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Comment: Re:Free aggregation? A problem? (Score 2) 95

by bsolar (#48215571) Attached to: German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets
Outdated laws have nothing to do with this issue, at least according to the article:

The publishers base part of their claim on a German online copyright law that came into effect last August, which gave publishers the exclusive right to the commercial use of their content and parts thereof, except in the case of single words or small text snippets.

Comment: Re:Ungrateful (Score 2) 610

It might be a full-blown U2 album but in my opinion is still crap. Anyway automatic downloads for things I have purchased are fine. Automatic downloads for things someone else thinks I might like are not. Even Sony did get it right and in the PS4 you have separate option for purchased content (free stuff included) and "featured content". Apple could do just that and offer the additional option to automatically download "featured content" they think you might like, maybe even trying to match the user's taste.

Comment: Re:But is it false? (Score 2) 268

by bsolar (#47313485) Attached to: Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit
It' not something that uncommon, Italy has basically the same situation: truth can be used as defense only in very specific cases. The idea is protecting "honourability", so whether you are telling the truth or not doesn't matter. The fundamental question is whether your main intent is to harm someone's honourability, no matter the validity of your claims.

Comment: Re:Competition Sucks (Score 1) 507

by bsolar (#47214077) Attached to: Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

The problem is that privileged access to the market is exactly how the system was meant to work.

A taxi driver in most of the countries involved is required to buy a license which costs as high as $250'000, which the taxi driver is usually able to recoup only after 15 years of activity. No sane person would invest that much money (often requiring to get a loan) without some guarantee that they will be able to recoup and profit from it, which is what the regulated access to the market was supposed to do.

Now most municipalities would gladly let Uber or other private companies operate, but taxi drivers paid them a lot of money to get the licenses supposed to protect them from the competition which Uber is doing... many of them have not recouped their investment yet and if Uber is allowed to operate most likely never will.

Comment: Re:Extracting all the intelligence (Score 2) 346

by bsolar (#47194629) Attached to: Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?
Some practices are technically legal, but it doesn't mean they should. In some cases the laws are simply lacking and new ones should be defined (especially true in technology). It might also be that some practices are technically legal through loopholes which allow you to do something legally in the letter of the law even if against the spirit. In other cases the laws are actually made with the required loopholes, a blatant example defining some practices which are clearly torture as not being torture to be able to "legally" employ them.

Comment: Re:Thirty percent? (Score 4, Informative) 432

by bsolar (#47190969) Attached to: Turing Test Passed
Is that 30% success rate actually meant to be the threshold to pass the test? From the article on Wikipedia it simply looks like a prediction about how AIs in the future will fare:

Turing predicted that machines would eventually be able to pass the test; in fact, he estimated that by the year 2000, machines with 10 GB of storage would be able to fool 30% of human judges in a five-minute test, and that people would no longer consider the phrase "thinking machine" contradictory.

Comment: Re:We're here to "help" you! (Score 4, Insightful) 178

by bsolar (#46854409) Attached to: DOJ Complains About Getting a Warrant To Search Mobile Phones
His strategy is to remove impunity from their actions. It should happen through prosecution of unneded violence, but sadly this is not the case. He might also be correct: unneeded violence is much more unlikely from if that would put the "aggressor" in danger too. As they say: "if you want peace, prepare for war."

Comment: Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (Score 1) 182

by bsolar (#46815879) Attached to: GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

In this cause there she has pleaded her case. There has been no evidence against it. Therefore her statements can be taken as fact.

In this case there is no cause at all, or did I miss the lawsuit, her testimony under penalty of perjury and the subsequent cross-examination?

Information is the inverse of entropy.