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Patent Troll Ordered To Pay For the Costs of Fighting a Bad Patent

xbytor Re:Sounds awesome except.... (191 comments)

> we just need to look at how often the patent database is used by inventors as a resource when they're looking for solutions to problems they have.

This has probably been brought up before, but typically companies will instruct their people to _not_ look at existing patents. The reason for this is that if they do create something that is similar to an existing patent, they can justifiably claim ignorance and avoid the treble damages associated with 'willful infringement'.

about 2 months ago
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German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

xbytor Re:Ramifications (334 comments)

>then the photographer owns the copyright. I don't see how that can be undone.

It can't. The problem is that there is (generally) no model release form. Posting photos anywhere would require written content of the model. I'm surprised I haven't heard of any cases using this idea. Or am I missing something.

about 3 months ago
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Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show

xbytor Re:Oh, it's on SyFy? (167 comments)

>Actually (to answer the AC), Wesley Crusher was the annoying one, mostly due to the Mary-Sue-ing scriptwriters

The glut of Wesley episodes (many substandard) came about like this: A writer writes a WC episode that's well received so producers tell writers to whip up some more. Writers' Strike comes along and all they have all these WC scripts which end up getting aired as a result. Or something like that.

about 5 months ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

xbytor Re:Bullshit Made Up Language (512 comments)

We have different "languages": Legalese, Tech speak, memes, Diplomatic speak. I would expect that such would be the case here. The metaphor speak may be their formal form. At least, that's my take on it.

Favorite episodes: The Inner Light, Best of Both Worlds, Family

about 5 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

xbytor Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

Another protip: suck on ice cubes. It deaden the receptors.

about 5 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

xbytor Re:Protip: EYES (285 comments)

> So I wiped them. With the hand I'd been holding the pepper with.

My wife does this with jalapenos more of than she should. She did it with habaneros. Once.

about 5 months ago
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Psychologists: Internet Trolls Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

xbytor I do it for the lulz (293 comments)

I am a self-admitted troll but I do it for the lulz, never maliciously. There are different kinds of trolls and this study does not differentiate between them, unfortunately.

about 7 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

xbytor Re:French government (248 comments)

There are times where "double jeopardy" (seemingly) does not apply. Specifically, if a judge is corrupt and has been paid off to throw a case for a defendant, the case can be tried again once the corruption has been revealed. This admittedly is a borderline situation but it does happen.

about 7 months ago
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SCOTUS To Weigh Smartphone Searches By Police

xbytor Re:Fourth Amendment ? (201 comments)

>, especially the 3rd is so irrelevant

Not true. There is a civil case ini the northeast where somebody is suing the police on 3rd amendment grounds. The police wanted to use this guys house as a part of some police operation. He refused but the cops intruded anyway and the guy got arrested.

about 7 months ago
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

xbytor Re:Safely remove device (408 comments)

Even if Windows has this caching turned off, the root problem is that USB devices lie. This causes huge problems with ZFS making USB drives virtually unusable with this filesystem. No problems with e-sata or firewire, however.

USB drives may often lie about committing code with an fsync and claim that the data has hit the disk before it actually has. This can cause ZFS' always valid on disk guarantees to become invalidated.

about 9 months ago
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Snowden Used Social Engineering To Get Classified Documents

xbytor Re:If the story is true (276 comments)

***He'll continue to be cheered on by a certain demographic of IT guys who idolize hacker culture because of *scope* of his infiltration, and not the benefit he's provided the country.***

As a former IT guy/hacker/geek I cheer the results of what Snowden has provided and will provide (the scope is incidental). It makes the world a better place. It does not matter to me how he acquired the information that is being revealed. I draw the line at torture, but it is apparent, so far, that he did not water-board anybody while he was living in Hawaii.

about 10 months ago
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Anonymous Clashes With D.C. Police During Million Mask March

xbytor Re:This protest is sponsored by... (388 comments)

***so this mask is a mask of fail***

I think you mean Epic Fail, Guy.

about 10 months ago
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30% of Americans Get News From Facebook According To Pew Research Poll

xbytor Comedy Central (194 comments)

I get my news from:
- Jon Stewart
- Stephen Colbert
- My personalized Google News page
- A "Liberal Left" friend of mine (on FB) who apparently likes HuffPo (more of an entertainment feed than news)
- www.icanhascheezeburger.com (because FU, I like cats)

about 10 months ago
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Scientology's Fraud Conviction Upheld In France

xbytor Their in it for... (321 comments)

The CoS is concerned with a profit not the Prophet.

about 10 months ago
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

xbytor Re:Tired of this nonsense (548 comments)

X is no longer used by the MPAA. They switched over to NC-17 in the late '80s. The first film with that designation was Henry & June in 1990.

about a year ago
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What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?

xbytor Maintenance (598 comments)

Understand that every line of code you write may/will be maintained by somebody else. Architect/Design/Write/Test accordingly.

about a year ago
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US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor

xbytor Re:Contradiction (411 comments)

> I cannot determine the security of their setup

I think Snowden did a good job here.

about a year ago
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An Animated, Open Letter To J.J. Abrams About Star Wars

xbytor Re:Please ruin it like you did Star Trek (376 comments)

> starships landing on planets when they never did before

*cough* Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home *cough*

about a year ago
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400 Million Chinese Cannot Speak Mandarin

xbytor Re:Make it easier (562 comments)

> homophones

I first that read as "homophobes" and promptly became very confused...

about a year ago
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FBI Cyber Division Adds Syrian Electronic Army To Wanted List

xbytor Another TLA? (74 comments)

How can people tell if it's the SEA, NSA, CIA, or FBI that is misbehaving? Press releases?

about a year ago

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FireTabs on the coals

xbytor xbytor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

xbytor (215790) writes "FireTabs (http://www.firetabs.com) joins the list of guitar tab sites that have been getting threats from the National Music Publishers' Association recently. The entire tabs collection was pulled from the site in August. Scans of the letters threatening DMCA action were posted a few days ago. Hopefully one of these sites will have the capability of challenging the publishers in court and getting the issue of tab copyrights addressed one way or another. To the best of my knowledge, it's apparently still an open legal question. I did my bit and donated to the cause."

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