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Comment Re:How were crimes solved before cell phones? (Score 1) 219

Paper bags don't generally decompose in landfills (it doesn't decompose anaerobically).

We have very different ideas about what's important to the future of the planet. Heck, I care about people, the planet is only important by inference.

All laws are enforced by men with guns, or they're meaningless. Do what makes you happy, but if you should want to impose your will on others, you're talking about force (or the threat thereof).

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 1) 189

There is no standard-required way to compare arbitrary pointers.

There is no standard-required integer type into which you can cast an arbitrary pointer. (intptr_t etc are technically optional).

It's architecture-specific whether comparing pointers as signed or unsigned is the correct thing to do.

There is no such thing as portable C because of crap like this, only "mostly portable C, eh, good enough".

Comment Re:I used to love going to the theater (Score 1) 271

I used to love going to the theater but it sucks now. It's too expensive, too crowded, and I don't want to watch 15 minutes of product endorsements followed by 20 minutes of spoilers for upcoming films before they get around to showing the feature.

Mr. Cameron, you say you want to "preserve the theater experience as something special" but it hasn't been "special" in twenty years. It's the entertainment industry's version of going to the airport. It's only a matter of time before they start adding backscatter body scanners and abusive TSA (Theater Security Agency) officers.

I believe Cameron isn't saying that things are good now. He's saying things need to be improved if you want to cut down on piracy.

As in the theatre experience sucks now that people don't want to go, so that creates an opportunity for pirates. Instead, theatres need to reinvent themselves to be destinations where people want to go, which would have an impact on piracy - why would I want to see it on a small crappy screen when I can see it on a large screen and everything's better.

So ditch the crappy uncomfortable seats and replace them with nice ones that won't cause your back to ache after an hour, have special no-kids screenings or adult-only theatres, serve adult beverages and even hot food service with better food, etc.

Some theatres already do that, and they're popular. They're expensive, but you're getting a movie experience free for annoyances like screaming kids, people on cellphones (you pay for premium tickets, people frown on such antisocial behavior), you can have beer, wine, champagne, cocktails, etc delivered to your seat, the seats are not packed sardine style, etc. Dinner/movie/date/whatever.

Basically get rid of the crap that people hate which drive them away from the theatre, and make it more appealing to those who want a social "night out" experience where you can enjoy a meal, a drink, and wrap your arm around your significant other.

Comment Re:This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 2) 210

Not necessarily. Take a look at the relevant portion of the Lantham Act. It would have to fit one of the provisions therein. It might make a false suggestion of affiliation, but it's arguable.

15 U.S.C. 1125 - False designations of origin, false descriptions, and dilution forbidden

(a) Civil action

(1) Any person who, on or in connection with any goods or services, or any container for goods, uses in commerce any word, term, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, or any false designation of origin, false or misleading description of fact, or false or misleading representation of fact, which

(A) is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of his or her goods, services, or commercial activities by another person, or

(B) in commercial advertising or promotion, misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin of his or her or another person's goods, services, or commercial activities,

shall be liable in a civil action by any person who believes that he or she is or is likely to be damaged by such act.

Comment This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 1) 210

You violate a trademark if you mis-represent a good or service as that of the trademark holder. And it has to be in the same trademark category that they registered. Having a trademark does not grant ownership of a word, and does not prevent anyone else from using that word. Use of a trademark in reporting and normal discussion is not a violation.

Comment Re:How exactly will they break steam? (Score 1) 399

I'm not being pedantic - you just have to look at the precise meaning of all the words in the past 3 posts just right, and you'll see!

The point of Hanlon's razor is that it's a good life strategy. Feeling that someone's out to get you, especially when there's nothing you can really do about it, will not make you more happy.

Comment Re:How to make a defense under 17 USC 117 (Score 1) 142

And if you buy the Game Pak and a Kazzo or Retrode dumper, you have a defense under 17 USC 117(a)(1) (or foreign counterparts) if someone does sue you, so long as you can afford a lawyer and don't distribute the dumps.

Actually, no. That defense doesn't work because you're format-shifting. More specifically, you're going from a format that doesn't have copyright to one that does - you are not allowed to dump ROMs, period, without a legitimate developmental reason.

It's a funny thing, but a mask programmed ROM is actually not copyrighted. It's Mask-protected (it's a M in a circle, similar to how copyright is C in a circle). Mask works have higher protections, and even though you can easily dump it, the conversion from physical to software is actually completely illegal.

The one exception to that, is for developmental reasons - you're developing something that requires the data in the ROM. In which case you are allowed to have it only for that reason for the duration necessary. (Sony v. Bleem confirmed this when Bleem had Sony BIOS dumps of the PSX - it was determined that Bleem had the legal right to have those dumps, as they were necessary for the development of the Bleem emulator. But Bleem could not distribute those dumps, and must destroy them when complete).

It's one of the reasons why Nintendo kept cartridges around - there are plenty of legal protections for software embedded inside of a ROM (more generally, any IC) that aren't available on more traditionally available media.

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