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Comment Cite needed (Score 4, Interesting) 169

Perhaps not, but they certainly started selling stuff with the images of the characters from the movie including putting Elijah Woods face on things. That's what prompted the legal action.

I haven't seen any indication that the character image infringement issues were what "really" prompted the action. If that were so, this would be a non-story now (since they've removed all copyrighted pictures from their website and fliers) The copyright infringement may be where the pub was most definitively in the wrong, but it is far from the core of the issue.

Comment Think more carefully, please (Score 1) 169

If this was just a dispute over promotional material, the pub wouldn't need any licensing fees at all -- it would just have to stop using the screencaps. The studio demanded the pub stop all references to all "trademarked" characters (which would require them to change drink names and the pub name), despite the fact that it's clearly had rights for less than the pub's been operation (20 years). That's not a debate over copyright imagery, and indeed the article calls it a "trademark dispute." That's just absurd. I only regret that Fry and McKellen are actually paying these trademark trolls.

Comment Joblessness looks even worse... (Score 2) 427

Unpaid internship may not be as "good" as a real job on a cv or resume, but it's better than the hole in your resume that unemployment represents. You hear that from employment consultants, from managers, from professors and from parents.

And so the mentality becomes: if you're lucky enough to be able to afford to work for free, consider yourself lucky and do it. You're "lucky" because the economy is so bad and everyone's unemployed, but look! You're productive! Everything is solved.

And everyone who can't, tough on them; they can wash trash cans all day for $7 an hour. Serves them right for being poor.

Comment We don't need no stinkin' AI! (Score 3, Insightful) 291

Just bring us into the 21st century, for the love of FSM! Modern healthcare is not a doctor proscribing a treatment anymore... it's a network of specialists making recommendations and sharing data with each other. However, this "sharing" more often than not goes at pre-Internet speeds. Delays of days or even weeks are common as multiple opinions are sought, insurance companies are contacted, enormous paper portfolio are passed around, one for each facility... it's a real mess. It's not "doctoring" that keeps them busy; it's bureaucracy. It's reading test results off of carbon paper forms and waiting to see if their patient can even afford the "gold standard" treatment they want to give them (even if they're insured!)

Watson can't deal with any of that, really. And that ignores the danger bureaucratic errors can pose to an AI, such as test results that are inexplicably attributed to the wrong patient... what happens when Watson makes a crap diagnosis because of bad data? Can he eliminate bad data or even "show his work?"

Comment Yeah no... (Score 1) 286

This isn't going to be a popular opinion, but here goes: just because you work for a company that (ab)uses SEO, doesn't mean you have no work ethic and copy-paste everything. Content that is copied word for word does worse on rankings than content that isn't, so eHow actually does try to screen it out via an automatic plagiarism checker. They also have quality standards, haphazardly enforced as they can be.

That doesn't mean that everyone knows what they're talking about, and that bad content doesn't get through. But assuming that if you're a member of a company that employs thousands of people, you must be making a living off copy-pasting is quite ignorant.

See also: this article; it's admittedly a bit out of date.

Comment Content farm != link farm (Score 1) 286

Demand Media is a content farm; they pay people to write articles based on their interpretations of the Google algorithm. 95% "White-hat SEO", and no different from what places like HuffPost does. If the algorithm changes, they can make adjustments, do better keywords and content policing, and still make a buck.

Link farms, on the other hand, camp domain names and make a website entirely of Google ads, keywords and algorithms, usually by exploiting flaws in the rankings system that would normally discriminate against this kind of thing, aka "Black-hat CEO". They don't tend to have IPOs though, because anyone with half a brain knows they won't last once the loophole is fixed.

Comment So tax THEM (Score 1) 628

That's what corporation regulation and personal income taxes are for. Of course, in the spirit of "compromise" we've thrown those under the bridge. So really, we're living in the worst of all possible worlds. Those rich old white guys get to keep their profits and squeeze the rest of us, with us all the while believing that the Democrats are our "only defense against these horrible monsters."

Comment Please lookup "freefall." (Score 1) 1276

I reluctantly put on my pedant's mask and wizard hat.

Glenn Beck's ratings are still above the competition, but they are ALSO in freefall: down 30% since the beginning of the year (his competitors are suffering, but not as much). Moreover, they're down with the advertiser's gold mine demographic of 25-50-year-olds, 48% 2010 to 2011 year-over-year. Don't get me wrong; he's still very popular, and people declaring right-wing sensationalism "dead" as a result of this are jumping to conclusions. But in the cable news world, this is a massive shakeup. (not sourced; do a fucking search)

Don't make the mistake he makes all the time: intentionally answering the wrong questions with the right answer to enter the land of crazies.

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