South Carolina wants to switch to digital license plates that will display messages related to the driver's eligibility to operate a vehicle
. In 2010, California considered using similar technology to display advertising.
In the UK, people pay a yearly licence fee
to watch live television
, with revenues funding the BBC. TV Licensing is the group that collects fees, and they use a number of methods — some real, some imaginary, some in between
— to gain compliance. But one Briton remains determined not to play that game.
Who owns that copy of AutoCad?
A recent court ruling says that restrictive software licenses can forbid resale (and possibly other uses like rental and lending.) Wired
has their take on it. [more inside]
The Unofficial Guide to the DMV
― This web site was created to provide easy-to-access information and resources for all your Department of Motor Vehicles needs for all 50 states. Details about driver’s licenses
, driving records and ID cards, as well as vehicle registrations
, title transfers, bills of sale and smog checks are available here. [more inside]
Virginia DMV [youtube]
"In Virginia you can get a reissued drivers license on the spot if you have lost your license or just want a better photo."
recently made a change to the license agreement saying that a new motherboard is equal to a new computer, hence you need to purchase a new Windows license. Here is what Microsoft has to say:
“An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a “new personal computer” to which Microsoft® OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created and the license of new operating system software is required.”
The reason Microsoft gave for this term is that “Microsoft needed to have one base component “left standing” that would still define that original PC. Since the motherboard contains the CPU and is the “heart and soul” of the PC, when the motherboard is replaced (for reasons other than defect) a new PC is essentially created.” Microsoft sent a memo to its OEM partners asking them to enforce this new policy, every time they upgrade a computer for a client.
When a developer asks
'don't use TYPO3 for NewAge publications, anti-christian messages, sexually explicit material, extreme political propaganda' , would you use the software? Would you respect his wishes?
No bicycling in NYC without a license?
That's right, a new law -- apparently the first of its kind in the nation -- proposed this week by bike-bashing Bronx Councilwoman Madeline Provenzano, will carry serious fines and even jail sentences for violators who ride unregistered bicycles on city streets. And yes, there will be a $25 per bike registration fee. Way to encourage alternative transport in this crowded, congested, polluted town. What next? Licenses for rollerblades, skateboards, wheelchairs? How about my running shoes
-- during peak traffic they're faster and more hazardous to fellow city dwellers than my beat up old Trek, any day.
License plates of the geek set and the stories behind them.
Your Phone Number Touch Tones Are Copyrighted!
Not to mention the touch tone sequence to just about any other phone number you'll ever dial. You've got two choices: a) Pay a licensing fee, or b) throw all your telecommunications equipment away.
Brilliant. Wish I had thought of it.
announces that their Tribes 2 engine can be sub-licensed for $100 and the games made through it will be distributed by them.
So who wants to break into the 1st person/3D game market? I have lots of free time...
With the ACME License Maker
you can test out how (an abbreviated version of your) URL would look on the license plate of that new bug
you've been looking at.