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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Mr. Shotgun Re:User Beware (349 comments)

Sadly, I expect this incident to be forgotten over the weekend and cause no harm to GitHub's reputation.

GitHub has it's hand tied as to what it can do in response to DMCA claims because of the safe harbor provisions. They have to treat each claim as valid and take the supposedly infringing content down. I would rather people remember Qualcomm's heavy handed and ridiculously over-broad copyright claims when it comes to selecting products and business partners. I also hope some of the people who were affected by this stunt file a counter notice and take this to court, hopefully exposing these claims as a sham and willful perjury. But that is unlikely to happen because there repositories are most likely independent developers and small businesses who can hardly afford a protracted legal fight.

about a month ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

Mr. Shotgun Re:I'd love some free Google classes (376 comments)

Google wants employees with above-average skills in their areas of interest, and so they hire plenty of white males since they tend to have them. If you're not in that group, well, it sucks to be you, I guess

/s/white/people who have an interest/g Seriously, when did asian's become white? If anyone showed an interest in what Google, facebook, yahoo is looking for they would have showed up on their radar, melanin rate be damned..

about a month ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

Mr. Shotgun Re:Sorry, destruction is not proof of claim (269 comments)

Inter arma enim silent leges?
Sorry but that idea was bullshit back in Ancient Rome and it is bullshit now. If the country cannot follow the rule of law in wartime how can they expect the citizens to respect it?

about 2 months ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

Mr. Shotgun Re:Destroying evidence should have worse penalty (269 comments)

In general I think that destroying evidence should result in the assumption that they're hiding a worst case scenario

That is exactly what is supposed to happen, it is called spoilation of evidence and is very frowned upon. The penalties are supposed to include inferring that the missing evidence is beneficial to the opposing party and civil and criminal penalties against whomever destroyed the evidence. Though I doubt that will happen in this case.

about 2 months ago
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3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom

Mr. Shotgun Re:It's a 1A issue, not a 2A issue. (354 comments)

Fire in a crowded theater...if you knew the case behind that piece of hackneyed trash you would never dare utter it in polite company again! Mr white has an excellent take down of that piece of claptrap you call a justification here. Short story, it was used to justify the punishment of critics of the government under the espionage act. Three men where sentenced to ten years under those decisions for writing rather mild criticisms of the draft and government. If he were alive today he would of had code pink clapped in irons. And if prison for criticizing the government sounds like the kind of thing you can endorse and stand behind then you do not belong in this country at all. Go be a sycophant somewhere else.

about 2 months ago
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3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom

Mr. Shotgun Re: Irresponsible (354 comments)

The ATF doesn't agree with you. People, not the milita but people, are free to make their own handguns/shotguns/rifles as long as it is not intended for sale. 1st amendment allows Mr Wilson to publish the plans, and the 2nd amendment allows individuals to use those plans to make a weapon. Quite frankly I am not sure how much more settled it could be.

about 2 months ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

Mr. Shotgun Re:Duh... (265 comments)

Former US District attorney and now defense attorney has several great posts on the first rule of dealing with the police and prosecutors, namely shut up. Anything you may think you can say to help the police can be said with the representation of a lawyer. If, after reading through those examples and explanations, you still wonder why everyone says to shut up then there is no convincing you and you can go on your merry way. May you never have to deal with the police when there are looking to pin someone for a crime and you happen to be in the area.

about 2 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Mr. Shotgun Re:Let them legislate all they want (584 comments)

So let me get this straight, a LEO's weapon, without the watch and any mechanical safeties engaged will fire like normal weapon aka a gun.

Meanwhile a civilian's weapon without a watch or with a watch with error code 0xDD screaming Abort,Retry, Fail, without mechanical safeties engaged will not fire, aka a club.

Yeah, and people wonder why others are complaining about that

about 2 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Mr. Shotgun Re:Isn't this obvious? (584 comments)

What's really going on is that pro-gun groups are pretty certain (with good reason!) that these smart guns don't work reliably, and likely never will. Plus there's some concern about backdoors that might allow the guns to be deliberately disabled, which could enable smart gun mandates to easily turn into forcible disarmament.

One concern that I have is regarding Copyright/patents on this smart gun. Considering it is a new direction in firearms it would be naive to assume this weapon does not have any intellectual property restrictions regarding the technology. Coupling the smart gun mandates already proposed in places like California and New Jersey with the defacto monopoly on smart guns that the patent/copyright provides would mean that where the mandate is in place the smart gun manufacturer would have total monopoly on new weapons sales for at least 20 years. Unless of course they chose to license the technology, but they may not as is their right. Still one easily see how IP law and knee jerk feel good legislation can combine to create market monopolies or even destroy potential markets.

about 2 months ago
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Free Can Make You Bleed: the Underresourced Open Source

Mr. Shotgun Re:BS (175 comments)

The best part is that not even two weeks after heartbleed was disclosed, Fire eye announced a vulnerability in IE that affects everything from 6 to the latest release 11. In response to the wide range of the vulnerability several agencies declared IE persona non grata till it is fixed. So much for commercial software being more secure.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Mr. Shotgun Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

if the company hires black CEO and customer leave because of that, CEO should step down?

From a pure business perspective, if a significant portion of the customer base leaves, then yes. Luckily in this day and age the percentage of customers that would leave because of a black CEO is negligible. Wouldn't it be nice if the same thing would be true of LGBT CEO's?

about 4 months ago
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Study: Video Gamer Aggression Result of Game Experience, Not Violent Content

Mr. Shotgun Re:Nintendo Hard (180 comments)

Try two player with your little brother, sibling rivalry cranked to eleven.

about 4 months ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Mr. Shotgun Re:Are programmers really this naive? (465 comments)

You can use wikipedia but can't read the damn article?

