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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Binestar Re:For the cops that oppose (622 comments)

If a police officer witnesses another police officer committing a crime they would arrest a normal citizen for but lets it pass, that police officer is a corrupt police officer. Period.

about a week ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Binestar Re:Better deal than the F22 (132 comments)

You mean F35. F22 was a success, expensive, sure, but quite successful.

about a month ago
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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

Binestar Re:Actually, the edits look good! (95 comments)

I agree in principle, but you missed the context and a bit on completeness on the lawyer -> attorney edit.

It was actually "Corporate Lawyer" -> "Attorney", which has a different feel to it.

about a month and a half ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

Binestar Re:Requirements for a DMCA takedown. (157 comments)

Except the DMCA is *NOT* written like that.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/usc...

The relevant portion:

(3) ELEMENTS OF NOTIFICATION
(A) To be effective under this subsection, a notification of claimed infringement must be a written communication provided to the designated agent of a service provider that includes substantially the following:
(i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
(ii) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
(iii) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material.
(iv) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
(v) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Notice the wording of section VI: A Statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT THE COMPLAINING PARTY IS AUTHORIZED TO ACT...

The only part of any of that in a DMCA takedown is a statement under penalty of perjury that you are actually authorized to send DMCA by the owner of the material you are saying this infringes against. There is no perjury on any other portion of it, including the good faith, or accuracy notification.

This law was written specifically this way to protect any agent of copyright holders from mistakes and/or malice.

about 2 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Binestar Re:Obvious! (231 comments)

s/used/stolen/

Good for you for kicking those users while they were down.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

Binestar Re:LMGTFY (148 comments)

I am sorry I'm responding late to this, but your list is incorrect with some of the placement of things in the requirements.

Here is the Law:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/P...

The relevant portion:

(3) ELEMENTS OF NOTIFICATION
(A) To be effective under this subsection, a notification of claimed infringement must be a written communication provided to the designated agent of a service provider that includes substantially the following:
(i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
(ii) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
(iii) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material.
(iv) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
(v) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Notice the wording of section VI: A Statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT THE COMPLAINING PARTY IS AUTHORIZED TO ACT...

The only part of any of that in a DMCA takedown is a statement under penalty of perjury that you are actually authorized to send DMCA by the owner of the material in question. There is no perjury on any other portion of it, including the good faith, or accuracy notification.

This law was written specifically this way to protect any agent of copyright holders from mistakes and/or malice.

about 2 months ago
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

Binestar Re:Rule #1 (894 comments)

The founders of the country didn't have computers or powerpoint, so I am sure that wasn't the reason.

about 9 months ago
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

Binestar Re:Rule #1 (894 comments)

The constitution doesn't say "in a militia".

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

Binestar Re:Neverwinter (555 comments)

Neverwinter has no end game worth playing.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

Binestar World of Tanks/Warplanes (555 comments)

I've had a lot of luck recently with World of Tanks and World of Warplanes. They're not RPG's, but they are MMO. Not much investment needed for a playing either.

I recently played Neverwinter. I can't recommend it though. The leveling up is very fast (Which isn't necessarily bad on it's own) and when you hit end game there is almost nothing to do. The free to play formula is extremely expensive addons ($20 for a bag) that frankly make it not worth your time.

Other than that, there are literally dozens of free to play MMO's out there right now. Costs nothing to try them, but the time to check them out. I enjoyed RIFT when I played, but stopped before the first expansion, so I have no clue what it is like now.

about 9 months ago
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Silent Circle Follows Lavabit By Closing Encrypted E-mail Service

Binestar Re:NSA or Chinese great firewall (470 comments)

How about if they don't show up he posts, if they do he doesn't.

1 year,24 days
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The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

Binestar Re:It's about the money, stupid (384 comments)

I have my girls watching all the TV shows and movies I watched as a kid. They're 8 and 10.

