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In Israel, Class-Action Plaintiff Requests Waze Source Code Under GPL

sabt-pestnu Re:What basis for this case? (75 comments)

> You could say "give me the source code or I'll sue you for beeeelions" and they can say "Ok, sue us", lose the case, pay billions and keep their source code.

... and be charged with contempt if they continue to distribute without a license.

And aside, it seems likely that part of the judgement would include "cough up the source code, mac."

about three weeks ago
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Lawrence Lessig Wins Fair Use Case

sabt-pestnu Re:Is this really a victory though? (89 comments)

A different article on this story (think it was techdirt) describes the situation:

If a party basically offers to settle for terms that match what it would likely get in a final court ruling, and the other party doesn't accept, courts tend to look very negatively on that situation.

That is "you won, what the heck are you still doing in my courtroom?"

about a month and a half ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

sabt-pestnu Rome-0 and Julie-8 (745 comments)

... but sadly, Rome-0 lived in Everquest and Julie-8 lived in World of Warcraft.

Forces larger than those between television networks kept them apart...

about a month ago
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Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

sabt-pestnu Re:Net Neutrality was BAD. Full stop. (383 comments)

- when the NSA coopted Google and AT&T and Verizon and a bunch of other major corporations to spy on everybody..

FTFY... When some goon with a gun (even if it is a gun shaped like a law) points it at you and says "hand over the goods", you've only got two choices: obey or not. Your prospects for an immediate future are severely limited with one of those choices.

And if you obey often enough, it becomes habit.

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

sabt-pestnu Re:Efficiency. (937 comments)

Read the posts above. Gearing makes a difference.

Once the speed limit was set at 55, most cars being produced for the American market were geared for 55 being the typical cruising speed, and higher gears were stripped out, perhaps for weight reduction, perhaps for cost reduction.

Either way, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: gear a car to drive optimally at speed X, and it will do so.

Note that you can get cheap back-pats pointing out "this car's mileage starts dropping off at (speed X) instead of (speed Y)", where a better picture comes from comparing mileage for both vehicles over the range of speeds.

about 3 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

sabt-pestnu Not like us old timers... (684 comments)

You young whippersnappers don't know cold.

Why, I remember back when I was young and my dad would send me outside for a pail of air. Now THAT was cold!

about 3 months ago
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CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying

sabt-pestnu Re:Oh NSA (504 comments)

By that definition, they could identify a phone number of interest, then target every non-american who contacts that phone number, and "incidentally" collect every call involving that phone number ... and never have 'targetted' the number itself.

about 4 months ago
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Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

sabt-pestnu Re:Externalizing the cost of maintenance (296 comments)

> Anyone in charge of a medium sized corporate server room can attest to that.

So don't promote it as a building power plan.
Promote it as an Extreme UPS.

about 4 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

sabt-pestnu Re:couple of thoughts (549 comments)

Just a couple of things:

If you're HERF gun is extremely directional, you're golden.

If not, you've got two options...
1) you fire it, and suddenly BOTH of you are coasting to a stop (or crash)
2) you get your buddies to fire it from the roadside, in which case the police coast to a stop right near your buddies.

Of course, a remote control could cover for your buddies, especially if there's a camera or spotter set up.

(Yeah, we've seen remote control munitions for HOW LONG now?)

about 4 months ago
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NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving

sabt-pestnu Re:Cost-benefit analysis (319 comments)

There are minimum legal vehicle standards. And behavior standards. Your reasons do not well distinguish between falling within and without of them; your gripes are analog.

By the same logic, you would be offended because...
- I drive a lighter vehicle, being more at risk of injury.
- I drive a vehicle with poorer handling, increasing the likelihood of an accident, or reducing my ability to dodge an accident.
- I drive a vehicle more prone to mechanical failures (older, less reliable, other), increasing the likelihood of closing the road.
- I have some other medical condition that causes problems and/or expense when I'm to be pulled from a vehicle. Say, hemophilia, obesity, or age.

Each of the costs you have described apply as well to one more of the scenarios above. And yet, the vehicle and driver may well fall within acceptable standards for driving (and being driven).

As for your health care premium worries, the insurance companies do account for seat belt use (or lack of it). I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader.

about 5 months ago
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A Makerbot In Every Classroom

sabt-pestnu Re:The "hype" of 3D printing? (152 comments)

Hate to say it, but composting 3d printed materials is every bit as likely as biodegrading biodegradable plastic bags. Not every home (or apartment complex) has a composing unit, nor a use for the final product.

