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Judge Hints At Jail Time For Porn Copyright Troll Prenda Law

Loadmaster Re:Headline (63 comments)

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And can some lawyer explain what a 'prenda law'is?

Sure, it's a law firm named Prenda Law.

about a year and a half ago
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Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens

Loadmaster Re:Simple solution (800 comments)

I find your solution to short circuit this law to be both pedantic and juvenile.

I love it.

about a year and a half ago
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Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens

Loadmaster Re:If there is no oversight.... (800 comments)

Maybe. National security issues often times result in bad decisions (Korematsu - sorry George Takei) and scary rationale. For example, in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Hamdi was an American citizen captured in Afghanistan, returned to the US, then denied habeas rights. O'Connor, Rehnquist, Kennedy, and Breyer all said if Hamdi took up arms he can be detained for the duration of hostilities under the AUMF. Souter and Ginsburg concurred but said he should be tried via criminal law. Stevens and Scalia said screw you. Either suspend habeas (which you can't) or criminally charge him. And then Thomas said Hamdi is a combatant and the judiciary is not allowed to question the executive power (ed. Yikes!).

Scalia's dissent, joined by Stevens, should have been a 9-0 ruling. Like I said, national security issues befuddle the Court. In Korematsu the Court effectively abdicated its power and simply said we don't know war matters so the military can do what it wants. That's double plus ungood.

Of course, we have knew members on the Court, but even the remaining ones are hard to tell where'd they'd fall.

about a year and a half ago
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Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens

Loadmaster Re:incorrect leftist BS (800 comments)

Well, sub-section 3 says "entering, or serving in, the armed forces of a foreign state" which Al Qaeda is not a foreign state. This is the same reason we keep detainees in Quantanamo instead of prisoners of war or prisoners. The Bush administration claimed they weren't enemy combatants because they didn't fight for a foreign state (standardized uniform and all that). Number 7 is more applicable, because it allows citizenship to be stripped for "bearing arms against the United States." However, section (b) states that the burden to prove loss of citizenship is on the party claiming the loss not on the supposed, um, loser. That's basic due process. Essentially if the government said he was no longer a citizen they have to prove it first.

about a year and a half ago
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Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens

Loadmaster Re:If there is no oversight.... (800 comments)

Good question. You should have brought it up when the legislation was passed in September 2001. Here's the applicable language from the Authorization to Use Military Forced (AUMF):

(a) IN GENERAL- That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

You see the "he determines?" The Obama administration didn't make that up, because it's currently valid law. And it will be valid law until it is defeated in court or repealed. Section (b) says the AUMF complies with the War Powers Act which is complete BS, and the AUMF in total is an over delegation of congressional power a la Chadha.

But I don't make the rules.

about a year and a half ago
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SpaceX Launch To International Space Station Delayed For Code Tweaks

Loadmaster Re:Did they try... (97 comments)

Here's the transcript from the launchpad.

Robot #2: "Uh oh, he froze up again."
Robot #3: "Try control, alt, delete!"
Robot #4: "Jiggle the cord!"
Robot #5: "Turn him off and on!"
Robot #6: "Clean the gunk out of the mouse!"
Fry: "Call technical support!"
Robot #2: "Ok, ok, he's back online."

more than 2 years ago
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Magician Suing For Copyright Over Magic Trick

Loadmaster Re:check what he's suing over (296 comments)

Two cases like that actually. First is Midway Manufacturing Co. v. Artic International, Inc. and the second is Williams Electronics, Inc. v. Artic International, Inc., 685 F.2d 870 (3d Cir. 1982). Artic was selling Defender like ROMs with extremely similar code (we're talking pixels here) on them so others could make bootleg copies. Their argument was that the code or presentation was not copyrightable. The visible element or attract screen, Artic said, was not "fixed." The court, in both cases, held that it was fixed because the code was in the chips from which it can be perceived using the other game components.

