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Comment Re:Veterans care (Score 1) 60

Anybody who ever served on active duty and handled classified information is just a bit hacked off at Her Majesty's cavalier attitude about, well, everything.

That's true, but comparing Hillary's sending and receiving emails that weren't marked as classified over a non-government server is absolutely NOTHING compared to Petraus' knowingly giving top secret information to someone with neither a need to know nor a security clearance. Remember Mata Hari? (I probably spelled that wrong)

Plus, his adultery is strictly against the USMJ code; people have gotten dishonorable discharges for that alone, and anyone else would have gotten time in Leavenworth for spilling secrets. Petraus got off not with a slap on the wrist, but a stern talking to.

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Journal Journal: Gimpy text and Mars

I use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to design book covers. It's an excellent free open source program that has three weaknesses -- its menu structure is completely illogical (but can be gotten used to), I can't find a full spectrum palette, and its text handling is so poor as to be useless.

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Journal Journal: Table of Contents

I've spent the last three days working to fix the ePubs and AZW3s of Yesterday's Tomorrows. I had just ran it through Calibre and did a quick check, noting that the table of contents didn't display anything.

It took a lot of research and learning to fix the ToC, and while doing so discovered something even worse - some of the illustrations were covering up the text. Damn!

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Journal Journal: Yesterday's Tomorrow is now available!

It turned into a beautiful thing. It's full of illustrations, plus photos of the authors and covers of the magazines the stories were printed in. It has the first use of the word "astronaut", the cover story of the issue of Astounding that is said to have ushered in the "golden age of science fiction, A.E. van Vogt's first published science fiction, a few other firsts, and five stories that are printed from cleaned up scans of the magazines. There are biographies of all the writers in the boo

Comment Re:Forget party, all that (Score 1) 21

What's so damned special about relationships? If it's about equality, then tell me, why does a childless married couple pay less in tax than a widow with a child who earns the same as the couple? I'd say the widow's relationship to the child matters to society, the couple's relationship doesn't matter to anyone but them.

Why is it legal to discriminate on the basis of marriage?

Why does any government in a secular country have anything at all to do with marriage?

Comment Re:So what are the terms? (Score 1) 99

I've had a number of nice conversations with attorneys over the years. They range from specific real cases and current news events, to totally hypothetical events. Frequently, you'll hear "it depends on the judge". Different judges have different opinions. One may side with you totally, while another will be annoyed that you even attempt to reference a particular thing. That's the biggest thing a local attorney who knows the judge will give you.

In his case, one judge may like that he had no intention of violating the IP of the other. Another may prefer to hear that the violation was coincidental. And a third may not care and put him on the hook for a stack of damages.

Asking for legal help here and expecting an answer that can be used is totally different. An attorney doesn't have all the facts, doesn't know the jurisdiction, and would open themselves up to legal trouble.

If the advice is valid in the attorney's jurisdiction, but not the OP, he could come back and blame the attorney.

If the attorney is giving advice outside of the area where he is licensed, he can run into trouble.

If there's something significant that changes the case, then he gave bad advice.

And just like the aforementioned car analogy, a mechanic online can't give the answer to "what is that noise". That thump may be a flat tire, the bass is turned up too loud, or any number of things.

Comment Re:So what are the terms? (Score 5, Insightful) 99

It all depends on what the "common English word" is. Apple. Blackberry. Chase. Delta. EvilCorp. Fire. ... You get the idea. (I couldn't resist EvilCorp. Sorry).

Even if he was explicitly clear, there are a few points.

1) None of us are attorneys specializing in trademark law.

2) Even if there are such attorneys here, they would say "But I'm not your attorney until you retain me, so I cannot answer."

3) If the guy is just asking for a word from the description to be removed, fuck it, remove the word. He doesn't have the funds to fight it. When he has the money to pay an attorney to deal with the USPTO, Google and the opposing party, that's when he has something to work with. If it's as weak as he implies, he could potentially get the trademark invalidated and then sue for damages from lost revenue by complying (but not admitting guilt) with the initial C&D in a timely and good faith manner.

That actual trademark attorney may just say at the initial consultation, "This isn't worth my time. File form xyz yourself with the USPTO to get it invalidated, and then go back to Google with it." I've heard lawyers say that plenty of times, when there isn't enough money to be had.

They may even direct him to a group like EFF or ACLU, who would take it on principle, or even another attorney who is already defending other targets of this troll.

As not an attorney, nothing above is to be considered advice of any sort. What follows is.

Contact an attorney. Get the free or few hundred dollar consult.

panic: kernel trap (ignored)