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Comment Re:All in a bucket (Score 1) 140

You meant "It's not quite (no 's') as bad as (not and) your pedantic rant makes it out to be."

How's that for pedantry? :)

Just kidding before you get all red-misty. The point about making law matters because in fact the legislative *has* directly legislated in respect of file sharing and that's where this particular gun should be pointed not at the judiciary. The idea that the Supreme Court makes law is the sort of thing that gets set to high school students but has a clear answer (it doesn't) even if its precedents can, of course, have huge effect. It's a pundit type statement and it's plain wrong. The article suggests the courts made a "mistake" in the way they ruled if their intention was to block file sharing and that the litigation approach led to increases. Neither are made out and the basis of the suggestion that they'd even be in the business of doing that is simply wrong as explained. I qualified in 1996 as it happens.

Comment Re:All in a bucket (Score 1) 140

I see what you mean about knowledge and control; it's poor english suggesting the *rules* of knowledge and control were coded out. Anyway, offering direct criticism of an article based on reasons (which you are free to disagree with) doesn't make you a troll, it makes you critical. The point is that while there was growth in file sharing, it argued that the approach to litigation directly led to that *growth* in file sharing. I found no argument in the article that showed that one led to the other and it is the very title of the article which stakes itself out as having established causation. I didn't see any evidence that linked the *growth* of file sharing to litigation approach. Who's to say it wouldn't have happened anyway?

Comment All in a bucket (Score 2, Interesting) 140

The article reads like an undergraduate who wants to write a shit-kicking thesis and is really oooh excited about things but has entirely failed to do anything more than throw a few disjointed ideas in a bucket. It is peppered with lines that sound good but don't stand up to a couple of seconds examination: " So once the Napster litigation made P2P programmers aware of the rules about knowledge and control, they simply coded Napster's successors to eliminate them." I mean WHAT? Programmers coded out rules of "knowledge and control"???? No, the rules of law on knowledge and control exist independently in jurisprudence. How do you "code out" something that's entirely outwith software? Nonsense.

The author states "I would argue pre-P2P era law was based on a number of "physical world" assumptions." She goes to state that that makes sense because, well, it was pre-P2P. When you start any sentence with "I would argue that" (which is bad enough as it goes) and then point out in the next sentence that it's bleeding obvious, then it rather tends to underline you haven't made a point at all. Which is more than a small problem when you then go to make four non-points on the back of that about "the physical world" where, again, one sees no connection to the principal "argument" that litigation apparently "spurred on" file sharing. Ideas in a bucket.

And at the heart of it, the article offers no causative argument that litigation spurred on file sharing. At best it observes that file sharing increased in the era after litigation but it falls down entirely in showing any causation rather than correlation. There are other daft arguments about the Supreme Court making laws: it doesn't, de Tocqueville et al were rather insistent it couldn't; rather its interpretation of law clarifies the law already in place, which show the author is floundering on the subject matter.

So a number of ideas that sound like they were excitedly discussed in an undergraduate bar (and not at a terribly good college) and aren't worked through or even put into a single coherent narrative and which argues causation but offers no evidence of it.


Comment You're kidding (Score 1) 259

You have got to be kidding me. You seriously thing anyone on Slashdot has anything to teach the people of Egypt anything about how to stay cool in the heat, in a civilisation that has been running countless generations of agrarian workers out in the fields on the Nile delta for ten / twelve hour days for oooohh, over ('scuse me) FIVE THOUSAND (ahem) years and the millions of city dwellers who also make their livelihoods substantially outdoors? Either this is an epic troll or epically short of self-awareness.

Comment Sowat? (Score 5, Insightful) 116

He didn't turn round to the camera, he was facing the camera ready to deliver his lines on a live link. And so a meteor appears behind him with his back turned. So frigging what? There's no miss and no mistake, just a bloke looking the other way as he must to do his job. And the clouds are clearly visible in the video as well. Non-article in extremis.

Comment Slight undermined (Score 1) 465

FTFA - a footnote; "*I have no doubt that there are many games available that come closer to achieving a realistic setting than what I describe. I don't care. I'm making sweeping generalizations here. It's what I do." . So the whole-big-thing-point of TFA is arguing that there should be games which are more realistic, then the author acknowledges that actually well gosh you know, there are, but their existence is not relevant because he's only interested in sweeping generalisations. Errr....yep....ok....with you....right....I'm sure there is a finely honed point here somewhere...yep....

Comment Re:Warning: Revisionists History (Score 1) 362

I really don't know what your point is. You could sit around in your little home-town basking in your anti-establishment glow by *not* signing a record-contract? Yeah right, there was a whole load of talent that was missed out on by the world with people who took stances like that. I worked in the music industry for years and was involved with seven indie and dance bands that got label deals. The number of bands who truly were truly happy to do local promotion and didn't want a deal? You can could count them on the fingers of no fingers. My point, obviously, was that to get heard round the world you needed a label (NB not major, just a label which involved some fucking cool indie labels out there - where does 'crossing-over' come into it?). Whereas now you can self-promote via the internet, which you couldn't then. That's really it, end of. Oh, and Jane's Addiction shifted well over 5 million albums worldwide and were on Warners so I think they "crossed-over" just fine.

Comment Re:Not the same label (Score 4, Informative) 362

When Killing In The Name Of came out in 1992 there was, of course, no iTunes or any interwebsnet distribution channel. You had to have a label for your record to be heard, which at that time was Epic. As guitarist Tom Morello said "Epic agreed to everything we asked -- and they've followed through.... We never saw a conflict as long as we maintained creative control." Like Jane's Addiction four or so years before, the material was so strong that the bidding war between labels was that fierce that the band were able to lay down their own terms. Very few bands even of strongest principles against mass commercialisation were able to avoid a major label at that time. Even Chuck D allowed himself to be talked into Public Enemy being on a major label for several albums. Its only the democratisation of digital downloads, internet publicity and all that that has made it possible to bust that old model. A lot has changed in 17 years.

Doom-Like Video Surveillance For Ports In Development 56

oranghutan writes "A research and development group down under is working to develop an advanced video surveillance system for ports around the world that uses video superimposed onto a 3D map. With 16-megapixel high-definition cameras on a distributed (cabled) network and a proprietary system written in a variety of languages (C++, Python, SQL, etc.), the group from NICTA is aiming to allow security teams at the Port of Brisbane — which is 110km long — to monitor shipping movements, cargo and people. By scrolling along a 3D map, the security teams can click on a location and then get a real-time video feed superimposed onto the map. Authorities from around the world with the right permissions can then access the same system. The main difference from regular surveillance systems is the ability to switch views without having to know camera numbers/locations and the one screen view."

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