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McDonald's Denies Prof's Claim Staff Attacked Him For Wearing Digital Glasses

burris Re:I stand behind McDonalds (627 comments)

It is legal for you to record such calls in every state because every party to the conversation is aware that it is recorded. No need to make an announcement because they have already announced that they are recording.

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Thomas Drake: You're Automatically Suspicious Until Proven Otherwise

burris Re:Verified, and will continue (502 comments)

Yeah because all that military might has been very effective in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, USSR, etc...

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Why So Many Crashes of Bee-Carrying Trucks?

burris simple explanation (255 comments)

The mysterious force that causes truckloads of bees to overturn also causes wild car chases to overturn a fruit vendors stall or strike an old flatbed truck carrying four dozen chicken coops.

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Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

burris Re:And no patents (725 comments)

If you can't say what his "impact on the technology world" after C and Unix was then it probably didn't have much impact.

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Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

burris Re:And no patents (725 comments)

I don't think so. Ritchie brought the world C and Unix. Then what did he do for the rest of his life?

Steve Jobs brought the world a computer you could just plug into the wall and TV and use without owning a soldering iron, even school kids could use it. Then he made available a totally integrated computer with a GUI. Along with that he brought regular people the capability to create beautiful printed documents on their own. (I think the Mac+LaserWriter alone had a greater impact on the world than Dennis Ritchie.) Then he created an operating system / application development environment based on OOP, which after 25 years is now one of the most widely used (built on the back of C/Unix too!) Then, in the face of huge resistance, he killed the floppy drive, serial ports, and parallel ports which would probably still be shipping on most computers today. He showed people that computers could be pretty and stylish objects that people would be proud to display instead of depressingly shaped and shaded "office equipment." Then he created a music player with integrated library management software at a time when all players came with horrible software that made regular people scream in frustration. Then he used that to radically transform the music industry, which everyone thought was on its last legs. Then he took everything he had spent the last 20 years working on, along with some tech he got from people who made keyboards that normal people couldn't use, and used it to totally reshape the cell phone (and eventually all computers.) Four years on and the competition is still reeling from that one. Then he took that and created a truly intuitive computer, the first tablet computer that people actually wanted to buy.

I'm probably leaving things out.

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Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

burris Re:And no patents (725 comments)

Whatever, the main userland stuff on OSX/iOS is not BSD. You could get rid of all of the BSD stuff and users wouldn't even know. It used to be an optional install! All of the important userland stuff is descended from NeXTSTEP and that was started with Steve Jobs vision in 1985, which was to do for software developers what Mac did for users.

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AOL Creates Fully Automated Data Center

burris Re:What is AOL again. ..? (123 comments)

They are formerly America's premier manufacturer and distributor of coasters.

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Behind the Scenes: How Conflict Photographs Come To Be

burris Re:Follow the money (178 comments)

It's all about land.

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Illegal To Take a Photo In a Shopping Center?

burris Re:Is drawing also illegal? (544 comments)

Thats why in California, for instance, the trespassing law doesn't allow the operators of businesses open to the public to kick people out for taking a photograph, making a phone call, writing down prices, etc...

(a) Any person who intentionally interferes with any lawful business or occupation carried on by the owner or agent of a business establishment open to the public, by obstructing or intimidating those attempting to carry on business, or their customers, and who refuses to leave the premises of the business establishment after being requested to leave by the owner or the owner's agent, or by a peace officer acting at the request of the owner or owner's agent, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to 90 days, or by a fine of up to four hundred dollars ($400), or by both that imprisonment and fine.
[...]
      (c) This section shall not apply to any of the following persons:
      (1) Any person engaged in lawful labor union activities that are permitted to be carried out on the property by state or federal law.
      (2) Any person on the premises who is engaging in activities protected by the California Constitution or the United States Constitution.
      (d) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to supersede the
application of any other law.

California's constitution provides affirmative protection of people's right to free speech, unlike the US constitution which simply prohibits congress (and the states) from passing laws infringing upon it.

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California Governor Vetoes Ban On Warrantless Phone Searches

burris Re:"In probably the most important decision..." (462 comments)

You forgot the important issue of municipalities like San Francisco trying to pass laws banning circumcision. The Gov. just put his signature on a bill prohibiting those laws.

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California Governor Vetoes Ban On Warrantless Phone Searches

burris Re:It will be interesting to see where this goes (462 comments)

It's established that the police can search containers nearby someone being arrested if they reasonably could hold evidence of the crime for which the arrest is made. In the opinion handed down by the State appeals court that was discussed recently here, the guy had physical evidence of drug use in his car. The police reasoning went along the lines of "drug users and dealers use cell phones to setup deals" so that opened the door for the police to search his phone. The court agreed...

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California Governor Vetoes Ban On Warrantless Phone Searches

burris Re:Override? (462 comments)

Please read DC vs. Heller so you don't look like an ignoramus.

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Google Starts to Detail Dart

burris Re:go (219 comments)

I thought Go was just a project of some Google engineers and not an official product.

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DHS Goes Ahead With 'Pre-Crime' Detection Project

burris Might Be Useful (438 comments)

Can we use this on politicians before they are elected?

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OpenStack Spun Out From Rackspace Control

burris Re:Well done Rackspace (33 comments)

It's easy when you are a distant second or third in the market.

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Psystar Loses Appeal In Apple Case

burris Re:9th Circuit is all screwed up (258 comments)

Despite being a promo CD, it was still a sale. See the quote from Augusto in my top post.

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Psystar Loses Appeal In Apple Case

burris Re:9th Circuit is all screwed up (258 comments)

When you play a CD you make a copy of it too. How does that affect whether the transaction where you acquire that CD counts as a sale or not? p.s. Making a copy to install software, to use it, or make a backup is not infringement, see 17 USC 117.

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Psystar Loses Appeal In Apple Case

burris Re:9th Circuit is all screwed up (258 comments)

On the one hand the 9th Circuit that just mailing a disc to a DJ counts as a sale because it has been "placed into the stream of commerce" even though the publisher of the says it isn't. On the other hand they say a disc that's sold in a store in a box like anything else that is sold in stores doesn't count as a sale because the publisher says it isn't. What is the difference?

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Psystar Loses Appeal In Apple Case

burris Re:That's too bad... (258 comments)

OS X does not run from the install DVD, it needs to be copied onto a hard disk to run. This technicality is what allows the EULA to exist.

Wrong, see 17 USC 117 (a). The license agreement exists because the software publisher puts it there.

The court found that this is not a misuse of copyright, which means that it's a strong legal precedent saying that you can put any term in the EULA that you want.

No, the court found there was no misuse of copyright because the terms did not prevent Psystar from creating their own software or hardware. It doesn't mean they can put whatever they want in their license.

We con- clude that the district court correctly ruled that Apple had not engaged in copyright misuse. As we will explain, this is prin- cipally because its licensing agreement was intended to require the operating system to be used on the computer it was designed to operate, and it did not prevent others from developing their own computer or operating systems.

more than 2 years ago

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