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Comment: Re:Let me get this straight (Score 3, Informative) 158

by SQL Error (#48599447) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Well, it goes many ways to Sunday, but long story short this has potential uses. Just imagine if an extra on Stupid Franchise That Needs To Die VII could get it yanked if "I didn't expect a certain character to make any appearances" could be a valid argument. (Though I joke, misrepresentation of contract is legally dishonest but should have been a tort with the production team, not a DMCA claim with hosts. She should have taken it one rung up the ladder, so to speak - Google is "too late" in that process.)

This exactly. Its not that the actress doesn't have rights here, it's that the court affirmed the wrong rights. If the filmmaker materially misrepresented the film or the role in writing, that should be a fairly straightforward lawsuit.

Comment: Re:And the lawsuits (Score 1) 243

by Skater (#48572815) Attached to: Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

We had a debate in a "Current Events" class in high school about violent lyrics. As a heavy metal fan, this was important to me. Unfortunately, at the time, I wasn't very familiar with the words to "Suicide Solution", and one of my classmates had transcribed only one verse, showing how it was "advocating suicide". (To keep this semi-relevant, I'll also add that he said the lyrics were hard to understand and took him a while to discern.) I told him he was taking it out of context, but unfortunately I couldn't remember the full context of the song. He just shrugged as though context didn't matter, when, in fact, "Suicide Solution" is probably something everyone should listen to and think about. I wanted to kick myself when I remembered the theme of the song.

The debate accomplished nothing other than teaching me that I need to be as familiar as I can with the music I love, because people have a lot of misconceptions about it. I still get very strange looks when I say I listen to metal. I've even gotten my wife into some of it - I catch her singing Ozzy songs now and then, things she never listened to before she met me, and she's gone with me to Rush and Queensryche concerts. :) Of course, in recent years, "Crazy Train" and Judas Priest's "Electric Eye" intro have appeared in minivan commercials, so it's apparently not quite as bad as it supposedly once was.

Comment: Re:Honest question ... (Score 1) 148

by TigerPlish (#48525157) Attached to: How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

See, before the interwebs and computers, there was no mechanism to tap into an entire country's phone systems.

Didn't the English have a room in London where *every*single*wire* coming into the country went through? Weren't they reading each and every cablegram coming in and going out?

That was in WWI.

Yes, technology advances make it exponentially easier now, but don't for a second think that en-masse wiretapping is a new thing enabled by the Interwebz.

Comment: Re:Honest question ... (Score 2) 148

by TigerPlish (#48524933) Attached to: How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

"fuck it, everybody is spying anyway"?

Everyone has been spying on everyone for at least a couple of centuries.

The difference is that now, thanks to Snowden, Wikileaks and others, the Average Joe Muggle knows it. And nothing makes more noise than Joe Muggle with only 1/4th of the Big Picture in their brain! A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, yes?

Nothing's changed, other than public awareness of espionage.

Comment: Re:people drop their phones :( (Score 1) 203

by Skater (#48448229) Attached to: Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones
I've got a Samsung S3 with a broken screen sitting at home. I was getting out of our truck with my hands full, and my phone fell. I think it actually broke when it hit the running board. My fault, and these things happen. I have a new screen to put on it, but I haven't gotten a heat gun yet to remove the old one. I didn't know how easy they were to replace until I was at a car dealer, and the financing guy saw the broken phone and showed me the kit to replace the screen, and says he does it all the time for friends and family. (He happened to have one in his office because a coworker had broken her phone.)

Comment: Re:Missing the point. (Score 1) 127

A few million each year for security compliance is nothing to Target or Walmart. It is a dagger in the heart of their local and regional competition.

Mom and Pop don't have their own POS. They use payment processing houses. It's the Big Dogs that have their own POS systems.

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