Archive for November, 2011

Copyright Basics. What Is Copyright?

The full text is found in a PDF document at: www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

Copyright Basics.  What Is Copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States
(title 17, U.?S.?Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including
literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This
protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106
of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive
right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
•  To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;
•  To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
•  To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or
other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
•  To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and
choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audio?
visual works;
•  To display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and
choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural
works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audio?
visual work; and
•  In the case of sound recordings,* to perform the work publicly by means of
a digital audio transmission.
In addition, certain authors of works of visual art have the rights of attribu?
tion and integrity as described in section 106A of the 1976 Copyright Act. For
further information, see Circular 40, Copyright?Registration?for?Works?of?the?
Visual?Arts.
It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright
law to the owner of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in
scope. Sections 107 through 121 of the 1976 Copyright Act establish limitations
on these rights. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from
copyright liability. One major limitation is the doctrine of “fair use,” which
is given a statutory basis in section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act. In other
instances, the limitation takes the form of a “compulsory license” under which
certain limited uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of
specified royalties and compliance with statutory conditions.

The full text is found in a PDF document at: www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

Old software for Old Computers.

If you have an old computer, don’t waste your money to install  software on it.  Just format the hard drive and install the original system. That is the best choice. But there is a catch. You will need some expert help.

Microsoft not longer supports Windows 2000 and support for Windows XP will soon end. Finding all the updates can be a major chore if you decide to install either of these on an older computer. You need to knew about HFSLIP. What is it? Read this:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
HFSLIP was an open source Hotfix and Service Pack slipstreaming utility designed to update Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003 installation sources. HFSLIP could be considered a command line interface version…
For hotfixes that were non-standard or required a special installation procedure, HFSLIP integrated these instead, placing them as they were in the SVCPACK folder, to be installed automatically near the end of Windows setup.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HFSLIP

More references can be found on the link posted above.

Chocolate is good for us.

Have some chocolate today!. It is good. Here is a recent news story:

a new study from BMJ.com finds that eating chocolate is no sin. In fact, it was associated with a 37% lower risk of developing heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for more than a quarter of all adult deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
….
It’s not clear why, but some past studies have attributed chocolate’s heart benefits to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help blood pressure and improve insulin resistance.

Read more:  Chocolate is good for your heart.

Get Yourself a Job in North Dakota.

You can get a job in North Dakota and make $15 an hour making  tacos. In a small town in North Dakota close to the Canadian border hundreds of people, maybe thousands,really are  moving in to get jobs. And getting them. If you  can walk and want to work, you qualify! If you can’t talk, try anyway. Or even if you don’t walk.

This story has been reported by CNN and appears to be legitimate.  The big oil companies have found there is a huge oil reserves in North Dakota and they are bringing in as many people as they can to exploit this new source of domestic crude oil.
If you are interested, just do a search on the Internet to for jobs in North Dakota. Here are just a few links I found this morning on Bibg.

http://www.career-hound.com/jobs/index.jsp?location=North%20Dakota&SID=5440734
http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/28/pf/America_boomtown_jobs/index.htm
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2016599974_dakotaoil25.html

No joke here. The  links are serious.  And there are many more links like that.

By the way, it’s very cold in North Dakota so bring your flannel underwear.