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Comment: Poor title for article (Score 1) 251

by ganiman (#49182369) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

The title of this post should changed from "Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use" because there is no ruling to qualify the parody/re-imagining/whatever as not being fair use. For those who dont real the entire article or are just skimming headlines, this is very misleading. It seems there is more support/evidence of it actually being fair use than not. The title should read something more like "Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short May Not Be Fair Use".

Comment: What about SNL? (Score 1) 251

by ganiman (#49182297) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

If the creators of the parody/re-imagined video can be sued or have legal force used against them, then shows like SNL are also a target. Laws protect this sort of thing. It sounds like the "creator" is pretty butt hurt because they made is so much cooler than it's 90s counterpart. The author of this post seems pretty biased. The show's "creator" (if you can even call it that, because Power Rangers was ripped off from multiple foreign sources before it ever hit the states) should embrace this sort of thing. They just gave Power Rangers a whole lot of love where it had none. Use this free press and popularity to your own benefit. Instead, you look like an ass for trying to force take downs and no one will want to see whatever crap Power Rangers series or movie you come out with next.

Comment: Re:Companies ask for it (Score 1) 186

by ganiman (#49129775) Attached to: Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

It will never happen. No lawmaker wants to take on this task in the United States. It isn't even a topic of discussion around elections. It needs to happen, but never will. I have lost all hope for the lawmakers in the USA. We have overwhelming evidence for climate change (whether humans are one of the causes or not), but lawmakers with no background in science what so ever can trump the geniuses at NASA and say it's a lie. Patent reform is so low on the list of things to fix in this country that people will be patenting things like rounded corners or gestures for many years to come.

Is there a patent on breathing? I should file that one... and then sue every last one of you.

Comment: Apple - kind of patent trolls (Score 1) 186

by ganiman (#49129699) Attached to: Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

Apple in itself is a patent troll, but perhaps in a somewhat different way. They file patents for bullshit like rounded corners and call that innovation, as if I wasn't drawing things with rounded corners when I was a kid, or as if the web wasn't already trying to round every corner of every div or table before Apple ever filed for the patent. No one should feel bad for Apple over this, they love to shove patents every which way they possibly can as long as it is in their favor. They abuse the current patent system just as bad or worse than any other company. I have no doubts that this will not change anything about our broken patent system either.


+ - Closing in on synthetic life forms

Submitted by Doofus
Doofus (43075) writes "The Washington Post is running an excellent story this morning, Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms, about the rapid development of synthetic genomics, the crafting of DNA to generate synthetic organisms with specific purposes. Examples of successful bug generation include a DuPont creature that generates a chemical used to manufacture synthetic fiber, and Craig Venter's efforts to engineer a range of fuel-generating microbes.

Unlike conventional biotechnology, in which scientists induce modest genetic changes in cells to make them serve industrial purposes, synthetic biology involves the large-scale rewriting of genetic codes to create metabolic machines with singular purposes.

"I see a cell as a chassis and power supply for the artificial systems we are putting together," said Tom Knight of MIT, who likes to compare the state of cell biology today to that of mechanical engineering in 1864. That is when the United States began to adopt standardized thread sizes for nuts and bolts, an advance that allowed the construction of complex devices from simple, interchangeable parts.

If biology is to morph into an engineering discipline, it is going to need similarly standardized parts, Knight said. So he and colleagues have started a collection of hundreds of interchangeable genetic components they call BioBricks, which students and others are already popping into cells like Lego pieces.

+ - Reality shifts consciousness->

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realityshifter writes "Have you ever observed how pregnant women often have "a special glow," or that people in love actually "beam"? That's the aura radiating in a full and positive way! Have you wondered why some days are filled with love, synchronicity, and the manifestation of your intentions and your heart's desires, while others suffer from dissonance and conflict? If you've observed how some days feel happier, healthier and luckier than others, you've felt the effects of your biofield, or aura, in action."
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+ - Wikia busted purchasing FFXIClopedia for $200,000?

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An anonymous reader writes "Final Fantasy XI (FFXI), Square-Enix's unique entry into the MMORPG
market, is not the most popular of the genre. Nonetheless, one of its
strengths lies in the broad community support that it inspires in its
fans. A number of unique metadata sites have sprung up around it,
including the groundbreaking FFXIAH ( Auction
House tracking service.

One of the newer entries to this list is FFXIclopedia
(, an FFXI wiki. As with most wikis, the
content was provided principally by the users and the community. So
what happens when businesses notice such a grass-roots niche market?
Apparently, the answer is: a cover-up of misspent fund-raiser moneys,
and a sale of the content to Wikia for USD $200,000 in cash and stock
options. Source:"

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