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Comment Re:Wait, physics doesn't work either? (Score 1) 214

That's probably a better phrase, I agree. While the definition of "experiment", as I understand it, does include "set up a telescope and see what's there" (being "an act for the purpose of discovering") the common perception includes setting up equipment to ensure that what you're watching turns out to be interesting :)

Comment Re:gee I wonder why all the need for secrecy here? (Score 1) 284

The court has ruled that releasing records from a single district violates that. Perhaps releasing records sampled over multiple districts randomly doesn't. Or perhaps it does. It's not about what she's going to do with them, it's about which records she gets to look at and whether there's enough information in that data set to reduce anonymity.

Comment Re:gee I wonder why all the need for secrecy here? (Score 3, Informative) 284

and the researcher says that the statute requires them to remain anonymous, not unseen. If her plan keeps the records anonymous, then is it still illegal? (I haven't looked up the statute itself, but I assume if it clearly refuted the "anonymous, not unseen" part someone would have mentioned it in the news stories.)

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 4, Informative) 284

I wouldn't call it "nearly identical". Clarkson's new request better maintains the anonymity of the votes, by eliminating a geographic factor (which should also reduce the burden on the state, since one of their gripes was that they don't keep the tapes grouped by district) and it looks like the anonymity issue is what got her refused last time (by the judge).

Comment Re:Opt out (Score 3, Interesting) 113

I may be wrong, but what it looks like to me is: if you're a Virgin customer and you don't opt out you get to use the network at 10Mbps. If you're not a virgin customer or you opt out (because really, how are they going to be able to tell that random mobile device X belongs to an opted-out virgin user and not a random member of the public?) you're limited to the 0.5Mbps rate.

Comment Re:Done to _gouge_ the customer better (Score 1) 379

You are correct, the article does not mention federal law. The post I'm attempting to explain does; the inference that he meant the DMCA is entirely mine and may be incorrect.

Regardless of the presence of a comma, "not by... but by..." is a subordinate clause. The root of the sentence is still "Xerox is ripping us off"; it has the subject and the verb, and therefore is still, as best I can tell, primarily a condemnation of Xerox, not the government.

Comment Re:The New Napster (Score 1) 144

True, it is more important that copyright be applied _well_. Previously, the barrier to copying was not the copyright, but the process of copying; that kept the amount of copying low enough that it wasn't a big problem but it was still possible to ignore silly-bad copyright rules. Now copying has gotten easy, so it's a problem. The attempt to fix it in ways that enforce the silly-bad copyright rules is a different problem. What we need is solid enforcement of sane rules, but that requires having sane rules so folks will tolerate the enforcement.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"