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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

ZombieBraintrust Re:Freedom of assembly (341 comments)

Their unlawfull speach? What unlawfull speach are they being shielded from? Also only shairholders are protected from criminal liability. Leadership of companies can still go to prison.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

ZombieBraintrust Freedom of assembly (341 comments)

Freedom of assembly is in the first amendment. It allows groups of people to be involved in politics and speach. If a group of weathy people want to promote canidates they are allowed to do so under freedom of assembly. You can't argue that the CEO and board members of corporations are not people. They are people, They have the same freedom of assembly as everyone else.

about two weeks ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

ZombieBraintrust Re: 5th Admendment? (446 comments)

issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law

The words necessary, appropriate, agreeable are supposed to limit the law to reasonable search and seizure.

about three weeks ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

ZombieBraintrust Re:I believe forking it is still possible (274 comments)

Forks of wikipedia already exist. There are also other wikis that carry stuff wikipedia doesn't. The forks don't have the same pagerank as wikipedia. Your not going to find results on the first 10 pages of Google. The other wikis show up in results because they don't compete with wikipedia. (because their content is considered non notable by wikipedia editors)

about three weeks ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

ZombieBraintrust Re:Title (184 comments)

Your experiencing 33% right now. We all are. We are moving at 33% the speed of light away or towards these stars.

about three weeks ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

ZombieBraintrust Re:Just stars or whole solar systems? (184 comments)

Its may be possible for a system to form after the star is ejected. (from captured debri and caputured exoplanets)

about three weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

ZombieBraintrust Re:A Reasonable Person (436 comments)

Neither Snoop Dog or Katie Couric. The guy choose a specific audience. He was posting these for his wife to see. He wasn't posting these in a rap forum. He wasn't on the today show. He was posting these to his ex-wife. (I think, it was also possible he was posting to his public facebook. If so then that is different.) The jury just had to decide what that meant.

about three weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

ZombieBraintrust Re:In the news today (436 comments)

He isn't selling music. After his divorce the defendant started posting quotes of violent rap lyrics on Facebook. Lyrics that were about harming women. His ex-wife reported him the FBI. The FBI only stepped in when things were a little to on the nose as a threat. Basically this guy was trying to be clever and protect his threats by being vague. He was dancing on the line and the FBI stepped in when they perceived he crossed it.

about three weeks ago
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Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?

ZombieBraintrust Re:had not been not (57 comments)

No wonder they forgot to pay taxes. Double negatives confused their accountants.

about three weeks ago
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Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?

ZombieBraintrust No? (57 comments)

No?

about three weeks ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

ZombieBraintrust First 5 billion (307 comments)

Things are even bleaker in other galaxies, the researchers report. Compared with the Milky Way, most galaxies are small and low in metallicity. As a result, 90% of them should have too many long gamma ray bursts to sustain life, they argue. What’s more, for about 5 billion years after the big bang, all galaxies were like that, so long gamma ray bursts would have made life impossible anywhere.

Wouldn't that also imply that for the first 5 billion years planets in general would be low in metal? So you would have very few planets without iron cores and similer density as Earth. There would be a different chemical mix in most of the universe.

about a month ago
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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

ZombieBraintrust Remove the word Store (103 comments)

Now they just need to remove the words Buy, Store, and Sale.

about a month ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

ZombieBraintrust Shock Collars for everyone (213 comments)

It is going to be like virtual fence for your dog. Everyone gets shock collars. Anyone who crosses the line is shocked. Also no barking.

about a month ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

ZombieBraintrust Halting Problem (335 comments)

that a general algorithm to solve the halting problem for all possible program-input pairs cannot exist

The article misunderstands the halting problem. You could replace robots with humans and murder with any descision involing other people and come to the same conclusion. AI does not try to create perfect solutions. Instead you try to create solutions that work most of the time. Approaches that can evolve with trail and error. Ethically you weigh the positive benifits of success against the negative consequences of your failures.

about a month ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

ZombieBraintrust Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

And the coal mine? Coal doesn't just grow on trees. It has to be dug up.

about a month ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

ZombieBraintrust Patents last 20 years (100 comments)

Patents last 20 years. All of todays seeds will eventually be public domain. Problem will solve itself by doing nothing.

about a month ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

ZombieBraintrust Re:Interesting (120 comments)

ICANN was not involved in those cases. ICANN delegates the buying and selling of second level domains to domain name registars. This is where the contract comes in. ICANN controls the top level domain and points these at the domain name registars. In this case North Korea.

about a month ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

ZombieBraintrust Re:Interesting (120 comments)

The courts can award Faye $1million even if Edward has $5 in his wallet. They can force Edward to hand over the cash once the contract completes. Faye becomes a lienholder agaists Edward.

about a month ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

ZombieBraintrust Interesting (120 comments)

Basically it works like this.
1) Amy has a contract to wash Bob's car for $100 month.
2) Carl sues Bob for murdering his dog.
3) The courts can not give Carl a contract with Amy. The courts can only award Carl with property and money taken from Bob.
Basically the courts can't force Amy to work with Carl. They can't force ICANN to work with the plantiffs.

about a month ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

ZombieBraintrust Re:It's simple if you understand the law... (260 comments)

Sure utility patent for the functional part and design patents for the ornamental part. The structure, sequence, and organization of the API is ornamental. The implementation of an API method is functional. You can get copyright on the implementation of the API because the implementation is an expression of the API. The API being a method of operation for the software it is excluded from copyright. (in order to allow multiple expressions of the API)

about a month and a half ago

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Religious Americans Enjoy Higher Wellbeing

ZombieBraintrust ZombieBraintrust writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ZombieBraintrust writes "An analysis of more than 676,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews conducted in 2011 and 2010 finds that Americans who are the most religious have the highest levels of wellbeing. The statistically significant relationship between religiousness and wellbeing holds up after controlling for numerous demographic variables."
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Sony Offering Free Identity Theft Protection

ZombieBraintrust ZombieBraintrust writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) writes "Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International have made arrangements with Debix, Inc., one of the industry’s most reputable identity protection firms, to offer AllClear ID Plus at no cost to PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders for 12 months from the time an account holder registers for the program.

The details of the program include, but are not limited to:
Cyber monitoring and surveillance of the Internet to detect exposure of an AllClear ID Plus customer’s personal information, including monitoring of criminal web sites and data recovered by law enforcement.

Priority access to licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists.

A $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user to provide additional protection in the event that an customer becomes a victim of identity theft."

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