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Comment Re:title because I need a title (Score 1) 618 618

I have a clone of the system drive and database system from when I replaced the drives. It's one of those deals where the people who own the damned thing fear change. I have daily snapshots from the DB so I'm probably just fine migrating it, but the customer doesn't want anything about that machine (it's an IBM pedestal server from ~1993. A 75MHz Pentium I think) to change.

I did swap out the SCSI card and drives in 2009 and again in 2013 and at this point I'm just just waiting for something to properly break so I can have that machine bronzed or something.

Comment title because I need a title (Score 1) 618 618

One of my customers still has a Netware 3.12 machine. I'm the third person to be responsible for it. The last two guys are both retired now. I got the gig based on being the youngest person the company could find who actually knows Netware. It runs their ordering/job cost/inventory systems and whatever files or reports it makes can actually be used by their relatively modern accounting software.

Another guy I do work for has a System/38 machine in his office. I have no earthly idea what he does with it since he's a primarily a studio photographer, but I have seen him accessing it through a terminal session. My best guess is that it has something to do with his home-made film printing system. He was an engineer for a while and his place is full of cool stuff.

I've also been in law offices where secretaries were still using Windows 3.1 as recently as 2013, but in that case I'm pretty sure it was just the lawyers in question being just THAT cheap.

Comment Re:So what are the terms? (Score 1) 99 99

I've had a number of nice conversations with attorneys over the years. They range from specific real cases and current news events, to totally hypothetical events. Frequently, you'll hear "it depends on the judge". Different judges have different opinions. One may side with you totally, while another will be annoyed that you even attempt to reference a particular thing. That's the biggest thing a local attorney who knows the judge will give you.

In his case, one judge may like that he had no intention of violating the IP of the other. Another may prefer to hear that the violation was coincidental. And a third may not care and put him on the hook for a stack of damages.

Asking for legal help here and expecting an answer that can be used is totally different. An attorney doesn't have all the facts, doesn't know the jurisdiction, and would open themselves up to legal trouble.

If the advice is valid in the attorney's jurisdiction, but not the OP, he could come back and blame the attorney.

If the attorney is giving advice outside of the area where he is licensed, he can run into trouble.

If there's something significant that changes the case, then he gave bad advice.

And just like the aforementioned car analogy, a mechanic online can't give the answer to "what is that noise". That thump may be a flat tire, the bass is turned up too loud, or any number of things.

Comment Re:So what are the terms? (Score 5, Insightful) 99 99

It all depends on what the "common English word" is. Apple. Blackberry. Chase. Delta. EvilCorp. Fire. ... You get the idea. (I couldn't resist EvilCorp. Sorry).

Even if he was explicitly clear, there are a few points.

1) None of us are attorneys specializing in trademark law.

2) Even if there are such attorneys here, they would say "But I'm not your attorney until you retain me, so I cannot answer."

3) If the guy is just asking for a word from the description to be removed, fuck it, remove the word. He doesn't have the funds to fight it. When he has the money to pay an attorney to deal with the USPTO, Google and the opposing party, that's when he has something to work with. If it's as weak as he implies, he could potentially get the trademark invalidated and then sue for damages from lost revenue by complying (but not admitting guilt) with the initial C&D in a timely and good faith manner.

That actual trademark attorney may just say at the initial consultation, "This isn't worth my time. File form xyz yourself with the USPTO to get it invalidated, and then go back to Google with it." I've heard lawyers say that plenty of times, when there isn't enough money to be had.

They may even direct him to a group like EFF or ACLU, who would take it on principle, or even another attorney who is already defending other targets of this troll.

As not an attorney, nothing above is to be considered advice of any sort. What follows is.

Contact an attorney. Get the free or few hundred dollar consult.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 484 484

You know, you can just put Classic Shell on, and it looks and behaves almost identically to Win7. The only significant change I see in 8.1 once you get out of Metro is the task manager is a bit better.

I know that making one change is a significant hardship to most people. It's probably not as hard as explaining why they can't run Windows programs. Or at least trying to explain why particular programs don't work under Wine.

Comment Re:I quit trying to organize my songs long time ag (Score 1) 360 360

For certain music genres, third party tags will be flatly incorrect even from an authoritative source. Classical music and Jazz need to use more tags than are typically supplied by download and streaming services and what tags are used are often applied incorrectly. Streaming and online stores ironically make more work for me than just ripping a goddamned CD and typing everything in myself.

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 4, Interesting) 135 135

I have outstanding submissions anywhere from 6 months to a year right now. I just got one denied that was just over 6 months old.

Of course, they'll take graffiti on the side of a dumpster, but they won't take actual non-death-camp historic landmarks.

As I keep saying, their approval process is handled by a randomizer. No human can be as pathetic as their approve/deny decisions have been.

Hell, I tried to have a portal removed from my ex-wife's house. I went out to visit our daughter, and while I was trying to explain the game, I turned on the game and it was on the house. The picture was from a commercial property miles away. They refused to remove it.

Comment Re:I gave up on some Google Apps (Score 4, Insightful) 62 62

Google's on screen keyboard properly displays the case of characters based on the state of the shift key. Apple's keyboard is kind of an unpolished insult to the concept of literacy. There's plenty of stuff I don't like about Google's applications but none of it is as unforgivable as that.

Comment Re:Why use ISP email? (Score 1) 269 269

Gmail as a mobile app is something I actually find quite problematic, since it has a lot of really terrible defaults. Users can't turn off threaded messaging and have to take positive action to reply inline, for example. I'd far rather use K9 or Kaiten mail on Android, if only because I don't have to put up with Google's backward default settings.

Comment Re: Surprise! (Score 1) 389 389

He lost because he didn't bother to respond to the charges.. I couldn't read the text of the complaint (they want money), but the article says he's been ignoring them for several years over these "performances".

I don't agree with the price tag, but it looks like he was fudging the truth to get free advertising out of this lawsuit.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.