That natal idea, and one of the themes central to all eleven developers agreeing to travel to Los Angeles for the shoot, was the production and filming of a game jam for a televised audience (or at least a YouTube audience) with the intent to document the ups and downs of actually developing a game

TL?DR? Maker pitched a documentary to the developers, then tried to change it into a reality show

about 4 months ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Mr. Shotgun Re:So what was the problem again? (465 comments)

Basically he went on a game show

From the fucking article:

That natal idea, and one of the themes central to all eleven developers agreeing to travel to Los Angeles for the shoot, was the production and filming of a game jam for a televised audience (or at least a YouTube audience) with the intent to document the ups and downs of actually developing a game

The developers agreed to produce a documentary, it was the sponsors that tried to turn it into a reality show. The only drama they were expecting was game crashes and bug fixes, ordinary issues that occur when developing a game.

Also FTFA:

At some point which remains unclear, the show wholly dipped into a scripted reality slant and became less about making a game, and more about creating drama for sake of the audience, less than one day out of the four blocked off for shooting available to sit down and jam. The rest of the program, as it turned out, was filled with arts and crafts, physical challenges and competitive gaming â" once again, totally unrelated to game development. But that wasnâ(TM)t communicated to anyone, and through Polarisâ(TM) local contacts, the developers were signed up and flown out to Culver City, where they awaited their first hurdle in Makerâ(TM)s legal department.

So not only did the developers initially agree to the documentary format, but when the format was changed no one thought to ask the developers if they were ok with this? I am guessing that if they had known beforehand they would not have come. When they did find out they rejected the initial contract and had reservations about the show. This snowballed because of Matti Leshem's attempts to impose branding restrictions and incite drama where there was none, causing the developers to form ranks and reject the show entirely. They decided they didn't have to stand the shit and instead threw it back in the producers faces. and I really can't blame them. Next time the companies want to make a reality show, tell the actors first.

about 4 months ago
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Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

Mr. Shotgun Re:James Sensenbrenner Jr. (206 comments)

Small point, you meant to say Minnesota's 6th district which is stuck on crazy, not Minnesota's 5th District who elected the first Muslim to serve in the house of representatives in the form of Keith Ellison. The two districts are close geographically, but very far apart politically.

about 6 months ago
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Target Admits Data Breach May Have Up To 110 Million Victims

Mr. Shotgun Re:target messes with there employees and does not (213 comments)

Or they outsourced....

You may be joking, but after the initial story broke I did look at their career website to see if they had an opening for a information security position (for the lulz) and noticed most of their IT positions were based in India. Since then they seemed to have reduced the amount of IT positions based out of India, maybe because of this, maybe they filled them. But still seems kinda odd.

about 7 months ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

Mr. Shotgun Re:Not a surprise, but still... (464 comments)

The NSA is doing everything it can to save your ass.

No, fuck you. You do not save this country by pissing on the document that created it. Violating the trust and privacy of the citizens is not the way to save them. This country was made great by holding to the standards of freedom and justice, although there were missteps along the way. But we tried to hold firm to that which made us great.

But lately it has been acting like a scared child jumping at shadows in the kitchen. They have been selling everyone out and violating every protection in the constitution. All for NOTHING. There is no boogy man in the closet, no monster under the bed. The greatest enemy this country faces right now is this "War on terror", because it is destroying us faster and more thoroughly than anyone else could ever hope to do. And apologists like you are helping them right along.

about 7 months ago
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Investor Lawsuit Blames NSA For $12B Loss In IBM Value

Mr. Shotgun Re:Not a Institutinal Investor (204 comments)

Windows and orphans do well

Windows make terrible plaintiffs, the jury can see right through them.

about 8 months ago
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Woman Fined For Bad Review Striking Back In Court

Mr. Shotgun Re:Waiver of rights (249 comments)

Oh it gets even better than that, the husband was the one placing the order. Meaning Kleargear is trying to assert a contract that was never fulfilled ( never delivered the product) using a term that was not present at the time of signing (Non-disparagement was added after) based on the actions of the wife, who didn't agree to anything. IANAL, but I am pretty sure that is against the law, fraud being at least one.

about 8 months ago

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SFPD Breathalyzer Error Puts Hundreds Of DUI Convictions In Doubt

Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "

Hundreds, or even thousands, of drunk driving convictions could be overturned because the San Francisco Police Department has not tested its breathalyzers, officials said Monday. For at least six years, the police officers in charge of testing the 20 breathalyzers used by the Police Department did not carry out any tests on the equipment. Officers instead filled the test forms with numbers that matched the control sample, said Public Defender Jeff Adachi, throwing countless DUI convictions into doubt.

Apparently this has happened before."
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Ellison accused of running executive fighting ring

Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "SEC investigators claim to have broken up an underground fighting ring in which participants beat each other bloody. To add insult to injury, the victors then brokered business deals that skirted U.S. securities law and deprived the losers of valuable stock options.
The mastermind behind the Silicon Valley fight club is alleged to be eccentric billionaire and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison."

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Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "Ars is running a story about how the Illinois state government is going to pay off the legal bills from their recently defeated video game crusade. FTA:

the state was scouring department budgets, looking for the $1 million it cost to defend the unconstitutional legislation in court. Yes, you read that right — the State of Illinois spent one meeeellion dollars of taxpayer money on the litigation even as the state budget was starved for cash in other, more pressing areas. And worse yet, they spent it on a bill which, when introduced, was plainly unconstitutional.


Another write up is available here."
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Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "US DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff warned of the use of the Internet as a terrrorist training camp. From the article: "They can train themselves over the Internet. They never have to necessarily go to the training camp or speak with anybody else and that diffusion of a combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination,""

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