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Comment: Re:gosh (Score 1) 517

by PJ The Womble (#28847115) Attached to: Fair Use Defense Dismissed In SONY V. Tenenbaum
I agree that the defendant's argument that it's fair use to download copyrighted music seems not to be based in natural justice, or indeed first-order logic. As far as I can make out, that's what "copyright" means. But it's really only as arcane an argument as the judge's assertion that (and I paraphrase the article for effect) "well, if it was legal to download copyrighted music, then lots of people who currently don't do it would start doing it. And that seems like it wouldn't be a good thing for the music industry, so I rule against it". It surely shouldn't hinge on what the judge thinks is the *moral* perspective on file sharing.

I think all that has become clear to me about this case so far is why I never went on to become a lawyer!

Comment: Re:Modems (Score 1) 179

by PJ The Womble (#28366173) Attached to: Weather Balloons To Provide Broadband In Africa
Modulation and demodulation processes don't necessarily involve conversion to/from analogue or digital. They simply involve placing one signal over the top of another before transmission of the combined signal (as in radio transmissions) and removing the original signal upon reception, in order to retrieve information included in that signal. The modulation method is at the user's prerogative, and will involve considerations such as the required propagation distance and acceptable losses of data. DAC or ADC are optional.

Comment: Re:Honestly, Officer (Score 1) 849

by PJ The Womble (#26470281) Attached to: South Carolina Seeking To Outlaw Profanity
Good point: the "Carry On" films made millions in the 1960s when we had the Lord Chamberlain's Office overseeing everything that went out in any medium for profanity. Everybody except the dear old LC pissed themselves laughing at the double entendres coming thick and fast (as it were).

"A woman walked into a bar and asked the barman for a double entendre. So he gave her one".

It's only dirty if you've got a dirty mind.
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