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Submission + - Smurfy Homebrew Shakedown (

RevEng2600 writes: An Amiga homebrewer that released a free Smurf homebrew has been hit with a C&D.

In a twist that sounds like it came straight from the MPAA/RIAA handboook, Studio Peyo's legal team wants the homebrewer to immediately fork over 2000 Euro, and they even include their bank deposit info in the notice.

Are the little blue guys that hard up for money? Is this a future model for C&D notices?

Comment Re:Contractor (Score 1) 473

I'm a contractor with pre-existing conditions, and I got health insurance without any problem. I think health insurance generally runs from $3000-$12000/year depending on what you need and how big your family is. My current New York subsidized plan is about $4500/yr.

Comment Re:I do believe it because it based on sound scien (Score 5, Informative) 1105

Actually according to them, only 32.6% "of climate science papers agree on it":

We find that 66.4% of abstracts expressed no position on AGW, 32.6% endorsed AGW, 0.7% rejected AGW and 0.3% were uncertain about the cause of global warming. Among abstracts expressing a position on AGW, 97.1% endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming. source

Comment Re:A simple summary... (Score 4, Informative) 143

"Evidence at trial showed Alcatel's patent application to the U.S. Patent Office (USPTO) that resulted in the issuance of the '131 patent was faulty because the claimed invention was both anticipated and rendered obvious by technologies from the 1980's that preceded Alcatel's patent application by years." source

Comment Before you make up your mind (Score 2) 841

It's worth reading the New York Times article author's response to the accusations which was written before Elon Musk's new blog post with the data. And also remember when this all happened before? I'm not sure who to believe, but I'm not sure why everybody thinks the NYT reporter is blatantly lying but Musk wouldn't fudge the numbers a little. I think some of Musk's response is weak and still dances around some major issues that the reporter had with the car. All the graphs he posted are shown in miles instead of time, which hides some of the problems that the reporter talked about, like going to bed with with a 90 mile charge and waking up and finding the battery with 25 miles.

Comment Not a good policy to avoid abandonware (Score 1) 134

To avoid abandonware you have to look for software developed by a strong group of well-organized developers that have a history of maintaining their software. The most reliable may be open-source developers or they may be commercial. If a project like VLC is abandoned, are you really going to take over developing VLC yourself, fixing all the bugs when the new version of Android comes out? Is that really better than just learning whatever video player has replaced VLC?

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