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Submission + - Unforgiven: Metallica sues Red Octane, Activision, (qj.net) 1

antek9 writes: Remember Metallica? Those hairy guys that wanted to sue everyone who obtained their music minus an appropriate license? They're at it again, suing even those video game makers who legitimately licensed their music for music-centered franchises.

From the article: "[...] the counsel for Red Octane and Activision had this to say:
Our company paid a licensing fee to feature the track 'One' by Metallica in Guitar Hero III. We don't understand why Metallica would turn around and sue us, unless they've gone from insane to completely batshit insane since 2001, but we're confident that the law and our contracts will be enough to have this thrown out.

Metallica's counsel, on the other hand, explained that the band is fearful that album sales will decline because consumers can easily get hold of their songs just by purchasing video game titles. The lawyer added, "The band learned its lesson the hard way with file sharing in the late 90s. This time they want to do a pre-emptive strike before the music gets out there"."

Any lawyer using the expression 'batshit insane' is a good lawyer by default, so this should be fun.

Robotics

Submission + - Humorous 'Robot' (uc.edu)

allengineering writes: "There does not exist yet but American researchers already carried out an able this software — to a certain extent — to detect the puns.


"That I lay? What do I lay?" "The last word which was useful to you was: I lay." "Terry towel! Perfect..."

This small dialogue has what to make bugger a software of analysis of text. The program developed at the university of Cincinnati by Julia Taylor and Lawrence Mazlack, to determine that it is about a pun.

Taylor had the distinct task of "training" the computer by providing it with information relative to American English at a child's level. They developed an extensive list of knock-knock jokes that turn on people's names, particularly.

Knock, Knock
Who is there?
Dawn
Dawn who?
Dawn by the station, early in the morning


Knock, Knock
Who is there?
Wendy
Wendy who?
Wendy last time you took a bath?


All bad jokes aside, their research represents a step forward in computers reaching the capability of a human mind."

Editorial

Submission + - But Mom! The other 61-year-olds get an allowance! (reuters.com)

deweycheetham writes: "ROME (Reuters) — A Sicilian mother took away her 61-year-old son's house keys, cut off his allowance and hauled him to the police station because he stayed out late. http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idU SL0288587220070802 The article goes on to say "Most Italian men still live at home late into their 30s, enjoying their "mamma's" cooking, washing and ironing.". Well Pack my bags, I am moving to Italy."

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