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US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

Schmorgluck Re:Deleted (108 comments)

Woosh!

about three weeks ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

Schmorgluck Re:Neutrality (335 comments)

Warren Buffet.

about 4 months ago
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EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

Schmorgluck Re:Taxing is not going to fix the problem (470 comments)

A much better and more practical idea would be a modest surcharge (5 cents/bag or whatever) which you then get back when you turn them in for recycling (which would be required in every store, not just at recycling centers).

Leclerc stores, in France, have been doing exactly that for nearly 20 years now. 0.07€ for a small bag and 0.15€ for a large. They are not super-sturdy but not bad. They also have more expensive ones, including thermal bags, also refundable.

about 8 months ago
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Digital Taste Interface

Schmorgluck Re:Nonsense (47 comments)

I may have basically glanced at the summary. I stopped paying close attention after the first sentence mentionned only four tastes. My bad.

about 8 months ago
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Digital Taste Interface

Schmorgluck Re:Nonsense (47 comments)

Plus, they don't even mention the umami taste. This totally smells and tastes like overhyped bullshit.

about 8 months ago
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Egyptian Authorities Detain French "Spy" Bird Found With Tracker

Schmorgluck Re:It's not a coup. (110 comments)

If it's a French bird, maybe a rooster in disguise? Mmmh, we may be up to something, here...

about a year ago
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John Scalzi's Redshirts Wins Hugo Award for Best Novel

Schmorgluck Re:Sci-Fi? (112 comments)

Joke aside, with the success of Game of Thrones, people tend to overlook Martin's sci-fi works, which are good, too.

about a year ago
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Companies Petition Congress To Reform 'Business Method' Patent Process

Schmorgluck Re:You see! (78 comments)

Yeah, but it can be argued that a company is an information system, in which the people making the decisions do so according to the informations delivered by the system, informations that are filtered on several levels based largely on what is specifically useful to the company as a whole. It's not that clear-cut.

about a year ago
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9th Circuit Court Elevates Celebrity Privacy Rights Over Video Game Portrayals

Schmorgluck Re:Pay or not to pay, that is the qq. (207 comments)

I agree with the sentiment of your post, but oh boy do you mix up three totally unrelated notions: right to one's own image, trademarks, and unauthorized derivative works.

about a year ago
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9th Circuit Court Elevates Celebrity Privacy Rights Over Video Game Portrayals

Schmorgluck Re:Right for privacy!? au contraire (207 comments)

I know I'm nitpicking, but it's more the notion of satire than that of parody that apply here.

about a year ago
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9th Circuit Court Elevates Celebrity Privacy Rights Over Video Game Portrayals

Schmorgluck Re:Solution to the problem (207 comments)

should of

You fail.

about a year ago
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Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks: Get a Visit From the Feds

Schmorgluck Re:So no-one should ever investigate anything (923 comments)

Plus, I hear there are plenty of nice trekking places in South Korea, and some people simply prefer backpacks to suitcases when travelling, which makes the combination of "backpack" and "South Korea" practically a non-information.

about a year ago
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Companies Petition Congress To Reform 'Business Method' Patent Process

Schmorgluck Re:You see! (78 comments)

I think the GP wasn't speaking of the CEOs, but of the companies themselves.

about a year ago
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Google Argues Against Net Neutrality

Schmorgluck Re:well (555 comments)

On another note, why is it that Google is held to a higher standard than other companies?

Because for a long time they not only advertised that they supported the principles of the Internet, they also looked like they actually meant it. They seemed to have made respecting the Internet environment a part of their business model. They seemed to have found a niche that was win-win between them and userland. And honestly, for a long time they did pretty good with that.

