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Mayor Bloomberg Battles Fleet Owners Over NYC 'Taxi of Tomorrow'

deblau Re:Unqualified for office (278 comments)

The phrase is "crony capitalism". To be vociferously distinguished from "free-market capitalism", which it subverts.

about a year ago

The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

deblau Re:BBC has video - look like quite a recoil (717 comments)

Yes, because the first automobile rolled off a perfectly tuned assembly line with 500 horsepower and heated leather bucket seats...

The first light bulb cost a few pennies to make and could be seen a half mile away...

The first mobile phone could fit in your pocket and play Angry Birds...

Yep, no need to get excited folks.

about a year ago

I follow U.S. Supreme Court rulings ...

deblau Voted maximum (173 comments)

Because I'm a lawyer. Duh.

about a year and a half ago

The Internet Archive Has Saved Over 10,000,000,000,000,000 Bytes of the Web

deblau Re:Yes, but... (135 comments)

If you live in Vancouver, it's roughly the number of nanometers you would cover on a round trip drive to the Library of Congress.

about 2 years ago

Trouble For Microsoft Developers With the Windows Store

deblau Re:I really tried to care... (232 comments)

You aren't post-geek, you've just graduated past the larval stage. :P

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?

deblau Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations (455 comments)

1. Read and understand the law before you try to apply it.
2. Decide if you really want to pull the trigger.
3. Hire a lawyer.

about 2 years ago

Demonoid Domain Names Up For Grabs

deblau Only idiot marketers (293 comments)

As soon as word gets out that Demonoid is down, hits will drop to almost nothing. If the standard domain parking page goes up, they will never get any clicks, and they will never get any repeat hits.

more than 2 years ago

NASA's Own Video of Curiosity Landing Crashes Into a DMCA Takedown

deblau Re:There is a $500 fine for this (597 comments)

Takedowns already are filed in the name of a specific individual, usually the attorney for the accuser. All of this information is given to the person whose content was removed, so they can file a counter-notice.

After the counter-notice is filed, the service provider must restore the content between 10-14 business days, no more and no less. Failure to restore the content opens up the service provider to a lawsuit from the person whose content was removed. The only way to prevent the content going back up is if the accuser actually goes to court and requests a restraining order.

I have no idea where the $500 figure came from. The law says that anyone who knowingly and materially misrepresents that the material was infringing is liable for all court costs and attorney fees of the alleged infringer. This can be a lot more than $500.

The law is quite clear on all of these points. To everyone commenting here out of ignorance of the law, go RTFL., especially subsections (c) (f) and (g).

more than 2 years ago

Mathematician Predicts Wave of Violence In 2020

deblau Re:Government needs to be slapped down again? (397 comments)

But if a US citizen in 1942 were to go and fight for the Nazi's, and lets say he became a high-up officer-- would we not be justified in going after his life "extrajudicially"?

No, we would not. We were already at war with Germany, so the solution would be to simply (and legally) kill him in combat.

What if a US citizen went to Mexico and became a higher up in the militarized drug cartels (lets not turn this into a discussion on drug politics)-- would we be justified in assisting in his death if capture were not an easy option?

No, we would not. That's a job for Mexico. As a sovereign nation, we have the right to defend our territory. If a violent invader crosses our borders illegally, we are perfectly within our rights to shoot them dead on sight. If they don't cross our borders, it's not our problem.

You seem to be confusing our recently ineffective justice system for a lack of justice.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Claims Net Neutrality Violates Their Free Speech Rights

deblau Re:For the last f**king time... (430 comments)

Another argument is that corporations are not people, thus shouldn't have free speech. This shows a lack of understanding of corporations. If people want to get together and make a movie criticizing some politician, they should be allowed to. This is not even controversial. A corporation is nothing but a convenient way to get together and be organized. If we abolished corporations, people would achieve the same goals (probably using contract law), except we would pay more as a society to accountants and lawyers for keeping track of all the paperwork. What a waste.

No, this shows a perfect understanding of corporations. Your argument that without corporations speech would be more expensive, is not an argument attacking the correctness of net neutrality, but only attacking its cost. So what if it's more expensive? Some things, like free speech, are worth the price. And I sincerely doubt that we would pay more to enforce contract law than we do to enforce corporations law, since you can have unregulated contracts but the state has a stake in regulating corporations.

more than 2 years ago

Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

deblau Re:Public option (2416 comments)

The right oppose it for ideological reasons, and many on the left because it falls too far short of the universal health care that any civilized country should have.

