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Comment: Service by Publication (Score 3, Interesting) 166

by Etherwalk (#47959907) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

The judge may have said it can be used in this one case, but unless struck down by another court, it sets up a precedent for other judges to do the same.

The precedent is already there. (Leaving aside issues of which precedent is binding v. persuasive v. nobody cares).

Service by publication--you just put ads in generally available newspapers--is allowed in some courts when you can't reach a person, a leftover from the days when people read newspapers.

A few years ago slashdot posted an article when a judge allowed service by *email*. The reasoning was that an email to the person was more likely to reach them than service by publication, which would have been allowed.

When service by publication would be permissible, most savvy judges are likely to allow service by email, if it is within their discretion to allow it.

Comment: Committee Chair is Evil (Score 1) 353

Hey, remember the whole "War on Women" bit? That was all Darrell Issa's fault, the chairman of that committee. He's the richest member of the house, and he is interested in finger-pointing because he's operating as a political animal.

Why does slashdot listen to these blowhards? It's a web site, and it was done badly, and that's the tech discussion. Eight damning emails a politician uses to say that people care about the press coverage (in order to get those politicians their own press coverage) is not worth anyone's time.

Comment: Dialogue v. Trolling (Score 3, Insightful) 441

by Etherwalk (#47947617) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Well yes, you are, guilty of deflecting criticism by claiming the definitions are too broad.

That's a common defensive reaction.

Problems should be well-defined. Someone can take that position whether they're doing it defensively or not and still be making a legitimate point. Calling it defensive, notably on a topic where there is moral stigma associated with being defensive about it, is just an ad hominem attack.

There are plenty of legitimate critiques of Parent's message--he appears to be dismissing out-of-hand an issue that affects hundreds of millions of people a year. He also failed to state what definitions he thinks are too broad to be useful. Responding with a question about one or more of those that might make people think about the issue is the difference between trolling and dialogue.

Comment: Old News (Score 0) 911

by Etherwalk (#47898847) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

This argument has been around at least since the Victorian era. Basically, when you give up the certainty of Romanticism and Religion, you need to fill the void with something in order to give life meaning and direction, or else there'll be this big empty spot where your heart used to be.

Seriously, just read through the Norton Anthology from the era. Doesn't take that long.

Comment: Re:What Microsoft could do (Score 2) 210

by Etherwalk (#47891265) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

M$ won't care, it's more money for them when your computer gets screwed up and you have to (a) call M$ tech support (b) buy a new PC (c) buy another M$ license (d) take your pc to a repair shop.

I am going to go ahead and make an educated guess that Microsoft has done more to improve computer security for gullible people than you have.

I'm not saying it's perfect--but it's a lot more secure than it used to be, and they want it to be secure, and they spend a lot of money on making machines secure.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe