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Comment Re:Derivative Works (Score 5, Insightful) 222

The owner of the copyright has the *exclusive* right to make derivative works...I realize the slashdot crowd doesn't agree with all that, but it is the existing law.

Apart from the first statement being simply untrue (there are a number of uses permitted without the copyright holder's permisssion), it is also completely irrelevant - this case is not about copyright, it's about trademarks. I know the fudmongers want us all to be seduced into the "information is property" paradigm, but copyrights and trademarks (and for that matter, patents and trade secrets) are not the same thing at all, and blurring the distinctions between them does nobody any good. Before you go berating us all in your role as AC law expert you might want to get a better understanding of the law yourself.

Comment Re:Unsure. (Score 5, Funny) 282

A metric pizza would have a circumference of 1 meter

More likely metric would follow the pattern of paper sizing, so an A0 pizza would have an area of 1 square meter (for a diameter of ~ 113cm), an A1 pizza would be 0.5 square meters (diameter 80cm), A2 would have half that area and so on. A typical pizza would be A4 : an area of one sixteenth of a square meter, so a diameter of close to 30 cm.

Then there's the B series, which works in the same way, but starting from B0 having an area of 0.5 square meters, and with the inclusion of anchovys.

Comment Re:Rupert Murdock... (Score 1) 388

The same can be said of The Times in the UK. One of Britain's longest running papers and holder of all sorts of semi-official roles (newspaper of record, for example) it was bought by Murdoch in the '80s. Many of it's best editors were replaced or quit (highly respected Robert Fisk, for example, resigned because of political censorship), and it's focus shifted onto more popular subjects (celebrities, sport, etc).

It has also always backed Murdoch's candidate-of-choice in elections; during his support for New Labour it made many attacks on the Tories, and since Murdoch started backing the Tories again their focus has swung back the other way (although they're more natural Tory supporters anyway, so at least we're back where we started).

And let's not even get started on The Sun...


Submission + - Polygraph expert caught in own lie

Vainglorious Coward writes: Polygraph "expert" Bruce Burgess who has worked with several trashTV shows has received a suspended sentence for lying to police about a traffic offense. Burgess, whose website promises "testing your honesty in the only way possible" pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice after lying about being the driver recorded by a speed camera. It appears that good old-fashioned coppering is what broke the case, rather than any technological chicanery, with the police officer commenting "my advice is — put your hands up at the first opportunity"

Submission + - Net Neutrality seen through the telegraph (

James McP writes: Ars Technica has a write up on the unreglulated telegraph of the 19th century, which gives a view into what could happen to an internet lacking any regulation mandating neutrality. The owners of the "victorian internet" used their control of the telegraph to prop up monopolies, manipulate elections, inside trading, and censor criticism.

Comment Re:Extraordinary claims... (Score 1, Troll) 822

There's an obvious money-trail here and a lot of people smell a skunk

So obvious yet you apparently can't actually see it - the denialist industry has considerably more resources behind it than the academics and research scientists. A few piffly grant monies versus the vested interests of the current energy industry? Those avaricious scientists are clearly prepared to invent any kind of lie or distraction to maintain their current position of wealth and power eh?

Comment Re:$700,000 (Score 2, Informative) 571

That figure is the alleged cost of upgrading the security of these systems after the attack, not the result of any 'damage' that he may have caused

I think you're probably right that this represents a subsequent upgrade. Note that the article linked from the earlier slashdot piece actually claims he caused almost a billion dollars worth of damage!

Submission + - Hacker McKinnon to be extradited to US (

Vainglorious Coward writes: When UK hacker and Asperger's sufferer Gray MacKinnon lost the judicial review of his case it seemed likely that he would be extradited to the US to face charges of hacking almost a hundred systems causing $700,000 worth of damage. Today the UK home secretary rejected his last-ditch attempt to avoid extradition adding that the "his extradition to the United States must proceed forthwith". McKinnon's relatives are expressing concerns for his heatlh, with his lawyer going so far as to claim that extradition would make the 43-year old's death "virtually certain".

Comment Re:Expensive (Score 1) 416

[I] see this as a stop gap for data that I don't want to degrade...I'd love to be able to scan [30 years of photos] and store them semi-permanently

We already have stop-gap semi-permanent storage - you simply copy that multi gigabyte archive onto each new computer as you upgrade. The huge pain in the ass is not keeping files longterm, it's the effort of scanning all those photos in the first place.

Comment Re:Oh that's wonderful (Score 1, Insightful) 406

Slasdhot should track where moderators spend their mod points.

That was supposed to be the role of meta-moderation, although I have to confess, where once I would do it daily, I haven't M2'd for a long time, not since one of the ajax makeovers completely fucked the interface

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