7 posts • joined Friday 31st August 2012 13:34 GMT
Re: My. Brain. Hurts.
I used to use Cshow. It fit on a bootable floppy and used VESA modes to display pretty much any image on pretty much any PC. That and Vernon Buerg's List are among my all-time favourite programs.
Flash is not going to displace spinning rust, which is not going to displace tape any time soon. It's just another memory/cache/storage tier.
SRAM: fast but expensive.
DRAM : cheaper, larger, slower.
Flash: cheaper, larger, slower.
Disk: cheaper, larger, slower. Good for near-line storage. Not designed or suitable for archival.
Tape: cheaper, larger, Very high latency. Good for archival.
Flash has largely displaced high-rpm disks, and small hard drives, but otherwise each tier still has a solid place in systems and the market.
This is unlikely to change until new technologies emerge, such as holographic storage or memristors.
Re: Reinterpreting a Robin Williams line from good morning Vietnam
You sir have made my day. Thank you :)
Orphan Works - a precedent
I am Not A Lawyer. Orphan works are where the Google book-scanning project got stuck for a while.
Most of the works they make available are out of copyright, and a few are still within, but they have agreement and licence from the copyright holder.
If they can't identify or contact the copyright holder within a reasonable time and effort, they make the work available provisionally, with a link on the page for the copyright holder to contact them.
They got sued, and eventually the judgement was that they had to establish a fund, and place the revenue share that would have gone to the copyright holder into it; revenue from things like in-line ads and links to buy printed versions.
When they are contacted by a copyright holder, they offer the choice to take down the work, or to hand over a share of that fund.
It's not perfect, but a good first step toward a working solution; to balance the needs of the utility of public access to the work, and the right of the copyright holder to be compensated for use of the work.
Legally, data is not property. It is a different area of law. You can't legally disclose secrets because they are protected from disclosure. You can't legally sell a copy of a dvd because the content is subject to a copyright.
Come on people, property is easy to understand and explain, but does not apply to non-tangible things. You do a dis-service to your audience when you confuse property rights with creators' monopolies and official secrets.
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