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Last.fm User Data Was Sent To RIAA By CBS

theefer Re:Probable cause for a search warrant (334 comments)

Any unauthorized copy is a copyright violation, whether or not you upload or download, whether or not you knew it was an illegal copy, and even whether or not the person you got it from purported to give you a license.

This is not universally true either.

Perhaps your argument holds by US law, but not by all national copyright laws. 95% of the human population does not live in the US.

more than 5 years ago
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Turn an iPhone Into a Pocket Theremin

theefer Fun, but not a theremin (31 comments)

The musical instrument is played much like a theremin [...]

Clearly whoever wrote this has never seen, let alone played a theremin.

You don't play a theremin by rotating a mobile phone (or anything) in your hand. There is no notion of angle, since you play with your bare hands, only distance. The distance to the vertical antenna determines the pitch, whereas the distance to the horizontal circular antenna controls the volume. The whole point is the expressiveness of playing music with your whole body.

If you want a small silly toy theremin, you should order Vol. 17 of Japanese magazine Otona no kagaku (the whole thing is in Japanese, but easy enough to build). You can only control the pitch, the sound is pretty awful, and you cannot place calls with it, but at least it's a theremin.

more than 5 years ago

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theefer theefer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

theefer writes "Qualcomm announced that future versions of Eudora will be based upon the same technology platform as the open source Mozilla Thunderbird email program. Future versions of Eudora will be free and open source, while retaining Eudora's uniquely rich feature set and productivity enhancements. QUALCOMM and Mozilla will each participate in, and continue to foster development communities based around the open source Mozilla project, with a view to enhancing the capabilities and ease of use of both Eudora and Thunderbird. [...] The open source version of Eudora is targeted to release during the first half of calendar year 2007. Once the open source version of Eudora is released, QUALCOMM will cease to sell Eudora commercially."

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