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Comment: Life of Author Plus 70 Years? (Score 1) 295

by asifyoucare (#49502837) Attached to: Joseph Goebbels' Estate Sues Publisher Over Diary Excerpt Royalties

Isn't that the length of copyright under the Berne convention? If so, the copyright for the last diary entries expires this year. The term used to be life of author plus 50 years, and I think that was in effect when the document was written, so copyright has probably expired already.

Also, I think the copyright belongs to the estate, not the person that purchased the dairies unless copyright was explicitly transferred with that purchase.

Comment: Re:The only thing Google has violated is ... (Score 1) 240

by asifyoucare (#49485101) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post
But Google's "monopoly" is simply down to them being the best at search. It doesn't use its "size" - that concept doesn't really work for internet services - it uses its better quality. If you agree with me so far, it is hard to see how Google could reasonably be requested to accommodate competitors. Should it try to reduce the quality of its service? No, that's just weird.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Overrun by Luddite Barbarians (Score 1) 163

by asifyoucare (#49273185) Attached to: "Hello Barbie" Listens To Children Via Cloud

If it was just about a child having a doll respond to them then we'd have no problems. The issues are :

a) The child's voice (and background sounds) are sent over the internet to the manufacturer and will very likely be available to three-letter-agencies and to creepy employees.

b) Paid promotions are likely. "Here Mattel, have $100,000 if your doll suggests having McNuggets twice a day"

c) Security is likely to be lousy and hacks will follow. "Barbie thinks Mommy is a dirty slut". "Mommy .... what's a dirty slut?"

Maybe we're all cynical, but we've been conditioned to be that way by repeated disappointment.

Comment: Why different in America? (Score 2) 700

by asifyoucare (#48977345) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

Here in Australia, home-schooling is almost unheard of. The stereotype here is that only super-religious parents home-school their children, in an effort to shield the children from conflicting viewpoints. The exception is farmers in very remote areas where there are no schools.

What is it in America that makes home-schooling more popular there? Is it mostly religion-driven there too?

Comment: Re:Is she sure she told them the correct address? (Score 4, Funny) 224

I own and I get quite a few stray replies from companies responding to people who didn't want to give their real e-mail addresses when signing up for something.

But that doesn't compare to the guy who registered, who got a lot of replies and then forwarded smart ass responses back to the originating companies. Many of the original e-mails were confidential.

Comment: Re:But the press has stopped talking about it... (Score 1) 244

by asifyoucare (#48473343) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

I agree. The reassurances being uttered recently by health authorities were totally a odds with the facts. Two western patients and three resulting infections to health workers, despite having all the facilities and protective gear.

I'm still somewhat confident it could be contained in a major western country (if we can stop those stupid exposed health workers mingling with the general population), but imagine it getting into parts of Asia and South America.

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