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1724 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

New Euro IP law promises artists torpedoes to sink pirates

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

@AC 12:01 GMT

It's not uncommon for commercial companies to claim ownership of either other peoples material or public domain material and get take-downs issued for it.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20091028/0306106704.shtml

I think the most bizarre case though, has to be that of Christopher Knight, Viacom took a video that he had made for non-profit purposes and without trying to acquire Knight’s permission, used it in a for-profit broadcast on a program called “Web Junk 2.0” shown on VH1, when Knight made a YouTube clip of what they did with his material, they charged him with copyright infringement and had YouTube pull the clip.

http://theknightshift.blogspot.com/2007/08/viacom-hits-me-with-copyright.html

It seems that the copyright mafiaa are like rabid dogs, once they’ve pissed on something, they own it. Or to put it another way, “don’t do as we do, do as we say”

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Whacked moon rocks yield up their secrets

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Alien

They aren’t meteors...

...they're monoliths landing.

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Outside-the-box thinking literally can't be done inside a box, say profs

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Paris Hilton

May I be the first...

...to use a Paris Icon, because it is much more difficult to think outside the box if you are inside a large box at the time.

fnarrrr fnarrrrr

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Thumb Up

Bollocks or brilliant?

Brilliant! P.F.M! Getting funding to do this sort of research, pure genuis, I'd love to see the submission for the research grant.

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Judges probe minister's role in McKinnon extradition saga

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Thumb Up

Precisely,

The only damage McKinnon did was to embarrass somebody

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Starship Voyager dumped into skip

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Headmaster

Beige Alert!

No No!!! "Magnolia" or "Barley White", never call it beige.

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Microsoft names SQL Server 2012 launch date

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Windows

New Public Holiday

Meanwile in other news, BOFHs announce 7th March as "Server Crash Day"

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Potent proton pulse to BOMBARD EARTH Tuesday morn

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Paris Hilton

"Just what do they teach kids these days?"

Too busy watching Paris....

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Laser used to cool semiconductor

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Paris Hilton

Any reference to cool vibrational modes...

...requires the use of the Paris icon

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MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Devil

He knows what he is talking about

The head of the copyright mafiaa is making an offer the politicians can't refuse

Those that don't accept will sleep with the voters.

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Headmaster

No No; get the terminology right

Lobbying is what you do when you give brib^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H make political donations

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
FAIL

The Shi... White House

The copyright mafiaa’s true modus operandi is revealed, still as that one time resident of the White House (was he???) Abe Lincoln once said “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time”.

Oh, and this one as well, “'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt”.

My prediction as to what difference this petition will make… Nil, the copyright mafia will just bribe more senators to get their way, then one day they will find that they too have gone the way of the dinosaurs.

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Apple launches three-pronged education assault

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@ThomH

Excellent news THomH, I genuinely delighted to see that, do you have any idea if Gill & Macmillan or Folens are going to do the same?

However I do stand over my comment that "most" is not "all", and to assume otherwise is just speculation on you part.

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

'most' of their offerings priced at $14.99 or less.

"Most" is not "All", it will be the same as with CDs, $14.99 or less will only apply to the one that don't sell well. Looks like nobody has written any economics books that explain supply and demand pricing in iBook format.

Added to which the demand for educational texts is artificial since the demand is created by the requirement to read specific texts and not by open market forces.

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Joke

Yellow t-shirt is having a David Bowman moment

My god, it's full of angry birds.

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German court shoots down patent gripe against Apple

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

Ja! Das ist gut.

Now I know you've lost it LarsG, Germans at a comedy festival

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Black Helicopters

Das bootinderarse

Quite clearly a rant by LarsG with no proof.

Unfortunately I am inclined to agree with him, the greed of big corporations knows no bounds, it's not personal ya know, it’s just business.

For example, Goldman Sachs, employed by the Irish government to advise it on how to deal with the bond holders of the discredited Anglo Irish bank such as Goldman Sachs. No conflict of interest, it’s just business.

