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Comment Trademark law education (Score 1) 103

That response from the EFF was very educational and worth reading among all the other links in this article. I learned that companies don't really have to go around and actively defend their trademark in court or risk losing it. And I also confirmed my suspicion that no company needs to be ensuring that every time somebody uses their name ("mark") that they have permission.

Here's the link again in case you can't tell which one I'm referring to.

Comment Re:Just ignore it. (Score 1) 208

I think it's cool and I still care, even if everybody else wants to ignore it. It may never get anywhere, but I like to know that it's going on and hear the status twice a year or so. Same for GNU Hurd, although I don't think I've heard much about them in at least five years.

Also, while I'm sure Android is challenging Windows' dominance overall, it doesn't seem to be doing so on desktop machines in my office, so it's still a reality for me. I doubt ReactOS will be done in time to change that during my career, but it's nice to know it's out there.


The Silk Road Is Back 261

Daniel_Stuckey writes "Silk Road is rising from the dead. After the FBI seized the deep web's favourite illegal drug market and arrested its alleged founder Ross Ulbricht last month (for, among other things, ordering a hit through his own website), the online-marketplace-cum-libertarian-movement has found a new home and opened for business at 16:20 GMT this afternoon. In the wake of the original Silk Road's closure, everything became a little turbulent for its users. First, they had to get used to not getting high-quality, peer-reviewed drugs delivered direct to their sofas. (Though presumably they didn't stop getting high, instead forced back to the 'mystery mix' street dealers and surly ex-Balkan war criminals who have spent years filling cities with drugs at night.) Some users were pissed off that they'd lost all the Bitcoin wealth they'd amassed, or that paid-for orders would go undelivered, while small-time dealers freaked out about how they suddenly lacked the funds to pay off debts owed to drug sellers higher up the food chain."

Comment Grain of truth (Score 3, Interesting) 103

If the warnings are incorrect, how does Twitter justify this libel?

Probably the same way you justify your hyperbole: with the basic fact that people are entitled to their own opinions, even if others disagree. Using big dramatic legal sounding words to try to bludgeon others over their opinions is actually harmful to society, in my opinion.

Comment Editors (Score 1) 470

I live in Texas and I oppose all laws on personal freedom including all laws interfering with the private relationship between company and customer. Would it be too much to ask the editors to identify what a Tesla is so I can know what this story is about? I'm pretty sure my high school physics teacher had a Tesla, but it sounds like that was something different. Please take pity on us poor oppressed Texans and enlighten us.

8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come' 318

An anonymous reader writes "Last week authorities shut down Silk Road, an online black market that made use of Tor to hide activity. They also arrested the site's primary operator, Ross Ulbricht, and seized his possessions. Now, an AP report indicates at least 8 more arrests have been made on people suspected to have sold drugs through the site. Four of the arrests happened in the U.K., two were in the U.S. and two were in Sweden. It looks like they're gearing up for more arrests, as well. Keith Bristow of Britain's National Crime Agency said, 'These latest arrests are just the start; there are many more to come.' Authorities are reportedly mining the site's customer review system, which contains months worth of transaction data, for further leads."

Comment Re:Toooootally Didn't See That Coming (Score 2) 294

If it is not wrong, then try to get the law changed

Snort! Thank you for making me spew coffee all over my monitor!

Since it is "contraband", it is by definition wrong to sell it.

No, right and wrong aren't determined by legislators or voting or kings or any of those other silly games.

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