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The Man Who Sold Shares of Himself

danb35 Re:Slavery? (215 comments)

Explain to me exactly how your family becomes liable for loans they did not agree to--especially on your death, upon which federal student loans are forgiven anyway.

about a year and a half ago
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Digging Into the Legal Status of 3-D Printed Guns

danb35 Semi-automatic weapons (404 comments)

Yes, if it's a manufacturer's FFL (TFA didn't specify, but it seems to be the case from context), it does cover production of semi-automatic firearms as well as pump-action, bolt-action, revolvers, and most others. Machine guns are separate, being (as TFA notes) covered by the National Firearms Act, not the Gun Control Act. For right now, federally speaking, domestically-made semi-automatic firearms don't have any special or unique status. If Senator Feinstein gets her way, of course, that will change, but it's the case currently.

about a year and a half ago
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Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban

danb35 Re:That is seriously an unhealthy amount (642 comments)

Simply put, you thought wrong. It also is not illegal to attempt suicide in the United States. If you attempt suicide, you can expect to be locked up, but that won't be because you broke the law--it'll be for your protection, and you'll be "locked up" in a hospital. And generally, that will be for no more than a few days.

more than 2 years ago
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Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban

danb35 Re:That is seriously an unhealthy amount (642 comments)

Suicide is not a form of murder (murder by definition is the killing of another person, with certain other elements), nor is it illegal in any of the United States. Assisting someone else to commit suicide is illegal in most states, but suicide itself is not.

more than 2 years ago
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Shakedowns To Fix Negative Online Reviews

danb35 Re:Wiring the money unsafe? (179 comments)

I suspect the poster you're replying to is actually talking about the money transfer services like Western Union, not true bank wire transfers. Wire transfers have to go into a bank account, and the ownership of that bank account is known (by the receiving bank, at least, if not by the sender). They're not used very often in the U.S., though, because they tend to be expensive--$25 to send, and $15 to receive, seem to be common fees, though they can vary.

more than 2 years ago
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Firm Threatens To Sue Consumer Websites For Harrassment

danb35 Re:Only compared to the utopic myth of USA (105 comments)

So if I were to dig up dirt on someone to damage their reputation, EVEN THOUGH true, I can be sued for libel because my intent wasn't to spread information necessary but to damage someone (the difference being the Halloween Documents vs your credit card details.

You're right, you can't be sued for libel in the U.S. for that. You can, however, be sued on one of the invasion of privacy torts (publication of private facts, most likely). Just because it's true doesn't mean that you have absolute license to print it.

more than 2 years ago
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US Marshals Ordered To Seize Righthaven Property

danb35 Re:Make an example out of them (120 comments)

That's why most banks will require a personal guarantee from the owners of a small corp/LLC.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Renders $3 Judgment Against Spamhaus

danb35 Re:Certain victory? (156 comments)

No, the "merits" had already been decided--due to Spamhaus' default (for whatever reason, they didn't properly argue to the court that they weren't subject to its jurisdiction), e360 had already "won" on the merits. The only question remaining was how much harm they had suffered from Spamhaus' actions--and since they didn't produce any appropriate evidence on that subject, they were awarded $3.

Spamhaus almost certainly would have won on the merits, if they had competently argued them. Alternatively, they probably would have gotten the case dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction, if they had competently argued that. As it was, they didn't competently argue anything until it was too late to avoid judgment against them.

more than 3 years ago
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The Ridiculous LexisNexis Search that the Justice Department Used

danb35 Re:OK, a translation (589 comments)

Precisely. The concerns listed at Justin Mason's site are incorrect, and no parens are needed here. However, the search as written will not run, because the "and pre/2" is syntactically incorrect.

And yes, as some others have speculated, the ! is the approximate equivalent of the * in the computer world--it's a wildcard matching any number of characters (but on LexisNexis, unlike in *nix, it can only be used at the end of a word).

more than 6 years ago

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