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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

Mastacheata87 Re:Helpful links for intelligence community devs (275 comments)

This wouldn't have helped, according to the article.
They didn't detain him because there was no exact match, despite the fact that there was an order to detain the person and call $superior-authority$ even if there was no exact match.
The problem is the officer that noticed him and didn't take action, not the systems that flagged the person as potential terrorist.

about 10 months ago

Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

Mastacheata87 Austrian E-Bike concept from vivax looks better (164 comments)

You should take a look at the product of this austrian company if you're looking for good-looking E-Bikes that don't look like E-Bikes at all.
They put their motor in the seat tube and it merely assists the pedaling,
Aside from the battery pack that disguises as a tool-pack right underneath the saddle you can't see it's an electric bicycle on the outside.

Their system is supposed to work in almost any off-the-shelf frame (with limitations for carbon frames).
They also have some carbon frames that work with their system, though apparently this doesn't work with most "stock" carbon-frames.

Have a look at their website: http://www.vivax-assist.com/en...

about a year ago

Have 100GB Free? Host Your Own Copy of Wikipedia, With Images

Mastacheata87 Re:Rats. It won't QUITE fit on a microSD card... (151 comments)

...yet. But I guess most phones won't easily read sqlite databases yet, either.

The structured storage for Android Apps is just SQLite databases. Of course Android doesn't include a database management tool for the end user, but in the background it can read SQLite just perfectly.

about a year ago

Open Source Licensing Debate Has Positive Effect On GitHub

Mastacheata87 Re:Public Domain should be the default (96 comments)

Git Hub is based in the USA where public domain dedications are well established (see the link in the post you are replying to) so it is very likely that source distributed by Git Hub can be in the public domian. If you are really paranoid you can use the CC0 to dedicate to the public domain or achieve as near as possible an effect.

It doesn't matter where you store your stuff. What matters for which copyright laws to apply is where you (the author) live/what citizenship you have.

You can't transfer ownership in germany at all. You can of course license your works under whatever terms you choose (for example CC0), but Public Domain like in the US where you basically give up any rights on your work forever is impossible here.
That doesn't change just because I publish something in the US or even because I might stay there for a while.

about a year and a half ago

NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

Mastacheata87 Re:Why? (996 comments)

All this will result in is more arrests. The average Joe isn't going to know the difference between .08% and .05%; the only result will be a larger probability in jail time for someone who would otherwise be considered fine to drive today. If we're going to change the numbers in this manner, why not just make it 0% and at least be clear about the message: Drink at all, and you'd better be willing to not drive for a couple of hours.

Wow, do they really put people into jail immediately for drunk driving?
Over here in germany, the worst thing that can happen is you losing your drivers license forever. (That happens if you get caught drunk driving multiple times and over a certain rate).

Normally we have two limits. One hard limit at 0.05% and a soft limit at 0.03%. Once you're over the soft limit, you may drive around, but if you're driving suspiciously or cause an accident that's enough for being punished (usually you have to pay a fine and are banned from driving for a few weeks). Also your insurance might not cover an accident even if you did not cause it when you are above the soft-limit. (Oh and they do not just take the reading of your blood test an hour or two after the accident, but they calculate an estimated blood alcohol for the time of the accident)

about a year and a half ago

Games Workshop Bullies Author Over Use of the Words 'Space Marine'

Mastacheata87 Re:It is still on Amazon (211 comments)

But given the sheer number of examples posted here of the use of the term, it's not like they can claim they invented it.

Once you decide Marines are the bad-asses who go in first, and once you figure out people will eventually go to space -- it's pretty logical to assume Space Marines, Space Soliders, Space Navy, Space Pilots.

It's a descriptive term -- yes, if you're selling tabletop games called "Space Marines", fine. But these guys really need to be sanctioned for over-stepping their actual trademark. And their lawyers should bloody well have known this didn't apply here.

I don't argue that point. Actually I don't think there should be a difference between usage in an eBook and a paper book.

Games Workshop has a trademark in some Nice classes and assume protection in ebooks because they have now (after registering the trademark) started selling ebooks themselves. Amazon removed the eBook version, but not the Paperback. The logical consequernce is that Games Workshop doesn't even assume any protection in paper books, otherwise they would have asked Amazon to remove the paperback version as well.
At least that's the only way I could explain why the Paperback version is still there.

about 2 years ago

Games Workshop Bullies Author Over Use of the Words 'Space Marine'

Mastacheata87 Re:It is still on Amazon (211 comments)

Do you know where the trademark is applicable? People selling games called Space Marines.

Since this is neither, someone's lawyer should refer them to Arkell v Pressdam -- they have absolutely no legal right to the phrase space marine in an ebook, a paper book or anything except the area in which they trademarked it.

Yeah, of course they don't have their trademark protected in eBooks either.
However Games Workshop says that they believe to have a protection in that area as well due to common law because they are now selling ebooks as well and just didn't register that category yet.
Apparently they don't believe to have protection for paper books, whether registered or by common usage.

Not sure if that works in US law, but it does very well work in German law as long as there is no competing trademark in that category.

about 2 years ago

Games Workshop Bullies Author Over Use of the Words 'Space Marine'

Mastacheata87 Re:It is still on Amazon (211 comments)

This is about the eBook edition. The Paperback is obviously still available and it would seem to me that the trademark is not applicable there.

about 2 years ago

Wolfram Alpha Number-Crunches the Super Bowl

Mastacheata87 Re:Rugby for doped sissies (67 comments)

Ever watched hockey on American tv. Nothing better than getting a " and he takes he shot....eat at McDonald's" they just randomly inject commercials causing u to miss important moments

Are we talking about outdoor hockey as it is played in the summer olympics or about the indoor ice skating version?

about 2 years ago

Twitter Censors German Neo-Nazi Group, Within Germany

Mastacheata87 Re:Google censors (227 comments)

Oh, and Twitter is just following the law in Germany, being a neo-nazi or espousing neo-nazi ideas is illegal in Germany.