The Princess Bride
Animaniacs
Duck Tails
Darkwing Duck
Inspector Gadget
Willow
Star Wars
Star Trek TNG

I'm also having fun watching this generation's classics. (Pixar Movies, My Little Pony, Phineas and Ferb)

If you're having a hard time getting your kids (of any age) to watch the stuff you enjoyed as a kid I would suggest not telling them when it was made and watching it.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

Binestar Re:Poison fruit (1448 comments)

Assumption? Why would I assume we paid for it? You said nothing of cost, why would I assume there was cost? Level 99 Godwin. I'm pretty sure the mem is OVER 9000 Godwin.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

Binestar Re:Poison fruit (1448 comments)

I've held off a few hours answering to give you time to cool off. I hope you have used it wisely. Breathing fire and stomping angrily? Really? You're delusional. Have a nice day.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

Binestar Re:Poison fruit (1448 comments)

You're either trolling or being obtuse, and I'm not sure which. You gave the example of Al Qaeda getting the cure for cancer. I gave the example of Nazi's figuring out viable treatment methods for hypothermia. Sorry boss, but they aren't as dissimilar as a house and a doughnut. Go back and read and think on this without an agenda. I'm on your side in the human rights department, but frankly, your trolling is retarded.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

Binestar Re:Poison fruit (1448 comments)

There's quite a bit of difference between human experimentation and entertainment.

STOP RIGHT THERE. I wasn't commenting on entertainment. I was commenting on exactly the portion of his post that I QUOTED. Nothing more, nothing less. If you can't see that, you should really have your vision checked out. While technically a Godwin's law effect, the step was from one reprehensible group having data that helps society to another reprehensible group with the same. You may not like it, but the comment was on target, even though it included the Nazi reference (because his hypothetical HAS happened in the past and to forget it is a disservice).

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

Binestar Re:Poison fruit (1448 comments)

If Al Qaeda came up with a cure for cancer, would we as a society start using it, or reject it as poisoned fruit?

Just as we accepted the medical knowledge unlocked by the nazi's during WWII http://www.jlaw.com/Articles/NaziMedEx.html we would use the cure for cancer. The foundation of treatment for hypothermia was all determined through the torture and murder of jews by the NAZI's, and yet we use that information to save lives even today.

about a year ago
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NASA's NEXT Ion Thruster Runs Five and a Half Years Nonstop To Set New Record

Binestar Re: Could we achieve 1G of thust. (184 comments)

Hello Troll.

I mean what I said. Acceleration is a different measurement than speed.

about a year ago
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NASA's NEXT Ion Thruster Runs Five and a Half Years Nonstop To Set New Record

Binestar Re: Could we achieve 1G of thust. (184 comments)

Really? Or are you trolling? 1G is acceleration, not speed. So build at much speed as you want, it's still building it at whatever your acceleration is. You're not suddenly "traveling at 1G"

about a year ago

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Federal District Court: TOS documents Illusionary

Binestar Binestar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Binestar (28861) writes "SUMMARY: On April 15, 2009, a Texas federal district court held that an arbitration provision in Blockbuster's online terms of service was "illusory" and unenforceable because Blockbuster had reserved the right to change the terms of service at any time. Harris v. Blockbuster Inc., No. 3:09-cv-217-M (N.D. Tex. April 15, 2009). If followed by other courts, the Harris decision could have significant implications not only for website operators, but also for any company that wishes to retain the right to modify its standard terms for existing customers.

Essentially, the rules for a TOS change require that a user is given notices of changes and an opportunity to accept or reject them. Websites that have unilateral wording in their Terms of Service have now had those documents struck down in court. This can have far reach consequences among the many many sites that have improperly worded Terms of Service.

The fix is easy though: Just change the wording to say that you will notify your users if the terms change and give them the ability to accept or reject the changes."

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Microsoft released IE8 as Critical Update for XP

Binestar Binestar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Binestar (28861) writes "If you've checked windows update today you'll have noticed that IE8 is now listed as a critical update. For those not interested in upgrading to IE8 at this time, the MSDN released information back in January on how to keep IE8 off your machine."
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Google's information on DMCA takedown abuse

Binestar Binestar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Binestar (28861) writes "In a PC World article, they point out that Google has submitted a brief to New Zealand about it's proposed copyright law (section 92A). "In its submission, Google notes that more than half (57%) of the takedown notices it has received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998, were sent by business targeting competitors and over one third (37%) of notices were not valid copyright claims.""
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