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Comment: Re:Not my kind of person. (Score 1) 343

by Kjella (#47731235) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

It sends the message that intangible property is still property.

Work is still work even if the result isn't property, if somebody wants software to do X which doesn't exist they have to either pay someone to write it or write it themselves. My current job would still exist if copyright disappeared tomorrow. As would any other system built for internal use or one particular client, all the consulting services around making it work and so on. Or that are centered around controlled services like an MMORPG. Yes, COTS software as we know it would basically implode but I'm guessing that in its absence we'd see Kickstarter or "hostage" funding, basically it's already written but we want a sum to give it away, probably with a lot of smaller and more incremental improvements. After all, the world won't stop needing software and it won't write itself.

That's the way other markets work, the electrician is paid for the work not the kilowatts, the plumber as well not by the cubic meter. Being able to shamelessly copy each other has its benefits too, it might curb innovation but it also lets everyone use the best, most popular and easy to use solutions rather than worrying about patent lawsuits and seeking out inferior alternatives to work around them. Actually being the first to sell something tends to give you a pretty good edge even if you have cloners who'll copy your magic, particularly if you're thinking hardware/software combinations. It would be different, but I think we'd be okay. In the vacuum left companies would probably be more willing to spend money on tweaking OSS tools to their uses too.

Comment: Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 4, Interesting) 329

by afidel (#47729191) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Then your company is breaking the law and you should report them. Companies are required to pay above the prevailing wage for the position and region. We paid both of our H1B workers well above average for our staff and when they worked out sponsored their green cards (and boy is that process a cluster!), we're the kind of employer that the program was actually designed for, we were looking for extremely rare talent sets and had advertised the positions for months before looking abroad. I have to say that I have much bigger problems with the screwups in the green card program than I do with the H1B system, permanently bringing smart people from abroad raises the GDP of the US and brings diversity to the country.

Comment: Re:And how long does it take... (Score 1) 156

by Kjella (#47725609) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Replace all the cars on the long-distance highway with EVs and you'll need a service station about an order of magnitude larger in size (i.e. your typical 12-pump gas station becomes a parking lot with over 100 chargers). Hydrocarbon fuels have their advantages and high energy density is one of them.

Assuming you know you're going on a long trip and start out with full battery you should have a 250 mile range starting out. Top it off with 150 extra and you can go 400 miles with half an hour of downtime, I don't know about you but I wouldn't drive that far in one stretch anyway, so it would be taking up a parking spot while I eat anyway. Sure, technically it's more tanking and less parking but the car takes up the same space anyway.

Also most of the time most people (who consider getting an EV anyway) will have a gas station in their garage/parking spot, which happens to be where it was going to stand anyway so it consumes zero extra space. Despite the efficiency difference there'd probably be less space spent on gas stations in inner cities. It'd probably become an add-on service for malls and parking garage top off your car while you're shopping.

Comment: Re:Soon? (Score 1) 297

by Uberbah (#47724859) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

So apart from skipping bail, resisting arrest, and everything else, the charges in Sweden mean little at this point. And the UK, whether you think they are in collusion or not, have the right to enforce their law on their soil (and, no, the embassy is NOT Ecuadorian soil, don't make that "old wives' tale" mistake).

What UK laws is he accused of violating on UK soil? You've got plenty of authoritarian mental gymnastics already, might as well keep going.

Comment: Re:How many years could he be charged with? (Score 1) 297

by Uberbah (#47724825) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

There are two women involved here: AA and SW (and no, their names haven't been scrubbed, but it's a sick testament to our society than rather than letting justice run its course, everyone wants to lead a personal witch hunt against the accusers, and I certainly won't help enable it)

Nah, you're too busy being a paid witch-hunter of the accused. Who should have their names withheld by the press in the event that they are innocent...just ask the Duke Lacross guys.

Comment: Re:How many years could he be charged with? (Score 1) 297

by Uberbah (#47724719) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

Oh come on now. Sweden should change their laws and override the separation of powers clause in their constitition because it's ASSANGE we're talking about. I mean, don't they know that he's just the AWESOMEST AWESOME that ever AWESOMED and everything revolves around him?

Forget going back years, you're contradicting yourself in the same thread:

Wrong. Sweden *additionally* has restrictions in their extradition law banning extradition for intelligence and military crimes, beyond the general EU restrictions. Which is why they refused to hand over Edward Lee Howard (the most major CIA defector to the USSR) after only a very brief preliminary investigation; it's simply banned to extradite for such crimes.

What, not enough money in the budget to hire some smarter trolls, so you're the best they could come up with? You just laid out exactly how Sweden could promise Assange that they wouldn't extradite him for for any intelligence crimes Wikileaks may or may not have committed.

Comment: Re:How many years could he be charged with? (Score 1) 297

by Uberbah (#47724621) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

Which is why they refused to hand over Edward Lee Howard (the most major CIA defector to the USSR) after only a very brief preliminary investigation; it's simply banned to extradite for such crimes.

Does your handler dock your pay when you trip over your own bullshit? You've spent years repeating the lie that the Swedish government is powerless to stop a court from extraditing suspects to other countries.

Comment: Re:How many years could he be charged with? (Score 1) 297

by Uberbah (#47724565) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

Because the UK, nominally at least, doesn't extradite people to countries where the suspect could be tortured or executed. Whereas Sweden DGAF. And even if he's not extradited, it is perfectly reasonable to be reticent to subjecting one's self to Sweden's Star Chambers. Suspects can be held for long periods of time incommunicado on the whims of the prosecution.

Comment: Re:Character Assassination (Score 1) 297

by Uberbah (#47724505) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

I know he is wanted on a rape charge and has decided the appropriate response is to hide. There is no valid explanation.

Actually, that's your willful ignorance talking. Assange has offered to be interviewed by Swedish prosecutors in the UK, or even return to Sweden if the government promises not to hand him over to the United States. So far they refuse to do so, which tells you that rape is the last thing this is about.

If you really think you are so important the US government wants to off you, in whatever sense, then stand up like a man and take it.

Annnd there it is: the mindless authoritarianism. Assange is not a U.S. citizen, and has never operated on U.S. soil.

Comment: Re:Is he a scientist? (Score 1) 177

by Uberbah (#47724405) Attached to: Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

graduated Harvard magna cum laude with a degree in applied mathematics economics, and won some maths related awards in university. But yeah, go on hating him to hate him. That's very mature of you.

Very telling that every one of those accomplishments were from his school days and not in a professional setting.

However, 34 years of experience at one of the largest, most profitable companies ever

And promptly pissing away Microsoft's relevance the second he was put in charge of it. Microsoft still dominates in office suites and desktop operating systems, but has missed every boat on the mobile devices that are supplanting desktops and the Microsoft ecosystem.

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