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Comment: Re:Culpability at the Top (Score 3, Informative) 307

by devman (#47181249) Attached to: GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch
A little background research show lawsuits were filed on Jan 10, one day after the event, Freedom Industries did not file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy until Jan 17. Really it is more about the limited liability of the company stake holders and officers than bankruptcy law that is upsetting.

Comment: Re: 50MB = 750$ (Score 1) 321

by devman (#47174885) Attached to: AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming
People need to realize that post-paid contract cell phone accounts are *unlimited liability* credit accounts and that you have agreed to pay whatever roaming charges are forwarded to ATT from other carriers that ATT agreed to. There is no incentive to change this practice absent regulation. This kind of stuff on post-paid is why I'm switching to prepaid when my contract is up, as I can control what I spend and what features I want to pay for. I will not be back on post-paid until they allow setting a spending limit like most other forms of credit accounts.

Comment: Re:Irresponsible (Score 1) 354

by devman (#47157163) Attached to: 3D Printed Gun Maker Cody Wilson Defends Open Source Freedom
I have serious doubts as to whether a source file for printing a 3D weapon can be regulated. Forgetting the 2nd amendment issues I doubt it would stand up to 1st amendment scrutiny (source files are speech). Possession of the output (the gun) is already regulated under existing laws anyway, I'm not sure what the big deal is.

Comment: Re:just because (Score 1) 143

by devman (#47103523) Attached to: Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

If you commercially distribute binaries not accompanied with source code, the GPL says you must provide a written offer to distribute the source code later. When users non-commercially redistribute the binaries they received from you, they must pass along a copy of this written offer. This means that people who did not get the binaries directly from you can still receive copies of the source code, along with the written offer.

You sort of proved the GP's point. Only if you choose to use written offer must the offer be good for any third party. If, instead, one distributes binaries with source, there is no obligation to third parties as they should have received source from their distributor.

Comment: Re:Typing "google" into search not a bad idea ... (Score 2) 522

It does lead to hilarious results sometimes. I recall a ReadWriteWeb article that BREIFLY became the top search result for "facebook login" on google. The chaos was amazing.

http://readwrite.com/2010/02/10/facebook_wants_to_be_your_one_true_login

The comment section is riddled with people asking how to get to facebook, or why did facebook change their login, asking help with logging in on this "new" login page. It was epic. The comments are still up if you want to read them

They had to put a notice near the top of the article explaining that it was not a facebook page. Eventually google fixed it. I guess the point is, that yes these people need to be considered when designing UIs.

Comment: Re:Weasel words ... (Score 1) 182

by devman (#47011289) Attached to: FCC Votes To Consider Next Round of 'Net Neutrality' Rules
Just because it has always been done that way, doesn't mean it still works in the current industry environment. Netflix only sends data to a host that requests it. if netflix is sending your network data it is because someone paying to use your network has asked them to that bandwidth is paid for already. I guess netflix could code the client to send back equal amounts of data as a workaround, then it would be even.

Comment: Re:It could use up all your activations (Score 1) 221

I can't comment on the reactivate every boot, OEM's do strange things with preinstall images so I guess it is possible. Personally, I'd just reinstall Windows in a VM, it be easier than trying to put an existing install in a VM. Install .iso's are not difficult to come by and MD5/SHA1 can be verified against TechNet's published values.

Comment: Re:No jurisdiction (Score 4, Informative) 226

by devman (#46848373) Attached to: American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

Microsoft, however, is subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal Court system, and when a Magistrate Judge orders them to produce something, they are compelled to produce it. It doesn't really matter where the something is. Basically the court is saying the search warrant can be executed like a subpoena.

From the linked article:
A search warrant for email information, he said, is a "hybrid" order: obtained like a search warrant but executed like a subpoena for documents. Longstanding U.S. law holds that the recipient of a subpoena must provide the information sought, no matter where it is held, he said.

Comment: Re:Not malicious but not honest? (Score 1) 447

by devman (#46786847) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake
This all depends on how much society wants to pay for software, and whether or not you think a programmers guild is a good thing advancement of the profession (ala AMA or Bar association) as that would soon follow. Also not all mistakes are created equal, mistakes result in everything from "Oops!" to criminal proceedings, I believe is what you meant to say. Unless you were trying to imply that all mistakes result in a minimum of someone losing their job.

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