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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Luthair Search? (277 comments)

While I would say this sounds like a waste of military resources, is it really an illegal search?

Isn't making files available on a p2p network akin to classifieds or placing a sign on your lawn and a cop car drive through the neighbourhood?

2 days ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Luthair Re:External IP (208 comments)

I'm not advocating for it, but one assumes it would be pretty unlikely they'd complain to anyone. They probably aren't in the same country and they are engaged in a variety of illegal activities.

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Luthair Series of Toothpicks (826 comments)

Each one is great for getting out the gunk, but when you string them together a great result it does not necessarily make. We know a lot more about computers and systems are far more complex than they were 22-years ago. That said, I don't know or care about systemd vs sysvinit.

about three weeks ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Luthair Re:Good! (619 comments)

While we're on analogies - what you're saying is you can live on a wage from 20-years ago today and ignore the inflation that has happened in that period?

Remember that this is a fixed rate set 21-years ago, while the costs associated maintaining infrastructures have gone up. Further, cars have also became substantially more fuel efficient reducing the per km value of the tax as well without corresponding reduction of wear or demand on the infrastructure.

about 3 months ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

Luthair Rollup Already? (249 comments)

I thought the Google Play store always showed the top level permission in the list as opposed to the more fine grained ones? Is the only difference that applications will now be able to use anything in the category displayed?

In either case Google does need to ressurect AppInfo, the argument that applications can't handle not being provided a given permission is bogus - I don't believe there are any permissions which do not have an empty value which the application should already be capable of happily consuming.

about 3 months ago
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Sony Winding Down the PSP

Luthair Had to be a fan (85 comments)

Apparently, I thought the console went away years ago personally. I haven't seen or heard of it in years.

about 3 months ago
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Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property

Luthair Re:How would it infringe? (264 comments)

Zazzle is probably erring on the side of not getting sued.

about 4 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

Luthair Re:DRM or no DRM, pick one (405 comments)

Amazon also allows DRM free books, its the publisher requiring DRM....

about 4 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

Luthair To be fair... (405 comments)

It hasn't been that long since publishers formed a cartel with Apple and tried to stick it to Amazon.

about 4 months ago
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McAfee Grabbed Data Without Paying, Says Open Source Vulnerability Database

Luthair So What? (139 comments)

At least in North America facts (which is what SV data is) are not considered to be copyrightable. (In Europe I believe there is some protection for databases) This might be a ToS violation but I think most Slashdot'ers would agree those are questionable and that public websites should not have different protection from the phonebook delivered to your door. (Which Yellowpages has previously complained about Google and others "copying")

As someone who looks at SV data regularly and has previously pointed things out to OSVDB maintainers, I would also point out that the majority of the OSVDB database is simply a clone of CVE, thus in reality isn't even "theirs".

about 4 months ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Luthair Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (109 comments)

Funnily enough stealing phones is illegal also but that doesn't appear to be stopping the problem.

about 5 months ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Luthair Re:hey google... (117 comments)

Thats ~10 million devices worldwide, not really a big market.

about 5 months ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Luthair Re:hey google... (117 comments)

Hardly, none of the existing players (AppleTV, Roku, Boxee, etc.) have shown it to be anything more than a niche market. The real question is will the add-on box market ever materialize?

about 5 months ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Luthair Re:No all in one sadly (117 comments)

No reason this new device couldn't also support the Chromecast protocol and act as a receiver. (And thus utilize HBO Go support that way)

about 5 months ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Luthair Re:Top Gear was worse. (544 comments)

The one I don't understand - why are taxis allowed in the lanes in many places. Seems like they' worse both for emissions as well as cars on the road (have someone randomly driving around unnecessarily)

about 5 months ago
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New York Public Library Releases Over 20,000 Hi-Res Maps

Luthair Derivative Work (25 comments)

Scans of maps are quite blatantly a derivative work I don't see how NYPL feels they have a right to assign any license to them, if the copyrights have expired then they're already public domain.

about 5 months ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Luthair Re:800MM seems impossibly low (88 comments)

Or the executives should get jailtime - why should white collar crime be treated differently?

about 6 months ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Luthair Legal Action Hasn't Worked (88 comments)

Despite the legal action (and victories) by the DoJ it doesn't seem to me like we've had any price drops to reurn us to the pre-cartel pricing. So apparently these guys get a slap on the wrist and will get to keep the fruits of their bad behaviour?

about 6 months ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Luthair Re:It's about time (455 comments)

The rate varies by card and the high-end cards can have significant fees atttached. And as stores aren't allowed to pass the fees along to the card holder every person gets stuck paying for the rich guy with the black card. Ignoring that - cartels, collusion and price fixing are illegal.

My observation in Canada is that most places don't take amex.

about 6 months ago

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