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Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed

TwilightXaos Re:I see (646 comments)

This is Linux. Distro is a proper subset of Settings.

more than 2 years ago
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Liberating the Laws You Must Pay To Read

TwilightXaos Re:Ignorance of the Law is supposed to be no excus (223 comments)

So now we only have freedom of speech regarding things that are true? So, for example, I am not alowed to say that I have a purple horn growing out of my head?

PS: I know that the constitution restircts congress from making laws against freedom of speech, and reserves that right to the people which you might be one of. That isn't the point though.

more than 2 years ago
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DHS Sends Tourists Home Over Twitter Jokes

TwilightXaos Re:Zeig Heil (709 comments)

'Emporer' is the american spelling.

more than 2 years ago
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GPL, Copyleft Use Declining Fast

TwilightXaos Re:BSD license was always more permissive, so grea (808 comments)

The post you are responding to did not say one could not profit from GPL code. Nor did it say that you can not charge for distributing it.

The fact is you cannot distribute GPL code any way you want (unless you are the copyright holder and distribute it under non GPL terms as well, of course).

To amend what you are repeating BSD is about freedom of the distributor; GPL is about freedom of the code.

about 3 years ago
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Bank Accounts Vulnerable For Victims of ZeuS Trojan Variant 'Gameover'

TwilightXaos Re:Still clicking the links in emails? (80 comments)

But people do "give a crap about" their money. To imply that parting fools from their money necessitates computers is disingenuous.

about 3 years ago
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Penguin Yanking Kindle Books From Libraries

TwilightXaos Re:What's the difference? (206 comments)

If you can sell it, it's property.

That is an interesting conclusion. How did you arrive at it?

about 3 years ago
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New Sony PSN ToS: Class Action Waiver Included

TwilightXaos Re:Non-binding agreement to intimidate (378 comments)

IANAL (as will become obvious)

But it is legal, as far as I can tell, to require all disputes to be handled by arbitration. This is subtlety different. In theory it also appoints a neutral arbiter to decide the merits of each side of a dispute, most provide some process of selection said arbitrator (usually a mediation company/service if I am not mistaken). While this may favor one side, it could be protective for both sides and something both sides wish to agree to in case of any dispute.

more than 3 years ago
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New Sony PSN ToS: Class Action Waiver Included

TwilightXaos Re:Time to go for a class action suit. (378 comments)

But you would have to admit, I think, that this severance clause would be part of the contract. If the whole contract is deemed unconscionable or invalid this section also would be invalid and unenforceable.

more than 3 years ago
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theSkyNet Wants Your Spare CPU Cycles

TwilightXaos Re:Dammit (136 comments)

No, we will not.

more than 3 years ago
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IP Addresses Not Enough To ID Users

TwilightXaos Re:Open Wifi Hotspot (266 comments)

Yes. But you imply that some form of contract would indemnify the city from someone using the wifi; why not from someone selling drugs using the roads? Either drug selling is different from illegal use of wifi, requiring different indemnifications; or mere contracts cannot indemnify someone from assisting a criminal act.

more than 3 years ago
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IP Addresses Not Enough To ID Users

TwilightXaos Re:Open Wifi Hotspot (266 comments)

But he could have changed the analogy to blame the public and it would not have lost much.

more than 3 years ago
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IP Addresses Not Enough To ID Users

TwilightXaos Re:Open Wifi Hotspot (266 comments)

So why can't they have a similar page of legalese when you get a drivers license? Or buy a car? Then they could cut down on their police force!

more than 3 years ago
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Do You Want Best Buy Opening Your New Laptop?

TwilightXaos Re:Why.... (543 comments)

There are at least 2 reasons why this might be an option:

It almost goes without saying on this site, but one could install a free operating system.

One could be replacing a laptop that had a OS bought separately. As long as the former laptop is unusable or wiped it is perfectly legal to transfer the OS to the new laptop. This could be done for several laptops, especially if one is not interested in upgrading to the latest and greatest version of a payed for OS.

