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NASA Planes Fly Over Bay Area To Measure Air Pollution Levels

afaik_ianal Re:which bay would that be? (57 comments)

Seriously? I have lived in Australia all my life, and I know exactly what "Bay Area" means.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?

afaik_ianal Re:Ignore it. It's not a WiFi patent. (347 comments)

In order to be found in violation of this patent, your violation must satisfy all the claims listed on the patent

I'm pretty sure that's not right (but see my nick).

The claims are each enforceable in their own right, but typically get chained together ("Claim 2: The method in claim 1, further ...").

If one claim is not relevant, then only those claims depending on it are irrelevant.

about a year and a half ago
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Judge Koh Rules: Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe

afaik_ianal Re:Apple is spending its patent portfolio (111 comments)

You're missing the point.

There's a difference between disagreeing with what someone says (throwing out the claims of prior art), and believing they believe what they're saying (agreeing the alleged infringement was not willful). They're not mutually exclusive.

about a year and a half ago
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Judge Koh Rules: Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe

afaik_ianal Re:Apple is spending its patent portfolio (111 comments)

I think you might be misreading it.

"their" refers to Samsung. So she's saying since Sasmsung's experts testified that there was prior art, she's assuming they genuinely believed the prior art to be valid. The jury disagreed, but without other evidence she has assumed the experts genuinely believed there to be prior art.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice For Getting Tech Career Back On Track

afaik_ianal Re:Hide your PhD (232 comments)

Most places I've worked would instantly toss resumes that explicitly mentioned anything like that - DOB, marital status, religion, even a photo.

Having a policy of rejecting anyone who volunteers information that could be used as grounds for a discrimination claim is apparently the safest approach.

about a year and a half ago
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A Subscription-Based Movie Theater

afaik_ianal Re:Better idea (308 comments)

Your wrong

No. ewe are.

about a year and a half ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

afaik_ianal Re:You're assuming it's a burglar (1719 comments)

Sure, if that actually happened, I'd fight tooth and nail to protect my family. Home invasion rape are incredibly rare - it's not something I lose any sleep over, and it's not worth culling 0.01% of your population annually "just in case".

I strongly suspect a gun owner is considerably more likely to accidentally shoot themselves or a member of their family than they are to successfully ward off a rapist.

about a year and a half ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

afaik_ianal Re:100 more will die today (1719 comments)

Wait - what?

Japan's murder rate is 0.3 per 100,000.
China dominates that at 1.0.
UK comes in even higher at 1.2.

The US? No single US state comes in lower than Japan. Iowa, Vermont, and New Hapshire are the only states/territories that come in lower than the UK. The average across the US? 4.2.

Make no mistake - murder rates in the US are unacceptably high.

about a year and a half ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

afaik_ianal Re:*confused (1719 comments)

At that rate, you are more likely to die in an airline catastrophe.

That suggests the figures you took from the previous poster are extremely flawed. Over 30,000 americans die from gunshots every (not to mention the 75,000 who are injured). Air crash deaths are extremely rare - there have been a number of years recently with no air crash deaths in the US.

about a year and a half ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

afaik_ianal Re:100 more will die today (1719 comments)

The catch-22 is that your relative value on human life makes you an incredibly inappropriate person for making those life-and-death decisions.

There are a million and one reasons why someone might be in your house (or why you might think someone's in your house).

I'm not suggesting being robbed isn't most likely explanation, but it's just stuff. Your stuff is not worth extrajudicial killing someone over.

about a year and a half ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

afaik_ianal Re:100 more will die today (1719 comments)

What an absolute load of clap trap.

Why do people get modded up as insightful for spouting the same old NRA propaganda? Analysing the statistics for violent crime, suicide and accidental deaths is a complicated area of research. Finding localised peaks in violent crime figures does not negate the massive drops in gun incidents we saw in Australia following the effective banning of firearms almost 20 years ago.

