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Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 678

by Jaazaniah (#49538707) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Safe Zones are no more than explicit response of organized free speech and labor to protect those who would try to use the same to harm those they don't like. Trigger Warnings are no more than content warnings seen on movies and TV taken to lecture level where the audience can thereby exercise informed consent to attend. Shouting lecturers down is yet another form of the whole free speech paradigm you hold so highly. Pulling fire alarms to end speeches is no different than a democratized version of taking a speaker off-air when their opinion is unpopular with the executives of a new network, it's also a crime to falsely pull one, but it's one hell of an uphill fight to find that person.

Examining our own biases is a good exercise to ensure the principles we're trying to talk about aren't marred by our own dislikes of other people using their rights in different ways than we do ourselves.

Which is exactly why this thread has 400+ comments in an age of Slashdot where typical stories get less than 100. It's a debate of principles and biases. Ultimately whether one agrees or not, there are going to be future events like this.

Comment: Re:Mumbai (Score 1) 191

With the funds used to acquire or build the weapons in use in any attack, an upgrade to sat phone service might not be out of the question. Or, VOIP involving localized WiFi (provided non-warzone conditions) There are many methods of communicating wirelessly, GSM and other cell technologies aren't the only one.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 191

Agreed. While their thinking behind the cell service is likely the distance factor of offender from scene, there are a host of technologies involving radio frequencies that could be used. Hell, a home automation switch-flipper that you have within distance of WiFi coverage, and the offender could be in China before activating it in England or the USA. The other thing is, if the cell service towers go down, that doesn't prevent rogue transmitters, so a frequency jammer would be needed, of sufficient power to get past whatever transmitters are in use in the area they're interested in. Once the detonation happens, you think locking down cell service is going to prevent another one? Why would the offender ever need to space out the execution by more than 3 seconds? You're only harming potential emergency calls from people who need help.

Sorry DoSH, you missed too many details for this to be viable. Also, get off your police state rhetoric.

Comment: Re:The elephant in the room.. (Score 1) 292

by Jaazaniah (#49219375) Attached to: Do Tech Companies Ask For Way Too Much From Job Candidates?
Right, Project start date projected as H1B clearance time + justifiable search time for domestic workers, then pluck a close-enough candidate who can do the job, but also command a salary that is comparable for their region, but is 1/3 the cost for the domestic region, or less. Particularly for medium or large businesses.

Comment: Re:Newsflash (Score 1) 253

I really can't believe what I'm seeing. There are literally 7 highlighted instances of the phrase "I run a recruiting company. And, I am genuinely sorry to hear such criticisms." (besides this one) on this page. The poster even went through the trouble of checking the post anonymously checkbox and then signed the above comment with -Cork, implying relation to the original briancork user. This is either a masterful troll, or one of the worst cases of canned responses I've ever seen.

Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 1) 422

by Jaazaniah (#48187743) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Read the abstract of the actual study. The abstract results summarize that the telomere length issue was not correlated with non-carbonated sugar-sweetened beverages, or carbonated non-sugar-sweetened beverages. It's only when both traits are present that this happens.

Sadly there are no more detailed results to look at HFCS or Sucrose. My guess is the study used HFCS pops, but bear in mind that numerous juice brands use HFCS as a sweetening additive, which would count here as a non-carbonated sugar-sweetened beverage. The next question is what's the interaction that causes this from these two traits?

Comment: Re:Probably saved more lives with jamming (Score 1) 427

This is much more poignant than other arguments. I once had someone on the road intentionally try to force me to rear end his vehicle because he saw I was on my phone at the time. Not only did I avoid his shenanigans, I pulled some combat driving to get out ahead of his crazy ass and leave the safety problem behind me, and away from my insurance premium.

Comment: Re:Closing barn doors after barn is burnt down. (Score 1) 622

by Jaazaniah (#41340119) Attached to: YouTube Refuses To Remove Anti-Islamic Film Clip

In a region where cartoonists and fornicators are stoned to death for two very different acts, holding a public viewing of a movie along the lines of what got the cartoonist killed is a sure recipe for lynch mob, except this mob has RPGs and anti-vehicular weaponry in their back yards.

