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Comment: I Went to This School (Score 1) 1054

I went to this school (quite a few years ago), and while infuriating, I don't find it surprising. Also, it wasn't just Ender's Game; the teacher also complained about the teacher reading "The Devil's Paintbox" by Victoria McKernan and "Curtain: Poirot's Last Case" by Agatha Christie: local newspaper.

The child had been disciplined by the teacher several times earlier in the year, so this is revenge by the parent.

Comment: Kotkin is a close friend of Christoforo (Score 2) 419

by HisOmniscience (#38512562) Attached to: PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade
I was of the same mind as many others that the company that makes the controllers should not be (severely) punished for using a bad PR. However, Kotkin and Christoforo are close friends; Kotkin knows what kind of person Paul is, and still employed him despite there being previous complaints.

http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/4224/article/ocean-marketing-s-paul-christoforo-has-a-history-of-domestic-violence/

Perhaps this is explainable, in the fact that David Kotkin and Paul Christoforo are 'bros' in real life. A bit of internet sleuthing reveals that the two run a business together in Miami called Afternoon Artists Inc. The relationship is hardly as innocuous as they would have any of us believe.
It would seem that Christoforo's own apology (via the previous Kotaku link), and Kotkin's decision to drop him come after the fact that he had been called out for his callousness, rather than from any actual sense of remorse.

Customer who dealt with Paul during the first half of the year:
http://www.natesnetwork.com/Poor-customer-service

Comment: Re:Here's the response from an email to them (Score 1) 419

by HisOmniscience (#38512438) Attached to: PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade
It's real, however, it's not the full story. Kotkin is a close friend of Christoforo, and is only throwing him under the bus as a last resort.

http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/4224/article/ocean-marketing-s-paul-christoforo-has-a-history-of-domestic-violence/

Perhaps this is explainable, in the fact that David Kotkin and Paul Christoforo are 'bros' in real life. A bit of internet sleuthing reveals that the two run a business together in Miami called Afternoon Artists Inc. The relationship is hardly as innocuous as they would have any of us believe.

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+ - Incoming! The Sun Unleashes CME at Earth->

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astroengine writes "It's been an exciting day on the sun. This morning, at 08:55 UT, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) detected a C3-class flare erupt inside a sunspot cluster. 100,000 kilometers away, deep within the solar atmosphere (the corona), an extended magnetic field filled with cool plasma forming a dark ribbon across the face of the sun (a feature known as a "filament") erupted at the exact same time. It seems very likely that both eruptions were connected after a powerful shock wave produced by the flare destabilized the filament, causing the eruption. A second solar observatory, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), then spotted a huge coronal mass ejection (CME) blast into space, straight in the direction of Earth. Solar physicists have calculated that this magnetic bubble filled with energetic particles should hit Earth on August 3, so look out for some intense aurorae, a solar storm is coming..."
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Open Source OCR That Makes Searchable PDFs 133

Posted by timothy
from the word-of-advice dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In my job all of our multifunction copiers scan to PDF but many of our users want and expect those PDFs to be text searchable. I looked around for software that would create text searchable pdfs but most are very expensive and I couldn't find any that were open source (free). I did find some open source packages like CuneiForm and Exactimage that could in theory do the job, but they were hard to install and difficult to set up and use over a network. Then I stumbled upon WatchOCR. This is a Live CD distro that can easily create a server on your network that provides an OCR service using watched folders. Now all my scanners scan to a watched folder, WatchOCR picks up those files and OCRs them, and then spits them out into another folder. It uses CuneiForm and ExactImage but it is all configured and ready to deploy. It can even be remotely managed via the Web interface. Hope this proves helpful to someone else who has this same situation."

Comment: Re:They Suck (Score 1) 949

by HisOmniscience (#31685698) Attached to: New Litigation Targets 20,000 BitTorrent-Using Downloaders
Claiming that his "entire response is thinly veiled justification" is just pure trolling. The GP defined and gave examples for the definitions of steal and infringement in the law, and since this concerns the law, colloquial usage does not apply.

And yes, he did justify several personal and limited acts of copyright infringement, but they are not the gist of his post and only show how illogical copyright law is in the US.

And I'm sorry for feeding this troll.

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