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Comment Remembering history (Score 1) 142

Back some time ago, Master went to Slashdot to claim they needed some information security about lock-breaking methods otherwise it'd be game over for locks. New cars today come without physical keys and rely on an RFID-like chip that when close enough unlocks the car. Most important things are now locked with PIN-locks or card locks rather than key locks.

It's basically game over for the products under the Master line... repeated combo locks and key locks just didn't last until today.

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.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.