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|Wednesday, September 14th, 2011|
|Sensible Copyright Law Idea
Alright, to get everyone on the same page, we'll start with a basic summation of how US copyright law works, and how the guidelines for how new legislation is written: Steamboat Willie will never be public domain.
For those who don't know, Steamboat Willie
is the definitive cartoon for who owns Mickie Mouse. Yes, that's correct, current Copyright Law is set by Walt Disney. And if Steamboat Willie falls out of copyright, well then, that means the Terrorists can get Steamboat Willie, and that means that the Terrorists Win
So, to give a little more strength of legislators, we give Disney a bone: Companies can declare permanent a copyright. Why? Simple: Some characters are iconic
. When you think of Mickie Mouse, you think of Walt Disney. When you think of Superman, you think of DC Comics, or at least Comic Books in general. And because Icons change (or maybe you have more than one), you can declared more than one. Specifically, you can declare one every ten (or so) years.
Now, I'm certain there's a fair amount of additional haggling involved here. Afterall, Marvel Comics would want to declare a few copyrights, but they're now owned by Disney. And also, would they be able to declare The Fantastic Four as a single copyright (most likely), or would they have to declare each character individually? So they'll be cavaets, declarations, and maybe a few legal shake-ups, but a whole shit-load of various stuff will fall into the public domain... as it comes out of copyright. Because it's still set at, what, ninety years?
|Thursday, September 1st, 2011|
It's been a while since I posted, and also a while since the last Space Shuttle mission was launched, but I supposed I'd still throw out my two cents on the matter.
|Sunday, April 17th, 2011|
|Friday, February 18th, 2011|
Not gonna make it for the first time in nine years. Unfortunately, work decided they were to short-staffed on saturday (nobody except me and the full-timer can work saturdays), and even after I said I wanted sunday off, my ops manager decided to make me work anyways.
So no Boskone for me. Dammit.
|Saturday, November 27th, 2010|
WHY THE BLOODY FUCK DO I HAVE FOUR DIFFERENT COMPUTERS IN MY STORE THAT ALL HAVE A BLANK SCREEN WITH A BLINKING UNDERSCORE IN THE TOP RIGHT FUCKING CORNER? AND WHY DO ALL OF THE PIECES OF BLOODY ANAL DISCHARGE NOT RESPOND TO ANY FORM OF REPAIR BEYOND "FORMAT AND REINSTALL"?
AND WHY THE FUCK ARE TWO OF THEM FROM PROBLEM FUCKING CUSTOMERS? WELL? I'M FUCKING WAITING FOR MY FUCKING ANSWER.
|Wednesday, September 29th, 2010|
|Writer's Block: Do you remember?
What is your earliest memory?
My mother used to have this massive steel writing/drawing desk back in the house in PA. All I remember about it is it being huge, gray, and metal, with lots of plants around it.
|Sunday, September 19th, 2010|
My laptop is making a wonderful high-pitched noise, and after taking it apart, the logic board smells like ozone and a part with very little silicone feels rather hot. Awesome.
|Thursday, September 9th, 2010|
|Computer Companies I Dislike
To start off with, I'm going to talk about something that almost all computer manufacturers are guilty of: Recovery Discs. They don't give them to you anymore. You have to make them. HP is the absolute worst at this, with their most recent laptops requiring 6 DVDs in order to have a complete set. Windows 7 can be burned to a lone single-layer DVD. Drivers I can understand, but that shouldn't even top off a mini-CD, let alone 5 more DVDs, which leaves it at the pile of software HP puts on the machine (I'll come back to this point later). Dell (used to) give you a plain, OEM Windows installation disc, then a separate disc of drivers and applications that you could install yourself (which they do still give you... why?)
Dell itself is a hateful, wretched beast. First and foremost, their power adapters are designed to fail. The adapters have a chip in them that tells the laptop it's a Dell power adapter. Except that chip, on the 130 Watt and 90 Watt versions, is linked directly to the 6 foot unshielded cable that leads to the laptop itself. Which means it's an antenna, designed to be fried at the earliest convience (namely, one year out of manufacturer warranty). The adapters themselves are still perfectly good, and you can use them for just about any HP made in the last few years.
