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Comment Re:Copyright? (Score 1) 187

Why is modifying a web site in this way not copyright infringement? Is not AT&T creating an unauthorized derivative work?

It is! I used to run an Anon Service and had a lengthy discussion with my attorney about doing something like what they are doing.

My idea was to capture the banner ad's and replace them with my own as the proxy processed the web page. I was not going to add to it or inject scripts. Just replace the banner ad's with ones my sponsors were paying for.

The final decision was to go with a set of frames and tag the banner ad in the top frame as being a sponsor of the anon-service while displaying the requested page in the bottom frame.

The attorney assured me that replacing content in a page as it went through the proxy was violating the craters copyright.

Comment Presidential elections are like Microsoft Windows (Score 3, Insightful) 492

Presidential elections are like software versions. They promise great new features, they promise to fix existing bugs.

Once you buy it on the promises, the fix or feature is slotted for the next version or update.

Most of the time you will forget it was promised or by they time they get to version 3, it will be a problem for the new development team.

Remember, the president is like a CEO/Sales person. He can not really fix any of the issues, he can only suggest that it be fixed and push others to fix it.

Comment Re:I'm torn.... (Score 1) 663

Lol loose 10 lbs in a week?

I lost 10lbs on Saturday. No kidding, weighed my self before I left and when I got home and there was a 10lb difference.

Mind you, I spent 10 hours working outside with 3 hours above 95f, 2 of those hours at temperatures above 101f, 4 hours above 103f.

Ok, so that was water weight and I went through a lot of water both while working and once I got home. But you loose the same water weight in a week with most of those diets.

Comment Re:A service to the community: release the text (Score 4, Insightful) 104

Not true, I ran an anonymous service for years. (Long before TOR became popular)

I was visited by the FBI and Secret Service. I was also served warrants and subpoenas.

The truth is, there is no law requiring that you track users or maintain logs of user activity. (In the USA)

If you respond politely that let them know that it is part of an anon service and there are no logs available, they normally drop the request.

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 4, Informative) 200

As someone who was stuck using a windows phone for two years. I disagree with your assessment of "It's not that Windows Phone was bad" It was crap!

The company I worked for decided to buy and use them because

A) It's windows so it should be easy
B) They got a great price on them.

First question from the user is "How do I set my background image?" Which you could not do.

Comment Really? (Score 1) 131

I would not expect computers and/or computer science to improve the performance of students in SAT Mathematics, AP Calculus, and AP Statistics.

We use computers so we dont have to remember all that crap. The computer does the math.

I would expect it to improve reading, reading comprehension, written language skills, and logical thinking. That is what the student is learning!

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1197

I dont know about Kentucky, however in Texas you can shoot people for Criminal Trespass. You can use deadly force to protect your self and your property.

IANAL, however the fact that the drone was waved off and left then came back would indicate to me that the operator was aware that it was not welcome. I would construe the act of returning as a Criminal Trespass. I personally would have used a shotgun with bird shot to shoot it down. The bird shot reduces the danger to others when it comes down.

Then again, I have a shoulder launched surface to air rocket. Using that may work better, scare the crap out of the operator and is legal to shoot in town because it does not qualify as a "Gun" and with no explosive charge in the rocket it does not qualify as a destructive device.

Comment Re:Pfft! (Score 4, Informative) 49

Roll it to 17 years, with no renewal.
Toss the automatic copyright and go back to requiring registration to get the copyright.
Require all software applying for copyright protection include all source code!
When copyright runs out on software, it is the source code and the compiled work that gets released to the Public Domain.
Take anything over 25 years old and make it public domain.
Require any court cases dealing with violation of copyright to have the plaintiff pay all legal fees should the case be found for the diffident.

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 430

If you were to ask me up front I would reply with "It depends on a lot of things. What range are you looking to pay?"

For me it depends on the kind of work, how exhausted the team looks during the interview, how far the drive is, How much room I see for growth, how interested I am in the company as a whole, the perks and packages offered, etc. As long as we are in the right ball park. It can be worked out and on some occasions Ill take a lot less pay for something I really want as a perk.

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 4, Interesting) 430

It is always a pain when they don't list the salary range.

I have gone over to being very up front and straight forward. If they want me to interview I ask "What salary range are you looking to pay?" If they give me some BS about how it is dependent on experience or "At this time it is open." I normally reply with "Sorry, I know how business works. A salary rage was selected before the listing was made. I am only asking what that range is so I can decide if it is worth my time to pursue the position. If it is to low then I am waisting my time and yours by even accepting an interview."

I would like to say they were all consistent but they were all over the map. The one that comes to mind is one that had 150 Linux servers running an online service. They had been hacked and were looking for someone to come in and clean it up, secure the systems, and make sure they were not re-hacked. They specifically listed 10 years experience and ton of must knows. When I got them to tell me how much they were looking to pay, they wanted someone who would work for $12.00 an hr on a 1099. I about fell over and had to let them know that they put the period in the wrong place, minimum would have been $120.00 an hr on a 1099.

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