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Comment Re:You're naive. (Score 1) 411

Given the emissions requirements for a '59, I'm skeptical.

Kind of like naming the coal exports from North America---in 1491 . . .

(for those of you younger than the cars I prefer to drive, a '59 isn't exempt from emissions for being old enough; it doesn't have to, as there *were* no emissions standards or tests until a few years later. [now, if he put in an engine from a later year, he has to meet *those* emissions, but then the year of manufacture is irrelevant. ])


Comment Re:Uh, okay (Score 1) 142

I am a lawyer, but this is not legal advice. If you want legal advice from me, pay my retainer. If you get legal advice on slashdot, may God have mercy on your soul.

Most (I believe almost all) other english speaking countries tend to follow the English Rule where it diverges from the American Rule. They may have areas which are largely changed, but I think the US is pretty much alone in the variations on defamation, contingency fees, and loser pays.

hawk, esq.

Comment Re:Two more centuries (Score 1) 668

Two centuries ago, it was wonderful.

Not because it was effective, but because it was inert.

Going to a homeopath meant that you weren't getting killed by establishment medicine.

Then the 19th century rolled around, the AMA and the like concocted the modern MD, which had one of the two distinguishing features of what it meant to be a "Doctor", and displaced what existed before. (It requires acquiring significant knowledge in a field, but not contributing, distinguishing it from "real doctors." Oddly, they have that phrase backwards.)

Anyway, homeopathy was an historically important safe place, whose time has come and gone.


Comment As a lawyer . . . (Score 1) 353

I am a lawyer, but this is not legal advice. If you want legal advice from me, pay my retainer. If you get your legal advice from slashdot, you deserver whatever happens . . .

Anyway, I've read much of the below. If you are in this situation, and it's not worth paying a lawyer who practices in this area, what you're doing isn't that important.

I don't work in IP at the moment, but there is enough misinformation below to keep several lawyers busy.

There is a reason for hiring a professional programmer instead of doing it yourself. Similarly, there is a reason to hire an actual lawyer rather than misinformation of the internet . . .

hawk, esq.

Comment Re:I wonder (Score 1) 113

Earlier than that.

The Mac IIfx had a pair of chips each of which effectively had such a creature. One ran the serial/network ports, and I forget the other.

Had apple sold that chip, combined with the network that ran on the second (unused) pair of standard home wiring, they could have *owned* home automation years ahead . . .


Comment Re:Interlacing? WTF? (Score 1) 113

for hires, rather than reading the same 40 bytes eight times in a row, and feeding to a character generator,eight different sets of 40 bytes were read (of which six set bits, and two danced around the colorburst signal. the pixel rate was just at the colorburst signal, so shifting half a bit tickled it and gave a different set of colors. Not just clever,but fiendeshly clever)


Comment Re:THIS is a "golden age"? Yikes. (Score 1) 71

I'm sorry, the fan-made "Star Trek" stuff is terrible, because the actors are terrible. It's as simple as that. They get pretty much everything right, otherwise, but without decent actors, it doesn't matter. I mean, the acting is high-school-level bad.

Err . . . how would this make it any different than Star Trek???


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