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Comment Re:Do nothing (Score 1) 168

You'll be fined no mater what the jury system determines. Defending yourself from any charges that are filed will take a non-trivial amount of money. You could lose your job (who wants a possible criminal working for them?), your possessions, etc. and still be found not guilty or have the charges dropped.

Submission + - Windows 8: .NET versus HTML5 Metro app development (silicon-news.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Will Microsoft take advantage of .NET's Java-like CIL and allow .NET code to run on Windows 8, or force developers to switch to HTML5 Metro apps instead for porting apps to Windows 8? This article brings up important insights into both paradigm's advantages and disadvantages, and even correlates the options with Microsoft Windows's past NT-era support of MIPS and PPC, as well as Windows CE's way of supporting embedded architectures.

Submission + - Eric Raymond on why Stallman is a dangerous fanatic (ibiblio.org)

Frosty Piss writes: According to Eric Raymond, 'RMS made an early decision to frame his advocacy as a moral crusade rather than a pragmatic argument about engineering practices and outcomes. While he made consequentialist arguments against closed source (and still does) his rhetoric and his thinking became dominated by terms like “evil”, to the point where he repeatedly alienated potential allies both with his absolutism and his demand that anyone cooperating with him share it.' Raymond goes on to say, 'By the late 1990s, after having observed RMS’s behavior for more than a decade, I had long since concluded that the Free Software Foundation’s moralistic rhetoric was serving us badly. The problem with it is the same problem with messianic religions in general; for people who are not flipped into true-believer mode by any given one, it will come off as at best creepy and insular, at worst nutty and potentially dangerous (and this remains true even for people attached to a different messianic religion).'

Submission + - Banking On Your Personal Online Data (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "While privacy groups are working to lock away your personal data, a better — or perhaps supplementary — option may be to let you sell it for what it's really worth. 'Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, Google Drive, or Pinterest, the truth is the product is you — all that data about you used to target ads and sales pitches. It's hardly a new business model — it's how trade publications have made their money for decades — but in the online world all that information is easily stolen, traded, and spread. ... If the data has value — and we know it does — its creators (you and me) should be paid for it. And if we take over the selling of our data, all those companies using it now have to respect us and abide by our standards.'"

Comment Re:Nothing. (Score 1) 400

Or perhaps the good old days when there was one phone in the house for everyone and I had three sisters and whenever one of them got a new boyfriend there would be repeated hour long phone calls every day - generally just when I was waiting for an important call.

Or the good old days when you answered the phone only when you heard your ring pattern, and you never knew if the neighbors were listening in on your calls.

Comment Re:Smart people can be dumb (Score 4, Informative) 578

Wrong. Police officers can react to anything that is in "plain sight", meaning anything that escapes from your car, be it photons or small particles which we refer to as "scent"

Not true. The U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in U.S. v. Kyllo (2001) that the police can not use infrared cameras to locate "suspicious" concentrations of heat in private places and then get warrants to search. So anything that escapes is not "in plain sight".

Comment Re:yet more biblical contradictions (Score 1) 916

You got the easy version of the quest:
Genesis Chapter 7:2-3
Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that [are] not clean by two, the male and his female.
Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

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