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Teenage League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke

void* Re:Charged with "making terroristic threat" (743 comments)

(a) A person commits an offense if he threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to:"

That "with intent to" applies to all of a(1) through a(6).

First, I don't think he was actually making a threat to commit an offense to begin with, given the apparent sarcasm.
Second, I don't think there was intent to do any of 1 through 6. I think the intent was to sarcastically contradict the statement he was responding to.

about a year ago
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Teenage League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke

void* Re:Total cop out (743 comments)

"They have a responsibility to arrest him and see what his intentions were" is one of the scariest statements I've read in this thread.

about a year ago
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Teenage League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke

void* Re:If you actually do join the military... (743 comments)

It was pretty much like that when I was in. The guys who drank and caused problems got in trouble (underage or not), The guys who chilled and a had a couple beers in the barracks and didn't cause any problems didn't have anything to worry about.

about a year ago
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U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

void* Re:My goodness (417 comments)

There is no cross examination in a congressional hearing. There is simply examination (or something analogous to it). The elected officials ask what they ask. There is nothing analogous to cross.

about a year ago
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U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

void* Re:My goodness (417 comments)

Your understanding that you have to be a suspect, or that you have to be on trial, is incorrect.

There was a case that went to the supreme court where a witness - not the person on trial, but a witness - took the fifth. The prosecution gave the witness immunity. The witness then testified, and none of the testimony was incriminating.

The defense brought this up on appeal trying to claim that because what the witness testified to was not incriminating, the witness should not have been able to take the fifth.

The supreme court ruled that the witness taking the fifth was fine. The standard was not that the person taking the fifth was the one on trial, nor that it was actually even a trial, nor that the person testifying was guilty or innocent.

I don't remember off the top of my head what the exact wording was, but it boiled down to whether or not the witness could reasonably think that truthful answers might be incriminating.

In this particular case, it was a murder trial, and the defense was that this witness was the one-armed man. It was entirely reasonable for the witness to think that the defense might attempt to ask questions for which truthful answers might be incriminating, despite the fact that the witness asserted innocence and when given immunity, did not actually give incriminating answers.

about a year ago
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Intelligence Director Claims NSA Surveillance Reports Inaccurate

void* Re:"No Insight" - What they really mean (262 comments)

They are not protesting that they don't spy on U.S. citizens. They are protesting that they don't "target" U.S. citizens. Even if true, it does not mean that they are not spying on U.S. citizens. It means that they consider any spying on U.S. citizens as incidental, rather than targeted. "We're going to take the data on everyone, but it's ok, you're not the target" is not reassuring.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

void* Re: Have u thought about.. (524 comments)

I didn't state it outright in my previous post but the point I'm trying to make here is:

You cannot absolutely guarantee that there will be zero defects.
Reducing the defects present in an end product takes time, testing, fixing.
What you can do is decide up front how much of your resources you want to put into reducing defects, which basically makes the decision depend on what you are doing.

It is (or should be) a whole lot like the decision you'd make in a security context where you weigh the cost of a loss against the cost of protection.

This is not, however, to say that programmers should be saying 'there's going to be defects anyway so why worry'.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

void* Re: Have u thought about.. (524 comments)

Is 17 detected bugs, 0 bugs?

The reality here is that for what NASA is doing, they need to go to that level - but doing that does not cost the same in terms of time, etc as not doing that, and as you can see, they did not end up with a totality of zero defects.

If someone wants to go to that level to have someone build them a website, sure, it can be done - but they shouldn't expect it to be cheap. You don't need to buy a million dollar safe to protect a thousand dollar wristwatch.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

void* Re: Have u thought about.. (524 comments)

Customers often complain about "bugs" that are actually not bugs but stuff they want changed without having to pay for it, so they call it a "bug" rather than what it actually should be called, which is a "change request".

"until we get toward the end of a project and the customer is complaining about bugs" leads me to believe that this could be what is occurring, although, of course, I don't have enough information to be certain.

If that *is* what is occurring then what should happen is it should be managed by explaining to the customer that no, that is not what you asked for, so it is a change request, not a bug, and everybody should get paid for doing it. If it's something that's not well defined in the initial requirements documentation and the customer now wants different-than-implemented behavior, well, then that's what it is and it still isn't a "bug".

(Again, I don't have enough info to absolutely say this is the case - but it certainly could be and what is given is consistent with that)

about a year ago
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Hollywood Studios Use DMCA To Censor Pirate Bay Documentary

void* Re:Not surprising ... (139 comments)

Mumbling to myself, I'm wondering if there's a way to show that they're not actually meeting the good faith requirement due to a known false positive rate - and if there is, does that let anyone do anything about it legally?

