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Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 67 67

But I know it doesn't work that way. If you wuss out and pay the toll, there is no getting your money back from the troll.

The agreement will certainly have such a clause. But if you have enough money to spend on lawyers, you could certainly make the troll's life miserable for a few years, trying to have the agreement voided on the basis of fraudulent misrepresentation regarding the validity and applicability of the patents ;-)

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 4, Informative) 287 287

In this case, you need a permit to use the park. Their permit said that they would not have this wanted fugitive perform. They violated the terms of their permit, so were shut down. This is pretty straightforward and they had to know this would happen - they probably wanted the publicity.

The restrictions in the permit were blatantly unconstitutional, therefore impermissable and unenforceable under US law. The city just set themselves up to be on the losing end of a lawsuit, if the promoter so chooses. If you don't believe, try washingtonpost.com and read the article and analysis. This is not a theoretical violation; the case law is well-settled, with the courts consistently banning these kinds of content-based restrictions on use of public space.

Comment ***CAN*** have (Score 1) 60 60

Depends. They're describing how a lot of people react to missed calls and texts. Not me. I don't care enough. Seriously, I missed a text?BFD. I'll check it when I have a reasonable chance, and until then, I will not think about it at all.

(Under normal circumstances, obviously. Relative in hospital, then I would be distracted.)

Comment Re:A story of how women were (Score -1, Flamebait) 191 191

...distracting that critical thinking with irrelevant asides...

That's a flat-out idiotic comment.

[a whole bunch of other confused tripe]

Talking about two housewives in a company that failed before it started is a feel-good story at best, a lame attempt at social justice at worst.

The company was highly successful at the time, went public, and years later failed after the IBM/DOS combination came to dominate. Yet because the company was founded by two "housewives", you deny its success and importance.

Comment Re:How? (Score 5, Informative) 368 368

Just exactly how do they propose 'taking out' a drone? I can only hope that they're not thinking about shooting out of the sky. Remember, any bullets that go up must come down

Bird shot doesn't come down with enough velocity to be a hazard. But of course, it has extremely limited range for the same reason.

Comment Re:even stopping it won't stop it. (Score 1) 305 305

In short, if you ignore the culture gap when the software is written by WASPs, then you can't call on the culture gap when Indians are to be the prospective programmers.

So, why exactly is it that you're cursed with having to struggle with software written by WASPs? Or, since you seem to have some difficulty with reading, let me be more explicit: why is there not a successful Indian software industry producing software to perfectly fit your needs???

After all, it's not like Indian companies are outsourcing to American developers in order to save money...

Comment Re:Isn't Flash extinct? (Score 1) 199 199

They flat out say you're not supported without even trying to serve you the correct stream...
they'd give you the stream promptly ONLY if they sniff your user agent to be any iPhone or iPad in existence.

Not true at all. OS X 10.10.3, Safari 8.0.6, Flash plugin removed about a year ago. ESPN, Bleacher Report, CNN, MSNBC, all work fine. Facebook, no videos in my timeline--don't know if that's because it's not showing them to me because of lack of Flash, or just a matter of the people I follow. Hulu, alone among all the sites, informs me that I need the Flash plugin.

So maybe the problem is you were using a web browser that did not have adequate support for HTML5 video.

Comment Re:Isn't Flash extinct? (Score 1) 199 199

The one reason that flash does not run on the iPhone is that a man with a black collar did not want all kind of flash games on his phone, he wanted to sell those games native from the app-store, and take a percentage on that.

Bullshit. More like: Adobe up to that point had been unable to deliver a usable mobile Flash, and in fact, years later, still had not, and in fact, years later completely abandoned the development effort.

Comment Re:Baffling.... (Score 1) 140 140

One of those two major corporations listed in the summary provides system encryption for their users to protect their data. They also can undo that encryption whenever they want to. A friend's Mac Book was set up to encrypt his data, and to make a long story short, when his employer needed access to it the local Mac store was able to turn off the encryption for them.

It works this way only if when you set up the encryption, you explicitly accept the option to generate a recovery key, and the option to store it with Apple.

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