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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

EvilSS Re:Does GPLv2 Grant a Patent license (173 comments)

Actually there are four companies involved, plus a group of companies other than "Company A" that also use "Company B's" software. That would be the company (Company D?) that wrote the the GPL2 licensed code to begin with, and they are the plaintiff in most of the cases talked about in the article.

5 days ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

EvilSS Re:that pre dates 9/11. laptops from late 90's for (184 comments)

being asked to power up devices is not new at all. I had to power up my laptop on a flight sometime Fall 1998.

Yea but after 9/11 and all the reviews of airport security the "power on your devices" thing was dropped because at the time all the experts said it was useless.

And yet here we are today.... I'm just waiting for the day when you have to ship all your luggage a day ahead of travel and fly in paper hospital gowns.

about a week ago
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New Virus Means Deadlier Flu Season Is Possible

EvilSS Re:Meh. (163 comments)

Pubmed probably. However, the CDC has a handy list of side effects:

Mild problems following inactivated flu vaccine:

  • soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
  • hoarseness
  • sore, red or itchy eyes
  • cough
  • fever
  • aches
  • headache
  • itching
  • fatigue

If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1 or 2 days.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm#flu

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

EvilSS The best certs are... (317 comments)

...the ones mentioned in the job postings you want to apply for. As for real world value (outside of getting your resume past a text filter) most have very little. The big practical certs mentioned in other comments in here are the exceptions but the vast majority are just extra revenue for the vendors.

about two weeks ago
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New Virus Means Deadlier Flu Season Is Possible

EvilSS Re:Meh. (163 comments)

Everyone who gets the vaccine is guaranteed to feel crappy and be less productive that day

No. You're wrong, and you're spreading misinformation.

First, from the flu shot? Your arm might be sore that day, and that's generally about it. The odds of getting even a low-grade fever or being achy are quite low.

Not true. I know for myself when I get the Flu shot I generally feel like crap for about a day. This should be expected, the shot triggers the immune system. Even so, I've had the flu (not to be confused with the common cold, which most people do) twice in my life and I'm more than happy to trade a "meh" day to reduce the odds that I'll ever go through that again.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

EvilSS Re:Good riddance (110 comments)

If Google doesn't also have this creative commons filter, Bing has become the superior product for clip art searches.

It does.

about three weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

EvilSS Re:Already been done (165 comments)

Indeed. Every single bit of technology ever devised has been used to kill people. It's what we do.

Unless you're writing cheesy made-for-TV movies, nothing to see here. Move along.

I wonder if anyone has ever used click-bait to kill someone....

about three weeks ago
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NYT: Privacy Concerns For ClassDojo, Other Tracking Apps For Schoolchildren

EvilSS COPPA (66 comments)

How does this not violate COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) when it comes to students under the age of 13? The law requires "...verifiable parental consent, with limited exceptions, prior to any collection, use, and/or disclosure of personal information from persons under age 13" Wikipedia

about a month ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

EvilSS Re:Legalities (301 comments)

Wouldn't the person require a release form and consent from the people in the video to upload it or use it anywhere?

Depends on the circumstances and where it was taken but in most cases no release is required in the US. On top of that, it's part of the public record so that also factors in. At that point it's like republishing an arrest report or similar record.

This is something that can be fixed with legislation. Take the video out of the public record and restrict it to police/prosecutors and those individuals directly involved in a particular incident. Put a request process in place so the media can go through an judge where the privacy vs reporting issues can be weighed on a case by case basis. We already do this with other records where privacy of the individual(s) involved outweighs unrestricted public access. Some states have also started to do this with things like mugshots to prevent them from being used on mugshot websites (which are just a legal shakedown scheme).

about a month ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

EvilSS Re:I am not alone when I say.... (139 comments)

What "studios" are you talking about? Isn't this kind of thing up to the publisher/funder (i.e. HBO)? In any case, it doesn't detract from the point. If these decisions are up to the studio, then every single person involved with marketing for the studio is incompetent. They're incompetent in thinking that DRM has a point when non-DRM files will always be posted on piracy sites within minutes of an airing. Why would someone pay for something inferior?

This isn't per-episode. It's a subscription to HBO, but sans cable. So no, all the content they show is not theirs. The vast majority is not theirs actually.

about 2 months ago
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Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

EvilSS Re: Never buying Samsung again (92 comments)

Wow, Samsung apologist fanbois. They really are copying Apple on everything!

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

EvilSS Re:What's the PC Processor Usage Then (338 comments)

I suspect BS, but I'll hear out the argument if there is actual evidence. Sliding down the resolution to 900p from 1080p would mostly save you on GPU, and Graphics memory usages. In a more detailed artilce it was stated that they picked 900p because they didn't want to fight with the differences between the XBone and PS4. The main reason the PS4 keeps getting 1080p and the XBone does not is that the memory for the graphics is so much faster. So if someone actually has the PC version and can so that "AI" is burning every processor at 100% then I'll buy their argument as plausable. Until then the story has changed from day to day, and isn't believable. If the AI has something to do with it then the AI coder has probably deadlocked the system when they use multiple cores, and has been cheating by using only one core.

Well if Watch_Dogs (another UbiSoft title) is any indication then I would believe it. I bought the PC version (yea yea, I know, Watch_dogs!? Fool me once...) and ran it on a 2nd gen i5. Don't recall the model exactly but it was clocked north of 3Ghz. Not a beast by today's standards but not horrible either. With that and a 780ti, the game was horribly CPU bound. Constantly at 100% CPU. Upgrading to a i7 4790K and it still runs at around 60% CPU. So yes, I can completely believe that their games are CPU bound. Now, as to why, and if it's necessary or just massively unoptimized, well......

about 2 months ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

EvilSS Re:Are we sure it is blood/meat contact? (162 comments)

Consumptions of infected simian meat has been the explanation for a very long time. Why does everyone seem surprised?

Because, at the same time, we've been told HIV can't spread orally.

Well since we don't routinely butcher and eat people, I imagine they felt they could leave that method out of the pamphlet. However blood-blood contact is also a known, disclosed method of transmission. It's just a lot less common in humans than sexual contact.

about 3 months ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

EvilSS Re:The story (162 comments)

How exactly does a virus change from a chimp version to a human version?

The same way avian and swine viruses jump to humans: mutation.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

EvilSS Re:Small setup (287 comments)

Did you seal up the cooling vents? If a router overheats trying to run sustained full rate, or in this case a mere 1/10th of full rate, I think you need to get your money back.

Nope. Most consumer routers are crap and they cut corners on things like thermal management. I went through multiple brands, all with the same issue. And no, I don't live in a jungle. Well, the midwest US but still, I keep the house cool in the summer and downright cold in the winter. If I dropped to WAP, the problems went away, but I will not run my wireless network with WAP. Might was well turn off encryption all together.

about 3 months ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

EvilSS Re:Someone's going to complain (208 comments)

a) Their constitution is based on ours. b) It's not really standard surveying work when it is targeting a specific area to collect money from tax evaders with drones and it is most certainly invasive if they are comparing it against people's tax documents.

You do know that state and county governments in the US have been using aerial photography to help validate tax records for decades now, right? Where do you think Google got all those aerial shots in the early days of Google Earth? The only news here is "...with a drone!!"

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

EvilSS Gave up on rack-mount servers (287 comments)

I ditched my rack mount servers when I came home one February when it was 20F outside and my AC was running. Just not worth the cost of operating them! I culled my equipment down to a pair of T110 quad core Xeon (with HT) Dell pedestal servers, and a build-from-scratch file server with eight 3TB drives, cheap AMD proc, mobo, and all with 16GB RAM. Drastically lower power consumption than my old setup (4 HP DL585 G1's) and more powerful as well. The T110's are setup to allow me to swap out the boot drives to change hypervisors in and out. They have dedicated 1 gig storage networks back to the file server where the vdisks for the VMs all live. Between the two I can run Xen, VMWare, or Hyper-V (my work requires me to work with all three) and on those I can run pretty much anything I need. I have some Cisco gear for when I need to play with it but for the most part those stay unpowered. I can simulate most of the networking for testing.

Other than that there is a pair of 8 port gigabit switches, router running Tomato Shibby, cable modem, Silicon Dust OTA networked TV tuner, and a wireless access point in the center of the house for phones/tablets. All living on a 4 shelf bread rack in my office.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

EvilSS Re:Small setup (287 comments)

Try streaming mpeg-ts captures from broadcast TV over wireless. They put Netflix to shame.

I've done this and it does work. The problem I always ran into wasn't the bandwidth, it was the encryption. I would cook the routers streaming 1080p TS files with WPA2 enabled. Eventually gave up and ran ethernet. Living in a rental townhouse, I had to get creative with runners and area rugs to do that without punching holes in walls...

about 3 months ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

EvilSS Re:Or your fingerprint ... (504 comments)

So don't enable Touch ID if you are that concerned about it. Really, the user needs to take some responsibility for their privacy. That includes making choices between convenience and security.

about 3 months ago

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