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Comment: Re:Carma is a beautiful thing (Score 1) 155

by jp10558 (#47918175) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Its in the dealer's best interest to do as much warranty/recall work as possible

Sure doesn't seem that way to me... At least with Subaru it's the local dealer always trying to weasel out of doing *anything* under warranty and central Subaru 1-800 getting them to do the *damn* work they are supposed to do under Warranty.

Why not just work like the aftermarket warranty companies where they pay local shops by credit card over the phone for warranty work? Has to be cheaper than setting up garages if your Tesla... Or however Geico etc do the mechanical breakdown coverage, but without the deductible. There are *plenty* of local shops that I trust to know what they're doing much more than the dealers, and they are often cheaper as well!

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 2) 155

by jp10558 (#47916809) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

I've been trying to buy a new car. It may just be the southern tier of NY, but finding a Subaru dealer that
a) knows even close as much about the car I want as what I know *from the Subaru web site* and the *Subaru Drive Magazine* is basically impossible.
b) Is willing to quote me a price (why can't I call, e-mail or even walk in and just list the car + options and GET A PRICE? This is as bad as the phone companies.). Granted, many have prices on what they have in stock...
c) Will actually order what I want.

I had one dealer order a car (that didn't have the Eyesight feature that I made clear was the *REASON* I wanted this car), and try and sell it to me. When I walked when it didn't have the Eyesight feature, they didn't understand why I didn't want the car. Hello? I came to you and listed specific features I wanted, you got a car without them (after I waited 2 months) and wonder why I didn't buy it?

I wish I could just order from Subaru like I do from Lenovo... Hell, I wish there was a pricewatch for cars and it was easier to get one delivered...

Comment: Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (Score 1) 286

"handwave away child abuse"

The submission says nothing about the defendant abusing any children, or any person at all. So your particular statement is a non-sequitur. It says he distributed child porn. Isn't this the same mistake as claiming Internet piracy is stealing?

You could claim they're both *bad*, but they certainly are not *the same*.

Comment: Re:capabilities (Score 1) 286

I have to wonder, isn't there a need for reasonable suspicion to carry out a search at all? I mean, this sort of "dragnet", lets search everything "fishing" for offenders is exactly what I was taught the 4th amendment was about.

Shouldn't you need a warrant, and a reason to tap / search someone's Internet activity? Isn't this exactly what the NSA was claiming was against policy and why it's "OK" to collect everything? Clearly people are fishing for the first suspicion rather than targeted investigation backed up by at least suspicion from something other than a blanket search.

I mean, this seems like searching everyone in the state of Washington's house to see if there's something illegal there.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 290

by jp10558 (#47907843) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Pay someone to wait on hold for you. Google Virtual Assistants, some are quite cheap and several can call you and conference you in once they get someone on the phone; all of them can try and resolve the issue entirely without further bothering you as long as you have the necessary details in the request submission.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 406

by jp10558 (#47632377) Attached to: Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

I don't know, I live in a pretty rural area, near a dirt road (My road isn't paved the entire way, though I do live on a paved section). I'm ~ 25 miles from the nearest hospital, and 5 miles from the nearest Ambulance Garage. I still call 911. It takes them maybe 15 min to get to my location with paramedics, sometimes less. I can't drive to the hospital faster than the paramedics can show up...

I suppose you could say I'm not "rural enough", but that's pretty close to a "No true Scotsman" fallacy.

I guess what I'm saying is I also, even in a very rural part of the country, can't imagine a situation where I wouldn't call 911 vs driving someone in critical need of medical attention to a hospital in my car.

Comment: Re:Equally suspect (Score 1) 306

by jp10558 (#47621643) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

I know I'm way late, and others have brought this up, but the other thing missed in these e-book (especially kindle) discussions is that when you buy a paperback, it's got all the case law you could imagine that you *OWN* that physical item.

It has intrinsic value in that you can re-sell it, give it away however and to whomever you want, you can use it to prop up a table, you can burn it for heat, you can lend it out.

None of these things are true with most e-books. You are limited to where and with what software you can read it (Kindle), Amazon can (and has) take it back [Imagine if they tried to do this with a paperback!], you can't (as far as I know) re-sell it, I'm not sure you can lend it or give it away.

As people like to say, with DRM you're renting or leasing something. That's fine, but I don't know anyone who is going to pay retail to rent something...

Comment: Re:Disengenous (Score 1) 306

by jp10558 (#47575835) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

Plus, the Steam Sale aspect adds some urgency. If I knew that game X was always $2.99, I might never buy it. But If I think I might like to play it, and I know that after this weekend it will be $20 (the price where I would really think about if I wanted the game) but it's on sale for $4.50 this weekend, I'll buy it now *just in case* I might want to play it later.

This is really good for the seller I imagine - they just need a hook on the store that makes me think I might ever want to play the game. So it's also the sale aspect (as I think JC Penny found out with their attempt at "Always low prices").

Comment: Re:Disengenous (Score 1) 306

by jp10558 (#47575787) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

That's hard to guess, but I've read free fan fiction that rivaled the best published novels. I've read paid novels that were as bad as some slashdot posts (I imagine they must have been self-published). And I've read plenty of mediocre works on both the hobby and professional sides.

I doubt doing something part time means that is is by definition worse, I'd more likely guess it's slower. So we might get less books each year.

Is that a problem though?

Comment: Re:Copyright owners (Score 1) 108

by jp10558 (#47120985) Attached to: Wikia and Sony Playing Licensing Mind Tricks

As far as I can tell, unless you have a copyright assignment from the person who wrote the copyrighted material, there is no reason to think you would have ownership of the copyrighted material. This is why many companies that operate in such a model make you go through a process to become a contributer.

Just e-mailing something to someone doesn't assign them copyright, and I think that sort of thing was decided long ago with mailing manuscripts.

The web interface still is the same. In no case has anyone been able to argue they didn't infringe copyright (of a song etc) based on *the method they received the copyrighted material* - otherwise it would seem to me that bittorrent of a version of a song would not infringe as you didn't have a contract or license appended to the CD (if the CD is old enough)...

Remember, you don't need a copyright notice to get copyright protection now (though you used to, in which case your argument probably would be correct, unless the poster added a copyright notice).

In the case of an ambiguous web interface, I think you need to consider the logic like this:

1) I have received copyrighted content, and no explicit license or assignment.
2) What can I do with this? I personally can view it, but I can't make copies, nor can I distribute it. So I can't put it up on a website I own. This is standard basic copyright law. I don't think anyone disagrees about this.
3) However, my website is providing hosting with the results licensed CC-BY-SA, which is a license that does allow me to share and distribute the copyrighted material. It seems likely that the copyrighted material was posted on my site utilizing that license, especially as much of it is derivative of the existing CC-BY-SA license.

I don't see any way to get to copyright assignment that would hold up in court. I have my doubts that #3 really holds up - the content should be explicitly licensed by the contributor. For it to actually work, it should be, as you say, part of the site contract entered into for edit access - like Slashdot has comments owned by the poster.

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