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Comment: Re:Nothing new here (Score 1) 166

How is it more generous? It looks like the same thing: you can use the patents, as long as you create something that complies with the (Java/.NET) standards.

The fact Dalvic wasn't a full JSE implementation was why Oracle sued Google. You could even argue that, given Oracle lost, the Java patent licensing is more generous!

Comment: Re:Although unused, not useful (Score 1) 178

The main problem (well, perhaps not the MAIN problem) I see is that no-one signed up to have drone flights right over their houses.

That is true, and in the United States, the FAA already protects you from this invasion of your airspace. Since we are talking about rural areas (although I doubt a drone could be cost effective due to distance limitations in a rural area), the applicable FAR is Sec. 91.119 - Minimum safe altitudes: General.... (c) Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.

Obviously a rural area is the only place where the craft could legally (well, quasi-legally, assuming that by ordering you are giving permission to land on your property) land and still be more than 500 feet from a person, vessel, vehicle or structure.

Comment: Re:Seems like this will work... (Score 1) 178

In a big city where a delivery is a 1-5 minute flight as the crow flies, as they say, or a 40 minute traffic fest. In major cities there is also the problem of where do you park even just to walk into the building for 2-5 minutes.

If you are UPS or FedEx, you just park in the middle of the street and block traffic.

Comment: Re:"We must not throw the baby out with the bathwa (Score 1) 51

by TapeCutter (#49382097) Attached to: EU Commission Divided Over Nation-Specific Content Blocking
Downloading is legal in most places, if you think about for a bit the internet simply wouldn't work if it was illegal. The catch is that most torrent clients upload by default, not a problem here in Oz because nobody has ever been sued for "illegal downloading". The MAFIAA have said they will start the US system threatening letters here but they haven't because they know it would be seen by Aussie courts as extortion, which is a 'real' crime. The current communications minister has basically said that if they want legislative help with piracy then they will need to get rid of regional locking and stop price gouging Aussies on content.

The thing about uploading in Oz is that the copyright holder can only sue for REAL damages, the imagined "lost sales" does not come into the equation. If the real damages do not exceed $100 there's nothing the Aussie MAFIAA can do but cry.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 315

by AK Marc (#49381789) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

in the fair tax book which explains the proposed system, they explain that the initial rate is designed to be revenue neutral.

What I proposed is "revenue neutral" to the government as well. What Fair Tax does is link the tax to government spending, but I haven't seen it link the payout to inflation. I'm stating that the prebate should be linked to a livable payout, adjusted by inflation. And, like the Fair Tax, the tax rate should then be used to balance the budget. Though I'd go father and prohibit deficit spending, and instead adjust the taxes to cover spending increases.

Though I'd expect that it would make recessions worse, as when the economy gets worse, the taxes would go up (as consumer spending would go down, and government spending would go up). But that's a problem with Fair Tax as well.

Comment: One thing to remember (Score 1) 236

by TheCarp (#49381255) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

I bring this up any time someone is leaving, and even when I have left places. You should review all access, change all passwords he may have had, revoke all access that he had.....and you do this....as much for his benefit as for yours.

He is leaving, he is naturally the person who is going to be blamed, either directly (he did it) or indirectly (Oh he used to do that, and hes gone now....). Thats normal, and some amount of it is fine. However, you owe it to yourself AND to him to be sure there is no question that, if there is an incident, there is no reason to suspect him.

Nobody wants to be in the situation where there was a compromise after an employee left, and now there are questions. If there is an incident there will be questions either way, but the only person who benefits from his still having access is the attacker whose actions are the problem.

I felt better knowing my access has been fully revoked and there was little chance of there being questions later.

Comment: Re:Delete stuff. (Score 1) 236

by TheCarp (#49381135) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

> ... if it's on the company computer, it's on the company's time

So when I fired up my work laptop at 11 pm to watch a movie on amazon prime while I played videos on my desktop, you are saying that is company time which I should be compensated for? Pretty sure the company would tend to disagree on that, maybe I should ask if they want me to add those hours to my timesheet?

Comment: Re:Unsealed after Ulbrich conviction (Score 1) 142

by TheCarp (#49380539) Attached to: Silk Road Investigators Charged With Stealing Bitcoin

Doesn't sound as automatic as it could be, frankly, at this point the system has been so abused and overused it needs some serious brakes put on. We should make appeals mandatory, in fact, we should eliminate the plea entirely....no right to waive a jury trial, no right to plead guilty. You are charged, you MUST defend yourself, and if convicted, you get an appeal which can't be tried in the same district.

and if you are not convicted, the prosecutor is.

Comment: Re: I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 315

by AK Marc (#49380209) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You
The only pickup I can think of that would be close is the VW Rabbit Pickup. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V...

But that's significantly like the El Camino, so not without precedent. Some others had a removable partition between the cab and the storage, so you could put a cap on the back and it'd be like it was inside the cab.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"