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Senate Bill Could Make It Illegal To Upload Lip-Synced Videos

sircastor Look at the text of the Bill... (239 comments)

So, this the text of the bill. Namely the text which would be added

‘(A) the offense consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works; and

‘(B)(i) the total retail value of the performances, or the total economic value of such public performances to the infringer or to the copyright owner, would exceed $2,500; or

‘(ii) the total fair market value of licenses to offer performances of those works would exceed $5,000;’; and"

It looks to me like this bill simply provides a punishment for profitable public performances of a copyrighted work. Lip-synching only qualifies here because presumably you're playing the song while you mime the lyrics. It's distribution of a copyrighted work. It has nothing to do with Lip-syncing. That's merely an example of one possible infringement. IMO, this is pretty poor journalism. Also, (again as near as I can tell) this applies to work where there is actual retail profit. B and C lay it out: "Total retail value", "Total economic value" or "Total Fair Market Value" greater than a few thousand dollars. This keeps people from riding their way up the fame wave on someone else's song without some sort of compensation.

All that said, I don't think we need to further enable IP abuse. I hope this one gets thrown out in committee.

more than 3 years ago

Senior Citizens Lining Up to Tackle Fukushima

sircastor I'm impressed (242 comments)

This is a tremendous show of character and pragmatism. I don't think that I'd have the courage to offer myself. I'm very impressed.

more than 3 years ago

EFF Advocates Leaving Wireless Routers Open

sircastor Socially Responsible? (686 comments)

Socially responsible. There's a term that makes me shiver. Let's just write it into a law so I don't even have a choice anymore. I appreciate open wireless networks when I'm away from my home. A business expects that I'll use their services and that's an incentive to bring me to them. If I open up my network to ever joe who walks past my house (or lives next to it) then I'm deincentivizing them getting their own service. Depending on how good my wifi is I might be encouraging 3 or 4 neighbors to simply hitch a ride on my dime. Usually I'll get behind the EFF on a lot of things, this is not one of them. If you do want to provide some open wireless, setup a separate network and apply some strong access rules to it.

more than 3 years ago

Flash On Android Fails To Impress

sircastor Flash on Android... No thanks (436 comments)

I have a little bit of flash functionality on my Galaxy S. For the most part, it's just obnoxious. The flash stuff that I've wanted to use isn't properly developed to function well on a phone. It doesn't resize well, it's interaction with tapping is mixed. Missing flash on my phone is a non-issue. I'm comfortable leaving flash to my desktop thanks.

more than 3 years ago

Makerbot Thing-o-Matic 3D Printer Review

sircastor Re:I would think... (117 comments)

Previous printer designs put a lot of stress on the head moving around because it had the full extruder on it. Cupcake (and subsequently the Thingomatic) had stationary z-axis-only head. Like it was said below, they aren't jiggly. The plastic firms up quite quickly.

more than 3 years ago

Is Samsung Blocking Updates To Froyo?

sircastor Re:Ridiculous (459 comments)

The answer wasn't clear though. The Nexus One was "discontinued" the same week the Vibrant came out. All reports seemed to suggest that Google was getting out of the phone business altogether. The Nexus One had served it's purpose in encouraging better hardware for Android. That same month Eric Schmidt said Google would not be releasing a followup phone to the Nexus One.

So yes, it sounds like a good idea to buy Google, but at the time this particular phone was being sold that was totally impractical. The Nexus One was a generation behind in hardware and looking like it wasn't going to be around for more than another couple of weeks. Would you have bought a Nexus One knowing that? Especially if you were told Froyo was coming for this brand new phone in a matter of months?

more than 3 years ago

Is Samsung Blocking Updates To Froyo?

sircastor Ridiculous (459 comments)

I was concerned about something like this. The Behold II stopped at 1.6, despite only being on the market for a mere 9 months. I bought the Vibrant with the expectation the 2.2 was coming within a few months. That's what I was told. Then it was October, then it was December.

According to Cnet Samsung has said that they're still doing testing to make sure it works well. This is absurd. Is it going to take another year for us to move onto Gingerbread?

I bought this phone thinking that I was going to get a great phone with all of the features advertised. The GPS is still garbage *when* it works. "Media Hub" does nothing, even after being activated it doesn't work. These problems should have been solved before the phone was released.

more than 3 years ago

Stargate Universe Cancelled

sircastor Not disappointed (762 comments)

I initially liked SG:U. I thought it was a good, clever mix of BSG and ST:VOY. I liked the characters, I liked the issues they were facing.

