Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:And when the "default" is the preferred option? (Score 1) 127

by Fjandr (#49280947) Attached to: Analysis: People Who Use Firefox Or Chrome Make Better Employees

If they were able to distinguish those who made a conscious decision to use IE from those who did not, I'm sure there would probably be a similar correlation to the former as there is amongst those who consciously choose an alternative. Unfortunately, it's much harder to separate that class of IE user from the more numerous default users, and so they are not included in the analysis.

Comment: Re:Aren't these already compromised cards? (Score 1) 269

by Fjandr (#49280855) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

The same reason why chip & pin cards that do exist are only "suggestions:" It requires merchants to buy new transaction equipment. Since not all banks have moved to chip & pin (Chase is just now getting around to it), requiring new hardware just means someone will use another card when a retailer hasn't upgraded. Banks won't start requiring the new chips be utilized at the point of sale until enough retailers have upgraded. Until the threat of your merchant gateway provider cutting your ability to process credit card sales has some teeth, nobody is going to be the first to make the equipment upgrade mandatory.

Comment: Ticketing through emails only (Score 1) 144

by creimer (#49243595) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Issue Tracker For Non-Engineers?

I was at Cisco when a group of coworkers tried to implement an email-based ticketing system where the resulting email thread becomes the ticket. A full-featured ticketing system would take up too much time from what little time they had. They never got it to work properly and went back to regular emails to track issues..

When I mentioned this incident to recruiters, they couldn't wrap their minds around the idea that an email-based ticketing system could save more time than using a full-featured ticketing system. These people never had to wait for Remedy to recover from a network pause or a crash. I gave up trying to explain this to them and stopped mentioning it in my interviews.

Comment: Re:yeah, California is falling apart (Score 2) 224

by creimer (#49238449) Attached to: California Looking To Make All Bitcoin Businesses Illegal

Apple has corporate headquarters in Cupertino, CA, but its cash management division operates from a shell company in Nevada, which has no corporate taxes, to avoid California's 8.84% corporate tax rate. Never mind that Apple also collects $400M in R&D tax credits from California.

Comment: Re:LOL! (Score 1) 116

by creimer (#49198319) Attached to: Anthem Blocking Federal Auditor From Doing Vulnerability Scans

But there's no way I'd let them in my doors either.

Pray that you never get a federal job. OPM conducted my background investigation for a security clearance. My two-hour routine interview turned into a four-hour nitpicking interview. Being single and staying in the same studio apartment for nearly ten years was considered odd. Working a weekday job and a weekend job for a year, and having multiple overlapping contract jobs for several years, was odder. Not being able to remember every detail of every job I had to take since the Great Recession was oddest. When asked if you're going to commit terrorist acts against the U.S.A., always tell the truth.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 255

by cpt kangarooski (#49186121) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

Then you fall into the second category. Or you're just ignorant.

Well, I'm a copyright lawyer, so I doubt I'm "completely and totally ignorant of the law." Have you considered the possibility that your analysis is wrong?

Since we're talking about works that haven't been around long enough to have their copyrights expire, that's totally irrelevant.

Just thought I'd mention it, since you did make a rather broad statement suggesting that works cannot enter the public domain unless deliberately placed there by the copyright holder. While copyright holders can put works into the public domain, it's not true that that is the only way for works to enter the public domain.

"Um, no. That would not be the scenes a faire doctrine."

The scenes a faire doctrine, which I don't have to google for, thanks, permits people to copy without fear of infringement, stock elements from works, which are typical, if not indispensible, for works that have a particular setting, genre, theme, etc.

In this case, where you have a show about teenagers fighting monsters with martial arts and giant robots, it would not infringe if you had a five person team, each member of which had personalities as described above, and where the members of the team were color-coded. It's simply expected of the genre, and therefore fair game, even if you copied it from another copyrighted work.

Now if the specific thing you copied was a very detailed example, and you kept all the details, you might then have a problem. So it depends on how much Power Rangers embellished on this standard device, if they did, and if so, how much of that embellishment, if any, was used in this case.

If you disagree as to my explanation, please feel free to actually say what you think the scenes a faire doctrine is.

Comment: Re:Parody (Score 1) 255

by cpt kangarooski (#49186033) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

I didn't say Disney's Peter Pan. I was talking about JM Barrie's Peter Pan, which Disney's Peter Pan is based on.

A new version of Peter Pan, based on Barrie's, could still tarnish the character well enough (if done right, and if widely published) so as to harm Disney's Peter Pan merely by association. But it would be lawful to do this. Disney's copyright on their version of Peter Pan does not extend to stopping other people from making their own derivatives of Barrie's work, even if they're very unwholesome derivatives.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure