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Comment Re:Raspberry Pi & OSMC (Score 1) 226

Obviously you've never used kodi...

You can configure a game controller, IR remote, or even a remote device over wifi using Kodi's HTTP interface, or a dedicated app (I often use an android tablet running Kore to control my kodi PC from the couch).

And when I want to do some serious work (like editing filenames, etc.) I grab the bluetooth keyboard with built-in trackpad that sits on the table next to my TV and use that.

Kodi rocks - I can't tell you how many people who visit ask me to setup Kodi machines for them (i usually refuse due to lack of time, not to mention it works best when you have a media library sitting somewhere on the network, which most people don't).

Comment Re:Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial jud (Score 1) 23

Actually whoever the new guy is, I don't find the site to be "improved" at all; seems a little crummy. The story was butchered and incorrectly interpreted, and the all important software for interaction seems less interactive.

But what do I know?

As to my absence I've been a bit overwhelmed by work stuff, sorry about that, it's no excuse :)

Comment Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial judge (Score 4, Informative) 23

The story as published implies that the ruling overruled the lower court on the 3 issues. In fact, it was agreeing with the trial court on the third issue -- that the sporadic instances of Vimeo employees making light of copyright law did not amount to adopting a "policy of willful blindness".

Submission + - Appeals court slams record companies on DMCA in Vimeo case

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the long-simmering appeal in Capitol Records v. Vimeo, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld Vimeo's positions on many points regarding the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. In its 55 page decision (PDF) the Court ruled that (a) the Copyright Office was dead wrong in concluding that pre-1972 sound recordings aren't covered by the DMCA, (b) the judge was wrong to think that Vimeo employees' merely viewing infringing videos was sufficient evidence of "red flag knowledge", and (c) a few sporadic instances of employees being cavalier about copyright law did not amount to a "policy of willful blindness" on the part of the company. The Court seemed to take particular pleasure in eviscerating the Copyright Office's rationales. Amicus curiae briefs in support of Vimeo had been submitted by a host of companies and organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, Public Knowledge, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Comment Re:Whose pay? (Score 4, Insightful) 271

right afterwards got hired at a new job that pays closer to $78k a year. I'll be doing basically the same work at the new job.

Each time I've been laid off (twice in my career), I've landed a better job getting paid more money...

So being laid off isn't always a terrible thing - sometimes it's really just the spark that ignites the job hunt for a better paying job. I know the first time it happened my salary pretty much tripled with the next job - which suggests that the company I had been with for 5 years had been taking advantage of my accumulated skills and entry-level pay.

In my case, I ended up doing software development for different industries each time, which also gave me an opportunity to learn something new.

Comment Re: Flawed logic (Score 1) 221

Actually, I believe there is absolutely no law against making copies of money for your own personal use.

Feel free to make a bazillion copies of a $20 bill - as long as you don't then try to use them as actual currency, you're all good! Use them to wipe your ass, draw mustaches on them, build a house with them, do whatever you want.

Comment Re: Flawed logic (Score 1) 221

WRONG, you clearly don't understand GPL.

ANYONE can sell GPL software as long as any modifications they have made to it are released as GPL as well.

There is absolutely no restrictions on selling GPL software as long as you abide by the license, which states clearly that you must release all your modifications under the GPL license.

Comment Re:How the.... (Score 1) 156

If you need to transcribe the actual error details, accuracy matters.

Most humans are terrible at transcribing what they read directly to text (especially if it's full of numbers and symbols).

In the case of Haiku (the operating system), the QR Code in the kernel debugger includes more information about the error (not just the error name), so it makes it easier to transcribe what the user sees on the screen to text which can be used to file a bug report.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 1) 67

What is right wing about filing a lawsuit to unmask a doe, suing that person, then settling for a much smaller amount. It seems this is used by many different trolls, and likely doesn't have any political ideology behind it. It is sleazy though. Filing a lawsuit with the intention of settling just to get a payout is wrong. It is short circuiting the justice system for personal profit.

Yeah that's neither right nor left, it's the universal language of greedy bloodsuckers.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 3, Interesting) 67

What is right wing about that process? The Democrats support the movie industry, not the Republicans.

The fact that Democrats support something doesn't negate the possibility of something being right wing. The Democrats are not ideologically pure, or ideologically homogenous, and very few of them can be considered "left".

To me, pretending that copyright is only about property rights, and ignoring the fact that copyright was also supposed to be about free speech and about making material available for free to the public after a limited time, is definitely "right wing".

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