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Comment: Re:There need to be costs (Score 1) 349

by ATMAvatar (#47384413) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice
That will only work if each repository shut down counts as a separate infraction. $10k overall is a pittance. Even if they all counted as separate infractions at $10k apiece, it may still be seen as a valid business expense to shut down certain projects temporarily with bad faith takedown notices. After all, a project owner would have to bring this to court and prove that the notice was issued in bad faith before the fine would be issued, and the legal expenses to do so would probably cost more than the fine.

Comment: Re:Stamina (Score 1) 370

by ATMAvatar (#47293495) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

If you were to compare the avg. lines of code generated by 100 programmers in age range 21 to 30 versus 100 programmers in age range 42 to 50, which one likely to win?

If the only metric you use is LOC, you have already lost.

'Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.'

Comment: Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (Score 1) 263

by ATMAvatar (#47286265) Attached to: The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

Because if the can't, then they likely won't bother investing the time, energy and money needed to create the new compression algorithm.

Citation needed.

Inventions of all kinds occurred before the patent system was created. Additionally, we currently have a free software movement devoid of profit motive which actively avoids patents. To get even more specific to your point, gzip is patent-free, and it was specifically created to side-step patented compression algorithms.

Comment: Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (Score 0) 154

"Road closed from June 1st to June 14th" Oh, shit, now we need one that says "No left turn from 8a-5p until August 1st", I guess will order a new sign...

"Road Closed" and "No Left Turn" work just as well, and those signs have existed for longer than most of us here have. You don't have to worry about hacking, they're sturdy against most impact damage, and you don't need electricity keep them going..

Comment: Re:Racism or Thought Police? (Score 4, Insightful) 398

by ATMAvatar (#47178905) Attached to: The Ethics Cloud Over Ballmer's $2 Billion B-Ball Buy

Privacy and free speech apply to government entities, not to ex girlfriends and basketball associations.

Privacy means that what you do with another person should remain between you two, so long as both of you keep it as such

. All bets are off when one of the individuals involved in the private activity decide to disclose what happened. The moral here is to better choose who you decide to associate with in private.

Free speech doesn't mean that you can say anything you want without consequence - it means that the government cannot be the one to bring about those consequences. Public shaming and ostracization are perfectly OK. In this case, it also happens that the statements ran afoul of NBA policy, which Sterling agreed to when be purchased the team in the first place.

Sterling isn't serving any jail time, and he's getting a giant return on investment. I don't see why the right is to up in arms over the outcome. Sterling probably got more money for the sale of the team now (due to the expediency everyone else felt to buy the team out from under him) than he probably would have putting it up for sale on his own before the controversy.

Comment: Re:huh (Score 1) 264

You may take note that the lasers pictured in that article are a far cry from the 5mw laser pointers which are most commonly available. Instead, those look like the 100mW-1W lasers you get off a site like wickedlasers.

The fear mongering is that the FBI is not making any distinction between 5mW lasers, which are too low power to damage eyesight easily, and higher-powered lasers, which will not only damage eyesight, but can also be used to pop balloons and burn through things like black electrical tape.

Comment: Re:Shoulders of giants (Score 2) 131

It's not really pro- or anti-patent, unless you believe the absence of patents would cause most companies to resort to trade secrets, in which case, it's a pro-patent notion.

One of the main purposes of the patent system (aside from royalties) is to document innovations for the public benefit. Of course, this holds more value for things like a schematic to build a steam engine versus more trivial things like design patents.

It is more difficult to stand on the shoulders of giants if none of them come out in public.

On the other hand, if you believe that many modern technologies and standards would be open anyways, the statement is patent-neutral.

Comment: Re:BFDâ¦. (Score 4, Insightful) 208

by ATMAvatar (#47071597) Attached to: NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

Oh god. Not this again. What makes you think the replacements will be any better? This whole "vote for change because change is good" is such bullshit. If you are going to vote at least do it intelligently. It's voting blindly without thought that has gotten us into this situation in the first place.

No, the situation we are in is the result of a House and Senate with a 90%+ re-election rate despite a 13% approval rating.

The message sent by this is that congressmen can do whatever they like, as they're going to get re-elected no matter how much they work against the public's interests.. It also makes bribery (via gifts, campaign contributions, and lucrative jobs upon leaving office) quite affordable.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)