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Comment: Re:No she did not win any lawsuit. (Score 1) 640

LOL. No, it's not sensible and it goes against dozens of years of legal precedent.
It will be overtuned.

Actors do not have rights to the final work unless they were contractually given it,
none of which ever are.

While in some eutopia it would be great if revenge porn could be stopped, that's
an outlier case.

Imagine if you went to Paris and took a video of yourself at the EIffel Tower, but
some random Parisian who happened to be in the background got your video taken
down. That's not eutopian -- that's distopian.


Comment: No she did not win any lawsuit. (Score 1) 640

No. She didn't win a lawsuit. All she "won" was an unconstitutional prior restraint against Youtube (google)
forcing them to remove the segment of the movie she's in.

The actual Kozinski ruling suggests that actors HAVE a copyright in the final work despite decades
of copyright law to the contrary.

Google has appealed. This will be decided back the way it should be (that actors don't magically get
copyright laws).

The case -- in case you want to read the facts instead of making them up -- is Garcia v Google.


Comment: Re:Ruling good. STORY WRONG. (Score 1) 158

by gavron (#46570857) Attached to: Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

I beg to differ.

Please provide a source cite to a statute that indicates the act of "downloading" (feel free to
massage as appropriate; I am not splitting hairs) is unlawful.

As for the lawyer cited, he isn't a very good lawyer: "Fighting a subpoena that attempts to reveal your identity is a waste of money because you will reveal your identity by fighting it."
Lawyers that give advice on the Internet are not creme de la creme. Lawyers that give incorrect advice less so.


Comment: Ruling good. STORY WRONG. (Score 4, Insightful) 158

by gavron (#46570487) Attached to: Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

The ruling is good. Let's enjoy that.

However, this is a HORRIBLE writeup. It suggests that "...IP-address evidence can't identify the person who actually downloaded the pirated file."

Under current US law:
1. There is no copyright infringement in downloading a file.
2. Files are. They just are. They are not "pirated files."
3. MAKING INFRINGING CONTENT AVAILABLE TO OTHERS is what is considered copyright infringement/distribution. THAT is why an IP address is important... if one SHARES and MAKES AVAILABLE A FILE. It takes a court to determine whether the actions constitute an actionable behavior.

I can't believe Torrentfreak got it wrong. At least they got the headline right. And this is a good ruling.
Hopefully and won't make that mistake.

Comment: Re:Let's NOT tell that to the families (Score 1) 461

by gavron (#46460085) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

No, it would not transmit more than the flight data recorders. Those things store everything.
If there's something they don't store, it's added so they do.

To maintain a bitstream of sufficient width and density to share what the FDRs do for an
entire flight is beyond our available satellite uplink capacity even if cost were no factor.
Which it is.

At the end of all this the expenditure would save zero lives. It would prevent zero crashes.
It would just make investigations go quicker.


Comment: Dear families of passengers on Flight MH370: (Score 1) 461

by gavron (#46460061) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

It would be nice to know where the plane is and why. However, crashes happen so infrequently
that spending billions of dollars and not preventing a single one -- merely accelerating the speed
at which we get the "black box" data is not worth it.

Everyone involved including the airline industry has decided that it's not worth the expense
to spend $100,000 per airplane as well as untold costs to maintain that, and pass the costs
onto your relatives.

Tell that the the families of passengers on Flight MH370.

I just did.


Comment: Awesome... so long as they don't need Tech Support (Score -1, Troll) 48

by gavron (#46364613) Attached to: Indian Space Agency Prototypes Its First Crew Capsule

"Hello, thank you for calling ISRO tek-nee-kull support, this is Jim, how may I help you?"

"Jim, this is the capsule! We are stuck here! Help!"

"Yes, this is Jim from tek-nee-kull support. I am happy to help you today. I will need to ask you some questions first. Is it okay if I ask you questions?"

"We're running out of oxygen! The lift-off failed! We can't open the door!"

"Yes, I understand you are running out of oxygen. Is it okay if I ask you questions?"

"Yes, ask, ask! We're dying here!!!"

"Yes, thank you for allowing me to ask you questions. I will be glad to provide you service today. First I need to ask, what is your name?" ...

Comment: OOXML, "Android Tax", FAT Patents, astroturf lobby (Score 2) 742

by gavron (#46317433) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

There's no need to "remember" Microsoft's anticompetitive actions.
They're still engaging in the very same behavior.

I don't hate Microsoft's behavior because of my "pappy" or because
of some judicial order from 20 years ago. I despise their current

Microsoft continues to be worth despising. Their astroturf lobbying
and their blogs about how misunderstood they are fool nobody.


Comment: Bogus helicopter flight time numbers (Score 1) 108

by gavron (#46303511) Attached to: Sochi Drones Are Shooting the Olympics, Not Terrorists

"That compares with the cost of a few thousand dollars an hour to rent a helicopter with pilot"

Bell LongRanger with pilot $1300/hr
Bell JetRanger with pilot $980/hr
Robinson R44 with pilot $650/hr
Robinson R22 with pilot $300/hr

A few thousand an hour? PUHLEAZE.

E (a real live helicopter pilot)

Comment: slashdot mods fail - culture erosion (Score 1) 64

by gavron (#46301763) Attached to: BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

The culture of understanding operating system design and coding has eroded so much and slashdot mods are so random that there are none left who understand what real-time os programming is all about. That's why the parent is mod 0. Sadly this is just one of many topics that random slashdot mods know nothing about, and vote things down because they don't say PS-4 or Kinect or Supermodels or whatever. It's not the beginning of dumbing down slashdot and it's not the end, but it's definitely part of the process.

More bad news. Those of us who do understand these things will quit reading slashdot because as you mods with no training nor knowledge continue to eviscerate anyone who gives you a clue (because you don't know any better lacking any education on the topic) we'll quit reading. You'll like that, because the high fives and accolades we don't give you will be filled by those who do.

I'm not warning you. It's too late. I'm just sharing so later when you wonder "how did we get to be an inbred community of idiots when we asked for input from all quarters" you'll know... you didn't ask for input from all quarters. You randomly elevated those who randomly liked posts they understood. The knowledge of the edges will be lost here, and all you'll have is a like minded community of apes who love to argue Linux vs BSD without understanding anything.


When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder. -- James H. Boren