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Comment: Re:Pretty soon... (Score 2) 309

There was a court case raised recently - not sure if it has started or finished yet - by descendants of Goebbels' family. Yes, *that* Goebbels, Hitler's rentamouth. His family are claiming copyright for his words - they want cash for quotes.

70 years is just long enough to cover that.

Comment: Re:So they petition to protect their hard work (Score 1) 163

What you have here is Government for Special-Interest Groups.
The ones who spend the most are ones in danger of being obsolete - owners of coal mines for example. There is no correlation between "working hard" and increasing influence this way.

Comment: Re:For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#49479391) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

That is exactly what I did for a while, and for the same reason.
Then I thought out a different system which fits the rules and provides me with new passwords I can use more often that I actually need them. They are still not *that* secure but having to change passwords every couple of months is incompatible with having strong passwords.

Comment: Re:Not a shocking revelation to be honest . . (Score 2) 237

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#49473193) Attached to: Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament

He is looking at a 15-year ban.
Even if he was not banned, he would no longer get invitations to tournaments. People would refuse to play tournaments where he was present.

I have no idea if he is going to lose his GM title or not, but it does not really matter - he won't be able to use it for anything.

Comment: Re: Trademark, not patent (Score 1) 111

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#49410869) Attached to: Swiss Launch of Apple Watch Hit By Patent Issue

You appear to have either misunderstood the article linked to, or read a mistranslation.
The article is quite clear (although inconsistent in one place) - this is a *trademark* and not a *patent*. Trademarks can be extended by 10 years when they expire. The inconsistency is in that they say the trademark was last extended on 15 June 2005 so it expires in 2025.

If the trademark has not been used for 5 years, it expires.
Apparently Apple (Switzerland) is already advertising their new product which would indicate that they are confident of being able to sell it there.

Comment: Re:Oh this is easy .... (Score 4, Insightful) 394

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#49393511) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

What can I say?
I *am* antisocial. If I'm outside walking/cycling/skiing/whatever, I don't want to be telephoned. Interactions are face to face or not at all.
I may have a google+ account (it came with the gmail address, which was a necessity when I bought an Android phone) but that does not mean I have ever used it, or the gmail account. No Facebook, no Linkedin, no Whatsapp, no whatever-the-other-one-was-which-Rupert-Murdoch-bought. I don't see a problem.

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.