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Comment: Re:Pardon my ignorance but... (Score 1) 273

by joostje (#45200795) Attached to: USB Implementers Forum Won't Play Nice With Open Hardware
It looks like it's grummonds idea from this page; as linking directly to the comment seems to fail, here's the text of the comment:

Oh, and here’s an idle thought train – let’s take the negative rights idea a step further:-

1) identify a VID that is yet uncommitted (I presume there is a list). Choose a number that has some vague recognition value, say 0xF055 (FOSS), but don’t call it a VID, it’s just the name of an online community.

2) start (i.e. publicise) an online community to support development of USB Free Open Source Software. Membership is free for proven FOSS developers.

3) Members get a membership number, you gussed it from 1 to 65535. It’s not a PID it’s a membership number!

4) Doesn’t matter how large the USB-FOSS community is, the appearance of growing support should be enough that eventually no commercial vendor is going to want to be issued with VID 0xF055.


How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business 617

Posted by Soulskill
from the music-outlives-business dept.
David Gerard writes "Here in the future, musicians and record companies complain they can't make a living any more. The problem isn't piracy — it's competition. There is too much music and too many musicians, and the amateurs are often good enough for the public. This is healthy for culture, not so much for aesthetics, and terrible for musicians. There are bands who would have trouble playing a police siren in tune, who download a cracked copy of Cubase — you know how much musicians pirate their software, VSTs and sample packs, right? — and tap in every note. There are people like me who do this. A two-hundred-quid laptop with LMMS and I suddenly have better studio equipment than I could have hired for $100/hour thirty years ago. You can do better with a proper engineer in a proper studio, but you don’t have to. And whenever quality competes with convenience, convenience wins every time. You can protest that your music is a finely-prepared steak cooked by sheer genius, and be quite correct in this, and you have trouble paying for your kitchen, your restaurant, your cow."

Comment: Influenza vaccination has been shown highly effect (Score 5, Informative) 851

by joostje (#42517099) Attached to: Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds Influenza vaccination has been shown highly effective in health care workers (HCW), with minimal adverse effects. In a study of forty matched nursing homes, staff influenza vaccination rates were 69.9% in the vaccination arm versus 31.8% in the control arm. The vaccinated staff experienced a 42% reduction in sick leave from work (P=.03).[33] A review of eighteen studies likewise found a strong net benefit to health care workers

Comment: gold standard for responsible mailing (Score 4, Informative) 345

by joostje (#42275959) Attached to: Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist
Yes, verified opt-in is one requirement. But if you don't want to be marked as sender of SPAM, you should also make it *very* simple to unsubscribe. I know I've subscribed to a few lists, and at first read the emails, then ignored them, and eventually thought "should unsubscribe". But if that unsubscribing is difficult, I'll just hit "spam" in gmail (or whatever). I don't see the emails and more, and the sender gets blocked as spammer.

Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 1) 525

by joostje (#42018273) Attached to: My relationship to military service:

They were flying too low and based on maps that did not mention the new aerial tramway. They were court martialed in the U.S.A., acquitted, then trialed a second time and were sentenced to a short prison time.

The second time however they were sentenced for found guilty of obstruction of justice and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman for having destroyed a videotape recorded from the plane, so the parent is right in saying they were never sentenced for killing 20 people.

Comment: Warrant for looking at your house with IR? (Score 3, Interesting) 451

by joostje (#41828055) Attached to: Supreme Court Hearing Case On Drug-Sniffing Dog "Fishing Expeditions"

same as they need a warrant to use a thermal imaging device to search for grow houses

Really? I see you are right, but that does sound strange to me, living in the Netherlands. Here it's a standard way for the police to track down the growers (even though selling small quantities is half-legal here).

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