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Comment Re:Require military trigger pullers (Score 1) 74

One of those is that the person pulling the trigger be military so that you are ensured a direct chain of command

What they really should do is provide an "easy" way for their 'civillian' drone operators to just become military by signing a piece of paper that subjects these people to a chain of command, without other problematic caveats such as a 6 year or X year commitment, or caveats of an ability to be reassigned to any other random job as an interchangeable part, or caveats of a requirement to undergo physically excruciating trials.

They would likely find many more volunteer drone combat pilots; if these people didn't have to go through a huge unnecessary ordeal and be worried about being spontaneously re-assigned to physical labor or an in-the-line-of-fire job, or guard duty on someone's whim.

Comment Re:Laws Without Borders (Score 1) 66

Her motive for taking the job was very likely to steal medications from the elderly.

In the US now, there is an entire segment of the population who believes you should have no right to judge her based on her life history now.

You would be considered a "bigot", "racist", "xenophobe", "misogynist" for wishing to discriminate based on such factors as life history.

This is what's driving the right to be forgotten..... also, before too long, it will also be illegal to discriminate in hiring/retaining employees based on criminal conviction history, DUI, past driving record, etc.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 1) 246

because it's no longer possible to determine whether you have tampered with it

Sorry, NO. It is not legal to deny your customer warranty, because you can't determine they did not tamper with it.

If they claim they didn't touch it, then you actually have to be able to prove that specific device was abused by the consumer to deny warranty.

They can still claim damages against the CPU, even if they broke a sticker and opened the case.

The consumer has a legitimate right to inspect the unit, and the system not booting gives them a perfect excuse, by the way.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 1) 246

Wrong. Only failures as a direct result of any modification should be denied. See: Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

Yes, unfortunately Magnuson-Moss is not strong enough.

What we really need is a law that says if the manufacturer creates an electronic device that is not readily- accessible to repair shops for economically available fully-functional replacement of every physical component and electronic component or module, then the manufacturer is required to warrant the device against defects in the device and all non-serviceable components for no less than 5 years after sale, that transfers with change of ownership with no requirement of registration, and provide repair or replacement for equipment service for no less than 20 years after sale, at a cost no more than the cost of raw materials for replacement modules.

Comment Re:Because the question is stupid! (Score 1) 193

I think the biggest change happened when they decided to use their ability to regulate commerce between the States to stomp on a farmer and SCOTUS decided to uphold it

There was a progression -- from Marshal, to the meatpackers, to the New Deal

Gibbons v. Ogden -- 1824, 22US

The wisdom and the discretion of Congress, their identity with the people, and the influence which their constituents possess at elections, are, in this, as in many other instances, as that, for example, of declaring war, the sole restraints on which they have relied, to secure them from its abuse. They are the restraints on which the people must often rely solely, in all representative governments....

; But the end affect is the commerce clause barely exists, most certainly not implemented as it was intended. The commerce clause evolved from allowing Congress to regulate interstate commerce to allowing Congress to regulate anything that affects interstate commerce, thanks to the "Necessary and Proper clause"; for example, congress may regulate the channels of interstate commerce, congress may regulate anything that threatens interstate commerce, even if it's only intrastate activities, and congress may regulate any activity that has a substantial affect on interstate commerce.

Then we got this whacky idea called rational basis review, where the judiciary must show deference to current elected representatives, if there are reasons that support congressional judgement, the justices are supposed to support the current elected, even if the judges would come to different conclusions. Increasing deference towards current politicians is also deference away from slamming their laws by declaring things "unconstitutional" when they are unconstitutional. US vs Lopez.

Comment Re:Because the question is stupid! (Score 1) 193

Congress authority is set out in the constitution. Congress can pass resolutions which become law when signed by the president

Congress can pass laws, But congress cannot transfer any of their own lawmaking authority to an outside entity.

For example, it is not within congress' power to pass a law stating "Whatever Young billy says is the law, is the law."

You can replace 'Young Billy' with any corporation or government department you want, and it's still true --- congress literally does not have the power to say "Whatever foobar says," as that would be a transfer of lawmaking authority contrary to the constitution's requirements for passing laws.

Comment Re:I'm careful about using the term "Evil" (Score 1) 108

I assume the criminals who would do this have risen to a new level of evil, and there's a measurably higher reward to offset the high likelihood they'll get caught eventually.

I am imaging "Ransomware" evolves into "Racketeeringware"

Instead of "pay us this ransom ...." to infected users, they launch a campaign getting people to "Pay 400BTC in Exchange for protection"

The explanation being... the evil device hackers are killing people left and right, But if you pay this "protection charge", Your medical device will get added to a list of devices that they won't attack

A short bit later, they change into a monthly protection fee to be paid by the device manufacturer.

And a long while later, they recast themselves as an "antivirus company" that releases proof of concept malware to the public, for devices whose manufacturers are not customers.

Comment Re:Athiest Symbol (Score 2) 518

Is a burka -- which objectively speaking prevents identification of the wearer -- in conflict with the legitimate interest of identifying drivers for the sake of accountability?

Yes, and people should not be allowed to drive, if they will not remove the burka to have their picture taken, And remove the burka while operating a motor vehicle.

Does that conflict override the tenet of religious freedom?

No it does not, because you are free to not drive. This might limit your options and choices in other areas (For example.... taking on certain jobs and living in certain places might be out of reach without driving), however, you have the religious freedom.

Comment Re:I miss pgsql (Score 1, Informative) 83

MySQL has had some nice features for years, like REPLACE, but since the 9.x branch

The features MySQL has are good enough for 99% of real-world web applications.

Yes, Postgres has more, but the extra features it has don't necessarily add much value for most programs.

MySQL multi-master replication features are immensely valuable by comparison, and Postgres lacking them has prevented me from using Postgres, more than once.

Comment Re:I miss pgsql (Score 1, Interesting) 83

That and the master-master replication suite from Percona.

I think that is a good reason to pick MySQL.

As much as I like Postgres..... it seems to be a heck of a lot easier to do replication with MySQL and put together a highly-survivable system.

I'm not even sure how to even start to go about doing it with Postgres.... although in the past; I have had a Cold/Warm standby Postgres with Slony-L based replication; It was quite frankly, a PITA.

Comment Re: That's OK, I only care about bar crawls (Score 1) 258

Isn't the Google self driving car supposed to be cheap?

I think the Google self-driving car is more like a proof of concept they're working on, and Google will probably be more like an "arms dealer" attempting to license technology and designs to be incorporated by existing car manufacturers --- who always add a huge price premium to new models, especially when new features are included.

I see "self driving" as being a luxury feature not included in base models, at least initially.

I just don't see Google ever becoming an auto maker, that's so far removed from their core business.

Comment Re:Seems a bit overblown (Score 3, Informative) 213

Why would a corporation threaten some OSS developer?

Because they're scared, and don't have the right expertise in their company to deal with the situation, also they don't have any consultant who can help them, And the bug is an unmitigatable remotely-exploitable 0Day in the web application framework used on their main e-commerce website with public exploit code but no patch, so that's an act of desperation and demonstration of internal management incompetence (not having competent staff or agreements in place to deal with the impact of a bug).

A rock store eventually closed down; they were taking too much for granite.