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Comment: Re:where is the controversy? (Score 1) 642

by 3247 (#46712221) Attached to: Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Where is the controversy? If someone says the earth is the center of the universe, either they are dumb, or very conceited and really mean they are the center of the universe, but don't want to offend the rest of us. Oh wait, I get it now...

Relativity actually says that the Earth is in fact the centre of the universe, from Earth's perspective. It's exactly age of universe times speed of light from the borders of the Universe. That does not mean that Earth is special, however. The same is true for any other place in the universe.

Darwin is right.

Comment: Re:False advertising. (Score 1) 273

by 3247 (#46443793) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

Trouble with this is the carriers won't be able to run national ads with their pricing. Instead the price will have to be concealed until you're about to sign up. Some states (Nevada) you pay around 7%, whereas others (I think NY?) it's 25%. I'm still trying to figure out why the government finds it necessary to make a cell phone so expensive to have, even if your income is shit.

They could still run nationwide ads with the net price but quote the correct amount before you sign up.

Comment: Re:TPB legit? (Score 2) 97

by 3247 (#46243933) Attached to: Hyperlinking Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules

IMO, you can argue either way:

  • The Pirate Bay does not host any content but just links to content hosted elsewhere. It does not make the content available to a new public.
  • The content hosted elsewhere is not readily accessible to the public without the torrents (or "deep" links). By hosting torrents (or "deep" links), the Pirate Bay enables the public to access the content. Thus, the Pirate Bay does make the content available to a new public.
  • The Pirate Bay helps seeders to make the content available to the public. They are an accessory to the copyright infringement of others.

Comment: Re:Skim software (Score 1) 731

by 3247 (#46217151) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Well the target problem happened because someone managed to install skimming software on all of the computers. If the security of your checkout system is compromised then can't you just skim the pin number instead of trying to forge the signature?

The card terminal (with card reader and PIN entry) is usually a separate unit that is audited against security requirements of the financial institutions. While that does not mean it can't be hacked at all, it makes hacking much harder.

Comment: Re:Bad ruling (Score 1) 261

by 3247 (#46210411) Attached to: German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

Ignoring the fact that you didn't read or understand the ruling, typical EULAs have to be accepted for the purchase to be completed. Assuming you go to a store the order is either: You hand over the money. You get the DVD. You start the installer. You read and accept the EULA. The contract is done.

No, not according to German law. German law basically interprets clicking "I accept" as "F*** you, I just want to use the software I already paid for".

Comment: Re:Bad ruling (Score 1) 261

by 3247 (#46210387) Attached to: German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

Licenseing is explicitly handled differently, but it has to be clearly noticeable that the underlying contract is a licensing contract and not a sales contract.

In the European Union, if you "buy" a software license online, it is not handled differently. According to the Court of Justice of the EU, the "the downloading of a copy of a computer program and the conclusion of a user licence agreement for that copy form an indivisible whole" (Judgement of 3 July 2012, C128/11, para. 44).

Comment: Re:Bahahahahaha (Score 1) 192

by 3247 (#45668659) Attached to: Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn

It should tell you something when mearly going to a website and viewing something can make you a criminal. It's not like torrenting where you can argue that by downloading, you're also uploading to others; they just went to a site and pressed play.

German courts kann tell the difference. No joking, that's what happened.

Comment: Re:Not 3rd party code (Score 1) 178

by 3247 (#45617527) Attached to: German Court: Open Source Project Liable For 3rd Party DRM-Busting Coding

How is that different from hosting a web forum where anyone can post content.

If I post illegal content here, should Slashdot become liable because it "accepted the contribution and started spreading the [content] itsself"? Shouldn't Slashdot stop spreading "just anyone's" content "without verification"?
Even worse, Slashdot allows posting as "Anyonymous Coward", and thereby facilitates such abuse.

Comment: Most notebooks are not really upgradeable (Score 1) 477

by 3247 (#45528307) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

I don't think that being able to upgrade really matters. In fact, even if you can upgrade, you will soon run into barriers.

I've upgraded my 2007 MacBook Pro to a 500 GB SSD and 6 GB RAM. The CPU and GPU or everything else can't be upgraded.

So where is a Retina MacBook Pro worse with respect to upgradeability? The SSD can also be swapped - and it's probably much easier than swapping the SSD on a 2007 MacBook Pro, which has the disk deep inside. Well, the RAM cannot be upgraded on the new model... but wait, I can't go beyond 6 GB on the old one, either (actually, it's already above the official 4GB limit). So if I order a Retina MacBook Pro with the maximum RAM, it does not make a difference at the end of the day.

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay