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Comment: Re:Parody (Score 1) 147

by AK Marc (#49173521) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use
Fair Use is also the sum of the parts of the defense. It's parody (kinda), non-commercial, uses the character names and ideas, but doesn't copy the creative details of the original. Any one alone wouldn't be fair use, but possibly all of them together is. Making every unrelated claim at the same time diminishes your case in a criminal trial, but is acceptable (and preferred) when claiming Fair Use.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 1) 189

by AK Marc (#49173307) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications
I never said any such thing. And I'm constantly told here that people who buy Apple pay more to get less, so it's obviously common (if Slashdot A/Cs are to be believed).

I'm simply saying that spreading the weath amongst the poor benefits the economy much more than giving the same wealth to the privileged few.

Comment: Re:Who Cares? (Score 1) 24

by AK Marc (#49173257) Attached to: Flaw In GoPro Update Mechanism Reveals Users' Wi-Fi Passwords
Also, anyone with a WiFi GoPro turns of the WiFi, if they aren't actively looking at it all the time because WiFi kills the battery. The people who bought a WiFi one so they could start and stop the camera with the remote for each run will leave it on, but what could someone do with the WiFi password? Screw up a single recording out of the thousands for the day? Watch what the camera is doing without permission? Mythbusters uses them for the multi-angles from a crash vehicle, but it's not like they are the camera of choice for porn makers, where you could sit outside a porn studio and watch free porn or anything.

The only thing that could possibly matter about this is people who still haven't heard about password reuse being a bad thing.

Though, if you were to automate grabbing the pwd and giving the command to wipe data and turn off, it'd be interesting to use in crowds. Everyone with a gopro in a concert would have their footage wiped, or something like that.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 1) 189

by AK Marc (#49173131) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications
I see nothing in the context of what I wrote that advocated any changes to any voting system. Just an acknowledgement that the error rate for our current system is high, and it's been pointed out to me that would be impossible without collusion. And if a 3rd party were to come in, collusion would be even more beneficial than today. So the low barriers to fraud today would be lowered in the presence of a persistent and popular 3rd party.

There are ways for verified voting that prevent intimidation. That you can think of non reveals limitations about you, not verified voting.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 1) 189

by AK Marc (#49173043) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications
Inflation isn't caused by decreasing the wage gap. Inflation is caused by monetary policy. The two are orthogonal, so there is no answer, because it's like asking to explain the effects of a NYC pizzeria changing its box colors on the average food consumption levels of animals in the San Diego Zoo. Sure, it could be studied, but is unrelated, so nobody has.

There is no link between minimum wage and inflation, so explaining the link is impossible.

Oh, and in countries with a high minimum wage, the people on minimum wage make more than America's middle class, so a higher wage for those people would provably improve the middle class. When the minimum wage is set well below poverty level, the effect isn't the same. Set the minimum wage at $25/h or higher, define "middle class" as $50k to $60k, and move the minimum wage from $25 to $30 and tell me the effects on the middle class.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 1) 189

by AK Marc (#49170105) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications
What country are you in? The LMGTFY link goes to google.com, but the locality settings for Google will over-ride that, so your search from outside the USA will not give the results anyone going to google.com would get. I got none of the links you mention. I got http://www.raisetheminimumwage... and http://www.dol.gov/minwage/myt...

Yes, it was as easy as putting the quoted words in my post into Google.

Comment: Re:Interesting idea, nasty downsides (Score 4, Interesting) 82

by AK Marc (#49169107) Attached to: New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown
I've worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies. All used spinning tape. And nearly everywhere I've worked has used tape. It's cheaper and easier to buy tapes. You sound like a salesman, but I've never seen the numbers work for an off-site storage, Tapes are cheaper than hard drive storage, and more controlable (having them physically stored where you want, restoring only what you want, good for lawsuits).

Comment: Re:Interesting idea, nasty downsides (Score 1) 82

by AK Marc (#49169055) Attached to: New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown
SSD for boot/OS/swap, and slow spinner for data gives 99% of the performance for 99% of people. And cheap spinners are much cheaper than cheap SSDs. Sadly, there was a time, 2-5 years ago when you could find laptops with spare mSATA slots, and a spinner in them. Put an SSD in the mSATA slot, and biggest drive possible in the spinner slot, and get huge storage for cheap cost.

Though, one of the ones I got then, had the mSATA already holding a 20GB SSD, set up as a cache for the slow spinner. It runs surprisingly well, especially if you run the same things repeatedly. 100% of the performance of SSD for 95% of what you do. And cheaper than the 256GB/1TB I am running in my laptop.

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