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Comment: Re:Camer was owned by the school (Score 5, Informative) 268

The school owned the camera he used. Therefore all work from that camera belongs to the school.

No. It does not work like that. If you borrow my guitar and write a hit song, it's your song, the copyright is yours. If you borrow my camera and take a Pulitzer-winning photo, it's your photo, the copyright is yours. Copyright goes to the creator of a work, not to the owner of any tools incidental to the creation.


Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos 268

Posted by timothy
from the you-belong-to-the-state dept.
sandbagger writes: Anthony Mazur is a senior at Flower Mound High School in Texas who photographed school sports games and other events. Naturally he posted them on line. A few days ago he was summoned to the principal's office and threatened with a suspension and 'reporting to the IRS' if he didn't take those 4000 photos down. Reportedly, the principal's rationale was that the school has copyright on the images and not him.

Comment: Re: Apple ][ was a great product (Score 1) 63

by cpt kangarooski (#49745473) Attached to: In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days

Though there was a good reason for the original compact Macs to discourage users from opening them up -- there were exposed high voltage monitor electronics in there which could give you a hell of a zap of not properly discharged.

The later all in one Macs of the 90s were better in that regard. Their user suitable parts (motherboard, drives) all were easy to get at, but the monitors and power supplies were fully enclosed.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 249

by Cyberax (#49744529) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States
Uhm... I've been using front-loaders pretty much the whole life (and was shocked to find out that they are rare in the US) and I've never had a problem with mildew, except that one time when I left my clothes in the washer for one week. An empty run with a regular detergent fixed it (the clothes were ruined, though).

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 249

by Cyberax (#49744475) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States

Detergent is not a disinfectant.

Detergent (and even good old soap) doesn't kill _all_ bacteria and spores, but it's pretty efficient in killing most of active bacteria and fungi (link: ). That's more than enough to delay the onset of mold long enough for the clothes to dry.

Comment: Re:hmm (Score 1) 543

by Todd Knarr (#49743949) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

The problem is that other people see it as being their right to life, since we're talking about diseases that cripple or kill and not something that just gives you the sniffles. And they don't agree that you should get to decide to risk their lives because of your desire for medical self determination. Remember that we don't have to ask what things would be like if non-vaccination was common, we can look back at what they were actually like when that was the case. And it was not pretty.

Note that under the bill you can still refuse to get your kids vaccinated. You're just not going to be permitted to put the kids of parents who don't agree with you at risk because of your decision. And I suspect the kids will only be "deeply entrenched" until they get out of school and find out that having a quarter of your class consigned to braces or a wheelchair for life isn't normal. At that point your group will follow the pattern of similar groups like the Quiverful movement: having ~100% of their children reject the movement entirely. And if you want to prove me wrong, well, I'm perfectly fine with that just so long as you don't drag anyone into your experiment who doesn't agree to participate.

Comment: What manufacturer? (Score 1) 358

by Todd Knarr (#49738291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

What manufacturer is this? When I dealt with POS interfacing with Tokheim and Gilbarco pumps (including the MPDs) all the smarts was in the controllers and the modules of our POS software that ran the pumps, card readers (Petrovend units for non-MPD stations) and RF tag hardware. The pumps were relatively dumb and only required software updates when the physical hardware was modified, and we could do the software bit while the pump was down anyway for the physical work. Most "software updates" were just changes to the database tables that told our software how to react to events and what settings to send to the pumps for mix ratios, prices and so on. Your description sounds like you've got a good chunk of the POS system actually running in the pump itself.

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1055

by Catbeller (#49737249) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

It was tried for a while, the 0 dollar wage. It was called slavery, and it DID work. The plantation owners were the wealthiest humans to ever walk the planet. Still might have been, adjusted for inflation. A great success. Those owners would have bought the world up with their wealth, bit by bit, had slavery not been sort-of stopped. Of course, normal non-slave humans were competing against free labor, and so barely got by, with lousy schools and dirt roads and abysmal ignorance that lasts to this day. We paid a lot for that free labor, didn't we? A truly "free" market - once side got their goods for free.

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White