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Ask Slashdot: To Publish Change Logs Or Not?

booch Re:Your customers are lucky (162 comments)

How bad are your company's lawyers, that they can't simply show on a 4' x 6' poster the contract terms "not liable for bugs, even if known" and win a lawsuit about a bug?

about 7 months ago
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Martin Luther King Jr's Children In Court Over MLK IP

booch Re:End of a Dream (344 comments)

Oh, I'm sorry. I'm sure he was just following him to give him a candy bar.

about 10 months ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

booch Re:It's simple (452 comments)

If you believe that courts only hear cases for guilty people, or only convict guilty people, then our conversation was over before it started.

And it's not designed to protect you from improper conviction (because that would be impossible). It's designed to protect you from additional punishment for pleading your innocence.

You should probably watch Dont Talk to the Police (or any of several similar videos and articles). It explains how an innocent person can try defend himself and still get into trouble.

about 10 months ago
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Syrian Gov't Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan

booch How to be sure (362 comments)

Have them agree to be bombed if they are found to have any remaining chemical weapons after the turn-over.

about 10 months ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

booch Re:It's simple (452 comments)

Because if I'm a witness, telling the truth doesn't lead to me being punished. (If my testimony could lead to my prosecution, then I would be able to invoke the 5th Amendment right to not testify, unless I had been given immunity.)

So a witness doesn't have the "damned if you do, damned if you don't" dilemma. The Wikipedia article (and many others covering the reasons for the 5th Amendment protections) does a pretty good job of explaining this.

about a year ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

booch Re:It's simple (452 comments)

There was once a common practice of forcing defendants to testify, and adding more charges if they denied guilt and then were found guilty anyways. The Fifth Amendment protects against that practice, and only that practice.

I think you could make an argument that prosecutors are doing something similar in recent times. They pile on lots of charges, hoping some will stick. (And hoping that juries will see all the charges, and make an assumption that at least some of those must be true.) The time and cost of defending against all those charges is so daunting that the suspect is faced with 2 bad choices -- spending several years of their lives and all their savings defending themselves, or pleading to a lesser charge even though they did nothing really wrong. This dilemma is basically the same dilemma that the 5th Amendment is trying to protect us from.

about a year ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

booch If only (452 comments)

If only there were historical documents about the context in which the US Constitution and Amendments were created. Or encyclopedic collections of knowledge, providing references to such historical context.

about a year ago
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Martin Luther King Jr's Children In Court Over MLK IP

booch Re:I have a dream (344 comments)

Copyright before 1976 did NOT automatically get granted when the ideas hit a fixed form.

about a year ago
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Martin Luther King Jr's Children In Court Over MLK IP

booch Re:End of a Dream (344 comments)

George Zimmerman would never have seen prosecution if he was black or Trayvon was white; guilty or not the evidence just wasn't there.

What kind of crack are you smoking? 1. He followed Trayvon -- he was the one doing the assaulting. 2. Do you truly believe that the American justice system treats blacks better than whites?

about a year ago
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New Snowden Revelation: Terrorists Attempting To Infiltrate CIA

booch Re:Better use for NSA capabilities: Watch Congress (250 comments)

If the NSA can monitor anyone (which Snowden claims, and which appears to be true) then there's likely some monitoring of Congress going on. Sad that Congress itself doesn't seem to realize this. (Or at least not those either profiting in some way from the NSA or being blackmailed by the NSA.)

about a year ago
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New Snowden Revelation: Terrorists Attempting To Infiltrate CIA

booch Re:Snowden beware (250 comments)

I'd point out that the US Constitution (article 1, section 9) forbids ex post facto laws -- but it's pretty clear that the Constitution is not really being followed in this case.

about a year ago
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We All May Have a Little Martian In Us

booch NetworkWorld (168 comments)

I don't always read astronomy news, but when I do, I read it on NetworkWorld.

about a year ago
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The World Fair of 2014 According To Asimov (From 1964)

booch Re:Predicitng the future is hard (352 comments)

So apparently this was a legitimate article from Ars Technica in 2005. Let's see how we're doing so far, just 8 years later.

1. The people of the future are a scantily clad people. They delight in showing off their naked, tattooed flesh.

Check.