Then season 2 came along. It seemed all of the good-will and constructive storyline was thrown out the window. The show just got weirded, and I stopped watching. I'm not sad SGU was cancelled, I'm sad that they took it the direction they did...

more than 3 years ago

Times Paywall Blocks 90% of Traffic

sircastor Broken record (311 comments)

Yup: Paywall bad idea. They will reap the consequences, blah blah blah.

The hardest thing they're going to have to learn to grasp in new media economics is that it's not just their business model that's changing. It's not just that they're going to have to stop expecting people to pay for their services like they did before. Their entire industry is going through a massive shift. Personally, the only way I see newspapers surviving is that they become tremendously small outfits. 10-man operations that produce solely for the web and offer a print-on-demand version for those who are interested. Your staff of a dozen reporters and the hundred people who support them aren't going to last here. Print journalism as an industry just can't support those people the way it used to.

Is journalism dead? No. But I think massive news companies are. Journalists and the "Ace Reporter" are going to become free agents. Newspapers are going to become aggregators of the information they collect, and they'll likely have to secure a story with a fee or a retainer. I have sympathy for the people whose jobs are disappearing, but I think every time a job disappears, a new industry grows and more jobs are created.

In a semi-related note, I think that DC should do a Superman storyline where Clark gets laid-off because the Planet can't support his job anymore.

more than 4 years ago

3rd Grader Accused of Hacking Schools' Computer System

sircastor I would be embarrassed... (344 comments)

... If I were the school's network admin, or even the district tech person. Granted that this may be a matter of simply finding a password/watching a password. I remember when I was in 6th grade, we had a teacher who would hunt and peck his way through is password. It was easy enough to catch it.

more than 4 years ago

Appeals Court Rules On Internet Obscenity Standards

sircastor Good ol' misread... (697 comments)

Anyone else read that as:
Appeals Court Rules On Internet Obesity Standards?

more than 4 years ago

Mac OS X 10.6.2 Will Block Atom Processors

sircastor Re:eeebuntu? (1012 comments)

In some cases, it's the challenge. In other cases, it's a need - you want to have a mac, but don't have the money to spend on one. Some cases it's a way of sticking it to Apple for not selling hardware that we want to buy (a mid-range tower.) There are a lot of reasons. I wanted to give my wife a unique gift, so I put an intel miniITX into a G4 Cube case... I still wanted her to have a mac so I went that direction. In any case, the point is to have and be able to use OS X. It's almost never about choosing "the best" OS. If that really were the case, we all (Hackintoshers) would have sucked it up and gone out and bought Apple hardware and saved ourselves the trouble.

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia In Your Pocket, $99

sircastor Re:optional firmware for GPS ? (412 comments)

Not an open one... not really anyway. Smart phone fill this need already. If someone would design an open-platform for Android, I think that would be a winner. Unfortunately, I don't think that's going to happen. There's little incentive for someone to create a handset that is open-hardware

more than 4 years ago

What To Cover In a Short "DIY Tech" Course?

sircastor Re:Open Source Hardware (256 comments)

I was going to make the same suggestion. Arduino is an excellent electronics tool to dive in with Students will eat it up.

more than 4 years ago

Google To Offer Micropayments To News Sites

sircastor Re:One Word, 3 letters. (155 comments)

Thanks, but we don't need any more socialism. Don't get me wrong, I love Doctor Who as much as the next guy, but compulsory payment for a service/product you may or may not use is absurd.

about 5 years ago

IBM Images a Single Molecule

sircastor Cool, but... (169 comments)

I guess I expected it to look a little less like a High-school textbook drawing of the bonds. The only thing that would make it moreso is if little Cs were set next to each atom.

about 5 years ago

Blizzard Game You're Most Looking Forward To?

sircastor Re:WHERE IS WARCRAFT 4? (452 comments)

I have to agree. I bought WCIII hoping it would be Starcraft. It wasn't. It wasn't close. It was dumb. I didn't enjoy playing it... ever. Tragic, isn't it? RPS was a mistake. I think we're largely seeing Blizzard reverse on that decision, otherwise we'd see Starcraft shaping up to be more like WC3 than the original SC.

about 5 years ago

"Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumb

sircastor I've never had a problem... (863 comments)

I feel like I must be in the minority here. I've never had to wait to use one, I've never had problems with one reading my card, or getting what I wanted. FWIW, I don't park a lot in Portland. The meter systems we have seem to work just fine for me. I don't live downtown, or work downtown, so I'm not there real often, but the few times I've had to use the system has been pretty simple. I think the most inconvenient thing was waiting for the printout.

about 5 years ago


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