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Comment Re:guilty eh? (Score 1) 964

I was always under the assumption that a uniformed officer knocks on your door and hands you a slip of paper to escort you "downtown."

Not anymore. Blitzkrieg raids have become SOP for anything more severe than unpaid parking tickets, and will probably remain that way until more citizens start greeting these home invasions with kinetic resistance.

Has anyone tried to sue (this is the US after all) for excessive use of force?

Comment Re:Too little too late... (Score 2) 143

Anyone with some knowledge about economic theory will know that income you get in 20 to 50, not to mention 50 to 95, years from now should have almost no impact on your decision about whether or not to invest time ( = money ) on creating a copyrightable work today.

Unless you calculate a extremely big income or a absurdly low interest the present value of that income is negligible.

Comment Re:Oracle made a big mistake (Score 1) 181

Why? Gosling isn't the one holding the patents, he has no standing in this.

No, but he may have lots of good information about what was common knowledge (among experts in this field) at the time of the development of Java. Also what pre-existing knowledge and systems the inventors of Java had for inspiration when developing it.


Sony Gets Nasty With PSBreak Buyers 246

YokimaSun writes "The war between hackers and Sony over the PlayStation 3 has now taken an even more sinister turn, with Sony going after not just shops but actual buyers of the PSBreak dongle, threatening them with fines of many thousands of Euros and forcing them to sign cease-and-desist letters. It seems Sony will use any means necessary to thwart both homebrew and piracy on the PS3."

Comment Re:we need to tell Disney et. al. to screw off (Score 1) 278

Yes, but only the actual original works, reprints are about worthless on a one by one basis. Of course as mass-production it is alot of money there.

Anyway, after 10 years most artist/writers makes little money from their works because they almost always have to sell the copyright to a publisher/record company to get them to produce and promote it

Comment Re:I always thought... (Score 1) 344

Not knowing the details on cotton the answer is maybe not.

For example your hair does not contain any DNA if it is cut off without the hair sack. Hair does not consist off cells but of a substance prodused by hair sack cells. Of course the hair can easyly be "contaminated" with dna from somewhere else on your body.

Skin on the other hand contains DNA as your topmost layer of skin is actually dead skin-cells.

So it is possible the fibers of cotton used for cotton produkts does not consist off plant cells but off a substance prodused by the cells

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