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Comment: Re:Not settling (Score 1) 229

by Vengie (#30945374) Attached to: RIAA Confusion In Tenenbaum & Thomas Cases?
New York: Supreme Court (Trial) => Appellate Division (App Div) => Court of Appeals(Highest Court in State). Also you are not entirely correct, in some circumstances, Appellate decisions are binding to ALL lower courts, and in some jurisdictions, they are binding on only those lower courts over which they have direct review. (So the Nassau County Supreme court wouldn't be bound by 1st Department Decisions, but New York County Supreme would. N.b. In New York, this is not the case -- Appellate Decisions from any department are binding provided that the department with direct review does not have conflicting precedent)

Comment: Re:Settlement (Score 4, Interesting) 229

by Vengie (#30945346) Attached to: RIAA Confusion In Tenenbaum & Thomas Cases?
IAAL. I am assuming you meant to write "IANAL." A trial court ruling, while not binding on other courts (but certainly persuasive) may in some instances be binding on that same trial court, and as a practical matter, often is even when it need not be. Also, there may be an estoppel issue for the RIAA lurking here.

Comment: Re:I don't think so... (Score 4, Interesting) 237

by Vengie (#29772289) Attached to: Author Encourages Users to Pirate His Book
IAAL. 17 U.S.C. 501(b) authorizes an exclusive licensee to sue for inringement. he has granted an exclusive license. thus he might not want to sue you, but his publisher can. Look through the Silvers v. Sony Pictures case -- unless his contract specifically deals with the right to sue for infringement....his publisher can.

+ - How DRM can save your local Music Store

Submitted by
morlock_man writes "Music stores have traditionally been repositories for older formats of media as well as featuring new artists. Using these new distribution formats, these stores can now stock over 10 times as many artists in the same volume of space. And where a customer would previously purchase 1 album for $20, the can now purchase 10 full compilation albums for preview at the same price. Full article."

+ - Wired.com says geeks make better lovers

Submitted by
christian.einfeldt writes "Let it never be said that geeks are not hot. As in sexy hot. So says none other than sex expert Regina Lynn, the sex-tech goddess who writes Wired.com's weekly 'Sex Drive' column. In this week's installment, Regina explains why geeks can put a new twist on the 'Field of Dreams' quip that 'if you build it, he will come:'

'Don't be surprised if your geek lover puts more thought into arranging the boudoir than you do, or if common household items soon take on a new dimension. More than one geek has told me that Home Depot is their favorite adult store.'
If you can imagine it, you can build it, and who has more fertile imaginations for tool and toy building than Slashdot readers?"

Turkish Assembly Votes For Censoring of Web Sites 247

Posted by Zonk
from the we're-actually-really-nice-out-here-guys dept.
unity100 writes "CNN has some news about a recent development in Turkey where the Turkish assembly, totally out of line with Turkey's commitment to EU membership, has voted to have sites that 'insult to the founder of modern Turkey' censored from entire Turkish population. This, just about a month after the decision to censor YouTube was reached by the Turkish courts. 'On Thursday, lawmakers in the commission also debated whether the proposal should be widened to allow the Turkish Telecommunications Board to block access to any sites that question the principles of the Turkish secular system or the unity of the Turkish state -- a reference to Web sites with information on Kurdish rebels in Turkey.'"
Technology (Apple)

+ - Apple denies "Big Stevie" isn't watching

Submitted by Webster Phreaky
Webster Phreaky (666) writes "Apple denies Apple TV 'backdoor' claims Apple isn't deleting hacks from the Apple TV, a report explains Macworld staff Apple has denied recent reports that is has enabled a "back-door" into the Apple TV which enables the company to prevent unsupported hacks. A wave of recent reports emerging from hacker websites have claimed that those engaged in attempting to extend the features of the device have seen code they have inserted into the machine disappear overnight, leading to speculation that Apple can return Apple TV units to factory settings. Apple is denying these claims, according to EnGadget. The report explains: "Apple's stance, it claims, is more along the lines of: it's your box, do with it what you please — but be mindful of voiding that warranty." The report suggests that some hacks may not be staying on the machine because the machine isn't built quite the way the hackers think it is at present. (COMMENT): Apple has a MUCH BIGGER Problem, the AppleTV apparently is your typical Apple Buggy Piece of Sh!t according to ALL THE BUG REPORTS on MacFixIt.com ( http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20070330 090814465) and Mac Bug reporting sites ( http://www.techedgeezine.com/cartindex.htm )"

+ - EFF: Patent Busting -- Prior Art Needed for VOIP

Submitted by JumperCable
JumperCable (673155) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is seeking to bust an overly broad patent by a company called Acceris. Acceris claims patents on processes that implement voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) using analog phones as endpoints. These patents cover telephone calls over the Internet.

Specifically, the claims describe a system that connects two parties where the receiving party does not need to have a computer or an Internet connection, but the call is routed in part through the Internet or any other "public computer network". The calls must also be "full duplex", meaning that both parties can listen and talk at the same time, like in an ordinary phone call.

To bust these overly broad claims, we need "prior art" — any publication, article, patent or other public writing that describes the same or similar ideas being implemented before September 20, 1995."

+ - Current owner of BeOS Code: Zeta is Illegal

Submitted by Hank Powers
Hank Powers (467121) writes "The legal status of the Zeta operating system that was derived from the source code Be Inc. left shortly before going bankcrupt has been unclear for several years. Now, the current owner of the source code, ACCESS, claims "if Herr Korz feels that he holds a legitimate license to the BeOS code he's been using, we're completely unaware of it, and I'd be fascinated to see him produce any substantiation for that claim". The sales of Zeta have been suspended and so has the development been halted as well. OSNews has an article about the recent developments."

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928