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Comment A case of being legally right, but morally wrong. (Score 5, Informative) 37

Or as Americans might say, the letter of the law, not the spirit of the law.

Justice Nye Perram was forced to agree with DBC LLC over the matter of copyright infringement, so they won on that case. However the Justice was also aware of what happened in the US when the studio's lawyers were permitted to go on a fishing expedition through the ISP's customer records then send them what amounted to extortion notices threatening an expensive law suit if they didn't immediately pay a sum of money. So called "speculative invoicing".

To prevent this, the justice made DBC LLC pay a bond of about A$600,000 which would be forfeited if they tried speculative invoicing. The agreement meant any communications with the ISP's customers had to be vetted by the courts. After having repeated attempts rejected because they asked for far too much info and were pretty much a prelude to speculative invoicing it became clear to DBC LLC that they would never make a profit on this and simply cut their losses.

I think I'm pretty safe in saying that the reason DBC LLC has withdrawn their case is just to get their bond back. Dallas Buyers Club was technically in the right, but did everything in the wrong way. That being said, I doubt the Justice was ever going to let them profit on it, setting a precident that you shouldn't go after end users in Australia, even if you are technically right.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 571

So, you are saying we are better off taking the eyes off the road to look down on a map while doing 70 mph?

If you're unable to remember where you're going, you're better off pulling over and reading the map.

If I have to tell you this, chances are you're the kind of person who will follow GPS directions blindly off a cliff.

But how many deaths have been prevented by GPS because drivers were not distracted trying to figure out where to go?

I'm going to say none. You cant save people from their own stupidity.

BTW, you should be regularly taking your eyes off the road. You need to check your mirrors and binnacle and driving in such a manner that a momentary lapse in concentration does not put you into a dangerous situation. The drivers who sit there with their blinkers on never looking anywhere but forwards are amongst the worst drivers because they're completely oblivious to what happens around them.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 571

TFS said

Could society's embrace of GPS be eroding our cognitive maps?

I delivered pizza for a few years, before GPS, and a few hours of taking orders will disabuse you of this naive notion that most people have "cognitive maps". Most people do not know where they live! They can't tell you the nearest major intersection. What they know is a sequence of steps to follow to get to their house.

"Turn left at the big tree. Turn right where the church was before it burned down. Turn left where Johnny was hit by that drunk drive last year. Look for the red house."

I'm only slightly exaggerating. I really do encourage everyone to use maps, to learn to change your "pathing" dynamically when conditions change, to know where you are not just the steps you took to get there. To quote the REM song: "Stand in the place where you work. Now face north. Think about direction; wonder why you haven't before ". Can you do it without looking anything up?


I absolutely hate people who give me left-right directions.

Now you take a right when you see farmer Bumfuck's field, go to past the barn and take a right, not too far, if you reach the windmill you've gone too far and you need to turn around and find the old sign with three bullet holes in it and take a left. From there you need to head past the old firehouse and turn towards the new firehouse and take a right when you reach the garage and then travel for about 10 minutes until another left turn where you drive for another 10 minutes and take the third right.

I've learned just to say "give me your address, my phone navigates better than you ever could". The problem with left-right directions is that people always assume you use the same landmarks and make the same mistakes as they do, so you end up with a shitload of superfluous information. Its the same with asking for directions, when I'm on holiday the first thing I do is buy a local SIM card so I can use Google Maps because asking someone where the nearest metro/subway/bus is gets you going down three flights of stairs, two blocks, 17 left hand turns and its "right there". Its almost as if no-one knows about these little signs above every street corner that tells you their name.

Comment Re:Who smuggled that in? (Score 1) 195

I thought you couldn't ship Apple stuff (Mac, iPhone , etc) to North Korea, so they must have smuggled it in from South Korea or China.

I be he's raffing at your silly restrictions as we speak.

Right after he finished the Lobster Thermidor with French Champaign served to him by a starving farm girl.

Comment Re:Heh Heh (Score 1) 57

This smells like the kind of thing you might leave behind if you were departing Amazon, perhaps not on the best of terms.

