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Comment: MLK Jr. himself sued to prevent use of his speech (Score 5, Informative) 411

by nsanders (#38729958) Attached to: A Copyright Nightmare

It isn't just his family who has turned this into a nightmare, MLK Jr. himself started the whole issue:

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/mlk_speech/

Furthermore, it appears this wasn't simply a response to someone else trying to publish and profit from his address, it sounds like he claimed copyright a mere month after he gave the speech

From (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-pasternack/i-have-a-dream-copyright_b_944784.html):

"Also crucial in the estate’s copyright claims: though King himself claimed copyright of the speech a whole month after he delivered it, his claim was seen as valid because no “tangible” copy of the speech had been distributed before he made his claim. (The ruling was based on previous copyright law, from 1909, not the 1975 law we use today.)"

Comment: A good boss can really help (Score 1) 735

by nsanders (#30274690) Attached to: Should You Be Paid For Being On Call?

I'm on call right now, actually. If I have a bad night, that requires me to be awake from 2am to 6am I will send an email saying I'll either be in for half day, working from home, or not at all. My boss will not ask any questions other than requesting a follow up email about the outage when I can.

If I work an over night at the data center that runs past 2am, we're given an automatic comp day. This is all "under the table". The bosses bosses boss has no real idea. Hell, even if he did he probably would have no problem with it. Having a boss who is willing at acknowledge the time you put in and grant you some liberty with that can really make up for the fact you don't get paid extra.

Comment: Re:DLC (Score 1) 358

by nsanders (#29579957) Attached to: The Nickel & Dime Generation

I agree the cost is not nearly as much as one may think.

Having played WoW since day one launch I can understand it often seems like the bills add up over time. But as others have said many other hobbies cost much more. I used to play paintball with my friends for fun. The gun(s) were about $200-$1000 and most people owned two. You would usually buy one new gun per year and sell an old one. On top of this, the better quality the gun, the better quality paint you needed to shoot. You could figure you needed about one full box of paint (2,000 rounds) per paintball session. So at about $50-$75/box, playing every weekend (four times a month) just for paint you're talking $200-$300/month.

Compare that to 6 hours of WoW/day for $15/month...

Comment: One word, GameGuard (Score 3, Informative) 256

by nsanders (#29068659) Attached to: On Transitioning To an Asian-Style MMO, Such As <em>Aion</em>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GameGuard

nProtect GameGuard (sometimes called GG) is an anti-cheating software

Because of the way that GameGuard hooks into core system DLLs and interrupts[6], it is impossible (without hacking GameGuard and violating the TOS) to run games protected by GameGuard under Windows API Emulators, such as Wine under Unix-based operating systems[7]. The key issue being that GameGuard bypasses the OS safeguards in order to:

        * Hide the game application process.
        * Monitor the entire memory range.
        * Terminate specific applications without the user consent (sometimes tries to disable Kernel hooks).
        * Block specific calls to DirectX or the Windows API.

Don't try and compare this to Blizzard's Warden, which no longer scans out of game memory, doesn't kill process as it wishes, doesn't actively block API calls, nor does it imbed its self into your OS only to be removed via a reformat and reinstall.

Comment: Re:plausible deniability (Score 1) 500

by nsanders (#29039361) Attached to: Encryption? What Encryption?

Which would work nicely if TrueCrypt didn't make a point of advertising that it could be used for this sort of thing. All it takes is one person to bother looking that up and then it's "right, what are you really hiding?"

Yeah I continue to wonder what would stop law enforcement from asking for both passwords. If they know the software can do it they wouldn't simply stop at the outer shell.

Not only is UNIX dead, it's starting to smell really bad. -- Rob Pike

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