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Comment: Libertarian does not equal conservative... (Score 5, Informative) 1030

by thomasinx (#45493499) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP
Just to point it out... Just because a few very vocal groups in the GOP are claiming to be libertarian, that does not mean that libertarians are GOP. The interests of the two groups do not align very well, so a conflict such as this is only to be expected.

Comment: Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (Score 5, Informative) 115

by thomasinx (#39603635) Attached to: Bogus Takedown Notice Lands $150k Settlement In Australian Court
A settlement involves an agreement between two parties. Nothing of the sort happened here. The Australian court said this woman had to pay the money. Thats a "judgment". Its quite irritating that immediately after this verdict, the relisted trailer on YouTube got blocked by the same person again...
Crime

Wikileaks DDoS Attacker Arrested, Equipment Seized 429

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-feel-safer-already dept.
kaptink writes "The self proclaimed hacker that waged a DDoS attack on Wikileaks has been arrested and has had all his equipment seized. What is interesting is that local police conducted the raid and not a federal authority such as the FBI. The Jester (th3j35t3r) who has a reputation for attacking websites he disagrees with is said to be trying to raise $10,000 in expected lawyers fees. If anyone is going to be alight in the whole Wikileaks debacle, its going to be the lawyers. Personally I think anyone who spells their nick with numbers in an effort to look 'leet' deserves to have their computer confiscated."
Software

Court Says First Sale Doctrine Doesn't Apply To Licensed Software 758

Posted by Soulskill
from the make-up-your-mind dept.
An anonymous reader wrote to tell us a federal appeals court ruled today that the first sale doctrine is "unavailable to those who are only licensed to use their copies of copyrighted works." This reverses a 2008 decision from the Autodesk case, in which a man was selling used copies of AutoCAD that were not currently installed on any computers. Autodesk objected to the sales because their license agreement did not permit the transfer of ownership. Today's ruling (PDF) upholds Autodesk's claims: "We hold today that a software user is a licensee rather than an owner of a copy where the copyright owner (1) specifies that the user is granted a license; (2) significantly restricts the user’s ability to transfer the software; and (3) imposes notable use restrictions. Applying our holding to Autodesk’s [software license agreement], we conclude that CTA was a licensee rather than an owner of copies of Release 14 and thus was not entitled to invoke the first sale doctrine or the essential step defense. "

Comment: Mute button (Score 3, Insightful) 153

by thomasinx (#33365864) Attached to: Video Adverts On the Printed Page
Did anyone catch whether or not there was a mute button? I could see an ad with audio like that being incredibly annoying when reading in a public place.

Overall though, I think this is an interesting trend. I definitely wonder whether or not the benefit of such an ad outweighs the cost of all the extra hardware...

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 319

by thomasinx (#33103722) Attached to: Should Professors Be Required To Teach With Tech?
That is definitely not the case. With many subjects, just flashing an image on powerpoint does not do a good job expressing the logical progression of the concepts. A good example of this is any high level mathematics. It is *much* easier to follow a clear derivation as it is written with a narration by the professor, than it is to follow a written version in powerpoint, even with the widgets powerpoint has.

If the students could understand the subject just by reading a powerpoint, then there's no reason to have the professor there in the first place. Just email them the powerpoint and tell them to stay at home.
Image

Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church 631 Screenshot-sm

Posted by kdawson
from the is-this-thing-on dept.
sv_libertarian writes "They've faced down humans time and time again, but Fred Phelps and his minions from the Westboro Baptist Church were not ready for the cosplay action that awaited them at Comic-Con. After all, who can win against a counter-protest that includes robots, magical anime girls, Trekkies, Jedi, and... kittens?"

Comment: Re:More Cores, More Power (Score 5, Insightful) 661

by thomasinx (#32958340) Attached to: 4 Cores? 6 Cores? Do You Care?
Not necessarily. I could very easily envisage a 6 core system that plays games/handles most tasks worse than a quad core system (emphasis on most). More cores doesn't necessarily mean more power. There are many other statistics to take into account before a judgement can be made, especially when it comes to gaming. Your e-peen is safe for now. Put it to good use.

