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Submission + - Image enhancement specialists or software?

pem writes: Here's a video of a package thief. The license plate is visible in a gazillion frames, so I was surprised to see a plea to call the police "if you've seen the man in the video."

Surely someone around here is expert enough on superresolution photo stacking to enhance the license plate from continuous video frames, no?

Comment Re:Ahh, one of those links (Score 1) 19

Now, since the ISP does own the trademark

That assumes facts not yet in evidence. Yes, the ISP has filed an application, but they haven't yet been granted an actual trademark. I have no idea what will happen here, but a lot of courts and national trademark registrars would take a dim view of someone finding out that somebody else just started using a name, and then rushing out and trademarking it and claiming to the world that they were there first.

they do get to decide who can use it, right?

Copyright trolls like righthaven and prenda and this new Swedish one) need to die, but this isn't the right way to kill them.

To the uninitiated (especially the uninitiated who conflate copyright law with trademark law, which the ISP is stupidly encouraging here by saying "nyah, nyah, nyah, you guys don't respect intellectual property so you have no moral standing"), the ISP's actions could look a lot like someone stealing an unreleased (or just-released) song and claiming they wrote it.

It's really hard to imagine that the ISP just happened to come up with that name themselves, that they really had a plan to use it "in commerce" (which is, after all, what trademark law is all about), and that they had no idea the the troll was planning on using the same name. All of these things will come out in an official setting, and it won't be pretty, and it could set back the cause of fighting copyright trolls a bit, because it really makes the ISP look like it's run by douchebags.

Comment No, no, it doesn't (Score 2) 19

Because I thought Occam's Razor fully explained what the answer would be.

But since you pointed out the paucity of my research, I went ahead and spent another 10 minutes on this. I found out that if you enter "Spridningskollen" in the box at:

https://was.prv.se/VarumarkesD...

you will, in fact, find out that the trademark was applied for on August 31st.

I know nothing about Swedish trademark law, but most countries are not amused by this sort of stunt.

You're welcome.

Comment GPL was definitely right for Linux (Score 1) 238

Linux got a leg up from all the Unix lawsuits, but also from all the commercial Unix vendors vying to be the next Microsoft with strategic incompatibilities.

And this valid experience obviously colored Torvalds' worldview.

Linux showed that the benefits of a common foundation far outweighed the marginal dollars lost from lock-in. So much so that if you waved a magic wand and got rid of the GPL restrictions, you'd still have everybody and his brother trying to push changes upstream. Because it's a hell of a lot easier to accept new version of code if you don't have to keep merging your customizations.

Comment Re:Perhaps (Score 1) 990

That's a completely different argument than "all taxation is theft."

In any case, the $7500 credit is not really designed as a taxpayer subsidy -- it was designed to reimburse the manufacturers for the R&D expenses of moving to electric, without direct government expenditure (but with a government loss of revenue). That's why it phases out after each manufacturer has sold a certain number.

However, it really does trickle down, in that used EV prices comprehend the credit. You can get a used i-Miev for $6K or so in some markets.

Comment Re:2013 Leaf Owner here (Score 1) 990

Sorry, must not have been you. Yes, I do own an EV. Yes, I live in Austin. Yes, I have seen somebody waiting to pick someone up at ACC, sitting in an EV at the charger with the AC on.

Come to think of it, though, it couldn't have been you because IIRC it was a plug-in hybrid, not a BEV.

And yes, I'm a prick, but not as much of one as someone who hogs the charger just to run the AC when their car is perfectly capable of running on gas anyway.

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