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Canon DSLR Hack Allows It To Shoot RAW Video

schlick Re:im confused here (171 comments)

And this is where the idea of intellectual property makes sense. If someone invested billions in creating something, he's entitled to profit from that.

Spending money does not entitle you to profit, I wish people would understand that. You could spend billions of dollars to research something useless. IP law gives creators the privilege of monopoly control, not the right. That privilege is meant as an encouragement to share what they've created instead of keeping it secret. When encouragement is no necessary that privilege does not make sense. People invent thing because the want to or need to. IP law doesn't encourage people to create things. What IP law is supposed to do is encourage people to share those things once they've created them rather than horde it for fear of being copied.

about a year and a half ago
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Curiosity Rewarded: Florida Teen Heading to Space Camp, Not Jail

schlick Re:Good to see intelligence rewarded for once. (241 comments)

which mandates expulsion for any "student in possession of a bomb (or) explosive device... while at a school (or) a school-sponsored activity... unless the material or device is being used as part of a legitimate school-related activity or science project conducted under the supervision of an instructor

Technically, (and theses people seem to love technicalities), party poppers, snappers, and other harmless things are grounds for expulsion... And people think that parents who home-school their children are the crazy ones.

about a year and a half ago
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Rice Professor Predicts Humans Out of Work In 30 Years

schlick Re:Professor Moron! (808 comments)

It's cheaper to enslave other people to achieve that "good life" than it is to build the technology to elevate us all.

Some have argued that slavery is a factor of energy production. When the net energy production of the whole world drops below a certain threshold, that's when people start enslaving each other. Supposedly when energy is abundant and cheap, slavery won't be an issue.

about a year and a half ago
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Newegg Defeats Alcatel-Lucent in Third Patent Win This Year

schlick Re:A simple summary... (143 comments)

heh the lawyer for Alcatel didn't even know which patent it was!

"Successful defendants have their litigation managed by people who care," said Cheng. "For me, it's easy. I believe in Newegg, I care about Newegg. Alcatel Lucent, meanwhile, they drag out some random VP—who happens to be a decorated Navy veteran, who happens to be handsome and has a beautiful wife and kids—but the guy didn't know what patents were being asserted. What a joke.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?

schlick Re:Problem is.... (533 comments)

I hated and still hate wearing glasses. I wear contacts now. Glasses get dirty, sweaty, have blind spots, and generally suck. I don't love contacts, but until I can afford surgery I'll take them. Google glass wouldn't seem to have any of the problems I see with regular glasses. The seem to do what they were intended to do quite well. As soon as they are for sale I'm buying them.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Gets Consumer Service Ultimatum From German Consumer Groups

schlick Re:You know... (351 comments)

>Which personal information have you stored about me What constitutes personal information? What distinguished personal information from public information?

about a year and a half ago
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Prof. Stephen Hawking: Great Scientist, Bad Gambler

schlick Re:It's OK (231 comments)

Cygnus was the name of Dr. Hans Reinhardt's ship in the 1979 Disney movie 'The Black Hole'

about a year and a half ago
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Wordpress Sites Under Wide-Scale Brute Force Attack

schlick Re:Seems like..... (110 comments)

And using the google authenticator plugin for 2 factor authentication.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can a Blind Singer 'See' the Choirmaster's Baton?

schlick tickle belt (189 comments)

I saw a device for a deaf person that translated sounds into larger vibrations in a belt. Maybe if you put an accelerometer in the conductor's baton and then wirelessly transmit that data to some type of haptic feedback device. This would give you a lot more information about what the conductor was doing than a simple beat measure would. I imagine a 2-D grid of sensations over your back that interpreted the batons movements would allow you to sense the baton being raised in anticipation of the down beat and so on. An array of pancake vibrators could be sewn into a vest or even applied with adhesive. Hooking up with a hackerspace local to you would probably be a good starting point.

about a year and a half ago
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Build a Secret Compartment, Go To Jail

schlick Re:Gun Makers (1111 comments)

Having $800K in cash you can't account for is going to get you into the territory of seizure laws, unless you can account for where you got it (and the onus is on you to prove that).

Prove it to whom? Not to some one you are buying something from.

And, sadly, once he saw it, and reasonably knew what the second one was likely to be used for .. he was screwed. Because either he said nothing and became complicit, or he turned in some shady people who might not be understanding of that.

It is not reasonable to expect a vendor to know that cash he saw was elicit.

about a year and a half ago
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Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

schlick Don't... (303 comments)

...put all your eggheads in one basket. Seems like your just begging for an attack.

about a year and a half ago
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

schlick Re:True, but.. (1145 comments)

I agree with you about the blum blog being worthwhile, and I agree with her on most of what she said. You pick the one nit I have with that post,

only real offense in this case was not just turning around and telling the guys to knock it off.