It's also possible the employee responsible for the Zombie Inclusion was so bored to tears writing these terms of service he decided to include a gaffe just to see if anyone noticed.


I've had to write policies and procedures that were so mind numbingly boring that I knew no-one would ever read (like Acceptable Use Agreements), so I've snuck in things like "and failure to take note of these restrictions will result in the user being fed to lions". I've only been caught out once and that was 10 months after I'd finished working there (the boss had a sense of humour about it though).

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 601

They point to reduced speeds due to drivers being unsure of lanes. Repeat: UNSURE of the road. They treat this like speed reduction is an end in itself rather than the primary goal of safety. Driver confusion rarely is a good thing.

The problem is that it only slows down good drivers. People who are good enough to recognise that no lines on the road represent additional hazards, most notably from those who mistakenly believe they are good at driving and dont slow down.

From the article

A report by TfL on the trial in London suggested white lines gave drivers a "psychological sense of confidence".

This wont affect people who are already driving dangerously because their "psychological sense of confidence" comes from the Dunning-Kruger effect (unskilled and completely unaware of it), many have so much false confidence that they're unsafe at any speed, so removing the white lines wont make them think of slowing down because they think they're perfectly safe doing what they're doing and anything that goes wrong is someone else's fault because they're gods gift to driving.

This is being driven by politicians at the council of Norfolk, however motoring association, the AA has said the idea is

"absurd, barmy and crazy".

I tend to agree with the AA as unlike the council of Norfolk they put out a lot of helpful videos about how to take care of your car... so I think they might know a thing or two about driving as well.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

If you're the type of person that buys a 3500 pound object that can go 100+ MPH and fail to read the manual which results in the injury of another individual, you're an idiot.

Erm... the thing is, in order to drive a 2T object that can go 160 KPH (so we clearly cant be talking about Jeeps here) you need to be able to demonstrate you're capable of using it without having to read a manual. When you've demonstrated this they give you a piece of plastic with the word "license" on it.

The problem here is that FCA not only changed a standardised design, they made parts of it non-functional. So expected functions were not there.

When you engineer something for the mass market, you need to engineer it for the dumbest possible users. Its no good saying "well you should have RTFM'd", this attitude is what has kept Linux out of the hands of the masses. You need to engineer it to prevent as much stupidity as possible. People are ignorant, lazy, slovenly morons that think if they can save 0.5 seconds and 20 KJ by not using the handbrake they should do it. This is why almost all automatic transmissions force you to be in park to take the key out (not an issue for us superior manual drivers, but we're superior for a reason).

Comment Re:Kinda dissagree (Score 1) 239

I have read about people neglecting their kids to play farmville, I have even done a few nasty binges where I would swear to "stop by midnight" only to look outside and see that it was dawn.

The big kerfuffle in the 90's wasn't that games were addictive, it was that they were violent and that we were going to turn into desensitized savages who want to dismember people. Basically this article is about kids that grew up on Mortal Kombat.


And it is the same nonsense that was spouted about Metal, Comics, TV, Movies and Books (that weren't the bible) in the past. Same shit, different target.

Comment Re:Roll-back as in play-back? (Score 1) 72

A little OT: This reminds me though of how Bank Robbers always shared this mythical celebrity status with a big portion of the population. In the 20's people blamed banks for everything and were happy to see them suffer. In 2016 the banks are still screwing the population over at a much faster rate, yet you never hear of hackers being heroes to any but a select few.

Banks these days aren't distrusted and despised like they used to be in the 20's.

People will actually defend banks ripping them off these days because banks do it indirectly and give a pittance to the end user to buy their loyalties. Cashback, rewards, frequent flyer points and what not to get the end user sucked into using credit then they charge the merchant for accepting credit. The merchant is not in a position to say no because they have literally addicted (via gamification) the end user into using credit and nothing is harder for a store owner to deal with than an addict who is denied their fix. So merchants just raise prices to compensate which ironically means the credit addict is paying for their habit, whilst defending their habit.

You almost have to admire the Machiavellian brilliance of the banks here. They've got the end user thinking the bank is their best friend whilst robbing them blind.

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