As a legally questionable bonus: If your laptop came with a license key for Windows 7, you could download an ISO here: (NB: the amazon links seem to be dead, but the DR links seem to work)
http://goo.gl/EmxXQ

more than 3 years ago
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Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants

TwilightXaos Re:So, have two accounts? (434 comments)

How are you to prove to your employer/big brother that you don't have one?

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

TwilightXaos Re:Ethical? (826 comments)

ToasterMonkey Questioned?

Of course it's not "ethical",

Excuse me, why?

To which you responded:

when I was young, I had no understanding of 'local issues' and thought that buying global products would not matter.

then, I see the middle class disappear and we can't afford to buy the things we *design*, let alone build.

this matters. its news for nerds and it IS stuff that matters. outsourcing will but us in the ass and had already lowered quality of products and services worldwide.

You have not explained why it is unethical. The post you replied to asked for clarification as to why the parent thought it was unethical to help set up a call center in another country.

You assert that "outsourcing will but[sic] us in the ass and had already lowered quality of products and services worldwide." Can you offer some support for this premise? In a related note you seem to blame outsourcing or globalization for the "disappearing of the middle class", again I am disinclined to accept this premise without support.

Your discussion of price, dollar, and the thought patterns of "business people" is a complete non sequitur, as is your opening statements relative to assumptions about the parent posters age.

I believe you may have point for discusion, but as it stands it is poorly articulated and not well supported by anything other than your assertions.

more than 3 years ago
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Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

TwilightXaos Re:I'll be first to say WTF (700 comments)

Indeed. I meant to say

"1/3 has no exact decimal representation."

Of course meaning no exact representation as a decimal fraction

Clearly 1/3 itself is, also, an exact representation.

more than 3 years ago
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Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

TwilightXaos Re:I'll be first to say WTF (700 comments)

Sure, I have some troll biscuits in my pocket that I'd like to get rid of.

What is 1/3 as a decimal?

If it has a decimal representation at all, then it is .333...

That is to say that it is a decimal point followed by an infinite
number of 3s.

So what is .333... * 3?

Of course it's .999...
which implies .999 followed by an infinite number of 9s. As you say:

No matter how far back you get, there's a 9 at the end.

But .333... is equal to 1/3.

1/3 * 3 = 1

Thus, .333... * 3 = .999... = 1

QED

I find the notion of repeating decimals kind of silly, and would just
prefer to say that 1/3 has no exact representation. As far as I can
tell from calculus class this doesn't change anything.

more than 3 years ago

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TwilightXaos TwilightXaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TwilightXaos writes "Leor Weinberger and Thomas Shenk, two researchers at Princeton, have discovered a new model for how the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) enters and exits dormancy. They claim it functions as a resistor, this is in contrast to other types of regulation models found in other viruses and animals. From the abstract:

Here we show that a dissipative feedback resistor, composed of enzymatic interconversion of the transactivator, converts transactivation circuits into excitable systems that generate transient pulses of expression, which decay to zero. We use HIV-1 as a model system and analyze single-cell expression kinetics to explore whether the HIV-1 transactivator of transcription (Tat) uses a resistor to shut off transactivation. The Tat feedback circuit was found to lack bi-stability and Tat self-cooperativity but exhibited a pulse of activity upon transactivation, all in agreement with the feedback resistor model.

The research could lead to an effective treatment of the HIV virus, and has the possibility of increasing understanding of other viruses like herpes.
Additionally hindu.com has a article on the findings."
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TwilightXaos TwilightXaos writes  |  more than 8 years ago

TwilightXaos writes "US Trade Representative Susan Schwab has been quite clear and open in the past few weeks that he, and implicitly the US Trade department, would like the site AllOfMP3.com shut down. He is quoted by ArsTechnica as saying
at the top of the 'notorious markets' list is Russia's allofmp3.com, the Web's number one pay-per-download music site whose catalog consists of illegal copies of music from U.S. recording artists and other right holders.
Ars Technica also recently(last month) reported that the site, allofmp3.com, was in danger of being shut down due to changes in russian IP law. Though that article concludes that other pending changes in Russian law, and the possible withdrawal of Russia from WTO talks for unrelated reasons could migigate the danger to the music site."

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