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Comment: Re:Tesla faces a catch 22 (Score 1) 255

by mark-t (#48227633) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales
Even then, the thing here is that the only reason that the laws that prohibit manufacturers from selling directly to consumers even exists is because dealerships have actually *PAID* those manufacturers for franchising rights to be authorized distributors for that manufacturer, and if the manufacturer goes and sells directly to the consumer, then that is anti-competitive behavior.

Because there are no dealership franchises for Tesla, there is no actual reason that it should really be illegal... this ruling is a bad interpretation of the law, unless there is also some explicit law that requires that automobile manufacturers must offer dealerships franchises in the state

Comment: It doesn't matter (Score 2) 312

by mark-t (#48183453) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Should users just sit back and accept this as the new normal?

It doesn't matter if they sit back and accept it or not... it *IS* the new normal.

Of course, it is much easier to live in a reality where you believe what makes you happier about living in the first place... so the desire to want to resist this sort of thing is entirely normal.

Comment: Re:It's okay when I do it... (Score 1) 429

by mark-t (#48120729) Attached to: BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer
Why do you think a mall cannot refuse to let certain people in? In fact, they most certainly can... For that matter, they wouldn't even need to give them a reason to do so. It's private property.... once they've been told to leave by appropriate persons, it's trespassing if they don't start to comply, within reason. It would, however, probably not fare very well for the mall's PR if they did this sort of thing without just cause, so it's in their own best interest to not be indiscriminate about who they would ban. Malls most definitely can and do ban people, however, but ordinarily there's going to be an underlying reason that is generally determined to be in the best interests of the security and safety of those who are in the mall.

Comment: Re:What's a subway (Score 1) 127

by mark-t (#48111157) Attached to: London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains
Uh... no. That underground system known as "The Tube" is, by definition, a rapid transit system. Also, it fits almost any reasonable North American definition of a subway other than using as a proper noun to refer to one specific underground rail system. Since you didn't capitalize the term, nor did you use it in any context where a proper noun would have been implied by the surrounding grammar, one can only conclude that you are therefore simply factually incorrect. Saying that London doesn't have one just because people who live in London don't call it that is like saying that there are no elevators in London, nor people wear pants in London, just because the UK has different words for those specific terms, which even at best can only be taken as some sort of an attempt at trying to be funny, but it is still factually incorrect. If you are using a word in a sentence, then you presumably know what that term means, and that meaning is just as applicable to what London has as what can be found in North America.

Comment: Re:You mean... (Score 1) 77

by mark-t (#48106413) Attached to: Indonesian Cave Art May Be World's Oldest

prove that there is any basis to believe it's only 6,000 years

Such a small age for earth is typically accomplished by biblical reckoning... and it is achieved by adding up all of the time that elapses over the acocunted generations, plus the time it says that certain things took, it appears, by biblical reckoning only, that the world could not have been created any longer ago than in the vicinity of 6,000 to 7,000 years. This reckoning, however, assumes very important things, which one may or may not accept as definitively true. One, it assumes that the bible is valid as a historical document with regards to events of antiquity that are greater than written history itself, and two... and this one is probably even more important, even if one were to accept that the Bible were true, it assumes that the biblical accounting of events of that time is actually exhaustive, and that the chronicle could not possibly have been compressed from what actually happened for the purpose of writing it all down, and since such minutia was not considred important for purposes of conveying the message that the chronicle was intended to tell.

Note, you see... you asked for proof that there is any basis to believe that it only 6,000 years old, not proof that it actually *IS* 6,000 years old, nor proof that the biblical account is necessarily even accurate. If one already believes the Bible to be true, then the accounting in the bible is, in fact, a not wholly unreasonable basis to come to the conclusion that the earth is that old (even if that conclusion is not indisputable).

Comment: Re:17 USC 102(b) (Score 2) 146

by mark-t (#48103695) Attached to: Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

* idea - (Abstract) Patents deal with ideas, concrete API code does not.

Nice subtle moving of the goalposts there...

An API is not the same thing as API code. API code is an implementation of an API, and not the API itself, even if you describe the API by using a programming language notation as if you were writing code.

Code is obviously copyrightable, regardless if it forms part of an API or not... But the API itself is only the interface, and does not actually contain any code, and such an interface is ultimately only an idea... there's nothing concrete about it like there is with code.

Of course, a particular expression of any idea may be entirely copyrightable, but even that doesn't give one a license to exclude other people from expressing the same idea on their own... especially when the idea is narrow enough in scope that there aren't many unique ways to express it in the first place.

Comment: Re:Study is quite incomplete (Score 1) 261

by mark-t (#48056071) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

I suspect I was downmodded by somebody who thinks that by slowing down, I am trying to somehow dare a person behind me to crash into me or to deliberately annoy them. I've met people who actually think that I'm inviting an accident to happen by doing this, but I've utilized this technique in the past and have never been hit because of it (the three times that I have been in a car accident where the vehicle behind me collided with mine was when my vehicle was actually already stopped, and legally required to be so, either because of crossing pedestrians at an intersection or because of signal lights, and there was nothing I could have legally done differently).

Anyways, Obviously I would not slow down as quickly if they were already too close behind me, since they may already not have adequate distance to safely react to my change in speed, but I would still ease off on the accelerator, and give them every opportunity to the best of my ability to permit them to pass me. In general, however, I try to remain observant enough about what is going on around me so that if I notice a speed demon behind me rapidly closing, I can start adjusting my speed to make it easier to pass me *before* they start to pose such danger.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 197

by mark-t (#48044223) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

The GEGL core update by itself brings no new features (user functionality).

I don't dispute that point, but I do not think you realize just how much GEGL support being in will enormously accelerate the features that are currently on hold and waiting on it.

The reason things haven't really progressed very far, if at all, on many of the features that are waiting on the GEGL port to be finished is not because they are taking their time with them, it is because any work that might be started before the GEGL port was complete would likely to be entirely a waste of time, and because trying to implement it without GEGL being in would take a lot longer anyways, GEGL support would probably be in before it was complete, so there's no point starting on something that would have to be entirely thrown away before it's done, and can be relatively easily done once the underlying architcture has been modified to be amenable to it.

Consider when building a home, the most amount of time is spent making sure the foundation is properly in place. Once it is, a house can be built on a good foundation comparatively very quickly. Likewise, once the GEGL port is finally in and 2.;10 is out, you will doubtless be witness to vastly accelerated GIMP development of some of the most urgently desired features. Internally, for all intents and purposes, 2.10 will be almost an entirely new program.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun