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Comment: Re:Why Do We Carry On Pretending? (Score 1) 118

by Fnord666 (#49710025) Attached to: GCHQ Officials Given Immunity From Hacking Charges

And of course the third is that Western Civilization is not currently fascist. We wouldn't be talking about this openly on a public forum if it was. Increased surveillance by various intelligence agencies is worrisome and could potentially lead us to an unpleasant place once again, but we're nowhere near it yet. Not every political decision you don't like is a sign of fascism any more than every shoulder ache is a sign of a heart attack.

Exactly. It's not like they will . . . hang on, their's someone at the door. brb.

Comment: Re:Bigger Fish (Score 2) 142

So Chinese college students are reading Obama's unclassified emails and these guys are busted for hacking ebay photos. :-D

No, they were busted for selling software that let others hack eBay photos. I'm not sure how this is any different than the guy who created the website that helps you break into Master padlocks. Both have legitimate uses as well as nefarious ones.

Comment: Re:Assumptions (Score 1) 78

by Fnord666 (#49606275) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

This. Pretty much every prescription the doctor writes effectively goes straight to the drug reps. If you stop prescribing, they'll know, and come in and bribe^H^H^H^Hinquire as to why you stopped prescribing their drug.

Exactly this. I've been present while a drug rep was discussing with the pharmacist how much of each of his company's drugs local doctors have been prescribing.

Comment: Re:So was it illegal? (Score 2) 310

by Fnord666 (#49525329) Attached to: Futures Trader Arrested For Causing 2010 'Flash Crash'

A HFT trader uses his knowledge of market conditions (ie: Royal Bank of Canada just placed a major buy order for GM that will jack up the price) to profit. He doesn't try to change the price of anything, he just uses his superior knowledge of what the price is going to do to make a buck.

So how is that not considered insider trading? Or is the GM buy order public knowledge but most people don't have the ability to take advantage of it during the millisecond window?

Comment: Re:What the hell is going on a the USPTO? (Score 2) 58

by Fnord666 (#49453191) Attached to: After EFF Effort, Infamous "Podcasting Patent" Invalidated

Perhaps better than the IPR mechanism would be an appeals process by which anyone can make an 'obviousness' challenge to any patent approved by the rank and file PTO staff to a higher-level and more technical board that must review the patent before it's actually enforceable.

As soon as you create this process someone will build a system that automatically submits an appeal for every patent issued and we end up worse off than before.

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