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Netherlands Cements Net Neutrality In Law

Gnavpot Re:Didn't stop net censorship. (115 comments)

It's worse than that. A judge has forbidden linking to operating or listing proxies that allow or show how to access TPB which in turn only links to stuff hosted elsewhere.

Are you saying that it is illegal to link to a proxy which allows access to TPB?

Doesn't that include any VPN connection to a network in a foreign non-TBP-blocking country, unless the administrator of that network has blocked access to TPB?

If yes, I guess that a lot of employees of foreign companies could be in trouble when they access the company network through VPN during a travel in The Netherlands.

more than 2 years ago
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Congress Asks Patent Office To Consider Secret Patents

Gnavpot Re:Blatant ignorance as usual (285 comments)

Then company B walks into a courtroom, says "the patent was secret. We had no way of knowing the patented technology. Unless A can prove espionage, the patent should be re-examined and thrown out as being obvious, since our researchers were clearly able to produce the same technology from simply the current state of the art."

Ah, we fixed that with First to File.

First-to-file is irrelevant. It only clarifies who legally invented something first. Here, we know that A invented first, and we know that B didn't know it was already invented.

First-to-file means that the patent system actually accepts that the same invention can be made independently by two companies without being obvious. Otherwise there would not be any reason for having First-to-file.

So yes, the mere existence of First-to-file must mean that the GGP's defence of "it must be obvious if we could invent it too without knowing about the secret patent application" is invalid.

more than 2 years ago
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The Doomsday Clock Is Moved Closer To Midnight

Gnavpot Re:Eventually (313 comments)

You are aware that sometimes the clock moves AWAY from midnight?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Doomsday_Clock_graph.svg
 

Interesting graph. It shows that the world was a safer place in the early sixties when the Cuban Missile Crisis almost started World War III.

How many simultaneous nuclear power plant failures would it take to end the world in the same way a WW III would have done?

What is the probability of all those failures happening now vs. the probability of a WW III happening in 1962?

more than 2 years ago
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Where Were the Robots In Fukushima Crisis?

Gnavpot Mythbusters to the rescue! (130 comments)

The comments here on /. are focused on why robots were not built in advance. But I am wondering why nothing was done in the days after the disaster.

When I heard about the attempts of cooling from the outside using fire trucks, which failed because the radiation was too high for the personnel, my first thought was:
Mythbusters can make a vehicle remote operated for a weekly TV show. The entire nation of Japan can't make a fire truck remote operated after facing a nuclear disaster?

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Facing Death By a Thousand Cuts

Gnavpot Re:My Pet Rock Is Better (493 comments)

One of those was the metal revolver token in a Clue board game. Totally serious, they stopped and searched my bag for the metal revolver token in the Clue game I packed. Then the smarter TSA guy made a joke about how the one that flagged my board game needs to "get a Clue". Hurr hurr.

If you want your stories to be believable, you should avoid any mentioning of mythical creatures like unicorns, elves and smart(er) TSA guys.

more than 2 years ago
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Emacs Has Been Violating the GPL Since 2009

Gnavpot Re:FSF owns Emacs (295 comments)

[...] a definite ethical violation of the GPL, but it is not a legal one when the FSF itself does the distribution. However, it is legally problematic for the redistributors.

So:
1. Write software.
2. Distribute your software under GPL with incomplete source.
3. Wait for someone to redistribute your software.
4. Sue them for violating your copyright.
5. Profit.

Didn't even need the "?" step.

Seems to me that redistributing GPL software can hypothetically be very dangerous if you can be held accountable for the omissions of the original copyright holder.

(I know that the typical "punishment" for violating the GPL is only that you will have to comply in the future. That is why I wrote "hypothetically").

more than 3 years ago
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Can a Playground Be Too Safe?

Gnavpot Re:Yes they can (493 comments)

I dusted myself off and thought "how is this place even LEGAL?". I then went over and told my daughter to stay away from there. She, age 4 at the time, just looked at me wide eyed having witnessed my fumble and said "I wasn't going to... that looks really dangerbus"

Good. You have given her the opportunity to learn herself to assess a risk prior to taking it. Your own parents on the other hand...

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Sued Over Use of iCloud Name

Gnavpot Re:The fools... (394 comments)

The courts already declared years ago that nobody can own a letter or even a prefix. The only reason why McDonalds gets away with suing people over the Mc prefix is because nobody that has tried to use the Mc prefix so far has enough money to outlast the McLawyers long enough for the final verdict to get in.

Well, perhaps nobody in the USA were willing to take the court fight all the way, but here in Denmark someone actually defended himself all the way to the supreme court and won.

Quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonald's_legal_cases :

"McAllan (Denmark)

In 1996, McDonald's lost a legal battle at the Danish Supreme Court to force Allan Pedersen, a hotdog vendor, to drop his shop name McAllan.[10] Pedersen had previously visited Scotland on whisky-tasting tours. He named his business after his favorite brand of whisky, MacAllan's, after contacting the distillery to see if they would object. They did not, but McDonald's did. However, the court ruled customers could tell the difference between a one-man vendor and a multi-national chain and ordered McDonald's to pay 40,000 kroner ($6,900) in court costs. The verdict cannot be appealed."

more than 3 years ago
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Canadian Music Industry Copyright Class Action Settled

Gnavpot Re:The best counter-point (99 comments)

Every time the **AAs get up in front of government or the public to claim "support for the artists" this situation and others need to be brought up plainly and clearly.

The **AA are USA based, this is a story about Canada. Can't you tell the difference?

From the summary:
"The offenders? The four labels comprising the Canadian Recording Industry Association â" EMI, Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music."

Oh, yes. Those labels are certainly local Canadian companys with no connection to the US labels whatsoever.

more than 3 years ago
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CIA Declassifies Pages From Their Cookbook

Gnavpot Re:If it's been declassified, it's not useful anym (119 comments)

A general rule of spooks . . . we'll tell you how we spied 100 years ago . . . but not how we do it today . . .

The joke is not that this is public today - but that it was still considered worth keeping secret yesterday.

more than 3 years ago
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Are 625 Pixels Enough To Identify Sex?

Gnavpot I am disappointed (143 comments)

Identifying sex could be a good thing.

But this was merely about identifying gender.

more than 3 years ago
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MoD's Error Leaks Secrets of UK Nuclear Submarine

Gnavpot They were actually quite clever this time (248 comments)

Everybody knows by now that you can't hide anything in a PDF by putting a black rectangle above the text.
But these people were clever and carefully avoided doing this old stupid mistake which they knew so many people had done before.

Instead, they put the black rectangle BEHIND the black text...

(By the way: I think I have seen somewhere that the black rectangles above the text is actually the way it must be done in USA according to some instructions from the government. Anyone can confirm this?)

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Continues Android Legal Assault

Gnavpot Re:Wow REALLY Bad Patents (344 comments)

Enable display of a webpage's content before the background image is received, allowing users to interact with the page faster;

You have got to be effen kidding me. That's a patent? Who was the bonehead that thought something like that is innovation?

The worst part is that 12-14 years ago, IE was actually severely lacking in this area compared to Netscape. Netscape could load the page immediately and fill in the images as they loaded. With IE, you had to wait for all images to be loaded, before the page would show.

Admitted, that was images in the page, not background images. I don't remember how background images loaded in the two browsers back then.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple vs. Microsoft: a Tale of Two Mobile Updates

Gnavpot Re:What phones get vendor updates after three year (257 comments)

Which phones out there get vendor supplied updates after 3 years?

I always find it strange when someone counts support time from the release date of a product.

What if the product is sold for 4 years but only supported 3 years from release date?

Support time should be counted from the date the product is pulled from the market.

more than 3 years ago
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Breaching an AUP a Crime In Western Australia

Gnavpot Re:Huh? What's the problem? (121 comments)

It's a blog post that completely misses the fucking point. If wikileaks had reported that Australian police were allowed to look up information on citizens without a valid reason (i.e. for shits and giggles) everyone would be up in arms saying, "Isn't this terrible?".

I haven't RTFB, but I have RTFS, and it already addresses this:
"a police officer [...] was fined -- not for disclosing confidential police information, but for unlawful use of a 'restricted-access computer system'

What is worrying in the story is that she was not fined for her real, very serious, and I hope very criminal offense, but instead was fined for something which is usually not considered a criminal offense, but merely a breach of contract: Using a service with permission but not complying with the usage policy.

Let us use a car analogy:
A policeman deliberately hits a person with a police car, causing the person to die.
Instead of charging him with murder (or whatever the correct legal term is), he is charged with car theft.

The logic behind:
He had a permission to use the car for police work. He had no permission to use the car for murder. Using a car without permission = car theft.

more than 3 years ago
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Micro-USB Cellphone Charger Becomes EU Standard

Gnavpot Re:US (302 comments)

(Once again, this time with correct quotation tags):

I just can't see an advantage of micro USB over mini USB.

I have had several mini USB phones where the plug would fall out of the phone or lose connection if I just looked at it in the wrong way.

Micro USB feels much more stable. I can even feel a little "click" when I plug it in, whereas the mini USB was only held in place by friction.

more than 3 years ago
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Micro-USB Cellphone Charger Becomes EU Standard

Gnavpot Re:US (302 comments)

I just can't see an advantage of micro USB over mini USB.

I have had several mini USB phones where the plug would fall out of the phone or lose connection if I just looked at it in the wrong way.

Micro USB feels much more stable. I can even feel a little "click" when I plug it in, whereas the mini USB was only held in place by friction.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key

Gnavpot If only... (968 comments)

...we could get rid of the Num Lock key on full size keyboards...

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Moves To Swiss Domain After DNS Takedown

Gnavpot Re:Netcraft may have confirmed it, but (488 comments)

Who said that they knowingly took them back? Its trivially easy to register a new account with EveryDNS and get them to host a new domain...

...until EveryDNS discovers it and terminates the new domain.

It would be incredibly stupid of Wikileaks to use the dns provider which has already once terminated one of their domains, unless Wikileaks and that dns provider has some sort of agreement about the new domain.

more than 3 years ago
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Beware the Garden of Steven

Gnavpot Re:Did author read any details of the App store? (580 comments)

So the author expects that somehow that apps not submitted to Apple will appear magically appear for auto-update? In the case of Ubuntu, there is a system to do handle updates. However, any code installed outside of the system (i.e. tarball or gzip) does not get auto-updated within the system.

In Ubuntu and Debian, you are not limited to using the central repository with apt. You can add any third-party repositories to the list. Applications from those repositories will be automatically upgraded on equal terms with the distribution's own applications.

more than 3 years ago

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