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Apple Seeks To Block 8 Samsung Products After Court Win

stating_the_obvious Immitation, not litigation, stiffles innovation. (396 comments)

To those who say that Apple stiffles innovation, please cite examples of innovation within the products for which Apple is seeking an injunction. Why would one invest in innovation if the market is free to copy immediately?

more than 2 years ago
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Secret Security Questions Are a Joke

stating_the_obvious Re:Simple solution (408 comments)

slightly off topic, but what do you have about c++? Also, I think I've seen you here before, what's your actual screen name?

more than 2 years ago
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Secret Security Questions Are a Joke

stating_the_obvious Re:Simple solution (408 comments)

Nice approximation of 2 factor authentication: from a selection of questions you need to know (1) which one to answer, and (2) the answer.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Claims Net Neutrality Violates Their Free Speech Rights

stating_the_obvious Does Free Speech Claim Mean Content Responsibility (430 comments)

If Verizon is claiming their free speech is being violated, then they must be accepting responsibility for the content of that speech. IANAL, but I would think that Verizon would want to avoid being held accountable for content.

more than 2 years ago
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Quantum Random Numbers

stating_the_obvious Or just use excel (167 comments)

A few months ago some guy generated random numbers firing lasers at diamonds; and now we've got quantum light. Maybe someone could explain how randomness varies in non-random ways...

more than 2 years ago
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Can Translucency Save Privacy In the Cloud?

stating_the_obvious Re:Not gonna happen that way. (86 comments)

Privacy /= security.

The effort to hash and salt contact information to provide a basic level of privacy over cleartext is computationally and programatically inconsequencial. We're locking the screen door, here; not securing Fort Knox.

more than 2 years ago
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Marketing Agency Uses Homeless As Wi-Fi Hotspots

stating_the_obvious Re:trade for a bottle? (267 comments)

All homeless people are criminals? Part of this program is about raising awareness -- and clearly you could use some awareness raising....

more than 2 years ago
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Marketing Agency Uses Homeless As Wi-Fi Hotspots

stating_the_obvious Re:What!? (267 comments)

The homeless person doesn't keep the money for the same reason that the cashier at McDonald's doesn't get to keep the money... The profits will be donated to a homeless shelter in Austin.

more than 2 years ago
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Voting System Test Hack Elects Futurama's Bender To School Board

stating_the_obvious Re:At least (210 comments)

You assume that gov't entities would prefer bullet proof systems... How could Bush43 have won the elections in Ohio if SmarTech didn't have the man in the middle exploit set up to rig the results?

/tin_foil_hat
/humor

more than 2 years ago
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Will Tablet Price War Mean a Larger Amazon Tablet?

stating_the_obvious Re:All in favor of a price war (67 comments)

THe best rumor I've heard so far is that the ipad2 will see a price drop to make it more cost competitive with kindle fire. We'll see in a few days.

more than 2 years ago
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Why People Don't Live Past 114

stating_the_obvious Re:Genesis 6:3 (916 comments)

Length of life (in years) dropped from 120 years to 114 years when the Romans added August to the Calendar...

more than 2 years ago
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File Sharing In the Post MegaUpload Era

stating_the_obvious Re:Blame Napster (334 comments)

I wouldn't consider IRC or USENET to be 'back in the day" technologies. Both are alive and well and doing a fine job of allowing for inconspicuous file transfers...

Just because you can't search for it in Google doesn't mean it's not on the Internet.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Claiming He Invented the Internet Sues

stating_the_obvious Re:there has to be some statute of limitations... (326 comments)

RT(F)A -- Suit originally filed in 1999. Since the claim is specifically against image interaction, rather than simply hyperlinks, the timing is just about right.

more than 2 years ago
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BTJunkie No More?

stating_the_obvious Re:Your right to what? (328 comments)

Lots of movies (everything except the blockbusters) make most of their money in back catalog. There is huge money in owning a massive library of old films.

