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Comment Re:You people need to get off the DRM thread (Score 1) 387

Frankly, I don't care about your points because I don't care about DRM in regards to my initial comment, "Just a thought." I am annoyed by the whole DRM validity discussion. It's irrelevant to the the Slashdot post and my comment. Mention DRM to me and I just roll my eyes...

You don't have any digital Fair Use rights because digital content is not mentioned in the Fair Use ruling. Fair Use is thrown out in digital media cases. Circumventing DRM violates the usage contract you have with the media distributor and or copyright holder. When you buy a CD or DVD, you own the plastic - not the content.

"As long as purchasing media requires me to risk prison time in order to use said legitimately purchased media, I won't be buying."

Great. But that means you cannot pirate either.

Comment Re:You people need to get off the DRM thread (Score 1) 387

Go back and read the Slashdot post, then read my comment. You are wasting your life arguing about something I did not say. I never said I like DRM, nor that DRM will end piracy.

Sheesh, if only you people could read comprehensively we could talk about today's Slashdot posts....

"Conclusion: The RIAA and MPAA are welcome to keep DRM if they wish." ...And the DRM will stay as long as you continue to pirate and circumvent DRM. That's the way of the 'Verse.

Comment Re:Just a thought (Score 1) 387

You are joking right? FACT: Sony's Rootkit appeared in 2005. Sony announced it's intentions in 2000. One of the main reason Sony decided to go with DRM was due to the media piracy happening via Napster.

FACT: You are a self admitted pirate. ...Bragging about your crimes on the Internet - which the FBI scans... Good luck using your own brain.

Comment DRM isn't going to .... (Score 1) 387

I never said DRM will feed families and cloth children. You guys are incapable of reading comprehensively. The farce of your comment rated as "insightful" is a joke and evidence of the Kangaroo Court mentality of the piracy advocating Slashdot community. DRM exist because you pirate media via the Internet and for no other reason.

Comment You people need to get off the DRM thread (Score 1) 387

I don't need to explain how DRM reduces piracy because I never said DRM *would* reduce piracy. I said Cheap and DRM-free media is not going to happen if you guys keep pirating. Speaking out against DRM in this thread is idiocy.

Not one person who responded to my initial comment has admitted that pirating is illegal and wrong. Instead all of you have illogically attacked DRM as some kind of problem when it is a response to the problem of piracy. DRM is not the issue at hand and you clowns don't understand that.

Whether or not an individual is a pirate is irrelevant. As long as you, and the Slashdot community, continue to advocate pirating media you are essentially pirates, yourselves. You are part of the problem, not the solution. As long as the problem of piracy continues, those who create and distribute media will cling to DRM concepts. THus, you are the reason DRM exists.

Comment Re:Just a thought (Score 1) 387

All you guys are like a flock of geese "DRM, DRM, DRM, DRM, DRM, DRM, DRM..." You might as well be honking. DRM is irrelevent to the situation. It is the reaction not the problem.

If they did away with the DRM YOU WOULD KEEP PIRATING. Stop with the DRM smoke-screen. If you don't want to deal with DRM, stop pirating.

Comment Just a thought (Score 2, Insightful) 387

You guys have to stop expecting free media! Sheesh. Have you ever watched a movie's entire credits? Its like a small city put that together. Cheap and DRM free is not going to happen if that small city is going to eat and dress their children. Media pirates are not Robin Hoods. Robin Hood only stole which was *wrongly* taken. All these people who make want is a liveable wage. Not eevry one involved is a mega star or executive.

The economy needs money to be exchanged, to flow. As long as you refuse to pay for the media you consume, the economy will suffer.


ThinkGeek's Best Ever Cease-and-Desist Letter 264

ThinkGeek, sister company to Slashdot, received a meticulously researched (except on one point) 12-page cease-and-desist letter from the National Pork Board. What had the meat lobbyists up in arms was an April Fools product from the TG catalog: Radiant Farms Canned Unicorn Meat, whose copy included the line "the new white meat." The NPB figured this was confusingly similar to their trademarked "the other white meat" (an advertising slogan the pork industry is considering retiring anyway). Geeknet, parent company of Thinkgeek and Slashdot, issued a press release apologizing for any confusion; you can read it on ThinkGeek's site (PDF), because the newswires refused to distribute it for some reason. Oh, and ThinkGeek has no intention of taking down the protected parody.

Carbon Nanotube Batteries Pack More Punch 163

cremeglace writes "Researchers at MIT have come up with a new way of making batteries from carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes are attractive materials for battery-making because of their high surface area, which can accept more positive ions and potentially last longer than conventional batteries. Instead of this design, the MIT researchers introduced something new — using chemically modified carbon nanotubes as the positive ion source themselves. For now, the new batteries can power only small devices, but if the method can be scaled up, the batteries may provide the power needed for applications like electric cars."

Why Being Wrong Makes Humans So Smart 311

Hugh Pickens sends in an excerpt in last week's Boston Globe from Kathryn Schulz's book Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. "The more scientists understand about cognitive functioning, the more it becomes clear that our capacity to make mistakes is utterly inextricable from what makes the human brain so swift, adaptable, and intelligent. Rather than treating errors like the bedbugs of the intellect — an appalling and embarrassing nuisance we try to pretend out of existence — we need to recognize that human fallibility is part and parcel of human brilliance. Neuroscientists increasingly think that inductive reasoning undergirds virtually all of human cognition. Humans use inductive reasoning to learn language, organize the world into meaningful categories, and grasp the relationship between cause and effect. Thanks to inductive reasoning, we are able to form nearly instantaneous beliefs and take action accordingly. However, Schulz writes, 'The distinctive thing about inductive reasoning is that it generates conclusions that aren't necessarily true. They are, instead, probabilistically true — which means they are possibly false.' Schulz recommends that we respond to the mistakes (or putative mistakes) of those around us with empathy and generosity and demand that our business and political leaders acknowledge and redress their errors rather than ignoring or denying them. 'Once we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity, or evil intent, we can liberate ourselves from the impossible burden of trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition that we could be in error, without deeming ourselves idiotic or unworthy.'"

New Air Conditioner Process Cuts Energy Use 50-90% 445

necro81 writes "The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced that it has developed a new method for air conditioning that reduces energy use by 50-90%. The DEVap system (Desiccant-Enhanced eVaporative air conditioner) cools air using evaporative cooling, which is not new, but combines the process with a liquid dessicant for pulling the water vapor out of the cooled air stream. The liquid dessicant, a very strong aqueous solution of lithium chloride or sodium chloride, is separated from the air stream by a permeable hydrophobic membrane. Heat is later used to evaporate water vapor back out — heat that can come from a variety of sources such as solar or natural gas. The dessicants are, compared to typical refrigerants like HCFCs, relatively benign on the environment."

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