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Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 1) 67

What is right wing about filing a lawsuit to unmask a doe, suing that person, then settling for a much smaller amount. It seems this is used by many different trolls, and likely doesn't have any political ideology behind it. It is sleazy though. Filing a lawsuit with the intention of settling just to get a payout is wrong. It is short circuiting the justice system for personal profit.

Yeah that's neither right nor left, it's the universal language of greedy bloodsuckers.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 3, Interesting) 67

What is right wing about that process? The Democrats support the movie industry, not the Republicans.

The fact that Democrats support something doesn't negate the possibility of something being right wing. The Democrats are not ideologically pure, or ideologically homogenous, and very few of them can be considered "left".

To me, pretending that copyright is only about property rights, and ignoring the fact that copyright was also supposed to be about free speech and about making material available for free to the public after a limited time, is definitely "right wing".

Comment Re:DMCA needs to die (Score 1) 67

This has nothing to do with the DMCA, this is a straight out copyright infringement lawsuit being filed. The real problem is that the methods the copyright holders (or the copyright enforcement goons acting on their behalf) are using to identify torrent users aren't good enough and its good to see at least one judge willing to call these enforcers out on it.

Exactly. Would have been nice for judges to start doing this 11 years ago, but glad they've come around.

Submission + - All Malibu Media subpoenas in Eastern District NY put on hold

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: A federal Magistrate Judge in Central Islip, New York, has just placed all Malibu Media subpoenas in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island on hold indefinitely, due to "serious questions" raised by a motion to quash (PDF) filed in one of them. Judge Steven Locke's 4-page Order and Decision (PDF) cited the defendant's arguments that "(i) the common approach for identifying allegedly infringing BitTorrent users, and thus the Doe Defendant, is inconclusive; (ii) copyright actions, especially those involving the adult film industry, are susceptible to abusive litigation practices; and (iii) Malibu Media in particular has engaged in abusive litigation practices" as being among the reasons for his issuance of the stay.

Comment Science vs. Religion (Score 1) 268

Scientific truth is not the same thing as religious truth. There can be true statements in each system which contradict each other. Whether or not it is meaningful to compare truths arrived at by different methods is debatable.

Science is rooted in empiricism; truth is determined by observation. It's well suited to producing truths about things which can be isolated in an experiment. Things like economies, law/morality, and mathematics are more or less intractable for science, and it cannot make many statements about supernatural beliefs. There is a branch of philosophy which regards the unproven or unprovable as false, but it's a minority viewpoint.

Religion is (perhaps surprisingly) fairly rational, as in rationalism. However, fundamentally its truth is rooted in received wisdom and not subject to test by observation (and to some degree not to reason either). Where religion makes statements about the observable world, it can and often does conflict with empirical truth. Sometimes these things are called miracles.

It is not true that the realms of science, religion, and logic do not overlap. Religion does not always confine itself to the intangible. Scientific theories are always dancing on the limits of observation. Personally, I don't think it's useful to try to reconcile different ways of determining truth, and I think you and John Paul II are with me on this one. I'm not aware of any sensible way to establish a value relation among them; each is necessary in its own domain.

That said, while in my moments of intellectual honesty I am agnostic, believing strongly in something contradicted by empirical truth is not usually something I can take very seriously.

Comment Re:Who read this and thought he invented something (Score 1) 662

Yep, you're absolutely right! Had that situation happened, I'm willing to bet the kid would have received similar treatment to what Ahmed received.

Except Ahmed received it for bringing in a pencil case with no wires sticking out, and he then answered all the questions saying it was a clock, repeatedly.

So, the $color kid would have been treated with suspicion (rightly so) for behaving suspicion, while Ahmed was treated with suspicion despite not acting suspicious.

So what are your motives here in the statement that you made?

You're either ignorant of the circumstances and trying to push an agenda/your opinions despite being ignorant, or you know what the circumstances actually were and are lying to try and push an agenda as well as basing your opinions on an intentional disregard for the truth.

Comment Re: That's only for Google-Brand Nexus devices (Score 1) 80

I find it funny you think your vendors are somehow required to push updates to your device. They're not.

Next time before you buy, check the support list of a custom ROM.

Don't buy any no-name chinese crapware, then install some other custom Android OS, and be done with it.

Vendors are definitely not required to push updates, but they probably should be. It is pretty irresponsible for vendors to continue selling phones with known vulnerabilities, or ignoring vulnerabilities and not offering patches.

This is not unlike an automobile firm allwoing known safety related flaws in their cars to persist because it is too expensive to fix them. I'm looking at you GM. In this case the "safety" flaws are not life threatening, but are a threat to our privacy and security. The recent StageFright bug is a good example. This flaw not only compromised the usability of the device, but potentially compromised users banking and credit information. Plenty of phones will NEVER get patched and users will continue to use these shitty, vulnerable devices.

This is partially Google's fault for making Android so mutable; it's crazy hard and expensive for manufacturers to keep up with patches and there's no incentive for them to do so. That's not an excuse for us not to hold them responsible. We certainly expect our cars to not explode in our faces throwing metal shards into our eyes and thorax. We should hold phone makers to the same standard. We should expect that known security flaws will be patched and not ignored.

Will this increase the cost of phones? Probably. But would you rather have a slightly more expensive handset that gets security updates, or use a phone that's woefully out of date. If you are in the latter category, you're probably reading this in Internet Explorer 5 on Windows XP and in for a shock when you open your retirement account and find a balance of $0.00. Or worse -$53,000.99.

Comment Re: Mostly pointless (Score 1) 80

You're better off installing Facebook and just putting a bookmark to the web page on your launcher.

+1 For you sir! is far superior to the shitey app. You can post pictures, message, and read all the wedding announcements and funny baby pictures without FailBook stealing your contact list, monitoring your location and generally being a douche. And to really put a cherry on top: it stops running when you're not using it! If you live and die by your FB messenger, this won't work for you, but if you actually want your phone to be a phone with some juice in the battery, this is the way forward!

Comment Re:settings menu (Score 1) 80

This is all great, but it's not exactly news. The most recent commit to that project is over six months old and the majority of the commits are from two years ago. I doubt it will work properly with KitKat or Lollipop. An alternative is Amplify. It isn't smart, but it does give you the power to suppress wakelocks at will. You can seriously børk up your phone with it, but that's all easily fixed.

Comment Re:excuse me, may i use your phone? (Score 1) 101

My phone has a guest account. Also the payment applications have distinct passwords. That said, the only time in the last decade someone asked to use my phone, and I let them, it was apparently to try to score some xanax. Lesson learned: you may not borrow my phone. Homeless people have cell phones these days, if you don't have one (for some bizarre reason) ask one of them. I'll consider exceptions to this rule if I know where you sleep.

Comment If you need math, learn it. If not... (Score 5, Insightful) 616

And there's a shit ton of CRUD apps that people want written that don't need anything of the sort. There's a world between high-performance computing and the most superficial use of a computer. Excel macros spring to mind, as an example. We can also draw a line between simple computation and more complex mathematics -- simple calculations are absolutely the computer's job.

To answer your "So what?": useful shit can be done even without having learned everything that you did. What useful purpose does elitism serve?

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".