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Comment: Re:I'll give you six amendments: (Score 2) 1492

by SecurityGuy (#46769711) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

This is mostly beautiful. I have reservations on #6. I'm ok with taking guns away from violent criminals. I don't think educating everyone is going to change the culture of idiots who walk around with a gun in their pants now waiting to shoot someone for "disrespecting" them or being in the wrong neighborhood. Giving them a gun course isn't going to un-Hollywoodize firearms.

Comment: Re:Assistant Principal doesn't believe it was bull (Score 4, Insightful) 779

My child was harassing another kid in school. It went on for months. The other kid didn't want to go to school anymore. It was a Big Deal. Finally, the parent called me because she wasn't successful in getting the school to stop it. I called the principal and asked basically "where the hell is your anti bullying policy" and got the same response. He didn't consider it bullying. As you said, "WTF?!?!?!?!". The first I'd ever heard of this was when the other parent called me. More parents need to get involved in schools. Show up at school board meetings. Read them the riot act when they need it. Campaign against the bad ones at election time and for the good ones.

Oh, and you can bet my kid stopped that crap that day.

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 4, Insightful) 584

by SecurityGuy (#46748675) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Essentially I believe that it could be harmful for young babies/toddlers to have too many vaccines administered at the same time - 3 vaccines during the same office visit, for example. I can only imagine how many adults would opt for several shots at the same time.

This is exactly the problem. You believe that based on what? This adult would opt for several shots at the same time. Saves me another trip to the doctor and possibly another copay.

I'm surprised the amount of negativity the community has presented on this subject.

Irrationality can be very annoying. We have this amazing thing called science that lets us tease truth out of nature, and a vocal subset of the population wants to go back to the dark ages of superstition and fear. This is frustrating when the consequences are entirely predictable, and include helpless kids getting sick or dying.

But we need to find the cause for autism.

On that, I couldn't agree more. The Wakefields and McCarthys of the world have done incalculable harm in dragging us down this blind alley.

Comment: Re:Kind of states the problem with electric. No no (Score 1) 544

by SecurityGuy (#46652207) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

When my old MX-3 was new, it was nearly silent. I was in a parking lot and saw some friends of mine. I drove up literally within 2 feet of them before they heard me.

Internal combustion cars can be darn near silent, too. I'm not aware of any requirement that they make some minimum of noise. Even if there is, cars moving at speed may not be making enough noise for you to hear before they hit you.

Comment: Re:Because Hollywood. (Score 1) 544

by SecurityGuy (#46652165) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

They hop in their car, step on the gas, and rush off from a standstill. Sure, visually you can see it's a soft shoulder, but audibly, your brain hasn't bothered to think about dirt or gravel noises. The first sound most audiences associate with a fast departure like that is a squealing tire.

Yes, but why do people think that? Could it be because they've seen it on TV? Having driven cars pretty hard in my youth, they just don't do some of the things you guys make them do. You're filling in the sounds people expect to hear, but we only expect to hear them because someone else put them there before, causing us to hear them.

Fights are another example. Nobody sounds like that when they get hit.

Comment: Re:I can wear my phone just fine, in a pocket (Score 1) 180

by SecurityGuy (#46641153) Attached to: A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

A device as heavy as a phone in a pocket while running is annoyingly unpleasant. I have a stretchy belt that holds mine snugly so it doesn't bounce. I suppose I'm agreeing with you. I don't need a wearable smart phone, I just need to wrap a thing around my smart phone which makes it wearable.

Also, I don't have to track my fitness, because I am usually there myself to observe my fitness with my own eyes.

Eh, what works for you and what works for others are just different things. I can observe my own fitness right now, but having actually tracked it for years, it's nice now and again to be reminded that I'm in a lot better shape than when I started. Also, gamification works. I was surprised that once my company started giving us not really enough money to care about to wear one of those devices, I changed my behavior to get the rewards. For some people, tracking your fitness correlates with improving your fitness.

Comment: Re:Selfphone insurance (Score 1) 218

by SecurityGuy (#46622403) Attached to: Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

Why do people pay to insure anything? Because they weigh the certain small expense vs. the larger but unlikely loss and decide they'd rather the certain small expense. Personally, I insure select phones because while I *can* cough up the money for a full retail replacement if I have to, it'd make me unhappy to do it. Paying $6 or $8 a month, though, is lost in the noise.

I'm about to change that, though, because deductibles have been rising to the point where there's really not much difference between having insurance and not. One of my kids dropped a phone and broke the screen. Deductible: $169. Cost of having it fixed at the mall: $79. I didn't even bother with the claim. At that point, I agree, why bother having insurance?

Comment: Re:School admin reach into off-campus life (Score 5, Insightful) 367

by SecurityGuy (#46593225) Attached to: Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

Agree completely. What schools sometimes fail to understand, or perhaps willfully misunderstand, is that they can't write policy that gives them permission to do anything. Their policies can only limit authority given to them by something else, such as law or parental consent, or direct how they exercise authority given to them by something else.

