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Comment Re:Good legal argument, but not a bonafide sale (Score 1) 163

Buying a DVD does give you rights to format-shift from DVD to something else. So VidAngel is selling the DVD to people, and format-shifting it to digital for people, and then delivering it to them. The end-user has the option to take physical delivery of the DVD, have VidAngel store it forever, or sell it back as a 'used' copy for slightly cheaper.

Not according to this. Granted, it's just a year-old article on a tech site, but according to them, the DMCA forbids consumers from decrypting discs to format shift. Stupid? I think so, but unless the courts change their mind, VidAngel is headed for a world of hurt.

Comment Re:More info needed (Score 1) 163

As much as I hate it, ripping for personal use is illegal under the DMCA (anti-circumvention). Ripping for the content editing I think is explicitly separately allowed, but I'm not sure if that's what makes it legal for them. They may be playing the physical disc with an EDL - I don't actually know.

As much as I hate to say it, you are correct (at least as of October of 2015). The legal wrangling came to the conclusion that because CDs were never encrypted, consumers can format-shift. But DVDs and Bly rays? Not so much. However, it seems to me that given the vast number of people that do this "under the radar" it can't be long before an "exemption" is granted to bring this in line with Fair Use.

Comment Re:so? this is NOT censorship (Score 1) 163

Filmmakers don't have the right to force you to keep your eyes open for every second of their film. But they do have the right to control how someone distributes a copy of their work. Because copyright, dammit.

I think this will be the salient point of the legal argument. Is VidAngel a distributor? Or are they only reselling discs with filters and letting the consumer apply them as they please?

Yes, the copyright-holders altered their own work. Which they could do. Because they held the copyright. Someone else who wants to do that needs to get permission from the copyright-holder.

Copyright, in part, protects an artist's expression from tampering by others. But they're free to "tamper" with it themselves, because it's their expression.

The only gotcha to this argument is the Family Movie Viewing Act, which is part of the Copyright act, specifically allows a person in their own home modify movies without consent of the copyright holder. VidAngel is arguing that this is exactly what is going on with their service. They provide the movie (unaltered), the filter and let the viewer apply said filter how they wish in their own home. Frankly, I hope VidAngel wins if only so that media producers run into some kind of limit to their seemingly unending power over the consumer.

Submission + - Small-time filtering company battles DMCA-wielding Hollywood studios

Mr.Intel writes: Startup movie filtering company, VidAngel recently argued in U.S. District Court in Central California that the DMCA and the Family Movies Act protect it from Hollywood studio lawsuits. The current lawsuit was filed in June by Disney, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm and claim that VidAngel "seem[s] to legitimize the decryption and copying of DVDs and Blu-ray discs." VidAngel countered that claim with their own suit alleging that the studios are in collusion to stifle filtering altogether as this hilariously produced video outlines.

Submission + - SPAM: No More Readers? New Implant May Help Aging Eyes

Mr.Intel writes: Fading, close-up vision is one of the more vexing and ubiquitous consequences of growing older. Presbyopia happens to everyone when the lenses in the eyes lose their flexibility. "It's just a part of getting older," says Dr. Ralph Chu, an ophthalmologist in private practice in Bloomington, Minnesota. But that may be changing. In a little over a year, the FDA approved two new devices to help with age-related vision loss. The most recent to receive approval, the "Raindrop", is made mostly from water and works by reshaping the cornea helping the eye to focus better on close-up objects.

Both of the new implants, Raindrop and KAMRA, go into only one eye. The other eye will be for seeing distance, explains Dr. D. Rex Hamilton, director of the Laser Refractive Center at the Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, and a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine. "So the other eye needs to have good distance vision without glasses," Hamilton says, adding that sometimes people have laser surgery to improve the distance vision in the eye that won't be getting an implant to improve vision close-up. Also, Hamilton notes, the implants aren't a "be all end all. They may work quite well for a period of time but a person's lenses will continue to change with age and, ultimately, the patient may need cataract surgery, which replaces the lens, improving both near and far vision, and lasts for the rest of the patient's life.

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Submission + - Utahns launch mission to give Earth's moon a proper name (deseretnews.com)

Mr.Intel writes: The Earth's moon is named after its astronomical classification, unlike other planets' moons, which have names. Tawni Henderson of Fruit Heights, Utah wants to change that and has setup a website which has received more than 1,500 suggested names from 30 countries, totaling 4,100 responses.

“Other moons in the solar system have names like Ganymede, Titan, Bianca and Belinda, and they’re the same names in every language. The most beautiful moon in the solar system, our moon — which is currently named after its classification — also deserves one unique name," she said.

Submission + - SPAM: Student embeds subway card in her fingernails

Mr.Intel writes: Design student Lucie Davis made these high tech nails for a university project. The Tube's Oyster Card comes with an RFID chip inside, which she embedded. ‘I took the RFID chip from an Oyster card and embedded it within a full set of acrylic nails to give commuters the ability to pay for their journeys with a single tap/touch,’ she told WAH Nails. ‘You can still top them up with money too. Now you’ll never have to worry about misplacing your card again!’ As long as you don’t lose the one with the chip in somewhere on the Circle Line, of course.
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Comment Re:Founding Fathers (Score 1) 983

While I agree with some of your statements and assertions, your conclusion and proposed solution is flawed. Yes, the founding fathers distrusted standing armies and envisioned the 2nd Amendment as a remedy for this. However, some of the founding fathers felt the entire bill of rights as superfluous as the constitution already granted sovereignty to the people, not the elected government. By extension, the notion that there should be a "well armed militia" instead of a standing army is also a contradiction IF (caps on purpose) the army reports to the people. I have no idea how that would be accomplished in practice, but I do know that the order of soap box to ballot box to ammo box is that way for a reason. Power determines the course of civilizations and national and international politics. Money and guns equal power and the federal government started out with neither. Alexander Hamilton provided money to the feds and they use it expertly to influence supposedly sovereign states to bend to their will in small and large ways. Ultimately, it was as you pointed out, the standing army that secured the federal government as the prominent power in our federalism experiment.

Now here is where your conclusion is flawed. Power cannot be taken without power. It can certainly be given up, but that is an idealistic dream. There is not one single case of that ever happening to a nation state without the threat of greater power forced upon it. Machiavelli was right that it is better to be feared than loved and we are proving it again in the USA. The problem is not having guns (power), it's having too many and allowing them to be used for things that they shouldn't be used for. England is an example of what I consider too far to one extreme -- where only hunters are allowed guns and even the police don't regularly carry firearms. I'm not a flag-waiving NRA member, but I do believe that we must uphold the laws of the land, which includes the 2nd amendment. I also believe the US is too far to the other extreme with a militarized police force with too-lax provisions in place to allow them to kill citizens. The founding fathers provided checks and balances at the highest levels of government and I believe this model should be followed down to the lowest levels. If power is the problem, then balancing it is the solution.

Instead of giving up power (guns), we should re-think how guns are distributed and used. I like the Israeli model, where all citizens are trained in the military, possess weapons and know how to use them properly. Their crime rate is famously low for a reason (terrorism aside). My proposal would be to require training for all gun owners (to encourage safe and sensible use), prohibit military weapons or tactics to be used by the police and to return to a state of balance. I could go into greater detail, but I'm neither a lawmaker or policy influencer -- just an armchair philosphizer.

Comment Re:This isn't about platforms. (Score 4, Insightful) 983

You're right. This isn't about platforms, this is about following the law and IMNSHO, DPD did not do that. Without any information except what has been reported on this and other websites, it appears that after preventing his ability to move, cordoning off the area and attempting to negotiate for hours, they made a judgment call to end his life. He may or may not have been a threat to the general population or to the officers on scene. Regardless, the power to end another life is precisely what is at issue in the mind of the shooter, the mind of the police and the mind of every US citizen that is aware of the increase in police violence. Civilian police forces should not be in the business of killing people and that's what the constitution is talking about with the phrase "due process". It's the military's job to kill people and the military are not peace officers, they are war officers. The distinction is important and bound by law, but increasingly ignored by police forces with the aid of the federal government. The militarization (not just a FUD word, but literally, the conversion of peace officers to war officers) of police forces is the issue and the reason why there was a protest in Dallas and the reason why Johnson went mental and decided to kill cops there. Assassinating him (look up the definition) only reinforces the feeling among Americans that the police are out of control. Did he deserve to die? Most likely, but it isn't the job of police forces to determine that. That is what a judge and jury are for and one of the reasons thirteen colonies because thirteen states after a long and bloody war. If there is not a strong legal reaction to DPD's use of force in this way, the situation will get worse, not better. If there is not a show of restraint by those who are sworn to "serve and protect" there will be escalation that leads to civil war. The USA has already had one and we should do everything we can to avoid another because it was the single great cause of American deaths, ever. If you say you care about people, then you should care about upholding the law, especially for those who are given guns by the government chosen "by the people".

Submission + - Man says Tesla car started on its own, crashed into trailer (ksl.com)

Mr.Intel writes: A Utah County man is calling for a deeper investigation into what went wrong after his Tesla Model S appeared to start up on its own and crash into the back of a trailer. “I think it behooves them to figure out what happened, what happened with the vehicle, address it,” Jared Overton said Tuesday. “Just fix it.”

Overton reported the issue to Tesla, and a week later received a letter from the company suggesting it was his fault. “Tesla has reviewed the vehicle’s logs, which show that the incident occurred as a result of the driver not being properly attentive to the vehicle’s surroundings while using the Summon feature or maintaining responsibility for safely controlling the vehicle at all times,” the letter signed by a regional service manager read.

Comment Re:Here's a good idea (Score 1) 235

TBH, I was surprised this was a windows box at all. It's been a while since I admined for a station, but the weather graphics were designed/rendered on an SGI box. Like the AVIDs, they had their own support contract. We did have a station IT administered Optiplex for the weather producer to put the segment together, but it was just an interface to the SGI's software. I'm sure that winsoft has caught up to SGI for this application and wouldn't be surprised if SGI was almost out of the market by now.

Comment Re:Here's a good idea (Score 5, Informative) 235

Having worked IT for a TV station, i can tell you that the weather graphics workstations are often NOT on the local AD domain. This is deliberate and the local IT guy usually doesn't "own" that particular workstation. It's usually up to the weather guy and weather software vendor to provide support. Likely, this little insightful nugget was lost on that pair or they simply didn't care. Either way, it might not be the IT guy's fault at all.

Submission + - BYU students create foosball table with artificial intelligence (ksl.com)

Mr.Intel writes: Concerns that artificial intelligence could overtake humans has spread to a new arena — the foosball table. For a school project, six computer engineering students at Brigham Young University worked together to make a foosball table that could bring heartbreak to humans who love to win tiny soccer games. By creating a software program that mimics human responses and reacts to foosball movements using robotic controls, the team successfully made a table that could best its masters.

Here is a video of it in action.

Submission + - San Bernardino's district attorney claims "cyber pathogen" on shooter's iPhone. (theguardian.com) 1

Mr.Intel writes: Michael Ramos claims a ‘lying dormant cyber pathogen’ on mass killer Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone still poses a threat.

The questionable claim comes from Ramos’s amicus brief in the case, filed with the US District Court on Thursday afternoon. In it, Ramos supports the FBI’s argument that Apple should be compelled to build a one-use version of its operating system to load on to the seized phone – used by the mass-murderer, but still technically property of his employer, San Bernardino county – in order to weaken the security and allow the Government to brute-force the shooter’s passcode.

Ramos gives a lot of evidence to back up his argument, but one claim in particular has been raising eyebrows. Ramos said: “The iPhone is a county owned telephone that may have connected to the San Bernardino County computer network. The seized iPhone may contain evidence that can only be found on the seized phone that it was used as a weapon to introduce a lying dormant cyber pathogen that endangers San Bernardino County’s infrastructure and poses a continuing threat to the citizens of San Bernardino County”.

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