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Comment: How can newcomer avoid being blindsided? (Score 1) 146

by tepples (#48214971) Attached to: Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

You can never be sure, especially if you're a newcomer to the field, that someone hasn't plowed that field before.

So what should a newcomer to a creative field do to avoid being blindsided and bankrupted by incumbent owners of exclusive rights? If there are no good steps that a newcomer can take, then this impossibility has a chilling effect on people even trying to become a newcomer to a creative field.

How many times have you heard someone who isn't in tech come up to you and say "I've got this great idea ..." and they haven't even bothered to do the most cursory search, which would have revealed that it's not original at all?

What kind of search?

Obviously you can't do this [an alternate-point-of-view adaptation of a culturally significant work]

This is a form of creativity of which society currently disapproves through its elected representatives. How does it benefit society for society to disapprove of this?

you pays your money (or in this case, sweat equity) and you takes your chances.

Why the subject-verb disagreement? Are you quoting (or paraphrasing) a work of which I am not aware? Even so, I don't understand how to ensure that I avoid attorney's fees, statutory damages, and other ways of losing even more than the sweat equity that I had invested.

Harrison admits to having thought "Why didn't I realise?" when others started pointing out the similarity between the two songs

So what should Harrison have done instead to ensure that he realized his having accidentally made such a blatant ripoff before publishing it and thereby opening himself to infringement lawsuits?

Comment: Elevating in PowerShell requires lots of typing (Score 1) 334

by tepples (#48214651) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Unless they are real admins using the command line.

Why does the PowerShell equivalent of sudo su - require so much typing (namely Start-Process powershell -Verb runAs according to this page?) And unlike Ubuntu, which installs man pages by default, Windows requires users to remember to run Update-Help as administrator while online before taking the computer offline.

Comment: 8.1: Make changes to my account in PC settings (Score 1) 334

by tepples (#48214509) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone
In Control Panel in Windows 8.1, you can "Change your account name" or "Change your account type" (whether user is an administrator or not). To do anything else, you need to "Make changes to my account in PC settings", which opens "the tablet-PC nonsense". To create an account, you need to click "Manage another account" and then "Add a new user in PC settings", which also opens "the tablet-PC nonsense".

Comment: Re:Just keep it off the servers.... (Score 2) 334

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) 146

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?

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