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Bonfire of the brands: ICANN's top-level domain selloff

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Coat

The top level domain name would be...

.UnitedTechnologiesCorporation.Boing.McDonnell.Douglas.Hughes.Pratt&Whitney.Hamilton Standard.Sikorsky.Rocketdyne.sunstrand.otis

What am I bid for this URL....

Boing.... once

Boing.... twice

Bong!

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Russia and NASA plan to COLONISE the Moon

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Alien

Who's going to be first...

...to dig up Tyco crater.

DAH DAHHHHHH

Boom-boom boom-boom boom-boom boom-boom.

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American search team fails to find women's G-spot

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Devil

Weapons of Massive Dick-straction

Is that the same 'merkin team what went looking for WMDs as well.

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Coffee/keyboard

Toggle Switch...

fnarrrr fnarrrr!

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MIT boffins devise faster Fast Fourier transform

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Joke

"decompose the image into some basis function and discard unimportant ones."

I just tried that on my X-Factor greatest hits, I managed to compress the whole CD into a file of 0 bytes.

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Windows 8 will show where it likes to be touched

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Joke

secret magical knowledge, robed wizards

I thought this article was about windoze not *nix.

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Headmaster

butt shirley

Never seen a "windows inside" sticker, was it not "Intel Inside" or "Windows Vista Compatible", the latter definitely one to put on a waste bin.

I made one that said “MVS Inside” and stuck it on my work computer, confused the hell out of a couple of the business people when they saw that when I had mainframe session open as well!

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Facebook litters Timeline with apps

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Pint

Cheers Atomic Jam, any relation to Goat Jam????

I prefer to corrupt the system from the inside by feeding shit to FB whenever I can (reporting targeted ads as irrelevant, offensive etc.). Probably doesn’t do much but it helps me.

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Black Helicopters

Welcome to the Hotel California,

You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave

Are you sure you've left it??? This is what farcebook thought of your personal information back in 2009:-

"You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content."

They wouldn’t put that in the T&C unless they had/have the facility to do it.

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Spam-squirting hole found in McAfee antivirus kit

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
FAIL

My 26 day old PC is Spam monster

Last night I got email bounced back to me by MSN and Hotmail saying my IP address was spamming.

A Brand new windoze 7 PC, only 26 days in use with a free 60 day trial version of McAfee.

I think the trial period just ended, AVG, zonealarm et al, here I come (again).

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Australia, US agree to space junk talks

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Joke

Ginger bottles in space.

Excellent film, nearly as good as "Debbie does the space station"

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Teen net addicts pee in bottles to stay glued to WoW

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

Cure for addiction

That's easy, make them play farmville for 14 hours without a break

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EU asks why credit cards are so expensive

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Holmes

"The consultation – asks for feedback on how to encourage payment companies to reduce their rates while increasing the security of payments"

(1) Take their licences to operate away from them if they don't drop their costs.

(2) Make the institutions liable for all fraudulent use of a card*

The financial institutions need an incentive to do this, at the moment they have all the advantages and the card owner has all the disadvantages, it should be the other way round. Oh, and the EU/governments need to grow a pair as well.

* before anyone makes a post about defrauding the bank by using my card and then ringing up the back to say it's been stolen 20 minutes later, I mean genuine cases of fraud, e.g. where your card is used in two locations at the same time.

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George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

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Thumb Up

Tee Hee.....

Nice Pratchett reference there TC

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

Kurasawa

Hmmmppphhh No, the 1980 film "battle beyond the stars" that you are thinking of, that is. Yeesssssss. As the hero the one with john-boy walton.

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

"Lucas also revealed his disappointment of being attacked by Star Wars fans, hitting out at those unhappy... ...three prequels"

"Too bad he made those terrible, terrible prequals before quitting".

