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Comment Re:Learn what copyright means. (Score 1) 77

How is this seemingly unreconcilable contradiction of the control of copying and the demand to make others copy explained by you?

I think you fail to understand what constitutes sacraments in a religion. The act of greeting someone is not a holy sacrament in kopimism, nor in any other religion that I'm aware of. Sacraments are well defined ritualistic acts that hold a significant meaning and are at the core of a religion. Like for example baptism, communion, confession and marriage in catholicism.

Comment Self contradiction in kopimism (Score 1) 77

The holiest act of kopimism is the sacrament of copying and spreading information.
Then there is the kopimist sacrament of the confession, which entails, indeed obligates, the holy secrecy of the confession

How is this seemingly unreconcilable contradiction between two of the holiest of their sacraments explained by kopimists?

Just curious.

Comment Re:Now I understand (Score 1) 41

Kind of curious, would you be willing to post a link to some of your music?

Sorry about the late reply - not used to getting any feedback or even mod points in here... :/
The band's name was Tumbleweed Trail and it existed during the latter part of the nineties. I put up a couple of our tunes for posterity in a playlist on Soundcloud, you're very welcome to have a listen!


Comment Re:Now I understand (Score 5, Interesting) 41

Aww - those were the days! Mp3.com actually PAID indie artists to have their stuff on the site. Sent me cheques all the way to Sweden. The fees for cashing them in were greater than their value though... But at least we were PAID. Mr Robertson is for real and I wish him good luck in his future endeavors.

(I eventually brought our expired cheques with me on a trip to California, and the staff at mp3.com HQ happily exchanged them for a fresh one that I was able to cash in.)


Submission + - Putin says U.S. is "parasite" on global economy (reuters.com)

Gunkerty Jeb writes: "They are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy," Putin told the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi while touring its lakeside summer camp some five hours drive north of Moscow.

"They are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar," Putin said at the open-air meeting with admiring young Russians in what looked like early campaigning before parliamentary and presidential polls.


Submission + - 800Mbps Wireless Network Made with LED Light Bulbs (ispreview.co.uk)

Mark.JUK writes: "German scientists working at Berlin's Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications have set a new world record for Visible Light Communication (VLC) technology after they succeeded in using regular red, blue, green and white LED (Light-Emitting Diode) light bulbs as the basis for building a new 800Mbps (Megabits per second) capable ultrafast Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). Dr. Anagnostis Paraskevopoulos explained: "With the aid of a special component, the modulator, we turn the LEDs off and on in very rapid succession and transfer the information as ones and zeros. The modulation of the light is imperceptible to the human eye. A simple photo diode on the laptop acts as a receiver. The diode catches the light, electronics decode the information and translate it into electrical impulses, meaning the language of the computer." The solution, which could be installed on ceilings and would cover approximately 10 square meters, would be ideal for HD video streaming and inside Hospitals or Aircraft where traditional Wi-Fi is often banned. However visible light signals can easily be blocked, such as when a hand is passed in front of the transmitter."

Submission + - Swede arrested for building nuclear reactor (thelocal.se)

An anonymous reader writes: A 31 year old Swedish male was arrested for trying to build a nuclear reactor in his apartment.

He got hold of radioactive material thru mail-order purchases and from smoke detectors.

Police raided his apartment after he had contacted the Swedish Radiation Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) to inquire if it was legal to construct a nuclear reactor at home.


Submission + - Apple lawsuit targeted wrong tablet: Samsung (delimiter.com.au)

daria42 writes: Is Apple trying to fire legal bullets in Australia but shooting blanks instead? Yes, according to Samsung, which was the target of an Apple lawsuit filed this week which saw the Korean electronics giant's Galaxy Tab 10.1 temporarily halted from sale in Australia. “Apple Inc. filed a complaint with the Federal Court of Australia involving a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 variant that Samsung Electronics had no plans of selling in Australia,” Samsung said this afternoon. And the real tablet is still to go on sale. Interesting — looks like Apple might not have won the victory everyone thought it did.

Comment Re:Definitely a serious problem (Score 1) 408

Not having the user be aware that filtering is taking place is not filtering in my world. That's information dichotomy and censorship. Preference filtering should be implemented by means of sorting algorithms and highlighting or the like. Secretly suppressing information "for your own best interest" is subversive and counteracts democracy.

"There is no two ways of looking at it...." :)


Submission + - US pushes Internet kill switch again (cbsnews.com) 2

FutureDomain writes: Stymied last time, US lawmakers are again pushing a bill that would give the President the ability to shut down "critical" portions of the Internet. Unlike last time however, the new bill would prohibit judicial review of the law, which would also prevent challenges to any abuses of it.

Submission + - Starbucks: Now You Can Buy Your Latte with Your Ph (wordpress.com)

cybracorp writes: RFID technology is hitting every kind of retailer out there. We have heard of it making big waves in the apparel industry, but people haven’t really been able to see the perks of RFID in their every day lives. That’s all about to change, especially if you are a coffee drinker.

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