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Comment What is a name? (Score 1) 318

name: a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing
pseudonym: a fictitious name; especially : pen name

An online alias is not a pseudonym, it is by definition a real name. In some jurisdictions, such as the USA (In re McUlta), it is also your "legal name".

(I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice.)

Comment Compromise (Score 1) 607

That sounds like a bug with the "net neutrality" bill! Why shouldn't ISPs be allowed to sell QoS? Net neutrality should stick to dealing with filtering, which is the real problem. So long as they let the traffic through, it shouldn't matter if they do QoS on it. For example, I would very much like, as a consumer, to be able to purchase internet service with 10-50 mbps bandwidth, but maybe only 5 GB of low-latency bandwidth. I can then set the proper QoS flags on my VoIP packets for realtime phone conversations, while leaving bittorrent running with standard/bulk QoS flags.

Comment Re:Well, duh. (Score 1) 338

The copyright holder alone has the authority to produce copies, but the license you're referring to is at best a contract negotiating an agreement between two parties. One party is offering a copy of something as part of the agreement. The other is usually offering some amount of money.

Comment $15/mo? Where? (Score 1) 338

Where do you see a $15/mo plan? AT&T's website lists $35/mo as the cheapest data plan for a ridiculously low amount of 200 MB (that is equivalent to 80 *bytes* per second). If you pay $60/mo, you can upgrade to a mere 5 GB (2 KB/sec). The cheapest voice plan is $40/mo, so no matter what discount on data those might offer, you're still starting at $40/mo base cost.

Comment Re:GPL3 (Score 1) 338

On the contrary, GPL3 addresses the topic of signing keys specifically, and makes exceptions where one is not required to distribute them. Under GPL2, they are merely part of the collective term "source code" and required to be distributed with the rest of it.

Comment Re:When your lawyer withdraws, you're probably gui (Score 1) 143

If the defendant confesses, all lawyers are required to withdraw (or at least, they are prohibited from lying). If the defendant doesn't confess, no lawyer has the authority to judge him on his own. Their job is to continue working to prove that he may not be guilty, despite the evidence suggesting he is.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.