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Comment Re:How long the user stores the video (Score 1) 321

IANAL, but AFAIK, there is no legal definition of "illegal download" unless it is downloaded through unauthorized access. There _are_ plenty of versions of illegal copying, but that is done on the servers side via something like send(), sendfile(), read()/write(), etc... so the host (youtube in this case) is the only possible violator unless you set up an intermediary to facilitate easier copying. So long as the users do not further distribute the copy given to them by the host, they are free to do with it as they wish unless they explicitly agreed otherwise.

Comment Re: Finally (Score 1) 319

AMD's original Geode - GX2 (used in their predecessor to One Laptop Per Child, a.k.a. the Personal Internet Communicator - later sold as the DECTop) doesn't have CMOV. All "Geodes" are not created equal. It would be interesting to see what the TDP and clock rate on these things would be on todays chip technology.

Submission + - These Birds Learn Their Mother's Calls Before They Hatch (

grrlscientist writes: A recently-published study reveals that nestlings of Australia’s Red-backed Fairy-wrens learn their mother’s calls before they hatch. These calls are a “vocal password” that the parents rely upon to identify their chicks. Thus, parent birds invest more effort into raising nestlings whose calls are most similar to their own.

Submission + - Apple employee commits suicide at HQ (

tlhIngan writes: Time for Apple to bring in suicide netting on their buildings. An Apple employee was found dead in a conference room early Wednesday morning at Apple's headquarters (1 Infinite Loop). A gun was found nearby. Prior to this discovery, a female Apple employee was escorted out with a head injury. It is believed to be an isolated incident with no further danger to Apple employees or the public.

Submission + - Zuckerberg: Let Me Control Facebook Forever or Humanity Will Suffer

theodp writes: Alongside Facebook's first quarter earnings, reports Fortune, the social media company announced plans for a new class of stock with no voting rights that would allow CEO Mark Zuckerberg to maintain control of the company after donating shares to his partially-philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. "The board's proposal will allow Facebook to maintain and improve upon the structure that has served shareholders well," explained Facebook's General Counsel, "while also enabling Mark to pursue his important goals through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative." Separately, Zuckerberg explained in a note: "While helping to connect the world will always be the most important thing I do, there are more global challenges that I feel a responsibility to help solve — like helping to cure all diseases by the end of this century, upgrading our education system so it’s personalized for each student, and protecting our environment from climate change. That’s why Priscilla and I created the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and committed to give 99 percent of our Facebook shares during our lives to advance human potential and promote equality. Today, Facebook’s board of directors is announcing a proposal to create a new class of stock that will allow us to achieve both goals. I’ll be able to keep founder control of Facebook so we can continue to build for the long term, and Priscilla and I will be able to give our money to fund important work sooner. Right now, there are amazing scientists, educators and doctors around the world doing incredible work. We want to help them make a bigger difference today, not 30 or 40 years down the road."

Comment Re:We've seen it before. It goes like this: (Score 1) 36

Google Real Estate on Maps (for 1 example) _could_ have been quite profitable - AFAICT, no tool compares to it still. Things at Google tend to get shut down before they've had time to succeed (they never really advertised the real estate side of Maps). Completely shutting things down, instead of just putting them in a maintenance only mode, erodes trust with users that have integrated the tech into their lives and developers that made it possible with the work the put into interfacing with the API. I no longer waste my time with any Google APIs.

Google isn't the only one, it happens when any tech company starts being run by bean counters who don't understand the intangible value of trust. I still think that Opera made a mistake shutting down Unite, it was just ahead of its time and users were just starting to figure it out when it was shut down.

Comment IC Engine (Score 2) 266

On this site IC typically means integrated circuit instead of internal combustion. The former sounds pretty good, an engine with no moving parts.

I think it's doable actually, wrap the "rails" from a maglev train around the inside of the wheels. Use SCRs to electronically control the electro-magnetic field for propulsion... and there you go, and integrated circuit engine with no moving parts except the wheels.

Comment Re:turnabout is fair play (Score 1) 157

In many cities, as part of the easement, the initial utility buys and installs the poles which are then owned by the city. The city can use eminent domain to procure the required land to place the poles. In return the utility gets to use them for a specified period of time and the city can allow other utilities to use the poles. It all depends on the local laws at the time and how it was set up.

Comment turnabout is fair play (Score 2) 157

AT&T thought it was fine and dandy when the city passed the ordinance that placed an easement on people's property, so that AT&T could use the land for utility poles and subterranean lines. They could always repeal the whole easement and give them the minimum time required by law to remove the equipment if AT&T keeps pressing the issue further.

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