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Comment Re:#$%! economy (Score 1) 270

Actually, I read a story about the current solar minimum just today, and how that has reduced the solar wind pressure. Perhaps that's the cause of the red spot on Jupiter.

Of course, that story's comments had similar "the economy is shrinking the sun" stupidity, and that's what made me think of it just now.

Comment Re:Dumb question here (Score 1) 281

Not if they hand you the decoder and you run it, since that's what they expect you to do anyway.

Circumvention is when you bypass their protection by making your own decrypter. Playback is when you use their decrypter for the exact same purpose.

Only circumvention is named in the DMCA.

Comment Re:I know this is slashdot..... but XP (Score 1) 432

Windows-button commands aren't handled by explorer.exe, which is where the taskbar, start menu, folder windows, and other shell crap is run from.

I'm pretty sure Ctrl-Alt-Del (Windows Security), Ctrl-Shift-Esc (Task Manager), Win-R (Run), Win-L (Lock), and most of the rest of those sort of commands are all run by System, which is basically a fancy way of saying "the fricking WinNT kernel." That's also why you can't change them.

If explorer.exe crashes, just run another instance. It's just a damn shell. Hell, replace it if you want.

Just because it's not Linux doesn't mean it isn't properly designed in at least some ways.

Comment Re:OpenTTD? (Score 1) 253

I'm guessing that since it runs Linux, you might be able to find a copy of gcc for the OLPC (it doesn't include it out of the box) and compile OTTD. Alternatively, maybe one of the precompiled binaries on the OTTD site would work. The requisite TTDWin assets are "available", though it would be nice of Chris Sawyer to release them freely to the world now. And hey, you never know when they'll actually finish the 32-bit graphics pack for OTTD. It could be tomorrow (but probably not).
Movies

Submission + - Netflix confirms it, Blockbuster is dying->

Mattintosh writes: So maybe it's not Netflix, just some blogger from C|Net, but it's still an external pundit's assessment that Blockbuster is failing as a company. Some notable highlights include heavy losses ($35 million), job cuts ($45 million worth), store closings (526 of them), a stock price in freefall ($5.06 at the end of Thursday), and an executive with his head in the sand.
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Patents

Submission + - It's not just software and bus. process patents

greenbird writes: Does the US Patent Office even read the patents before granting them? Here's a patent for putting an LED in a recharger that was filed April 17, 2002 and granted June 22, 2004. Their first extortion victim is Apple who they have sued in every patent trolls favorite court in Marshall, Texas. A great quote via Techdirt from their patent lawyer: "They [Apple] pay us millions of dollars, that's the next step.". How on earth could this patent get approved? I can't recall seeing a recharger without an LED for the last 10 years.
Television

Submission + - Not everyone is using lawyers.

prelelat writes: It seems that the NHL was initially upset about the use of sling box to transmit it's broacast but has learned from the RIAA's mistakes:

Sling Media is the company behind the Slingbox, a set-top box that lets people beam the cable or satellite TV channels they receive at home to their computer (think: laptop) via the Internet (e.g., to a hotel room or airport many miles from home). Under its deal with Sling, the NHL will be able to cash in on fans' enthusiasm for sharing highlights from the games they watch, rather than trying to stop them from uploading those clips.
MLB seems to have more problems with the technology, but have also decided suing would not be the answer.
United States

Submission + - Gonzales denies Americans have habeas rights

TrumpetPower! writes: "This past Thursday, in response to questioning by Senator Arlen Specter (R, PA), US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary committee that ``The Constitution doesn't say every individual in the United States or citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas corpus. '' The exchange between Mr. Gonzales and Senator Specter has received virtually no attention from the press; Google News currently has all of a dozen or so stories. Habeas corpus is the right, in America guaranteed by Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, which ensures that people are not unjustly imprisoned and tried."

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