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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?

Comment: can you copy back from these? (Score 1) 317

by belmolis (#47570273) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive
As I understand it, these devices allow you to copy from CDs onto their internal hard drive so that you can keep your own selection of music on the device. Is it possible to use these devices to burn a CD? AS far as I know, the answer is no. If they can't burn a CD, then they cannot be used for illicit copying.

Comment: Re:Or, you could... (Score 1) 405

Some publishers already CAN'T sell through Amazon. For example, I have a book that is published by the College of New Caledonia. My book is not available through Amazon because Amazon demands a huge discount (70%, as I recall) from all publishers, including non-profits like this one. In order to sell its books through Amazon, they would have to hugely increase the retail price so that the heavily discounted amount they would receive from Amazon would cover their costs.

+ - Nevada demands $10K for man to see his children's school records->

Submitted by belmolis
belmolis (702863) writes "The state of Nevada is demanding $10K for a man to see the school records of his four children. They claim that the state's database is not designed to produce reports on individual students. The fee is based on the claim that doing so will take 120 hours of programmer time. Is their system really so strangely designed or this an attempt to avoid providing the information? In any case, it would seem that the query would only have to be written once and could then be used for any other parent's request, so the cost should arguably be amortized over multiple requests."
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Comment: no flight involved? (Score 2) 230

by belmolis (#46884767) Attached to: One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983
When I was a grad student at Bell Labs in 1983, a senior programmer told me about how she first programmed, when the labs were in New York City. She would write her program VERY carefully, punch the cards, put them in her briefcase, and fly to Washington, D.C. where she had access to a computer. She would give the deck to the attendant, wait a few minutes, receive her output, go back to the airport, and fly back to New York.

Comment: Re:What's the cost to use a real rng vs psudo (Score 1) 86

A technique I've seen used for scientific purposes is to run a Zener diode in the high slope region and subtract DC, leaving a residue of quantum noise. I would think that with current technology such a package could be very small and cheap, though I don't know what is involved in reshaping the spectrum from 1/f in hardware.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 4, Informative) 632

by belmolis (#46754099) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt
No. The heirs are not responsible for the debts of the estate. The debts are paid by the executor out of the assets of the estate. The heirs are paid out of what remains of the estate. If the debts exceed the assets, the heirs receive nothing, but they do not assume any part of the debt.

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