"As a representative of the RIAA, we'd like to buy your whistle-recognition technology. We think we could make tens of millions of dollars each year by suing people who whistle our songs as providing unlicensed public performances. We'll give you as much as $200.00 for complete ownership of your patents!"
Lawyers who lied and obfuscated for years face disbarment and a $82,000 fine.
US District Judge Otis Wright has no love for the lawyers who set up the copyright-trolling operation that came to be known as Prenda Law. But Wright at least acknowledges their smarts in his long-awaited order, released today. Wright's order is a scathing 11-page document, suggesting Prenda masterminds John Steele and Paul Hansmeier should be handed over for criminal investigation. In the first page though, there's almost some admiration expressed for the sheer dark intelligence of their scheme. The copyright-trolling scheme that has reached its apex with Prenda is so complete, so mathematical.
"Plaintiffs have outmaneuvered the legal system," Wright begins. He goes on:
"They've discovered the nexus of antiquated copyright laws, paralyzing paralyzing social stigma, and unaffordable defense costs. And they exploit this anomaly by accusing individuals of illegally downloading a single pornographic video. Then they offer to settle—for a sum calculated to be just below the cost of a bare-bones defense. For these individuals, resistance is futile; most reluctantly pay rather than have their names associated with illegally downloading porn. So now, copyright laws originally designed to compensate starving artists allow, starving attorneys in this electronic-media era to plunder the citizenry."
And yes, if reading "resistance is futile" rattles something in your brain—Wright's order is thoroughly peppered with Star Trek references.
The plaintiffs have a right to assert their intellectual property rights, "so long as they do it right," Wright acknowledges. That's not what happened here, though. Prenda lawyers used "the same boilerplate complaints against dozens of defendants," without telling the judge. Instead, defense lawyers like Morgan Pietz flagged the dozens of related cases. "It was when the Court realized Plaintiffs engaged their cloak of shell companies and fraud that the court went to battlestations," stated Wright."
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No, you won't have to upgrade to 13.10 "no matter what". The recommended way to do upgrades is to always go to the next version (as that's what gets the majority of testing), but 13.04 makes no major changes (like replacing upstart) that would prevent it from directly upgrading to anything to which 12.04 or other recent versions could directly upgrade.
You won't 'be screwed" if you have hardware compatibility problems in 13.10; you simply boot an older kernel (since that's where the hardware drivers are). I've done it with several previous alphas - but users are unlikely to discover major problems by the time it gets to a final release. I already have one system using the 13.10 (saucy) repos now (though they have no updates beyond what's in the raring repos). Expect me and the others that enjoy the bleeding edge to find/report the problems so that you don't have to.
I'm not sure why any of this would be an issue anyway: When the OS keeps all your app settings in
You can't get it working because of a bug in the latest xserver-xorg-core package. You can work around it by either backleveling that package or adding the BusID line to the nvidia xorg.conf in your BumbleBee directory.
Or their twitter feed got hacked by some NK'n kids and they just didn't want to admit it.
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These April Fools stories are getting more and more absurd.
YES!!!! I cannot WAIT for the new M.A.S.H. series.
If scientific literacy made people more ethical, us mad scientists would be regarded as weirdos. So, thank Cthulu that's not the case.
That's a great idea. If, you want Silicon Valley to move out of the state.
Even if it were possible, it would just motivate companies to get as far away from your legislative stupidity as possible.
>> Literally every piece of that plane has an internet connection, from the engines, to the flaps, to the landing gear.
What could go wrong?
By your logic, no one can ever estimate the cost of anything. You can't tell me $500,000 is too much for a Toyota unless you've run the company.
It cost Coursera $15,000 - 30,000 to design a MOOC (one time cost). That's less than a dollar per student (for a single schedule, and they have them on a loop!) for most of the classes. Everyone here has IT experience enough to know that the bandwidth and server resources is also inconsequential per student.
Or, do you think Coursera is eating $2B in expenses over and over, with their more than 2M students digging into the free courses? Coursera is a for-profit company, by the way started with only $16M in capital.
Newsflash: Coursera announces their future business model... http://gigaom.com/2013/01/08/with-verified-certificates-coursera-offers-model-for-making-money-from-web-classes/... is to charge $30 to $100 for courses. Now... that including a profit.... am I the stupid uninformed one for guessing their cost are no more than $20?
23 years of professional experience in IT, and that I've taken 8 different 6-11 week online courses in the last year.
Most courses use automated and peer grading, the only expense is hosting/bandwidth costs.
I'm not sure how they justify the cost, when it probably costs them all of $20 to manage the average online student. I guess people realize this, and for that kind of money they want the *full* college experience with hazing and all that.
I'll just stick with Coursera - it's free and awesome, (As long as you just want the knowledge and don't care about credits.)
Your analogy is flawed. It was the users that were rear-ended, not Torvalds. Torvalds is the judge throwing the book at the driver who rear-ended you when he keeps trying to say it was all *your* fault.