I thought I read that Linden Labs had 'open sourced' their SL server code some time ago? In which case, why would any large computer-savvy organisation need to buy in a $55,000 hardware appliance to make their own virtual world thingy?
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A vacuum doesn't have a temperature (think about it). There isn't anything there to transfer thermal energy to (think about it). The only way to get rid of heat in space is to radiate it away (think about it) - unless you use a disposable fluid that you piss away in a very hot stream, and how long will that last for?
"...Pushing a copy to an internal user's workstation is distributing that program, therefore the source needs to be available to them...."
I don't think that this is 'distributing' software, under the GPL or even the everyday use of the word.
e.g. If my employer/client provides me with use of a workstation running a customised Linux and associated installed OSS applications to use (word processor, spreadsheet, fancy custom database, etc), do they have to provide me with the source code for the Operating system and their special in-house developed applications? I don't think so. It's a tool they made, for me and others to use on their premises. I have no right (no need, no desire) to see their source code.
Is there any possibility that businesses will be tempted to join the Yes Men's fake organisation instead of the real US Chamber Of Commerce?
Is it possible that any current members of the US Chamber Of Commerce will be enticed or persuaded to give up their membership because of the Yes Men's actions?
Will the actions of the Yes Men affect the income and future profits of the US Chamber Of Commerce?
The possible scenarios above are the reasons for laws protecting trademarks. If none of the above are likely, then how can the Yes Men be said to have damaged the US Chamber Of Commerce?
"...opponents fear that if every breach is revealed the public will become desensitised to the issue of data loss...."
Is this what the purpose of the law is - to adjust the perceptions of 'the public'?
The next stage will be the secret and unreported investigations of politician's fiddling of expenses; with the noble aim that the public do not become desensitised to the issue of theft in wider society.
If Terry Pratchett is to be believed (of course he is!), there actually is a god of recently discarded pyramid tea bags (and many other small things).
I built a small temple to Him in the corner of my kitchen. I see no point causing offence if it can be avoided.
"Given this is the shop-tasitc season of Thanks Giving and New Year - a period that boosts revenues of companies serving consumer markets"
In the UK, we don't have Thanks Giving and we don't traditionally give gifts at New Year. We have a thing called Christmas (on 25th December) which is a time for buying lots of gifts, especially for family members. You should try it in America, I've never seen it mentioned in American sourced articles so I assume you don't have it there.
It started off as a religious celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ (Christ Mass) but it's turned into a simple, secular, booze, food and consumerism-fest. Whatever, consumer stuff sells in the run-up to Christmas.
"...Playing with a dead rabbit is the same as playing with food, both acts are morally wrong...."
So that's why my Mum and Dad got annoyed with me when I used to make a gravy lake in my mashed potatoes........ I always wondered.
How about if they went ahead with the idea of the kids throwing bean bags, but the bean bags were in fact stuffed with rabbit's feet (for luck)? (Luck for the kids, not the rabbits, obviously).
" Extensive fragmentation of rights and the lack of effective rights clearance mechanisms create challenges to efficient and transparent music licensing,"....... ....etc...
Who was it who set up the labyrinthine cross licensing agreements, exclusive distribution rights and bashed the ears of lawmakers for years to get this rats nest enshrined in law?
Step forward the big record labels. I'm sure they'll be able to do something sensible.
"That guy can decrypt anything in three seconds flat just by mashing his keyboard randomly."
That's how I generated my encryption password so it stands to reason that he could generate the decryption password using exactly the same method. Makes me wonder why I bothered .......
The B&N ebook store does not sell books outside the US. "We're put in several mechanisms to ensure we're adhering to international copyright laws,"
This is not about copyright laws. It is a market carve-up agreement between the large publishing houses. B&N have agreed not to 'trespass' on the UK publisher's patch, in return for which the UK publishers don't sell to US people. So, here in the UK, we have to pay more for books than they do in the US.
Same old story.
The man with the pussy was Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
I tried to Google for "man with a pussy" and was shocked!
I have a question too:
I thought Dr. No stole money from his chinese criminal associates and they chopped off his hands as a 'fitting' punishment. Also, they shot him through the heart, but his heart was on the righthand side of his body (a rare but perfectly functional abnormality). So he survived, etc....
Have I got confused with another character?
"when they first launched iPlayer they were told they couldn't fund it using the license fee as it was available to non-license fee payers as well."
BBC radio broadcasts are available to non license fee payers, all over the UK and all over the world. That argument should have been stamped on and shot and buried as soon as it was uttered.
Who said that anyway?
"...the time taken for messages to travel back and forth - already some hours when Earth and Mars are far apart."
The Earth is 'only' 8 light minutes from the Sun and is 1 AU from the Sun.
Mars orbit is about 1.5 AU from the Sun (you're getting the sense of scale here...).
So, how come it takes 'some hours' for a signal return trip Earth-Mars when Mars is at the other side of the Sun? It should take about 40 minutes. (I've drawn a diagram, I think I know what I'm doing here). Even allowing for elliptical orbits and wobbles etc, I don't see how they can say 'some hours'.
1) Get Audacity (or similar free audio editing application).
2) Get your favourite music and cut out the bit you want for a ringtone. Save as .mp3 file
3) Load onto your phone and enjoy your free ringtone.
4) Get bored with it, realise people are laughing at you, go back to a standard ringtone.
This question is often asked, by many people, about many scientific and technical activities.
(They never ask this about artistic or other 'creative' efforts, perhaps because they don't 'understand' art but they definitely know all they need to know about science and technology)
The standard answers are out there and can be searched for and found. I could tell you, but what would be the point?
That was nearly good enough for a FoTW but you need more capital letters. The way you ask irrelevant 'challenge' questions was fine though.
You do have a point about Pirate Bay itself not being the only source of P2P tracking capability and the change to file-hosting sites, so that took you out of the running. Try again later.
"After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman’s body........."
They needed an 'investigation' to figure that out?
What about an admission (and apology) for issuing DMCA takedown notices that were not justifiable?
"...could we make then nuclear powered, just to really piss everyone off?"
No!! They'll be able to use the LPG they harvest to fuel their own engines.
With all that surface area up top and a wet, mild climate, they can cover it in topsoil and establish a nice little self-sustaining ecosystem, set up farms, etc. I know..... I'm getting carried away here.
"...some bloke in a dress with a funny hat believes that sex is bad."
Using elementary Googling skills, I've found lots of pictures of blokes wearing dresses and funny hats who obviously believe that sex is a good thing and great fun. You need to be more specific when you make that kind of statement.
"..no possibility of an audit and no way of verifying that anyone is implementing the service the customers are paying for..."
I suggest that for £20 a month, you and I can go round the country staging fake muggings and break-ins at the premises of our clients and then check for adequate reporting of these events.
If we get enough clients, we can hire staff to do the boring work such as writing up reports etc.
It will be fun and we'll get lots of exercise. We can take it in turns to be mugger and muggee and will probably end up as You Tube stars. What do you say?
I thought that the problem with detecting gravitational waves using any timing and measurement technique, was that since space/time becomes distorted then the instruments themselves are affected by this distortion and so their 'readings' do not show any difference.
e.g. space becomes slightly compressed and so the distance reduces, but the speed of light also reduces by an equivalent amount and so the timing of the signal does not change.
This does not affect detection of local gravitational effects due to relatively small massive bodies, but will be a factor for a gravitational wave which will affect a massive region of space/time, and all the instruments in that region.
Did I get that right or have I misunderstood the problem?
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