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Comment: Derivative works (Score 1) 143

by tepples (#48189169) Attached to: Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

The amount of corrupt stuff they have done over the years is shocking. That includes [...] suing INDIES FOR RELEASING THEIR OWN STUFF FOR FREE.

Perhaps the indies being sued are producing work that's derivative of or otherwise substantially similar to one or more works whose copyright is owned by a major incumbent publisher. This is especially likely in music, where it can be proven that there are only about 105 million possible distinct musical hooks. (Want me to clarify?)

Comment: Control of visibility of product ads (Score 1) 143

by tepples (#48189107) Attached to: Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites
"If only [the product ad display] worked when [clicking the link marked] shopping but not [when otherwise] searching the web," then clarifying which link: "that little [shopping] button at the top of the Google search page." It appears AC wants to see "product ads" only when following a link to search the product ads, not when searching for a generic term.

Comment: Re:And if no legal option exists? (Score 1) 143

by tepples (#48187481) Attached to: Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

If MPAA is a problem, then stop buying MPAA movies.

But is there a viable alternative? I thought U.S. theater chains had a policy of showing only movies rated by MPAA. And I thought all free-to-air television that isn't PBS was MPAA. (NBC shares a corporate parent with Universal, ABC with Disney, CBS with Paramount, and Fox with, well, Last Century Fox.)

Comment: Tested (Score 2) 143

by tepples (#48187415) Attached to: Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites
I tried six queries on Google from a PC running Firefox for Windows in a U.S. state bordering Lake Michigan. One produced ads alongside a bunch of bootleg organic results:

The rest produced a bunch of bootleg organic results and no ads:

  • song of the south torrent
  • spartakus and the sun beneath the sea download
  • spartakus and the sun beneath the sea torrent
  • pinocchio and the emperor of the night download
  • pinocchio and the emperor of the night torrent

Comment: Xubuntu (Score 3, Interesting) 101

by tepples (#48186539) Attached to: Ubuntu Turns 10

Then the gnome3/unity crap started

I used GNOME 2 during 11.04 when this Unity crap started getting included. Once GNOME 2 became "fallback" in 11.10, I put up with Unity for a month, but after that I did sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop and never looked back. The only drawback is that I can't think of what the f in Xfce is supposed to stand for after the decade-old migration from XForms to GTK+.

Comment: Watch your caps (Score 1) 404

by tepples (#48183635) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

There's a difference: HFCs means "hydrofluorocarbons", while "HFCS" means "high-fructose corn syrup".

Perhaps it might have something to do with the fact that juice from concentrate counts as 100% juice. Might they have been reconstituting it with HFCS water instead of plain water? I looked on Skeptics Stack Exchange but they couldn't turn up the lawsuit either.

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