(If your copyright bot has a known-to-you false positive rate how can you in good faith claim that material is infringing simply on the basis that bot claims it is so?)

about a year and a half ago
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Water Isolated for Over a Billion Years Found Under Ontario

void* Re:But does it... (207 comments)

Scotch == Neat, or you're doing it wrong. ;)

about a year and a half ago
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Federal Judge Dismisses Movie Piracy Complaint

void* Re:"Excessive fines" -- as government does it... (225 comments)

I once got a letter from the NTTA which purported to be a 'Final Notice' when I'd never previously received any notice whatsoever, for a motorcycle going through a toll booth in Dallas that was not, in fact, my motorcycle.

You couldn't tell what the plate number actually was in the picture (although you could tell it was not my motorcycle due to the tail light positioning relative to the plate). It appeared that they made a list of everyone who had a motorcycle with a plate number matching the parts of the plate they could read, and were cycling through those people, sending the letter out and sending it to the next person on the list when that person could show it wasn't them.

The letter, of course, emphasized legal consequences for not paying an $80 fine for what amounted to $1.50 in tolls.

about a year and a half ago
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When Vote Counting Goes Bad

void* Re:News for nerds (128 comments)

If that is actually the case - why bother removing them at all?

about a year and a half ago
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The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

void* Re:That's nice (717 comments)

Problem is, (1). surely the Police should be sorting out these problems rather than individuals taking the law into their own hands

1) Defending yourself is not taking the law into your own hands. Even in "castle doctrine" states, the legal standard is generally a "reasonable person" standard, not a "whatever the guy decided/believed at the time is ok" standard - which is something that people critical of castle doctrine tend to completely ignore.
2) The police have no obligation whatsoever to do anything at all. They have no legal obligation to protect specific individuals, except in cases where they've specifically promised such protection. Their duty is to society as a whole, not any individual. The law on this varies state to state, of course, but it's pretty generally true. That they are not legally obligated to does not mean they will not try, but leading into the next point ...
3) It is unrealistic to expect the police to be able to defend you in the first place. They may have too many high priority calls to get to them all. They may not get there in time even if they do respond. This is basically the reason *why* point 2 is the case - and *realistically*, you can expect it to be more likely that they will show up after whatever happened is already over, and less likely that they will be able to show up in time to affect the outcome.

about a year and a half ago
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Terrible Advice From a Great Scientist

void* WSJ article title is somewhat misleading. (276 comments)

From that WSJ article: "If your level of mathematical competence is low, plan to raise it, but meanwhile, know that you can do outstanding scientific work with what you have."

I don't really see anything wrong with telling people to still keep thinking about things, find out what they like to study, and get more math. More 'don't let current lack of math get you down' than 'you don't need math at all'.

about a year and a half ago
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Trader Pleads Guilty To Illegal Purchase of Nearly $1B In Apple Stock

void* Re:Worth it? (174 comments)

I don't think this is true. It might be if his plan had been to let the company and/or the customer keep the profits - but his plan appears to have been to personally keep the profits, based on the article links. Given that, his company may well have been inclined to have him prosecuted even if the trades had resulted in profits.

about a year and a half ago
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Six Retailers Announce Recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes

void* Re:54 victims in how many years? (343 comments)

"About three million sets of Buckyballs and Buckycubes have been sold in U.S. retail stores nationwide". Three million sets. 54 reports of someone swallowing them.
Not quite two thousands of a percent of those toys have been reported as having been ingested. Not a large risk at all. I'd think they were joking if it weren't for the fact that they aren't. :/

about a year and a half ago
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Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

void* Re:GASP we break the law all the time and no one d (400 comments)

I had a friend who got pulled over on the way to a store and ticketed for both speeding and obstructing traffic.

Basically, she was going over the limit, but not enough over the limit to not be impeding a block of cars behind her. I think she managed to get one of them thrown out but I don't remember all that well.

about a year and a half ago
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Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

void* Re:In my neck of the woods (400 comments)

This is not at all true. It depends on the cop and where you are. I've seen cops pull over multiple vehicles simultaneously, all of which were traveling at the prevailing speed.

about a year and a half ago
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Film Studios Send Takedown Notices About Takedown Notices

void* Re:Foreign sites (197 comments)

If the content were removed, rather than the links, all links would stop working, whether the linking was done by Google or anyone else.

Pretty soon there will be requirements to remove links to pages that haven't removed links ... if there aren't already. The whole thing is stupid, basically.

about a year and a half ago

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