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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

yeshuawatso Re:Some content should be avoided... (171 comments)

http://www.lawmart.com/forms/d...

You can also find a shorter version on the USPTO website.

If you attempt to copyright a trademark, your copyright will be denied. The reverse is true as well. Copyright a slogan and you won't be able to trademark it. Disney filed for a copyright for the mouse in Steamboat Willie (when they copyrighted the work itself), but trademarked the character's name "Mickey Mouse." Recent trademarks have gone back and trademarked the character's likeness since they're used for branding. Some examples come from Disney themselves when they successfully sued Dan O'Neill for copyright infringement for using Mickey Mouse character in a parody. You can see another example by searching the USPTO for "Mickey Mouse" and you'll notice the only image of the mouse is in a logo that's expired; however, you can find several active trademarks for just the name "Mickey Mouse."

So yes, they are mutually exclusive. One is protection for a creative work, the other your brand. Disney's copyrights to Steamboat Willie and several other works will enter public domain to be sold, remixed, edited, etc. However, no one will ever be able to say they're selling "Mickey Mouse" branded t-shirts without Disney's consent. Now, you can bet that Disney will attempt to block selling of the famous cartoon since they're using it as a mark (you can find it often on recent Disney movies). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

about three weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

yeshuawatso Re:Some content should be avoided... (171 comments)

.... and/or files a trademark application, Mickey Mouse will enter the public domain.

IP law doesn't work that way. You can either patent, copyright, or trademark. It's mutually exclusive. Once the copyright expires, they're done for and is the reason why they extended the copyright terms in the first place. Trademarks don't have expiration dates as long as the company is using the mark and continues to pay the registration fees (that also go on for eternity).

about three weeks ago
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Xiaomi Arrives As Top Smartphone Seller In China

yeshuawatso Good for them (82 comments)

Maybe they'll get some retail room for US carriers too. Doesn't matter what country you pick you're going to be spied on, might as well get the devices on the cheap while your privacy is being invaded.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:This doesn't make sense (209 comments)

The current ERP system works for 90% of our operations, so it's an investment that's paying off. The management of the data isn't the meat and potatoes of the data that fit the ERP. This includes metadata not necessary associated with orders/invoice/shipping/AP, process queues, and workflow management. Actually, the cloud tools I was referring to would allow us to re-use our empty data centers with a private/public cloud hybrid. These aren't buzzwords that I've learned but tools I've actually implemented and used. The buzzwords just make it easier for people to disseminate what I'm trying to say without having a summary a mile long. Finally, I don't report to the CIO, I report to the accountants that have to pay. One of the things that make my role unique is that I can speak tech (to a certain degree) and finance (my actual career).

Thanks for the advice.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:Quit (209 comments)

1) This isn't about getting my way, this is about evaluating and presenting the best solutions.
2) Working in HVAC is no different than any other company. An income statement is the same at every company.
3) Which is why I'm evaluating all of the alternatives.
4) No, speaking about the data center room helps answer the question before it's asked: "Do you have the capacity to support these apps (servers, redundant power, load balancing, etc.)." It also keeps the conversations on-topic (see the acronym complaint above).
5) I know where our pain points are, I'm speaking about concepts and technological approaches.
6) I'm being paid to evaluate these options, so...yes.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:two words..... (209 comments)

We already have OBIEE that we're training people to use. By managing data, I'm referring to work queues, metadata, and workflow functions.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:I agree with the CIO (209 comments)

Thanks for the advice but this is more lower level than what's needed right now. Effectively, the shared library becomes the applications' API instead of directly with the ERP system. Same result but too technical for the people my recommendations are going to.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:What? (209 comments)

I was reading a Dilbert comic when writing the post.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:Hold up - solve the right problem (209 comments)

We already have a data warehouse and BI tools that I'm slowly training people to use and is where I'm finding these home-grown applications.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:Hold up - solve the right problem (209 comments)

You've hit the nail on the head. These spreadsheets are being used to manage the data that ultimately ends up back in the ERP. It's like human ETLs once you think about it. Thanks for your suggestions.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:consider an open source ERP (209 comments)

Unfortunately, we're not considering going to an ERP, we're already there; designed it, deployed it, now final tweaking it.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:ERP strategy vs best of breed (209 comments)

ERP overall strategy. For most of our business, the ERP strategy has worked and processes were changed to match those best practices; however, some processes can't be changed due to customer/partner reluctance, prior contract support, or simply the ERP not fitting (workbenches come to mind here).

Thanks for the feedback.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:No due diligence taking place? (209 comments)

Going to /. will give me a wide range of answers from experienced IT professionals and code monkeys just starting their career. When you're looking to brainstorm, it's good to get like minded people together that cross generations. I can get new ideas from the youth and hand swatting from the old that can tell the youth their idea will fail because they attempted it x number of years ago with the result of Y. That actual synergy you get will be lost once a ton of baby boomers retire and the youth start re-inventing wheels, something I fear for my generation.