If that was all she did, she would have done nothing. She took their pic an posted it on twitter. That is a grievous offense in my book, much worse than simply not saying anything.

about a year and a half ago
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Gov't Report: Laser Pointers Produce Too Much Energy, Pose Risk For the Careless

schlick Accident statistics (260 comments)

If they are so unsafe then they must have posted statistics about the number of reported laser related injuries/accidents. If not they can shaddap!

about a year and a half ago
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HDCP Master Key Revealed

schlick Re:Hooray for freedom (747 comments)

Because it's always good to make it easier to break the law and steal movies.

The short answer is yes, it is better to make it easier to "break the law" and "steal movies."

By "breaking the law" you are actually just diminishing the artificial right that has been temporarily granted to the copyright holder.

That right (copyright) was never intended to be more important than an individuals natural right to share ideas and information.

Copyright's purpose is to give additional incentive to people who create, to share that creation, by allowing them an artificially stronger (than it would normally be) right to decide who to share the creation with.

That right directly conflicts every individuals natural rights to communicate and share ideas. There needs to be a balance.

I think there are things we need to reconsider.

In the case of music, what has this type of incentive provided us? Has copyright actually given us better music? What kind of musician (composer, player, singer etc.) has this form of copyright favored evolutionarily? I would argue that over all the quality of musician has gotten worse as copyright has grown in scope and strength.

Thus we need to reconsider how music is protected by copyright.

Other media needs to be subject to the same scrutiny as well.

To simply chant the mantra that "it's the law" is basically an appeal to tradition, and not a valid argument for why it is wrong to copy things. It is a valid argument in favor of not copying things, but that is not the same as saying copying things is "wrong."

I would hope that most Americans, while not always willing to exercise it, would still recognize that civil disobedience is not immoral and that blind faith in "the law" is not something one should be proud of.

more than 4 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Revealed

schlick Re:Hooray for freedom (747 comments)

A DVD is a tangible good, no different than a book.

Have they implemented a region scheme for books?

Yes, it is called 'language'.

Can a book be rendered illegible by a scratch?

Water can ruin most books, and water covers 78% of the planet.

Is there some scheme in place to prevent you from quoting an except from a book verbatim?

no, and why should there be?

more than 4 years ago
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GoogleTV, AppleTV and the Battle For The Living Room

schlick Re:Apple is out to hunt bigger game than cable (226 comments)

This could be a great play to cut out all the middlemen...

I think you mean... "replace the middle man" I doubt it but maybe we'll get lucky and be able to buy the content from the producers ourselves. It is already happening with music to some degree.

more than 4 years ago
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Sorting Algorithms — Boring Until You Add Sound

schlick Excellent (118 comments)

That is awesome.

more than 4 years ago
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Calling Shenanigans On Super SATA's Claimed Audio Qualities

schlick Um... (827 comments)

Maybe I'm wrong, but doesn't digital music play from RAM anyway?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Remotely Nukes Apps From Android Phones

schlick Re:I'm ok with this (509 comments)

Having anything removed or tampered with by any outside agency on hardware I have purchased is unacceptable, full stop.

Then don't install apps from the app store DUMBASS. You can get the same apps without using the app store, and Google can't delete them.

You do have a choice with Android where your apps come from and who has control over them. Stop blaming some one else for your uninformed choices.

more than 4 years ago

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Wisconsin's WKOW News Spreads FUD about Ubuntu

schlick schlick writes  |  more than 5 years ago

schlick (73861) writes "After a customer mistakenly ordered Ubuntu instead of Windows a Dell Rep convinced her that Ubuntu would be better for her. Instead of learning how to use Ubuntu, she called he local news station and dropped out of college blaming Dell and Ubuntu. The article claims that Ubuntu prevented her from enrolling in online classes at MATC as well as saying, "Her Verizon High-Speed Internet CD won't load, so she can't access the internet." The video linked to the article repeatedly makes fun of the name "Ubuntu." To me it is a prime example of xenophobia."
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schlick schlick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

schlick (73861) writes "When I watched the iPhone presentation I was pretty impressed. When I found out that it will only be available on the Cingular/Att network that pretty much killed any enthusiasim I had for the device. The fact that it is a closed platform is just another nail in the coffin. Despite what Jobs says, most of us geeks know that open==good. So what is the alternative? How about the OpenMoko Neo 1973? Sean Moss-Pultz explains the phone and some of the philosophy behind it. Their home page says they will be shipping devices this month, but I don't think that is likely. Open hardware, Open software, what's not to like?"

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