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Comment: Spinning, Offline and Offsite (Score 1) 214

by stuporglue (#47911415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

I also digitized our family VHS tapes and other old stuff.

I keep one copy on my home computer/server for watching and using.
I keep one copy on a USB hard drive in a fire-proof safe in my basement.
I keep one copy on a USB drive in the trunk of my car.
And I copied the data to my dad and siblings hard drives too.

Comment: Some classes would be AWESOME! (Score 4, Insightful) 176

by khasim (#47906241) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

Physics - awesome!
Chemistry - awesome
Biology - awesome

But I think he's wrong on some many issues. From the summary:

... he imagined laser-scanning every object in the Smithsonian for students to explore ...

Why? That's like looking at a single car from one country and claiming an "education". Think REALITY. The students could see HOW the objects were created. What tools were used. Who crafted the item. What the society was like that required it.

... and collaborating in shared virtual spaces rather than campuses.

They're called "chat rooms". Wanna "cyber"? Porn is NOT the same as education.

Looking at other students would be a distraction.

The next step past that is when you have shared space, and not only do you believe that this object is right there in front of me, but I look around and I see other people just like we see each other now, and I really, truly believe that youâ(TM)re right in front of me.

Why does it matter that you see avatars looking at the same point that you are looking at?

And he keeps going on about that. For him it is all about "seeing" other "people" (really just avatars) so it can be the same "experience" as real life.

That's stupid. They are not people. They are avatars. And knowing how people are, their avatars would be designed to be as distracting as possible.

Comment: clean hands doctrine (Score 1) 208

by hawk (#47904007) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

I am a lawyer, but this is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, and try to get it on the internet, you need a shrink far more than a lawyer . . .

anyway, the clean hands doctrine is a rule from "equity," not "law". It only applies to equitable relief, such as injunctions, not to suits for money

hawk, esq.

Comment: Re:Well now. (Score 1) 101

The argument about committing crime being outlawed would be more convincing if basic copyright infringement were treated as a crime and was actually investigated and punished in some proportionate way by the authorities when it occurs. The reality is that copyright is in most cases a civil matter, which means that while the cumulative damage to a genuine victim can be significant, they are essentially responsible for their own protection, without any police or public prosecutors to help them the way a victim of say theft or fraud would have. And the costs of bringing an action to recover losses are disproportionate in most cases, because copyright infringement kills with a thousand cuts.

Also, we're talking about the EU. Everything your wrote about fair use doesn't apply here. We tend to have more specific exemptions to copyright in our national laws in Europe, often including certain special privileges for libraries because of their unique public service role, and that is the matter at hand.

Comment: Re: Windows is less expensive than Red Hat (Score 1) 244

by MightyMartian (#47895607) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

We've done everything we can in our Active Directory network to overcome roaming profile issues. Even with folder redirection, you have a huge fat ntuser.dat for prone to corruption. Users' home folders on a server, with discrete text-based configuration files would be a dream.

Did you know that in 2014 you still can't safely put risking profiles on a DFS share?

Comment: Re:... and back again. (Score 2) 244

by MightyMartian (#47895587) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Metro is dying before our very eyes. It has been deemphasized in Windows 8.1 and by Windows 9 will be little more than a fancy start menu.

For chrissakes, most suppliers if enterprise systems I deal with still happily ship you Windows 7 Pro machines, or at least heavily advertised downgrade rights. "Business class" systems still ship with Windows 7 preinstalled. The enterprise customers never bloody wanted Metro to begin with, and so act as if Windows 8/8.1 didn't exist.

Comment: Re:Double-edged sword (Score 3, Interesting) 108

by MightyMartian (#47892735) Attached to: Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

It's my firm belief that one cannot write any software of any moderate to large size without inevitably running afoul of some software patent. There are only two things that protect any developer:

1. Distribution of their software is sufficiently small that it escapes the notice of patent trolls.
2. Being a large company with a legal department capable of dealing with patent threats, and a bank account big enough to buy them off.

Disclaimer: "These opinions are my own, though for a small fee they be yours too." -- Dave Haynie