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What Valve's Announcements Mean for Gaming

ShiftyOne When will the right people get to test controller (182 comments)

I'd much rather see the headline "pro-gamers get their hands on the steam controller and approve" than anything else. Especially any that use the claw or hammer grips (aka keeping a finger on the a b x y buttons at all times). Game developers aren't necessarily known for being good at their games.

about 9 months ago
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Alibaba Says Google Threatened Acer With Banishment From Android

ShiftyOne Re:Restraint of Trade (352 comments)

EVERY contract is a restraint of trade. A restraint is only part of what is needed to be illegal. You also need either an agreement that unreasonably restrains competition under Sherman act section 1 (such as a horizontal agreement to split up the market or price fix), or a restraint using monopoly power under Sherman act section 2. An exclusivity agreement not to sell android code unless it comes from Google is not a violation of either section.

about 2 years ago
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Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

ShiftyOne Re:Energy Policies (608 comments)

If you read the whole section he didn't say he would do nothing about it because China was worse. He said that there are better ways to fix it than taxing carbon emissions in America. What would our corporate overlords do if there was a Cap and Trade tax? They would dodge the tax, like they dodge any tax they can, by moving their operations elsewhere, in this case, out of America. A tax on just American operations would have no net decrease in emissions.

about 2 years ago
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Copyright Infringer Tries To Shut Down Reporting On Her Infringement

ShiftyOne Turing Test? (418 comments)

Can a person fail the turing test for being too dumb to create a description that most people on slashdot can understand?

more than 2 years ago
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Who Needs CISPA? FBI Has a Non-Profit Workaround

ShiftyOne Can't use in criminal case? (79 comments)

Interesting to think about whether the Fourth Amendment applies here. The Fourth Amendment only protects us from government action. This non-profit would be considered a private person, whom are only covered when they are acting in their capacity as an agent of the government. This is determined by the level of government involvement in the situation and the totality of the circumstances. I'm not a lawyer, but based on the facts here it seems like this non-profit would be considered an agent of the government, and therefore you may not be able to sue them for money damages, but the material they collect probably cannot be used as evidence in a crime.

more than 2 years ago
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Draft Alternative To SOPA Released

ShiftyOne Re:Bait and switch! (170 comments)

The internet was always somewhere just beyond the reach of the law because laws always focused on taking down the illegal program or site through technical means. The most recent set of laws focuses less on technology, and more on financial backing, which has proven much more effective at censoring any program or website. You can get around DNS blocking, but you can't get around a site not having any way whatsoever to collect revenue. Ensuring no revenue will cripple websites in a way that none of your technological solutions can prevent.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Launches Parking Meter Analytics System

ShiftyOne Re:Good for drivers, not for profits (111 comments)

I would assume most cities are not nearly as prolific at handing out tickets than Boston. Generating parking revenue is one area where they have their act together. Cambridge even puts yoga images to calm you down after handing you a $25 ticket.

about 2 years ago
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Missouri Removes Teacher-Student Social Media Ban

ShiftyOne Re:What's going on? (37 comments)

Maybe no one cares who people are facebook friends with???

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Mandates Universities Receiving Funds Not File Patents

ShiftyOne Re:First to file? (223 comments)

Its even easier than that. A patent is granted to the inventor. You can't take another persons invention to the patent office.

more than 2 years ago
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YouTube Disables Comments and User Uploads For Korean Users

ShiftyOne Re:Seriously old news (237 comments)

Apparently even the posters don't even bother reading the articles anymore... First line under the title: Apr 13, 2009 3:50 am

more than 2 years ago
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HTC Sues Apple Using Google Patents

ShiftyOne Re:How the hell are they Google patents? (342 comments)

Google did not give the patents to HTC for keeps, google is letting HTC use them as part of their fight. Other android device makers can use the patents as well if they get into a dispute with microsoft, rim, apple, or anyone else who uses wireless communication.

more than 2 years ago
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Mr. President, There Is No (US) Engineer Shortage

ShiftyOne Re:Best is not the best (580 comments)

Your university must suck. I went to an average state university and everyone I know that wanted an engineering job found one.

more than 2 years ago
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Mr. President, There Is No (US) Engineer Shortage

ShiftyOne Re:The "shortage" is there (580 comments)

You are clearly not an engineer if you think tuition bills are the problem. Most good engineers do not go into much debt because of scholarship programs, which happen to be very good in engineering because there is a very small amount of engineers. Especially if they go into a phd program, which is completely paid for with a living stipend.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court: AT&T Can Force Arbitration

ShiftyOne Re:Lawyers (415 comments)

Dead on. I would mod you up but you are already at a 5. The only thing I would have to add to your reply would be that coupons generally are not given anymore. Lawyers only collect on coupons that are used, thus they opt for the cash route much more often. And a lot of time the cash is so insignificant to each individual that it is given to charity or an NPO. I.E. the recent google buzz case going to privacy NPOs.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Sued For PlayStation Network Data Breach

ShiftyOne Re:He will have a hard time.... (404 comments)

He will most likely try and get a settlement out of it before he has to show much damages. He should have went with the privacy route, it would be much easier to get a settlement, and you automatically get around $10 million without having to show harm.

more than 3 years ago
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Copyright Law Is Killing Science

ShiftyOne Re:Then don't publish there (323 comments)

Easier said than done. Tenure track positions rely heavily on publication in good journals. Losing your job over a copyright is not worth it for one person, it would take an industry wide movement, which is very hard to organize.

more than 3 years ago
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Ex-MS GM Can't Work 'Anywhere In the World' For Salesforce

ShiftyOne Re:So two companies in two different states sue (282 comments)

How do you enforce a non-disclosure? Kindly ask the person not to use any of the knowledge or experience he acquired on the previous job? Even if the person was serious in agreeing to that, its hard to not subconsciously use the information and skills that you were hired to provide. How do you know the person used that information or information they had before their original job. If you want any type of successful restriction, non-compete is the real way to go.

more than 3 years ago
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Ex-MS GM Can't Work 'Anywhere In the World' For Salesforce

ShiftyOne Re:So two companies in two different states sue (282 comments)

You can sue a corporation in any state that they do business in, therefore you could likely sue both companies in any state... And they could probably argue for a preliminary injunction, which would bar him from working until the trial, so much of the case would be arguing over the preliminary injunction.

more than 3 years ago

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Galaxy Prime Delayed Over Google-Verizon Dispute w

ShiftyOne ShiftyOne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ShiftyOne (1594705) writes "In case there wasn't already a reason for wanting net neutrality, the latest rumor for the delay of the Galaxy Prime is a dispute between Google and Verizon over whether Google Wallet will be allowed on their new flagship device. Verizon has partnered with Isis to bring its own payment system to their network. Under the current FCC net neutrality rules, mobile broadband providers may not block websites, or applications that compete with their voice and video telephony services, but the rules do not explicitly block discrimination against of services that do not compete in voice and video. Whether this rumor is true or not, it is evident that this type of exclusion by wireless providers should not be tolerated."
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