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Comment: Re:Copyright Law (Score 3, Interesting) 171 171

This is also a trademark law maneuver.They must defend their trademark, and unfortunately, a lawsuit is the only way that the courts will recognize it. If they didn't, then anyone could use their non-response to the workbetter domain name as evidence to take their trademark.

I think that is not completely true. A simple exchange of letters and perhaps an explicit licence for a nominal sum ($1 for example) or a memorandum of agreement that the potential infringer will not enter into the domain that the trademark coveres would probably be sufficient to defend the trademark. And significantly less expensive.

This type of behaviour is stupid if they are merely trying to defend their trademark.

Comment: Re:Depends (Score 1) 512 512

Oh come on, every Windows installation slows down with usage, to the point of requiring to be formatted.

Incorrect. I'm writing this on a circa-2012 consumer grade HP PC, running Win 7. Performs the same as the day it arrived here and it's never been reformatted / rebuilt.

At work I've been running my first-gen Surface Pro daily since Spring of 2013. No reset, no reformat.

Comment: Re:Umm, what? (Score 1) 395 395

A fax has legal protections no other electronic communications has. It needs to change, but won't. There is a reason why faxes are still used.

It looks like a fax seldom has much more legal protection than other electronic communications. See for example: http://www.adamsdrafting.com/f...

A scanned seignature would generally still stand up as binding. It looks like an "e-signature" is actually MORE binding than a faxed one:

"Fax signatures are probably the primary way contracts are signed today, and broadly speaking, basic contract law recognizes a large variety of signature types where a mark or sign is made with an intent to subscribe to the terms of an agreement. Thus the question posed is the right one—not are fax signatures and pdf signature pages valid to indicate assent to the term of a contract—they generally are—but are they enforceable. More specifically, the question is whether they satisfy the Statute of Frauds, which provides that in order to be enforceable, certain types of agreements must be evidenced by a writing signed by the party to be charged.

Over the years, courts have concluded that telegrams, telexes, telecopies, facsimiles, and e-mails are writings satisfying the Statute of Frauds. But to eliminate any uncertainty, a majority of states have gone further and explicitly adopted legislation allowing the introduction of fax signatures into evidence for disputes involving routine business transactions. However, not all have taken this extra step. The federal government and the UETA have actually gone further in the case of electronic signatures, deeming most electronic signatures meeting their provisions equivalent to written signatures."

Comment: Re:Some still require ink sigs (Score 1) 395 395

The legal profession has embraced electronic signatures. At my work we use DocuSign for the majority of contracts with our vendors.

Not all participants in the legal profession have embraced e-sigs. For example, my wife and I needed to get a power-of-attorney (POA) so that I could a home purchase deal while she was out of the country. That was just a week ago. And the POA was required to be signed, in blue ink, before taking it to the court house.

Even in real estate, there are participants who, for one reason or another, still demand sigs. For the same property we are trying to close, the seller (a trust) required us to use ink signatures, which we found it very unusual since we have been doing e-sigs for ages.

For as long as someone demands an ink signature for something someone else wants, and there are now laws demanding e-signatures to be accepted when offered, we are going to have ink sigs. And that is going to be the case for a long, long time to come.

I don't think that a fax of an ink signature has any more "magic legal sauce" than a printed scan of the same ink signature - neither of them is the orignal signature. The fact that some people treat the fax diferent than the printed scan is purely one of mindset.

Often I have been in situations where someone wanted a fax of the document (so they could start work) but needed the orignial mailed or couriered to them "for legal purposes". In cases like that, the scan/email type of thing would be functionally identical.

Comment: Re: Why is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 510 510

Of course it does. Everyone knows there are only two positions for every possible topic. That's why the two party system is such a huge success, and why everyone loves it so much.(Excepting of course commies, who prefer a one-party system... see, there's the two options for how many political parties a system can have!)

The idea that there could be a third viewpoint is inconceivable.

I don't understand that last sentence. It is like my brain can make no sense of it at all.

Comment: Re:Parents should be liable (Score 1) 254 254

it should not be up to the state (i.e. taxpayers) to foot the bill to take care of the kid.

Man, do I hate these abstract arguments with a passion.

I'll simplify your argument for you: "I'm perfectly fine with innocent children suffering and dying."

You're not punishing parents, you're punishing kids.

Comment: Re:What after one year? (Score 1) 374 374

And what's the cost for XP or new Windows users?

For XP or a 'build your own PC' scenario I would expect an OEM disk from your favourite corner computer shop will be about the same as you pay for Win8.

For other 'new Windows users' it will be 'free' with their new PC, same as it has been for millions upon millions of users over the years.

Comment: Re:Lots of highly paid folks (Score 1, Insightful) 124 124

this highlights how well software engineers are compensated even compared to other types of engineers.

Is "Engineer" a protected term in the USA?

Here is Canada there is no such thing as a "software engineer."

Chemical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, sure... But not "Software Engineer."

Comment: Re:Within 3 years is BS (Score 1) 164 164

I'd like to see the stats for how many get sent back once they're off parole, and possibly correlate those to how many got send back for BS parole violations.

Those might be useful stats. What would constitute a "BS parole violation"? I do not doubt that parole restrictions can be strict, but aren't they better than the alternative of being in jail?

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