Hmmmppppp, My memory of it that there was always be 9 films going to, 3 trilogies. This story on wookieepedia see:- http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sequel_trilogy

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Flog secondhand MP3s at your peril - law guru

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Headmaster

@Jim in Hayward

No. You’re mixing credits and debits the wrong way. Ignoring P&P etc, you bought an asset for $11, it depreciated by $7 and you sold it for $4, you may think you are ‘up’ $4 on the whole transaction, but remember, you also lost an asset worth $4. Net asset gain to you. Zero.

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

I think you miss my point entirely, what is a digital file, it’s a collection of 1’s and 0’s that are copied, it’s only how those 1’s and 0’s are interpreted at the end of the transfer process that ascribes any value to them. The money in my bank account may not have been the best example, and it was a bit disparaging, but there are also a lot of securities that are routinely traded that don’t physically exist either.

“copyright law mostly does not allow the reproduction of a digital file on someone else's computer, even if the original copy was lawfully downloaded and is subsequently deleted”

What Redigi have tried to do is create/access a new market, if Redigi have 1 copy of a song they say they will only sell 1 copy and if some smart ass tries to sell the same track again Redigi will reject it.

Redigi also said that it would give a portion of each sale to the artists and record labels, something that secondhand sales don’t usually, sadly that is not enough to satisfy the greed of the copyright mafiaa.

Unfortunately for the copyright mafiaa, the stable door is open, the horse has bolted, bred in the wild, multiplied, and mutated, formed herds and created its own state of existence. Meanwhile, the copyright mafiaa are still trying to close the stable door.

@ david wilson;

No it didn’t work out too well for Brooks, sales of the next record slumped miserably and he had to relent and allow the records stores that engaged in the “evil” practice of selling secondhand CDs to sell his new CD, I believe he now only distributes his CDs through wal-mart.

“This judgement is about selling stuff to other people in a situation where the 'original' can't reliably be shown to have been properly deleted.”

I don’t agree with that, this is exactly the same method politicians use to lie, hide the lie by wrapping it in a bit of the truth; you can never be sure that the original has been deleted, the only way around that is to never let a legitimately downloaded piece of music be resold, It’s a bit like presidential candidate Rick Santorum when he says he has nothing against gay people, as long as they don’t do anything gay, I guess the copyright mafiaa are the same, they’ve nothing against secondhand music sales, as long as nobody sells anything secondhand.

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
WTF?

Payment in perpetuity

Does an electonic transfer of money constitue forgary? After all no physical money changed hands, the banks just make an electonic copy of the money. The banks may say that the electonic original was destroyed after the transfer and I presume that is what Redigi are doing as well.

Also second hand CD sales are the bain of the copyright mafia, remember in 1993 when that twat garth brooks withheld his albums from stores that sell used CDs, calling the practice "evil".

This judgement is exactly what the copyright maffia want, it makes it clear that you have to buy a new copy of a song each time you change a disk, format, player etc. Why is it that the copyright mafiaa expect payment in perpetuity for a once off piece of work, it's a bit like the teachers who taught me expecting a share of my salary for ever.

I've bought the CD and the copyright mafiaa made money from me when I did that, they aren’t getting any more.

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Wikipedia to shut down Wednesday in SOPA protest

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

You don't like Mondays

because Someone's Looking At You(r posts)?

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

Following the silly fad of giving bills acronymic monikers

Can I offer:-

Bill Of Legislature Linking Online Crime with Killing Sales, or BOLLOCKS for short.

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10 years ago today: Bill Gates kicks arse over security

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

@AC 09:59

Yes you are right, but...

The problem is the flawed windoze security model, and the way mickeysoft allows windoze to be managed. In XP the default set up is an administrator and an awful lot of standard packages expect admin privilege by default. Even when installing office some parts of MS office can be configured to install if required.

When MS adopted the “let the package install the software it needs approach”, it gave all security control to the package installers, installing and updating software should be an admin function, not a user function.

