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Comment Re:Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 4, Informative) 183

Hundreds of cartoon characters were created in the early and mid 1900s. Only a few became successful and one of them was Mickey. Why should Disney make that asset available free to the public because the luck, creative and technical skills in pulling off a creative masterpiece is a lot? Why do creators of copyrighted work owe free stuff to the public? Do members of the public mail at least one dollar bill per year to failed artists? No. But artists are supposed to be charitable to the public somehow.

So end this scam called limited times for copyrighted work. Disney and M. Mouse were valuable a few decades ago, are valuable today and will remain valuable a 100 years from today.

I really hope that's sarcasm. I can't really tell. Sorry, but it just doesn't read well in print without some kind of sarcasm tag or a whole lot of exclamation points or something to indicate it.

In the event that it's not, you do realize how stupid, ignorant, and deluded you are, right? The text of the constitution that authorizes copyright reads:

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

Notice the parts about promotion and limited that I highlighted? Yeah...copyright is a contract between the public and the artist. They get to make something, profit from it for a while, then we get to make something new out of it or just make it part of our culture and share it with others all we want. The current state of copyright has perverted that.

Comment Re:"10 Years of Intel Processors Compared" (Score 2) 98

More than that, the graphs aren't clearly labeled, or in some cases they aren't even unit-labeled!

That kind of amateur bullshit is like nails down the chalk board.

Be grateful for what you get around here. At least it's better than that lame-ass HP smartwatch article that we got a week ago. This one at least tells you what products were tested!

Anyway, most of the graphs seem to have some kind of legend. They're just not very clear or consistent. Sometimes the unit is in the proper legend in the top right and sometimes it's in the subtitle of the graph. If it's a synthetic benchmark it won't have a unit. It's just a "score." Usually higher is better.

Comment Re:actually had this on my list today (Score 3, Interesting) 157

The unofficial official FreeBSD security posture: two layers, where the outer layer has a singular purpose in life.

Protecting sshd using spiped

Like many system administrators, I used to restrict access to port tcp/22 on most of my servers based on source IP address; this provided some protection from "zero-day" exploits against OpenSSH, as well as eliminating the annoying "log spam" caused by brute force attacks. This worked fine as long as I always connected from the same location, but heading off to conferences meant that I needed to either tunnel SSH connections over other SSH connections or make temporary changes to my firewall rules.

Yeah. I used to have my SSH available on my public IP but finally got sick of getting emailed security loss that were a mile long with login attempts from Asian and Arabian countries I'd never been to. It was convenient being able to SCP files and everything without a hassle, but it wasn't worth the security risk.

Now, I just have our private access only and have to connect to my OpenVPN server first. Haven't gotten a single failed login attempt notification since. It's just really lame that it's come to this. You simply cannot have more than a bare minimum of ports open to the public or they WILL try to hack you.

Comment Re:First look at unborn baby's adult face (Score 2) 59

That's a great application! I'm sure people with the money would spend a small fortune on that even if it's a novelty.

I was talking about it with my wife and she had a really good extension: sperm banks. Right now you get some written information about the donor, but can't get anything really detailed. Imagine if you could offer women the opportunity to see what their children might look like based on their DNA and that of the donor. I'm sure that would be a very popular value-added service.

Comment XP? OK. But, Office? (Score 5, Insightful) 192

Someone help me out here. I can understand why they would be running XP. It was a stable OS and it was used in a lot of embedded systems. They probably don't want to just replace the underlying operating system on a computer running a nuclear submarine or something.

Office, though? What are they doing? Using a mail merge macro to address the nuclear missiles on said submarine? Why the heck can't they just replace that with minimal issues?

At the end of the day, though, I'm not that worried. $9.1 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the nearly $700 billion DoD budget. There's a whole lot more pork in that barrel to be worried about.

Comment Re:Obviously her performance is also transformativ (Score 2) 172

... to really drive it home, she does it in a performance that is thinly veiled as a commercial endeavor: Art posing as business in response to business posing as art. You'd have to be a complete philistine to not recognize it.

Brilliant! Everything is part of the performance! I really love it. It takes it to a whole new level of meta.Thank you for that insight.
I had never thought of framing it like that. I had approached the situation from the assumption that her actions were of anger/spite, but you're absolutely correct. I wonder how deep this rabbit hole can go...

Comment Re:Obviously her performance is also transformativ (Score 4, Interesting) 172

"The price point itself is an artistic expression of the desirable commoditization of art. By taking a formerly expensive piece of art and making it available to the masses, the artist instills in us the notion that the artificial scarcity of mass producible artifacts creates an elitist vehicle for abstract investments, whereas actual art belongs in the hearts and minds of people, not in their vaults. This performance makes palpable the disgust that we feel when confronted with the personality cult that drives the commercial art scene."