Is Twitter based in Germany, or a German company?

If not...why the fuck would they have to abide by any laws in Germany?

They don't have to.
They're doing this voluntarily as part of their new policy for working together with law enforcement in different countries.

In order to force twitter into blocking that neo-nazi content, the german judge or prosecutor would need to file an application for international assistance with the US authorities.
That would a) take a long time and there would b) be a good chance that US authorities deny their claim because the understandings and limits of free speech are quite a lot different in germany and the USA.

As far as I know you can tell almost anything and get away with it.
In germany if you publicly speak against the democratic order and/or the basic rights you'll be sentenced to a fine or even to jail.
And that's what these neo-nazi bullshit falls under.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Jailbroken

Mastacheata87 Re:I'm jailbreaking mine. (51 comments)

That would be my first, and main reason as well. Same reason i rooted my nook touch, so i could read mobi native.. Having native access to both main formats is far better than having to convert and hope... ( now that both support pdf, that became a non-issue, but the mobi/epub issue is still there )

Having direct access to the both 'markets' for books is good too.

You still need to get rid of either Adobe's or Amazon's DRM, the Jailbreak and software you'll later install will only display free eBooks in the other format.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked

Mastacheata87 Taskbar? (484 comments)

The window title is now solid color without any transparency, but the task bar still has the blurry transparent looks as one can see from the pictures.
Or do I misunderstand the names for the different bars in Windows' UI?

more than 2 years ago

EULAs Don't Have To Suck

Mastacheata87 Re:Step 2 (233 comments)

That depends on what you sell. A product or only a license.
If it's only the license that's being sold than you can pretty much define what the user may do and what not.
There's an infamous case about oracle licenses and if they may be sold on the second market.
German court ruled that is not allowed since you do not buy the software, but only a very special license.

If you sell some physical work though (and in some cases a cdrom would be enough to qualify for that), the ownership goes over to the customer and he/she may do with it whatever he/she likes.

more than 3 years ago

EULAs Don't Have To Suck

Mastacheata87 Re:Step 2 (233 comments)

In germany any contract can only be binding if you know the terms before you sign it.
When you purchase software in the store and are presented with an EULA after you already purchased it, that agreement is not binding to the customer.
EULAs for Download content might be valid for german customers though unless terms are diametral to general law.

more than 3 years ago

Bethesda Tells Minecraft Creator: Cease and Desist

Mastacheata87 Re:Can't you not (200 comments)

Isn't scrolls a quite common word making it untrademarkeable?
Especially when it comes to role playing games, most of them use the word in the normal gameplay.
That would make it pretty nonsensical to grant a trademark on that word for using it as the product's name.

This is not even taking into account that they don't use their trademark enough for it being confused with the Mojang game.
The official name of their Elder Scrolls series contains the word, but they are most commonly known and marketed by their subtitle.
Even the link between a game with scrolls in it's name and the Elder Scrolls series is only in my mind for this stupid action, I wouldn't have made any connection otherwise.

more than 3 years ago

New Hampshire Man Sentenced To 7 Years For Robo-Calling Malware

Mastacheata87 Re:Modem Tax (160 comments)

There are some (pretty big) rural areas here in Germany, where people can't get xDSL or cable even if they wanted.
I know of at least 5 villages with about 100 citizens each in 20km radius that don't have any chance but dialup networking for Internet Access.

In some areas you can get Networking via UMTS/(E-)GPRS, but mostly it's not faster than POTS or ISDN Dial Up.

That's also why some of the lower frequencies used for LTE/4G Networks were given to provider with the prerequisite to install networks in those areas before the frequencies may be used in cities.

more than 3 years ago

Diabetic Men May Be Able To Grow Their Own Insulin-Producing Cells

Mastacheata87 Re:Some clarification... (148 comments)

I'm diabetic Type 1 since 20 years and have read about stem-cell therapies for ages. There were clinical studies with adult stem cells from the patients own spinal cord. What I want to say is that these testicle stem cells and the ones from deceased pancreas are not the only sources. In the last clinical study with own stem cells they found out that the biggest effect is the stimulation of remaining beta-cells (Yes even Type 1 patients have some remaining cells) to produce a significant amount of insulin. Whereas only fewer than 1% of the stem cells integrate into the fabric and mutate into something comparable to beta-cells. As far as I know they don't suffer the problem of being destroyed by the own immune system. Though I don't know if this is because the auto-immune reaction is only active for some specific time or because the stem-cells are not completely identical to beta-cells.

more than 4 years ago

Window Pain

Mastacheata87 Re:Out Come the Wolves (223 comments)

Have a look at the other article of this author he also references, in which he talks about allowing intrusive ads for free premium services that serve ads in order to make up for the cost of running these. In special he talks about web/cgi Proxy services that have to change their IP multiple times a day in order to provide their service to users in censoring countries and that allowing even more intrusive ads for services like these is ok with him and should be with all of us. I'd also like to see such a function. But more as a developer tool than for reporting abusive popups.

more than 4 years ago


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