Comment: Distributed Computing (Score 2, Informative) 206

by thomasinx (#32741190) Attached to: Scaling To a Million Cores and Beyond
The problems with "coherent memory/identical time/everything can route to everywhere" isnt only seen when you get up to a million cores. I've done plenty of work with MPI and pthreads, and depending on how it's organized, a significant portion of these methods start showing inefficiencies when you get into just a few hundred cores.

Since there are already plenty of clusters containing thousands upon thousands of individual processors (which dont use coherent memory..etc), the step to scale up to a million would likely follow the same logical development. There should already be one or two decent CS papers on the topic, since it's basically a problem that's been around since beowulf clusters were popularized (or even before then)
Cellphones

Best Phone For a Wi-Fi-Only Location? 289

Posted by kdawson
from the cutting-the-tower dept.
bendodge writes "I am planning on heading to a university in a remote area with very poor cellular service (the only signal is spotty Verizon voice, no data). However, the entire campus is thoroughly blanketed in Wi-Fi. I am trying to find the best and most economical 'Wi-Fi phone' or else hack one together. Belkin/Netgear sell what is essentially a portable Skype device for $180. These folks recommend outfitting an iPod Touch with a mic and VoIP apps. I am looking for something that can make and receive calls to and from landlines with incoming call notification. What experiences have Slashdot readers had and what would you recommend?"
Businesses

EA To Charge For Game Demos 313

Posted by Soulskill
from the gotta-stay-ahead-of-activision-as-the-most-evil-game-corp dept.
Kohato brings word of a new Electronic Arts marketing strategy that aims to start monetizing game demos. According to industry analyst Michael Patcher after an EA investor visit, the publisher will start selling "premium downloadable content" prior to a game's release for $10-$15 that is essentially a longer-than-usual demo. Patcher said, "I think that the plan is to release PDLC at $15 that has 3-4 hours of gameplay, so [it has] a very high perceived value, then [EA will] take the feedback from the community (press and players) to tweak the follow-on full game that will be released at a normal packaged price point." He also made reference to a comment from EA's CEO John Riccitiello that "the line between packaged product sales and digital revenues would soon begin to blur."
Google

Google Reported Ready To Leave China April 10 176

Posted by kdawson
from the so-he-says dept.
A number of readers including tsj5j and bruleriestdenis wrote to alert us to this CNET story: "Google is expected to announce on Monday that it will withdraw from China on April 10, according to a report in a Beijing-based newspaper that cited an unidentified sales associate who works with the company. 'I have received information saying that Google will leave China on April 10, but this information has not at present been confirmed by Google,' the China Business News quoted the agent as saying. The report also said Google would reveal its plans for its China-based staff that day."
Security

What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows? 896

Posted by timothy
from the is-clamav-no-longer-good? dept.
Techman83 writes "After years of changing between AVG Free + Avast, it's coming time to find a new free alternative for friends/relatives who run Windows. AVG and Avast have been quite good, but are starting to bloat out in size, and also becoming very misleading. Avast recently auto updated from 4.8 to 5 and now requires you to register (even for the free version) and both are making it harder to actually find the free version. Is this the end of reasonable free antivirus, or is there another product I can entrust to keep the 'my computer's doing weird things' calls to a minimum?"
Government

India Suspended From PayPal For "At Least a Few Months" 186

Posted by kdawson
from the keeping-the-money-out dept.
More details have come about about what was behind PayPal's decision to suspend personal payments to any user in India, as we discussed on Sunday. In a blog post today, PayPal revealed that payments to India will remain in suspension for at least a few months. Customers in India will be able to pull rupees out of the service into their bank accounts within a few days. The suspension came about when Indian government regulators raised questions about whether PayPal's service was enabling remittances (transfers of money by foreign workers) to Indian citizens. "The problems may have been triggered by a marketing push that promotes PayPal as a way to send money abroad, a source familiar with the matter said. The campaign — which reads 'As low as $1.50 to send $300 to countries like India' — may have caught the attention of Indian regulators, the source said."

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