You mean welfare states like Greece? Greece spends 1/3 of it's "ordinary" budget on public health care (and over 40% on pensions). Clearly, this is not too much of a burden on their economy...


more than 2 years ago

Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

deblau Re:So from here on out ... (2416 comments)

I'd rather die on the hospital floor, thanks. If I'm incompetent enough not to take care after myself, then I'm a drag on society and I don't want everyone else paying for my stupidity.

more than 2 years ago

Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

deblau Re:First dissent (2416 comments)

Obama and the Democrats were idiots for not implementing the "insurance individual mandate" as a tax break / monetary payout to buy health insurance anyways. They could have avoided this entire debate by doing so.

I agree with you about constitutionality -- Obama could have said "we're going to raise everyone's taxes except you get a deduction if you have health insurance". Except the Dems weren't idiots because it would never have gotten past the House. Republicans wouldn't have voted for a tax hike. They could vote for the original because they viewed it as an insurance industry (in GOP lingo, "corporate") subsidy, and therefore a spending issue rather than a revenue issue.

The Republicans (and the Democrats) are statist and have no problems spending your money; the only difference between them is which special interest groups they want to spend your money on.

more than 2 years ago

Patent Troll Now Armed With Thousands of Nortel Patents

deblau Petition is terrible (220 comments)

This petition to fine patent owners treble damages if the defendant wins is awful, because it screws small inventors. Invent something in your garage? Big MegaCorp steals it, and pays for lawyers you can't even dream of. They win, and you pay triple.

Awesome idea, got any others?

more than 2 years ago

Astronauts Open Dragon Capsule Hatch

deblau Re:Sadly, it's all business... (138 comments)

Nah, 30 seconds is way too soon, hatch openings can take a lot of time. Make it 2 minutes; give the crew some time to overcome that slight adrenaline bump from opening a door into a brand new room. And while a Rickroll would be pretty cool, I think playing the Final Countdown would be funnier.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Wins US Import Ban On Motorola's Android Devices

deblau Re:Can anyone reading this story (200 comments)

We patent lawyers write, attack, and defend patents for the same reason that any other schmo gets up in the morning and goes into work: someone pays us to. Maybe that type of existence doesn't align with your worldview, but it's nevertheless a perfectly logical explanation.

more than 2 years ago



Appeals court throws out FCC indecency rules

deblau deblau writes  |  more than 4 years ago

deblau writes "The Federal Communications Commission's indecency rules, which put limits on language and content in broadcast television programming, have been tossed by a federal appellate court.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York called the regulatory agency's indecency regulations "unconstitutionally vague and chilling.""

Link to Original Source

Spanish copyright tax on CDs, DVDs likely unlawful

deblau deblau writes  |  more than 4 years ago

deblau writes "Spain'(TM)s system of charging makers of blank CDs and DVDs a levy on the products may breach European Union copyright rules if done in an "indiscriminate" manner to all products, regardless of how they will be used, an adviser to the EU'(TM)s highest court said. "A levy in favor of authors, artists and producers may not be applied indiscriminately," to buyers who have clearly acquired the data media for purposes other than copying others'(TM) work, Advocate General Verica Trstenjak of the European Court of Justice said. The Luxembourg-based EU court typically follows the advocate general's advice."
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Obama to nominate IBM lawyer to head patent office

deblau deblau writes  |  more than 5 years ago

deblau writes "Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce, for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Kappos is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Law, for IBM Corporation. Based in Armonk, New York, Mr. Kappos directs IBM's Intellectual Property Law function, providing legal counsel over all facets of protecting and licensing IBM's intellectual property assets and leading IBM's engagement of intellectual property law policy issues. He joined IBM in 1983 as a Development Engineer and has served as an Intellectual Property Law attorney in IBM's Storage Division and Litigation group, as IP Law Counsel in IBM Software Group, as Assistant General Counsel in IBM Asia/Pacific, IBM Corporate Counsel and as Assistant General Counsel prior to his current position."

deblau deblau writes  |  more than 7 years ago

deblau writes "In 2006 Thiago Olson joined the extremely sparse ranks of amateurs worldwide who have achieved nuclear fusion with a home apparatus. In other words, he built the business end of a hydrogen bomb in his basement. A bright plasma "star in a jar" demonstrated his success. "The temperature of the plasma is around 200 million degrees," Olson says modestly, "several times hotter than the core of the sun.""



Oregon judge strikes down part of PATRIOT Act

deblau deblau writes  |  more than 6 years ago

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