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Comment Re:Wait a minute... (Score 5, Interesting) 102

This wasn't "ruling in favour of the obvious", this was making a ruling about which parts of "Happy Birthday" are copyrighted, based on the technicalities of the claim.

Indeed, the song's author(s) apparently never asserted a copyright for the lyric, and the first company to do so did not seem to have gained that right from the authors. So the melody fell out of copyright long ago, and the lyric was never properly copyrighted in the first place. Now let's see if Warner has to return the monies they took for licensing a song that they didn't actually own.

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An Algorithm To Stop Joke Plagiarists 128

Bennett Haselton writes: The comedy world crucified Josh "Fat Jew" Ostrovsky for building his career on re-tweeting other people's jokes without attribution. But Twitter, or whichever company rises as their successor, could easily implement an algorithm that could stop plagiarists from building a following, while still rewarding joke writers who come up with original content. Read on for Bennett's take on how such a system could work.

Comment Truly awful C-level communication (Score 1) 229

That is among the worst C-level communication I've ever read from a large corporation. Is "CSO" not a real C-level executive position with staff that edits (or just writes) their execs communication? Whether or not she's a good security exec, she is a truly horrific corporate communicator.

Comment Magic: TV through the air! (Score 5, Informative) 319

We dropped Comcast and deployed Leaf antennas. We get a couple of dozen channels, including the four major networks and a number of sub-channels rented by movie and rerun networks (e.g., Cozi, Movies!, MeTV, Buzzr, Laff, Decades, Retro, Bounce, Escape, Grit, Get, etc.). If there's nothing on, or the reception is being interrupted by who-knows-what, we turn off the TV and do something else. Every month we enjoy not paying Comcast.

Comment Re:I don't get the weight thing (Score 1) 79

But continue thinking your MBAs are better. You keep believing delusions.

The question wasn't whether an MBA is "better," it was "who are these people looking for ultrabooks that can't lift and carry 5.47 pounds?" And the answer is, those for whom 2-1/2 pounds makes a difference in business travel, around a campus or on public transportation, particularly when the weight of the laptop is added to the weight of other items in one's bag.

Comment Just closer your eyes and click your heels (Score 1) 305

Jeh Johnson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said if H-1B workers are being used to replace U.S. workers, then "it's a very serious failing of the H-1B program."

If Mr. Johnson closes his eyes all the way, he won't see U.S. workers being replaced by H-1B workers.

Comment Re:I don't get the weight thing (Score 1) 79

Even still, who are these people looking for ultrabooks that can't lift and carry 5.47 pounds??

People who travel extensively and have enough other crap in their backpack or bag that an additional 2.5 pounds makes a difference as they trudge through airports, between meetings or around a large campus. Dropping from a 5+ pound ThinkPad to a 3-pound MBA made a noticeable difference, both in combination with other things in my bag, and on its own.

Comment Re:FOIA isn't meant to support a business model. (Score 1) 139

Why "ride the coattails" rather than "stand on the shoulders of giants"?

Because there are economic costs and returns to many FOIA requests. Removing all exclusivity of access to the response will expose a reporter's work (that is, the request), and lower the value of the response, which will in turn remove some or all of the incentive for digging, which in turn is a net negative to society. On the other hand, giving a FOIA requester a period of exclusive access to the response retains the value while still allowing you to stand on a giant's shoulders in a timely manner.

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