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Comment: Re:Fair use case (Score 1) 125 125

I would think it counts as fair use. Some might say that if the whole page was readable versus just the headline that might not be fair use. (But it's likely not readable in a low resolution image, and could even be blurred while leaving the headline readable.)

At the worst, if some court rules that it's not fair use then create a new version of the story, which replaces the image with a description of what the image was and a comment that the image had to be removed due to a DMCA request by the Sunday Times. Then send them a link to that new version to the Sunday Times to thumb your nose at them.

Comment: Re:This is ridiculous (Score 1) 408 408

The way Bell sees it is that if you are paying Netflix and getting the content you are stealing from Bell. I think they don't like emphasizing the "stealing from Bell" part and just say "stealing" because they know they would be laughed at.

At the same time, I knew someone who signed up for a special offer from Bell and then had to call Bell every few months to get silly extra charges removed from their bill. I wonder what Bell would call it when people who don't pay enough attention to their monthly bills or don't take the time to call up and argue with them end up paying false extra charges on their bill. To make that clearer, what does Bell call it when they collect unexplained extra fees from customers beyond the required payments for the services provided? That wouldn't be stealing would it? Or just business as usual?

Comment: Govt Doesn't Care About User Safety (Score 4, Informative) 110 110

The "war on drugs" results in increased violence which increases the risk for everyone, not just the drug users. If the government was really concerned about the safety of drug users they could legalize and regulate everything and make it much safer. So far that hasn't happened.

I'm impressed that Dread Pirate Roberts paid a doctor to counsel people, I just don't think that the government will be.

Here in Canada the federal government tried to shut down a safe injection site in Vancouver. The site operated by the provincial government provided IV drug users with a safe place to shoot up. Everything need, except the drugs, was available there.. There were nurses present to offer help and advice, and to deal with any overdoses. The end result was (provably) fewer deaths among IV drug users. That made no difference to the federal government, they still wanted to shut the site down. Fortunately when they took the province to court, they lost - since there was proof of fewer deaths it was considered a health care issue, which is completely up to the province

+ - Samsung Smart TV is recording your private conversations->

An anonymous reader writes: Samsung’s privacy policy includes details that its Smart TV voice recognition feature may pick up on personal conversations and transmit private communications to third parties. Buried in the privacy policy related to the smart television, Samsung advises users to be aware that any snippets of conversation might be captured by the software which allows them to control their television sets with a series of commands.Questions have been raised about who these third parties could be, what the information is used for, and how the data is being transmitted – with potentially unencrypted voice clips left exposed to hackers.
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Comment: Re:Cool, but... (Score 4, Interesting) 93 93

Technically, no they didn't need to use Lego to do this. But it was probably easier to build using Lego. And much easier for them to provide the plans for how to build it that anyone else can easily follow. (Which they do.)

It would be neat if the Lego picked up the idea and put together a special set that other people could purchase to make it even easier.

Comment: Re:It's not the gas... (Score 0) 239 239

I pointed out the ideal gas law to show just how well understood it is. Not simply saying that cooling the air will reduce the pressure, but here's how you could calculate exactly how much difference it would make. (I really can't see how you could think pointing out the ideal gas law would be disagreeing with you.)

OK, so I guess I'm wrong, the NFL has no experience with inflating footballs. There are multiple balls inflated for each of the many games each week throughout the season and this has been going on for quite a few years, but they still don't really know anything about inflated leather balls. Right.

Comment: Re:It's not the gas... (Score 3, Interesting) 239 239

The behaviour of the gas is described nicely by the ideal gas law: PV/T is constant, where P is the pressure of the gas, V is the volume and T is the temperature. (T must use a scale relative to absolute zero.)

The best answer here is to do a bunch of experiments, not a bunch of calculations.

The NFL has plenty of experience in dealing with inflating footballs. It's pretty hard to believe that they don't understand what's going on. They should be well aware of the effects of cooling on both the ball and the air inside it. It's not like they recently started using inflated leather balls.

+ - Slashdot Starts Serving Ads to Users Who Have Opted-Out of Ads 3 3

jtara writes: The title pretty-much says it. There is no news story (yet!) and so no URL to link to. I suppose there will be in a few days, once long-time loyal Slashdot users who have opted-out of ads realize how they've been pwned.

To be clear, I am not talking about some optional browser header or cookie requesting generic ad opt-out. I am talking about a specific Slashdot profile setting that allows registered, long-term users to opt-out of ads. (Yes, because we are That Special.)

It's been happening now for a few days. Upper right-hand corner has this:

Ads Disabled
Thanks again for helping make Slashdot great!

But that cake is a lie. Ads disabled? With a generous helping of AdSense. How is that "disabled"?

To Dice: Thanks for making Slashdot crappy.

P.S. I am going to stop modding Dice trolls down. Now they start getting modded up. I'd urge others to do the same. As well, I'd urge others to submit a complaint to Google, as I have. Dice, you went one step too far.

P.P.S. What's with the crazy auto-blockquote and opening quotation-mark that I didn't write? There seems to be an assumption that one will always open a story with a quote from some article. There is no article (yet!), so it's gonna look a little weird. I TRIED to format it nicely...

+ - Nordic countries not the utopia they seem.->

An anonymous reader writes: Today the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's daily morning program The Current interviewed English author Michael Booth who explored each Nordic state with the aim of investigating the myth of the northern utopias. Then he wrote a book about it: The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia.

Nearly a decade ago, the writer moved to his wife's native Denmark. It was ranked as the happiest country in the world at the time, but Booth was somewhat baffled. He found the reality of life in a Nordic country quite different from the way the rest of the world believes it to be — a bastion of equality, social harmony, and rosy cheeks.

A podcast of the interview is available from The Current's podcast page.
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Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 98 98

"we're required to charge ourselves for data usage by us"

And saying that it costs nothing to transmit our bits to our customers but transmitting someone else's bits does cost money is more reasonable?

I guess it's because all of their competitors are still using those old style fat bits that clog up their network, while they themselves are using the new style teflon coated slimmer bits that flow much more readily through the network.

Comment: Virgin Mary grilled cheese (Score 3, Funny) 228 228

After hearing about the grilled cheese sandwich that looks like the virgin Mary I read this headline and the image that comes to mind is a roast turkey where the pattern of browning on the skin sort of looks like an image of the prophet Muhammad.

Then I think Facebook is being biased. If they allowed pictures of the virgin Mary grilled cheese then they shouldn't censor pictures of the Muhammad roast turkey.

Then I imagine extremists shouting "death to the turkey!"

(News can me so much more entertaining if you allow yourself to be creative.)

Comment: Re:This tired old saw again. (Score 2) 755 755

the early gospels and other evidence

The gospels are not evidence that Jesus really did exist.

If you think they are, then do you accept that the Twilight books are evidence that vampires actually exist? Do you think that the Harry Potter books are evidence that wizards and magic actually exist?

Of course you'll say those are just fiction. Wait about hundred years, then have a few people write new books based on those books. Then wait a few thousand years and see what people will make of them.

Comment: Re:The good news (Score 1) 700 700

Again, I'd say that needs to be proven. Isn't the sequence generally something like:

chip maker -> device maker -> distributor -> retail chain -> local store -> cashier who actually carries out transaction -> buyer

Exactly how far along that chain does knowledge of counterfeit go?

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