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Comment: Re:Land of the Free (Score 5, Insightful) 231

by jelizondo (#48348063) Attached to: Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

Does that include plane tickets?

Contrary to what you think, not all of us have cineplex nearby or the inclination to be surrounded by strangers in a dark place...

The studios make the mistake you are making, it's not only about money; it's about convenience. Make it available and I will gladly pay for it.

I own a couple of hundred movie DVDs and about 500 hundred music CDs, plus perhaps a thousand books; but if I can not buy something which is available thru piracy, then a pirate I become...

Content-producers need to realize it's a big, big world and stop thinking of their little corner of it.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 3, Interesting) 217

Sorry to burst your buble. Right next door, in Mexico, with a much more relaxed airport security, never had an airplane hijacked... Until 2009, years after the FAA imposed flight restrictions went into effect(1).

On the other hand, in mainland China, there was an attempted hijack in 2012!

If airport security was a solution to plane hijacking, why would a country without any security (Mexico) not suffer from it and a paranoid state (China) recently had to deal with it?

If you recall, in the past (60's-80's) U.S. planes were hijacked to Havana; in the 90's the trend was reversed: Cuban planes were hijacked and taken to the U.S. Which brings the question again, if the totalitarian Cuban police was unable to stop the hijackings, why should it work in the U.S.?

Now see the perverse incentives: a flight taken to Havana was heralded as taken by "people's heros" and gave a lot of cred in certain circles; turn the coin and see the other face: hijacking a Cuban plane and taking it into the U.S. will NOT land you in jail; it will grant you political asylum!

(1) FAA rules apply to all flights landing on the U.S. even if they originated elsewhere. There used to be smoking flights to/from the U.S. (Air France, Mexicana, TACA, etc.) until the FAA ruled that any flights originating or landing in the U.S. had to be non-smoking, regardless of the carrier's flag. The same was applied to security: no flight bound to the U.S. is allowed to land if there are not TSA-like security measures in the originating country . So, in effect, the FAA and TSA determine what security measures are taken on airports as distant as Buenos Aires.

Comment: re I don't care (Score 5, Informative) 419

by jelizondo (#47793291) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Frankly, I don't care if MS is standing up out of self-interest or for some other cause, the tyrants in D.C. need to be stopped. Period.

You can't apply U.S. laws to the world at large, regardless of your 'legal' standing.

Many U.S. organizations have presence and pay taxes in many different jurisdictions, making them subject to that particular territory's law. Will the U.S. allow some other country to violate U.S. laws because the subsidiary is present, in say, Aman and thus, by extension, the entire organization is subject to Aman's Law?

The answer is no, because jurisdiction is territorial. You can't apply Ireland's law to MS in the U.S. simply because they have a corporate office there, thus the reverse is true too: you can' t apply U.S. law to a subsidiary in Ireland.

Who owns it is irrelevant; corporations are legal entities of their own, regardless of ownership. Ships owned by, say Americans (most cruise ships for example), are registered in Panama, thus bypassing U.S. Labor laws because who owns them is irrelevant.

Trust me, you don't want to go there: it will open lawsuits against U.S. firms, under U.S. laws, against the owners of such ships and other corporations that use underage labor, exceed working hours / conditions, etc. in other countries.

It would basically make International Law obsolete as we know it.

It appears that the U.S. Government is bent in destroying the American economy while 'preserving' American security.

Comment: Re:Pick up that can (Score 2) 157

Sorry for the bad news: we were never free.

What has happened is that the elite has shorn any semblance of shame and decided to act according to its power.

It's like they asked themselves: If we have the power, what do we care about appearances?

Think back to satellite T.V. for example, in the U.S. it was (is?) theft to get the signal and decode it, in Canada it was fine to do it, because legally, the waves were in public space.

Comment: re Explanation (Score 1) 53

What happened is that a Mexican company registered the name iFone, which the court found phonetically equal to iPhone, for the purpose of selling communication services.

The three largest carriers (Telcel, Iusacell y Telefonica Movistar) were prohibited from using iPhone in their advertising, as they cell precisely, communications services.

Apple itself is not prohibited from using its brand name, but can use it only for the purposes of selling the phone, not services.

In Mexico as in other countries, the same brand can be used to sell different types of goods and services; what the court found, was Apple's registration was too broad and that the Mexican company had a narrow registration, which was also prior to Apples'.

