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Comment: Contract (Score 2) 224

by Mr 44 (#48156561) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Every employment contract I've signed has a separate form to explicitly enumerate all your pre-existing Intellectual Property (patented or not). This benefits both the company (in strengthening their claim towards owning things you come up while working for them) and you (in that it establishes that you had the concept prior to working there).

Comment: Media Viewer (Score 5, Insightful) 239

by Mr 44 (#47724787) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

I really don't get the uproar. The crux of the issue seems to be that an update to the software running all the various instances of Wikipedia enabled a new slideshow viewer by default, and removed the ability for site admins to disable it by default (but users still can individually choose their preference).

Tempest in a teapot?

Comment: How fucking stupid are you (Score 4, Informative) 100

by Mr 44 (#47663283) Attached to: Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

This is great news for stopping this particular batch of spam.

You just posted the same point twice in this thread, and its completely wrong both times, and shows a total lack of reading comprehension on your part.

They are NOT emailing these addresses, they are attempting to log in to them.

Read the fucking summary, at least. You are what's wrong with the internet.

Comment: very important (Score 1) 109

by Mr 44 (#47524869) Attached to: Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

A lot of people miss this element - "spying" is very different from "legally admissible evidence in court by a police agency". I care a lot less about intelligence agencies, than police agencies.

And yes, that why the supposed collaboration with DEA is so bad, that is far worse than almost anything else that's come out in my mind.

Comment: Sounds reasonable (Score 5, Informative) 210

by Mr 44 (#46922573) Attached to: US Government To Study Bitcoin As Possible Terrorist Threat

It's a bit immature for people to be blindly making fun of this. At the risk of RTFA:

An unclassified memo from January unearthed by Bitcoin Magazine detailed solicitations for CTTSO projects. The memo states that one of the mission requirements is for " to develop and/or enhance new concepts and constructs for understanding the role of virtual currencies" in financing threats against the United States.

The memo said the blurring of national lines is facilitating the transfer of virtual currencies: "The introduction of virtual currency will likely shape threat finance by increasing the opaqueness, transactional velocity, and overall efficiencies of terrorist attacks," it stated.

This sounds like a perfectly valid thing for someone to think about, and consider the implications of. Honestly, whatever your business (or governmental responsibility), if you aren't thinking about the impact of crypto-currency, you might be being negligent.

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