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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?

Comment: Re:Bu the wasn't fired (Score 5, Informative) 1116

by bsolar (#46697829) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
It would not be wrongful termination since he was not fired, he resigned. Instead it could very well be constructive discharge

In the United States, constructive discharge has differing meanings depending on the jurisdiction. In California, the California Supreme Court defines constructive discharge as follows:

"In order to establish a constructive discharge, an employee must plead and prove, by the usual preponderance of the evidence standard, that the employer either intentionally created or knowingly permitted working conditions that were so intolerable or aggravated at the time of the employee's resignation that a reasonable employer would realize that a reasonable person in the employee's position would be compelled to resign."

Comment: Re:Inheritance = lottery win = gift = unearned inc (Score 1) 300

What I meant is that you said that people winning the lottery or the jackpot "did nothing to earn the money" which is absolutely not correct: these people paid to earn the chance of winning. Risking your own money to earn the chance of a win is definately not "doing nothing". Getting money doing nothing is more similar to receiving a gift.

Anyway I agree that earned or unearned income should not make any difference.

Comment: Re:Inheritence = Lottery Winnings (Score 1) 300

If you do nothing to earn something you get you don't win the lottery, you receive a gift. By your reasoning inheritance taxes should be taxed exactly the same way a gift is... which is ironic since gift taxation in the USA was introduced to avoid estate tax avoidance...

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