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Comment: Re: Sounds like he was enjoying himself! (Score 5, Informative) 253

by IP_Troll (#46207647) Attached to: A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back
Actually, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, the law which makes federally backed student loans not dischargeable through chapter 13 or 7 bankruptcy, was first conceived in 1997 and muddled around congress until 2004. Then chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa submitted it in its current form, with strong support from Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay from Texas. President George W. Bush signed the bill into law on April 20, 2005.

Comment: Re: Contact the state cable franchise authority (Score 1) 324

Where I live, the cable company has to pull the line to every customer, regardless of burial requirements. Cable companies don't WANT to bury but that is the compromise they made when they got the franchise, making them the only game in town. Put in a complaint with the franchise authority, let them tell you what the facts are.

Comment: Contact the state cable franchise authority (Score 1) 324

Franchises such as cable providers are required to pull lines to all people is a territory. In exchange for being the only cable company, the cable company is typically required to provide services to everyone regardless of the cost. Google to find out the complaint department for your state franchise authority and place a complaint. I did this is the past and was quickly provided with cable access, even though they had to pull additional lines to reach me.

Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video 871

Posted by samzenpus
from the to-talk-or-not-to-talk dept.
In response to both of my previous articles raising questions about the Fifth Amendment, people sent me a link to a famous video titled "Don't Talk To Cops" delivered by Regents University law professor James Duane. Whether his conclusion is correct or not, I think the argument is flawed in several ways. Please continue reading below to see what I think is wrong with his position.

Comment: This will get the lawyer sanctioned (Score 5, Interesting) 225

by IP_Troll (#44872569) Attached to: Doubleclick Cofounder Responds to Patent Troll by Filing Extortion Lawsuit
"and threatened to file criminal charges — unless they settled the civil case immediately"

Threatening criminal charges to gain the upper hand in a civil case is against the rules of ethics for attorneys. Every state has its own flavor of rules but they are derived from the ABA model rules.

Mr. O'Connor should immediately file a complaint with the (every) state bar in which this attorney is licensed.

Comment: Re:How is that an "upshot"? (Score 2) 167

by IP_Troll (#44706007) Attached to: Uber Tip-Skimming Allegations Could Spark National Class Action
You clearly do not understand how class actions work. 1000 people harmed for $100 is not worth litigating individually. Lump that together into a $100,000 suit and it is worth the time to do it. Plus most class actions are contingency lawyers get like 30%, if the plaintiffs lose they don't have to pay the attorneys.

toss some scraps $70 is better than $0.

Comment: Re:We need more unions / workers rights (Score 2) 167

by IP_Troll (#44705917) Attached to: Uber Tip-Skimming Allegations Could Spark National Class Action
I don't see how forcing the taxi drivers to pay union dues will increase their paychecks.

Contract worker versus employee has nothing to do with the workers, it has to do with the company trying to avoid employment taxes. If you are a contract worker, the employer does not have to pay employment tax on you, and the employer cannot set your hours worked in a day.

If you are a contract employee and your employer tries to control your hours, quietly make a phone call to the state/ federal tax authorities.

OH but if they find out they will fire me. Then you have a whistle blower suit against the company.

Comment: Re:They aren't drowning in plastic (Score 3, Interesting) 427

by IP_Troll (#44634673) Attached to: US States Banned From Exporting Trash To China Are Drowning In Plastic
That is wrong also.

A fast food restaurant cannot put their trash bags in the paper recycling bin, no, but a few pizza boxes are not going contaminate an entire batch of recycled paper, unlike plastic where dissimilar plastics will contaminate and entire batch.

Paper recycling handles food residue without a problem. To recycle paper you throw it all in a gigantic vat, boil it, and everything breaks down. Inks, Fat, Oil and grease float to the top and are skimmed off, solids like staples and plastic are filtered out.

Unlike plastic where there is no economical way to remove the inks used to make white/blue/green containers and if you mix PET and ABS, you get garbage.

Comment: Re:They aren't drowning in plastic (Score 3, Informative) 427

by IP_Troll (#44633787) Attached to: US States Banned From Exporting Trash To China Are Drowning In Plastic

They just need to be more thoroughly sorted


Household waste plastic other than clear plastic PET is not worth recycling. The plastic lobby has pulled the wool over your eyes. Plastic can be easily recycled when sorted, is like saying you can easily walk to work when someone gives you a piggyback ride.

Comment: Re:We need more than that (Score 1) 442

by IP_Troll (#44006697) Attached to: Birthday Song's Copyright Leads To a Lawsuit For the Ages
While I agree with your sentiment, what you propose is much more difficult than you think.

The present copyright term and "automatic rights" instead of "rights after registration" are not spontaneous American ideas, they are requirements of the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty.

You will have to get the whole of Europe/ Asia to sign on to whatever changes you propose.

Or America could withdraw from the treaty, but that would mean Americans would lose their rights in treaty countries.

Comment: Question crafted so it is impossible answer. (Score 1) 768

by IP_Troll (#43937985) Attached to: Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders
The author fails to realize that most the the rights he cites as reasons for the fifth amendment being unnecessary, are based on the fifth amendment. You do not have a spontaneous right against police beatings to extract a confession, the confession elicited through beatings would be inadmissible because it violates the fifth amendment, therefore police would not beat people. Yes i know people still get beaten, but the fifth amendment is the root of the law which says you can't beat people, if you actually read the law that says you can't beat people, BECAUSE it violates the 5th amendment.

This is like saying we don't need a root directory because we have all these other directories that can hold stuff just as well. It is easy for a 1st year CS student to criticize a system he doesn't grasp, at all.

I guess i FAIL0 on this. Throw the constitution out the window! Bennett Haselton will tell us what our rights are! It must be so hard being the smartest guy in the room. A thousand tears for you.

Comment: Re:Why don't businesses get it? (Score 5, Insightful) 318

by IP_Troll (#43841383) Attached to: PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug

but as the kid under 18 you or your guardian can void the contract at any time, which would mean Paypal wouldn't have the right to use the information you gave them. Now consider what happens if they fixed a bug based on your information, shipped a product and suddenly they have no permission anymore to use the information. Ugly.

If someone discovers a flaw in a system, you are not barred from ever fixing that flaw in the future. Whether or not the person that discovered the flaw is a minor is irrelevant.

If they offer a potential code fix you can chose not to use their code and avoid all liability.

You can try to fabricate a strawman argument to try to prove your point, but what you said is just plain wrong.

Comment: Smaller patents because prior art easier to find (Score 3, Interesting) 96

by IP_Troll (#43391953) Attached to: Study Suggests Patent Office Lowered Standards To Cope With Backlog
More likely this is a function of the internet, and the ability to search for prior art in a matter of minutes.

In the past a party looking to get a patent would go back and forth with the patent examiner at the USPTO a number of times, because the USPTO had a vast library of prior art that your average person doesn't have access to. Every time the examiner came up with prior art the patent would have to be rewritten to shrink it claims.

Now with the internet, anybody can search just about any database, this means the first draft patent will include more examples of prior art, a patent with less broad claims, and less for the patent examiner to object to.

A better measure of whether the USPTO is lowering its standards is the number of broad claims versus narrow claims in a patent. As well as the number of prior art examples cited in the patent, by definition if the prior art describes an aspect of the patent, that aspect is not patented, it is cited as a reference to what the patent DOES NOT cover.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long