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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

WorBlux Re:Great one more fail (582 comments)

"Or do you accept that a certain minimal number of children accidentally killing each other and dudes shooting themselves in the dick is the price we pay for freedom that is arbitrarily unregulated." Your question is flawed. Nothing in the world can be arbitrarily unregulated as no regulation is the original or natural state of things. And yes the most practical way to assure freedom is to have clearly defined and respected (arbitrary) lines that regulation shall not cross. "Why not use technology to help with that?" Which tech. There a few situations where a fingerprint reader on the gun offeres much more safety than a good safe with a fingerprint reader, and introduces many more failure situations. (can it read fingerprints through mud, grease, blood, or papercuts?) Maybe good for a range or hunting gun, but as a self-defense standpoint there are reasons not to use that technology. Adding tech into a system is not always a pure improvement, often tradeoffs have to be made and costs paid.

2 days ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

WorBlux Re:May not be what it seems. (354 comments)

The application of a mathematical process to a copyrighted work, thus a modified version of that same said work. Th And see the liberty or death clause in the GPL. If some legal reason prevents distribution it may not be distributed. If general copyright law prevents distribution under the GPL, then the claimants work as licences under the GPL may not be distruted in an illegal manner. There is at least a question in issue here.

about a week ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

WorBlux Re:We've been down this road before... (354 comments)

1.The only part of a DMCA that is made under penalty of perjury is that you are indeed the copyright holder of the claimed infriged work. Wesely certainly is the copyright holder in this case.

2.Just because Wesely own copyright on that code does not mean he is entitled to the requested relief.

3. Maybe it can be said that the license was a nullity from the start because if never could have affected to sorts of rights it claims to give, even more so in light of the liberty or death claused withing the GPL. Anyways, indeed, what a mess.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

WorBlux May not be what it seems. (354 comments)

Mojang doesn't really gain by having the popular mod system removed. The decompiled server code is in legal limbo. Really if Mojang wanted to assert a claim against it they could probably prevail at this moment. It may be an attempt to get Majang to say "No, I don't really have any rights or interest in that decompiledsever code", but instead he just said "I'm not reposible for distributing that code", leaving on the table the issue that was attempting to be forced. (The copyright bomb in the decompiled sever code)

about two weeks ago
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Rewrite Linux in Go

WorBlux No (2 comments)

Needing a runtime+ garbage collector for a general-purpose kernel is just a non-starter.

about two weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

WorBlux Re:He acted lawfully??? (463 comments)

And the entirety of the rest of the vehicle code? At the very least he failed to maintain a single marked lane, excess speed, and reckless, careless, or negligent driving.

about two weeks ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

WorBlux Re:The article is bad - mfg technology dominates (161 comments)

Yes, the Ingenic MIPS are a good example of modern MIPS design, with quad core at 1GHZ comeing in at a one watt TDP. The loonbson 3B probably could have beat the i7 on some workloads if it had come out on schedual and a modern process. Now that intel has openCL support it's less likely as half the cores in the loongson 3 series are/were supposed to bed dedicated vector processing units. Another interesting comparison would be the MIPS Tilera design vs. Intel's x86 Knights/table Many Integrated Cores (x86-MIC) design. I would think it's easier to fits lots of MIPS cores on a chip, but then again the x86-MIC leaves a lot of the fancier parts out of the cores.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

WorBlux Small Claims Court (355 comments)

Keep track of the overages and when they add up to enough to make it worthwhile file a claim into small claims court. Send a letter to legal now explaining your issue and warn them you will file if the meter is not accurate into the future. The advantage over not paying that bill is that you can show your actions were taken in good faith, and even if you lose there aren't going to be debt collectors callling you or bad reports on your credit score. Other option is to start your own ISP.

about three weeks ago
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Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers

WorBlux Re:Like buying from a car thief (92 comments)

The U.S. imprisons more people per capita than any other nation. Police and prosecutors careers are positively correlated with convictions. So yes there are cops out there who will smash thier boot into your face in an instant if they think it will help them get that next promotion.

about three weeks ago
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Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers

WorBlux Re:Every US based bitcoin user is going to ... (92 comments)

Yes shame on them for not setting up trusts, foreign diviisions and holding companies to get out of paying income tax the legal way.

about three weeks ago
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Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers

WorBlux Re:Libertarians (92 comments)

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all. H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

about three weeks ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

WorBlux Re: yeah (338 comments)

There's another option which is the let the last mile be publicly owned and get companies to bid to deliver to the public infrastructure. And the ripping up roads is less and less of an issue with new horizontal trenching methods. Anyways it can be limited to what is neccessary with the appropriate fee scheduale.

about a month ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

WorBlux Re: yeah (338 comments)

The teleco industry in the U.S. is/was extremely regulated, it's just not regulated very well. Additionally many of those countries have much higher population densidies.

about a month ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

WorBlux Re:Self Serving Story? (267 comments)

The value is not in the number, but in the integrity of the chain of numbers. The integrity of specific chains is preserved by the limitation upon raw number. The numbers are not provided in the market without differentiation between units. That is block-chains of any *Coin is provided to the market with differentiation between them. An alt coin that doesn't have a specific technical advantage over bitcoin is going to fail unless it can jump ahead of bitcoin in terms of adoption. Those with technical improvements have the potential to offer a chain of greater integrity. Being first and having the head start is a pretty good indicator of greater integrity as well.

about a month ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

WorBlux Re:Self Serving Story? (267 comments)

