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Comment Re:Destructive scanning (Score 1) 87

Indeed, but it has to do with the "me" that I perceive as being "me".

How about this argument: the captain Kirk that steps on the transporter pad isn't the same one as the one that materializes on the planet a short while later. It's a perfect, 1:1 copy, of the original captain Kirk. That captain Kirk will think it's the original, as his last memory is commanding the transporter chief to energize. But that was a different version, which has been destroyed by the destructive scanning the transporter does. Provided the process results in a perfect copy, the copy (nor anyone else) has no way to tell it isn't the original, so it believes to be the original. (Since this wouldn't go down well with the fans, there's some mumbo jumbo going on making the copy somehow the original, but if you think about it, there's only one conclusion.)

Comment BREAKING: NH Highways Enable Police Evasion (Score 3, Interesting) 130

New Hampshire (AP) - According to several reports and eye witness accounts, confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security, New Hampshire roads and highways have been used by thieves in getaway vehicles to evade police efforts to apprehend them. Sources near the NH governors' office report a decree to close roads and highways are going to be closed to vehicular traffic indefinitely could be in effect as early as today. Story will be updated with further developments.

Comment Re:So THAT'S why! (Score 2) 62

You can listen to sound recovered from old 78 r.p.m. shellac discs at the Library of Congress National Jukebox... but you cannot download them! Recordings made well over 100 years ago are still under copyright according to the LoC:

Rights & Access This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the recording is required in order to obtain a copy of the recording. Contact jukebox@loc.gov for more information.

Of course the question who these "rights holders" are, and if anything was given in return for this "license", is unknown.

Comment Big Crunch (Score 4, Interesting) 172

Black holes are just a toy.

Suppose gravity wins out after all, and the universe ends in a Big Crunch. One or a few Planck second(s) before the singularity, all the information in the universe should still be there. How?

Suppose entropy wins and the universe ends in heat death. For bonus points assume all protons have decayed. All the information should still be preserved. How?

Comment Re:Opportunity (Score 3, Insightful) 272

There is no punishment for even malicious DMCA takedowns. It's "kill them all and let God sort them out" behavior.

And that was done *on purpose* to shield the "Rightsholders" from any harm (the strong worded "bla bla penalty of perjury bla bla" -- believed by some to be a check-and-balance -- in fact protects them too, namely that noone can run an extorton racket by make false claim of representing the "Rightsholders" -- to ensure any money flows in their direction and not some fraud).

There should be a "strike" system for takedowns too; x many false notices and you can only submit on paper, and this time on penalty of perjury that the work in question infringes on the work being claimed. That can eventually lead to JAIL TIME.

Submission It's Time to Go Nuclear Against DMCA Abuse->

Lauren Weinstein writes: We must make it expensive with a capital "E" to voluntarily file mass DMCA takedowns that are sloppy, haphazard, and likely to negatively impact significant numbers of innocent parties.

It has to cost. It has to cost big time.

Such abuse has to be made so expensive that even the entertainment industry moguls with the gold-plated toilet seats will start to feel the pain.

Link to Original Source

Submission Firefox's Secret Requests 1

An anonymous reader writes: Unlike older versions of Firefox, more recent versions will make a request to a destination server just by hovering over a link. No CSS and no javascript needed. Try it for yourself. Disable CSS and javascript in Firefox and fire up iftop, hover over some links and watch the fun begin. There once was a time when you hovered over a link to check the "real link" before you clicked on it. Well no more. Just looking at it makes a 'secret request'.

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