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Comment Re:Old school (Score 1) 823

I quit using pencil when I had a calculus instructor that sped through examples faster than any pencil (mechanical, #6, other) could keep up with. I switched to pen as it was the only writing implement that could keep up without fail.

Errors were corrected in-line as a mark-up.

Comment Re:Let me get the straight... (Score 1) 451

I deliberately posed this as a trick question and you took the bait.

According to the copyright law as written in Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 the Federal Government is prohibited from holding any copyright (with rare exceptions that probably don't apply here.)

Besides, the original song was written during the War of 1812 so the music copyright is out the window, that leaves the performance right.

Comment Let me get the straight... (Score 1) 451

If I were to stream and copy the American National Anthem as performed by the US Marines from the most recent Presidential Inauguration, who am I stealing from?

Who owns the copyright and who will make the claim that I have "stolen" (infringed on their copyright?)
What is the criteria of disallowing fair-use for such an official and publicly performed work?

Zero Tolerance = Zero Sensibility = Zero Critical Thinking


Submission + - 3 charges against Terry Childs dropped (

phantomfive writes: Terry Childs, who was arrested nearly a year ago for refusing to turn over the passwords to the San Francisco's FiberWAN network has been cleared for three of the four charges against him. The charges that were dropped referred to the attachment of modems to the network. The remaining charge is for refusing to turn over the password. The prosecutor has vowed to appeal, to have the charges reinstated. We have the original story, and the story where Childs tells his side, for those who want a refresher.
Puzzle Games (Games)

Submission + - How do you pay the bills?

Deanalator writes: "What sort of stuff do you do on a daily basis to pay the bills?

web stuff
programming stuff to sell
programming stuff internally
testing stuff
networking stuff
tech support
retail stuff
academic stuff
multi level marketing
finance stuff
legal stuff
businessy stuff
sciency stuff
mercenary stuff
criminal stuff
my government pays my bills
other people pay my bills"

Submission + - Zimbra, a Yahoo! Company Competes with Exchange (

An anonymous reader writes: It would appear that Zimbra's Collaboration suite is getting more traction with hosted service providers. It would appear from the list of providers using Zimbra, which is a Yahoo! company, that an alternative to hosted Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint is growing.
The Courts

Submission + - Spore EULA Enforceable?

imunfair writes: "Designing games we often prototype using placeholder models, such as those created by the Spore creature creator. Normally those models must be replaced — but Spore models created by the user would seem to be the property of that user. However, their EULA claims items you create are their property — to protect EA since they reuse your creations in their game.

Can they legally stop you from using these models in your own game? Are there other instances of content creation tools successfully restricting use of the content users create?"

Submission + - How to prove someone is female?

krou writes: Caster Semenya won the 800m at the World Athletics Championship in blistering style leaving her competitors in the dust, but she has been thrown into the midst of a scandal amidst claims that she's not really a woman. According to press reports (there are many), she's believed to shave, is flat chested, has a very masculine physique, previously preferred playing physical games with boys, and shunned traditional female activities and clothing. Questions about her gender have followed her entire career. Previously, acceptance that she was a women relied on simple inspection of female genitals. However, according to other reports, the IAAF claim that they want to conduct further tests to see if 'she may have a rare medical condition that gives her an unfair advantage.' An IAAF spokesmen noted that 'The [testing] process was started after Semenya made her startling breakthroughs — a 25-second improvement at 1500m and eight seconds at 800m, just some weeks ago.' I'm curious what /.ers think: what can be considered proof of someone being male or female? Is it simply a case of having the right genitals, or is there some other criteria that should be used? Is the IAAF right in claiming that someone should be prevented from competing because they have a rare medical or genetic advantage?

Comment Re:BART has similar copyright claims (Score 5, Insightful) 395

One hand taketh, another hand giveth.
It appears that BART has said to the scrapers; "Here is the data you need in raw form along with some suggested tools you can integrate our schedules into your applications."
On the whole, it looks like BART has embraced these applications rather than raise a stink on them.

Comment Re:Telex? I missed the reference. (Score 1) 494

Could someone explain how "Telex machines" date the submitter? Wikipedia isn't much help on this.


You are probably looking for the electromechanical tele-printers ( see for one example. )

These devices used a keyboard (if present) for input and the output was mechanically printed onto roll-fed paper. Usually they were used on-line to either a computer (or computerized piece of manufacturing equipment) or in "local mode".

When in "local mode" these machines would often include a (paper) tape reader and tape punch. Often the resultant punch tape was hand carried and fed into another piece of computerized hardware.

Comment Never sue an organization older than your industry (Score 1) 7

Perhaps this university should offer some pro-bono legal representation to

I Can just see how absurd the argument when the tile page of the lawsuits read:

Northwest Airlines: Plantiff
Dorsey & Whitney LLP: Attorney for Plaintiff Defendant
Northwestern University - School of Law: Attorney for Defendant
Black, Lowe, and Graham: Attorney for Defendant

Comment Re:[NEMA L21-30] (Score 1) 711

I like your thinking, but I prefer the L21-30 to insure that the wiring from breaker box to outlet is of sufficiently large capacity. The device (or PDU) is free to establish its own current limits.
For the breakout PDUs, having this excess headroom is handy for when the power factor of the devices is not unity (covering startup surge of devices.)

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