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Comment: Re:Helping Castro (Score 1) 166

by belmolis (#49071279) Attached to: Cubans Allowed To Export Software and Software Services To the US
Israel has NEVER restricted the supply of staple foods to Gaza and presently imposes no restrictions whatever on the supply of food to Gaza. Nor do humanitarian organizations, such as the UN, not exactly Israel's best friend, say that the blockade has caused any humanitarian crisis in Gaza. In any case, were there restrictions on the transfer of supplies from Israel, the Gazans could get them via Egypt.

Comment: Re:Taken to the cleaners... (Score 1) 132

by belmolis (#49071223) Attached to: LG Exec Indicted Over Broken Samsung Washing Machine
As best I could tell from the video, he didn't deliberately damage the machine. He was checking it out in the same way a consumer who had had experience of shoddy construction would. Also, I wonder about the idea that those machines were to be used at the trade show. According to the article, the machines were located in retail stores, in the same city as the trade show, but not at the trade show location. So it isn't the case that he got onto the trade show floor in advanced and messed with the machines that they had set up for the show.

Comment: Re:Cigar Prices (Score 1) 166

by belmolis (#49063465) Attached to: Cubans Allowed To Export Software and Software Services To the US
They probably have computers, but I wonder what the state of the art is. There isn't much of a market for programmers of archaic Soviet machines via paper tape. Have they had sufficient access to modern computers and software to be able to compete for jobs in the US or write software anyone wants?

Comment: Re:How could they? (Score 1) 179

by belmolis (#48826187) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking
That isn't really true. There are specific rights that you can't give up. You can't, for example, submit to assault except in limited circumstances (e.g. surgery). But, in general, you can contract away all sorts of rights. Lots of contracts require disputes to be settled by arbitration, for example, which forces you to vie up your right to go to court. Such contracts are, in general, valid and enforced.

Comment: nothing like Star Trek (Score 1) 122

by belmolis (#48816041) Attached to: Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator
Google's current effort is nothing like the Star Trek Universal Translator, and it is exceedingly unlikely that anything ever will be. The STUT is supposed to be able to translate languages that it has not been programmed to translate and has never been exposed to before. Existing translators, including Google's, can only work with languages that they already know.

Comment: Re:what China should do is (Score 4, Interesting) 288

by belmolis (#48682161) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea
That isn't entirely true. North Korea is not well suited for agriculture, and due to the war and mismanagement the economy is a mess, but it has large ore deposits. Mining is a significant component of the economy even now, and with good management and investment for infrastructure (such as adequate electrical power) could grow considerably.

Comment: shot in own foot (Score 4, Informative) 164

by belmolis (#48296627) Attached to: Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine
I think that Disney may have shot themselves in the foot. A patent must by definition describe the method in sufficient detail that a person of ordinary expertise in the field can figure out how to implement it by reading the patent. Since the patent merel describes a ranking algorithm, it can be trivially inverted to select sites likely to contain pirated material.

Comment: why sue the execs? (Score 1) 212

by belmolis (#47740051) Attached to: Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website
Can anyone explain why Oregon is suing six executives as well as the company itself? Normally in such commercial litigation it is only the company that is liable, not individual employees, and if Oregon thinks that the executives went beyond the pale, you'd expect criminal charges. Furthermore, the executives presumably don't have enough assets to contribute substantially to the damages sought. So why are the executives defendants?

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