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3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids

StikyPad Re:Intellectual Property (64 comments)

Eisner (the president of Disney at the time) was driving in Florida. He saw a small daycare where someone had painted Disney characters on the walls.

Close, but not quite.

The controversy over the cartoon characters began when Hallandale city officials realized the 5-foot-high painted figures violated the city's sign code. The cartoons are considered signs by city officials, and as such they cannot cover more than 20 square feet of wall space, Growth Management Director Ron Muscarella said.

After learning about the figures from the news media, Disney sent an investigator to photograph the murals. The photographs were reviewed by Disney attorneys, who agreed that the figures too closely resembled Disney's famous characters, Champlin said.

http://articles.chicagotribune...

2 days ago
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First Demonstration of Artificial Intelligence On a Quantum Computer

StikyPad Re:Captchas! (98 comments)

It's still AI, just not leading edge anymore (unless you're doing something completely novel, like doing it on a quantum computer).

Indeed. The headline here shouldn't be AI; it should be that the algorithm ran in logarithmic time instead of polynomial time, as hypothesized.

5 days ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

StikyPad Who cares? (263 comments)

Can we take Carl off the pedestal yet? I know, it's hard to let go of childhood heroes, but almost all of his "contributions" to science were of a metaphysical nature, which is to say, not really scientific contributions at all. These writings included.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

StikyPad Re:Land of the Free (191 comments)

Read your own link: entrapment isn't not a crime; it's a defense.

And to the above poster who wrote, "courts used to take a very dim view of it,": Au contraire! Per your sibling poster's link:

Courts took a dim view of the defense at first. "[It] has never availed to shield crime or give indemnity to the culprit, and it is safe to say that under any code of civilized, not to say Christian, ethics, it never will" a New York Supreme Court said in 1864.[7] Forty years later, another judge in that state would affirm that rejection, arguing "[courts] should not hesitate to punish the crime actually committed by the defendant" when rejecting entrapment claimed in a grand larceny case.[8]

We humans find it much more satisfying to "find" and point out the evil in others than to look for the good, let alone encourage it. We like to admonish people for things we'd "never do," having never been tested to see if our morals really match our rhetoric, and knowing full well that we probably never will. I believe Jesus is quoted with words to that effect, though it doesn't take a self-proclaimed deity to realize that we're all capable of being shitty.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

StikyPad Re:disgusting (191 comments)

Nice use of vague and (therefore) unverifiable claims to build a foundation for extraordinary claims of worldwide press censorship (in the face of nearly unfettered communication via the internet, no less). Some might call your post a conspiracy theory, but it all makes sense to me. Well done.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

StikyPad Re:Every trial doesn't need a control group (178 comments)

Controls save lives, because they allow you to work with less data and reach a conclusion more quickly. Note that even controlled experiments are never conclusive, but without controls you need much, much more data to make a compelling case for efficacy.

about two weeks ago
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Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

StikyPad Re:Are they saying... (155 comments)

making a false police report by computer is not that distinct from making a false police report by other means

Oh yes it is!!! -- Amazon Patent Team

about two weeks ago
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Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

StikyPad Re:Self fulfilling prophecy (155 comments)

it won't be long before someone gets shot by police over it, or police shot by home owners

If police get shot by homeowners, it won't be long before someone gets shot by the police over it.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

StikyPad Re:Overstated or misrepresented? (403 comments)

What you wrote is not what he said.

He said that rolling through them saves fuel, not that there was no reason to ever have a stop sign, or that they were annoying at all.

about two weeks ago
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Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars

StikyPad Driverless Town (86 comments)

"Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars"

It's called Detroit.

BOOM! Thank you, I'll be here all week!!!

