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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

lostfayth Re: Great... (582 comments)

from over the horizon.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Promises Not To Snoop Through Email

lostfayth Re: If they say so (144 comments)

ignorance is no excuse.

about 6 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

lostfayth Re: ipconfig /flushdns (373 comments)

most operating systems boot with a clean cache, and steam typically runs at startup/login. an empty or near empty DNS cache would not be an uncommon finding.

about 7 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

lostfayth Re:It's a status thing (717 comments)

The shareholders in his example would be the taxpaying citizenry.

Clearly the employees are the one who generate the profits.

about 7 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

lostfayth Re: Government Regulation?? (385 comments)

ever priced updating the firmware in your car outside of the warranty period?

about 7 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

lostfayth Re:Stupid people prevent us from having secure thi (448 comments)

This is only an issue of semantics - You don't offer your users a choice of "more" or "less" security, you have something along the lines of the following options:

(*) Allow account recovery if I forget my password (Default)
( ) Do not allow account recovery if I forget my password (This option is more secure, but makes your account unrecoverable if you forget your password!)

In other words, not "less or more" but "standard or more."

about 8 months ago
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With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

lostfayth Re:Field Sobriety Test (608 comments)

Thank you, though in my defense, the article had it right - and the main point, two states did make recreational use legal.

about 2 years ago
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How Hair Can be Used To Track Where You've Been

lostfayth Re:food sources distort results (133 comments)

Most of the Pepsi bottles I've ever seen were bottled in Mississauga, Ontario... That's not exactly local to where I lived, in Boston, MA. That's the wrong country, entirely. I assume it's the same all over New England, at least.

about 2 years ago
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Former Australian Cop Wants Jail For Internet Trolls

lostfayth Re:Someone wants something? (254 comments)

Is this woman running for public office? She has my vote, if so!

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Paid For Open-Sourcing Your Work?

lostfayth Re:It's All About Incentives (167 comments)

In the case of a contractor or a comissioned work (in the US), a work qualifies as a work for hire only if all the following 3 conditions are met:

1. The work must be specially ordered or commissioned
2. The work must fall under one of 9 categories defined by 17 U.S.C. 101: contribution to a collective work, translation, supplementary work, compilation, instructional text, test, answer material for a test, atlas, or part of a motion picture or audiovisual work.
3. There must be a written agreement between the parties that the work is a work made for hire.

If these conditions are not met, the work is not a work made for hire and the ownership of the copyright remains with the creator of the work.

In any case, consulting a lawyer to understand your particular case (and review your contracts) is always a good idea. If you're in the position of propsoing that contract, you should have a lawyer draft the standard framework you then customize for the client.

about 2 years ago
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Telco Company Claims Freedom of Speech Includes Misleading Ads

lostfayth Re:Chatr = anti competition "crime" (244 comments)

Bell was offering 6gb for $30 recently, should still be on (or negotiable). Mention Rogers is currently running the same promotion if they aren't - they'll likely price match, or some other special-offer magic which makes it work out the same.

more than 2 years ago
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Store Offers Kinect Body Scanner To Help You Find Jeans That Fit

lostfayth Re:Huh? (59 comments)

Tape measures are expensive, minimum wage is somewhere between $20-30k/year. That cost increases quickly as you add locations or expand to a larger space, and require more expensive humans to operate these seemingly inexpensive tape measures. Now throw in the cost of management, hr, benefits, and so on.

The same $20-30k could see these deployed across a chain of stores. Turnover is limited to devices which break down and can be replaced for less than $200. There are fewer teenagers being irresponsible on the job or pissing off customers, and less need for management to play the role of babysitter.

It probably has its drawbacks, but cost is not one of them.

more than 2 years ago
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SUSE Slowly Shows UEFI Secure Boot Plan

lostfayth Re:Slashdot has gone batsh*t crazy (190 comments)

Yet it is possible, which was the question that was asked. The repercussions (legal and otherwise) would be swift, currently.

more than 2 years ago
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SUSE Slowly Shows UEFI Secure Boot Plan

lostfayth Re:Slashdot has gone batsh*t crazy (190 comments)

They could refuse to certify their hardware, which would likely cost them any discounts on licensing. They would not be able to use windows update to update drivers. See: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/hh924782

Windows could be changed in such a way as not to allow installation on uncertified hardware. Likely not insurmountable, but not trivial for the average user.

The tinfoil hat could be screwed on too tight, but then again..

more than 2 years ago
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Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), Gun Control, and Patent Law

lostfayth Re:The UK has some lead time on this (380 comments)

I was making the same point that it was simple, but still not nearly as simple as hitting someone with a heavy object. You'll notice that in places where guns are less convenient, weapons of more convenience tend to win out. A trip to the hardware store for a length of pipe and then to the sporting goods store for ammunition takes time and planning, while bashing someone with a tire iron requires that it hasn't been inadvertently left out of the trunk the last time you needed to use your spare.

The time and planning bit is likely still the reason you don't see more of this. The task may not be complex or difficult, but it is still time-consuming.

more than 2 years ago
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Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), Gun Control, and Patent Law

lostfayth Re:The UK has some lead time on this (380 comments)

in such places, ammunition is typically regulated as well. that same length of pipe needed to serve as the barrel is far easier to simply club someone with.

it truly is dead simple. in fact, you can likely find a zip gun of sorts and ammunition at your local hardware store in the form of a .22 nail gun. modified slightly, it would be rather intimidating at close range.

more than 2 years ago

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