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Comment: Re: Maybe, maybe not. (Score 1) 749

by drgould (#47452743) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

this kind of ruling encourages multinationals to never set up business in the USA.

I'm not sure it's quite that bad.

IANAL, but I can imagine a foreign corporation setting up a wholly-owned subsidiary in the USA.

Of course US operations would be subject to legal warrants and subpoenas, but all foreign operations should be outside the reach of US legal authority.

If a warrant is served for data from the foreign operations... sorry, the US subsidiary doesn't have access to it. It doesn't matter how many people they throw in jail for contempt.

But what do I know.

Comment: Is "robonaut" the best choice? (Score 1) 63

by drgould (#45388021) Attached to: NASA's Robonaut Gets Its Legs; Could a Moonwalk Be In Its Future?

That is, if you're going to send a remotely guided robot to the moon, is a bipedal walker the best choice?

As opposed to a conventional wheeled or even a quadrupedal rover.

I assume a bipedal walker is going to need sophisticated stability control (computational and mechanical) for every step it takes over rough terrain that a simple wheeled vehicle can just roll over.

Comment: Re:Get them a used Wii (Score 1) 165

by drgould (#44286605) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Video Streaming For the Elderly?

Does it have built in storage? If so, how much?

No, but it does have one USB port so you can plug in a USB harddrive or thumbdrive. I understand that some people have connected up to 1TB drives to their S3100.

I have the BDP-S390, which is the previous model, and usually copy videos to a thumbdrive for viewing.

It's also DLNA compatible so you can use any DLNA server on your network to stream pictures, music or videos. Sony has a free DLNA server called HomeStream, which is based on the popular Serviio DLNA server.

One problem is that Sony players are not compatible with all combinations of video file and codec formats. Most of my videos play fine on my S390, a few don't. I don't care enough to figure out why.

Comment: Re:Be careful where you tread (Score 1) 187

by drgould (#43885853) Attached to: Opposition Mounts To Oracle's Attempt To Copyright Java APIs

If Java API's are copyrightable, does this mean that Oracle has a copyright interest in every program ever written that uses those APIs?

Oracle's purpose in claiming the copyright on the Java API is not to claim derivative copyright interest on programs written in Java. Well, maybe later.

Oracle's purpose is to collect license fees from anyone who uses the Java APIs.

And since Android uses the Java APIs, that includes Google and all Android developers.

Comment: Re:False flag (Score 3, Insightful) 416

by drgould (#43489077) Attached to: FBI Releases Boston Bombing Suspect Images/Videos

Where are the pictures of them dropping and leaving the backpacks in the exact spots the explosions took place?

They mentioned that on one newscast. They suggested that the FBI didn't want potental witnesses to get confused by what they saw personally and what they saw on TV.

Imagine at trial months from now, the defense attorney cross examining a witness, "Now Mr/Ms So-and-so, are you certain you personally saw my client place his backpack at the scene of the explosion or are you just remembering the video the FBI distributed after the incident?"

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