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Comment: Re:Legal Opinion, Please? (Score 1) 699

by mtempsch (#48550177) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

under US law, the advertising companies do not have standing, since their work is not being manipulated. The publishers, though, may have, as their copywritten material is being modified, and therefore a derivative work created. However, that, in itself, does not create a copyright law violation. This is complex and the outcome likely depends on which case, in the US, gets to the supreme court first.

French law? No clue. Their copyright law might be very, very different.

They have no, and have never had any, control of how their pages are rendered at the viewing side. Remember "Works best with $foo" ? My browser might not even support graphics, Javascript, Flash, etc

I request page $bar - that doesn't automatically mean I'm required to also get any and all resources linked to in it. What I do with the HTML code of $bar is MY decision, whether manually in a text editor, through external scripts, or through a plug-in I've installed in my browser.

Comment: Re:Concern for high values? (Score 1) 356

by mtempsch (#48351843) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

First of all, incarceration after arrest is not "prison"; it's jail.

Not really. That's mainly a USA-specific distinction, and he was imprisoned in Sweden.

We have the same distinct inion Sweden, both the term and the facility. Before trial you're in 'häkte' quite often solitary and with restricted communications/news input. These are typically nuilt into bigger police stations. Sweden is often criticized for the long periods of time persons can be kept there. After sentencing you go to 'fängelse', of which there are different styles. Unless you serve your time on monitored house arrest, possibly even with allowance to travel to work.

Comment: Re:Ethics (Score 1) 321

One thing I question - 73,011 cams in 256 countries? There are only 190-200... even counting random psudo countries I don't think there are 256...

There looks to be 255 'territorial' top level domains ("country code" TLDs) - not all of which are acknowledged as countries in say, the UN.

Comment: Re:timeline (Score 3, Informative) 236

by mtempsch (#48313107) Attached to: The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

During the gulf war public use was actually turned off so the military could have better access.

Huh? GPS satellites are not wireless access points with a limited number of users supported -- they broadcast a signal that anyone can receive (the number of users has zero impact on other users).

I assume GP has confused, and was referring to, the turning off of SA (selective availability), that when on deteriorates the precision of civilian receivers - thus improving the precision availble to the military units that couldn't get proper military grade receivers but instead had civilian receivers. As you say, number of users/receivers has no effect on the system, as they're just listening - just like FM radio sets...

Comment: Re:Is this counting Apple's new encryption scheme? (Score 1) 210

by mtempsch (#48122735) Attached to: Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

Burn it. In Russia in the 90s they used to sell kit that could destroy a computer remotely in case the mob or the police visited. Maybe they have the same for the iphone?

Ooooh, I sense a business opportunity - thermite cases! Shouldn't be any less safe to walk around with than the phones themselves, given the batteries. Must just not make the trigger too sensitive...

Comment: Re:Fat suit ? (Score 2) 126

by mtempsch (#48067211) Attached to: Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

The fat woman was actually an actress wearing a fat suit.

Why ? I can't imagine it would be too hard to find a genuinely fat person to take the job.

No, but a bit harder for her to do the control as 'normal sized'... I assume the study wanted the same person in both tests to eliminate as many other variables as possible.

Comment: Re:Idiot (Score 1) 942

by mtempsch (#48035877) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

1 cup of flour is trivially measured by volume: Just grab the "1 cup" cup from your set of measuring cups, scoop up flour from your storage container, level. You're done.

Is that flour fluffy or compacted - how compacted was the contents due to transport vibrations/settling? (yes, you do get about the same if you do it the same way, but what if you don't scoop but instead pour from the package?)

If you're using measuring cups, you can make a batch of cookie dough without using a scale or having to look at the actual measurement.

Guess what - the same thing applies if you have metric measuring cups and metric recipes (haven't seen any call for something like 138g, just like you're unlikely to see calls for 2,17 cups, they're typically tuned to reasonable values in whatever system they originate. Very few recipes are THAT inflexible to not allow that...)

US recipes usually don't use "cups" of butter, they use "sticks" of butter. If you live where butter isn't sold in US sticks (113.4 grams), you're screwed.

For butter/margarine we use, like 200/225/250g (never seen a value not a multiple of 25g, like you're unlikely to see anything but easy fractions of 'stick') - and that can be had by cutting off a chunk from the package (typically 500g or 1kg), 4/4.5/5 scale lines wide (lines on the wrapper placed every 50g)

Comment: Re: Simple answer (Score 1) 942

by mtempsch (#48035539) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures
> Fahrenheit scale simply makes more sense Really? Water freezing and boiling, two rather important things for man, at 32 and 212 compared to 0 and 100? I'll give you that putting the human body temp at ~100 is somewhat reasonable, but the rest? Why not use some other unit size and put freezing and boiling water at more memorable values, it's not that the factor 1,8 compared to C or K is somehow magical or derived from something special... It is NOT more sensible - it is just that you grew up with it and are used to it. To me, negative temperatures are clearly cold - the more the worse, positive single digits from cold to chilly, comfortable--a bit warm 515--25, uncomfortably warm ~30, F'in hot ~40, above that? I'm not going anywhere not AC'd... And that is just as 'natural' and intuitive to me as the F scale is to you, because I grew up with it. And of course, those temperature spans are my preferences based on local climate abd experience (just like I doubt a Texan and an Alaskan have the same temperature span for 'shorts and T-shirt' weather)

Comment: Re:Sweet! (Score 1) 77

by mtempsch (#46693991) Attached to: European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

It will be interesting to see what our government thinks about it, since it is still in swedish law. But since they had to pay the EU fines for having delayed the implementation of the directive I can't imagine they will be too upset.

Since it was invalid, will we be getting the fines, for nor timely implementing it, back?

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