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Comment: Re:Do pilots still need licenses? (Score 1) 179

by drinkypoo (#49186491) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

The notion that it's more profitable for cars to automatically kill their users is kind of ridiculous.

It's more profitable to kill a percentage of them than to ensure a total lack of sales by making the fully safe car which would combine a pretty miserable driving experience with atrocious performance and efficiency.

Comment: Re:Really? Come on now, you should know better. (Score 2) 179

by drinkypoo (#49186461) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Since the 1960s we have been automating space travel and airlines, and still need pilots and astronauts because when the shit hits the proverbial fan humans are required to intervene.

We have pilots to make passengers feel good. We have astronauts because we can't make a robot as dextrous as a human yet.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 251

by cpt kangarooski (#49186121) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

Then you fall into the second category. Or you're just ignorant.

Well, I'm a copyright lawyer, so I doubt I'm "completely and totally ignorant of the law." Have you considered the possibility that your analysis is wrong?

Since we're talking about works that haven't been around long enough to have their copyrights expire, that's totally irrelevant.

Just thought I'd mention it, since you did make a rather broad statement suggesting that works cannot enter the public domain unless deliberately placed there by the copyright holder. While copyright holders can put works into the public domain, it's not true that that is the only way for works to enter the public domain.

"Um, no. That would not be the scenes a faire doctrine."

The scenes a faire doctrine, which I don't have to google for, thanks, permits people to copy without fear of infringement, stock elements from works, which are typical, if not indispensible, for works that have a particular setting, genre, theme, etc.

In this case, where you have a show about teenagers fighting monsters with martial arts and giant robots, it would not infringe if you had a five person team, each member of which had personalities as described above, and where the members of the team were color-coded. It's simply expected of the genre, and therefore fair game, even if you copied it from another copyrighted work.

Now if the specific thing you copied was a very detailed example, and you kept all the details, you might then have a problem. So it depends on how much Power Rangers embellished on this standard device, if they did, and if so, how much of that embellishment, if any, was used in this case.

If you disagree as to my explanation, please feel free to actually say what you think the scenes a faire doctrine is.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 262

by drinkypoo (#49186067) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Verhoeven missed all of that, saw it as an endorsement of the society in the book, and parodied it, turning the really interesting point the book was making into trite anvilicious crap.

Look, I'm not going to claim that Troopers was a good movie in any way really, but you totally failed at watching it. The propaganda scenes made it quite clear that Verhoeven was not providing an "endorsement" of such a society.

Verhoeven is a perfectly bright guy, he's smarter than you in that he knows that explosions and tits sell pictures both to execs and audiences. Total Recall was the film that convinced me that he knew what he was doing. Get the basic ideas down in the picture, and get the big twist/reveal right, everything else can be twiddled for Hollywood.

Comment: Re:Parody (Score 1) 251

by cpt kangarooski (#49186033) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

I didn't say Disney's Peter Pan. I was talking about JM Barrie's Peter Pan, which Disney's Peter Pan is based on.

A new version of Peter Pan, based on Barrie's, could still tarnish the character well enough (if done right, and if widely published) so as to harm Disney's Peter Pan merely by association. But it would be lawful to do this. Disney's copyright on their version of Peter Pan does not extend to stopping other people from making their own derivatives of Barrie's work, even if they're very unwholesome derivatives.

Comment: Re:My schadenfreude (Score 1) 336

and the one that had the most future potential (MeeGo),

Ah yes, MeeGo, nee Moblin. Intel comes up with a great interface, then abandons it. Spends a bunch of time stripping all the non-Intel parts of Linux out of it so it won't run on anything but Intel machines. This abortion begets MeeGo, which then runs around in circles for over a year failing to accomplish anything. That was what has the most future potential? How sad for Linux.

But wait, Android is Linux! And rather than just being castrated Linux with a new interface, is actually something a little more new. It had more promise than MeeGo, and it has delivered and will likely continue to do so.

Comment: Re:Too Late (Ask Zune) (Score 1) 336

The Zune was cancelled shortly thereafter. The product finally became good, but it was too late. I smell the same fate for windows phone.

Well, it doesn't take a crystal ball to do that (or whatever) because that's the current state of affairs. Microsoft has been making Windows phones for a long time, they just ran WinCE instead of NiceTry. And they fucking sucked in almost every way but developer support, and then they made them suck in that way too and squandered all good will.

Comment: Re:Define 'desktop' ... (Score 1) 336

I've only been wanting a tablet that isn't crippled for a good 10 years now.

How long has the EEE Slate been out? Most of those years. It runs full-blown Windows. My lady uses a Fujitsu T900 with an i7 running Win7, it not only has ten-way multitouch but also a Wacom digitizer with a pen that stores in the unit. Like the EEE Slate, but with balls. It's also a lot thicker.

So Surface is basically just the ultrabook to the existing tablets' notebook or netbook experience, but working tablets are not new. Hell, there was the Dauphin based on IBM's 486SLC chip absolutely ages ago, it had a radio pen but that pen took batteries.

Comment: Re:Define 'desktop' ... (Score 1) 336

But Windows 10 is a big improvement. THe larger question is why should I leave 7?

Because support for 7 will drop off to nothing, and you will have no practical choice. Microsoft isn't going to drop another service pack for 7. Thankfully, Windows 10 will be more like Windows 7, and I seem to be managing to skip Windows 8 completely so I'm going to call that a win.

To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley