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Comment: Re:Some content should be avoided... (Score 0) 171

by DanZee (#48039813) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement
No. There was no federal copyright on sound recordings before 1972. However, sound copyrights before then were enforced on a state-by-state basis with each state having different laws and lengths of time until something entered the public domain. Basically, it isn't economical to sell a sound recording that one state says is in the public domain and another state says it isn't. The same with distributing songs on the Internet. Recent federal laws will allow all sound recordings before 1978 to enter the public domain in 2072.

Comment: Re:Here's an idea for preventing his accident (Score 0) 983

by DanZee (#46463819) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?
I think this is the best answer. I keep a Google spreadsheet with the directory names in columns. If I need an "essential program" I do a search and it tells me which drive the essential program directory is on. I attach the drive to an external USB case and I have what I'm loosing for.

Comment: Non-profit Not-for-Profit (Score 0) 278

by DanZee (#45493513) Attached to: Mozilla's 2012 Annual Report: 90% of Revenue Came From Google
At $311 million in revenue, if Firefox was a charity, it would be the 27th largest charity in the US, between the USO and Catholic Relief Services, according to Forbes. By the way, BOTH Microsoft and Google want to keep it alive because of anti-trust fears, although most of the search traffic goes to Google.

Comment: Wipe Everything Out (Score 0) 426

by DanZee (#44872869) Attached to: With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs
So Munich hands out Ubuntu disks, people put them in their XP machines, and within 2 minutes, all of the data and programs on all of the PCs will be wiped out? Munich will come to a halt and have to spend huge amounts of money to recover or recreate the data. Also, just because Microsoft stops supporting it doesn't mean you have to stop using it. Anti-virus software will still work, and I'm sure some companies will come out with special protection just for XP machines. I've turned off auto updates on most of my XP machines because of the blue screens of death (BSODs) that many of the Microsoft updates caused! What I've found is the vast majority of viruses are attacking Vista and higher machines. I haven't run into one in quite a while.

Comment: HIV = AIDS (Score -1, Troll) 159

I know it's heresy to say so, but HIV is only junk DNA that the immune system didn't clean out. If the bone marrow transplant made their immune systems healthy again, it means it they wouldn't have junk DNA floating around their bloodstreams because it was able to clean it out. Of course, that shoots holes in the theory that HIV "causes" AIDS and throws out 20+ years of HIV research, but maybe researchers will get on the right path to finding a cure.

Comment: On-Star (Score 1) 195

by DanZee (#40674023) Attached to: GM Car Owners With OnStar Now Can Be Their Own Rental Agencies
One thing people haven't thought about is that On-Star is able to monitor the car's operation. It could be easy to spot renters who are driving 100 miles an hour or are doing donuts in parking lots and fine them for abuse. But I see all sorts of other problems. For example, when I rent from a major company, I know the car will be cleaned and vacuumed and that the company has some kind of maintenance program. You could wind up renting a car filled with baby seats and McDonalds wrappers. And what about minor dings, scratches and so forth. You would have to take pictures of your car daily to prove who messed up your car.

Comment: Amazon's been waiting 12 Years to do this (Score 1) 647

by DanZee (#40663801) Attached to: Why Amazon Wants To Pay Sales Tax
Actually, a bit of history. Amazon was gearing up to do 4-hour home delivery via UPS just before the Internet stock market crash of March 2000. Amazon was going to have a mini-warehouse at all UPS depots stocking the top selling books and CDs (this was before Amazon expanded massively into all the other retail categories). Most UPS trucks return several times a day to the depot to drop off and pick up deliveries, so the orders could be thrown onto the trucks at that time and you could get your merchandise in about 4 hours. Apparently, Amazon is still thinking about how they can do this 12 years later!.

Comment: Dick Morris (Score 1) 284

by DanZee (#40258671) Attached to: UN To Debate Taxing Internet Data
Dick Morris has a book out called Screwed where he details a ton of these kind of proposals. For example, a new Law of the Sea conference would have the UN collecting a royalty on oil or anything else extracted from the sea that would be redistributed to every third-world and fourth-world dictatorship in the world. There's also been proposals for a world-wide 1% income tax that would go directly to the UN that would raise trillions. And of course a world-wide carbon "guilt" tax that would send money from industrialized nations to undeveloped nations. There's even island nations wanting to be paid for the seas rising, of course, blaming it on the US and Europe. All you need is for one of these loony propositions to pass, under the guise of some do-gooder cause, and we'll be paying off the rest of the world until the end of time.

Comment: Re:Americans (Score 1) 85

by DanZee (#40232291) Attached to: US Courts Approve 30,000 Secret Surveillance Orders Each Year
The reason is that Americans have been lulled to sleep. The average American barely has any idea of what's happening in the news, let alone what the government is doing. 48% of families receive government assistance. As long as that check comes every month (actually, it's now a debit card) they don't care what's going on.

Comment: Re:Avoiding the Kessler Syndrome (Score 1) 67

by DanZee (#39825831) Attached to: DARPA Aims To Reuse Space Junk
Well, a space elevator is a good idea, but it would need to be incredibly strong. Might be able to make it out of carbon nanotubes, but chances are you would need something even stronger because of the stress caused by the 1000 miles per hour orbital speed of the earth, atmospheric drag, and so forth. Most satellites use the orbital rotation of the earth to provide a savings in rocket fuel, so they're shot towards the West. Spy satellites are often placed in a North-South polar orbit so they can photograph every square foot of the earth's. The height of the orbit often depends on what the satellite will be doing. Communication satellites have to be put into a geosynchronous orbit at 22,236 miles above the equator. There's no way around that without having to use multiple satellites like Sirius XM and fancy satellite tracking systems.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.