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Comment Re:Unenforceable (Score 1) 184 184

perhaps you could also lock down the picture capability too by interfering with interlacing and/or refresh rates somehow.

Interlacing? Refresh rates? This is 2015, those things don't apply any more: everyone has LCD now. Software has no real control over the display.

We have some standards documents which must be purchased. In order to prevent copyright theft, the distributor of the PDF files requires software on your computer which will actively disable the native clipboard and screenshot capabilities while the PDF is open. In addition, the software will look for common screenshot software like snagit and greenshot and force them to close before you can launch the PDF.

This sounds like malware to me.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 1) 257 257

I'm sure he wouldn't have been stupid enough to show up just because a permit was issued for him to perform in person. (Or if he was that stupid, his handlers wouldn't have been that stupid.) A performance permit does not overrule an arrest warrant; who would ever think that?

Comment Re:How soon until x86 is dropped? (Score 1) 107 107

Sounds like a missed opportunity for open-source: the hardware companies making Cell should have invested in compiler engineers to make really good compilers for It (or just add onto gcc), and open-source all the work. Then lots of people would have wanted to use Cell processors because of the performance.

Making a nice product, and then making closed, proprietary tools that are needed to best use that product, isn't a winning business strategy. Give away the tools free so people are interested in trying out and using your product, and then it gets designed into high-volume parts.

Comment Re:And this is why I dont have a 500 abarth. (Score 1) 80 80

Aftermarket paint jobs, on the other hand, I have never seen a good looking aftermarket paintjob on a Honda.

That probably has to do with the owners of those cars. If you did see a good-looking aftermarket paintjob, would you even know? Would you be able to tell it wasn't a factory job?

I had an Integra years ago that got hit in the door, and so insurance paid for a new door skin and repainting (which covered the door and the surrounding portions). That paint looked great until I sold the car. But this wasn't an obvious paint job since it was a factory color.

Comment Re:Sounds impressive, but is it? (Score 2) 80 80

Did they direct the Engineers to design faulty suspension?

Management is *always* at fault, any time there's a problem. That's why they're called "management"; if they can't properly manage, they should get another job, like janitorial work. Engineers are employees, and just do what they're told, under threat of losing their job. So yes, management did direct the engineers to design a faulty suspension, one way or another, either by demanding that it be cheap, that it be done too quickly, that important analysis steps be skipped in the interest of time and cost, that safety testing not be done because of time and cost, etc.

The final quality of the product is up to management, whether it's suspension safety or wireless security. It's their job to make sure the engineering is done properly, and if they're not competent to judge that (and their employees aren't either), it's their job to hire consultants to help them with it.

Comment Re:What they really said (Score 1) 92 92

I think the USD could get a lot worse before people start thinking about getting rid of it.

That's certainly true. And it's probably very similar to what some Brits said in early 1900s, when the Pound was the global reserve currency. But people will want an alternative, and a number of cryptocurrencies might reasonably be held as a hedge against dollar decline.

Comment Re:Unenforceable (Score 5, Informative) 184 184

It's only enforceable because it isn't email.

All this stupid thing is, is a system where the recipient gets a link to click on, which lets them go view the "email" (message) on some server somewhere, subject to a bunch of restrictions. I think there's also a browser plugin that basically does the same thing, but making it appear more like you're reading an email instead of just being redirected to some server.

This isn't email in the traditional SMTP sense.

Of course, it still is impossible for them to prevent you copying it somehow, even if you have to resort to screen capture.

Comment Re:Banks vs Manchester. Law, no. Indexes by publis (Score 1) 280 280

If you don't have a reasonably fixed address, then no - you can't vote.

That only applies to the poor. Trump has (or used to have, no idea what he uses now) a hotel room as his "permanent" address. Many other politicians have had the same. And they were allowed to vote for themselves. It's only the poor and minorities that the system targets.

Comment Re:What they really said (Score 2, Insightful) 92 92

Yeah, if you follow conventional wisdom. Which works, until it doesn't. Most likely you're guaranteed to lose purchasing value on a ten year note right now with a yield of 2.264%. Unless you really think inflation is going to be below that over the same time span. The US can't pay its debts without money printing. Between money printing and default, neither makes a 10 year note a great investment at this time. And the dollar won't be the world reserve currency forever.

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.