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Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

maz2331 Re:Does rights-corp have anything to take? (67 comments)

That's why the suit also names their clients, who are also ultimately responsible for the actions of their "agent". Those are deep-pocket record companies who DO have assets, and lots of them.

3 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

maz2331 Unlikely (453 comments)

Self-driving cars aren't likely to dominate, simply because many people actually LIKE to drive. At most, it will be used as an autopilot cruise control.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

maz2331 BMW (194 comments)

BMW's are very hackable - there's hundreds of little settings that can be coded in nearly every module of the car, there's 3rd party ECU firmware available as well to boost power, especially on the turbo models.

5 days ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

maz2331 Re:Good luck with that (308 comments)

Why not simply hire them as civilian employees?

about 1 month ago
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

maz2331 As a US Corporation... (113 comments)

Google should just flip the EU their middle finger and close all operations there. No personnel whatsoever in the EU, and all advertising business through US brokers.

about a month ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

maz2331 On Grounds of Standing Alone.... (385 comments)

...this case should have been tossed. One can't file on behalf of another (unless they are a legal guardian or hold a power of attorney), and the plaintiffs also can't show any personal harm to themselves.

If they feel strongly enough about the issue, the remedy is political. Convince enough people that 2/3 of Congress and 3/4 of state legislatures will agree, and pass a Constitutional amendment.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

maz2331 Re:Driving style (403 comments)

Interestingly, I average similar figures with a 3.0 liter naturally-aspirated inline 6 - if I am easy on the accelerator.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

maz2331 Re:Leasing a car... (126 comments)

As a CPO buyer, I don't care why they do it, but do like that I can get a 2 or 3 year old car at a substantial discount, while facing a much shallower depreciation curve. A BMW dealer mentioned to me that about 1/2 of their business is leases and about 1/2 is CPO & Used sales. Relatively few people buy outright new.

about a month and a half ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

maz2331 Re:Patent Attorney chiming in (92 comments)

The Alice decision itself has a strong admonition to the lower courts about avoiding the "draftsman's art problem". The Supremes are tired of getting cases that have no actual merit due to a subset of patent attorneys just playing language games.

about 2 months ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

maz2331 With Inflation... (121 comments)

6 cents in 1943 was roughly the same as 83 cents now, and $2.00 then would be a whopping $27.54 today.

about 2 months ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

maz2331 Re:Too chaotic of a system (194 comments)

A hybrid could sill be useful as a cruise control that handles steering.

about 3 months ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

maz2331 Bass Ackward (354 comments)

A derivative can't affect the licensing of that from which it is derived or adds to. It does work in the opposite direction - an original can force derivatives to follow the same license as the original, but that is a one-way thing. He has no leg to stand on here.

about 3 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

maz2331 Re:Probably not. (546 comments)

If you actually want to make software, then yes it does. If you want to make money in a corporate job, it doesn't.

about 3 months ago
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Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

maz2331 Mistake #1 (116 comments)

Using Oracle. Even their flagship DBMS product is a nightmare to configure and try to get decent performance out of - unless one hires a 6-figure DBA to constantly babysit the damn thing.

about 3 months ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

maz2331 Re:Marxist? Really? (531 comments)

It is more akin to UPS charging both the sender and the recipient of the package for the same service.

about 3 months ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

maz2331 Re:Not Net Neutrality (531 comments)

Another reason why the US won that race was that the extreme antisemitism in both the USSR and the Nazi regimes caused them to experience a major brain drain as a lot of scientists emigrated to the US, or were killed/imprisoned/repressed at home. Add to that the fact that US had the only industrial base that wasn't damaged by fighting and bombing, thus making it pretty close to inevitable that it would be first.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

maz2331 Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

It is very similar in some US states as well. Here in PA, there is a 10 MPH tolerance built into the law (reduced to 5 MPH in 65 MPH zones).

about 3 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

maz2331 Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

Regulations that actually accomplish something other than employing compliance officers who file reams of paperwork are necessary and a good thing. The problem comes when they morph into Byzantine rules that are self-contradictory and only serve as a jobs program for bureaucrats (both public and private) and lawyers.

about 3 months ago
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Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

maz2331 Re:What if it were Microsoft code (191 comments)

Indeed. This is no different from distributing, say, a copy of Oracle's database with your code without a licensing deal. They don't require a key code to install or run it - you can download, install and run it, but without paying $17k per processor, you are in violation of their copyright.

about 3 months ago

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