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A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

lolbutts Re:Eleanor is breaking the law (973 comments)

I think the issue is that she is distributing an "unauthorized copy", not that it is being made. (At least in the US, she would be free to email the music to herself. It's the willful act of giving it to someone else that is the problem.)

more than 4 years ago
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BP Says "Top Kill" Operation Has Failed

lolbutts Re:Why only focus on the leak? (768 comments)

Unfortunately, BP has been using dispersants on the failed well to prevent the oil from slicking on the surface. Because there is so much oil, the slicks on the surface are still happening, but this isn't all of the oil. I don't know of any defensible estimates for the % of oil that is getting to the surface versus hanging out in "clouds of oil". However, it seems that most people, even BP, will acknowledge that this is a nontrivial amount of oil. Though it would be nice to do something more about the oil. Perhaps it could even dissuade them from using the dispersants... (Haha, I kid. They wouldn't backpedal on the effectiveness of dispersants now.)

more than 4 years ago
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New iConji Language For the Symbol-Minded Texter

lolbutts There's this cool thing about letters (195 comments)

You don't need to have thousands of different glyphs available so that people can communicate. "Coffee at 4?" works fine for my uses (well, in a theoretical world where I drink coffee).

more than 4 years ago
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Reporting security flaws in websites?

lolbutts Re:Mention their name in the headline (3 comments)

I was considering it...except my data is in there too. If I were to somehow remove it from the database, though...

more than 4 years ago

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Reporting security flaws in websites?

lolbutts lolbutts writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lolbutts (1638867) writes "When you discover a security flaw in a website, what do you do? I just realized that a website that I might have used has really glaring security holes. I have sent them an email detailing the concerns, but I am almost certain it will be disregarded. This bothers me because ensitive data for all of their customers, not just the web users, is trivial to get. Without breaking the law, how would you get an offending website to fix security problems?"

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