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Comment: Re:call the library ? (Score 1) 246

by kelemvor4 (#49416387) Attached to: Watching a "Swatting" Slowly Unfold

I'm having a hard time coming up with any scenario where the perpetrators would hole up in a public building and NOT want police and media attention.

How about the some dickwad wants to cream his jeans watching the SWAT drama unfold from the building across the street scenario; or even some wanabe perp reconnoitering the police response to fine-tune an intended future attack scenario?

That dickwad then might go do an interview with network world... That guy's story doesn't sound super plausible to me.

Comment: Re:Should be simple (Score 1) 92

by kelemvor4 (#49365359) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors

From TFA:

It turns out that Smart Projects had trademarked the Arduino brand in Italy in December 2008, before Arduino LLC got around to filing in April 2009 in the USA.

So... what's to discuss. I don't think there's a law against being a complete asshole, so smart projects wins.

You don't "trademark" things -- you register a trademark. Registration is not strictly necessary in most jurisdictions -- as long as you are actively using the branding, it is automatically considered your trademark. Order of registration only matters if you're talking about two commercial entities independently coming up with the same brand. Here we have two entities with an existing contractual relationship. Smart Projects therefore was not ignorant of the informal body that later became Arduino LLC. Who initiated the contract and who came up with the name? What did the original contract say about the name? Clearly the initial contracts were poorly drafted, or there would be a clear answer, and we wouldn't be having this conversation!!

Well I learned something today. I guess I should have assumed that lawyers would make the problem as difficult to resolve as possible.

Comment: Re:How many minutes until this is mandatory? (Score 1) 287

by kelemvor4 (#49333393) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Don't forget roads with variable speed limits and electronic speed signs. They should invest in up-to-the-minute over-the-air GPS map updates!

There's also temporary limits imposed by road works.

If the conditions are so bad you can't read road signs, you shouldn't be driving.

GPS is not the answer.

Or they could use the existing gps augmentation systems. SiriusXM and FM radio both provide traffic updates. It would probably be simple to add information for variable speed zones.

Comment: Re:Why plea deal? (Score 2) 102

by kelemvor4 (#49068035) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Plays Down Megaupload Worker's Guilty Plea

Wouldn't you rather have your day in court to fight bullshit charges?

Only if you really think you can win. Otherwise folks who ask for their day in court (In the US anyway) are severely penalized vs those that plead guilty. It sounds like this is a "Plea bargain" situation, too. Where the perpetrators of the case bought his plea in exchange for a lesser sentence than he might have received on his own.

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