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Comment: Re:Homeowner should be able to run his own cable (Score 3, Informative) 536

Having googled around to find his address ( I was hoping to find out the antenna location for the microwave internet provider, to see who's blocking the signal ), I can tell you that he chose a house smack dab in the middle of nowhere.

The photo makes it look like a run of the mill driveway to a house, but really it's a small paved area that leads into the woods (which surround the house on all sides - I'd be surprised if line-of-sight solutions actually worked because there is no line of sight to anything but trees), exits lord knows where onto a single-vehicle-wide apparent dirt road that finally exits onto a double-lane road that is still only a secondary road.

Run own cable? Where to? There's certainly other businesses well within 2500 feet - I wonder if they have internet. Or his neighbors (as others have mentioned). But certainly any remotely densely populated area is more than 'a few blocks' away, not to mention that you'd probably have to lay it all weird (no straight line through the woods for you) if the county has any say in it.

Hopefully some of the people who contacted him can hook him up, 'cos the end-run he's been given is deplorable, regardless of the choice of location.

Comment: Re:Tracking (Score 4, Interesting) 569

How about they not take anonymous calls like that so seriously?

"An investigations\ by NBC reveal that the police department was alerted anonymously, with the caller informing them that the suspect possessed several types of firearms and had expressed their frustration with the victim numerous times. When asked about this apparent warning, the commissioner declined to comment. An officer working the case who spoke with NBC on the condition of anonymity revealed that they did not take the warning seriously, citing many cases in which police were sent to a location based on such warnings only to find that the warning was a hoax, leaving bills in property damage and unknown damages in lost time and personnel availability. A spokesperson for the family of the victim has stated the family's intent to sue the police department for gross negligence in this matter, and NBC has learned that the caller - later identified as the suspect's brother - is also seeking legal recourse."

'The boy who cried wolf' tends not to apply to law enforcement, because they get run through the wringer when they decide to ignore the boy.

Comment: "might look like" vs "We're doing this, now" (Score 2) 40

by QuasiSteve (#49315417) Attached to: Magic Leap's AR Demo Video

I'm sure Magic Leap's tech is wonderful. But I can't help but be unimpressed by any "What it might look like" videos.

Compare the video in the article with that from the March 18 Project Tango story's video which doesn't show "what it might look like", but what they've got working right now.
http://hardware.slashdot.org/s...

That's a lot more impressive to me than any video with a bunch of VFX.

Comment: Re:the establishment really does not like competit (Score 2, Funny) 366

by QuasiSteve (#49290249) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

You want to know how to handle it properly and prevent crime? [...] disband the entire Taxi Comission and remove any extra restrictions on the normal cab companies

So, to prevent crime... make the thing that was criminal, no longer criminal? Brilliant!

Not saying it's a bad decision, mind you.

Comment: Re: Rock and Roll wouldn't EXIST without "stealing (Score 1) 386

Yes, but where did that lawsuit (from 2002/2003) go?

Aside from the "We want $500,000,000!", and later a judge imposing an injunction "Pull the products or slap a sticker on there giving credit", I couldn't really find details on the case.

There's an interview with the singer from 2012, which includes:

DX: $500,000,000 seems so excessive. Thatâ(TM)s a crazy amount of money.

Truth Hurts: It was a crazy amount that they never got. They didnâ(TM)t get not a penny.

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/...

There's also this article, which seems to claim that copyright was filed - but said copyright filing itself had issues:

I found one legal document pertaining to the case, from August 07. It names Lahiri and Saregama as plaintiffs (not Mangeshkar) and discusses the interesting fact, which the defense â" for Universal / Interscope / Aftermath / Dre â" attempted to use to its advantage, that the two parties (Lahiri and Saregama) each separately filed in early 03 for the US copyright to âoeThoda Resham.â I have read in a few places that both claims were settled out of court.

http://wayneandwax.com/?p=100

And then there's this article which seems to go into a bit more detail from a legal standpoint:
http://www.lexology.com/librar...

tl;dr: I highly doubt the Indian authors (whoever gets to claim 'authorship' there) got out ahead, and - more importantly - it bears little semblance to cases where no copyright was filed in the U.S.

Comment: Re:Rock and Roll wouldn't EXIST without "stealing" (Score 5, Informative) 386

I've noticed a lot of uncreative rap musicians directly copying tunes from music from other countries and just adding boring rap lyrics and bass on top of that. Maybe they should get sued next.

Good luck with that - those original artists will have to register for copyright in the U.S. first, if they want to have any chance at preventing it:

On June 7, 2011, the case of Kernel Records Oy v. Mosley ended with the court deciding that Kernel Records had failed to register for copyright in the United States.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

Of course even if they do:

In case that the artist decides to pursue the matter further, it's on him to go to America and confront them with the local use of law. It will require a considerable amount of faith and, of course, money

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

And that's in a case of pretty blatant copying colloquially known as sampling. Never mind if an artist copies 'the feel of' some existing track.

There's a few reasons why the Marvin Gaye estate won, and one of the main reasons is due to the 'estate' part. Guy himself has been dead for over 30 years.

Comment: Re:Worth it? (Score 1) 275

by QuasiSteve (#49199069) Attached to: uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner

Is it bitcoin or some other altcoin?

parent anonymous poster should be upvoted - GP makes an assumption that it's mining Bitcoins, and not some altcoin.
I don't think anybody's analyzed it yet just what coin, if any, it mines - the list of things it's associated with include other potential for monetization.

Comment: Re:Virtual Self Defense (Score 1) 467

I showed them how to tracert the IP to find out the ISP and then told them the could get the ISP to give them the person signed into the account at that time.

In their defense, there's dozens of ways in which - a lot of people on Slashdot, but also judges, will argue - an ISP should deny any such request, as IP addresses do not point to a specific computer, never mind to a specific person - and they feel that the account holder should not be held responsible for any and all traffic that goes through their line.

Comment: Re:And still (Score 4, Insightful) 196

by QuasiSteve (#49155765) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

In fact... Most astronomers counter this opinion by saying that, far from not having cleared their orbits, the major planets completely control the orbits of the other bodies within their orbital zone.

It's a bit weird that the leading paragraph exists in both articles, while the counterpoint doesn't, but there you go.

Comment: Re:Better definition of planet (Score 5, Insightful) 196

by QuasiSteve (#49155735) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

As far as I'm concerned, if it's gravitation is enough to pull it into a sphere, it's a planet. Yes, I'm happy counting Luna and a bunch of other satellites

Is the Sun a planet?

We grew up "choosing to label" Pluto as a planet.

At one time people grew up 'choosing to label' Venus as a star. Then we grew up some more and realized we may have been mistaken or at least felt we should have a more granular scale with more accurate definitions.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"

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