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Comment: Re:Obviously her performance is also transformativ (Score 2) 167

by Duckman5 (#49807829) Attached to: Can You Commit Copyright Infringement By Using Your Own Work?

... 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) 167

by Duckman5 (#49806317) Attached to: Can You Commit Copyright Infringement By Using Your Own Work?

"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.

+ - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

Submitted by lister king of smeg
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( https://news.ycombinator.com/i... , https://soylentnews.org/articl... , https://www.reddit.com/r/progr... ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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+ - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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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+ - US Justice Department Urges Supreme Court Not To Take Up Google vs. Oracle

Submitted by Areyoukiddingme
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.

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

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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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+ - SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP-> 5

Submitted by careysb
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

by Duckman5 (#49583147) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
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

by Duckman5 (#49574391) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

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:So what? (Score 1) 407

by Duckman5 (#49525657) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
Very well might be cheaper, but probably not that much, especially if you have an insurance plan that will cover it. The advantage of Adderall over street meth is increased duration of action. Adderall is formulated as a combination of several different amphetamine salts that release and become active at different times. That way you get smoother, more constant blood levels without big peaks or big drops. Those smaller changes make for less abuse liability to boot.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 5, Informative) 407

by Duckman5 (#49525641) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
It's worth mentioning that one reason amphetamine (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin) are such strong stimulants because they are what's called "impulse independent." They don't just make your neurons work better/fire faster; they actually REVERSE the flow of your reuptake transporter. Your neurotransmitters don't get recycled like normal. So, if you take too high of a dose for too long, you can use up the neurotransmitters faster than your body can replace them. That's why it can take so long to get back to normal.
These ARE powerful stimulants and they shouldn't be abused. There IS addiction potential. There ARE downsides to them. This whole trend of overuse/reliance on pharmaceuticals is just bonkers to me. I don't get it. I really don't.

Comment: Re:= paracetamol (Score 1) 187

by Duckman5 (#49508195) Attached to: Acetaminophen Reduces Both Pain and Pleasure, Study Finds
That's not even the worst of them. You get into the steroids and the estrogens and you're in for a real treat. They're all derived from cholesterol so they all have the same basic structure. Then there are several commonly accepted names for modified structures. So...some people will start with a simple base structure name and use the IUPAC rules to list all the substituents. Others will start with a more complicated (but named) base structure and just say 19-nor-whatever (to indicate that the substituent that SHOULD be attached to that carbon isn't) to refer to the same structure. It's confusing. I'm just glad I'm not a medicinal chemist and that the FDA gives us trade names so that one pharmacist knows what the other pharmacist is talking about.

Comment: Re:clarification (Score 2) 32

by Duckman5 (#49453343) Attached to: Stars Form Near Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole
It's also worth pointing out that gravity decreases with the square of the distance between the objects which is especially significant on a cosmic scale.
That being said, I still wonder about effects of gravitational time dilation and the odds of very rare things happening (such as life developing). Probably only the stuff of science fiction, but the first thing to pop into my head, nonetheless.

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