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Comment Re:Who should we blame? (Score 1) 190

warning that failure to read/understand properly before clicking OK may result in personal legal liabilities)

Which, considering I'm one of the 95% of the world's population that doesn't live in the country all such warnings are written (i.e. the USA), has no meaning to me. Then there are the many, many people that don't understand English well enough or don't understand computing well enough to even stand a chance of understanding such long, long pieces of legalese.

Comment Re:Who should we blame? (Score 2) 190

Also blame the engineers who didn't put in some interlocks, e.g. no requests from outside the LAN until the default password has been changed or simply force the user to change the password the first time they log in.

That's the problem. Not end users not changing default passwords - many may not even know that it can or should be changed, and why should they? They're not security managers or IT engineers or so. Having users change the password on first login before they can do anything else, that's the only reasonable way to go. Maybe also add a list of the 1,000 most common passwords out there, and reject all those, make them come up with something a bit more unique, or hackers would still easily get access to the first 10-20% of devices by just using those common passwords.

Comment Re:Easy to get around (Score 1) 430

It's probably the difference between something you have, and something you know. The first is covered by the search warrant (the right to search and look at everything - including the fingerprint), the second not (you're not required to give information, e.g. on where to find things - and the password).

Comment Re:huh? (Score 1) 146

You probably didn't use it long enough.

It's back to basics, back to the time there was no such thing as "top level domain" (the generic .com/.org/etc and the country ones) and e-mail addresses were like username@digital or username@ibm

Comment Exercise for the sake of exercise is no fun. (Score 1) 156

To get people to exercise, don't tell them to do exercise. Give them a fun thing to do that happens to involve physical activity but don't call it exercise as that's a chore. Walking to catch a Pokemon is not a chore, it's fun - and that you have to walk and walk and walk to get from one to the other, well, that's just part of the game.

Comment No return trips? (Score 4, Interesting) 497

No word in the article about return trips to Earth. For a small pioneer colony that makes total sense to me, but when you talk about setting up a 1-million strong kind of colony, or even just the minimum of 4,000 (40 flights with 100 folk on board) you'll have to consider return trips as well. Cannibalizing your own space ships doesn't sound like too good an idea for that (though staying in orbit at both Earth and Mars, does).

Comment Misleading headline (Score 1) 202

A more correct headline would be "Apple patents design of paper bag". Sounds a lot more sensible, doesn't it? I'm sure they've patented plenty of boxes and plastic bags and computer casings and mobile phone casings and headphones and whatnot. Pretty much anything they designed can be patented and be protected with a design patent.

This what happens when 1) someone who knows nothing about patents creates submission and 2) editors who know nothing about patents approve it. Add to that 3) a crowd of commentators who know nothing about patents and well, welcome to Slashdot.

It's just yet another a design patent, nothing to see here, please move along. Just one of many designs Apple has patented, and not just Apple but many many companies do this as a matter of course.

Comment Re:Goodbye, World Wide Web. (Score 1) 282

This ruling basically says that any for profit entity would have to not only get permission from owner of the linked site, but also validate that that entity has the rights to publish the content you are linking to them for. It's insane.

That "validation" part could be as simple as "may we link to this content on your web site, and has it been posted there legally?". Then the site linked to could answer "yes" and "yes" and you can at the very least argue that you made the link in good faith, believing the linked-to content was legally posted there.

Comment Re:the Ulimate in Consumer Friendly Droids (Score 1) 168

Disagree. There should be no law that dictates what you can do with something, as such a law is often impossible to comply with.

What should go is that horrible US law DMCA, which makes reverse engineering illegal and which in turn encourages making root access hard - results of which are felt all over the world.

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