Those cases, at least Williams, is still taught in law school today.

more than 2 years ago
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Santorum Calls Democrats 'Anti-Science'

Loadmaster Re:Santorum claiming that.... (1237 comments)

Gary Johnson is likely to be the Libertarian candidate this year. I can't say if he meets your criteria or not so here's the address:
http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/issues

I'm not sure he gets what net neutrality really is, but he's old. So, you know how that is.

more than 2 years ago
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Electric Rockets Set To Transform Space Flight

Loadmaster Thought it was about VASIMR. (114 comments)

Turns out I was wrong. I made myself sad. Here's the technology that might actually transform space flight.

http://www.adastrarocket.com/aarc/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_Specific_Impulse_Magnetoplasma_Rocket

The guy who invented it is an ex-Astronaut and VASIMR (or its tech underpinnings) was his PhD thesis at MIT for Applied Plasma Physics. I guess what I'm saying is he isn't a crank.

more than 2 years ago
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US Air Force Buys iPads To Replace Flight Bags

Loadmaster Re:Battery (348 comments)

Probably. I left in 2006, but at that time there was talk a microwave was going to be installed. I don't know if they did or not.

more than 2 years ago
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US Air Force Buys iPads To Replace Flight Bags

Loadmaster Re:Battery (348 comments)

Then I would've had to carry it around with me everywhere. Anything other than your A-3 bags (life support stuff in case you were shot down or went to a different environment) you had to carry with you. There was a chance you wouldn't be coming back to that location so we had to carry all our stuff with us every time we flew. Bringing a microwave sounds like a good idea (as does bringing an inflatable mattress) until you have to drag it around.

more than 2 years ago
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US Air Force Buys iPads To Replace Flight Bags

Loadmaster Re:Flight Gloves (348 comments)

Why would the pilots be wearing flight gloves all the time? I don't remember seeing any of them wear their gloves much at all. The buttons and dials are so small a glove wouldn't be wise to use. I know I took mine off when I did the flight deck pre-flight.

more than 2 years ago
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US Air Force Buys iPads To Replace Flight Bags

Loadmaster Re:Really? (348 comments)

It wasn't a Toughbook. It was some super expensive one-of-a-kind piece-of-shit whiz bang crappy touch screen. It only had one job, fill in Form F, and was super slow and annoying. Almost as annoying as the thermal printer. Hopefully this iPad stuff works out and they replace that monster with an iPad for the load station.

more than 2 years ago
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US Air Force Buys iPads To Replace Flight Bags

Loadmaster Re:Battery (348 comments)

The C-17 has plenty of standard outlets on-board. There are two at the Load station and outlets every couple of feet above the sidewall seats. Plenty of outlets to be had.

I know, because I was a C-17 Load.

You know what it didn't have? A fucking microwave. Had a convection oven but no microwave.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Successfully Test Fires J-2X Engine.

Loadmaster Re:10 billion? (119 comments)

How can a single rocket, a tube filled with pork, cost $10 billion? Please explain.

FTFY. Now the answer is obvious.

Dr. Spengler: I'm worried, Arlet. It's getting crowded in there and all my data points point to something big on the horizon.

Winston: What do you mean, big?

Dr. Spengler: Well, let's say this hot dog represents the normal amount of pork for NASA. Based on this morning's test, it would be a hot dog. . . thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.

Winston: That's a big hot dog.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Court Blocks Sales of Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Loadmaster Re:This may not be so good for Apple... (158 comments)

I don't know how law works in Australia, so take this as an answer to your question that is applicable in the US but maybe not AUS. First, there is no "innocent until proven guilty" well anywhere except TV and armchair attorneys. It's "burden of going forward" and "burden of persuasion." But it's irrelevant here anyway. There is no "guilty" in civil court. It's liable not liable. Second, an injunction is not relief. An injunction is merely to maintain the status quo to prevent any irreparable harm while the court sorts out the case. Here, if Samsung could sell the tablet then what's the point of the case? If it gets released then even if an infringement ruling came down the damage is already done. You can't take back the Tabs. So the judge granted the injunction (which is not indicative of future rulings) to keep the status quo which was no Galaxy Tab in AUS.

HTH.

about 3 years ago
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Hurt Locker Lawsuits May Reach Canadians, Too

Loadmaster Re:They likely made a deal with those ISPs (159 comments)

It doesn't apply to "cases which aren't frivolous?" Awesome, who decides what's frivolous and what's not? I thought I knew frivolous cases from reading newspapers. Then I went to law school and actually read the cases. Give me an example of what you consider a frivolous case.

And court fees are always the domain of the court. I do 8th amendment/1983 actions which allow fee shifting but doesn't require it. What you really want is universal fee shifting. And that's OK, my Advanced Civil Procedure Professor wanted it as well. I just disagreed with the results of such a measure. The UK does have it if you want to see it in practice.