Don't underestimate a religion's ability to mobilize killers. Christianity had its bout, and it would seem now it's time for Islam to try. Personally, I could live without all religions, but that's wishful thinking.

Comment: Re:Idea and expression (Score 1) 380

by Jaazaniah (#38802439) Attached to: US Supreme Court Upholds Removal of Works From Public Domain

IANAL, but my reading of the quoted article 10.1, particularly the phrases "...that the form in which a program is, whether in source or object code, does not affect the protection..." and "...obligation to protect computer programs as literary works means e.g. that only those limitations that are applicable to literary works may be applied to computer programs..."

The first phrase appears to apply to efforts such as re-factoring in that the new form of the code does not spawn a new copyright, but instead the old copyright applies to the new form.

The second phrase appears to preclude other forms of protection by declaring that only limitations applied to literary works may be applied to computer programs.

Together with the 50-year term (precluding shorter terms for "applied art" in the last sentence), this article appears to extend the length of time a piece of code can be protected (from a renewed 20 year coverage of 40 years to 50 years without re-application), and also implicitly broadens what counts as a single work from one file of code to all forms that do the same thing. So in other words, any new invention in software that gets applied is not only protected for longer (and under copyright infringement), but also under a fuzzier definition to only include other "forms" of the same computation. I.E. any code that returned the Fibonacci number for any given number n, regardless of the implementation, could now be called the Fibonacci Code, and would be protected as a work by the first implementer (again, any language). This would appear to be in line with the idea that under traditional copyright, the work of the adaption of a creative work also belongs to the copyright holder. So, not only does this make the Fibonacci Code in Fortran owned by the same person as the Fibonacci Code in PHP (regardless if the author may only know Assembly), but also any other derivative work of the Fibonacci Code . Such as one that outputs the numbers as it runs, one that caches an array of values to save on processing time, one that calculates the number by looking up in a table or by recursive calculation, all of it is generally reserved for the copyright holder.

Fibonacci was used as a work old enough to be beyond even this treaty's coverage, but if this could apply to something more recent, say the code that enables spawning new threads of arbitrary code. This interpretation would mean 50 years of copyright claims to any implementation of thread-spawning code (machine up through scripting) by 1 individual (or, hey, the "other" kind of individual - the corporation), and damages/fees as high as the absurdity seen in recent RIAA cases on 1 song, let alone many code translations in use on an idea like thread spawning for arbitrary code.

But, again, we're looking at how far you sub-divide the subject matter in question. A copy of Apache? Definitely whole-sale copying. Using some of the same libraries as Apache in a manor that's similar to one of the functions at Apache's core? Not so much. If one divides "a computer program" to only mean anything one can order the operating system to run and it'll perform the stated task, then the broad definition doesn't affect languages that don't compile to Assembly such as Java. If one divides it too far to mean any function or subroutine which a computer can run, then you basically have software patents with broadened scope (across all languages, and right to create derivatives reserved) and lengthened protection.

This nightmare scenario is essentially over-extrapolation from the starting point above to the legally absurd extreme. I recognize it as such, but not every judge making calls on a related case will see this side when it's spun the right way by the prosecution attorney. The end of software patents may be desirable, but I see the sentence about the code's form not affecting the protection as a very slippery-slope in the wrong direction. Be careful what you wish for. The devil you know may actually be less tyrannical than the devil you don't.

Comment: Re:Hey dumb ass (Score 1) 848

by Jaazaniah (#38519726) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?
Agreed. I've had exposure to many managers who's "good attitude for the company" involves looking at employees only as a set of ROI figures. I've also worked under the minority of managers who are interested in developing both the product and skill-set base of employees. The line about "bad attitude" is exactly the attitude that likely founded tech companies in the past - take a new product on the road. Calling this a bad attitude goes against the ideals of several states which have passed provisions protecting the little guys like the OP from being squashed or taken advantage of simply because the company they works for issues the salary checks they get.

The time spent on any item of the agenda [of a finance committee] will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. -- C.N. Parkinson