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Comment Re:This might be the one thing that gets Congress (Score 1) 266 266

This is always the case. They are completely incapable of seeing things from their constituents' point of view (unless of course there's money or votes to be made by doing so), which for an elected official is pretty tragic.

This is also why the only way we get any changes in gun legislation is if someone shoots one of their kids.

The Germans must've also been quite happy with the difference of the reaction of NSA spying on German citizens vs. their Chancellor.

Comment Re:Is it possible that patents are an undue burden (Score 1) 324 324

Yes, it is impossible to figure out which patents your software is infringing. The article I linked explains a few reasons why.

Comment Who cares (Score 3, Funny) 786 786

This would've been a more interesting article, if it discussed the merits or lack thereof, of the RedHat change in the Linux kernel.

The "drama" the article discusses is of no value to anyone, but the likes of Nerd TMZ (if there was such a thing).

Can we please stop posting articles such as these? And if someone does post one, can we NOT promote them onto the front page?

Comment Offshore developers will love this (Score 2) 130 130

I expect a tremendous boom in offshoring development work as a result.

Every patent troll is going to contract the cheapest possible software development team to implement working code for their idiotic patents.

This is not the right solution to the problem.

Limiting the duration of software patents would be a better one, if abolishing them entirely isn't on the table.

Comment Re:I was bullied constantly until... (Score 2, Informative) 938 938

That's all fine and dandy until someone loses an eye.

I read some accounts of kids being bullied these days, and their situation was pretty desperate because the bullies were members of gangs. Any violence in self defense (or otherwise) would be responded by a beating by one or more of the other bullies in the gang.

Try fighting that...

Comment Copying not just for copying's sake (Score 1) 231 231

I really don't understand his argument.

The "machines" aren't scanning/copying/rehashing the messages just because they can. They're doing it with to expose the content to as many people as possible. Without content aggregators and search engines the majority of online content would have only a fraction of consumers they have now.

I also think it's naive to expect every single person out there to consume content the same way or the way he thinks is The Right Way. I consume information in multiple ways. Some I read very carefully word for word, and check references and related information. Some I glance through quickly. For some I only read the summary. Same for all types of content. I don't think I'm unique in any way the way I consume content.

Comment Re: No recourse is a problem (Score 1) 254 254

I think most reasonable people would agree with what you said.

I'm a heavy Xbox 360 user. I haven't been banned from XBL, because I don't go out of my way to break the TOS. I have been banned (for two weeks...once) from, for posting something some unnamed moderator didn't like. A few of my friends have been (temporarily) banned from XBL for things like having "FFTW" in their motto.

In all cases it was impossible to get the exact reason for the ban. When I was banned from I couldn't even send a private message to the moderators asking about why I was banned, because the ban removed my ability to PM the moderators. In all cases the bans were handed out anonymously, with no information about how to escalate if you felt you were banned erroneously. People were basically left guessing as to why they were banned with no way to find out what the reason really was. This is consistent across the board with Microsoft.

If I don't know why I was banned, how am I supposed to correct my behavior? Not knowing also often leads to all kinds of unhealthy speculation, paranoia and conspiracy theories.

Why can't Microsoft just tell people? They have all the information about why they banned someone after all.

Comment Re:How very ironic... (Score 1) 197 197

There was a discussion on this on Slashdot already.

The contract is NOT expensive, if you look at the requirements, which are (or were) publicly available on the Government's contracting job bank.

In fact, if you looked at the requirements, and have any experience in system integration work, you'd have felt pity for whoever schmuck ended up doing the work for this one. It was preconditioned to fail.

It does seem, though, that the contractor made a best effort to screw it up on their own with the non-compliant implementation. If the Government requires them to fix it, I'm pretty sure the contractor won't actually make any profit out of the project.

Comment Make it public (Score 2, Informative) 454 454

This retailer is seriously screwing its customers by hiding problems in product it sells. I would absolutely avoid shopping with the retailer if I knew who it was., owned by Consumer Reports, is doing a pretty good job exposing anti-consumer behavior by companies. I would tip them off about this.

There are running jobs. Why don't you go chase them?