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Comment: Re:Can you say... (Score 1) 264

by whoever57 (#48648951) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

The customer, his doctors and insurance companies would be free to look at the FDA data and decide for themselves what to medicate with.

All this does is move liability for bad drugs to entities less able to defend against bogus claims. No doctor would prescribe anything with a scintilla of risk.

Comment: Re:here's a real-life case to explain criminal int (Score 1) 131

by whoever57 (#48648925) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Not all 4 legged animals are dogs and I don't think that your reversal of the scenario proves the point.

Can a court really throw out a document, signed by a genuine cop authorizing the person to commit a crime? The cop knowingly signed the document. Isn't this more important than the beliefs of the thief? The thief could explain his belief as "I thought that I was authorized if any one of us was a cop". So, his belief is premised on a factual basis that happened to be unlikely, but true.

Niether your opinion, nor mine matters -- all that matters is what a competant court decides. I wonder if there are any cases where this has actually happened?

Comment: Re:interesting idea. Legally, cops can't generally (Score 1) 131

by whoever57 (#48648115) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Having a habit of asking all of your criminal buddies to sign such a statement, and signing it yourself claiming that you are a cop, would tend to show that you know it's a sham.

But it's not a sham for the hypothetical real cop. The fact that all the documents signed by non-cops were sham documents isn't important.

Note: don't get your legal advice from /. -- it's likely to be wrong.

Comment: Re:Sony security: strong or weak? (Score 2) 326

Apparently this critter is so new that by the time we checked, only a few AV companies had caught on to it.

What this shows yet again is that anti-virus scanners are a flawed methodology. There will always be a delay between a virus being released and the signature updates getting to the clients. It's inherent in the concept.

Unfortunately, some early technology journalists were partially responsible for this because, in reviews, they ranked anti-virus products that identified threats by signature higher than ones that identified threats through behaviour -- and this was because signature analysis also provided a name to the threat. In other words, the flawed idea that if you tell the user a name for the threat, you provide better protection than if you just block it. This reinforced the concept of signature analysis and slowed down research of identification of threats based on generic behavioural patterns.

Comment: Re:Classic pricing problem (Score 1) 324

by whoever57 (#48614993) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

If this actually turns into an El Nino year (the forecasts for this are mixed, but generally unreliable either way) this may be another flood year

Sorry, but El Nino only brings large rainfalls if there is a very large El Nino event. Since we know that it won't be a big El Nino year, don't look for help from this direction. However, there are other factors that affect the weather on a cyclic basis and, if this winter isn't very wet, California should be in for a wet winter soon.

Comment: Re:11 Trillion Gallons? (Score 1) 324

by whoever57 (#48614929) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

The real question is, what does an average average californian rainfall look like.

There is no such thing. California is a very diverse state, with very different climates in different areas. California has both the highest point in the lower 48 states (Mount Whitney) and the lowest point in the lower 48 (Death Valley).

Comment: Re:summary of SCOTUS case law: "pppphhhhhhtttttt, (Score 1) 250

by whoever57 (#48606789) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Boies may be a douchebag, but he's a douchebag who actively practices law and apparently reads the cases in full, unlike the good Professor Volokh, who has never actually practiced.

You know that he lost a case to a gardener, who was unrepresented by a lawyer, right? His firm did not cover itself with glory in the SCO cases either.

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