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Comment: Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 1) 375

by JesseMcDonald (#47914779) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

What's a "server?" A piece of software with a local display and keyboard connecting to the net is called a client if that piece of software is named "web browser" and a server if it is named "X windows." "Server" is an entirely arbitrary distinction.

It's not arbitrary at all. A piece of software is a server if it listens for incoming connections, and a client if it establishes outgoing connections. If it does both then it's a peer or node in a peer-to-peer network. A web browser is a client because it establishes connections to web servers. X is a server because it listens for incoming connections from apps (the X clients).

The client/server distinction has nothing to do with which side is closer to a keyboard or local display.

That said, if your "ISP" has a TOS which specifies "no servers", then IMHO you're not really receiving Internet service. The ability to accept incoming connections, and thus to run servers, is an essential part of being connected to the Internet.

Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 1) 852

by UnknownSoldier (#47914773) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

>> "As a mystic I have _knowledge_ by definition, aka experience."
> false. Completly(sic) and utterly false
Only an idiot attempts to tell another person what they have experienced. Quit being an idiot -- you are smarter then that.

> so now you are saying you have special vision no one else has? Hoe(sic) convenient.
1. Show me _where_ I made the claim that I was the _only_ one who could see??

2. Do you even understand the word: Analogy ??

> which is why we ask for proof.
Proof of what _exactly_? God? As I said before, There is NO proof except experience.

Did you completely fail to understand the analogy that _playing_ the drums IS proof that you _know_ how to play the drums ??

How exactly do you propose Atheists have an experience about something they have no belief in?? They dismiss _all_ actions_ that are needed such as prayer and meditation; their mind is closed. Not even an NDE would convince them that a higher reality exists -- only death, but by then it will be too late.

Nay, the only proof I will give is that "First" contact will happen by 2024.

Comment: Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 1) 375

by JesseMcDonald (#47914747) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

With government, you can complain on Constitutional grounds if they infringe your rights. With Comcast, you're shit out of luck!

Let's think about that one for a minute. With the government, you can complain to the government if they infringe your rights—and they may say that the Constitution gives them permission to do so. With Comcast or any other private corporation or individual, you can complain to any suitable arbiter (even the government if you so choose), and the private entity has no excuse. They don't have a Constitution supposedly granting them permission to infringe your rights under any circumstances. In terms of rights, you're on even ground, and if it comes down to force it's far easier to stand up to a corporation like Comcast than a massive entity which has its own military, recognizes the authority of no higher court or arbiter, and is falsely attributed a veneer of legitimacy by far too many of your complacent fellow-citizens who will assume that you're in the wrong simply for resisting authority, regardless of the situation.

Comment: Re:Kudos! (Score 1) 50

by Antique Geekmeister (#47914547) Attached to: A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Tied to a video display, which would take much more sophisticated development, it might be easier. It's a fascinating idea for people like Stephen Hawking, or as a fall back device for people whose more sophisticated tools may need repair.

I hope that this youngster talks to Lady Ada, over at, about publishing a do-it-yourself kit for this.

Comment: Re:hahaha (Score 4, Funny) 77

by UnknownSoldier (#47913507) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Agreed. Beautiful logic!

/oblg. car salesman jokes

Q. What are lawyers good for?
A. They make used car salesmen look good!

Q. What does molds, ooze, pond scum, lawyers, and used car salesman have in common?
A. They're all slime.

Q. What's the difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman?
A. The car salesman knows he's lying!

Comment: How does Net Neutrality as proposed solve that? (Score 1) 102

by SuperKendall (#47913503) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

If I, as a third party, want to offer telephone services that use broadband internet (VoIP), Comcast will be able to make my access to their consumers so crap

Well it's a shame then the FCC rules under discussion would have nothing whatsoever to do with that,.

Gosh, I wonder what you are getting if it's not at all what you thought. I wonder what you are getting from an agency intertwined with the cable companies, when you ask them to provide regulation from same companies... Perhaps utterly the opposite of what you wanted?

+ - NZ government denies 'mass domestic spying'->

Submitted by Kittenman
Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC and several domestic NZ sources are covering the latest revelations raised by Kim Dotcom, who is funding a political party in NZ as it heads to a general election on the 20th. Dotcom flew in a US journalist, Glenn Greenwald, and arranged for satellite links to Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, in their respective hideouts, at a 'disclosure' presentation in Auckland.

The NZ Prime Minister (John Key) has denied all claims. No-one making the claims can actually come up with a plausible reason why the NZ government would want to spy on its citizens."

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Comment: Consumer feedback removes need for certification (Score 3, Interesting) 99

by mi (#47913229) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Historically, governments justified the "certification" requirements imposed on people wishing to pursue various professions by the consumers' inability to share the information required to make an informed choice of a service provider.

For example, arriving to a new city, you don't know, what taxi company is decent and which hires serial rapists — the city hall should issue "medallions" to the good drivers and fight attempts by the non-vetted to provide the same services without paying the authorities their due.

Uber is showing, how the consumer feedback, that's easy to provide and is immediately available to anyone with a smart phone, obviates the need for such certifications — along with the associated costs and the abuse-potential. Taxi-services is not the only market, where things can (and should!) be changed by the pervasive smart-phones. Plumbers and electricians would be next on my list of professions, which should not require certifications (though some may seek approvals from non-governmental authorities like "Angie's List", if they choose to). Then restaurateurs — patrons could report roach-sightings just as well (or better) than a city's health-inspector. Then lawyers and eventually, even veterinarians and human doctors...

+ - Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A few years ago, author Neal Stephenson argued that sci-fi had forgotten how to inspire people to do great things. Indeed, much of recent science fiction has been pessimistic and skeptical, focusing on all the ways our inventions could go wrong, and how hostile the universe is to humankind. Now, a group of scientists, engineers, and authors (including Stephenson himself) is trying to change that. Arizona State University recently launched Project Heiroglyph, a hub for ideas that will influence science fiction to be optimistic and accurate, and to focus on the great things humanity is capable of doing. For example, in the development of a short story, Stephenson wanted to know if it's possible to build a tower that's 20 kilometers tall. Keith Hjelmsad, an expert in structural stability and computational mechanics, wrote a detailed response about the challenge involved in building such a tower. Other authors are contributing questions as well, and researchers are chiming in with fascinating, science-based replies. Roboticist Srikanth Saripalli makes this interesting point: "If the government has to decide what to fund and what not to fund, they are going to get their ideas and decisions mostly from science fiction rather than what's being published in technical papers.""
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The Courts

Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic 82

Posted by samzenpus
from the what's-in-a-name dept.
ericgoldman writes Even though "googling" and "Google it" are now common phrases, a federal court ruled that the "Google" trademark is still a valid trademark instead of a generic term (unlike former trademarks such as escalator, aspirin or yo-yo). The court distinguished between consumers using Google as a verb (such as "google it"), which didn't automatically make the term generic, and consumers using Google to describe one player in the market, which 90%+ of consumers still do.

When you are working hard, get up and retch every so often.