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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

suutar Re:Faulty logic (126 comments)

The penalty of perjury clause applies to the statement that you are an agent of the owner of the copyright allegedly being infringed, not to the statement that the target of the request is infringing. The belief in infringement is a "good faith" item, which is hard to disprove.

3 hours ago
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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

suutar Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (95 comments)

Not entirely sure I agree. There is, imho, a right way to get money out of a patent: produce the device, sell it, profit. And then there's the wrong way: find someone who's doing something vaguely similar, latch on like a leech, and destroy their business model by introducing a large unexpected expense. The first benefits someone besides yourself (or you're not going to get many sales); the second is purely parasitic.

5 hours ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

suutar Re:well (186 comments)

Oh, sure. Satellites can get pretty good for landscapes. We know military satellites can get 10" resolution because they've admitted it, but at that scale people (lying down for maximum area) are around 3x7 pixel blobs.

Better resolution than that tends to require aerial photography, because you can't get satellites much closer than the military does without hitting the atmosphere.

yesterday
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

suutar Re:well (186 comments)

I was talking about drones. A satellite is no good for peeping tom type photos; between atmospheric interference and issues relating to focusing light at visible wavelengths, it's not feasible to get that kind of resolution from that high.

yesterday
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

suutar Re:well (186 comments)

well, it would be pretty easy for the law to specify aircraft and either explicitly or not, disavow "spacecraft outside of atmosphere" which covers every functional satellite. But in practice I expect they just won't worry about it until non-governmental entities can reasonably afford to loft a satellite with good enough optics to care about.

yesterday
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

suutar Re:well (186 comments)

the fact that it can be smaller and therefore less noticeable than a person with a camera, presumably. Possibly also the fact that it can be in the yard while the operator is not, thereby calling into question whether it can be considered trespassing.

yesterday
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

suutar Re:Unconstitutinal (372 comments)

I think he meant that because Rightscorp isn't a government, they cannot initiate criminal proceedings, just civil proceedings, and under civil proceedings, there's no presumption of innocence or need to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt, just "preponderance of evidence". If the FBI got into it, then presumption of innocence would come into play. But at the scale Rightscorp likes to try to play, the FBI doesn't want to deal (too many folks, too little money involved).

So essentially, it's highly likely that if Rightscorp is taking an interest in you and a court gets involved, it's a civil case and presumption of innocence is not applicable.

2 days ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

suutar Re:CFAA (372 comments)

racketeering?

2 days ago
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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

suutar Re:Creating demand? (178 comments)

Aha! The superclass of the Streisand Effect!

2 days ago
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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

suutar Re:What kind of fish? (178 comments)

is it so good that eating it will put you in a comma?

Thenk yew, thenk yew, tip your waitress and try the veal.

2 days ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

suutar Re:You don't say.... (391 comments)

it's probably sturdier than the biplane, but you don't want the fragments to get sucked into the jet; the F35 only has one engine :)

about a week ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

suutar Re:Oh now Apple joins the team (158 comments)

I dunno. Most of the people I know with iphones have asked Siri "where can I hide the bodies" because she has a funny answer (starts looking up quarries, if I recall). Of course, if any of them had become murder suspects shortly thereafter, it could have been a problem, but if Apple reported all of those, the police would probably give up after the first few as a waste of time.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

suutar Re:Totalitarianism all the way (253 comments)

Many things have worked better, as long as the guy on top was capable and uncorrupted. The problem is that eventually there's a successor who can't handle it, and then it all falls down.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

suutar Re:Different approaches for different situations (253 comments)

I kind of like it. Nothing would get done, because it would be unlikely to get enough people to agree, and most of the time that would be the right thing :)

Gotta keep a really close eye on the lottery mechanism, though, to prevent stacking the deck.

But it'll never happen here; the existing system has too many people with too much invested to let that big an amendment pass.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

suutar Re:Can't leave (253 comments)

one trigger to tolerating excessive disparity, that was. In the simulation, if the top isn't skimming off too much, the rank and file are still better off than the egalitarians, which would make the heirarchy worth it even in the absence of difficulty leaving. It's when the top is raking off too much that the rank and file start wanting to jump ship.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

suutar Re:3 Republicans against (391 comments)

I think until you establish that they dislike electric cars, it's very difficult to declare that a coincidence or not. Now, since it's established that their states contain a number of established NASA contractors, notably Boeing and (something like) United Launch, that we can say _that's_ not a coincidence.

about a week ago

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