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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

maz2331 As a US Corporation... (110 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.

5 days 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

maz2331 PCI DSS Standards (348 comments)

That design tells me that you need to put a PCI-compliant hardware firewall between the POS and its associated DB server, and the rest of the internal network. And you also need to have a firewall logger that is actually looked at daily, plus you need to do vulnerability scans both internally and externally. A Windows firewall is not sufficient and won't meet PCI DSS requirements in any event, ever, and isn't going to provide any benefit if the firewall between the POS network and the rest of the store/enterprise is in place.

Any device that processes, carries, or stores ANY credit/debit card data that isn't encrypted *must* be behind a firewall that only permits it to send traffic to specific hosts that are necessary for the functioning of the system, and even then only on the bare minimum number of ports, and almost all inbound traffic is denied as well.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

maz2331 Re:Not Aluminum? Not a good sign. (247 comments)

Steel can be a quite good material if it is properly protected. And there is no excuse for a vehicle exhaust system to not be made from stainless steel that doesn't easily corrode. Hell, I had a Chevy Cavalier in 1992 that was built that way.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

maz2331 Re:Profit before subsidy? (247 comments)

It does compare quite nicely to my $45k BMW, though. I'd be a potential buyer at the $30k price point in a couple of years, once my current ride is paid off.

about 4 months ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

maz2331 Re:First "OMG the common sense" post (185 comments)

The arrests for terrorism only happen when there is an overt act taken in the real world (aka "meatspace") where an actual attempt is made to do damage. The cops just ensure that the damage isn't actually possible, but the target of their investigation doesn't know that.

That said, those cases do need to be very carefully reviewed for entrapment concerns. If the cops are coercing or near-brainwashing someone with a weak personality into doing something that they wouldn't otherwise do then there is a big problem, whereas if they are only playing along with a pre-existing plot or tendency then it is not entrapment.

This is a case where there is plenty of probable cause to have initiated an investigation and termination of employment, and any appropriate punishment for misuse of public records, but until the acts discussed were actually acted upon in some way in the real world it wasn't yet a crime.

about 4 months ago

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