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Comment: Not Unheard Of (Score 5, Informative) 250

by al3k (#34054026) Attached to: Prosecutors Request Closed Courtroom For Goldman HFT Programmer's Trial
Courtrooms have been closed several times before to protect trade secrets. The Supreme Court case Ruckelshaus v. Monsanto opinion points out that once secrecy is lost, the property interest is forever destroyed and that it should be protected during the process. There are many other ways to preserve secrecy so closing the courtroom may not be necessary in all cases but that may be the only way to protect the trade secret in this situation.

Comment: Ignore the Troll (Score 2, Insightful) 703

by al3k (#33467232) Attached to: The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally
It seems like 3/4th of the publicity Glenn Beck gets is from people calling him a raging idiot. Maybe if we just stop paying attention to him, and Jon Stewart stops making fun of him every single show, he might just go away when he realizes most people don't care about the crap he spews out of that hole he calls a mouth.

Comment: Re:Is It Only Through iTMS Application? (Score 1) 271

by al3k (#33450794) Attached to: Ping Could Be Apple's Social Networking Backdoor?
Depends on the distro and package maintainer but python is typically a dependency because it has support for python scripted plugins. The Arch package maintainer actually got rid of this dependency, which I noticed when one of my plugins stopped working after an update.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 5, Informative) 711

by al3k (#33287076) Attached to: A Million Kids Misdiagnosed with ADHD?
I have two younger siblings who are on ADHD medication. They are lively fun people to be around when they aren't on their medication (usually during the summers when they aren't at school because my parents believe the medication will magically bring about better grades). On the other hand, they are zombies and very different people when on the medication. It kills their appetite and they are much less outgoing, it is a very noticeable difference.

Comment: Seems like all they do (Score 1) 162

by al3k (#33227790) Attached to: EFF Reviews the Verizon-Google Net Neutrality Deal

"So long as your ISP claimed that it was trying to prevent copyright infringement or helping law enforcement, it could be exempted from the net neutrality principles."

So all they have to do is claim? "Preventing copyright infringement" seems to be high up on the list of motivators for anything the ISP's do anymore (and the Feds for that matter). This is so vague it seems like it could be stretched to essentially allow the them to do anything they wanted under the guise that it is "effectively reducing pirating."

All the simple programs have been written.