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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

sribe Re:I seem to remember... (272 comments)

Yes. They're using their profits from selling their support product to fund development of their free operating system.

No. Those are not anywhere close to being different markets.

2 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

sribe Re:The world we live in. (575 comments)

Reliable statistics are of course very hard to come by. And I think you are indeed thinking of minors where it's family member or neighbor. So, while I think there are studies that back up the point about date rapes being perpetrated by serial offenders who work to become acquaintances, I cannot recall sources. I can however vouch for what friends say after spending a few years working in crisis counseling and talking to victims...

2 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

sribe Re:The world we live in. (575 comments)

Acquaintance rape seems like an unplanned thing that happens over alcohol.

While this is the stereotype, the truth is that normal acquaintances are not rapists, and rapists often stalk their victims, becoming their acquaintances, testing boundaries, and then attacking.

2 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

sribe Re:The world we live in. (575 comments)

I couldn't. Because there's something uniquely shitty about disabling and taking advantage of someone who's already going on a date with you. They went out of their way to spend time with you, and you just go "not good enough" and betray the hell out of them.

While that is uniquely shitty, it's not all that "date rape" drugs are used for. It's not at all uncommon for them to be used on strangers at a bar.

2 days ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

sribe Re:I seem to remember... (272 comments)

So, what you're saying is that there are pending court cases against, say RedHat, because they offer their OS free of charge, undercutting Microsoft's offering?

Is RedHat using profits in one market to support selling below cost in a different market? No.

2 days ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

sribe Re:I seem to remember... (272 comments)

There is nothing "anti-competive" about lower prices or free services.

Using profits from one sector to support selling at a loss in another sector in order to drive competition out of business is ACTUALLY THE DEFINITION OF ANTI-COMPETITIVE.

2 days ago
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Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

sribe Re:The comment. (112 comments)

In many cases it is more "profitable" to do something dumb, take a loss, thus being able to write off that loss on taxes and make more net as a result. Having somebody handle the forums intelligently would cost money that couldn't be written off.

Wow. You just really don't have the first clue about accounting do you?

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

sribe Re:Americans don't know what war really is... (418 comments)

I've heard that a few times over the years. Americans don't know what war is like because we've never had to suffer it personally.

Yeah, people forget that little skirmish 1861-1865 which killed 600,000 soldiers, and devastated large regions.

Granted, none of us were alive back then. But the U.S. has certainly experienced war in our country.

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

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

The difference is that the code is distributed for free. No judge is going to award damages for the redistribution of something that is free. At least, not actual damages, like $$$ per infringing copy. The breach of the terms (like not redistributing the source code) could be translated to some punitive damages, perhaps.

Copyright law explicitly provides for statutory damages of up to $250,000 per copy, precisely so that authors who are ripped off do not have to definitely prove exactly how much they lost.

about two weeks ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

sribe Re:Why not Lift? (125 comments)

It would also generate too many false hits in search engines.

Excellent point.

about two weeks ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

sribe Re:Why not Lift? (125 comments)

Why? "Windows" got trademarked. True, the trademark is only applicable with regards to naming of software, but it's still arguably extremely descriptive of its functionality.

That trademark application was initially rejected--in fact, I think it was rejected more than once. Microsoft threw lawyers and appeals at the USPTO until they wore down the system. IIRC they used the argument that through use the term "Windows" had come to be accepted as identifying specific software (which, really, was true by then).

How would "Lift" be any different?

My personal opinion is that it is extremely similar. So it would get rejected, and to get beyond that, the brand would both have to become ubiquitous and the company would have to spend years and millions on appeals.

about two weeks ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

sribe Re:Why not Lift? (125 comments)

Because the name "Lift" is likely too literally descriptive of the service to be eligible for trademark protection.

about two weeks ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

sribe Re:what a load of utter bullshit (294 comments)

Yes. Writing desktop apps in web browsers is a nightmare. I agree with that. It's just that it's not all that different than the nightmare of gluing together incompatible libraries and various GUI/desktop managers from long ago. No matter what decade you talk about, there were always a bunch of idiots pushing a new "paradigm" that was extremely poorly thought out and a huge pain to deal with ;-)

about two weeks ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

sribe what a load of utter bullshit (294 comments)

I've been doing this full-time since 1985, and the most distressing part is how little real change there has been in all that time!

about two weeks ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

sribe Re:Apply liberal amounts of gloss. (219 comments)

Throw real world movement of the target, change of the landscape, and now you're talking something freakishly hard.

Don't forget variable winds between you and something 250 yards away... 100% accuracy my ass...

about two weeks ago
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F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

sribe Re:Blackberry, Microsoft, Apple and Google (164 comments)

They're so concerned about your privacy, they have three or four methods built into the phone which appear to be primarily for defeating it.

Are you referring to the silly hoo-hah of a few weeks ago? Like the feature that makes an unencrypted backup of the phone's data IF THE USER REQUESTS UNENCRYPTED BACKUPS??? And the features that are not even on a normal phone, but get added when users install the developer tools???

Yeah, that was a whole lot of noise about nothing.

about two weeks ago
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F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

sribe Re:Normal now (164 comments)

I also seem to remember that Apple got into problems because they were uploading user data without permission.

Nope. They got into trouble because somebody found location data in logs on the phone, and assumed it was being uploaded without actually testing that theory.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

sribe Re:Physical destruction (116 comments)

Whether or not data can be recovered off of wiped (overwritten) disks is a subject of great speculation.

No ,it's not. It's the subject of idle wild speculation by people who have no clue what the hell they're talking about.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty

sribe Re:Free...torture (71 comments)

It's sorta like the guys at GitMo telling their guests today they get free waterboarding.

Well, come on, you've got to admit that's more humane than billing them for waterboarding?

about three weeks ago
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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

sribe Re:next... (167 comments)

Controversial as it may be, we should probably be advocating hydrologic fracturing in Eastern Europe. If Ukraine and Poland can ween themselves off Russian energy imports and possibly become net exporters to Germany then Russia's economic position will collapse indifferent to whether or not they censor bloggers.

Or, Russia will retaliate in a way that will kick off WWII...

about three weeks ago

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