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Comment: Re:lol whut? (Score 1) 239

by AWhistler (#27191617) Attached to: How Moore's Law Saved Us From the Gopher Web

My first PC-compatible was a Zenith 386sx. It had a 40MB drive that I upgraded to a 120MB drive...lots of space! Before that I was a TRS-80 die-hard since the late 70's.
 
In 1994 I bought a Gateway 2000 Pentium 90 with a 540MB drive. At the time, it was the largest hard drive you could get without having to install a special driver or get a BIOS update to cross he boundary in disk size.

Comment: Defeats the purpose of teaching (Score 1) 931

by AWhistler (#26588505) Attached to: A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?

Is what she wants legal? I don't know.
Is her taking of your notes out of your bag legal? Probably not. I don't know.

However, that she asks the question in the first place means that she doesn't want her students to learn. She just wants them to pass tests and graduate. She is not a teacher.

The purpose of teaching is to pass information from one generation to the next, hoping the next generation turns the information into new knowledge. People don't have perfect recall. They need notes and books to retain information. If the teacher doesn't want you to keep your notes then she is paranoid about cheating, and doesn't care if you learn anything or not. If I were a student, I would refuse and force her to take it to the dean, then to the police if necessary.

Comment: Re:Giant LED light bulbs (Score 1) 303

by AWhistler (#26183605) Attached to: New York City Street Lights To Go LED

Except they don't. The LED's themselves might last forever, but the circuit boards they're attached to don't. I have seem many traffic lights in the middle of summer have missing sections of lights, and others where sections flicker on and off like there's a loose connection. They look like pies with a wedge missing. Soon the light is replaced and it looks whole again...until the cycle repeats all over again.

The Courts

+ - RIAA Awarded $222,000 in Copyright-Infringement Ca->

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AikonMGB
AikonMGB writes "From Wired:

DULUTH, Minnesota — Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury. Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota woman must pay $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs that were the subject of the lawsuit, amounting to $222,000 in penalties.
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"This is what can happen if you don't settle," RIAA attorney Richard Gabriel told reporters outside the courthouse. "I think we have sent a message we are willing to go to trial."
[...]
The case, however, did set legal precedents favoring the industry. In proving liability, the industry did not have to demonstrate that the defendant's computer had a file-sharing program installed at the time that they inspected her hard drive. And the RIAA did not have to show that the defendant was at the keyboard when RIAA investigators accessed Thomas' share folder.
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Music

+ - Thomas guilty of infringement

Submitted by
hymie!
hymie! writes "http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/riaa_trial/index.html Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury. Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota woman must pay $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs that were the subject of the lawsuit, amounting to $222,000 in penalties."
Media

+ - Guilty verdict in first file sharing case

Submitted by PhysicsPhil
PhysicsPhil (880677) writes "CNN and Ars Technica are reporting that the jury has returned a verdict in Capitol Records vs. Jammie Thomas. In the first music sharing suit to go to trial, a jury found Jammie Thomas guilty of copyright infringement. Jurors ruled that the infringement was willful and awarded damages of $222,000 out of a possible $3.6 million. The plaintiffs alleged she shared a total 1702 songs, but focused on only 24 songs during the trial. As would be expected, plaintiffs are pleased, defendant is not."
Music

+ - Jury awards RIAA $222,000 piracy case->

Submitted by johndierks
johndierks (784521) writes "Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury. Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota woman must pay $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs that were the subject of the lawsuit, amounting to $222,000 in penalties. They could have dinged her for up to $3.6 million in damages, or awarded as little as $18,000. She was found liable for infringing songs from bands such as Journey, Green Day, AFI, Aerosmith and others. After the verdict was read, Thomas and her attorney left the courthouse without comment. The jurors also declined to talk to reporters."
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The Courts

+ - RIAA wins sharing lawsuit, jury awards $222k->

Submitted by
Kadin2048
Kadin2048 writes "Earlier today, a group of recording companies won the first file-sharing lawsuit to go before a jury. Jammie Thomas, of Brainerd, Michigan, was ordered to pay the companies $222,000 in damages for sharing 24 songs via the Kazaa network. The verdict creates an unfortunate precedent for future cases: the plaintiff did not have to prove that anyone ever downloaded the songs in question, only that they were 'made available' to the Internet generally. Also, they did not have to prove that Thomas ever had the Kazaa program installed on her computer — they only had to show that it was an IP address assigned to her that made the songs available. There is no word yet on whether she plans to appeal the decision."
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Music

+ - RIAA Jury Finds Minnesota Woman Liable for Piracy->

Submitted by jgarra23
jgarra23 (1109651) writes "Looks like the Minnesota Jury found Jammie Thomas liable for copyright infringement and awarded the RIAA approx. US$220,000 which is a far cry from the US$3.8 million they (RIAA) were requesting. This case will most likely set interesting legal precedents in the US Justice system regarding IP and copyright infringement."
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