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Comment Re:lack of foresight (Score 1) 193

The CBP would be laughed out of court if it said "we were searching this phone for copyright infringement" as bring in copyrighted works is not prohibited and people have large personal collections of lots of things on their devices. You need lots more than just the presence of copyrighted works to prove copyright infringement. If the CBP already has suspicions of copyright infringements occurring then looking for particular copyright material makes sense.

It the difference between bringing in the contents of you library of books (legal) and bringing in multiple copies of the same book for resale when you are not
the designated distributer (illegal).

There is however digital stuff that in not permitted to cross US borders, and yes, the CBP has the right to look for this both coming in and leaving the US. That depends on what it is not that it is copyrighted.

Comment Re:What about region-encoding on DVDs? (Score 1) 74

Why would I rip them? Multi-region DVD player are legal here and it is illegal for publisher to disable playing DVD's on such players. Private parallel importation is legal. It the imported goods are over a threshold value you duty on them. Commercial parallel importation is illegal.

Comment Re:It's about time. (Score 1) 103

I was flying in to SFO and a announcement came over PA saying we were diverting to SJC due to reaching fuel limits. Fog was causing problems at SFO delaying flights landing. There was a rush by half the plane to place calls. A short time late we got a slot at SFO and were told we would be landing there. There was a much smaller rush for the phones by those that had succeeded in making a call the first time.

Comment Re:In the UK (Score 1) 286

You have to turn up, get your name marked off the roll, walk over to the booth, submit the ballot paper into the box.

If you don't walk over to the booth you will be asked to do so. Whether you end up writing anything on the ballot paper is up to you.

You can pre-poll. You can use a postal vote. If you don't vote you will be asked if you have a valid excuse for not voting. If you don't have a valid excuse you will be fined. If you are marked off multiple times you will also be asked to explain and can be fined if it is determined that you voted multiple times.

If there are enough irregularities detected that the result could have changed count will be declared invalid and a new election held.

Recounts are automatic if the margin is below a threshold and can also be called for.

Comment Re:Retailers are holding us in the stone age (Score 1) 311

I don't know about you, but I hate it when I'm forced to change credit card numbers due to fraud being detected on the old number.

Getting to the state where cards can't be skimmed is a good thing for consumers. It should also reduce the costs of goods marginally where there are only card present sales as the merchant fees should be reduced.

You can't get to a state where cards can't be skimmed until all the point of sale equipment has been upgraded to support chips. This takes time and the US is at the end of the line in doing this.

Comment Re:How is this patentable? (Score 1) 84

So you remembered being annoyed. You most probably also thought "wouldn't it be nice if it could reset it self automatically". That makes the concept obvious. So obvious that even some not skilled in the arts could think of it. Now how you achieve that may or not be obvious.

There is also the "will it being me enough extra sales" to be worth spending time you figure out how to do it.

It's much like how I shouldn't have to set the time on the gps to the local time. We have timezone databases. We have maps which describe the boundaries of a time zone and we have the current location. That gives you all you need to set the time on a gps to the local time.

Or wouldn't it be nice if the speed warning on gps's took into account school zone and hours of operation.

Or wouldn't it be nice if time of day turn restrictions could be taken into account when route planning.

The latter two really need the first to be implemented to be fully automated.

Comment Re:In before... (Score 1) 150

Actually RFC 6269 dis-endorses NAT. RFC 6269 provides the least worst form for those that irrationally just have to have NAT.

For reasons discussed in [RFC2993] and Section 5, the IETF does not
recommend the use of Network Address Translation technology for IPv6.
Where translation is implemented, however, this specification
provides a mechanism that has fewer architectural problems than
merely implementing a traditional stateful Network Address Translator
in an IPv6 environment. It also provides a useful alternative to the
complexities and costs imposed by multihoming using provider-
independent addressing and the routing and network management issues
of overlaid ISP address space. Some problems remain, however. The
reader should consider the alternatives suggested in [RFC4864] and
the considerations of [RFC5902] for improved approaches.

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