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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

bsolar Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (541 comments)

I doubt they fear lawsuit from the counterfeiters, but a customer which ends up with a device bricked due to a driver being explicitly engineered to sabotage it is another story.

yesterday
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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

bsolar Re:Free aggregation? A problem? (95 comments)

Outdated laws have nothing to do with this issue, at least according to the article:

The publishers base part of their claim on a German online copyright law that came into effect last August, which gave publishers the exclusive right to the commercial use of their content and parts thereof, except in the case of single words or small text snippets.

2 days ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

bsolar Re:Blame shift (305 comments)

That's actually true for most laws: rule-book slowdown is based on the fact that without the due "flexibility" most laws/rules interpreted literally with utmost zeal would make the system stop working.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

bsolar Re:Ungrateful (610 comments)

It might be a full-blown U2 album but in my opinion is still crap. Anyway automatic downloads for things I have purchased are fine. Automatic downloads for things someone else thinks I might like are not. Even Sony did get it right and in the PS4 you have separate option for purchased content (free stuff included) and "featured content". Apple could do just that and offer the additional option to automatically download "featured content" they think you might like, maybe even trying to match the user's taste.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

bsolar Re:But is it false? (268 comments)

It' not something that uncommon, Italy has basically the same situation: truth can be used as defense only in very specific cases. The idea is protecting "honourability", so whether you are telling the truth or not doesn't matter. The fundamental question is whether your main intent is to harm someone's honourability, no matter the validity of your claims.

about 4 months ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

bsolar Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

The problem is that privileged access to the market is exactly how the system was meant to work.

A taxi driver in most of the countries involved is required to buy a license which costs as high as $250'000, which the taxi driver is usually able to recoup only after 15 years of activity. No sane person would invest that much money (often requiring to get a loan) without some guarantee that they will be able to recoup and profit from it, which is what the regulated access to the market was supposed to do.

Now most municipalities would gladly let Uber or other private companies operate, but taxi drivers paid them a lot of money to get the licenses supposed to protect them from the competition which Uber is doing... many of them have not recouped their investment yet and if Uber is allowed to operate most likely never will.

about 4 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

bsolar Re:Extracting all the intelligence (346 comments)

Some practices are technically legal, but it doesn't mean they should. In some cases the laws are simply lacking and new ones should be defined (especially true in technology). It might also be that some practices are technically legal through loopholes which allow you to do something legally in the letter of the law even if against the spirit. In other cases the laws are actually made with the required loopholes, a blatant example defining some practices which are clearly torture as not being torture to be able to "legally" employ them.

about 5 months ago
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Turing Test Passed

bsolar Re:Thirty percent? (432 comments)

Is that 30% success rate actually meant to be the threshold to pass the test? From the article on Wikipedia it simply looks like a prediction about how AIs in the future will fare:

Turing predicted that machines would eventually be able to pass the test; in fact, he estimated that by the year 2000, machines with 10 GB of storage would be able to fool 30% of human judges in a five-minute test, and that people would no longer consider the phrase "thinking machine" contradictory.

about 5 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

bsolar Re:You dont want a car completely reliant on the e (865 comments)

It's true that today's engines are much more complex, but this also means they are much more sophisticate: today all new cars have to comply with very strict emission and fuel efficiency standards, which means you basically can't do without electronic fuel injection.

about 6 months ago
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DOJ Complains About Getting a Warrant To Search Mobile Phones

bsolar Re:We're here to "help" you! (178 comments)

His strategy is to remove impunity from their actions. It should happen through prosecution of unneded violence, but sadly this is not the case. He might also be correct: unneeded violence is much more unlikely from if that would put the "aggressor" in danger too. As they say: "if you want peace, prepare for war."

about 6 months ago
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How Japan Plans To Build Orbital Solar Power Stations

bsolar Re:Not going to happen (230 comments)

Can't you "disperse" the concentrated light on more panels once it reaches the ground station to avoid the 1.1 "suns" limit? Another way might be to avoid photovoltaic panels and use the concentrated light to boil water.

about 6 months ago
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GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

bsolar Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (182 comments)

In this cause there she has pleaded her case. There has been no evidence against it. Therefore her statements can be taken as fact.

In this case there is no cause at all, or did I miss the lawsuit, her testimony under penalty of perjury and the subsequent cross-examination?

about 6 months ago
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GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

bsolar Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (182 comments)

You can verify the source of the original accusation. With the lack of any evidence to the contrary you have to accept it as the truth.

By which crazy logic? Knowing the source of the accusation doesn't make it automatically "true until proved false".

about 6 months ago
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Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

bsolar Re:Don't repeat yourself (93 comments)

You just need another abstraction layer...

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

bsolar Re:In Switzerland (386 comments)

I don't want a Java app anywhere near my financial information.

Why?

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

bsolar Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

It would not be wrongful termination since he was not fired, he resigned. Instead it could very well be constructive discharge

In the United States, constructive discharge has differing meanings depending on the jurisdiction. In California, the California Supreme Court defines constructive discharge as follows:

"In order to establish a constructive discharge, an employee must plead and prove, by the usual preponderance of the evidence standard, that the employer either intentionally created or knowingly permitted working conditions that were so intolerable or aggravated at the time of the employee's resignation that a reasonable employer would realize that a reasonable person in the employee's position would be compelled to resign."

about 7 months ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

bsolar Re:Inheritance = lottery win = gift = unearned inc (300 comments)

What I meant is that you said that people winning the lottery or the jackpot "did nothing to earn the money" which is absolutely not correct: these people paid to earn the chance of winning. Risking your own money to earn the chance of a win is definately not "doing nothing". Getting money doing nothing is more similar to receiving a gift.

Anyway I agree that earned or unearned income should not make any difference.

about 7 months ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

bsolar Re:Inheritence = Lottery Winnings (300 comments)

If you do nothing to earn something you get you don't win the lottery, you receive a gift. By your reasoning inheritance taxes should be taxed exactly the same way a gift is... which is ironic since gift taxation in the USA was introduced to avoid estate tax avoidance...

about 7 months ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

bsolar Re:Geez... (333 comments)

Seriously, what the fuck difference does it make what sex, race or religion you are to be in IT??!?!

Well, "talent crisis" usually means "talented workers cost too much, we have to find a cheaper source of them". Women do tend to get lower salaries than men...

about 7 months ago

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