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Comment: Re:Go for CC music (Score 1) 217

I did not say I made unlicensed content, I just said it was becoming the only sound and reasonable choice. Nowadays when I here modern music and auto tune all I hear is the greed and it really is off putting, so my preferred choice is to not listen at all. Every now and again I might listen to some old content but that is to recapture the emotions recalled with specific memories associated with that content, rather than listening to the music and I really don't do that much either. Other than that maybe some bargain bin diving where their reward is absolutely minimal. Of all things I am most enjoying, it is really quite fun to listen to when going for a constitutional, walk that is.

Comment: Re:Thanks to iinet (Score 1) 60

by rtb61 (#49748487) Attached to: Australian ISP Offers Pro-bono Legal Advice To Accused Pirates

The shake down is already occurring in the PR bullshit associated with the story. The people targeted are not down loaders, they were torrenting hence they were uploaders, that is a huge distinction which main stream media in Australia is purposefully and corruptly distorting.

As for iinet turning to crap, it is inevitable. TPG is simply paying more for iinet than it is worth and to get that money back they will offshore and cripple support and services. This will create a hole in the market for other companies to exploit as users inevitably leave after the first undecipherable support call.

Comment: Re:Bring Back Background Play (Score 1) 48

by rtb61 (#49748437) Attached to: YouTube Live Streams Now Support HTML5 Playback and 60fps Video

Some other things they could also add, temporary download cache for latter viewing rather than streaming (for connections crippled by government and incumbent telecoms corruption) and blocking of annoying crap uploaders so they never again appear in search results (all to often search results spew the same asshats because at one stage the got ahead in the numbers and simply stayed there as a result pissing everyone off with crap content).

+ - Senator Paul stands for over ten hours in Senate over NSA bulk data collection. ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sen. Rand Paul held up a vote on the Fast Track Authority for a eleven hour dissertation on the flaws of the Patriot Act, the replacement the USA Freedom Act, bulk data collection including credit card purchases, the DEA and IRS's use of NSA intel. for "parallel construction", warrant-less GPS bugs on vehicles, as well as the important distinction of a general warrant v a spacific one.

The memes that have been created are clever too, "I don't normally take over C-Span2, but when I do -people watch C-Span2." Of course, the expected #StandWithRand and posting selfies with people actually watching C-Span2.

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Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos 352

Posted by timothy
from the you-belong-to-the-state dept.
sandbagger writes: Anthony Mazur is a senior at Flower Mound High School in Texas who photographed school sports games and other events. Naturally he posted them on line. A few days ago he was summoned to the principal's office and threatened with a suspension and 'reporting to the IRS' if he didn't take those 4000 photos down. Reportedly, the principal's rationale was that the school has copyright on the images and not him.

Comment: Re:Wrong Authority (Score 1) 37

by rtb61 (#49744663) Attached to: FBI: Social Media, Virtual Currency Fraud Becoming a Huge Problem

Which is why you tend to limit it to minor fines, a simple network traffic authority and for more severe crimes you escalate it to a full investigation by other authorities. It means a lot of current major felonies in terms of computer and network crimes drop to misdemeanour's and fines but they are much more readily applied, in much the same context as a speeding fine or a parking fine. So an administrative regulatory authority. The main feature being skilled people who can keep up with computer crimes and network crimes and computer forensics. They provide a place for the ready reporting of spam, phishing attacks, spy ware reports, forum spamming, virus and trojan reporting etc.. The fines could be quite severe for repeated offences.

Comment: 1080p, flash were the big criteria for me (Score 1) 45

by billstewart (#49744141) Attached to: Rate These 53 Sub-$200 Hacker SBCs, Win 1 of 20

Last year I was looking into getting either a Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone Black. BBB had a newer ARM rev for the CPU, so it can run more kinds of OS. But the RPi has the removable flash as its drive, so you can easily load whatever OS image you want, change OSs by switching flash chips, and if you hose it too badly you can take it out and reload, without worrying about whether you've bricked the board. Also, the specs at the time said the RPi had a better GPU, and could do 1080p at 60 Hz vs. only 30Hz for BBB, which means I can plug it into TVs and monitors without as much flicker. I chose the RPi.

BBB nominally costs a bit more, but by the time you buy cases and power supplies and flash and such, it pretty much balances out.

Comment: Re:Corollary: It's difficult to be "clever" in Jav (Score 4, Insightful) 372

by firewrought (#49743601) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

It's difficult to be "clever" in Java

To the contrary, Java's lack of expressiveness resulted in people writing tons of external XML files, code generators, DI frameworks, and build tools to glue the whole mess together. Instead of small, judicious bits of cleverness in the main language/runtime, it's been pushed to very clever tools on the periphery that come with relatively large learning curves. That's not really a win from the readability standpoint.

Comment: ... but are they?? (Score 1) 210

... but I'm kind of glad we have people looking at these ridiculous scenarios and planning how to deal with them *just in case* ...

Those motherfucking assholes are the real life version of the keystone kops --- They always do the wrong thing

Had the assholes really know their stuffs that British soldier Lee Rigby would still be alive today

And the London tube wouldn't have been bombed

Comment: Re:Seems obvious now (Score 4, Interesting) 210

by Rei (#49742243) Attached to: Secret Files Reveal UK Police Feared That Trekkies Could Turn On Society

Can you imagine the dystopian dictatorship where trekkies come to power? All of the halls of power full of people walking around in spandex and fake ears and brow ridges, the fed directed to work toward the absolution of currency, the military directed to accelerate development of phasers and for all recruits to undergo "Kobayashi Maru" training.... NASA would finally get their proposed $18,5 billion dollar annual budget passed - except that the bill would have the word "annual" crossed out and the word "monthly" written in its place. National anti-bullying legislation would be passed, probably with a name like Spock's Law. And of course they'd insist on referring to the UN as the United Federation of Planets.

There is one way to find out if a man is honest -- ask him. If he says "Yes" you know he is crooked. -- Groucho Marx