Happy Birthday to Who? Copyright lost to the famous song lyrics.
The lyrics to the commonly-sung Happy Birthday song have long been believed to be under copyright. But some believe otherwise, and due to a variety of technical reasons, the US District Court for the Central District of California struck a blow against that song’s purported ownership. It may be entering the public domain!
Tech at Night: Will regulation block innovation yet again, with LTE-U?
The technologies abound to give us faster and faster Internet access, in more and more convenient ways. But when it comes to wireless Internet, we have a spectrum shortage. Frequencies allotted to wireless Internet are in short supply. One way around that was the idea of LTE-U, using unlicensed spectrum ranges to give people more options for LTE Internet. Unfortunately the wired providers are having | Read More »
Trump and Walker down in new CNN Poll. Fiorina and Rubio up.
If the new ORC International poll for CNN is to be believed, Carly Fiorina’s thumping of Donald Trump was noticed. Trump is down 8 points from the previous CNN poll, losing a quarter of his prior 32% support, while Fiorina gained 12 points from a barely-registering 3%. Have we, at long last, reached Peak Trump™?
, Ben Carson
, Carly Fiorina
, Chris Christie
, Donald Trump
, Jeb Bush
, John Kasich
, Marco Rubio
, Mike Huckabee
, ORC International
, Rick Santorum
, Ron Paul
, Scott Walker
, Ted Cruz
Ahmed, you didn’t build that. Radio Shack sold it. #StandWithAhmed
The left had a triple whammy of self-congratulation this week when Texas teenager Ahmed was arrested(!) for bringing a bomb to school. The problem is, allegedly, he had brought to school a digital clock he built, to show to class. So this was allegedly a case of Texas being racist and anti-Science™! Except most of the facts were wrong. He didn’t build the clock, and | Read More »
Super Mario Maker: Welcome to the world of bad amateur levels
Nintendo’s done it again. Like Splatoon before it, Super Mario Maker is a new game making a huge splash on the oft-maligned Wii U platform. Super Mario Maker is a game that lets players make their own Super Mario Bros. levels for others to play. Having seen for years what kind of levels amateurs make when given the chance, hold onto your hat. Sturgeon’s Law | Read More »
Canada’s polling shows instability coming after the Harper decade
Canada has been lucky to have 10 years of good governance by Stephen Harper, the man who took the brand new Conservative Party of Canada and won elections with it. But 10 years is a long time to govern a country, and the polling is looking grim. On the plus side, the situation is so unstable, anything could happen.
Obama administration banning products for being made more appealing
The Obama administration wants you to think that they’re banning some products of R. J. Reynolds in the name of safety, however the truth is Obama’s FDA is banning these new cigarette brands because they might appeal better to smokers. Obama is banning the free market, by penalizing companies for making their products more appealing, in one of the craziest nanny state moves yet.
Did your House member vote for Boehner? If so, who’s primarying him?
The 2015 House election for Speaker was historic. It was the first since 1925* in which more than one declared candidate from the same party received votes. received 216 votes, other Republicans (including declared candidates , , and ) received 24. got 164 votes, other Democrats 2, and Colin Powell one. That was a huge improvement over the disappointing results in the 2013 vote of | Read More »
Tony Abbott is out in Australia. Malcolm Turnbull is the Prime Minister.
He didn’t listen. He wasn’t doing the things the voters, or even the rank and file legislators, wanted him to do. He went his own way, he was arrogant, and he was leading the party down the path of ruin. Earlier this year it was just 10 to 15 members who wanted to throw him out. But as he failed to turn things around, that | Read More »
Corbyn is the UK left’s tantrum against Bush and Blair
Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday was the decisive winner of the UK Labour Party leader’s election, an event many of us believe to be great news for the UK Conservative Party. It’s worth taking a moment to look at why this happened, and why this is terrible news for Labour’s electoral chances.
Meet the next Prime Minster of the United Kingdom
To the credit of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom, they actually let the party base come together and vote for who will be the next leader of the party. That’s an unusual thing in the UK: the parties there all tend to be run by the establishment (and the unions in the case of Labour), but Labour had a vote, and that’s something | Read More »
Pew gets its science wrong in attempting to bash Americans
Pew Research put up a website purporting to quiz you on your scientific knowledge, while flogging their poll of American adults (n=3278), claiming those adults are scientifically illiterate. The problem is, Pew’s website exposed they actually got their own science wrong. While pointing one finger at us, they pointed three back at themselves!
Among Republicans, CNN poll shows a tight race between Trump and Carson
ORC International conducted a poll for CNN asking about the 2016 Republican race. The headline number says Donald Trump 32, Ben Carson 19, and the rest in single digits. Page 29 of the PDF though says that among Republicans, it’s a much tighter race than that.
Progs Hate Flags: U of Illinois threatens to ban Old Glory on 9/11
Once in a while the left tries something so outrageous that even they have to pull back. This time it was at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, known to many on the Internet in the old days for its Computer Science program, who got some fame in another way by looking to ban the American flag on 9/11 (<–click there) on the flimsiest of | Read More »
Tech at Night: Lying down with dogs and getting fleas edition
I know, it’s not Monday, but Monday was Labor day so we’re doing it Tuesday. Besides, I’ve only done one a week lately anyway, so does it really matter? Time and again we see people going on the Internet and dealing with shady folks, seeking to profit, only to find out those shady folks operated in shady ways, and hurt them instead! Ha.