And what's with this view that being able to shoot someone who wrongs you is better than the tiny risk of being robbed? Seriously? People with that view are exactly who I don't want having weapons anywhere near me.

about a year and a half ago
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Firefox 18 Beta Out With IonMonkey JavaScript Engine

afaik_ianal Re:So far (182 comments)

Licking his palms.

about a year and a half ago
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The Most Detailed Images of Uranus' Atmosphere Ever

afaik_ianal Re:#insert "YourAnusJoke.h" (105 comments)

And for some reason, I has a strange compulsion to reply to this.

about 2 years ago
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BrewPi: Raspberry Pi and Arduino Powered Fermentation Chamber

afaik_ianal Re:multiple control points (96 comments)

The valve is the easy bit (if you don't mind manually switching a tap on in response to an alert).

The sensor is not so simple. Even if digital hydrometers were cheap and easily available, you'd need to find a way of mounting it inside the fermenter such that you're not going to create a haven for bacteria (hint: any kind of non-smooth surface inside the fermentation vessel is a haven for bacteria).

I've heard of people using ultrasonic transducers for measuring the gravity of fluid in a pipe, but it sounds like a lot of work.

about 2 years ago
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BrewPi: Raspberry Pi and Arduino Powered Fermentation Chamber

afaik_ianal Re:Do the same with a handful of transistors (96 comments)

You reckon you can do temperature control in an uncontrolled environment with a handful of transistors? Keep in mind the external temperature is uncontrolled. The yeast itself generates heat within the ferment at varying (and often unpredictable) rates.

The simplest approach you can reasonable consider for the level of control they're looking for in their environment would be a PID controller, which if memory serves me correctly will have more than a handful of transistors in it. You're going to need a pretty decent PID to handle temperature profiling, which their solution

They're using cheap, off-the-shelf parts to solve their problem, which in turn allow them to put extra features in there like web control, and it's now much easier for anyone to do the same thing. The parts may not have existed in 1964, but you need to keep in mind The Doors aren't the only good thing to happen since then.

about 2 years ago
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Patent Troll Goes After Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Others

afaik_ianal Re:High School Kids? (171 comments)

Could explain their web design.

Actually, you're not far off. Their Quality Assurance Coordinator is due to complete their Comp Sci degree this year.

Their "Software Engineer" also plans to graduate this year.

Their "Research Analyst" completed her fine arts degree last year.

Their "Director of Marketing" should finish her Bachelor of Science, Journalism this year.

Odd.

about 2 years ago
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Secret Service Investigating Romney Tax Hack Claim

afaik_ianal Re:bitcoins are traceable (836 comments)

They know they there's no chance Romney will pay up. If he pays up, he likely does more damage to himself than the tax returns ever could.

The alternative is to say, "leave $1M dollars in unmarked bills under some overpass". They're hardly going to hang around waiting to see if he pays.

about 2 years ago
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Falcon 9 Launch Aborted At Last Minute

afaik_ianal Re:fuck CBS. (149 comments)

This launch has so many firsts, that the launch window is instantaneous.

If they didn't launch right on the scheduled launch time, they were not going to have enough fuel to get to the ISS *and* do the test manoeuvres they had planned for the approach.

more than 2 years ago

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AFACT loses piracy case against iiNet

afaik_ianal afaik_ianal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

afaik_ianal (918433) writes "In a ruling that will have profound implications for internet users and ISPs in Australia, the Federal Court ruled in favour if iiNet. The summary of the decision states that despite iiNet being aware of infringements and not acting to stop them, their actions did not qualify as "authorisation". This ruling effectively prevents AFACT from forcing ISPs to be their personal police force."
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Man caught watching porn in public library

afaik_ianal afaik_ianal writes  |  about 5 years ago

afaik_ianal (918433) writes "A man was recently caught browsing hardcore pornography in a library on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia. The local council is now considering a number of options to prevent the practise in future, including requiring swipe-card access to the computers that log users' browsing history.

Most Slashdot users appear to be opposed to internet filtering and tracking, but where do people stand when it is being used to curb inappropriate behaviour in a public area, using an entirely publicly funded internet connection?"

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