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

StikyPad Re:Changes require systematic, reliable evidence.. (336 comments)

Note that doesn't mean always don't throttle stuff I have marked as Flash, because then everyone will just mark everything as a high priority. Just throttle the packets I marked lowest first

Six of one, half dozen of the other. If you get penalized for marking your packets lower priority than the same packets from your neighbor, who doesn't know/care what he's doing, and your experience degrades more than his during congestion, then what's your incentive to continue lowering your priority? That's why nobody implements it. It's a great idea in theory, but in practice, relying on people to both accurately and honestly assess the requirements of their traffic doesn't work.

about two weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

StikyPad Re:losing your rights (274 comments)

Hard to say. It's clear that their mind reading capabilities are non-existent afterward, but that's only a decrease if they had any psychic abilities before taking naked pictures, which hasn't yet been persuasively argued, let alone conclusively demonstrated, in my opinion. I mean, certainly the fact that they became famous means they made decisions compatible with that outcome, but to accept that fame and/or success was the result of paranormal or supernatural phenomena rather than either rational decision-making or random chance requires evidence more compelling than a throwaway post on Slashdot.

about three weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

StikyPad Re: Application sandboxing (577 comments)

Don't confuse widespread misinformation with consensus of knowledgeable people.

If they enabled SSH and didn't change the default password, then that's a possibility, but a JB doesn't install SSHd by default, nor does it increase the attack surface. The post I linked to explains all of that, though, so it's easier to just reference that than reiterate it all point-for-point here.

about three weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

StikyPad No. (577 comments)

The answer is no. Really, your question could have ended with anything after "Will Windows N finally address," and the answer would have been the same. Windows 10 will not finally address anything.

Next question.

about three weeks ago

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Comcast to remove data cap, implement tiered pricing

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "Comcast is reportedly removing its oft-maligned 250GB data cap, but don't get too excited. In what appears to be an effort to capitalize on Nielsen's Law, the Internet's version of Moore's Law, Comcast is introducing tiered data pricing. The plan is to include 300GB with the existing price of service, and charge $10 for every 50GB over that limit. As with current policy, Xfinity On Demand traffic will not count against data usage, which Comcast asserts is because the traffic is internal, not from the larger Internet. There has, however, been no indication that the same exemption would apply to any other internal traffic. AT&T and Time Warner have tried unsuccessfully to implement tiered pricing in the past, meeting with strong push back from customers and lawmakers alike. With people now accustomed to, if not comfortable with, tiered data plans on their smartphones, will the public be more receptive to tiered pricing on their wired Internet connections as well, or will they once again balk at a perceived bilking?"
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How often do you clean your computer case?

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "2+ times/week; Weekly; Monthly; Biennially; Yearly; Only when I install new components; What's this cleaning you speak of?; Just fin... oh wait, there's another spec of dust!"
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Sony Lawsuits Targeting PS3 Jailbreak Authors

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  about 4 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "PS3News is reporting that Sony's latest legal salvo is targeting the creators of PS JailBreak, PSFreedom and PSGroove related PS3 hacks, citing numerous court documents (login required) for those interested.

From one of the documents: 'Having considered the Motion for Expedited Discovery of Plaintiff Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (oeSCEA) [...] the Court hereby grants SCEA’s Motion. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that [...] SCEA has leave to serve similarly targeted subpoenas or deposition notices to any other third party who SCEA learns may be involved in the distribution or sale of the oePS Jailbreak software, known as, for example, "PSGroove," "OpenPSJailbreak," and "PSFreedom," or who may have knowledge of the distribution or sale of this software.'"

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The Once and Future Clone

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "CNET has news that Mac clone maker Psystar is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company apparently has over $250,000US in debt, and states that it cannot turn a profit in the current economy. According to Cnet, "The Chapter 11 filing will temporarily suspend Apple's copyright infringement suit against Psystar, which is currently before the U.S. District Court of Northern California. But once the bankruptcy protection is sorted out, the copyright case will resume." Meanwhile PC Mag reports that, on the other side of the Atlantic two new clone companies are just getting started. Like PsyStar, FreedomPC and RussianMac promise to deliver PCs with the OS X preloaded. Unique to RussianMac is the MiniBook. The MiniBook is "guaranteed to 'correct work,' although the company notes that features like multitouch won't work.""

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