The reason to reject governmental fiat currencies to date has been no substantial guarantee that banks and governments will not rig the game in their favor. The reason to reject non-governmental fiat currencies to date their vulnerability to interference or catastrophe. xCoins offer strong rules that are transparent and driven by consensus, as well as offering a robust infrastructure.

about a month ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

WorBlux Re:Oh, come now (178 comments)

They are the same species, the main difference with where the plant invests carbon, and what chemical compounds are more highly expressed.

about a month ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

WorBlux Re:A reply to the enumerated points (191 comments)

I'm not 100% sure Ameriprise was distributing the work withing the legal meaning. Form my quick research, especially with reference to the blizzard case and copying to RAM. IF you purchased a copy of the software (physical medium) then that includes the right to copy for installation and execution. If your essentially buying the license then you can only copy to RAM for execution in accordance with that license. Re Section 7/ Exactly, it's not meant to allow patent control by the copyright holder. A GPL licensee should be able to assume the licensor isn't going to turn around and sue them for using the software within the copyright licence. That would be a restriction on use of the software, which the GPL asserts is not restricted to use.

Section 8 might be relevant if Ximpleware insists the GPL'd distribution of thier XML-thingymajig does not include a patent licence withing it. They had the option and opportunity of openly assert this. However such assertion it ommited, and the doctrine of estoppel can also arise due to omissions in a representation.

Of course a breach of the GPL terminated any of the rights held by the offending party. (explicit or otherwise), but a full finding of fact is going to have to raise the question were copyrights actually violated (was the program copied, modified, or distributed in breach of the GPL). And if you already have to adjudicate those facts, I find it odd as to why Ximpleware would not additionally pursue copyright claims --- Some weird legal thing?

about a month ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

WorBlux Re:Compelled to freely license? (191 comments)

When you copy, modify to distribute the program, it creates the presumption of acceptance, because to do otherwise would presume a party carried out an illegal act. Additionally because verseta stripped out the original notices and marketed to work commercially so it's potentially criminal infringement as well. The the origninal topic we can still be assured an accidental GPL inclusion won't force a work open as the GPL specifically states "Thus, it is not the intent of this section to claim rights or contest your rights to work written entirely by you; rather, the intent is to exercise the right to control the distribution of derivative or collective works based on the Program."

about a month ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

WorBlux A reply to the enumerated points (191 comments)

1. Implied - Not directly expressed.
Patent - A patent is an exclusive right to a particular invention.
License - permission to do what what otherwise be illegal.


IF a company gives you permission to do something that would otherwise violate patent law, you have a patent license for that task even if not patent was specifically mentioned. If Microsoft entered into a contract with me to manufacture android devices for their employees, that can't turn around a sue me for patent infringement of those specific enumerated devices on the purchase order. In the purchase contract it is implied Microsoft gives me permission to do those things reasonably required to fulfill the contract.

The is precedent I assume of using the principle of estoppel as a defense against patent claims. And estoppel may be implied. Ergo implications of representations made by a person may estopped patent claims against other persons.

2. The contract must be judged by it's actual language rather than ex-post-facto assertions of it's authors. It is the interpretation they would like to see in the courts, though not indicative of current law.

It may be true the FSF believes running a program is not a copyright issue, however there are precedents that claim loading a program into RAM constitutes a copying under the meaning or 106, especially if done by a licensee of a copy rather than an owner. A licensee being differentiated by having significant restrictions places on their ability to redistribute to transfer the copy of the work. The GPL does put significant limitations on this act, Section 4 specifically forbids you to "copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute the Program except as expressly provided under this License"

But this point is irrelevant. The GPL is not a copyright grant it is a license contract giving permission under certain conditions to do certain things that would otherwise be illegal. The GPL could have said that use of the program is not restricted by this license, but is simply says not restricted.

3. Section 8. allows the Original Copyright holder to expressly exclude distribution on such jurisdictional basis, why was this not done?

Anyways that's not quite what I think section 7 implies. If you agree not to distribute or use the program outside a license agreement, you may not longer distribute under the GPL unless royalty-free licenses are granted downstream. If there is a judicial ruling that the software infringes then you may not distribute it (under this license at least).

So with section 8 available (but not taken), then it must be presumed Ximpleware's distribution really did give a full GPL license to those receivers in the U.S., without additional restrictions. Now if the programs was distributed in violation of the GPL then it could be considered and inducement to infringe.

Having transmitted the program under a license in which no restrictions are placed on use of the program, Ximpleware is estopped from asking for judicial relief that would be a restriction on the use of the program.

Even in the case of the accusation patent infringement the GPL the GPL makes no termination of right.. The GPL just clarifies that distribution under the GPL may only only happen when in full compliance with the GPL; if for some reason you are legally unable to fully comply then you must forgo distribution.

If a third party had written the parser, then Ximpleware could claim any distribution in the U.S was illegal. However Ximpleware as the patent holder needs no patent license to distribute it's parser and may give licence to whomever it wishes. And section 6 of the GPL makes it clear upon distribution the person receiving the program also receives the license under the GPL from the original licencor. Upon the third party receiving the license from Ximpleware, they to have the implied patent license from the no restrictions on use clause. To distribute under the the GPL is to represent that you are imposing no restrictions on the use of the program.

about a month ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

WorBlux Re:Compelled to freely license? (191 comments)

Where did Vyatta get the source if not from a GPL version?

about a month ago

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