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Comment: Again, Slashdot Buthcers The Facts (Score 1) 1034

by mbstone (#46031823) Attached to: AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

This is the second legal story this week -- actually it's the second Google Glass legal story this week -- in which Slashdot has got many of the key facts embarrassingly wrong.

Does Slashdot want to be taken seriously, or respected, as a media outlet? Then do fact checking.

In the context of a legal story this means having the story reviewed by someone with formal legal training.

+ - Software Developer Beats Rap For Driving While Wearing Google Glass

Submitted by mbstone
mbstone (457308) writes "California motorist and software developer Cecilia Abadie was found not guilty by a San Diego Superior Court commissioner Thursday (16) of charges of both speeding, and of driving with a video monitor visible. The California Highway Patrol had cited her based on her wearing Google Glass when pulled over; however, the commissioner ruled that the prosecution could not prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the device was activated."

Comment: Obviousness (Score 3, Insightful) 226

by mbstone (#45878543) Attached to: BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo

They shamelessly copied the look of the BlackBerry keyboard. So what. The design of a QWERTY keyboard isn't an original work of authorship, nor is it nonobvious, nor are QWERTY keyboards associated with BB in the minds of members of the public.. No copyright, no patent, no trademark.

Case dismissed.

BB should buy the thing if it has any money left.

Comment: More TV Commercials (Score 1) 829

by mbstone (#45764969) Attached to: Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

To get users to upgrade their systems to Windows 8, MS should run lots and lots of TV commercials featuring the beautiful, awesome Windows 8 splash screen.

As soon as people realize how breathtakingly beautiful the splash screen is, they'll run out to Best Buy or wherever and buy a Surface.

If that doesn't work, buy more TV commercials with tighter close-ups on the beautiful, beautiful, utterly awesome Windows 8 splash screen.

Comment: Not "wheelbarrows." (Score 1) 199

by mbstone (#45758613) Attached to: Obamacare and Middle-Wheel-Wheelbarrows

There are already lots of US laws and regulations that mandate how IT is supposed to be procured and implemented by the US Government (see, e.g., the Clinger-Cohen Act.)

Each of these mandates came about because Congress became tired of funding IT projects where the money just vanished and no IT system was stood-up.

The botched implementation of the ACA website raises questions not of "wheelbarrows," but how and why EOP/DHHS managed to bypass or ignore existing mandates.

Comment: Re:How is it their fault? (Score 1) 653

by mbstone (#45757777) Attached to: Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

They practically roll up the sidewalks in SF at 9PM. If you want late night food, you have to go to some place in the Castro, a club that serves food (assuming they let you in), a bar (kitchen usually closes at 10), or go to the waffle house, Denny's, Mel's, or one of a couple (mostly take-out) pizza places.

If you are doing dinner and a movie, you pretty much have to do the dinner first, or nothing will be open after the movie lets out.

Bring your company and your employees to Las Vegas. Housing is cheap, traffic is light, there's no state income tax, and you'll never want for food, drink, or nightlife no matter what time it is.

Comment: Could be a good thing (Score 1) 183

by mbstone (#45757065) Attached to: DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

Depends on how well T3 does the cataloging and website, and how much they charge for copies.

If it turns out the works are more easily accessible and searchable than at present, and the charges are reasonable (think ), then it's a good thing.

If the catalog website is poorly designed (see the existing DoD website), or if T3 decides to charge, well, DoD prices for things, then not so good.

"Regardless of the legal speed limit, your Buick must be operated at speeds faster than 85 MPH (140kph)." -- 1987 Buick Grand National owners manual.