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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.

Comment Re:That was kind of the point (Score 1) 457

= = = One concept that certainly didn't translate from the book to the film was that serving didn't necessarily mean toting around a weapon. It meant putting your blood, sweat, and tears into service for society.= = =

Of course, if "society" decided to undertake an interstellar war of indefinite duration after you signed up for, e.g. the research station on Pluto, you were stuck for the duration. And not able to vote (for example, against continuing the war) until you were discharged, which would be... after the end of the war.

sPh

Comment Re: Good, then we can scrap that stupid f-35 (Score 1) 325

Yes, the fact that you still owe on the bonds does not change the forward-looking analysis which ignores sunk cost. So if the forward-looking decision is to abandon, you abandon. Then you figure out how to make your bond payments. For example, I'm paying taxes to pay off bonds for a project that a number of municipal electric utilities bought into that failed; its been 7 years and we only have 23 more years of taxes to go.

sPh

Comment Re: Good, then we can scrap that stupid f-35 (Score 2) 325

= = = Sunk costs doesnt mean tou payed the loan off yet. = = =

That's a point that I've seen some otherwise very smart economic/business analysts misunderstand. If you're $2 billion into a project and your analysis determines that the best course of action is to terminate it, then doing so is optimal. But unless you also file for bankruptcy your organization is still on the hook to repay the $2 billion of bonds that you issued to finance the project.

sPh

Comment Re:Stay out of the way (Score 4, Informative) 169

= = = Stay out of the way and let the people sort it out. Government interference always makes things worse = = =

Actually, in its response to the FERC's requirement to develop plans for geomagnetic events the US provision-of-electricity industry explicitly said that preparations for ordinary geomagnetic storms (say up to G5-) were its responsibility, but preparation for catastrophic events such as G5+ Carringon Events was not within its capability and should be undertaken by government.

sPh

Comment Re:Overstepping Constitutional authority (Score 3, Informative) 169

= = = If there is no Law that permits the executive branch to prepare for space weather, than the President is not permitted to order it. = = =

So back in the early-mid 1990s when the Internet was a new thing to most people/organizations and US Government agencies started using their discretionary funds to build websites to provide information to Citizens, that was impermissible because there was no law authorizing it? Interesting. In fact, I'd be surprised if even today there is a specific law authorizing Executive Branch agencies to "build websites" or "use the Internet".

sPh

Comment Re:Like it would have mattered (Score 1) 176

I don't have a link for the specific article, but Washington University reported that they would have 8 portable cell towers in operation to supplement the usual service ( https://debate.wustl.edu/ ). That compares to the 1992 debate, when they had the phone company install 3500 temporary phone lines and converted athletic building showers into film developing cubicles [1]

sPh

fn1: still the 1904 Olympics gym and locker room at that time with heavy-duty tile everwhere

Comment Re:Not equally (Score 1) 867

= = =
Also this year, Bernie Sanders was a serious contender to succede Obama as head of the Democrats (and the country).
The ideology of the Democrat party, led by Obama, is similar to the ideology of Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders says Bernie Sanders is a Communist, the country's best-known Communist.
Obama might not exactly *be* a communist, but he's on the same team as the leading US Communist
= = =

I've been reading online discussions for 34 years and that is one of the most amazing leaps of mis-logic I've ever seen.

Minor point: Sanders is a self-describe Socialist, not Communist. Bit of a difference.

Second point: Sanders' socialism is the good old fashioned 'democratic socialism' that rebuilt Europe from 1950-1970, not even close to the full-scale socialism proposed in the 1920s-30s (and at other times).

Third point: Sanders, although not a member of the Democratic Party, was a serious candidate for the Democratic nomination for President. He was not a "serious contender" and had a very small chance of actually winning (probably less than 10%)

Finally, being a serious candidate for a party office does not mean that one's ideology thereby infects that party, much less retroactively infect previously elected officeholders. Barack Obama not only married into a South Side family he became a standard South Side conservative Democrat and is overall to the conservative side of the median USian. He'd be the successor to Eisenhower if the Republicans could bear to let him join the country club.

sPh

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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Comment Connection? (Score 2) 111

= = = While this deal is being negotiated, Samsung's mobile phone business has been navigating a recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones over issues with batteries catching fire and exploding.= = =

I doubt there is much more connection between Samsung's printer and cell phone divisions than there is between their printer and guided missile destroyer units.

sPh

Comment Re:Apple CPU design (Score 1) 324

That's a good question. My guess is probably not, at least at the level where there is direct consumer interaction. I would think camera manufacturers would have been interested in the Lightning connector for example but I never heard a hint of discussions in the photo hardware press, leading me to think there were none. [presumably Apple in engages in the patent/technology horsetrading along with all other high-tech firms]

sPh

Comment Apple CPU design (Score 3, Interesting) 324

Apple's CPU design work doesn't seem to get much coverage outside the highly technical trade press, but they have and continue to produce great designs on the ARM base. Not sure if their license allows them to sell their chips to 3rd parties, but I'd think both the 9 and 10 series would be attractive to many systems designers (aerospace, etc). Also wondering if Apple is moving toward at least a dual-CPU (x86 + A10, say) design for the next generation of Macintosh.

sPh

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