Here's my professor's Amazon page for his books:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&field-author=Robert%20Hardaway
No, he couldn't remember anyone's name, but he knows everything about law. Even if he's wrong about universal fee shifting.

more than 3 years ago
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Hurt Locker Lawsuits May Reach Canadians, Too

Loadmaster Re:They likely made a deal with those ISPs (159 comments)

The court can always charge a side with legal fees if the lawsuit is without merit. What you actually want is universal fee shifting. Sounds great until you consider every company will pay their attorneys 1,000 dollars an hour. No suits will be brought.

As an attorney I think you're on to something and should push this as hard as possible. However, be aware that your idea give companies even greater power. Right now it's everyone pays their own fees with fee shifting in certain statutory situations and meritless cases. But if you had your way I could work 100 hours a year and make 100,000 dollars since companies would just use my fee as a intimidation tactic. Fine with me, but bad for you.

I guess if you don't care I don't.

more than 3 years ago
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Mass. Court Says Constitution Protects Filming On-Duty Police

Loadmaster Re:Federal Court - Big difference (473 comments)

The ruling would constitute persuasive authority in other circuits not precedent. I'm in the 10th circuit, so if I had a case like this I would say something along the lines of "Although this issue is one of first impression in the 10th Circuit, the 1st Circuit recently examined this very issue. In CASE X it was held that . . .." It just tells the court that this circuit hasn't seen the issue, yet, and the other circuit[s] that have held a certain way. It doesn't mean they have to follow it.

more than 3 years ago

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MS to Indie Devs: Ya' gotta have a publisher!

Loadmaster Loadmaster writes  |  about a year ago

Loadmaster (720754) writes "The new Oddworld game New 'n' Tasty is coming to every platform in the current generation and even the next generation but not the Xbox One. It's not that developer Oddworld Inhabitants isn't porting the game. It's not that they hate Microsoft or the Xbox One. No, it's that Microsoft has taken an anti-indie dev stance with the Xbox One. While the game industry is moving to Kickstarter and self-funded shops, Microsoft has decided all developers must have a publisher to grace their console.

It just gets worse for Microsoft's new console. They spy on you, control who you let borrow, restrict how you can sell the game, and now they are forcing indie developers to split profit with a partner in the form of an unnecessary publisher. The adage for Microsoft products is that they get it right on rev. 3, but here it seems they've bombed it. Big time."

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RIAA Receives Delay to Appeal Webcast of Trial

Loadmaster Loadmaster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Loadmaster writes "For an organization who wants to publicize the illegality of file sharing they sure work hard to keep a wrap on things. A stay was granted pushing back the webcast of the RIAA's case against college grad student Joel Tenenbaum. Parties have until January 26th to file their arguments with a tentative date of February 24th for the trial.

Whatever happens, this seems like a real "don't look behind the curtain" moment. If the RIAA wins, then they can no longer claim they're just trying to educate the public thereby exposing their extortion scheme. If the defense wins, we'll all enjoy a long day of Slashdot posts ripping the RIAA lawyers argument to shreds."
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Bungie Leaving Microsoft?

Loadmaster Loadmaster writes  |  about 7 years ago

Loadmaster writes "Sound plausible? According to an anonymous (of course) source it is.

"Apparently MS just wants Bungie to make Halo for the rest of their natural days, and Bungie doesn't like how MS is constantly trying to "handle" everything they do; the way they market their games, the way they interact with their fans (basically the fact that they do appreciate their fans), and how stingie they are with the profits (comparable to the rest of the industry). So as of today they are their own independent entity. They'll probably make Halo 4 for Microsoft, however hey are also free to create new intellectual properties for whatever system they want. (Even though they prefer the xbox platform)"

"What a way to say thank you."

According to this blog it's already a done deal and will be announced by Microsoft October 6th. Hmm, Hell's almanac must be predicting a cold night that night."

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Loadmaster Loadmaster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Loadmaster (720754) writes "Insomniac Games Chief Creative Officer gives his view why the PS3 will win this generation, why the Wii will wane and why the 360 sucks. Of course, his first move is to make sure we understand they are 100% independent and owe Sony no loyalty. Then he gives 10 rock solid reasons everyone has to agree on why the PS3 owns your mom. I've shoo'd the deer away from the salt lick out back for this story.

http://www.n4g.com/ps3/News-32115.aspx"

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