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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive 88

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-buy-a-car-every-time-i-want-to-steal-some-music dept.
Lucas123 writes: The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies is suing Ford and General Motors for millions of dollars over alleged copyrights infringement violations because their vehicles' CD players can rip music to infotainment center hard drives. The AARC claims in its filing (PDF) that the CD player's ability to copy music violates the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992. The Act protects against distributing digital audio recording devices whose primary purpose is to rip copyrighted material. For example, Ford's owner's manual explains, "Your mobile media navigation system has a Jukebox which allows you to save desired tracks or CDs to the hard drive for later access. The hard drive can store up to 10GB (164 hours; approximately 2,472 tracks) of music." The AARC wants $2,500 for each digital audio recording device installed in a vehicle, the amount it says should have been paid in royalties.

Comment: Re:So much Fail. Ignore. (Score 1) 271

by K. S. Kyosuke (#47560513) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)
Not only that, if you have a variable of a non-final class type or interface type in Java, you can also "change the type of data held by the variable when the program is running". E.g, without this property, it would be difficult to process items of polymorphic collections (i.e., collections allowing items of multiple types/representations simultaneously, which in Java happens to be the case of all collections, of course).

Comment: Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (Score 1) 87

it's a way for them to name a plant so that it has obvious technological associations

It actually has obvious mythological associations, but feel free to limit yourself to physical units. In common speech, "megas" meant nothing more than simply "big", while "gigas" meant "a Giant". I guess the obvious English adjective would be "effing huge".

Comment: Re:Bullets will not win this conflict (Score 1) 719

by K. S. Kyosuke (#47560125) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

And yet Israel insists on controlling the territory. They may not get a vote but they ARE Israeli citizens until such time as Israel actually stops trying to control their political processes and truly leaves.

And Afghani are US citizens until the US actually stops trying to control their political processes and truly leaves. You logic is impeccable!

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 719

by K. S. Kyosuke (#47560085) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
Yet in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, almost those 4.4 million people are under Palestinian civil administration, while only about 0.1 million people in the West Bank are in the Israeli civil administration. Perhaps the Israeli have an undue influence over a part of the West Bank, what with their security operations there, but claiming that "Israel rules Palestine" seems rather overblown. I might as well claim that the US rules Iraq and Afghanistan.

Comment: Re:fundementally impossible (Score 1) 86

by K. S. Kyosuke (#47540385) Attached to: Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?
Except that you are referring to classic multiple star systems that have a dynamic hierarchy of a binary tree. I don't recall what was the specific description of the arrangement of stars in Asimov's story, but it may have been different than that, either in explicit description or the by implications of the conditions on the planet's surface.

Comment: Re:Hmm. I smell a rotten bucket of fish (Score 1) 132

by K. S. Kyosuke (#47533767) Attached to: SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

The rules are designed to try to prevent embezzlement

So...the rules designed to prevent spending more money than necessary that would end up in the pockets of people who'd have no business getting their hands on it in a sane world...cause more money than necessary being spent and ending in the pockets of other people who'd have no business getting their hands on it in a sane world? *double facepalm*

Comment: Re:Keyboards (Score 1) 223

by K. S. Kyosuke (#47532793) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Objective-C and Cocoa continue to be great, and produces far better quality apps than on exist on Android.

Engineers produce applications, not languages. I'd argue that engineers provide quality apps for iOS despite Objective-C, and not because of it.

But the "oh there's something new coming along so the old thing must be crap" game is juvenile.

Except the "old thing" is practically from the 1980s. And even back then, there were even better languages than the chimeric mixture of C and Smalltalk. This is not some "juvenile game", e.g., Google is abandoning C++ for basically the same reasons why Objective-C is crap. The compilers are never going to be fast as long as every file #includes tens of thousands of lines of code dozens of time. The code that will have to extract knowledge from the files instead of from reasonably formatted separately-compiled module metadata (a thing solved back in the 1970's, for gods' sake!) to assist the editors and the ancillary tools like code analyzers will have the same problems. I hate to say it, but even Microsoft's .Net is technically better than that. And I don't even like .Net! But there it is, I've said that...

Old programmers never die, they just become managers.