Thanks for your feedback.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:What are you trying to do? What are your apps? (209 comments)

Most of the applications are for managing the data for day-to-day tasks like knowing what to work on next. The ERP is already running with few hiccups and most processes were changed to match the ERP and best practices, it's these one-off apps that were created to compliment what the ERP was missing for them to get their work done. Thanks for your feedback.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:Bite the bullet / replace the apps (209 comments)

Thank you for your valuable feedback and I've added your suggestions to my (growing) list of pros and cons.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:Vendor vs In House (209 comments)

Thank you for your feedback.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:No matter how common you think it is... (209 comments)

Thank you, but I'm (selfishly) asking for advice from those who have experience in this area from a technical point of view who would know these terms. However, you have done a fantastic job defining those acronyms for me so others can find the other comments provided by other /.s that answer the questions and provide insight for similar problems they've faced and solved.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:I agree with the CIO (209 comments)

Thank. This is the kind of answer I'm looking for from a pro or con perspective. As for the training, it would make more sense to attempt to stick closely to what they've developed w/ their own processes but that's not always the best idea or option. Appreciate the feedback.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso Re:Protip (209 comments)

This was a typo where I was referring to the third party as an object of the sentence but changed it for clarity w/o changing one letter. Chrome has no grammar check.

about 3 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: When is It Better to Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

yeshuawatso yeshuawatso writes  |  about 3 months ago

yeshuawatso (1774190) writes "I work for one of the largest HVAC manufacturers in the world. We've currently spent millions of dollars investing in an ERP system from Oracle (via a third-party implementor and distributor) that handles most of our global operations, but it's been a great ordeal getting the thing to work for us across SBUs and even departments without having to constantly go back to the third-party, whom have their hands out asking for more money. What we've also discovered is that the ERP system is being used for inputting and retrieving data but not for managing the data. Managing the data is being handled by systems of spreadsheets and access databases wrought with macros to turn them into functional applications. I'm asking you wise and experienced readers on your take if it's a better idea to continue to hire our third-party to convert these applications into the ERP system or hire internal developers to convert these applications to more scalable and practical applications that interface with the ERP (via API of choice)? We have a ton of spare capacity in data centers that formerly housed mainframes and local servers that now mostly run local Exchange and domain servers. We've consolidated these data centers into our co-location in Atlanta but the old data centers are still running, just empty. We definitely have the space to run commodity servers for an OpenStack, Eucalyptus, or some other private/hybrid cloud solution, but would this be counter productive to the goal of standardizing processes. Our CIO wants to dump everything into the ERP (creating a single point of failure to me) but our accountants are having a tough time chewing the additional costs of re-doing every departmental application. What are your experiences with such implementations?"
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To build add-ons or to customize the ERP

yeshuawatso yeshuawatso writes  |  about 3 months ago

yeshuawatso (1774190) writes "I work for one of the largest HVAC manufacturers in the world. We've currently spent millions of dollars investing in an ERP system from Oracle (via a third-party implementor and distributor) that handles most of our global operations, but it's been a great ordeal getting the thing to work for us across SBUs and even departments without having to constantly go back to the third-party, whom have their hands out asking for more money. What we've also discovered is that the ERP system is being used for inputting and retrieving data but not for managing the data. Managing the data is being handled by systems of spreadsheets and access databases wrought with macros to turn them into functional applications. I'm asking you wise and experienced readers on your take if it's a better idea to continue to hire our third-party to convert these applications into the ERP system or hire internal developers to convert these applications to more scalable and practical applications that interface with the ERP (via API of choice). We have a ton of spare capacity in data centers that formerly housed mainframes and local servers that now mostly run local Exchange and domain servers. We've consolidated these data centers into our co-location in Atlanta but the old data centers are still running, just empty. We definitely have the space to run commodity servers for an OpenStack, Eucalyptus, or some other private/hybrid cloud solution, but would this be counter productive to the goal of standardizing processes. Our CIO wants to dump everything into the ERP (creating a single point of failure to me) but our accountants are having a tough time chewing the additional costs of re-doing every departmental application. What are your experiences with such implementations?"
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Woman sues Google for bad directions

yeshuawatso yeshuawatso writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yeshuawatso (1774190) writes "A woman has filed suit against Google for providing her faulty walking directions that led to her being hit by a vehicle.The woman used her Blackberry to get walking directions that led her to an area "not reasonably safe for pedestrians," according to the lawsuit. The woman is seeking $100,000 in damages for unspecified "severe" injuries and lost wages in addition to punitive damages. I guess no one taught her how to look both ways."
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Android ported to the iPhone

yeshuawatso yeshuawatso writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yeshuawatso (1774190) writes "There seems to be nothing Android can't run on with a little work. planetbeing, from the iPhone Dev Team, has been working on getting Linux on the iPhone working for a while and now reports, with a video demonstration, Android running on the iPhone 2G. While not 100% bug free (like any software), the basics (touch, call, text, net) seems to be operational. No word on the accelerometer or GPS functioning but this is the first build. You can download the source here or here with instructions on getting your old jailbroken iPhone dual-booting Android."
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