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Comment: There's an easy fix for the moral qualms... (Score 4, Insightful) 903

by CyberZen (#45838939) Attached to: US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

...shut down your business. Seriously, if these convictions are truly heartfelt, then the rational thing to do is to sell/get out of the business. (I'm thinking about the Hobby Lobby case here, more than anything else.)

I personally know a Quaker or two who intentionally keep their earnings below the taxable level, so they won't have to pay federal income taxes - and therefore indirectly support war. This causes them a great deal of personal hardship, but... hey, havin' principles isn't always easy.

Comment: Re:Lacking in heart (Score 1) 429

by CyberZen (#34683510) Attached to: <em>Tron: Legacy</em> &mdash; Too Much Imagination Required?

Kevin didn't have limited powers; he intentionally didn't use them as part of his "do nothing" strategy.

(At least, I think. I wish they had played this up a bit more. The scene where he came into the bar to save Sam and everything went all blue and all hell broke loose - that was a little taste of it, I think. I mean, he destroyed CLU with just a thought.)

(Also, did anyone else think the Zuse character was more well-done when it was the Merovingian from Matrix: Reloaded?)

Comment: Re:Yes, it is. (Score 1) 394

by CyberZen (#31423320) Attached to: Doctors Skirt FDA To Heal Patients With Stem Cells

The most common gastric bypass surgery (the RnY type) actually has two modes of action: a restrictive component, which you address, and a malabsorptive component. That is, not only is the size of the gastric pouch restricted, but a section of the small intestine is completely bypassed.

Operations which restrict intake only (like gastric banding, for example) are not as effective. It has also been observed that the intestinal bypass impacts incretin response, and has other metabolic effects.

I won't deny that we, as a people, eat way too much. But more and more research is showing that this _might_ be more complicated than calories in, calories out.


Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Over R4 Mod Chip Piracy 146

Posted by Soulskill
from the sorry-about-your-luck dept.
schliz writes "The Federal Court has ordered an Australian distributor to pay Nintendo over half a million dollars for selling the R4 mod chip, which allows users to circumvent technology protection measures in Nintendo's DS consoles. The distributor, RSJ IT Solutions, has been ordered to cease selling the chip through its gadgetgear.com.au site and any other sites it controls, as well as paying Nintendo $520,000 in damages."

How To Judge Legal Risk When Making a Game Clone? 270

Posted by Soulskill
from the ask-a-lawye-oh-wait dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I'm an indie game developer making a clone of a rather obscure old game. Gameplay in my clone is very similar to the old game, and my clone even has a very similar name because I want to attract fans of the original. The original game has no trademark or software patent associated with it, and my clone isn't infringing on the original's copyright in any way (all the programming and artwork is original), but nevertheless I'm still worried about the possibility of running afoul of a look and feel lawsuit or something similar. How do I make sure I'm legally in the clear without hiring an expensive lawyer that my indie developer budget can't afford?"

+ - "Spoonbender" Uri Geller sued by EFF

Submitted by Regnad2k7
Regnad2k7 (1045284) writes "Uri Geller, infamous for his litigious antics in the face of 'criticism', has been sued by the EFF for abusive DMCA antics. From the article: "Uri Geller — the man who got rich "bending spoons with his mind" — isn't just a con-artists [sic], he's also a copyright abuser. He sent takedown notices to YouTube demanding that they remove an Amazing Randi video in which his gimmicks were debunked, but he didn't hold the copyright to the video. So now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing him on behalf of the YouTube user who posted the clip.""

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.