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Comment Re:Am I the only guy here that likes G+? (Score 1) 152 152

To be fair, it's not really the G+ crowd. It's the /. crowd who are on G+ that you're talking about here. Personally I use it because it's a source of interesting commentary from people, is pretty active in the fields I'm interested in, and I don't want to wade through the drama that seems to constantly be on Facebook.

But that doesn't mean I'm calling everyone still on Facebook stupid because they haven't moved, or whatever.

Basically, you're getting the wrong impression because you're looking at a tiny niche of vocal commentators on Slashdot.

Comment Re:Yes? (Score 1) 674 674

In America we plug things into other people's sockets all the time, and I think it's even an electrical code violation to make the socket unavailable.

While I'm sure they have the right to ask you to leave if they don't want you using their power, they can't have you arrested for it. It's even the same for a gun in most states, you can be asked to leave and arrested for not leaving after police show up, but not arrested for the gun itself. Granted, the gun example is not true in all jurisdictions, I Am Not A Lawyer etc.

Unless you're hurting someone or breaking something, the only punishment for violating one of these "rules" should be being asked to leave, and then being detained or removed if you refuse to do so or if go back after they told you not to come back on their property. Pretty simple stuff really, granted some areas have hard to deal with people; in a lot of the USA everyone is pretty friendly minus large metropolitan areas where they try to fix this by adding more rules.

Comment Re:He stole, he got arrested (Score 1) 674 674

Thank you! That makes it less absurd to punish him, although I still think a civil fine is more appropriate than an arrest.

I think that is what happened, from the wording of the summary he didn't get arrested until he started acting crazy about it; thus getting arrested for "unacceptable behaviour".

Comment Re:If you're using GPL code, you have no choice (Score 1) 171 171

Well, I forgot to add that your Mickey Mouse Protection Act doesn't even apply here anyway. Unfortunately determining the details of what is/isn't public domain is still difficult: http://www.digitalnz.org/make-...

but none of that means that it's a myth.

Comment Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 334 334

Well, in NZ the drivers have to have both a passenger license, and a private hire license, which is more than a taxi driver needs. The main issue is that you can either be paid by the hour, agreed before-hand, or you charge using a licensed meter. Uber does neither.

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