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

If I buy a CD and play it in my home, how many others may be in the same room listening before I need to pay a fee?

There is a legal number which may be different in your jurisdiction, I seem to recall that the legalese for my jurisdiction at the time was something like, "If they are paying you anything, you can't have more than 12 or it's a public performance". I got nervous when my church played a recording of a song, but as I understand it, there is no customer-business relation between a church and its minions, they aren't paying to be there.

If a company buys a CD and plays it at their place of business, who else may be in the room listening before they need to pay a fee?

If RIAA thugs can walk in, pretend to be customers, and can hear your music, you are probably getting sued.

I do not know the answer buy my personal opinion is "as many as I want" unless as a business the main reason why customers are paying me is to listen to those specific songs, in that case I am re-marketing them.

The laws are messed up. Complain to your congress-critter. But first, give him the complimentary, indefinite use of a yacht and a beautiful blonde (of the gender of his preference, obviously) and 'forget' a couple suitcases of cash in the yacht that he might find.

Comment Saves having to climb a ladder (Score 1) 60

FTA: "Currently, such inspections are done visually and require an engineer to get up above the aircraft and around its exterior. That requires a platform and takes valuable time..." I predict that, with reduced budget and manpower for actual inspections and political pressure to certify planes as "passing" when they aren't, easyJet will have a significant mechanical failure within five years. It will might just be spectacular enough to make the news.

Comment Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 2) 700

The Illinois thing is going to last exactly as long as it takes for a gay, black lawyer from the NAACP to fly down there and sue their pants off because they refused him service because he was black. The US has laws against discriminating against people, and this was rather thoroughly hashed out in the '60's and '70's. Unfortunately it looks like we're going to have to hash it all out again because someone found a loophole. Basically, if your religion says you have to bang your forehead on the ground nineteen times a day, that's fine. If your religion says you have to bang someone else's head on the ground, you are going to run into problems. Of course, then there's the corrupt police forces that beat people up and kill them because they're some sort of minority, or just because the cop feels like it. But that's sort of a separate issue.

Comment Not statistically significant (Score 5, Informative) 187

From TFA: The 'author' submittted numerous poems to a number of publishers, the great majority of which were rejected. The one that was accepted was accepted to a journal that was to 'showcase a breadth of authors and a breadth of styles.' Really if you're going to publish computer-generated literature, that would be the place to do it.

Comment Re:they count how many complaints, act if 10,000 (Score 1) 217

It is true that every nation needs a government. It is also true that the government occasionally does what it is supposed to do. It may also be true that most of the US federal government is evil, especially at the highest levels. Let me cite a source for you:

Comment Re:Hope the trend continues. (Score 1) 263

This is a very responsible (from google's point of view) attack on a rival company by google. If Microsoft loses Windows customers, Google gains Android customers. There is no losing scenario for google by doing this -- they make microsoft look bad, encourage hackers to target microsoft products, and drive customers away from microsoft and towards google. To be fair, they did in fact give MS a 90-window (ahem) to fix this bug, rather than making it public as soon as they found it, which they also could have done and which would have had a comparable benefit for Google.

We are Microsoft. Unix is irrelevant. Openness is futile. Prepare to be assimilated.