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Comment: Re:My understanding of the issue (Score 1) 354

by jthill (#47841191) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins
Decompiled and deobfuscated code isn't the original. To whatever extent anyone but Mojang has a copyright interest in that decompiled/deobfuscated code, that interest doesn't cover the original code. The takedowns are utter bullshit. Mojang's complying with the GPL in both letter and spirit.

Comment: Re:$10 / month, no contract. Read the summary (Score 1) 71

by jthill (#47604865) Attached to: Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty
Umm, please name any skein of human culture not rife with liars and idiots. Focusing on them is, at best, a waste of time. Of course, just one step above the barrel-scraping morons are the raw bigots, who pretend every undesirable characteristic is largely the fault of some group of people Not Like Themselves. Also endemic everywhere.

Comment: Re:First "OMG the common sense" post (Score 2) 185

by jthill (#47380383) Attached to: Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

It is because he was a cop

Nope.. This has happened before, it will happen again. There's a substantial cultural skein in this country that thinks feeling threatened should be enough to jail the cause. Judges, fortunately, still know that thoughts are not crimes. Expressing thoughts is not a crime. Desires are not crimes. Expressing desires is not a crime. Somebody claiming they feel threatened by you does not constitute you making a threat. Making a threat is a crime. Somebody saying "if Obama shows up, somebody's going to shoot him" is not a crime. Substituting "if Obama shows up, I hope somebody shoots him" is not a crime. It's asinine, things in that vein are commonly expressed by people so deeply gulled, so utterly out of touch with reality, that I regard them as insane on the subject. But expressing those desires just makes them idiot children, not criminals.

Comment: Re:If you care about Windows Phone or Windows RT (Score 1) 636

by jthill (#47157327) Attached to: Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift
And you think this will cripple anything _but_ the Windows Store? The Windows Store is a joke. Microsoft themselves treat it as a joke, offering a $100 bounty for uploading shovelware. As with Microsoft bribing people to use Bing, Microsoft couldn't say "we can't compete on value" any louder.

Comment: Be sure you read the responses to the WaPo article (Score 1) 108

by jthill (#47081443) Attached to: On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google
The tl;dr on those is, metafilter's users spontaneously decided to start donating, before or after someone ran across an old paypal link, and before metafilter had even asked, 10% of their users had donated. One commenter implies those donations are set up as recurring, i.e. not just voluntary but spontaneous subscription.

Comment: Re:Difference (Score 1) 186

by jthill (#47041897) Attached to: Ohio Prison Shows Pirated Movies To Inmates

If you purchase a copy, you own that copy and retain all first-sale rights.

Could you offer a link, where this legal quirk is convincingly explained?

You got told copyright trumps first sale and you actually _believed_ it?

109 . Limitations on exclusive rights: Effect of transfer of particular copy or phonorecord (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106(3), the owner of a particular copy or phonorecord lawfully made under this title, or any person authorized by such owner, is entitled, without the authority of the copyright owner, to sell or otherwise dispose of the possession of that copy or phonorecord. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, copies or phonorecords of works subject to restored copyright under section 104A [doesn't apply, chase the link yourself.]

First sale was settled in 1908 by the Supreme Court, and it's been statute law since copyright was codified in 1976. Anyone who claims to know anything at all about copyright and feeds you that line is playing you for a chump.

Comment: Once there's a "fast lane", you know what happens. (Score 1) 149

by jthill (#46990683) Attached to: From FCC Head Wheeler, a Yellow Light For Internet Fast Lanes
What's going to happen is, they're going to provision their networks with two separate kinds of routers, "fast lane" routers and "slow lane" routers, and if simply never upgrading the "slow lane" routers isn't enough to get them what they want they'll sabotage them or just disconnect them entirely.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 4, Insightful) 1198

by jthill (#46878817) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs
Of course, the defining characteristic of his depravity was his lack of empathy for others, his willingness to see them die horribly. It's what made him less than acceptable as a human. Go feel self-righteous all you want, history's got a long, long track record on people and cultures who punish brutally. Vengeance or justice, the motive doesn't lessen the act's effect. Doing things like that turns people into beasts. Your rage should worry you.

Comment: Re:How much energy? (Score 1) 172

by jthill (#46829435) Attached to: Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought
order-of-magnitude calc time: Insolation average for the whole planet is 1kw/m^2, 1e9kw/km^2. Earth: 5.1e8 km^2. That's 5.1e17*24 ~ 122e17 kwH/day energy dumped on the earth per day by the sun. one kwH is ~ 3.6 MJ so say 440e17 MJ/day. One ton TNT is 4184MJ, one megaton is 4e9MJ, the sun's hitting us with something like a 100,000,000 megaton nuclear blast every day.

Comment: Re:Missing a rather large point (Score 1) 136

by jthill (#46789537) Attached to: Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'
From the linked FAQ:

(micro- enterprises are enterprises employing no more than ten persons with an annual turnover or balance sheet not exceeding EUR 2 million).

and

Material marketed in small quantities by non-professionals or by micro-enterprises ('niche market material') will be exempted from the registration obligation.

and

More specifically, micro-enterprises will be released from the obligation to pay any fees for the registration of their varieties, or for the issuance of official labels for certification. Moreover, micro-enterprises may market niche market material without the obligation to register the concerned plant material.

Really not seeing anything to support PP's description here. Devil may be in details elsewhere, but PP chose to link this as "support". PP's description of what this FAQ says is simple falsehood.

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