The suit came from Apple to force the Mexican company to stop using its own brand; now the Mexican company is countersuing for damages and asking for 40% of the revenue generated using the brand in Mexico.

Link to the registration


Comment: Re:I don't doubt it. (Score 3) 291

by jelizondo (#47105639) Attached to: Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

You had me until the cat part.

Everyone knows that a good parent would choose a dog!

Kidding aside, it does change you. I was fooled into being in the OR for the birth of my third offspring (a girl) and that changed me in ways I can't begin to describe: from a typical antisocial nerd, interested only in the latest techno-toy into a real person.

She'll be 21 next week and has been living with me for the last 12 years, after her mom and I divorced, and still think of her as my greatest achievement.

She is smart and iron-willed, so I have not really enjoyed being a single parent dealing with a difficult child, but at this time, I would not change one bit of the story.

YMMV and all that, but being a parent really makes a wonderful difference in your life.

Comment: Re:Space programs as a crowbar? (Score 1) 522

by jelizondo (#47014453) Attached to: Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

The U.S. government, sanctioned by Congress, declared the Black Hills, and other land, to be owned by the Lakota; then when gold was found there, not only refused to stop miners from exploiting it, the goverment started building a trail and forts on land it expressely had recognized as foreign (treaty of 1851); eventually leading to war between the tribes and the U.S. Army, to be followed by the 1868 treaty.

The 1868 treaty was quickly thrown aside and a new war erupted between the tribes and the U.S.

Please read the Treaty of Ft. Laramie, 1851 and 1868.

Finally, the U.N. passed the Resolution on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which was not signed by the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zeland; four countries that have, ahem, problems with their indigenous population.

Yes, your proud country went back on its word twice and to this day, it refuses to honor the treaties it signed and were approved by Congress.

Comment: Re:Space programs as a crowbar? (Score 1) 522

by jelizondo (#46995061) Attached to: Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

By your comment I gather you are an American and so, I'm happy to hear you support returning their land to the Dakotas and Lakotas, which was taken forcefully by the U.S. government despite a treaty to the contrary.

Perhaps instead of criticizing other countries, you should get your country to honor their agreements with other nations.

Tell me, how is Ukraine different from the Lakiota/Dakota land? How is the U.S. position different from that of Russia?

I think we should be looking into our own eye for the beam instead of looking at the mote in our brother's eye.

Comment: Re:MANAGEMENT == PSYCHOLOGY (Score 2) 125

by jelizondo (#46874527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

Perhaps you need to think like a psycopath?

Don't get me wrong, management is about all you said but you left out two things: manipulating and using people.

Yep, it is a cynical view but in the real world, you meet your goals as a manager or you get fired. Many times, you have to sweet-talk undesirables to do things for you, knowing very well that you don't mean a thing you say.

As George Burns put it: "Sincerity - if you can fake it, you got it made"

That is why I hate management and prefer coding or doing other technical work.

Comment: Re:Here it comes. (Score 1) 209

Perhaps we don't? A model of something you don't understand won't give you insight into the unknown. Perhaps one might discover something like human intelligence but you'll never know if it is the same thing.

Also, I think that Godel (logically) and quantum effects (materially) stand in the way of understanding how three pounds of flesh can become intelligence and sentience.

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't.

  • Emerson M. Pugh, As quoted in The Biological Origin of Human Values

Comment: Re:Automation (Score 1) 325

by jelizondo (#46731701) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Sorry pal, maybe in Australia they issue tickets to police cars, fire-fighters' trucks and the like, but for the last four years I have been involved in automation for Police Departments and such lists exist.

Obviously, they are not named "don't issue a ticket to the whealty bastard," they are named "Official Vehicles" and many politicians get their "official" vehicles listed there including cars of whealty supporters.

Now, my very own experience. I don't work directly for any PD given that I am an outside contractor but some friend got me some decals for my windshield. Two days ago, by being distracted, I ran a red light while doing a U-turn while policemen were stationed at the intersection. One look at the decals and they assumed I am an undercover officer running after some bastard; they waved me on.

Even if they had made me stop, they would have to call Central to report the incident before issuing a ticket (SOP) and I would claim a "Code 3" (emergency) and my friends at Central would have supported me.

So you see, even if you are not a whealty bastard, you can get away with it if you know the right people.

You had mail, but the super-user read it, and deleted it!