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  • WIPO Article About Manga Piracy Describes Publishers' Failure To Meet Demand In Graphic Detail

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    David Liu ( profile ), 12 Oct, 2011 @ 03:51am

    Re: From Free Culture

    Not sure if it's the exact same incident that you're referencing, but anime basically flourished out of nothing completely due to mass pirating, since there was pretty much no import market for anime back in the 80s and 90s.

  • Find A Massive Security Hole At American Express? If You're Not A Cardholder, It Doesn't Care

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    David Liu ( profile ), 11 Oct, 2011 @ 02:24pm

    Re:

    The phone number looks like it just points to a customer service number.

    "DM me" is just another way of saying, "message me, a low customer service tech, about your intricate 0day exploit, and I'll pass it on to my manager, who will lose it in the shuffle."

    For a vulnerability relating to a financial institution like American Express itself, I would think that they should take this very seriously.

  • Austin Police Planned… Then Postponed Wardriving Plans In An Attempt To Shutdown Open WiFi

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    David Liu ( profile ), 26 Sep, 2011 @ 05:05am

    Re: Shut down Wi-fi

    Yeah, this was what I was thinking.

    Everyone here is protesting that they should be able to leave their wifi open if they want to, but did you people stop to think that you are not the people who the cops are trying to warn? Some people just don't even know that a WiFi can be open, and can also be locked down for their own protection, so if the police is trying to lend a helping hand, more power to them.

  • Rather Than Fixing The Problem Of Orphaned Works, The Authors Guild Wants To Play 'Gotcha'

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    David Liu ( profile ), 19 Sep, 2011 @ 01:23pm

    Here's a comment I found particularly interesting on James Grimmelhamm's post:

    What is unclear to me at this point is whether the Guild has succeeded in identifying rights holders. The examples they?ve listed are of finding the authors of some of the works in question. But the books in question were written at the beginnings of the authors? careers, at a time when it was not uncommon for authors to turn over all rights to their publisher. If those publishers have gone out of business and their is no clear trail of where the copyrights went, does the still living author have any rights over those books? Is it the case that a particular work may still be an orphan even if the author is easily identified?

    Emphasis mine.

  • iPhone Developer Creates App Criticizing The iPhone; App Is Quickly Pulled

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    David Liu ( profile ), 16 Sep, 2011 @ 11:20pm

    Re: Re:

    But that's not the point. Everybody has the right to complain about Apple's rules, but until those walled garden rules change, it's absolutely idiotic to think that the app store is a viable place to use as a platform to further your own counter agenda.

    It's about as stupid as going inside Apple headquarters to do your soapbox thing, and then complain when you get escorted out.

  • iPhone Developer Creates App Criticizing The iPhone; App Is Quickly Pulled

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    David Liu ( profile ), 16 Sep, 2011 @ 11:12pm

    Re: Apple

    Their priorities are about making money, and so far, you can't say that they haven't been wildly successful with their endeavors.

  • iPhone Developer Creates App Criticizing The iPhone; App Is Quickly Pulled

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    David Liu ( profile ), 16 Sep, 2011 @ 11:11pm

    Re: Apple just screwed themselves over

    More like Apple has firmly established this position in the past, and won't give a fuck. To be blunt: the vast majority of people won't know about this, and won't care anyways. The people that do, already know that Apple is a walled garden, and this is only evidence that reaffirms their suspicions.

    To say that pulling this app screws them over to the extent of a Streisand effect is a bit hysterical at this moment, when considering the fact that tons of apps get pulled or blocked for similar reasons every day.

  • Owners Of Old, Abandoned Hotel Threaten Guy Who Photographed It With Copyright Infringement

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    David Liu ( profile ), 15 Sep, 2011 @ 02:24pm

    Re: Re:

    West Virginia is not one of those states.

    http://www.legis.state.wv.us/wvcode/code.cfm?chap=61&art=3B

    (4) "Posted land" is that land upon which reasonably maintained signs are placed not more than five hundred feet apart along and at each corner of the boundaries of the land, upon which signs there appears prominently in letters of not less than two inches in height the words "no trespassing" and in addition thereto the name of the owner, lessee or occupant of the land. The signs shall be placed along the boundary line of posted land in a manner and in a position as to be clearly noticeable from outside of the boundary line. It shall not be necessary to give notice by posting on any enclosed land or place not exceeding five acres in area on which there is a dwelling house or property that by its nature and use is obviously private in order to obtain the benefits of this article pertaining to trespass on enclosed lands.

    Your point is moot.

  • Owners Of Old, Abandoned Hotel Threaten Guy Who Photographed It With Copyright Infringement

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    David Liu ( profile ), 15 Sep, 2011 @ 02:15pm

    Re: Re:

    What? That makes very little sense. In that case, no architectural work in a private building can possibly be protected, since through the same line of logic, the building is visible from a public place (so therefore the prior applies).

