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Comment Re:isn't anything created... (Score 1) 183

isn't anything created automatically assumed to have copyright attributed to the author?

Close. It's that anything creatIVE is automatically copyrighted upon creation.

If you can tweet a poem that fits into 140 characters -- and I defy you to write a haiku that does not -- then it is protected by copyright. Absence of any context indicating otherwise, tweeting your friends that you "ordered a hamburger minus tomatoes, who even likes those" is not a creative work and thus not copyrightable.

Comment Re:Tax Breaks for Corporate Media (Score 1) 426

If we let newspapers be non-profits we are giving a huge tax-break to Richard Mellon Scaife, and Rupert Murdoch, and Sun Myung Moon. All of the money these guy pump into their right-wing propaganda machines will be tax-deductible.

Did you read the summary? Any paper that adopts non-profit status will not be allowed to have a partisan editorial viewpoint.

How this would be enforced, and the definition used for 'partisan', those are open questions.

Comment Re:Actually, it's rather the opposite (Score 1) 918

The sad truth of it is many of the grads for the last 15 years are junk [...] the curriculums now create people who think that the compiler, the runtime, and the OS are a black box.

Funny. I got my degree 10 years ago, and CS majors had required coursework in each of those fields. The curriculum even included subjects which would more appropriately be considered electrical engineering -- one project was to build an entire RISC CPU in modeling software, starting at the level of individual NAND gates and building up from there. I can't claim my experience was representative of every graduate in the past 15 years, but neither would I claim none of us have sufficient understanding of computer internals.

And what's wrong with that? 95% of the programming work that needs to be done IS writing reports for accounting. That 0.1% of the time where a new comm protocol needs to be developed, there's still some gee-whiz developer-savant capable of the task, and he's as likely to be a young college dropout as a grizzle-bearded oldbie.

Comment Re:Complete waste of time (Score 1) 346

Also you can't have tracks longer than about an hour due to id3v2 size limits.

I don't disagree that this "mp3HD" format is a bad solution in search of a problem, any problem, but would it really be a common problem if no track could be longer than ~1 hour?

My well-over-60GB music collection only has one track that exceeds 60 minutes (that would be the 74-minute single-track album, Delirium Cordia by Fantomas). Maybe there are other use cases I'm not considering?

Comment Re:Been following this for awhile. (Score 1) 1240

The fact that something like this takes place in the United States of America is proof that this country is corrupt.

The fact that something like this provokes outrage, and is subjected to thorough review by the court system as to its constitutionality, is proof that this country is NOT corrupt, at least not fully and irreversibly.

Comment Re:No thanks (Score 5, Funny) 305

It says the server will do the lifting to a thin client. The server is not just streaming binaries to be rendered on the client, the server is receiving input from and return video to be displayed on the client.

A game console with all the responsiveness and graphical horsepower of an X11 terminal? How can it fail!!!

This is really bad news for Nintendo.

Comment Re:Ummm yes... (Score 1) 261

Or maybe nothing is missing at all.

Then the project lead should officially tag it as '1.0' to let the world know that no essential functionality is missing.

Version numbers have meaning, or at least used to prior to 1995. If the developers have designated a release as version 0.35d, you'd be a fool to entrust it with any critical or sensitive information.

Comment Re:In Ancient Times (Score 1) 217

Somehow Joplin was making a $100,000 a week in the 1920's, even though it's fairly trivial to simply hand-copy someone-else's work.

Funny, because Scott Joplin died in 1917.

Even if hand-copying ragtime sheet music were trivial, which it is not, it was still more convenient to spend the 5 cents on an officially published copy of 'Maple Leaf Rag' than it was to spend 2 cents on some blank staff paper and three hours transcribing a copy borrowed from a friend.

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