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Comment Re: What goes around, comes around (Score 1) 90

I seem to remember early transistors being made of germanium - on the row below silicon and one to the right of gallium

Still are in guitar pedals, particularly vintage sounding fuzz pedals. Very vibey and not 100% reliable, so I'm glad we moved away from them for other purposes.

Submission + - Wireless Hacking a Car Now a Reality

aitikin writes: As the two hackers remotely toyed with the air-conditioning, radio, and windshield wipers, I mentally congratulated myself on my courage under pressure. That’s when they cut the transmission.

Immediately my accelerator stopped working. As I frantically pressed the pedal and watched the RPMs climb, the Jeep lost half its speed, then slowed to a crawl. This occurred just as I reached a long overpass, with no shoulder to offer an escape. The experiment had ceased to be fun.

Comment Depends on my machine (Score 1) 319

I have my production computer, where, once everything is stable, it stays at that OS with security updates as needed. I then have my testing machine, where I hold the mentality of, "If it ain't broke, don't stop tinkering." That machine has been offline for about 2 years due to me not having time to tinker, but that's changing shortly.

Comment Re:Appears to be Fake (Score 1) 37

Console ad-ons have rarely had much success, which makes me doubt that that either company was ever very serious about launching the product. If they were serious about it they would probably ultimately have launched a standalone console that could play both CD and cartridges instead of a CD ad-on for the SNES.

Except Nintendo did launch a CD ad-on that they developed initially with Sony and then put out with Phillips.

Comment Re:Once Again (Score 1) 141

It works just if you removed taxes on work and income and replaced them completely with taxes on property. It is logical that this will cause people to behave in ways that are suboptimal for society as a whole.

So you're telling me that it's optimal for society as a whole for my roommate to pay no taxes because he doesn't own property? That doesn't make sense...

Comment Re:linux hard to install and use for desktop users (Score 1) 187

1999 called and wants its meme back. Seriously, have you actually used any modern Linux distros? Hey, good news, it has gotten so easy to install and use, you don't even need to install it! Download any of a dozen LiveCD / DVD / BRD / Thumbdrive versions, burn it to the appropriate media, and reboot. Bam! You have a fully functional modern OS at your fingertips. Give it a try, and if you don't like it, it comes with a 100% money back guarantee.

Seriously, even Gentoo (notorious for having one of the more complex installs) has a graphical installer as of somewhere near 5 years ago. I don't understand where the original poster is coming from...

Comment Re:How many times? (Score 2) 389

That is fucking ridiculous (not saying it's illegal, just ridiculous). The DJ paid fees to be able to play the music, and they expect the restaurant to also pay fees?

I stopped reading after this because you didn't follow the link or read the text. The DJ paid the same fee you do for a CD. Period. End of story. (S)He may have paid for the PA equipment as well. That has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that someone is using this for entertainment in his place of business as a way to encourage more business.

[Having now taken the moment to read your piss poor analogy, let me throw a more apt one at you]

It's more like if I write a book and then someone creates a movie from that book, should I have a right to proceeds from the movie? According to your analogy, I should just get nothing because the movie studio bought a single copy of my book, even though now, billions could have my story out there and, to many of them, a book that a movie they've seen isn't worth reading, so I shouldn't make money off of them.

I don't for a second believe that the DJ actually paid the fees, in fact, it seems the owner merely assumed (s)he did. And even if (s)he did, (s)he did so for performance within (her/)his own venue, as it's how (her/)his business has to be run. A restaurant owner who ignores this cost of doing business should get sued. The sad part is, it appears that this particular situation only came about because this owner refuses to be educated on his responsibilities and decided that settling didn't make sense. Hell, it seems like he didn't even seek out legal advice.

Comment Re:How many times? (Score 5, Informative) 389

Unfortunately it's the responsibility of the venue to clear those licenses, not the DJ or other musicians. As ASCAP points out on their FAQS:

Some people mistakenly assume that musicians and entertainers must obtain licenses to perform copyrighted music or that businesses where music is performed can shift their responsibility to musicians or entertainers. The law says all who participate in, or are responsible for, performances of music are legally responsible. Since it is the business owner who obtains the ultimate benefit from the performance, it is the business owner who obtains the license. Music license fees are one of the many costs of doing business.

it's not the musicians, it's the business. Same reason (or should be, but often isn't) business owners charge a cover when music is being played in the venue (although, often times said cover is also paid to the musicians themselves).

Comment Re:Capitalist logic (Score 1) 389

"How many times do they want to get paid for the stupid music?"

Dunno. How many times do you want to get paid for serving the same stupid meals?

Sure, we all hate the MAFIAA, but it's rather odd how you feel capitalism is suddenly a one-way street.

Not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison.. Each new meal requires new material, each play of a song does not.

If the DJ did indeed pay a fee to play said songs, then I don't see why another should be paid by the restaurant owner.

Odds are rather good that the DJ did not pay the fee that is associated with entertaining an audience. Most DJs are unaware that's any different from buying the CD itself.

The fact that he probably even advertised (not made clear FTA) that there was a DJ playing makes the restaurant far more culpable as an "entertainment" venue than merely a restaurant. As many other posters have pointed out, this was used as a form of entertainment and should be treated as such. I don't necessarily like the tactics, nor necessarily agree with the sum, but at least, for a change, the musician gets a solid chunk of it.

Comment Re:How many times? (Score 1) 389

That's why you get your kitchen staff to wear earplugs and play the music loudly from there. At that point, it's for the staff's enjoyment, and not as an entertainment draw for the restaurant/bar (legally speaking). I don't necessarily agree with the way this one works, but I do see benefits to the fact that the musician is actually make some semblance of money off of these deals, unlike the record labels.

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...