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Comment: Of course, we all saw it coming ... (Score 1) 62

by Purity Of Essence (#49383499) Attached to: Mario 64 Remake Receives a DMCA Complaint From Nintendo

... the moment Slashdot posted a story about it two days ago. Nintendo would not have cared if Slashdot and other big sites didn't overexpose this project. Too many fan games have been destroyed this way.

If you actually like these projects, carefully consider the consequences of your reporting.

If you want to play copyright tattletale, carry on.

Comment: Re:Windows (Score 1) 611

by Purity Of Essence (#47166921) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

I've never liked that setting. It doesn't really make anything any easier for me and just slows down the Start menu (at least with earlier version of Windows). It also doesn't change that fact that so many things have been pointlessly renamed, muddled together, and hidden away. It takes 3 or so extra clicks to get to the settings of a network device. Why can't I just right-click the system bar icon of an active network and select properties?

Comment: Re:Windows (Score 1) 611

by Purity Of Essence (#47111239) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

More or less the same, though 98 is better than 95 and NT4 is better than both.

I preferred 2000 over XP but accepted XP once I configured it to be more like 2000. With time I considered XP to be marginally superior.

I strongly resisted 7 over XP but accepted 7 once I configured it to be more like XP (thanks in large part to Classic Shell). With these changes I consider it markedly superior to XP but remain annoyed by some changes to infrequently used tasks such as the navigating the control panel. In most ways it is more user friendly and capable and much less glitchy.

Excepting missteps like ME and Vista, Windows has generally improved with each iteration. I'm not so hopeful if it comes to using 8 but admit I don't know much about it.

+ - The Pirate Bay Bundle 1

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Comment: Re:How can you trademark a color? (Score 1) 653

It's called "trade dress" and it isn't uncommon. Seven Towns claims ownership of its Rubik's Cube color scheme for example. Recently Apple successfully sued Samsung on trade dress grounds for the visual similarity of their products. It's look-and-feel infringement. If the claimant has a powerful enough brand and can show enough similarities, they can easily prevent competitors from diluting their trademark with a trade dress infringement argument.

Comment: Re:Lenz v. UMG (Score 2) 268

That confirms that the claimant should act in good faith, believing the material to be infringing. The court merely found that counter-claims of notices believed to have been sent in bad faith cannot simply be dismissed.

DMCA 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3)(A)(v):

(v) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

The perjury clause is specific to only a portion of the next subsection (emphasis added).

DMCA 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3)(A)(vi):

(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Comment: Re:Stop using Youtube (Score 3, Informative) 268

Automated perjury with no repercussions? Please.

If he has good reason to honestly believe that his rights were violated, it wasn't even perjury.

The perjury clause only applies when the claimant is not the owner of the original content or a legal representative for them. Whether or not the new content infringes -- in belief or in fact -- has no bearing on the matter. There is no penalty for flagging any and all content, no matter how clear its fair-use.

Comment: Re:Do what you can (Score 2) 171

It doesn't imply anything. It's very clear.

From Nextdoor Member Agreement:

Content. You retain all ownership rights to the text, photos, video and other content you submit to (collectively, your “Content”). We can publish your Content in your neighborhood website or to nearby neighborhoods as described in our privacy policy.

From Nextdoor Privacy Policy:

In some cases, we may limit your ability to edit or remove Content from

Comment: Re: meeses (Score 1) 361

by Purity Of Essence (#45686939) Attached to: How long do your computer mice last?

I liked my Logitech Performance Mouse MX a lot and the original Logitech MX Revolution was perfect. Before those I swore by the Wireless Wheelman series that is more or less their spiritual progenitor.

The problem? The first mouse lasted 5 years, the next 3 years, the next 18 months, the next 1 year, the next couple six months. The failure point of all of those were the switches (and the charging in one case). I wrote a utility to track click errors and calculated that they wasted about 8 hours of my time a week.

The quality and design of Logitech's mice really took a nose dive after the MX Revolution. If I'm going to have to replace a mouse every six months, I'm not going to continue dropping that kind of bread on them.

I've switched to a cheap Logitech M100 wired mouse. This mouse has served me well for almost two years, so maybe the quality control has improved. Wireless was nice but charging generally sucked and became worse with each new model. And going back to a wired mouse after 10 years wasn't annoying like I expected. The free-spinning wheel of the MX series was fun, especially on the original MX Revolution, but it's a feature I can live without. The tilt-wheel was cool but I don't really miss it.

Comment: Re:Ten percent of purchases will go to vital cause (Score 1) 93

by Purity Of Essence (#45405009) Attached to: Humble Bundle Launches Online Store For Games

Lizzie Cuevas, Director of Communications at Humble Bundle Inc. says:

"The charity split is and always will be a fixed 10% of Humble Store purchases. The charity list will change with time and giving both developers and customers the option to choose charities is something we will consider in the future."

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen