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Comment: Re:Public Work should not be "proprietary" (Score 0) 348

by shaitand (#46790201) Attached to: VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email
Exactly, if the data is proprietary it belongs to the entity that paid for it's collection, namely the public. If that entity were a private one there might be an advantage to hindering competition by keeping such data secret but it is in the public's interest to speed up every project, both public and private that might make use of it.

Otherwise the public might well be paying for the same research and collecting more or less the same data over and over again.

Comment: Re:breakups damage synergies (Score 1) 150

by shaitand (#46788917) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0
True enough.

The reason it all exists the way it does it to maximize the appeal of these arms on paper when it comes time to drum up valuation for them or sell them off. Additionally, the way they have it structured likely makes it look like they should owe little to no taxes when that time of year comes.

Comment: Re:A year? Seriously? (Score 1) 196

by shaitand (#46695467) Attached to: Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw
Maybe the summary was misleading and I didn't read beyond that so I'm not about to argue the details. Either way, the cost of a single live account subscription for Microsoft is essentially nothing regardless of duration. A lifetime access account is great PR spin... just one year makes them seem cheap.

Actually with the way they changed the subscription models regarding families they already look pretty greedy, might as well make it cheap and greedy.

Comment: Re:A year? Seriously? (Score 1) 196

by shaitand (#46685403) Attached to: Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw
The bypass would work for any xbox live account. He could write down random id's from rankings and the internet and bypass their login credentials to use their live accounts. He could just shift from account to account if any subscriptions expired.

So yes, this exploit at the very least allows for what is effectively permanent play... or least until the bug was fixed.

Comment: Re:Crypto-coin advocates = anarchists or libertari (Score 1) 221

by shaitand (#46501699) Attached to: The Future of Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin is not subject to, artificially limited by, nor of value due to copyright. You are not stealing bitcoin, you are stealing the value that bitcoin represents. That value is not some abstract hypothetical potential profit loss but a fairly easy (within a reasonable margin for exchange variation) to quantify amount of spending power in any currency in the world.

If I steal your credit card number (and bitcoin is ultimately nothing more than a secret number that allows you to unlock a persons money and spend it) and then buy something with it I've stolen pretty much the same thing. A number that allows me buy goods using a system that operates entirely on streams of bits.

If I hack your bank account and transfer the money out, that money also is a stream of bits. The same of your paypal account.

These things are unique and set up in such a way that the value, just like an individual tangible CD, can only be possessed by one person.

Software does not actually belong to the guy who holds a copyright in the case of copyright violation the software actually belongs to the guy sharing it and violating the copyright. You can steal a copyright, you can't steal the software. If you copy the software, you both now have copies and nothing is lost from the source. Software that is shared becomes no less functional no matter how much it is shared, software can be possessed by every person and they will all have the same thing with the same intrinsic value.

Comment: Re:Crypto-coin advocates = anarchists or libertari (Score 1) 221

by shaitand (#46482599) Attached to: The Future of Cryptocurrencies
And you'd pay the same amount less in either CC or cash without it. Since the average person never or nearly never is able to use the chargeback mechanism on a CC and most who do are lying and claiming unauthorized use (since you do NOT qualify for a Chargeback if you are unhappy with a purchase) we are almost universally worse off for it existing.

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