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Comment: Re:Welcome! (Score 1) 1052 1052

by aaron4801 (#49995669) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Supports Same-Sex Marriage
I wouldn't go that far. No issue is ever completely off the table unless we can get (essentially) everybody supporting one side. This certainly SHOULD be off the table, but SCOTUS has reversed itself before, so nothing is written in stone. Hell, there's still an abortion debate (not that I want to open that can of worms here), and that was "settled" 42 years ago with a stronger majority in the court.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 289 289

by aaron4801 (#49978247) Attached to: Samsung Cripples Windows Update To Prevent Incompatible Drivers
I'd like to see somebody make a decent case using UCC Article 2:
" 2-314. Implied Warranty: Merchantability; Usage of Trade
(2) Goods to be merchantable must be at least such as
(c) are fit for the ordinary purposes for which such goods are used."

Laptops are ordinarily used to go online, but any model with this particular hack is not fit to do so. It could be argued that, even in the face of the EULA, Samsung has violated the implied warranty. It's like (obligatory car analogy) advertising that your car has a top speed of 200mph, but then hidden deep within the manual is a disclaimer that the tires will blow up if you go over 60.

Comment: Re:Uber doesn't own the vehicles, correct? (Score 1) 346 346

I've never used any of the services, so honest question here...
Does Uber (just to use one example) set the schedule, or do drivers come and go as they please? An employer-employee relationship gives a lot more power to the employer. Any drivers fighting to be an employee might end up regretting it later.

Comment: Re:"Crunch Time" == Bad Project Management (Score 5, Insightful) 336 336

by aaron4801 (#49877057) Attached to: Stress Is Driving Developers From the Video Game Industry
1. Promise AAA game in 10 months.
2. Scope out 16 months worth of work with the resources available.
3. Work a bunch of young, eager (i.e. cheap) developers to the bone.
4. Profit.
You say bad project management, but it sounds pretty lucrative for the folks who are actually in management.

Comment: Re:Did Blackberry invent the QWERTY keyboard (Score 1) 67 67

Note that while there are three patents discussed, the D'775 patent is the most heavily referenced. Design patents have a much lower bar to entry, as they act more like trademarks than patents. It's the same thing as Apple's "rounded corners" patent, D'286.

The idea is that the form (rather than the function) is so iconic that it represents a singular entity instead of being a market standard.

But IANAL.

Comment: Re:This seems foolproof! (Score 2) 94 94

by aaron4801 (#49778023) Attached to: Russian Space Agency Misused $1.8 Billion, May Be Replaced
And where will all the employees for this "new" corporation come from? Perhaps Russia has a bigger space exploration industry than I'm giving it credit for, but my guess is Roscosmos.
So to sum up, this reorganization will keep the same name, operate out of the same facilities, and (likely) keep a substantial amount of the same employees. The only difference(?) is that instead of a state-run agency, it will be a state-run corporation. Oh and magically all the corruption will stop.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.

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