The place were I work at the moment is even worse, the server with all the installation software is wide open, if you want to install a piece of software, tell the admins you need a licence and install it your self!!!!!

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Google MORTIFIED by Mocality's 'scalped data' claims

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

Fixed it for you Kelly!

"We were mortified to learn that Mocality found out about a team of people working on a Google project that improperly used Mocality’s data and misrepresented our relationship with Mocality to encourage customers to create new websites," said Google's European product and apology engineering veep Nelson Mattos.

"We’ve already unreservedly apologised to Mocality. We’re still investigating exactly how Mocality found out about it, and as soon as we have all the facts, we’ll be taking the appropriate action with the people involved."

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Busted Phobos-Grunt in harmless splashdown

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

Let's celebrate...

...at the Phat Phuc noodle bar.

http://www.phatphucnoodlebar.com/

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MS, Intel challenged over Windows 8 tablet prices

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

bigger?

$1000 for a tablet computer with 15" screen and keyboard, I think they are called laptops, and you could probably get one for less than $1000. I feel that if you do need that sort of computing power a laptop is a better solution.

I'll agree you that you need a bigger screen to do useful work, I have a smart 'fone that I have stopped using as a smart phone as the screen is too small (being a short sighted old fart doesn’t help either). The 6" screen on my ebook reader was just about usable, so I have just purchased a 10" 'droid tablet, I only got it a day ago so I haven’t had any time to access it yet.

However it only cost €219 for a 10", 8GB capacitive touch screen tablet so I don't fell too bad about giving it a try.

But spend over €700 for a windoze tablet!!!! You must be effing joking.

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Flash drive meltdown fingered in Swedish IT blackout

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

As one old sytems programmer said to me a very long time ago:-

"F*ck going foward, as long as we can go backwards we'll be OK" It's a variation on data you havent saved in at least two locations, hasn't been saved at all!

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UK student faces extradition to US after piracy case ruling

Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

@madra (what a dog of a name by the way)

I've chosen my computer table as my data-centre, and I _know_ it'll never leave the region it's stored in

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Trollface

/dev/null

best place for a lot of amerikan "entertainment"

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

rights are protected by the constitution

including all men (and women) being equal....... but separate.

Constitutions ain't law, it's lobby groups that write the law.

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

read the article...

"The US government claims in June 2010 it was the 1779th most popular website in the world, and that O’Dwyer made over $230,000 from advertising revenues as a result"

The operative word is "claims" as distinct from "can prove"

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Big Brother

@Drew V.

"Maybe we should all travel with O'Dwyer to America"

I think you'll find that the US border, courtesy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance operation, now extends to quite a few international airports, they'll stop anyone who might embarrass them from ever travelling to the amerikan reich. If you want to make sure you wont be let travel to amerika, just wear a keffiyeh.

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart

"When he gets out, will he have spent enough time in the US to qualify for a Green Card?"

Well it didn't stop murdock....

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Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
FAIL

@merkin AC 14th JAn 11:36

"Who really fucking cares if you switch from the dollar to the yuan?"

I'll tell who cares, the fat cat cunts that run AmeriKan business, that's who, its all about protecting the dollar hegemony.

Why do you think amerika invaded Iraq? It wasn't for the oil, it wasn't because Hussain was a despot sadistic leader, FFS, how many of them has the land of the fee 'installed' over the years? Amerika fabricated the myth of WMD because in In 2000, Iraq converted all its oil transactions under the Oil for Food program to Euros. When the amerikans invaded Iraq in 2003, it returned oil sales from the euro to the USD. If all those petrodollars and dollars held as currency reserves came home to amerika, then the value of the value of the dollar would plummet causing amerika to become _the_ third world country.

For the record, Japan and china hold the largest dollar currency reserves, Japan holds around $800 billion, and China holds over $600 billion. Obama issued $600 billion in quantive easing and look at the effect that had on the amerikan economony.

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