Honestly, I'm disappointed. Not really surprised, but somewhat disappointed nonetheless.

about a year ago
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Google Argues Against Net Neutrality

Schmorgluck Re:Common sense needed. (555 comments)

Benjamin Bayart, president of French non-profit ISP FDN, often speaks about "Minitel 2.0", referring to the (old and now defunct) French Videotex service Minitel, to picture what many powers try to do with the Internet. And among the targets of his criticism is ADSL, the asynchronous aspect of which is, in his opinion (and mine), contrary to the spirit of the Internet. He also affirms it's been preferred over SDSL for political more than technical reasons (I'd tend to trust him on that, but I can't back it, my understanding of network technologies is limited).

about a year ago
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Google Argues Against Net Neutrality

Schmorgluck Re:As someone who HASN'T (555 comments)

I, for one, do feel like I'm between a rock and a frying pan.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Leaves Hong Kong

Schmorgluck Re:Run coward run!!!!! (536 comments)

Its not okay for anyone to break the law willingly or knowingly.

By this standard, what Rosa Parks did was not okay, what the Railway Underground did was not okay, etc.

But for some reason the US government blatantly violating the Fourth Amendment both in words and in spirit seems to be okay to you, since you are stating that it shouldn't have been revealed (even though it wasn't much of a revelation).

I'm strongly law-abiding, but if I ever end up in a situation in which the law and my personal principles are in conflict, I'll follow the latter.

about a year ago
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Lizard Named For Jim Morrison

Schmorgluck Re:Ah... scientific (50 comments)

Names are arbitrary. Names are conventions. The word "fire" is no more appropriate to design fire than "fuego", "feu", "Feuer", "tann", "ignis", "pyros", etc. Taxonomy has gone through some turmoil these latter decades in its branches (the advances in genetics are but one of the factors involved) but the way of naming species (the leaves of the tree) is still relevant. It may sound arbitrary to you, but it just carries cultural history, and why the hell not? Look up "psephophorus terrypratchetti" for another example.

about a year ago

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Users can sue for violation of the GPL, states a F

Schmorgluck Schmorgluck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Schmorgluck writes "Paris' Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the AFPA (an education organization), in a lawsuit against the company Edu4, for the latter's refusal to give the sources of the version of VNC installed on the computers they delivered to the AFPA in an equipment contract, thus violating the GNU General Public Licence.

This is the first lawsuit of this kind in France, and its outcome sets an interesting precedent. Even though France, as a civil law country, doesn't grant as much law-making power to its judge as common law countries do (no strict stare decisis), precedents still play a significant role in how judges interpret the law (if only as references), and may, given sufficient decisions following a common reasoning, lead to something more binding.

By this decision, the court aknowledged (and in doing so somewhat officialized) that the user of copylefted products can actually have a valid case for suing a provider that doesn't comply to the copyleft licence, which means that a copyleft license can actually give rights to users.

Granted, it's only France in this case, and I'd prefer this decision to be made statutory (which is quite difficult to imagine with current French government), but hey, baby steps, right?"

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Church of Scientology escapes dissolution in Franc

Schmorgluck Schmorgluck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Schmorgluck (1293264) writes "Blunder or manipulation?
A change in law aimed at simplifying penal law reguarding legal persons effectively (and irreversibly) prevented the two scientologist organizations prosecuted in France from being dissolved for fraud. The change in law was purpotedly a technical change in law to make it less convoluted without altering the way it works but, as unnoticed by lawmakers, it actually ruled out the option of dissolving a legal person as a sentence for fraud, which was previously possible.
The whole lawsuit went on and then when the prosecutor required dissolution, it's been pointed out it wasn't legally possible, which seemingly no one noticed before. I'm not one to go easily into conspiracy theories, but when Scientology is involved I don't rule it out. This made me think of a remarkable Slashdot article, Next Year's Laws, Now Out In Beta!. This change in law should have been reviewed closely. It hasn't. Well, shit!
And I can't even decide which would be worse: if it's indeed the result of a manipulation, or if it's just a blunder?"

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French "three-strikes" principle unconstit

Schmorgluck Schmorgluck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Schmorgluck writes "French Constitutional Council just censored the repressive part ("three strikes and you're out") of recent French law "Création et Internet" (a.k.a "Loi Hadopi"), ruling it as unconstitutional.

The council based its decision on the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (no less!), specifically its articles XI (freedom of expression) and IX (presumtion of innocence), to state that only a judge, after due process, could impose the cutting of an Internet connection, while the law granted this power to an administrative entity with no actual status of judicial authority."

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