So while I agree that copyright has lost all sense of 'fair use', I don't think you'll win arguing that there is no value in long copyrights.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do All Movie Tickets Cost the Same?

stating_the_obvious Price isn't the variable (464 comments)

The real variable, and the real constraint, is theater screens. Bad movies have shorter runs and good movies last longer. Price comes in later when you wait for it to show at some local independent theatre, or on PPV, Redbox, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Average Web Page Approaches 1MB

stating_the_obvious Size Doesn't Matter (319 comments)

It's not the size of the home page, it's the motion of the .GIF

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Working As an IT Contractor In a War Zone?

stating_the_obvious Re:Not all war zones are created equal (352 comments)

US citizens are eligible for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion of up to roughly $92,000 if you are either permanently residing outside of the United States or have been residing outside of the US for at least 330 days during the previous 12 months.

US Government contractors are eligible, but US government employees (State, USAID, etc.) are not.

It's a good deal if you can get it; and if you are close to the threshold of 330 days, take a vacation anywhere outside the US -- you don't need to be working all the time, you just need to not be in the US. Also, if you have a touch of the OCD, ask the immigration people to stamp your passport chronologically instead of randomly when you travel. This makes it super easy to show your dates outside the US if you get called on it.

I am not a tax advisor.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Market Hits 10 Billion Downloads, Games Dominate

stating_the_obvious Re:Paid Vs. Free? (178 comments)

Snarky...I like snarky... Hopefully there will be a new comment modifier so we can distinguish humor from snark...

I found it funny that of all the available data Google has on the Android Market, they chose to ignore the one that a lot of people track. Voting with dollars is a good way to see which apps/developers are producing quality; and it tends to signal whether the market is sustainable since developers, like everyone else, have rent to pay and at least one mouth to feed.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Market Hits 10 Billion Downloads, Games Dominate

stating_the_obvious Paid Vs. Free? (178 comments)

How about a breakout of paid versus free and some idea of who's making money developing for the Andriod platform?

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Tells India It Won't Help Censor the Web

stating_the_obvious No Incentive to Censor (168 comments)

First, it's additional work... but more importantly, it's additional liability since you are now responsible for what gets posted...

more than 2 years ago

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Credit Card Settlement Checks in the Mail

stating_the_obvious stating_the_obvious writes  |  more than 2 years ago

stating_the_obvious (1340413) writes "After more than 3 years, the class action suit against a number of credit card companies for how they calculated exchange rates and charged foreign transaction fees has reached the stage where checks are going out in the mail. More than 10 million claims were submitted against a $49.5MM settlement (between 36 and 37MM after legal fees and expenses).

Watch your mailbox."

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Divorced Man Sues Photographer to Recreate Wedding

stating_the_obvious stating_the_obvious writes  |  more than 2 years ago

stating_the_obvious (1340413) writes "Dan Remis, an unemployed equity analyst in New York is suing his wedding photographer for 48,000 dollars to recreate the bouquet toss of his 2003 wedding. The 48K is necessary to fly principals (including his ex-wife — address unknown) from Latvia to recreate the ceremony.

Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of State Supreme Court in Manhattan finds guidance from Babs, "This is a case in which it appears that the ‘misty watercolor memories’ and the ‘scattered pictures of the smiles ... left behind’ at the wedding were more important than the real thing”

According to the Times, "Mr. Remis’s lawyer works for Goodwin Procter, where Mr. Remis’s father, Shepard M. Remis, is a litigation partner. The younger Mr. Remis has testified that he is paying his lawyer himself.""

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Slashdot's Community Comment System Permanent Fail

stating_the_obvious stating_the_obvious writes  |  about 3 years ago

stating_the_obvious (1340413) writes "This gets a +5 informative: http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2408436&cid=37275670

and this earns a negative 2 modifier for trolling and flame baiting: http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2408436&cid=37276098

You need to figure out a better way. I'm done in this community for awhile, and the more people like me who leave, the more people you're left with who think 'first post' is funny and 'fucktard' is informative."

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Protestors Disrupt Murdoch Hearing

stating_the_obvious stating_the_obvious writes  |  more than 3 years ago

stating_the_obvious (1340413) writes "As the last questioner, Wendy Murdoch, was getting started with questions, an protestor attempted to attack Rupert Murdoch. Camera cut away immediately and hearings were paused for 10 minutes.

What is it about our society that has people feeling so disenfranchised from participation and yet so entitled to disrupt activities."

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