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Comment Re:Jailbreakingg (Score 1) 210

In other words, some people give, some people take. It's part of life. If you feel superior because you are one and not the other, then you are missing out on how life really works.

I would say they are morally superior for contributing to the system rather than leeching off it. The system would work fine if everyone contributed. It wouldn't work at all if everybody leeched.

Comment Re:One company that makes derivatives (Score 1) 366

Disney sued because the packaging of GoodTimes' products was so similar to their own and released at the exact same times as their own products as to create consumer confusion. Now perhaps the article you linked is biased but it does not make a great argument against Disney. While I'm sure what they did was technically allowed, it is certainly in poor taste and misleading as they were arguably purposely riding the coattails of Disney's marketing to sell their own product. Also the lawsuit resulted in no fines, but GoodTimes had to put their brand on the packaging which seems entirely reasonable to me. Granted while the judgement was reasonable, perhaps they were suing for millions (the article doesn't indicate).

Comment Re:"because it originated from the wireless networ (Score 5, Funny) 547

Except he didn't actually send the bomb threat! He only confessed to that lesser crime because what he was REALLY doing was seeding a pirated release of Gravity, and he knew if the police continued their investigation they might find out and he'd end up in jail for 10 years and have to pay $3 million in fines.

Comment Re:Ten Commandments are "overtly Christian"? (Score 1) 1251

The monument is overtly Christian - note the book illustrated top-left

You might want to link to an image of the actual monument. The image in the article you linked is not a picture of the monument being discussed, it is just a picture of some wooden billboard with the 10 commandments written on it and a statue of Jesus standing next to it. The actual monument is stone and does not bear an image of the bible - it actually appears to have images of the tablets.

Comment Re:I don't think these stats are going to last. (Score 1) 331

Anyone that knows how to use ebooks and has a decent reader is going to probably prefer them.

Not true for both myself and my wife. We both love books, and we liked the idea of an e-reader for its portability. We picked an an e-reader which worked pretty well, I believe it was a Kobo model - built-in wifi, etc. We both liked the interface, the online store, etc. But after we read a book on it neither of us wanted to use it anymore. There were several reasons (most of which have been stated numerous times in this thread).

We were in our late 20's at the time, and we are both programmers by trade, gamers by hobby. I do not believe we are an exception.

Comment Re:Should be legal, with caveat (Score 1) 961

Exactly this. My 60 year-old father was in hospital after being resuscitated from a heart attack. Several days after the attack he had little to no brain activity (breathing only), but due to the swelling in his brain he was kept on morphine. We chose to refuse palliative care and let him go. He lay in drug-induced coma, slowly dying for two days before he finally died from another heart-attack. That was two days and another heart-attack that everyone involved, including him, did not need to live through.

Comment Re: Passwords are property of the employer (Score 1) 599

But computer fraud and abuse? Please... What a joke.

The article seems to center on the password thing, but from the court statement quoted it is implied that he engineered the single-authority situation as well as booby-trapped the system:

"...he knowingly prevented the city from being able to use its own computer system for a period of time, deliberately configured that system so that no one else could access it, set it up so that anyone other than him attempting to enter it would erase the data stored in it, and made the network more vulnerable to external attack by the filing of an unauthorized copyright application".

Maybe one could argue that the erasure of data was a security precaution, but the whole story reeks of a disgruntled employee with god complex.

Comment Re:When will he be arrested? (Score 1) 666

I think you're being a bit pedantic. The GP's point is valid - 98 MPH is too fast given other people on the roadway were likely going much slower, and that was only the average speed of the car.

"Apart from a FedEx truck not checking his mirrors before he tried to merge on top of me, we didn't really have any issues"

While I really doubt the FedEx driver was at fault given the average speed of this car, this is exactly why people should drive at reasonable speeds and avoid distraction. Shit happens. People make mistakes on the road. But if you're driving like an asshole you increase the risk of accident/injury when those mistakes happen.

We can only hope he filmed it and ends up without a license like these idiots.

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