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Comment: Re:"Legal tender" (Score 1) 362

by JonMartin (#42479883) Attached to: Canada To Stop Producing Pennies In 2013

If you have a choice as to whether to accept something as payment for a debt, that is by definition no longer legal tender.
AIUI generaly cash transactions in a store do not involve a debt to the store and therefore legal tender is not directly relevant.

Yes, exactly. You must take possession, or consume, a good or service before paying to incur a debt, and only then does the distinction of legal tender come into play.

Say you are buying a sandwich at some place like Subway. You don't take possession of the goods until after you have handed over your money (even though you might be holding it in your hands), so there is never any debt, so they are free to refuse $100 bills (which a lot of shops did before the 100 was updated to the 2001 "Canadian Journey" series).

Now in a restaurant where you sit down and eat before paying, there a debt is incurred, and they cannot refuse legal tender without absolving you of your debt. Note however that the law does not obligate them to make change!

Comment: Actually we stopped making them in 2012 (Score 5, Informative) 362

by JonMartin (#42465773) Attached to: Canada To Stop Producing Pennies In 2013
The Mint stopped making new pennies last May ( But they are still in circulation. What happens on February 4th is the Mint stops putting pennies it gets back into circulation. What is unclear is when exactly stores will be required to stop giving pennies out.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 108

by JonMartin (#42097335) Attached to: O'Reilly Discounts Every eBook By 50%
Right on. I have this argument with friends occasionally. If you don't like the price or some other aspect of the product (eg. having to use Origin for EA games), do the principled thing and don't consume it at all. It is too easy to say prices are too high or DRM is too onerous when you are getting it for free anyways. Real principles aren't easy.

Comment: Re:And the downside? (Score 3, Interesting) 307

by JonMartin (#41987189) Attached to: Salt Lake City Police To Wear Camera Glasses

Problem with these cameras of course, bad officers will soon learn to strike out of camera view with fist and truncheon to escalate violence, whilst their partner 'looks' the other way and then deny it with 'proof' of video. Much like DNA evidence, better not get too wrapped into what the camera 'sees' unless they go with a fish eye lens and high resolution so they can extract the scene they are after.

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Photos and video are incredibly powerful and persuasive. Even without doctoring them, they can be tremendously misleading. Present a video in court and a jury will believe that if something is not in the video IT DID NOT HAPPEN. If someone doesn't believe that they can be misled with unaltered photos and video, they are a fool. It happens every day in the news we read and watch.


+ - DMCA take down advice

Submitted by CBung
CBung (1572609) writes "Hello Slashdot readers, I am involved in an open source Java strategy game engine hosted on SourceForge. We have existed for many years and our development is volunteer based. We use the engine to play clones of a popular WWII board game as well as many community created mods and maps. The popularity of the board game is the driving force behind the successfulness of our application. Most users have "been playing that board game for 20yrs", and most of us own at least one of the board games. We love being able to play on line and develop our skills on the board game maps at an international level. Unfortunately, we've recently been hit by a DMCA take down notice from the rights holder the board game that we clone. The IP holder did create a PC version of the board game in 1998 which was poorly maintained and another reason our application was created. At this point, our initial reaction is to simply remove the specifically cloned maps, and maintain our application with many of our user mods. However, many of our mods use the same units and game mechanics/rules as the board game. Is there any way we can keep our application, including the clones of the board game maps, alive?

I will also note that the rights holder recently released an on line version of their board game thats playable on line. However it is very specific and limited in options. It seems more then coincidental that we've received this notice now that their own game lobby is on line. Can our application take refuge in another country? Is there a way to keep our application alive since it is significantly more feature full?"

Comment: Re:Coming to a disaster near you. (Score 1) 452

by JonMartin (#26499285) Attached to: Seagate Hard Drive Fiasco Grows
7200.10. I just RMAed 2 of them recently. Died on arrival with the "chirp of death" (sounds like a little metal bird inside the HD). Only reason I got them was because I had good experience with the .7s and .8s. Lesson learned: in the HD market, past experience with a different model is irrelevant.

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams