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Comment: actually not a bad idea (Score 2) 205

by dominux (#47500597) Attached to: New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

People in cars face forward, in the front I can hear the kids just fine, no problem at all. It really is quite difficult to hear forward facing people in the front from the back. Of course there is a further difference between hearing and listening, but this doesn't sound like the most crazy thing I have ever heard of.

Comment: conceptually equivalent != legally equivalent (Score 2) 263

by dominux (#47285313) Attached to: The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

Reading a book to someone is perfectly legal, reading a book on the radio to lots of people is conceptually equivalent to visiting them one by one and reading the book to them, it just saves a bit of time to do it in parallel. Conceptually this pretty much the same thing, but they are not the same from a legal perspective. Same goes for patentability of software, just like art or porn, you know it when you see it, but pinning down the definition is non-trivial - and doesn't need to be pinned down as much as you might expect for practical legal purposes.
Personally I don't support software patents at all, however there is a tendency from technical people like myself to expect the legal system to follow more logical rules than it does.

Comment: make mine a double Irish with a Dutch sandwich (Score 3, Informative) 155

by dominux (#47212399) Attached to: Apple To Be Investigated By the EU Over Tax Affairs

This is a very well known scam

the UK parliament is rather upset about it, assorted companies have been asked grumpy questions about their tax avoidance, in particular Google. The problem is closing these loopholes requires a lot of international cooperation and it isn't generally in the interests of the smaller countries to play ball.

Comment: only a trick if the truth makes a difference (Score 1) 346

by dominux (#47194661) Attached to: Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

"Hello Edward, I am a Russian diplomat, come to Moscow and we won't extradite you to the Americans"

"Hello Edward, I am a Russian spy, come to Moscow and we won't extradite you to the Americans"

I can't imagine Snowden was under any illusions about the job title of the "diplomats" he was talking to, so it wasn't much of a trick. It might not have been a particularly good long term deal, but there wasn't a whole lot else on the table.

Comment: Re:Ocean (Score 3, Interesting) 170

work with the environment, not against it. You would have a weight, tether and float, your electronics go in the float portion, a solid state unit that is robust and has a average density just a fraction less than water. The tether is designed to corrode and fail after a year, or you perhaps have an electro magnetic clamp, or explosives, or several mechanisms of cutting the tether. As long as your device is below 750M it is below regular submarine depth and well below fishing depth and generally quite hard to get until it comes up.

Comment: Re:The premise of this article is broken. (Score 1) 170

"You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence."

pros and cons to it really, the US version, anything you say will be used *against* you. Anything helpful to you can be discarded by the police. In the UK you can say stuff helpful to yourself and it is worth doing that if it is true because the police have to note it down and you can use it. In the UK if you make up a complicated story later on, but didn't mention anything consistent with it to begin with then the court is allowed to wonder why you didn't mention it in any way at the time, it doesn't make you guilty or invalidate the story, just the court is allowed to call BS on it if appropriate.

Comment: Re:Hoax? (Score 2) 142

by dominux (#46659471) Attached to: Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

Burned out meteors have slowed down to terminal velocity (or close to it) so they would be going at a similar speed to a rock tossed from a plane, several times faster than the terminal velocity of a human, but only a few hundred meters per second, the video is within the plausible zone for speed. Pretty astonishing bit of video.

Comment: Re:What's bzr? (Score 3, Informative) 252

by dominux (#45845673) Attached to: Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR

it pre-dates git by a year, it was the NiH version of cvs and svn. Bzr was doing useful stuff before anyone realised Git would ever be used for anything other than the Linux kernel source tree. That isn't to say that NiH isn't sometimes a good thing, and that Canonical do daft things from time to time, but bzr wasn't a NiH reaction to Git.

Comment: they should just tell their employees what to do (Score 1) 903

by dominux (#45838833) Attached to: US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

This is how insurance works, if a group of people have lower risk factors for certain things then the premiums come down. So if these particular employers want the premiums to not include birth control then they should tell their employees not to have sex or whatever. That way if the employees end up costing the insurance companies less in terms of birth control then the premiums will adjust accordingly (though they would probably will go up due to increased demand for pregnancy care and terminations). Campaigning to have their employees treated as a distinct category for actuarial purposes would be mildly logical and certainly better than campaigning to give their employees worse healthcare.

Comment: Re:No... (Score 4, Informative) 228

by dominux (#45651189) Attached to: British Police Censor the Global Internet

the City of London is a square mile business district, the Lord Mayor is the head of the City of London Corporation, and is Fiona Woolf at the moment. Boris is the Mayor of London - that is Greater London, and what Americans think of as London, not the City of London Corporation. It is actually the Livery Companies (like the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists) that elect the Lord Mayor. It is weirder than you think.

I'm all for computer dating, but I wouldn't want one to marry my sister.