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Comment: Solving Tough Problems ... (Score 1) 224

by redelm (#48155249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

This sounds like a tough problem -- you've thought about it, examined many angles, yet cannot find a clear winner. So time to bring out the PHB decision tool, Flip a Coin!

Seriously. You've examined all the alternatives rather thoroughly with more data & values than we can know yet cannot determine a winner. They must be evenly balanced, so a coin toss (PRNG) is as good a decision method as any other. If you insist on persistantly over-thinking this question, then devote your efforts to finding something _new_ that turns the question into a slam-dunk.

ObOnTopic: If you mention the patent, many HR types will assume you assigned it to a previous employer. They might be impressed, or they might worry their software will be contaminated/infringe this other company's IP.

Comment: Who is surprised ? (Score 5, Interesting) 106

First, there are the knee-jerk responses of an "Intelligence" organisation never wanting to let anything truthful be known about it, and particularly detesting FIOA requests. Traitors. Then there is the bureaucratic response of never saying anything lest you be accused of inaccuracy.

But there also is a real security concern for the agency involved -- in answering "what did you release", they burn clandestine "leakers" as stooges. I do not think Snowden was a deliberate leak, but unless proven otherwise I assume about half the leaks are plants.

Comment: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! (Score 0) 232

by redelm (#47694483) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

As Daimler AG is a German company, many employees will take a whole month off (July-August). Lots of big email (dwgs/photos) can arrive in a month. As a result of US auto-liability litigation, they probably have lawyers limiting the size of their email (&other files) to something the lawyers can digest, like 100 MB per user. Already nearly full, many accounts will lock. To save the fixup grief, just bounce everything. Problem solved.

Look folks -- nothing on the internet, least of all email, is intended to be reliable. That it often is, is no guarantee that it always is. If you don't remember to resend mail when the server is open, or your MTA doesn't follow RFCs then you have only your sloth to blame.

Comment: WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (Score 4, Interesting) 268

Settlement? What settlement? This is a prima facie Clayton Act Anti-Trust violation. Multiple felonies, with jailtime due. Amazingly, this appearently exists on paper, so everyone who negotiated or signed it should go to jail.

The Clayton Act makes organizing supplier boycotts a prohibited activity. And that's just what they have done -- organized a boycott not to hire an employee, times the collective number.

That this has not gone to a Federal Grand Jury appears more like corruption than anything else.

Comment: Lazy @$$ investigators (Score 2) 502

by redelm (#47581847) Attached to: Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

A warrant is not something that requires cooperation. It is legal permission for investigators to break-in to a certain place, search for and take listed things. So if this is justified, let them do it!

The warrant should allow particular investigators to break-into whichever servers listed, grep around and download listed items. Done. If they cannot, find 1337r agents. If you need keys, get warrants for physical access to machines.

These "compell" warrants are quite a stretch -- they compell MS to violate EU law, to certify what they turn over, and to never be sure they've fully complied (how could they know they got it all)?

Comment: Re:Pi has poor flash file system (Score 1) 47

by redelm (#47568565) Attached to: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Released

Ring ... Ring ... I'm calling as you requested.

My RPi is rock solid -- months of uptime, reboot only to upgrade. Two helpful factors (1) High quality microUSB power supplies (I also feed through a lipstick for UPS) (2) RPi ModelA (no ether, single USB) for lower power consumption.

On the filesys, anything with `noatime` should be good to cut the write-cycles. Personally, I don't like journalling.

Comment: A car's PRIMARY purpose is TRANSPORTATION ! (Score 3, Interesting) 317

by redelm (#47565131) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Lawyers grasping hard again: They are complaining about a small (by weight or cost) part of car that rarely is removed or operated outside of it. The primary purpose of the car is transportation, not to extract digital music. Even if the Jukebox is a paid optional extra, that doesn't change the primary purpose of the car!

Comment: Who's She gonna have Served? (Score 2) 311

by redelm (#47418561) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

... as in "You've Been Served!" Anyone can file a lawsuit against anyone over anything. The first problem is finding and getting that person into the Court. For this you need Process Servers to properly serve a Notice of Hearing. Default judgement is only possible with correct service.

TFA didn't mention who she is serving but if she can find anyone, the most they could say is "Yes, I was involved in setting up Tor Long-ago and Far-Away. No possible knowledge or involvement with complaint." And the Judge will excuse them.

Pretty lame of a law-student not-to-know. Most likely a publicity stunt.

Comment: Compelled NatSec evidence IN-ADMISSIBLE ? (Score 1) 353

by redelm (#47418375) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Ok, this is the UK and everything is admissible. So he's done unless there some EU Right (unlikely).

But in the US -- mass lawless (warrentless) behaviour of the NSA & other govt agencies is such that any evidence from them should be considered "fruit of the poisoned vine". The agents willfully behave this way, apparently believing that prevention is more important the punishment (or that they can parallel (perjury) construct a conviction.

They want it this way, so why not formalize it?

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken