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Comment: Re:Just keep it off the servers.... (Score 2) 206

by tepples (#48208309) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Yeah, until I learned that you can just go straight to the traditional control panel interface and skip through the tablet-PC nonsense.

In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, administrators already cannot create or modify a user account inside Control Panel. They have to make changes "in PC settings", which is code-word for "click here to open the tablet-PC nonsense".

Comment: My Sweet Lord (Score 1) 139

by tepples (#48204541) Attached to: Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

someone who's producing music, art, or literary works has probably had it drilled into them in school that plagiarism is wrong

So what can a composer of music do to determine whether or not he is accidentally infringing or plagiarizing? George Harrison got bit by this (Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music, the "My Sweet Lord" case).

If, on the other hand, their story, music, or artwork is original

Let me rephrase the question: How can someone starting out in the business determine what is original?

Comment: Disapproval of creativity as expressed in copyrigh (Score 3, Interesting) 139

by tepples (#48201101) Attached to: Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?
Asimov wrote:

The world in general disapproves of creativity

We can see evidence of this in how copyright treats derivative works. All works build on other works, as Asimov wrote when he described connecting A to B to C, yet some forms of such building are forbidden by law.

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