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Comment Re:Tested in the courts (Score 1) 115

We should change the patent system so that it works more like how you imagine it works, namely that patent examiners only do some simple sanity checks, and that validity only gets established through court challenges. But that's not the patent system we have right now.

Those systems exist in other countries, and they're uniformly terrible. Remember all those stories about someone patenting the wheel in Australia? That was a registration-only system.
They're also much more expensive for people accused of infringement, since the trials are much more involved, with having to first examine every aspect of patentability.

Comment Re:Tested in the courts (Score 1) 115

The USPTO can (and does) award patents for almost anything. The patent examiners aren't experts in every field and if they receive advice that an item, method, or process is unique and non-obvious, they will award a patent.

Nope, they're experts in their own field. The USPTO is divided up into several thousand art groups, and Examiners only review applications that are in their field. You don't have chemists examining crypto any more than you have computer scientists looking at a new drug formulation.

Comment Re:Problem with the definition of a planet (Score 1) 71

They'll say, "oh, it's okay, there's enough of a size difference between those bodies that they don't count".

No, they'll just point out that while the orbits of the two planets appear to cross when looking at a 2D top-down view of the solar system, in 3D space they come nowhere near each other. The closest point in their orbits is 2 AU apart. Unless you want to say that Neptune's orbital zone its supposed to be clearing is twice the distance between the Earth and the Sun, Pluto is irrelevant.

For someone who seems to care a lot about Pluto you seem to have forgotten how absurdly tilted its orbit is.

Comment Do the math, figure it out for yourself. (Score 1) 322

I'm going to break from the majority here and say it could possibly go either way.

For a higher-end system, I wouldn't bother with any builder who won't tell you the exact parts they're using. I don't know what the situation is with Alienware these days in the Dell era, but if they don't say or use custom parts in key places I say skip 'em.

Something like a custom but still ATX standard case is fine, but a proprietary motherboard or GPU is no good IMO.

From there, just do the math. Look up what the same or an equivalent machine would cost you to build, then figure out how you value a central source for warranty support and the time you'd take to build it yourself.

I've only seen this on the low end rather than the high, but its certainly possible that the volume OEM gets better prices on parts than you do to a point that they can sell you a prebuilt that's either cheaper than you could build on your own or a better value due to the warranty and personal time issues.

All that said, I personally enjoy the process and the ability to select exactly the parts I want to a point that I doubt I'd ever buy a prebuilt for my own use outside of a few appliance-type machines where I can't easily replicate it.

Comment Re:Not too hard (Score 1) 68

At the moment, the big US banks are rolling out "chip and sign", where you slide the card into a reader, but sign with a digital pen rather than enter a PIN. From a security standpoint, it's no better than the mag-swipe and sign system, as nobody verifies the signature anyway.

No, it's much better than the magstripe system because you can't clone a chip card, whereas its trivial to clone a magstripe card (e.g., using a skimmer). Magstripe: something you have, except it's easy to copy, so the bad guys might have it too. Chip and sign: something you have. Chip and PIN: something you have and something you know.

Sure, chip and PIN is more secure, but it's not true that chip and sign is "no better than the mag-swipe and sign".

Comment Re:so... now they want to ban knowledge (Score 1) 312

Wasn't that program actually started under the Bush administration?

Well, yes but that's misleading.

So that Obama and Holder ended up taking all manner of shit from the Rabid Right--including a massive anti-Holder PR campaign by the NRA--for continuing to do what their guy had started?

This is the misleading part. The operation that became Fast and Furious began under the Bush administration as Wide Receiver but the program was vastly different under the Obama administration.

There was nearly seven times more guns allowed to walk during the Obama administration than under Bush. The Bush administration ended Wide Receiver in 2007 when they had issues with inadequate tracking. None of the Bush era guns have been used in homicides in the US. The Bush era program notified Mexican law enforcement of guns that they expected would cross the border, that didn't happen under Obama.

Whether you choose to chalk it up to incompetence or malice, there were many differences between Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious that show the Obama administration's operation was a wholly different beast.


Comment Re:Rape (Score 1) 399

Some victims are reluctant to report assaults because they aren't sure whether a crime occurred

If as an adult, even a young one on a college campus, you don't KNOW if you were sexual assaulted, than I would argue you were NOT sexually assaulted. You just another special little snow flake that wants to blame someone else for the outcome, even if its nothing more than hurt feelings or shame, for your own poor choices.

Either something happened forcibly and against your will or it did not. You were coerced in some way or not. Its really pretty f'ing simple.

I am going to get accused of victim blaming here but I strongly feel the 'I was to drunk to consent' thing should not fly.

No, you're not going to get accused of victim blaming - you're going to get accused of drugging women to rape them. Bill Cosby didn't use force, so by your logic, all of those women consented.

If you are conscience enough to stand and speak you are conscious enough to consent, with proviso you have not been given an intoxicant without your knowledge.

Fortunately, the law doesn't work that way. The law also understands that there may be multiple intoxicants at play, some of which may be with the victim's knowledge, like alcohol; and some of which may not, such as GHB.

Its unfair to expect your 'attacker' to be able to evaluate your sobriety when they are also more than likely highly intoxicated as well.

Multiple studies with confessed rapists show that they are typically not intoxicated, while seeking out victims that are substantially intoxicated.

People simply have to be accountable for their own actions. If you knowing compromise your ability to make good decisions in a situation that isn't entirely safe, that includes only people you know well and trust completely you run the risk of making bad decisions.

The majority of rapists know their victims.

Basically, everything in your post is incorrect.

Comment Re:Will Any Effort Be Made To Validate The Report? (Score 1) 399

First, men can be the victims of rape and sexual assault too, and can use this app to report it.

Not only are men victims of rape and assault, according to CDC they are *more* victims of rape than women are.

No - according to the CDC, 18.3% of women and 1.4% of men experience rape. Roughly equal numbers experience other sexual violence - 5.6% and 5.3% respectively.

Comment Re:Seems like a much better business model (Score 1) 163

We already know that the typical Mac users is naive "there are no viruses for Mac!" and we also know there's a whole niche market of Apple users with more money than brains. I expect these people to haul in more money than the Windows ransomeware guys.

One potential problem - those Apple users with more money than brains also probably bought a Time Capsule backup device (because it's shiny and Apple says you need one and here's my credit card!), which means they've got constant incremental backups of all their files. Ransomware pops up, just roll back to pre-encryption.

Comment Re:To whom did he really appeal? (Score 1) 309

The DNC isn't a charity; they exist to get people elected.

Not only that but to get people elected who will serve the best interests of the party. Some guy who wants to win to "make a statement" and claimed he will leave office in one year, a time frame in which he can't possibly achieve anything meaningful, isn't the guy to support.

The debates promote the entire party, and they're trying to create a contrast with the Republican clown show.

There are plenty of clowns on both sides.

Trump and Hillary may as well play Entrance of the Gladiators as their theme music when they make public appearances.


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