2. In the future, an airport security checkpoint will work exactly the same as it does now, except that the scanning technology will be different. For instance, at the GE-manufactured checkpoint that I saw, the machine supposedly sniffs you for bomb residue.

Check.

3. The elderly Japanese people of the future will be so desperately lonely for companionship that they'll purchase creepy android replicas.

Not quite yet, but still seems headed in that direction.

4. The senior citizens of the future won't roll around in wheelchairs - not even cool robotic wheelchairs like those invented by Dean Kamen. Instead, they'll have robotic exoskeletons that will make them much stronger and faster than the non-elderly. So in addition to being the largest voting block in future elections, they'll also have superhuman strength and speed.

Not yet, and not looking too likely at this point. Robotic exoskeletons exist, but they're not even used much in heavy industry yet.

5. In the future, most robots will look pretty much like robots have looked since the 1970's.

Robots pretty much look like Frisbees. (I.e. the Roomba is the only successful robot so far.)

6. Apple's market share doesn't change much in the future.

Considering the iPhone and iPad, I'd say their market share has definitely increased.

7. On the weekends, the people of the future will take to the water in dolphin-shaped craft that don't look nearly as much fun to drive as a Seadoo of today.

No signs of that happening any time soon.

8. Dolphin watercraft aren't the only form of future transportation that's a bit cramped. The electrically powered cars of the future will be quite small.

We now have the Smart, the Fiat 500, the Mini, and several others. American drivers have a lot more choices in very small cars than they did in 2005.

9. Future entertainment will follow the trends that were established with the rise of disco. First, they replaced the live band with a DJ. Next, they'll replace the DJ with a large, floor-mounted robotic arm. ... Vinyl aficionados can rejoice, though, because vinyl records are still around.

Not sure about the DJs. That seems to not have changed much since 2005, and I think the mix of live music to DJs to Musak is likely to remain where it's been for the past few decades. Maybe more iTunes mixes though, especially at parties. The prediction about vinyl records was spot on though.

10. In a future 9/11-style scenario, where the top of a high-rise building is on fire, a Moller Aircar...

The Moller is still 50 years away, as always. Moller says it's 5 years away, as always.

about a year ago
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The World Fair of 2014 According To Asimov (From 1964)

booch Re:One thing is for certain... (352 comments)

Wrong. I'm fairly certain that in 50 years there would be a small colony of people living on the moon.

Do you realize that nobody has even set foot on the moon in the past 40 years? Or even left low earth orbit.

about a year ago
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

booch Re:Paver Stones on the Road to Single-Payer (637 comments)

I should have said "some control" over my elected officials.

Healthcare has never been denied.

Ah, now I see that it most certainly you that is deluded. Healthcare is denied by insurance companies all the time. Sure, if I go to a hospital, they'll do the minimum amount to keep me alive. But that's not the same as providing me all the healthcare I need. Plus, I will be charged for what the hospital did, even if I cannot pay. So I'm likely to be bankrupted by the experience.

about a year ago
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

booch Re:A cynic's view (637 comments)

I'm pretty sure you're mistaken then. Removing the Taliban was always a part of the plan. The Taliban were harboring terrorists (remember that term?) so we were attacking them (back).

about a year ago
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Dispatch From the Future: Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google

booch Re:Statistics (282 comments)

The last time a vehicle was touted by a manufacture as the safest, the word used was unsinkable and that was a titanic mistake.

I think you may have forgotten (or never heard about) the Bricklin SV-1. A big mistake, for sure -- but never touted as unsinkable.

about a year ago
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Dentist Wants To Clone John Lennon Using DNA Extracted From Lennon's Tooth

booch Re:Fantasists (224 comments)

They won't get anywhere with this, except making a clone of JL that will obviously fail to live up to what he will be told he should be. So he will be miserable.

If he's miserable, then he'd probably make a pretty good singer-songwriter. Success! Oh, wait.

about a year ago
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Uncle Sam Finally Wants To Hear From Us On Digital Copyright Law?

booch Re:Of course they want your input (183 comments)

If by "mainstream media", you mean the "liberal lamestream media" and the "right wingnut media" -- then yes -- they control both of those.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

booch Re:When you don't want a reference (892 comments)

Respect is earned, and is a 2-way street.

If the company doesn't have the respect to give you 2 weeks' notice, then you should provide them the same amount of respect.

about a year ago

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