    Also, if the building itself is located in a public place, then the lawyers would have no standing to accuse Cahal of trespassing. I would assume that because the lawyers DID accuse Cahal of trespassing, the building is not a public building.

  • Owners Of Old, Abandoned Hotel Threaten Guy Who Photographed It With Copyright Infringement

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    David Liu ( profile ), 15 Sep, 2011 @ 12:57pm

    Wait what?

    The copyright in an architectural work that has been constructed does not include the right to prevent the making, distributing, or public display of pictures, paintings, photographs, or other pictorial representations of the work, if the building in which the work is embodied is located in or ordinarily visible from a public place.

    Assuming that the statement is correct that the photographs could NOT have been taken without trespassing (and therefore we can assume not visible from a public place), then doesn't it follow that Cahal cannot have copyright on the photos he took illegally? I'm sorry, but something doesn't follow in this story.

  • RIAA Sending DMCA Takedowns On *FREE* Music Being Distributed Directly Off Universal Music Website & Promoted By The Artist

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    David Liu ( profile ), 09 Sep, 2011 @ 09:44am

    One thing I'd like to know is if the RIAA even has legal standing to issue a DMCA takedown over a link? Can you even have copyright over a link?

  • Is Destroying A Hard Drive On A Work Issued Computer The Equivalent Of Hacking Or Fraud?

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    David Liu ( profile ), 06 Sep, 2011 @ 11:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Not very good at his job

    But what problem is it of yours if he's too paranoid?

    Why should you have a problem with it if he's being paranoid? Sure, it's extra effort on his part, but obviously it's something he wanted to do.

  • HP Tablet Fire Sale Lets Us Put A Price On The Value Of A Strong Development Community

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    David Liu ( profile ), 02 Sep, 2011 @ 02:45pm

    Re: Re:

    They're not. They're taking a $200 loss on each touchpad they sell.

    Derek's reply below explains why they're making a final production run.

  • HP Tablet Fire Sale Lets Us Put A Price On The Value Of A Strong Development Community

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    David Liu ( profile ), 02 Sep, 2011 @ 02:41pm

    Re:

    As a maker of consumer products, it's probably the best strategy.

    Let's be honest. The number of tech-savvy users (and I mean really tech-savvy users) are a small minority in the overall scheme of things.

    Being able to do everything and kill yourself while you're at it is just not a good strategy to take when you're trying to sell to the largest audience out there.

  • HP Tablet Fire Sale Lets Us Put A Price On The Value Of A Strong Development Community

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    David Liu ( profile ), 02 Sep, 2011 @ 02:37pm

    Re: Re: I'm not sure you understand...

    Is this really true though, or are you guessing about those numbers?

  • HP Tablet Fire Sale Lets Us Put A Price On The Value Of A Strong Development Community

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    David Liu ( profile ), 02 Sep, 2011 @ 02:36pm

    Re: Re: I'm not sure you understand...

    You have to wonder how much of that crapware that comes bundled on most every new PC sponsored the price of that PC though...

  • HP Tablet Fire Sale Lets Us Put A Price On The Value Of A Strong Development Community

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    David Liu ( profile ), 02 Sep, 2011 @ 02:33pm

    Re: Re: $250-300

    I'm assuming that $318 was what it cost to make it.

    Then you have to add in shipping, all the middle men costs, and the requisite store markup. That all adds up to very little less than the original tag price I suspect.

  • HP Tablet Fire Sale Lets Us Put A Price On The Value Of A Strong Development Community

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    David Liu ( profile ), 02 Sep, 2011 @ 02:31pm

    Re: Re: I'm not sure you understand...

    I'm happy with my iPad.

    Maybe you should relax and let go a little. You sound bitter.

  • Debate Time: Ubisoft Says DRM Is Needed, Valve Says No It Isn't.

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    David Liu ( profile ), 02 Sep, 2011 @ 02:20pm

    Re: Re: Valve Fanboy

    I'm pretty sure that they've said on the record that they would just unlock all the games and let you download it one last time. So it's a moot point.

  • Is It Stalking To Bombard Someone On Twitter With Offensive Messages?

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    David Liu ( profile ), 29 Aug, 2011 @ 08:36pm

    Re: Cann you make a federal case out of it ?

    It doesn't matter in this case though. His speech wouldn't qualify for 1st amendment protections as you simply can't make death threats anywhere.

    It would be perfectly fine if he made only opinions, but when you spell out in gruesome detail how a person "might" die if he didn't watch his back one night, that's definitely not ok, and the right to public speech does not protect you.

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