if you build a functional equivalent of your own without infringing patented methods, you're good to go.

Keep in mind that a car manufacturer will have registered 'trade marks' like "the distinctive tail light arrangement" that you won't be allowed to produce competing goods 'confusingly similar to', but you can (YMMV, consult a lawyer) build one for your own use.

And yes, for the sake of argument a physical work *can* be subject to protection by Copyright, but would generally need to show substantial creative effort and merit to be enforced; such as a carved statue. In the case of the car example, the Copyright would apply to the manufacturer's plans, CAD/CAM files, and maybe physical prototypes; but almost certainly not the result of the process (again, YMMV, consult a laywer)

about 5 months ago

Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

ogl_codemonkey Re:This just in. (281 comments)

People keep using the term "Fair Use" in a legal context as though it means what it would mean in an ordinary conversation. It does not mean that your 'use' is 'fair', but rather that it complies with the specific exceptions to Copyright law that are granted under that title. Call it whatever you like; as you say, it's still infringing copyright (and also the DMCA, due to that handy little anti-circumvention section, since you mention DRM), and the courts would find against you as such.

Not directing this at david_thornley, it's just a clarification that I feel should be made more often; particularly on Slashdot.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

ogl_codemonkey Re:Not sure what they mean... (250 comments)

I imagine that Google thinks it far more common for one person with more than one of [ PC | laptop | phone | tablet ] to have the majority of same in the country they are in, than to only take one of the above to another country.

If you took your laptop, phone, and tablet with you, you'd be thinking that you should only have to change your location preference on one.

Really, I think changing my 'home' location exactly once for each time I stay somewhere new is pretty much exactly what I'm looking for.

about 6 months ago

School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

ogl_codemonkey Re:In their defence. (417 comments)

I suspect that there's a big fat legal difference between "Jimmy looked at a naughty site on his phone while at school" and "The school's network and it's operators facilitated Jimmy's access to naughty sites."

about 9 months ago

NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving

ogl_codemonkey Re:Blame the kids (319 comments)

It's the 9 to 5 cube jockeys and wage slaves who are bored to hell with sitting in traffic for cumulative days of their lives.

So the law should instead be encouraging people who live more than X distance from work to be using mass transit? Sounds good to me!

1 year,23 days

Ask Slashdot: Does LED Backlight PWM Drive You Crazy?

ogl_codemonkey Re:Sigh (532 comments)

A hundred times this.

Far from a PWM issue, most likely the cheap displays that illustrate this issue have insufficient power smoothing, and the culprit is likely the 100 or 120 Hz fluctuation from rectified AC, or (yes, some are really this bad), 50 or 60 Hz from clipped AC.

The duty cycle of a CRT phosphor group is in the order of 1/1,000,000 for an SDTV resolution - the point intensity of the energised area is unimaginably bright; look for high-speed footage of a TV to get some idea of it; or if you have a digital camera of some worth, take a pic at 1/2500 and see how many lines are still saturating the CCD.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

ogl_codemonkey Re:Windows 7 (965 comments)

Having long been a fan of minimalist window managers like Fluxbox, a friend recently recommended xmonad, which I promptly installed; and since doing so I have been amazed at how much time I can spend not managing windows.

There's apparently also osxmonad for the 'traitors,' but I haven't tried that out yet.

about 2 years ago

Linux 3.8 Released

ogl_codemonkey Re:underwhelmed (120 comments)

... you'll be recompiling everything it depends on right down to the widget set plus everything that depends on any of that plus anything that depends on those things, and so on, recursively.

I always saw it as a feature than when a library maintainer fixed a bug, it'd get fixed in all the software that was using said library; or a any libraries that was wrapping that library, or any software that was using that wrapper...

about 2 years ago

Linux 3.8 Released

ogl_codemonkey Re:Use inode space for 1st part of large files? (120 comments)

There are plenty of disk-sensitive applications that deliberately do block-aligned accesses into a file; and I imagine a lot of those would be very put out by such a change.

about 2 years ago

French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

ogl_codemonkey Just do the damned test (626 comments)

Sometimes justice is expensive; and sometimes it makes mistakes - but if you can get a definitive answer from a reliable, available test; do it.

Perhaps then bill each of them for half the cost, for not cooperating.

about 2 years ago

USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

ogl_codemonkey Re:Cut out the intermediary step. (909 comments)

Perhaps, but even in metric countries, gigameters is an uncommon unit.

about 2 years ago

Some Apple iMacs "Assembled In America"

ogl_codemonkey Re:But... (279 comments)

Of course! It's to complement the use of the possessive apostrophe.

about 2 years ago

Huge Geoengineering Project Violates UN Rules

ogl_codemonkey Re:Environmentalists (319 comments)

Okay, firstly; your math is out - a far smaller number of people would have to walk into gas chambers on a daily basis to reduce our population to your arbitrary target well within 20 years. Currently significant population factors (birth rate and death rate) are compounded as a ratio (i.e. about 20 per 1,000) onto the existing population; any fixed-amount reduction that outweighs the initial difference in geometric components for population increase and decrease will become the dominant factor very quickly.
365 million out of (I'm assuming your starting number was 20 * 365.25m + 200m = ) 7.5 billion isn't much of a decrease in the first year (a little under 5%) but I'm sure you can see from here the compounding nature of the figure; once you're down to 500 million, another year would take over half your population.

Perhaps more egregiously, are you saying that a significant amount of our environmental impact as a species is our own poop?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: When Does Time Tracking at Work Go Too Far?

ogl_codemonkey Re:Unionize (630 comments)

How that place manages to stay in business in this crappy economy, selling massively overpriced poor-quality drinks, I have no idea.

I've suspected for a while now that people become accustomed to Starbucks and forget what coffee is supposed to taste like.

more than 2 years ago

8th Circuit Upholds $220,000 Verdict In Jammie Thomas Case

ogl_codemonkey Re:yikes! (285 comments)

I,m sorry, I'm not anti-ms anti-apple pro-google pro-Linux etc.

We're anti-Google now - did you not get the memo?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best *nix Distro For a Dynamic File Server?

ogl_codemonkey Re:Wow (234 comments)

I once solved a similar problem with FLAC; seems to work great on most environmental data. YMMV.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

ogl_codemonkey DMCA to the rescue! (782 comments)

Produce some copyrightable material (or commission some, if your company is the sort that claims everything you make)
Host it on HTTPS.
Access it from work.

... now they've circumvented your over-the-wire copy protection scheme.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Outlets Control Electricity Through Authentication

ogl_codemonkey Re:What could possibly go wrong? (284 comments)

Brilliant! We can use electric vehicles to reduce that pesky off-peak usage in the suburbs and increase peak load in urban areas!

more than 2 years ago


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