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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

bws111 Re:The right to be presumed innocent? (90 comments)

No. Presumption of guilt would be to lock you up, then later determine if you actually were drunk or not.

Presumption of guilt would be 'you have been accused of drunk driving, unless you can prove otherwise you are hereby convicted'.

2 days ago
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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

bws111 Re:The right to be presumed innocent? (90 comments)

I don't know about Australia, but in the US 'presumed innocent' does not mean, and has never meant, what you think.

Presumption of innocence simply means that the prosecution has the onus in a trial. They must prove you are guilty. The defense does not have to prove anything, they just poke holes in the prosecutions case.

2 days ago
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NASA Tests Feasibility of 3D Printing on the Moon and Other Planets

bws111 Re:WTF (58 comments)

Please understand that in-situ is an english phrase that came from latin. It does not mean the same as on-site. On-site just means the stuff is there, it could have been put there by an earlier mission. In-situ means the stuff is in the place it was originally found.

3 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

bws111 Re:Hope they keep Stallman off the stand... (173 comments)

I didn't mean it is literally a contract, I said basically. The point is, multiple parties were involved in it's creation, and when that is the case it is not unusual to consider other sources to resolve ambiguity.

Yes, you can walk away from a license. That is not the point. The license is already drafted. You interpret it and decide it is good. There is no reason to walk away or negotiate. It would be highly unfair for the licensor to come back and say 'the words I said (and you agreed to by using the product) are not actually what I meant'.

5 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

bws111 Re: Programming Language (173 comments)

It will run the same every time, right up until the point where a new unexpected input is introduced. What then?

5 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

bws111 Re:Hope they keep Stallman off the stand... (173 comments)

The Constitution is basically a contract between the States. It is not unusual in contract law to look outside the contract to resolve ambiguities. They are looking for the so-called 'meeting of the minds' between the parties to determine the real meaning.

A license is not a contract. It is completely one-sided. and the licensee has no input and there is no meeting of the minds. Therefore, the licensor has all the responsibility for making the license clear. He does not get to go back later and say 'that is not what I meant'.

5 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

bws111 Re:Programming Language (173 comments)

This is an idea that is often posted on here, and it never makes sense to me. What makes you think a programming language would do any better with these kinds of questions? There are basically an infinite number of variables - how do you write a program that handles all those variables, especially when some variables or values were not even known to exist (or were otherwise not considered) when the program (law) was written? The best you could do is throw an exception when the set of variables and values does not already match an existing definition.

Which is basically what the law does. If a case is largely the same as a prior case the principles of law are pretty well understood, and executing the 'program' just determines which party wins based on the established rules. But when a case is not just like a previous case, then more work is required. When that work has been done it becomes precedent, and future cases do not need to consider how those variables should be interpreted.

5 days ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

bws111 Re:is it possible to get a car without one of thes (232 comments)

Broadcast radio is 'full of ads'. As in, a LARGE percentage of the time is spent trying to get you to purchase some product or other, often in the most obnoxious way possible.

XM does have some announcments. Nowhere nearly as frequent as 'every other song', usually I'll hear one or two announcements during my 1/2 hour commute, and those announcements generally are less than 5 seconds long. XMs announcements tend to be 'if you want to hear more of that artist, switch to channel x'. I guess if you are desperate to call something an ad that would count.

about a week ago
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3D Printer Owner's Network Puts Together Buyer's Guide

bws111 Re:gimme any Normal Example what can i print on it (62 comments)

It seems the main proponents of 3D printing are people that break a lot of stuff. OK, everybody breaks stuff, but most people just tape (or glue) the broken thing back on, which is way cheaper and quicker than printing a new one will ever be.

I am still waiting for the 'killer' 3D printing idea, that would make ordinary people care at all about 3D printing.

about a week ago
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Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

bws111 Re:"Computer" failure? (68 comments)

Why? Because it couldn't be an application problem, or a hardware problem, or a power problem, or a network problem, or even an admin problem? Must be the OS?

about a week ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

bws111 Re:is it possible to get a car without one of thes (232 comments)

What are you listening to on XM that is 'nothing but ads'? I have been listening to XM for over a decade in both cars and at home (mostly rock/jazz/classical) and I have yet to hear an ad.

about a week ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

bws111 Re:Ride sharing? (139 comments)

The reason that geeks get incensed about both things is because they like being incensed and will find any reason to do so, even if said reason is entirely incorrect. Not exactly 'sensible'.

In the case of patents, 'on the computer/on the internet' DOES in fact make a difference. The irate geeks focus on one of two things: they either claim that patents protect concepts, or they claim it is 'obvious'. Both are wrong. A patent does not protect 'display a moving picture', it protects HOW you do that. A film projector is fundamentally different in almost every way from a computer decoding an MPEG. But the geek will say 'it is the same thing, only on a computer'. No, it is not. Then they trot out the 'obvious' claim, but only after someone has already done it. Everything becomes obvious after it has been done.

In the case of Uber they claim that the 'new' thing is 'it is an app'. But the fundamental thing is it is a car-for-hire service, and car-for-hire services are regulated. It doesn't matter in the slightest HOW the car is hired.

about two weeks ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

bws111 Re: Go California! (139 comments)

The cost of NYC medallions is not all that high. They are just not available, so people who already have one can sell it for a lot of money if they want.

Now, ask yourself why a city would want to limit the number of cabs, and if you can't come up with any reasons other than 'corruption' and 'bought by the taxi companies' then you can't think very well.

about two weeks ago
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Apple, IBM Partnership Yields First Results: 10 Mobile Apps

bws111 Re:WTF (53 comments)

That is you doing the rebooking. This is the flight crew rebooking for you. They are not the same. And having gone through both ways (my rebooking vs airline rebooking) I much prefer to have the airline do it. However, you used to have to wait til you were on the ground for the airline to rebook.

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

bws111 Re:Sweet home Alabama (244 comments)

It is 'Watergate does not bother me, does your conscience bother you, tell the truth'.

about two weeks ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

bws111 Re: What did you expect from California ? (139 comments)

In some cities no distinction is made between cabs that are 'hailed' and cabs that are phoned for.

In other cities (such as NY) they do make a distinction. 'Yellow cabs' are hailed, and can not be phoned for. 'Black cars' are phoned for, and can not be hailed. Both are regulated.

about two weeks ago
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Apple, IBM Partnership Yields First Results: 10 Mobile Apps

bws111 Re:WTF (53 comments)

According to the IBM site, it means that the flight crew can rebook flights for passengers when they will be missing connections, etc.

about two weeks ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

bws111 Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (178 comments)

Wrong again. It says that ALL buildings must be in compliance by July 1, 2019. The alteration permit being discussed is the one to install the sprinklers, which must be done. The reason it mentions that at all is because if you wait to do the work you could have even more requirements.

The only thing you have right is that it is not a taking, just like these proposed laws.

about two weeks ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

bws111 Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (178 comments)

Additionally, Mugler v. Kansas was a Supreme Court case which affirmed that a state can, through its police powers and for the public good, place restrictions on property WITHOUT requiring compensation. In particular, the Court reasoned that a prohibition on the use of property, by valid legislation, for purposes of protecting the health and safety of the community cannot be deemed a taking or an appropriation of property for public benefit. Since the legislation did not restrict the owners control, right to dispose, or ability to use for lawful purposes, no taking had occurred.

about two weeks ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

bws111 Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (178 comments)

NY law requiring all dwellings (regardless of when they were built) to have CO detectors.

NYC law requiring all office buildings higher than 100 feet (regardless of when they were built) to have sprinkler systems installed.

about two weeks ago

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