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Comment Re:Fair use (Score 1) 131

It would be fair use only if used infrequently. For example, if you want to quote someone else's article in your article, that's fair use. However, if your entire business is dependent upon making snippets from thousands of articles, that's no longer fair use, it's commercial use.

No, you're wrong.

First, fair use applies to both commercial and non-commercial uses. For example, when Mad Magazine did a movie parody, that would be fair use, even though the magazine us sold for an increasing cheap price and is a commercial venture.

Second, the previous poster didn't really explain it well. Fair use is when a copyrighted work is used without permission in a way that, but for fair use, would be infringing, but which is not infringing because it is in the general purpose of copyright to allow such a use. It's evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and is completely fact dependent. This, any particular use might be a fair use, but not just any use actually is.

There's a test for finding out whether a use is fair or not. It has four factors, though it isn't a matter of adding up how many factors go one way or another, and depending on the case, one factor might be treated as outweighing another. Plus, it's just a tool; other factors can be considered too.

The factors are: 1) the purpose and character of the use, such as whether the use is for profit or not, whether the use would advance the progress of knowledge by resulting in something new or otherwise helpful; 2) the nature of the work being used, such as whether it is fictional and therefore very creative and worth protecting, or factual, and therefore not worth protecting quite so much (how a work presents itself is also often relevant in copyright; if you claim that something is a fact, even though it's made up or is just a hypothesis, others may get to treat it as a fact) as well as whether the work being used has already been published or not; 3) the amount of the work used, and how important to the work that portion is; and 4) whether the use will have a negative effect on the value or market for the work (positive effects are not considered).

Snippets of this type -- in aggregate, mind you -- have repeatedly been found to be fair use in the US because for the first factor, although the use is commercial in nature, it provides a benefit to society in being able to search for this material (which of course requires as much material as possible to be used in constructing the index, even though the index itself, as opposed to the results of a search, is not made available), the second factor may weigh against the use depending on the material being indexed, but it is not treated as being very important, obviously the whole work must be used to make the index for the index to be useful, so the third factor doesn't matter, and for the fourth factor, it doesn't harm the market for news articles to be able to find them and to see in one or two lines why they match your search terms. It doesn't matter if that's the business model.

And if you think this is extreme, look at time shifting, which is bad on all of the first three factors, but is sufficiently successful on the fourth so as to be fair use (in a general way, since again it is highly fact dependent)

Comment Re:Bring it to my area (Score 1) 203

Ditto. I'm sitting here not too far from Google headquarters and I'm dying to get their service. I don't know why they've been targeted "non-technie" communities, but if they'd start rolling out their service to areas with a higher concentration of tech workers, they'd see the numbers they were hoping for.

Comment Re:Laissez Faire Capitalist Here... (Score 5, Interesting) 203

...But I'm really starting to think internet-as-a-municipal-utility is the answer here.

Well, except for the whole direct government control of my data thing.

I have been on a municipal fiber network (UTOPIA) for the last ten years and I couldn't be happier. As far as I know, the government doesn't have anything to do with my data, they are just responsible for making sure the physical network is operational. My ISP is responsible for routing my data to the internet or other peers. I guess theoretically they could "control" my data if they really wanted to but why would my city care about my data? I'm just not seeing a motive for someone at that level of government trying to interfere with data on the network, I'm way more concerned about the feds snooping on my data and we know for that ISPs like Comcast and AT&T invite them right in. The owner of my (local) ISP has been very outspoken about free speech and net neutrality so I'm pretty sure they would resist any efforts for wholesale data harvest (although the feds can just as easily tap their upstream providers to see what's flowing off the network). And if I quit loving my current ISP, I can easily switch to a dozen others on a whim.

At least to this point the network has been stable and blazing fast. On the few occasions there have been network problems, my ISP gives full technical details about the cause of the issue and what they are doing to fix it. It's been a lot cheaper and loads faster than my previous ISP, Comcast. With cable there was constant slowdowns and I seldom, if ever, received the advertised speed. With fiber, my symmetric connection delivers exactly the speed I bought at all times of day. Granted, it's been 10 years since I last was on cable and maybe it's improved since then but it's still light years behind judging by the posts about it on Slashdot. Plus, I don't have to deal with Comcast's "Customer Service" or "Technical Support" anymore, which is worth its weight in gold.

Comment Re:I would invest (Score 1) 156

Are you really this daft? The story posted to Slashdot RIGHT BEFORE this one is "Singapore Launches World's First 'Self-driving' Taxi Service". Also, Uber is planning on deploying autonomous cars to Pittsburgh "as soon as this month". Yes, there will be a "driver" (at least for now) but autonomous driving systems are only getting better and cheaper while human drivers keep the same skill level and get more expensive. They're not only coming, they are here today.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Re:Why do people still go there? (Score 3, Informative) 347

From Wiki:

Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the United States totaled $10.9 billion during February 2013 ...
In the US, tourism is either the first, second, or third largest employer in 29 states ...
Tourists spend more money in the United States than any other country, while attracting the second-highest number of tourists

Comment Re:Fuck mdsolar (Score 1) 319

I don't think that this submission was particularly biased. Nuclear technology does get lots of subventions by the state, some of them in the form that the state takes over if there is an accident like this.

I've seen lots of MS spam lately, that's far more unpleasant to read.

This isn't handouts from the state, this is nuclear weapons waste. This is the government cleaning up after itself. It's got nothing to do with subsidies.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 4, Informative) 319

To be fair it looks like we are going to subsidize any type of energy production though; by allowing climate change we are collectively giving a much bigger hand out to the fossil fuel industry. Don't misunderstand, I'm not saying let people off the hook for actually causing problems like this or trying to be dismissive of the actual problems, but realistically, since it looks like we're already dealing with the externalities of energy, $2 billion dollars is still less than we will be paying for fossil fuels over the long run. It still sucks, but before anyone jumps on the inevitable anti-nuclear soapbox, don't forget that we're all subsidizing energy in one way or another.

This has nothing to do with energy, this is waste from nuclear weapons production.

Comment Re:How do you ban someone from passing on this cos (Score 1) 445

They do this with gas stations. Gas stations are prohibited from enumerating on their signage the taxes which the corrupt statist pigs are saddling you with.

At least in my state, all taxes are displayed on each pump. There may not be station-provided signage everywhere but it is pretty apparent how much taxes add to the cost of the fuel.

Comment Re: More like 11 reasons to be depressed about tec (Score 1) 282

And clean up after the cows. Every barn everywhere uses a lot of water to wash out mud/waste/dirt/food/etc

Have you ever been in a barn? There isn't a lot of washing going on. Generally, there is a bunch of manure and hay on the floor, once in a while it might get shoveled out but seldom, if ever, gets washed out.

Comment Re:It makes the Raspberry PI (Score 4, Informative) 124

The Pi Zero costs the same and has a much faster CPU, 8x the RAM, support for external storage, HDMI video output, nearly three times as many GPIO pins, and its USB/HDMI/Power/Camera ports/sockets are already populated with connectors. How exactly does the Pi "look like daylight robbery"? The only advantage that the Omega2 seems to have is built-in networking support.

I'll be the first to admit that these devices are serving very different purposes (the Omega2 seems to want to be a network-enabled arduino), but it hardly makes the Zero seem like a poor value considering the Zero is so much more powerful/capable.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

I'm looking forward to the nuclear powered bus.

But who's going to drive it? Without enough farebox revenue to pay drivers, a lot of cities have to completely shut down bus service at night and on Sundays and major holidays. (Source: fwcitilink.com)

A computer is going to drive it. Busses are low-hanging fruit for automation.

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