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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

omnichad Re:How do you know they bought the CD? (245 comments)

But your claim that they're the owner of the CD isn't necessarily true. You could borrow a CD from the library, or a friend. How's the device to know if you actually own it?

And companies sell photocopiers, too. Those can be used for copying books - even if you don't own them.

If you don't have physical possession of the CD, you no longer have rights to the ripped copies.

If the CD is scratched or melted, you still have physical possession - you just no longer have a backup. If you lost the digital file, it would be technically illegal to go download the same track online. But I certainly wouldn't let that stop me.

5 hours ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

omnichad Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (245 comments)

And who wouldn't want a very compact, lossless digital backup? No need to keep the jewel cases, but a binder is nice. Cars have CD players so you can listen to a CD on the way home after buying it (before putting it in your computer).

5 hours ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

omnichad Re: 1st? (245 comments)

but doesn't having 10GB of ripped Justin Beiber songs raise the resale value of a car...

No, I think that would take this from being legal to being a crime.

5 hours ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

omnichad Re:Time Shifting? (245 comments)

Precedent is precedent.

5 hours ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

omnichad Re:Time Shifting? (245 comments)

iTunes? It's been around for years.

5 hours ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

omnichad Re:Get used to this... (245 comments)

1. The Fuck Comcast vote should have been enough to pass this in the first place.

Their entire voter marketing plan should have been "When you have problems with your Internet, you won't have to call Comcast."

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

omnichad Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (880 comments)

And keep his money for the ticket, I presume? Or would they really offer him a refund for services not rendered?

5 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

omnichad Re:Capitol v. Thomas too (60 comments)

Jammie Thomas was downloading copies of CD's she legally purchased?

5 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

omnichad Re:UMG v. MP3.com (60 comments)

I acquire mine via Bittorrent.

And since I accidentally posted as anonymous, I now have to type a random disclaimer below to get Slashdot to let me post it.

5 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

omnichad Re:UMG v. MP3.com (60 comments)

Look at your own link:

UMG argued, in part, that the copying was not covered by fair use because entire CDs were copied (instead of excerpts) and that the use was a commercial one (even though no fee was charged, it was supported by ad revenue).

This use would not be commercial. It's the difference between a Slingbox and Aereo. Aereo is a commercial provider. Slingbox is DIY.

And on top of that, I can't easily prove that I bought a ROM dumper on eBay/Craigslist (or borrowed one) and re-sold it once my collection was ripped. So I would hope the burden of proof that I didn't would be on them anyway.

Furthermore, piracy is not a legal or case law term - it's more of an ethical term. And ethically, it is not wrong.

5 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

omnichad Re:Is it still a Gameboy? (60 comments)

Considering he had real Gameboy already and probably real cartridges, I refuse to believe that downloading ROM dumps digitally identical to the same cartridges are piracy - regardless of what Nintendo's lawyers believe.

about a week ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:EDITOR: Read this (260 comments)

Freudian slip as they were thinking about using these moored to their off-shore datacenter islands.

about a week ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:Why? (260 comments)

They say the same thing about web servers, too. One big one is better than lots of cheaper, smaller ones. And yet that's not how Google runs its data centers...

about a week ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:I've heard this one... (260 comments)

they have not limited what the inverter is contained in

I think that would be included in the overall size.

about a week ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:I've heard this one... (260 comments)

So why didn't they add a charging circuit for the battery, still meet the specs, and have it actually be useful? I have one on my computer.

about a week ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

omnichad Re:If you are using paper anyway (78 comments)

If you're working with a printed circuit (think a computer on a magazine page or a greeting card), it's useful if the silver dots can be read by the printed circuit without an additional machine or any (relatively) large equipment at all.

about a week ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

omnichad Re:Density (78 comments)

And if dpi directly translated to individual sprayed dots, that would be useful. Inkjet printers spray microdroplets that aren't strictly locked to the pixel grid. And CMYK are not all perfectly aligned with one another.

Still, that inkjet printed page can't read itself. A circuit printed on the page could.

about a week ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:110 or 240v (260 comments)

Those are distribution lines. And only the drop to the customer carries 240V. That's converted down from about 2-4KV at the pole transformer off the distribution line.

Transmission lines are what connect distribution areas to generating plants and carry tens of thousands of volts.

about a week ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

omnichad Re:110 or 240v (260 comments)

I think their use of the term islanded may refer to more than just the technical specifications. I bet Google wants this tech for off-shore floating data centers.

about a week ago

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Huge Twitter Campaign against Outlook '10 renderer

omnichad omnichad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

omnichad writes "The Email Standards Project just launched a massive Twitter campaign, begging Microsoft not to use the Word rendering engine in Outlook 2010. As it stands, Word 2010 will continue the tradition of painful HTML email design for those of us who create HTML emails for a living. Another several years of tables and almost no CSS support."
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Is "Card On File" Even Allowed Under PCI D

omnichad omnichad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

omnichad writes "I am working on a new payment system for my employer. We would like to allow the customer to keep the "Card on File" for future service. How can we make charges against the card on file if the PCI DSS Standard explicitly forbids storing the CVV or CVV2 codes from the card?

How is it that GoDaddy, Amazon, iTunes, Paypal and all the rest are able to do this? Are they violating the PCI specification? Or is there another way of processing a transaction without the CVV codes? Dish Network kept my card on file so that they could charge my cancellation fee directly to my credit card. Note that I'm not just talking about recurring billing as a monthly fee — although that would also fit under the same umbrella."

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