I'd whine about Dell XPS and Alienware parts being difficult at best to source, but that's a problem exclusive to my company, I'm sure. Instead, I'll bitch about something else.
Namely, the amount of fucking software dumped onto machines. Toshiba is a terrible offender on this (4 recovery discs), as is HP. Dell isn't to bad, but their software is just as annoying (There's a dock, and the online backup software that incessantly annoys you to pay dell to backup your data for one year). Acer is frequently a pain about this software as well, but the software is actually light.
But enough about software. Desktops, by and large, aren't to bad when it comes to repairs, but laptops... I have actually come to hate Sony and Acer when it comes to taking apart their laptops. HP occasionally gives me issues, but only when first removing the keyboard. Sony and Acer gives endless problems, have at least four different sizes of case screws, and are always a pain in the ass to snap apart. There's no rhyme or reason to who the cases are put together, and they are hateful, spiteful things of plastic and pain. The only worse laptops I've come across are some of the older Apples. Those were designed by Satan himself to confound and enrage technicians everywhere, damning them to hell so that he could get some fucking tech support.
|Monday, September 6th, 2010|
It's 6am. I went to bed at 7pm last night, when I got home from work and crashed. I've been up since 1am. What the hell.
|Friday, August 27th, 2010|
I've found my old Model M keyboard. It's renewed my hatred of the modern keyboard. I'm planning on driving my roommates to madness with the sheer noise of the thing. The fact that I can use it as a weapon is just an added bonus.
|Wednesday, July 14th, 2010|
I have keys. They go to a house
|Tuesday, July 13th, 2010|
Memes, always with the memes...
For first person, I achieved...
The Stainless Steel Rat Rides Again! Granted, they're probably thinking of Make Room, Make Room
For third person, however...
|Sunday, July 11th, 2010|
I was expecting to find out how much of a raise I got today. Instead, I have been informed that Corporate hates us, is laughing at us, and I get to find out at the end of the month, assuming they don't push it back again.
|Friday, June 25th, 2010|
|I has a knife.
So I gots a Leatherman Skeletool CX for my birthday. My first impression is "holy shit, this knife is sharp." It cuts through pallet wrap and plastic packaging like butter. Fresh box and carton cutters do no such thing, and those fuckers will send you to the hospital for stitches if you slip with one.
My second impression is the grip and feel of it. It's a tool, it's designed to be used. But it's better than some of the other multi-tools I've used simply because it's designed to be held
. There's actual grips, as much as a skeletal piece of stainless steel can have. Places for you fingers to go into as a knife, curve to your hand and fingers as a pair of pliers.
Also, the screwdriver actually works well
. I had no idea how other people used regular multi-tool screwdrivers, but I've never found that possible to use. This one I can (and have) actually used. Not spectacularly, but it's usable.
The carabiner's only use, so far, has been to get in the way of opening a bottle of beer. And confounding Firefox's spellcheck, but the belt clip has ensured it rests, eternally, in my back pocket.
|Tuesday, June 1st, 2010|
|Thursday, May 27th, 2010|
If there was a God, he'd smite the bastards who wrote windows MBR rootkits. Then'd he smite the microsoft people who decided that preventing direct disc access to the MBR wasn't a good idea.
|Sunday, April 25th, 2010|
Hilarious fact: Microsoft's anti-virus software detects cracks in their own software, and labels them minor malware. Whether it's cracks for XP or HALO, Microsoft will come up and say it has "unwanted behavior". Which is true. They don't say who doesn't want the behavior of the software, now do they?
|Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010|
I just know I'm gonna get halfway started on this, then my gut will go "eh, I'm bored, let's go do something else."
|Friday, February 26th, 2010|
There is something wrong
about reading "Who Goes There?" while listening to sappy happy techno.
|Sunday, February 7th, 2010|
It appears that I have made a mistake on january 28th, in my assessment of the iPhone/iPod Touch. There, infact, exists an app for that, and txt editing is possible. The only way to get said .txt file onto a computer is using bonjour. To which I must reply "fuck bonjour, I want a fucking SD card."