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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

nmoore Re:Rule of thumb (122 comments)

The article even quotes you, but does not appear to indicate that you were the submitter of the slashdot story you were "incredulous" of.

about a month ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

nmoore 6.8% decrease? (119 comments)

Isn't 67.6% to 60.8% a decrease of 10% (6.8 percentage points)?

about 2 months ago
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Metamason: Revolutionizing CPAP Masks With 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

nmoore Re:Lose weight (59 comments)

So how much should a 5-foot-6-inch male weigh in order to avoid obstructive sleep apnea? 120 pounds? 100? 80?

about 2 months ago
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Nominet Compromising UK WHOIS Privacy, Wants To See Gov't-Issued ID

nmoore Re:the internet is growing up (71 comments)

The water rights aren't necessarily owned by the government, but by the people downstream who were using the water before you—maybe a municipal water system, but just as likely a farmer, an industrial plant, etc. By capturing rainwater you would be infringing on their private property rights in that water.

Colorado, in 2009, began issuing permits for residential rainwater collection, in part because of a study that showed that in some locations most rainwater evaporated or was used by plants before it reached a stream.

about 3 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

nmoore Re: In the US they'd have been charged (378 comments)

Or if a kid knocked on your front door and said "excuse me, your car door is unlocked".

about 3 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

nmoore Re: In the US they'd have been charged (378 comments)

Before they did anything beyond twisting the doorknob (entering the default password), they got permission.

"He said that wasn't really possible and we don't have any proof that we did it.

"I asked them: 'Is it all right for us to get proof?'

"He said: 'Yeah, sure, but you'll never be able to get anything out of it.'"

That said, twisting the doorknob is probably an offense under the CFAA.

about 3 months ago
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Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

nmoore Re:How I deal (257 comments)

I didn't want to medicate unless it was a medicine which could cure me, which doesn't exist (yet)

Got a medical marijuana certificate. Best when used judiciously.

I am not sure how to reconcile these two. Selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors count as medicine, but partial CB1 agonists do not?

about 6 months ago
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Most Alarming: IETF Draft Proposes "Trusted Proxy" In HTTP/2.0

nmoore If users blindly follow ISP instructions (177 comments)

How would most users respond if their ISP told them "You must add these certificates to your browser" (with instructions, or even a little installer program)? They could then use their bogus CA to MitM every use of facebook/google/whatever.

This seems no different, since it's up to the browser (not just the ISP) to enable the trusted proxy stuff. If a browser enables it without your consent (just as if they deliberately add a bogus CA to the trusted cert list), the browser is being evil and needs to be fixed. If it is left to the user, who enables it without understanding, that's unfortunate, but no worse than what can currently happen.

about 7 months ago
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CryptoLocker Gang Earns $30 Million In Just 100 Days

nmoore Math? (202 comments)

250,000 * .004 * $300 = $300,000, not $30 million. I think someone confused 0.4% with 40%.

about 9 months ago
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Self-Published Zombie Titles Have Doubled Since 2012

nmoore Oates is a time traveller (74 comments)

Somehow she managed to win the 1996 Bram Stoker Prize for a "2009 novel". But the "(P.S.)" was removed by the time machine, and the protagonist was renamed from Zombie to Quentin P.

about a year ago
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Former Lockheed Skunkworks Engineer Auctioning a Prototype "Spy Rock"

nmoore The point is to be sued (119 comments)

Perry says:

I am auctioning this off for the stated price to fund a legal team in DC dig into my dismissal from the company and to determine where the AWA intellectual property went after the demise of AWA.

And what is the interesting part of the auction? A backup CD full of AWA intellectual property. If someone sues him over selling that CD and infringing upon their IP, then he knows who currently owns the IP, and he can in discovery find out how they obtained it—providing the evidence needed to file his own lawsuit.

It sounds like a bit of a gamble, though: What if, say, the customer lists and the patents went to different places? Then the owners of the former could sue him, but he would not get the information he's looking for.

1 year,29 days
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How Engineers and Scientists Cluster In the U.S.

nmoore Visualising concentration (79 comments)

Here's a choropleth map based on the first table. Unfortunately the map generator doesn't seem to handle non-integers, so "1" really means "1.0 to 1.999" and so on.

1 year,30 days
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Regional Concentrations of Scientists and Engineers in the United States

nmoore Concentration, just not there (1 comments)

Take a look at the last two columns of table 1. I would hardly call 1.7% of the workforce in Mississippi versus 6.4% of the workforce in Massachusetts (and nearly 11% in DC) "no concentration". The hotspots aren't the three most populous states, though: Map

about a year ago
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Answer 12 dialect questions & this web page will guess where you're from

nmoore Hoax (1 comments)

I found the answer oddly specific, particularly given that I was answering about my native dialect, not the common dialect in the place I live. Trying again with completely different answers, followed by looking at the page source, confirmed my suspicions: it uses GeoIP, completely ignoring your responses.

about a year ago
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MySQL Man Pages Silently Relicensed Away From GPL

nmoore Re:Don't hand over copyright (243 comments)

It appears I was wrong, anyway, with regards to US law. IP licensees are specifically allowed to retain their rights to the IP even if the contract is rejected: 11 USC 365(n). It may still be a problem in other jurisdictions.

about a year ago
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MySQL Man Pages Silently Relicensed Away From GPL

nmoore Re:Don't hand over copyright (243 comments)

Unless a bankruptcy court or the receiver can terminate the license (as a contract entered into by a non-bankrupt entity). Apparently this is an issue in Germany at least; there have been some attempts to make an exception for open source licenses, but I don't believe those have been successful yet.

As I understand it (I am not a lawyer), under US bankruptcy law the same holds: IP licenses are typically "executory contracts" (there are continuing obligations on both sides) and can be either assumed or rejected (terminated) by the trustee with court approval. A licensee would be able to sue for monetary damages, but not to continue the license. It might be possible to argue that a particular free software license doesn't meet the criteria to be an executory contract, but I have no idea how likely it would be for a court to accept such an argument.

about a year ago
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MySQL Man Pages Silently Relicensed Away From GPL

nmoore Don't hand over copyright (243 comments)

This is why you shouldn't work on free software that requires you to hand over your copyright. This includes GNU software as well. Of course the FSF would be ideologically opposed to selling their copyrights to a proprietary software company, but what happens if one day donations dry up and they go bankrupt? Then the purchasers of the assets would be perfectly entitled to relicense your code however they want. Even if a bankrupt FSF tried to sell their assets to free-software-friendly companies, the court would probably block that if a proprietary software company made a higher offer. Furthermore, in some jurisdictions, the bankruptcy trustee, administrator, or court can terminate existing licenses—meaning that users couldn't even use an older version of the software, since they would no longer have a license to do so.

about a year ago
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MySQL man pages silently relicensed away from GPL

nmoore Don't hand over your copyright (2 comments)

This is why you shouldn't work on free software that requires you to hand over your copyright. This applies to the Free Software Foundation, too. Of course the FSF would be ideologically opposed to selling their copyrights to a proprietary software company, but what happens if one day donations dry up and they go bankrupt? Then the purchasers of the assets would be perfectly entitled to relicense your code however they want. Even if a bankrupt FSF tried to sell their assets to free-software-friendly companies, the court would probably block that if a proprietary software company made a higher offer. Furthermore, in some jurisdictions, the bankruptcy trustee, administrator, or court can terminate existing licenses—meaning that users couldn't even use an older version of the software, since they would no longer have a license to do so.

about a year ago

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