Personally, I think the American educational system might be a bit better off if they spend more time teaching and less time trying to be parents. It'd also have the nice effect of not convincing bad parents that the schools are there to do their job when they can't be bothered.

Comment: Re:Hi... (Score 1) 370

by SecurityGuy (#46576519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

This is very true. In my experience, actual work is about getting the job done well enough to serve a particular purpose while academic work was more likely to require delving deeper. The deeper academic delving sometimes really pays off when the real job requires just getting something to work right, right now.

Comment: Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 1) 517

Meh. That's not really true. There's a reason there's an entire field called evidence-based medicine [], which from its very name makes it distinct from just plain-old normal "medicine."

"Evidence-based medicine" is simply branding aimed at people who are ignorant of science. If you have any understanding of how science (and therefore the world) works, evidence-based medicine is in amusing or annoying redundant phrase. If you're one of the ignorant multitudes, you might actually pay attention that unlike your bottle of water, er, homeopathic "cure" (designed by a teacher!), evidence-based medicine actually has, you know, evidence to show that it works, not just marketing and endorsements.

That the phrase exists at all shows how badly we've failed at scientific education.

Comment: Re:Ruling good. STORY WRONG. (Score 1) 158

by SecurityGuy (#46571433) Attached to: Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

You can't copy something you don't have.

Sure you can. All you need to do is invent a mechanism for copying a thing you don't have. Perhaps a computer somewhere else that has a bunch of files that you don't have, but will make a copy for you if you ask. Arguing that you can ask for the copy to be made and not be responsible for the making of it is like arguing that you weren't speeding, you were merely pressing on the accelerator.

Comment: Re:Ruling good. STORY WRONG. (Score 1) 158

by SecurityGuy (#46571271) Attached to: Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

The courts have never held that doing a straight HTTP/FTP download is infringement, mostly because it's impossible to track down everyone that's doing it.

This is a common error. The law doesn't have to spell out each and every possible method of infringement, just like they don't have to spell out each and every method of murder (with a gun, with an axe, etc). Did you make a copy? Yes. Did you have the permission of the copyright owner, or was it fair use, parody, etc? No? Then it doesn't matter if you copied it with a quill or HTTP or had it sequenced into your DNA.


“Copies” are material objects, other than phonorecords, in which a work is fixed by any method now known or later developed, and from which the work can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. The term “copies” includes the material object, other than a phonorecord, in which the work is first fixed.

A work is “fixed” in a tangible medium of expression when its embodiment in a copy or phonorecord, by or under the authority of the author, is sufficiently permanent or stable to permit it to be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated for a period of more than transitory duration. A work consisting of sounds, images, or both, that are being transmitted, is “fixed” for purposes of this title if a fixation of the work is being made simultaneously with its transmission.

That's from 17 USC 101. Maybe you can convince a judge that FTPing something onto your hard drive doesn't qualify, but it seems pretty clear cut to me.

This is the fundamental argument against trying to brand copyright infringement as theft - theft by nature requires something to have been appropriated, taken, or otherwise used in such a manner as it is depriving the original owner of their right to own.

Another common error. I don't argue that it's theft. In fact, in doing a little digging I found that there's case law that establishes precedent that copyright infringement ISN'T theft. But again, I didn't say that it is, just that downloading copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder, or fair use exemption, yadda yadda, is copyright infringement.

It's not my intention to get into the philosophical argument here. I can't defend $150,000 statutory damages over downloading a 99 cent song, I'm just pointing out that claiming downloading a 99 cent song is legal without paying for it or otherwise getting a license is wrong by about $149.999.01. The copyright owner doesn't get to sue you because you might have deprived them of a 99 cent sale. They get to sue you because the law says they get to sue you. They even get to sue you for a LOT of money because the law says they can.

I replied to the original poster because so often these discussions boil down to people saying it's ok because $LOGIC and $REASONS and $ETHICS. You're not wrong that downloading a song you'd never buy probably doesn't hurt anyone. It's still illegal, and if you end up in court over it what will matter is what the law actually says, not what you or anyone else thinks it should say.

Comment: Re:Ruling good. STORY WRONG. (Score 0) 158

This is COMPLETELY wrong.

1. There is no copyright infringement in downloading a file.

Yes, there is. Making a copy, any copy, without permission is copyright infringement except for limited exceptions allowed by law such as fair use.

2. Files are. They just are. They are not "pirated files."

You're splitting hairs. That's like saying there are only cars, not stolen cars.

3. MAKING INFRINGING CONTENT AVAILABLE TO OTHERS is what is considered copyright infringement/distribution

Nope. It's just more worthwhile for content owners to go after those who are distributing. Both are against US law.

Just for fun, I did a quick googling. Here's a guy who claims to have defended people accused of downloading copyrighted content. Note that none of his proposed legal defenses is "it's legal to download copyrighted files."

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir