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Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

sedmonds Re:Canada can not legally give away TPP privacy (55 comments)

Privacy isn't written into the Constitution. It's been read into the Constitution by the Supreme Court, mostly in relation to sections 7 and 8.

about a month and a half ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

sedmonds reserved parking? (625 comments)

Employers might in future have a duty to create reserved car parking spaces for obese staff

Reserved car spaces where, 3 miles away so they can't avoid a miniscule amount of exercise each day?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

sedmonds Lawyers. Who needs 'em (388 comments)

Quite a few years ago I had an e-mail account with my ISP, and it received an e-mail from a lawyer to their client, which contained some personal information. I replied, to let them know that it hadn't reached the intended recipient. Shortly thereafter, that e-mail account stopped working for me.

I hadn't used the account for anything even remotely important, so I didn't bother trying to get it back.

about 8 months ago
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TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things

sedmonds Re:Cool story bro. (427 comments)

6oz of liquid? That's even worse than having a bomb!

about a year ago
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Kevin Mitnick Helping Secure Presidential Elections In Ecuador

sedmonds Re:so what does the company do? (85 comments)

LLC range from a single owner/director to puny companies like Walmart, and General Motors.

about a year and a half ago
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Monsanto Takes Home $23m From Small Farmers According To Report

sedmonds Re:he used the seed as Roundup-Ready (419 comments)

The original sale isn't a sale, it's a license to use for a specific purpose with clear and well known conditions. Farmers are well aware of the conditions of the licenses they sign, and the farmers who buy second-hand are well aware of the conditions of the license. The secondary market purchasers are knowing parties to contract violation - and that is an action known to law. And since the secondary "sale" wasn't valid at law, the secondary "purchaser" is infringing the patent - which is also an action known to law.

If you licensed a car from Ford, and the terms of the license clearly and unambigiously prohibit assigning (selling) the license to third parties and the terms are well known to anyone even remotely related to the Ford market, then damn right Ford should be able to sue secondary "buyers" for patent infringement.

about a year and a half ago
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Fox News: US Solar Energy Investment Less Than Germany Because US Has Less Sun

sedmonds Re:Just the numbers, Jack... (644 comments)

Typical slacker europeans - even the sun doesn't work full time there!

about a year and a half ago
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Mozilla Brings Back Firefox 64-Bit For Windows Nightly Builds

sedmonds Re:64-bit? Bah (209 comments)

And by the year after that, they'll need 128-bit just for the firefox version number.

about a year and a half ago
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High-Frequency Traders Use 50-Year-Old Wireless Tech

sedmonds Re:Great... (395 comments)

HFT arbitrage largely exists because of the ability to make bids/offers with no intention of completing the transaction. It's arbitrage -only- because they have the ability to act in bad faith in contracting for a sale. Cancelling bids/offers should be permitted only where there is a bona fide reason which would be valid in other contractual context - like typographical errors and honest mistake where enforcing would be manifestly unjust.

about a year and a half ago
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Voting Machine Problem Reports Already Rolling In

sedmonds Re:Stupid. (386 comments)

Minor correction. The decision on whether to count the ballot at the polling station lies exclusively with the deputy returning officer. Scrutineers are, however, permitted to object to any ballot being improperly counted, or spoiled. The impugned ballot is noted by the DRO, and subject to review if necessary.

But you're right, paper ballots work just fine. And counting by hand doesn't meaningfully slow down the process of results for polling stations from being made public.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Pays Only 2% Corporate Tax Outside US

sedmonds Re:Make that 0% (432 comments)

Taxes on corporations are shared by the purchaser of its products, and by its equity holders. The equity holders are "the company". To say that it's only passed on to consumers is simplistic and misleading.

about 2 years ago
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Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations

sedmonds Re:A couple problems (627 comments)

You lost a factor of 10 in there. 10% of 21,000 would be 2,100, donating an average of $23.80 each.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Pollutes To Avoid Fines

sedmonds Re:This is not a Microsoft issue (295 comments)

What kind of dumbfuck utility would agree to pay $0.30-0.80/KWh when their production cost is an order of magnitude lower? Massively subsidising "green" energy may be an "easy" answer, but it's not a reasonable one.

about 2 years ago
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Wear a Mask During a Protest In Canada: 10 Years In Jail

sedmonds Re:No Right to Anonimity when Committing a Crime (342 comments)

Fun fact, s.351(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada already makes it an offence to wear a mask while committing an indictable offense.

The government wants it to be an offence to wear a mask while disagreeing with those in power.

more than 2 years ago
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Overheated Voting Machine Cast Its Own Votes

sedmonds Re: (378 comments)

I was a scrutineer for one of the parties at one of the polls in the riding I lived in during the last federal election in Canada. There were two other parties at the poll who had scrutineers. Each of the three of us sat around a table while the deputy returning officer counted each ballot, showed it to the scrutineers, and waited for the scrutineers to not any exceptions. When he was done, the ballots were sealed in envelopes (which the scrutineers were permitted to initial on the seal), and placed in a box for delivery to Elections Canada.

At the end, each scrutineer checked their count against the official count by the deputy returning officer. The vote total was checked against the ballot booklets. All counts were consistent with each other, and the total consistent with the number of ballots cast.

In this polling station there were no irregular or spoiled ballots, and we had a count to report to our candidate HQ, and for the deputy returning officer to report to Elections Canada, in less than a half hour after the polls closed.

There's no need for machines to count votes. And the notion that people can't count votes quickly, and accurately is pure bullshit.

more than 2 years ago
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$500,000 Worth of Bitcoins Stolen

sedmonds Re:Who cares (622 comments)

US currency is not backed by gold reserves, and hasn't been in any meaningful sense since the 70s. It's backed by a common belief that the currency in and of itself has value.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Downloading Costs To Rise In Canada

sedmonds Re:Root Cause (433 comments)

The same thing that prevents real competition in all high fixed-cost industries. "The market" produces oligopolies where there are very high fixed costs relative to the variable costs. The incumbent advantage is higher, at least for Bell and Rogers. Both can leverage their other product oligopolies in the ISP market. That is, they can offer price reductions, and multi-product discounts out of their existing monopoly rents. So a new entrant would have to enter all the markets (phone, wireless, tv, internet) to be able to compete. The other obstruction to new entrants is that the incumbents have "special deals" and perform upgrades in an area when an incumbent starts a new deployment (like ftth). They can afford to wait out the new provider, knowing that they can get back to their monopoly rents when the new company goes out of business.

more than 3 years ago
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Sweden Defends Wiki Sex Case About-Face

sedmonds Re:Obama acting like Bush again (454 comments)

and the execs would find it harder to justify their $100M year-end bonuses.

They can keep using the same line they always have: they need to pay out those salaries and bonuses to attract the most capable people for the positions. It doesn't matter how badly the company does.

about 4 years ago
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Most Consumers Support Government Cyber-Spying

sedmonds Re:Let the cyberwarfare begin. (247 comments)

Police and military are effort to no productive purpose, so no they do not create value. Imagine two scenarios. The first is reality, where some people insist on stealing from, and killing each other. In such a world, total surplus from productive effort is higher when a portion of total effort is expended on police and military services. The second is magicalfairyland, where people aren't douchey. That effort which was spent on police and military services in the first scenario can now be allocated to productive purpose. The total surplus in magicalfairyland is the surplus from the first scenario, plus the surplus created by the now productive non-military-and-police-services efforts. So as I said, once again douchebags ruin it for the rest of us.

about 4 years ago

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