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John McAfee Explains How He Milked Information From Belize's Elite

Pandare Re:Sounds rather self-incriminating to me... (275 comments)

It's already covered. Generally speaking in the US, out of court, uncoerced statements are admissible at trial. Such a statement counts as what is called a "party admission," and is usable by an adverse party (in a criminal case, the prosecution).

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Settles 'Sponsored Stories' Suit For $10M To Charity

Pandare Class-y Action (34 comments)

As someone who is procrastinating from studying for the bar, I have to say that the key phrase here is "lawyer's fees." Once those words have been invoked, there's no real incentive for the lawyers to look out for the class member's interests anymore. These massive class actions are usually miserable for the class members, but great for the attorneys who take the case.

As far as what should have been done, giving every facebook user their share would be difficult, but I don't see why they couldn't have come to an agreement to run something like youtube's partnership program and give people who bring in a lot of business for their advertisers a kickback. Everybody else could be given a farmville cow or something (I have no idea what the new big shitty gam^H^H^H data-mining project is).

Anybody know which charity the money is going to? EFF sounds like a fine choice.

more than 2 years ago

Why Developers Get Fired

Pandare Re:From My Simpleton Point of View (535 comments)

Actually, there's no specific contract term necessary in most states. If you work in the US, the presumption is that you are at will. Now, there are some exceptions, but those are usually contracted (read: hidden disclaimer) around anyway. Unless you're in a union job (Unions? In my tech industry?) You can get fired for basically anything, since it's not always a lucrative or an easy case to prove. Generally the cost of the litigation is less than finding a new job, anyway.

more than 4 years ago

ASCAP Says Apple Should Pay For 30-sec. Song Samples

Pandare Re:Outrage (463 comments)


more than 4 years ago

'Wiretapping' Charges May Be Oddest Ever Recorded

Pandare Re:What, no link? (439 comments)

Except for the fact that she was, you know, prosecuted, but later the charges were dropped since she was helping a massive federal investigation. But your way works, too. I mean, why would we ever want to encourage people assisting in an ongoing investigation for a public official? It's not like they've ever had private citizens help with investigations of someone up to no good...

more than 4 years ago

The "Copyright Black Hole" Swallowing Our Culture

Pandare Re:Copyright law IS a black hole... (278 comments)

Technically, by publishing your comments here, you retain full copyright just like everything else you've ever written under the Berne Convention by default. /. is even nicer, since in the SourceForge TOS Sec. 13 says that they'll help you if you get your stuff copied without permission and it ends up on one of their websites. A lot of TOS don't even have explicit compliance with the DMCA, love it or hate it (or both).

Your idea that the site should include some boilerplate that says all content is licensed under the GNU GPL or CC-BY-NC-ND would be exactly the opposite of what you want, I think. If they were to do that, they would be stripping the users from the right of total control of their works. Any license that automatically strips authors of their rights to determine how their work promulgates (I'm looking at you, GPL!) to me, at least, seems abusive.

And while IANAL, IAALS, and as such, this is not legal advice, I can't even be your lawyer if I wanted and all that fun stuff.

more than 4 years ago

SSN Overlap With Micronesia Causes Trouble For Woman

Pandare Re:Idiot programmers (494 comments)

From TFS:

Micronesia and other countries in the region have their own Social Security Administrations which gave out numbers to residents applying for US disaster relief loans.

Since the loan originated in the US, the US would be the one to administer it. Part of getting a loan in the US is that copies of it get sent to the reporting bureaus. So, the Micronesians gave a SSN as an identifier, and some idiot somewhere decided it would be great if they just used that to identify the people on the application, regardless of country of origin, which is GP's point.

more than 4 years ago

Why Should I Trust My Network Administrator?

Pandare Re:Who do you trust? (730 comments)

I worked at a grocery store and can tell you for a fact that the meat guys didn't always give out fresh meat.

You know what, though? Nobody got sick enough from our store that they did anything about it. Why? Probably because they didn't get sick.

The point here is that most of the time, the things people get paranoid about are harmless. It generally takes maliciousness or severe neglect to really screw someone over, and both are actionable offenses.

more than 4 years ago

Real-World Consequences of Social Networking Posts

Pandare Re:first amendment (451 comments)

Well, in the case of American public officials, after the NYT v. Sullivan decision actual malice must first be shown. This is to say that the author intended to damage the target as opposed to merely voicing a strong negative opinion. In the case of private individuals, it is a statutory matter. The legal level of determining fault in the case of a private figure is somewhere between the aforementioned actual malice and above strict liability as decided under Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts . Your Scientology and Streisand examples would fall under this sort of precedent and only really succeed because they can buy the better lawyers (and laws, for that matter).

As mentioned by other comments, the intent of the First Amendment is to limit governmental powers. Here, the authors of the Constitution were dealing with an oppressive govt. (not like UK libel laws are any better now) and sought to limit the amount of govt. control on criticism.

