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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation has entered the fray to defend the bloggers sued by Prenda Law Firm. Prenda, oblivious to such well known legal niceties as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the affirmative defense of truth, the difference between a defamatory statement of fact and the expression of a negative opinion, and the First Amendment, has immediately — and illegally — sought to subpoena information leading to the identities of the bloggers. I would not be surprised to see these "lawyers" get into even more hot water than they're already in. And I take my hat off to the EFF for stepping in here."
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Comment: Re:uhh... does anyone still use mutt? (Score 2) 93

by ntk (#39603547) Attached to: Mutt Fork Adds Features From Notmuch

I actually just switched from Apple Mail back to Mutt, because a combination of Mail and an Exchange server ate a huge chunk of my email archive. I'm not sure if I'm really more productive, but I feel a lot more comfortable knowing I have a degree of control of what's going on, and that stuff is being stored in an open format (Mail switched from Maildir to something weirder a while back). Losing a chunk of my email archive was pretty traumatic.

The main thing holding me back was a decent email search feature -- I'd been watching notmuch for a while, and when I heard about muttkz, I compiled it and switched. I use davmail, offlineimap and muttkz. I use notmuch to search around 10 years of email.

I don't think this is a route I'd recommend for many others -- I've used mutt for years before Mail, and only switched over in the last couple of years. But it worked for me, and you did ask.

d.

Comment: Re:People should be free, but only on your terms? (Score 2) 169

by ntk (#39564021) Attached to: Mitch Altman Parts Ways With Maker Fair Over DARPA Grant

What form of expression would be acceptable to tell people that you're not working with somebody, and for what reason? Or is it important to keep this information confidential?

Or in other words, he has done pretty much exactly what you have done: expressed an opinion online. Why is what you are saying now not some sort of "hissy fit" about how somebody you don't even know disagrees with what you think? You certainly seem to be using stronger, more strongly opinonated language than Mitch Altman.

Comment: Re:No *official* port. (Score 2) 333

by gad_zuki! (#38483644) Attached to: Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Won't Get Android 4.0

But the suite of google apps aren't (maps, gmail, access to the market, etc). Google has tons of leverage.

I think the obvious solution here is to put in a simple skinning API and let the devs go nuts with it. Sense, TW, etc would just be apk's that skin the GUI elements. End users should be able to disable this if they wish.

Google could use its muscle to make this happen. Shame they won't. In the meantime, the released stats show a big move from android to iphone because people seem to prefer Apple's way of doing things. Heck, I had a phone with a published security vulnerability and it took almost 12 months to patch it. That's 100% unacceptable.

Comment: Re:Best use of money? (Score 4, Insightful) 205

by gad_zuki! (#38252652) Attached to: Apple, Android Devices Swamp NYC Schools' ActiveSync Server

Don't bother with this crowd. These guys clearly have no practical experience with Exchange and are the same people who have been yelling "ZOMG POSTFIX AND EVOLUTION/CHANDLER/THUNDERBIRD WILL KILL OUTLOOK" 10+ years ago.

As much as I dislike defending my vendors, I have to say the Exchange is surprisingly nimble and the number of devices I can support with a very modest server is pretty surprising. The idea that you're getting 10x the number of users on similiar hardware with a similiar featureset is the same bullshit these FOSS guys have been peddling for years. I just with the FOSS crew could write a usable, supported, efficient Exchange/Activesync replacement. That product doesn't exist and the current crop are all nightmares. Heh, there's a reason why they won't let you test this junk.

Comment: Re:oh, really? (Score 2) 372

by gad_zuki! (#37798672) Attached to: $529M DOE Loan Spawns $97K Made-in-Finland Cars

Considering no US money is being spent on this plant and they have bought a Delaware plant for stage II, my comment on your ignorance still stands.

Tesla managed to get around this issue by buying a retired Toyota plant in the US as a stopgap the same way these guys are using Finland as a stopgap.

You can argue whether or not the DOE should be making these investments, but not finding a facility here in the US is perfectly understandable. Regardless, in a year or two they'll be in Delaware and Tesla will move to its permanent factory in Cali. Yet guys like you dont give two shits about this, because you just want to complain about the government, not really understand or care how electric car investment works, or why certain decisions are made. Took yer jerbs, indeed.

Comment: Re:oh, really? (Score 0) 372

by gad_zuki! (#37795920) Attached to: $529M DOE Loan Spawns $97K Made-in-Finland Cars

This is too informative and logical for slashdot. Please instead stick to right-wing libertarian talking points, anti-government rhetoric, and stick to as much Ayn Rand as possible. Thanks!

The idea that this is a little more complex than "they too our jerbs" or "damn federal government is a scam" is too much for most people here. Just look at the comments.

Facts and reasonable discussion don't get ad impressions. Uninformed commentators on hot button issues do.

Comment: Re:A slightly unrelated topic... (Score 4, Insightful) 988

by gad_zuki! (#37791912) Attached to: Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

>This cancer is not "perfectly treatable".

Except this particular cancer was relatively easily treatable with surgery.

>And Jobs seemed to have waited with surgery only until it was clear that the tumour wouldn't shrink.

How was it going to shrink exactly? The homeopathic bullshit he was engaged in wasn't going to do anything anyway. He signed his own death warrant.

>But yes, maybe he would have lived longer if he hadn't waited. Maybe not.

All facts point to yes, he would have. Oh well, that's his decision. I can't stop people from killing themselves, but we can at least use him as a cautionary tale for those who are entranced by woo medicine.

Comment: Re:Kindergarten (Score 2) 988

by gad_zuki! (#37791850) Attached to: Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

Jobs accuses everyone of theft. He did it with MS and he did it with Google. Shame he was such an IP and patent fascist.

He was your typical American CEO. He's all take, mine-mine-mine, and fuck you. The fact that the base of all his OS's are built on open principles and open source doesn't matter to him. He's allowed to take and he's allowed to own ideas like sorting with a linked list, but no one else.

Comment: Re:Why so hard. (Score 1) 967

by gad_zuki! (#37791576) Attached to: Global Warming 'Confirmed' By Independent Study

>Why is it so hard to accept that human actions can have consequences ?

Because big business and conservative ideologues don't want to pay the bills. Its the same with fighting the EPA. We're destined to fight this battle every few years because the conservative noise machine is so powerful and its followers are unusually credulous.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 298

by gad_zuki! (#37717120) Attached to: OpenOffice Is Dying (And IBM Won't Help)

Its so silly. Just the other day I was using Apache Tomcat and Java and then later making a flowchart in Visio. Later I was using Firefox and Silverlight and chatted on Skype. Oh, I had to upload a large file using Filezilla, but only after scanning it with ClamAV to be safe. Last week, I was updating the FCKeditor in Drupal while chatting on Pidgin.

But Libreoffice! Ugh, what a silly name!

Look dude, just because you're scared of anything that sounds remotely foreign doesn't mean your position is valid outside of a Tea Party convention. Hell, considering most open source types think "The Gimp" is a perfectly acceptable name for software, Libreoffice is quite the step up.

Comment: Re:Hype much? (Score 1) 692

by gad_zuki! (#37714048) Attached to: Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?

>Current Speech recognition technology is still at the babbling three year old stage

Hold on here, I agree that AI is in the gutter for the foreseeable future, but I use google voice recognition several times a day and its absolutely amazing. It seems to understand my context and gets my voice to text right a lot more often than it gets it wrong.

Its not perfect, but its way past the level of a three year old. Right now, it beats typing on the virtual keyboard. If apple matches this quality then I can really see a revolution in how people interact with their smartphones, at least when it comes to voice to text vs keyboards.

Comment: Re:My thoughts (Score 1) 239

by gad_zuki! (#37694302) Attached to: HP Rethinking Wisdom of Spinning Off PC Division

That includes dock failures. The laptop themselves have a better rate without the dock issues.

Its major faults were:

1. Drive failure. Not sure if we got a run of duds, but I think 5% alone here.
2. Fan failure. CPU fan would stick to 100% then die completely after a few days. Another 5%.

All of these machines save one or two are pampered and usually docked. No heavy loads or anything. Just bum hardware.

I have a couple of machines that don't use the standard image and its ridiculous how bad these HPs are. 3 ebook readers installed, tons of other shit, and a nice issue where if you uninstall one of these ebook readers, it decides to delete a system font. I'm done with HP.

Comment: Re:My thoughts (Score 1) 239

by gad_zuki! (#37694014) Attached to: HP Rethinking Wisdom of Spinning Off PC Division

I picked up a demo 8460p elitebook. Its about as thick and heavy as most contestants on the Biggest Loser. Its like something out of Dell's late 1990s lineup. Its faux MacBook casing isn't helping matters either.

For around the same price I'm switching to Lenovo, getting a much slimmer and nicer machine, and a heck of a lot less crapware on the standard image.

Considering how many elitebooks have failed for us in the past couple of years (25%) as well as their docks, I'm happy to get rid of HP. May you have better luck than me, but you won't. HP is the newest winner to the race to the bottom.

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