I completely agree and wish that I had mod points. I see her response almost as a parody of the ridiculousness of the entire situation. I don't know how a court would decide, but I would definitely argue that the response is transformative in the same way as Prince's work. The only problem is the way in which she was "marketing..these prints as cheaper alternatives to Prince’s.." and that would make the argument that they are a new work of art very difficult.

Submission + - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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Submission + - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware->

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

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Submission + - Silk Road founder begs judge to 'please leave me my old age' ahead of sentencing->

An anonymous reader writes: If federal prosecutors have their way, Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind Silk Road, will be sentenced to an extremely long prison term: we’re talking 20 years at the very minimum.

According to the New York Times, the prosecution handling the case has opted not to seek a life sentence for Ulbricht, but will instead try to convince the presiding judge that Ulbricht deserves a sentence that is “substantially above the mandatory minimum of 20 years.” Three months ago, a jury convicted the 30-year old Ulbricht on seven criminal counts, including narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

Ulbricht’s sentencing is scheduled for Friday.

Meanwhile, Ulbricht late last week begged the court for leniency in the form of a 1.5 page letter he sent to Judge Katherine Forrest.

The letter reads in part: "Even now I understand what a terrible mistake I made. I’ve had my youth, and I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age. Please leave a small light at the end of the tunnel, an excuse to stay healthy, an excuse to dream of better days ahead, and a chance to redeem myself in the free world before I meet my maker."

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Submission + - US Justice Department Urges Supreme Court Not To Take Up Google vs. Oracle

Areyoukiddingme writes: The Solicitor General of the Justice Department has filed a response to the US Supreme Court's solicitation of advice regarding the Google vs. Oracle ruling and subsequent overturning by the Federal Circuit. The response recommends that the Federal Circuit ruling stand, allowing Oracle to retain copyright to the Java API.

Submission + - SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP-> 5

careysb writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.
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Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 407

No problem. It sucks to see people suffer.
Anyway, I just thought I'd clarify that Major Depressive Disorder essentially is clinical depression. It's the heading that the DSM-V (psych bible) puts continued depression of greater than two weeks. You might have heard the term unipolar depression as well. That just means that there are no manic states associated with the patient. Unless you're a nervous person by nature (think you're going to get every side effect and complication) it's probably worth your time to read up on your condition a bit. Increased health literacy is associated with improved outcomes.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 407

I don't get it. I really don't.

People, in general, like two things: 1) Instant results

This I get. and this you will get instant results from these kinds of meds. When they first came out on the market, they pushed them for depression. Granted, they work great for that. We have, however, since then realized there are better ways to deal with the situation. So now we give people SSRI's because they're generally "safer" and less addictive (Don't let anyone tell you that the withdrawal doesn't suck, though. Back off them slowly...) The downside is that the SSRI's take a while (4-6 weeks) for full effectiveness if you're going to get any results from that particular agent at all.

2) The feeling that bad things are not their own fault in the least
So if someone has a stressful work life, rather than admit that they have a bad job and get out they try to get drugs to dull the stress. It's easier and offers cognitive disassociation.

This one needs to be smashed with a stick and nuked from orbit. No it's no all your fault (at least I hope it's not), but people need to learn personal responsibility in this world. I think that's the general sentiment around here, though, so no need to preach to the choir.

Which is not to say that everyone taking such medication is taking the easy way and don't actually need it. Personally, I'm on my fifth anti-depressant medication regimen (which is actually a combination of two meds I tried in the past individually), have briefly visited a psych ward in the past, and seen a handful of therapists/counselors. There is nothing majorly wrong in my life, I just hate myself indiscriminately without the medication (with the medication I only somewhat hate myself.)

I'm no psychiatrist and I've never met you, so I can't diagnose you. I am, however, glad that you're getting help from at least one. That sounds like it fits the bill for Major Depressive Disorder. The good news is that there are A LOT of options. The bad news is that sometimes it can take a while to find one that sticks. The interesting thing about a lot of those drugs is that in addition to taking the taking a bit of the edge off the depression is that they increase the plasticity of the brain. So, combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, they can help change the way you think about yourself. If you find that the medication alone just isn't cutting it and you're not already getting CBT, I would ask your doctor to recommend a therapist. Regardless, good luck with it and I hope you do find some kind of therapy (pharmaceutical or otherwise) that works.

Comment Re:as much as big companies? (Score 1) 77

smaller companies care about data privacy just as much as big ones do

so they care deeply until you ask them to spend money at which point they will do the minimum needed to avoid being sued. gotcha, they're directed by sociopath.

I think you spelled MBA wrong.

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