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Comment: Re:The Listener's License (Score 1) 291

by soroka (#34789058) Attached to: German Kindergartens Ordered To Pay Copyright For Songs
I did read the comment to the end and could summarize it as "licensing copying in any form may generalize into licensing any activity in every form".

What seems to be overlooked here is the possibility to charge on any commercial use of copyrighted material. For the case in hand that could take a form of a tax on kindergarten fees giving them a license to copy whatever sheet music they might need.

This is the scheme that is being instated in Russia under the new civil code, where copyright payments have taken a form of a tax collected by a private company under a contract with the government (more or less as parking fees are collected in Britain and elsewhere). At the moment the fee applies to sales of any recordable media: CDs, flash memory cards, etc. and is payable by the producer or an importer. It is expected to be extended to the sales of performing equipment, such as media players, audio or video equipment. It is easy to envisage this to continue as a tax on tickets for public performances.

Comment: It is the same ElcomSoft of 2001 Adobe fame (Score 1) 189

by soroka (#26485597) Attached to: GPUs Used To Crack WiFi Passwords Faster
Just to put the story into perspective, it is the same ElcomSoft that was behind Dmitry Sklyarov (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Sklyarov) who wrote software to get around the copy protection in Adobe E-book format and was imprisoned in the US for that, becoming the first person to be tried under the DMCA.
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miller60 writes "Microsoft has announced plans to build a data center in Siberia. The facility near the city of Irkutsk will be able to hold 10,000 servers. Officials in Microsoft's Russian business unit said the region had a stable power supply, and will be able to support a 50 megawatt utility feed. The average winter temperature is below zero in Irkutsk (which is perhaps best known to gamers as a territory in Risk). Microsoft recently announced huge data center projects in Chicago and Dublin, Ireland, and is clearly ramping up its worldwide infrastructure platform as it competes with Google. The power and cooling challenges in modern data centers are well documented. But a data center in Siberia?"
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Journal: Value your Monopoly

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Wilmott magazine has an article (part 1 and part 2) by Aaron Brown where the classic game of Monopoly is analyzed using the tools of modern quantitative finance. The article assumes the reader has a knowledge of mathematics or finance. That is what makes it particularly interesting since one can see how asset valuation may lead to hard computational problems. The idea of the art

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