This leaves two options: ship the 3d printed refuse where it can be used, or throw it in the general trash cycle. Until it becomes ubiquitous, it won't get shipped commercially (IE with "recyclable" items.

If you can't get folks to "properly dispose" of batteries or fluorescent bulbs or electronics, you won't get folks to compost 3d printed refuse.

about 5 months ago
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Legislation Would Prohibit ISPs From Throttling Online Video Services

sabt-pestnu Throttle piracy! Yay! (222 comments)

The bill being discussed is a very limited form of the Network Neutrality concept.

> given how many copyright violations ...

By that metric, http and https do not deserve protection either. Consider the many many sites that have "pirated" movies, images, lyrics, term papers, basic research available through those protocols.

I find your ragging on the torrent protocol based on the content moved by it disturbing. But you've hit the inference on the head, though: netflix and youtube have a lot of money riding on "neutrality" for their content. Bittorrent does not.

about 5 months ago
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Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

sabt-pestnu Linkrot (510 comments)

The Business insider link fires back a page that either requires JS (which I did not enable), or requires agreement to a terms-of-service and privacy policy (which I did not submit to, to read a fricking article).

The "thetechherald" article returns "page not found".

Are there alternative sources for your information? Archive links you could provide?

about 5 months ago
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After Successful Launch, India's Mars Orbiter Is On Its Way

sabt-pestnu A much more interesting title: (166 comments)

After Unsuccessful Launch, India's Mars Orbiter Is On Its Way.

For what subset of launches that result in the mars orbiter being on its way could NOT be described as 'successful'?

about 5 months ago
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Kepler-78b: The Earth-Like Planet That Shouldn't Exist

sabt-pestnu A sublime mystery... (110 comments)

... I mean, wouldn't this "icarus planet" also suffer severe weathering from the stellar wind? How would that effect compare to the tidal stress induced breakup in 3 billion years?

Perhaps not strictly sublimation, if the rock turns to liquid first, but, y'know, made a better title, right?

about 6 months ago
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Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket

sabt-pestnu Re:Wearing Glass was the third violation on ticket (638 comments)

Two things...

1) the law as written and applied would apply to smart phones, and possibly also to your GPS. You likely wouldn't be pulled over for it unless the cop got a good look at your dash as you go by, but even so. "... video monitor..."

Yeah, it's already a stretch to apply a law clearly aimed at "TVs for the driver" to google glass, let alone a GPS monitor. But the cop in question went there, so...

2) if your GPS is only changing speed indication as you pass the sign, you might well be too late changing speed, if you've a cop with a quota behind you. IE "the new speed limit starts at the sign." I've been pulled over for speeding after just passing a sign while slowing down for the new speed limit. It happens, some times.

about 6 months ago
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Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China

sabt-pestnu Re:Not a mistake (262 comments)

In practice, though, who they have to satisfy are the governments of the two nations, not the peoples therein.

And government operatives read the news too.

about 6 months ago
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Toyota's Killer Firmware

sabt-pestnu Re:The Toyota Way (610 comments)

> Again, so far ZERO evidence, proof, or test case has been provided that the software is in any way responsible for this problem.

Vehicle tests confirmed that one particular dead task would result in loss of throttle control, and that the driver might have to fully remove their foot from the brake during an unintended acceleration event before being able to end the unwanted acceleration.

about 6 months ago
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Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

sabt-pestnu Catch 22 (488 comments)

If he ever had a copy of the code on his computer

- say, from working from home and using his own computer to do so -

it would be impossible to distinguish between having deleted them to hide them from the court, and having deleted them due to termination of employment, IP rights, and professional standards.

about 6 months ago

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Subversives in South Carolina mostly safe

sabt-pestnu sabt-pestnu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sabt-pestnu (967671) writes "According to Eugene Volokh, the Raw Story article has got it backwards. According to Westlaw, the cited statute dates back to 1951, when a lot of anti-Communist statutes were being enacted nationwide. What brought Raw Story's attention to it may be that South Carolina is once again trying to repeal it.

For those that got lathered about the original slashdot article, an archaic case (Yates vs United States, 354 U.S. 298 (1957) took most of the teeth out of such laws."

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