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Comment: TIL about wiretapping without wires (Score 4, Informative) 104

I always assumed that the exception to anti-wiretapping laws for pen registers was some kind of case law.

But not only is 18 USC 3121 is a specific law about pen registers, looking at 18 USC 3127 and the definitions that are incorporated from 18 USC 2510 , it's clearly intended to include radio communications.

For radio that's "readily accessible to the general public" the interception and disclosure rules have an exception, as you might expect, but no sign of that sort of thing in this pen register law.


Comment: Re:sudo bash (Score 2) 300

by rakslice (#49618933) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

It's because some people take such things way too seriously. I would suggest that you try each one and compare the resulting environment variable values, and then choose whichever best suits your purpose. And to trolls who find 'sudo su -' shocking, exactly which resulting difference are you concerned about? I'm curious.

Comment: specifics plz, mr. chen (Score 1) 307

by rakslice (#48891941) Attached to: Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

"Netflix, which has forcefully advocated for carrier neutrality, has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them." In what way have they done this, Mr. Chen? What is it you want them to do?

Can I not download the Netflix Android app on a BlackBerry device with the Android app compatibility? Is there some issue with the DRM that prevents the app from working?

Is there something in the Netflix app license terms that prevents BlackBerry customers from using the app? Is that different in some way than tying / tied-selling, which is restricted by law in many places?

Do you want Netflix to make a native port of their app for the BlackBerry OS? Do you figure that the increase in subscriptions will make it worth Netflix's while to do this port? If not, do you want to pay the cost of it, or do you want Netflix to bear it? Netflix (the company) is 14 years old. In 2001, when RIM was 14 years old, if it was busy on a compulsory project to port BBM to every mobile platform that wanted it, would that be better or worse?

+ - BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest's Typo over 'iconic' keyboard design->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg writes: BlackBerry, in an effort to protect one of its key designs, has filed a copyright infringement suit against a company co-founded by Ryan Seacrest that makes a keyboard case for the iPhone.
On Friday the struggling smartphone maker filed a lawsuit against Typo Products LLC, a company that makes a slip-on keyboard designed to fit the iPhone 5 and 5S. The company, which is based in Los Angeles, was founded by entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and television personality Ryan Seacrest. The company's flagship product, the "Typo Keyboard," was conceived to make typing on the iPhone quicker and less prone to typos.

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Comment: Troll Food (Score 1) 371

by rakslice (#45518069) Attached to: FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

The original article, which is talking about the FDA pulling the plug on a medical service due to its operator not addressing some red tape with respect to safety standards, is a good illustration of the interventionist form of "statism". Subsidized health care doesn't necessarily dictate what the medical industry can do in the same way, but taxing people and spending the money on certain kinds of health programs is definitely an economic intervention that pushes the medical industry in a certain direction. What do you think, Mr. Anon.? Did you have this similarity in mind when you wrote your post?

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