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Comment Re: Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 183

but copyright infringement isn't theft.

It's taking information that you have to pay for, and making it free or at least not paying the owner of the copyright what's due. It's the act of taking something that requires payment and not paying, and that's a form of theft.

Comment Re:Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 1) 183

I've lost something here.... we had the Happy Birthday debates here on Slashdot in the early 2000s as part of coverage of copyright, the illegal Napster, and discussion of DRM that later turned into the watermarking we use today...

How did the Happy Birthday story end?... somebody with an archive deeper than what's available on slashdot.org can answer that.

Comment Pixel Perfect? (Score 1) 224

Does this movie happen to be based on the made-for TV movie Pixel Perfect from 1999?... it was about a guy who created a computer character girlfriend and then had to write the program that kept himself in love as real women rejected him.

Some people thought I was in that situation... see AIM was huge as we were mostly using modems to communicate, and it turns out a real ex-girlfriend of mine was posing for videos to become a dynamic script-able virtual character. That hasn't been released yet... and scares me greatly. It's weird seeing the girl you know outside the bezels walking around and affecting your Word document. Office 2000's Microsoft Agent/Office Assistant was cartoon characters based on the same concept.

Oh, my lead question returns a "NO!"... never-mind.

Comment Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 4, Informative) 183

Disney defends "Steamboat Willie" from about the same time frame to protect Mickey Mouse from falling into the public domain. "Happy Birthday" is from about the same time. This era is kept out of the public domain by repeated copyright law changes, the most recent being the DMCA which extended the time works stay copyrighted.

Comment The Net Neutrality Dilema (Score 1) 70

When content providers have a large amount of data to repeat to customers, they move servers to the ISPs data center and we support them getting the content to us faster.... but when websites get locked out, they claim it's a net neutrality problem and we support that.

Uhm, pick a side!

Comment Re:What is this has got to do with MS's core busin (Score 1) 53

Yep, somebody has to be root at the firewall... I would love it if ISPs would configure a firewall at their side of the connection.... something along the lines of don't even send me anything nodes I don't ever want to see again. Would nip the DDOS problems out.

Comment Timothy never learns... (Score 1) 143

We're discussing explosives theory here, kids... get the Ammonia Nitrate bottle ready after you learn that formula, otherwise all you'll think about is how much heat it takes to make things go away..

If you do heat the universe up to the point it all explodes, the thing giving the heat will be cold enough to survive.

Variables don't; constants aren't.