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Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming

cdrudge Re:Lifetime at 16nm? (66 comments)

If you use SSD you should have a good HDD backup.

And if you use a HDD, you still should have a good backup as well.

5 days ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

cdrudge Re:Not surprised (73 comments)

Here in Australia we don't fear our police - they have a strong history of generally doing the right thing by the people they serve.

Don't feel bad, it's ok. You'll catch up with the rest of the world soon.

about a week ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

cdrudge Re:hahaha (155 comments)

The anti-competition laws were put in place to prevent the car manufacturers from undercutting those who had built their client base for them.

Does any other industry have similar legal restrictions? Or is it just an antiquated law that hasn't kept with the times?

about a week ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

cdrudge Re:Norovirus anyone? (230 comments)

Probably a lot less then what would go wrong if we tried to live in a completely sterile environment.

about a week ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

cdrudge Re:Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

Because if you say the iPhone comes with Gorilla Glass, you've locked yourself into a single supplier of a trademarked item. If you just say ion-strengthened glass, you can use any supplier that can meet your requirements, not just Corning.

about a week ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

cdrudge Re:Cash (111 comments)

I read leading counterfeit bills are $10. $100 attract attention, $1 not worth time counterfeiting, but the $10 bill is good candidate because Treasury Dept is always changing the colors so nobody really keeps track on what an authentic bill looks like.

The Treasury Dept in 1998 said $20 get 5x the number of counterfeits as $10 but $100 has 3x the value of counterfeit notes. Source, page 53

I wouldn't imagine the numbers have changed that much since than. I had always heard that $20s are the most frequently faked since everyone carries them so they are very common, and it's the highest denomination without being uncommon (like the $50 and $100).

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

cdrudge Re:Cash (111 comments)

And a half hour later after the cashier has marked every bill, held it up to the light to observe ALL the security features, and then had to call two levels of management over to repeat the process to authorize accepting $50s or $100s.

Maybe it wasn't quite a half hour, but the above happened to me recently. The guy in front of me was paying with several $100s. It too far too long to complete the transaction.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

cdrudge Re:Bass Ackward (354 comments)

He doesn't have a leg to stand on to force Mindcraft to become open, but Mojang doesn't have a right to use his code that he released under a GPL license either since they apparently acquired Bukkit.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

cdrudge Re:ELI5 please (354 comments)

NM. I found a post on Reddit that clarified it.

Wolfe contributed code to Bukkit that was GPLed but was violating Mojang's license because it wasn't licensed under the GPL or similar. Mojang just chose to otherwise ignore the violation, but then has since acquired Bukkit. As soon as Mojang made a release, they infringed on Wolfe's GPL code contribution when they didn't release the source to the bundled Mindcraft server.

Sounds to me that Wolfe's contribution wasn't covered under a valid license to begin with. That would mean that Mojang doesn't get to automatically use his code anyways, but also doesn't mean that Mojang needs to open Mindcraft up. Mojang just paid money for an incomplete product.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

cdrudge ELI5 please (354 comments)

Since I don't play Mindcraft or pay attention to any of the politics of the game, I'm a little foggy on what exactly the issue is. If I understand things correctly Wesley Wolfe issued a DMCA takedown notice because he contributed code to one or more projects that relied on the closed source game Mindcraft. And now he or others are trying to use this to force Mindcraft to be opened?

If that is the case, boo hoo hoo perhaps you should check the licensing before contributing code next time.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

cdrudge Re:DSL Is generally several layers of encapsulatio (355 comments)

Why not? A significant portion of their infrastructure is based off of ATM, if there isn't a need to completely scrap their infrastructure why replace it even for something that might squeak out a bit more performance.

about three weeks ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

cdrudge Re:Told ya... (207 comments)

Write you God damned congressman. Get a picket sign. The house is on fire, just because you told the kids not to play with matches doesn't mean you don't need to grab a bucket now.

Grab a bucket and do what? Using your fire/bucket analogy, it's a multi-alarm raging inferno billed as a "fire fighter training exercise" to give them practice should a "real" fire happen in the future. The Congresscritters are the government officials that signed off on the approval to run the training opportunity. There's no amount of writing or picketing that's going to help.

about a month ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

cdrudge Re:AntiTrust (275 comments)

What's antitrust about this?

about a month ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

cdrudge Re:The memo you are about to see (161 comments)

Which is the whole point. The company gives explicit instructions that personal cell phones are not to be used or authorized. You have to find something alternative (pay phone, calling card, tin cans...). Now if you happen to still use your personal cell phone for a call, you're breaking policy. They won't know [wink wink] that you're using your personal cell phone for convenience unless you happen to try to get reimbursed for it. And if you try, well, that results in some type of reprimand/discipline since you violated company policy.

about a month ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

cdrudge Re:Slippery path (71 comments)

They aren't commercials, but I hate the DJs between songs. I just wish they would play songs, one after another. I don't care about whatever drivel they want to talk about as if they were real DJs.

And while I know you said music stations, if you ever go to one of the talk stations, commercials are awful. ESPN radio seems to be about 50/50 mix between actual talk and commercials. I understand SiriusXM doesn't have control over ESPN's inserted ads, but the ones that SiriusXM plays in the spots where local affiliates would insert local ads....argh. Get rich quick schemes, shady testosterone supplements, trucking company help-wanted ads, and franchise opportunities are just awful.

about a month ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

cdrudge Re:Slippery path (71 comments)

You are really overestimating the amount of work that could be required. Applications like Couchpotato for movies make it as simple as visit IMDB and you can quickly queue up an entire artist's career with just a few quick clicks. Headphones is similar for music, but not quite the same. I don't imagine it would be too hard to something similar to Couchpotato once an organized source becomes readily available.

about a month ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

cdrudge Re:Leave New York (231 comments)

Exactly. Leave New York and go somewhere safe and free and rights are respected. I'd suggest somewhere in the safe Midwest, close to a major city so that you have services and activities that are of interest, but not too close so that you are under the actual jurisdiction of the big city's police department. I hear the St. Louis area is nice and quite. Maybe Ferguson?

It's not a New York City problem or even a big city problem, it's a law enforcement problem.

about a month ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

cdrudge Re:precedent (231 comments)

You're allowed to say fuck. Fuck fuck fuckity fuck.

about a month ago

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cdrudge cdrudge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cdrudge (68377) writes "A federal jury on Thursday said Vonage Holdings Corp. violated 3 of 5 patents of Verizon Communications Inc. and ordered the upstart Internet-phone company to pay $58m in damages as well 5.5% in royalty fees per month per customer. Verizon said it would seek an injunction to block Vonage from using its patented technology. The jury did reject Verizon's claim of $200m in damages and that Vonage deliberately violated Verizon's patents. As you might expect, Vonage said it would appeal the decision and seek a stay if an injunction is granted. Judge Claude Hilton set a hearing for March 23 on whether to grant an injunction."

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