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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

MarkvW Damn NSA (110 comments)

I LIKE the idea of the NSA spying on foreigners, but when it spies on American Citizens--without warrants--it becomes a vile and despicable organization that can and should be fully defunded.

about a week ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

MarkvW Re:Toronto Municipal Gov't divided (169 comments)

We have taxicab regulation because unregulated cab drivers rip off consumers.

about two weeks ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

MarkvW Greedy and Criminal (328 comments)

Pretty obviously criminal. The undercover agent put out the bait, the guy recognized it was bait, hesitated, then swallowed it whole.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

MarkvW I suspect a deal. (258 comments)

What would Obama have to offer? Antitrust maybe?

about two weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

MarkvW Re:The answer (441 comments)

If they do have exclusive skills, you want them on the team for that reason.

If they don't have exclusive skills, you want to include them in the team selection process because you can maximize your chance of obtaining those skills.

Not too hard.

about three weeks ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

MarkvW Just don't go to the movies. (357 comments)

Why go? The MPAA is a fierce advocate for repressive copyright restrictions. If you stop going to the movies, you stop their money.

Besides, almost every movie in the theaters is an expensive imitative mess.

The "movie industry" should die. We'll do much better with a wide array of cheaply made productions.

about a month ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

MarkvW Re:Not just women (571 comments)

Only problem with that is that there is an increasing number of people who are trying to make a living from the work they present online. Those people need a reputation, and an effective harasser can really hurt their ability to make a living. In this situation, "ignoring the troll" might be the worst thing to do.

Otherwise, I'd agree with you.

about a month ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

MarkvW Cost of Production (117 comments)

What's the energy cost to physically produce a bitcoin? Anybody know?

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

MarkvW Re:Possible sequence (171 comments)

You probably mean 'asymmetric,' but what the hell. Very good post.

about 2 months ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

MarkvW Re:Gladwell (192 comments)

Except this time the snark was perfectly delivered at the perfect target.

about a month ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

MarkvW That is outrageous. (354 comments)

That "beyond the law" comment is outrageous. For that man, "too much privacy" is "beyond the law."

about 2 months ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

MarkvW Is Australia different? (73 comments)

In Australia aren't the people allowed to know what their police force's "operational capability" is?

about 2 months ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

MarkvW Vietnam Thought of the Day (248 comments)

We have to fuck with the villagers in order to save them.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

MarkvW X-Com & The Operational Art of War (382 comments)

No doubt about it. X-Com is the greatest game ever created in the entire history of mankind. Even once I figured out how to win in the first turn it was still fun to play.

Next would be TOAW. It's the best war boardgame ever made. If it's been improved upon, please let me know.

I also loved Delta Force Land Warrior--until the cheaters destroyed it.

about 3 months ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

MarkvW Re:Chokehold (102 comments)

I'm "against" the tobacco industry, but I'm not a tobacco prohibitionist. Same as to marijuana.

On the other hand, I am against the methamphetamine industry and I am a methamphetamine prohibitionist.

Other drugs require more thought and /. isn't worth that.

about 3 months ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

MarkvW Garden Bot (133 comments)

Make a GardenBot that works, and you'll become a trillionaire.

about 3 months ago

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Apple Silencing Rejected Appstore Developers

MarkvW MarkvW writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MarkvW (1037596) writes "This should add fuel to the fire. Apple is apparently slapping nondisclosure agreements on developers who get rejected from the Appstore. I got this from Anandtech which got it from DailyTech."
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Qualcomm Gets Hammered With Discovery Sanctions

MarkvW MarkvW writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MarkvW (1037596) writes "Qualcomm (and its lawyers) got utterly HAMMERED by a federal court by playing discovery games (wrongfully keeping potent stuff from the other side).

Sporting with the federal court is a risky proposition."

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Patent Law

MarkvW MarkvW writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MarkvW (1037596) writes "The Supremes held that method patents are subject to the patent exhaustion doctrine like other patents. This is the last paragraph from Quanta v. LG Electronics, a Supreme Court patent opinion that came down today: The authorized sale of an article that substantially embodies a patent exhausts the patent holder's rights and prevents the patent holder from invoking patent law to control postsale use of the article. Here, LGE licensed Intel to practice any of its patents and to sell products practicing those patents. Intel's microprocessors and chipsets substantially embodied the LGE Patents because they had no reasonable noninfringing use and included all the inventive aspects of the patented methods. Nothing in the License Agreement limited Intel's ability to sell its products practicing the LGE Patents. Intel's authorized sale to Quanta thus took its products outside the scope of the patent monopoly, and as a result, LGE can no longer assert its patent rights against Quanta. Accordingly, the judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed."

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