In short, since there is a legitimate interest in criticism of public officials that does not apply to criticism of individuals, there are different standards of protection from criticism.

more than 4 years ago

DNA Differences Observed Between Blood and Organs

Pandare Re:complexity (85 comments)

Yeah, probably. My guess is nukes or monoculture domination.

about 5 years ago

Windows 7 Hits Build 7600 (Possible RTM)

Pandare Re:I'd like to see nicknames (671 comments)

s/Wondows/Windows *grumble grumble* typos *grumble grumble* lack of edits...

about 5 years ago

Windows 7 Hits Build 7600 (Possible RTM)

Pandare Re:I'd like to see nicknames (671 comments)

Hey, Bellicose Bill, what did you kill, Bellicose Bill?
Hey, Bellicose Bill, what did you kill, Bellicose Bill?

He went out Linux hunting with his killbot and chair
Just so that Balmmer could throw it in the air
Spreadsheet writing monopolizing billlionaire!
All the children sing:

Hey, Bellicose Bill, what did you kill, Bellicose Bill?
Hey, Bellicose Bill, what did you kill, Bellicose Bill?

Compiling Wondows 7 right before our eyes
And then the RTM it took us by surprise
So Linus Torvalds zapped him right between the eyes!
All the children sing:

Hey, Bellicose Bill, what did you kill, Bellicose Bill?
Hey, Bellicose Bill, what did you kill, Bellicose Bill?

The users asked him about restrictive DRM
"You know it plays for sure" the Ballmer butten in
So we upgraded and we took it in the chin!
All the children sing:

Hey, Bellicose Bill, what did you kill, Bellicose Bill?
Hey, Bellicose Bill, what did you kill, Bellicose Bill? (ad nauseum)

about 5 years ago

Is IE Usage Share Collapsing?

Pandare Re:typo in summary (575 comments)

Second post, same as the first

I'm MSIE the 8th I am. MSIE the 8th I am, I am. I got bested by the browser next door. We've been tryin' 7 times before. And everyone was an MSIE. We wouldn't pass an AcidTest, no ma'am. I'm the User Agent MSIE, MSIE the 8th I am, I am. MSIE the 8th I am.

about 5 years ago

One Year Later, "Dead" XP Still Going Strong

Pandare Re:Who cares? (538 comments)

So "BSD is dying" is dying?


about 5 years ago

Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?

Pandare Re:Really? (1354 comments)

Nah. He's just a gaming geek, of the role-playing variety, I'd assume.

To address the lack of local geekery, SJ Games has a gamer finder, if GURPS is your poison. If you're of the d20 persuasion: Gleemax the Wizards of the Coast forums has those sorts of people.

Actually, looking at that, finding a gaming group is a good way to meet the lady folk. At least, we generally have had women playing, even ones who weren't someone's SO.

more than 5 years ago

College Threatens Students Over Email Addresses

Pandare Re:Greed is Good (452 comments)

In a car without cupholders. Where else was she supposed to keep it?

more than 5 years ago

RMS Says "Software As a Service" Is Non-free

Pandare Re:taxicab analogy (715 comments)

Then it's closer to a gypsy cab. And in the second case, most of the time it's a vendor who you can talk to directly and get a feel for before you ride, since they're smaller and have to rely on direct communication to survive.

more than 5 years ago

The Manga Guide to Statistics

Pandare Re:I bought this book, and thought it was a waste (164 comments)

You sure can. My SO has this, and it's frustrating for both her and me. I tried helping her with algebra the third time she took it, and I couldn't make it to the end of the row before she forgot what we were talking about. On the plus side, she gets extra financial aid for having a learning disability.

more than 5 years ago

Next G8 President Wants To "Regulate the Internet"

Pandare Re:Enforcement not regulation is the answer (279 comments)

In California, where several episodes of To Catch a Predator were filmed, there is potentially a civil claim to be made if it is the case that the film crew divulged private facts about the predator. Additionally, there is also a potential harm in that the show may present the predator in a false light, i.e. they are implying that the predator's intent is different than his actual intent.

The other two torts regarding privacy aren't applicable, since the guy agreed to enter the house of someone else where the crew presumably got the permission of the owners to film. So, it seems that they do not specifically need permission from the people being filmed to air their faces if they're confident that the guy actually did it. Since they work with the cops, it's safe to assume they only show the guilty ones, so those found innocent aren't being misrepresented. This is completely ignoring the entrapment claim that could be made in the criminal courts, since the question asked was do they need express permission.

Relevant laws and cites include an RCFP advisory, and both Cal. Civ. Code  990, 3344 and Cal. Civ. Code  1708.8

And IANAL, nor do I claim any special knowledge of the law, but I'm taking my LSAT on Saturday, for whatever that matters.

more than 5 years ago

McDonalds Files To Patent Making a Sandwich

Pandare Re:Drive Through user patents coffee burning metho (346 comments)

(Not that this AC is me, but insert after: "Restaurant says it'll fix it.") Customer orders coffee, set it in lap, since cupholders at the time (early '90's) are non-standard in all but the newest cars. Customer is frail old person (yes old people are allowed to drink coffee), and spills said scalding coffee in said lap from poorly fitting lid. Person gets nether regions (badly) burned by coffee, sues {where it is determined that it is 80% McDonald's fault and 20% hers} and wins {$200,000, damages amounting to her hospital bills and pain and suffering, which were later reduced to $160,000.} Then, punitive damages are assessed totaling $2.7 million, roughly equivalent to about 2 days of coffee (and only coffee) sales, as punishment for continued failure to comply with industry and their own published standards. Get the facts right.

more than 5 years ago


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