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Comment The company apologized (Score 5, Informative) 645

Yes, she was ordered to pay royalties. However, shortly afterward, the company sent her flowers, and issued a formal apology (ie, they realized they went *way* too far).

and I quote the article...
"In a note attached to a large bouquet of flowers they said: "We're very sorry we made a big mistake. We hear you have a lovely singing voice and we wish you good luck." "

Comment Re:That is an incredibly dumb question. (Score 5, Insightful) 730

There are no dumb questions.

He's here asking for advice, so give it to him. Even though most of the people who read/post this board are heavily involved with IT, and it might be a common sense answer, the fact is that to this person it isn't as simple a solution.

In many cases, people have sensitive information that they are handling on their servers, and whether or not to trust the IT staff is a valid question. (not all geeks are trustworthy). Also, in many cases, (especially with startups) they dont have the resources to hire on-site IT staff, so they have to outsource it. It introduces a dilemma that many will have to deal with.

-T
Science

Dogs As Intelligent As Average Two-Year-Old Children 472

Ponca City, We love you writes "The Telegraph reports that researchers using tests originally designed to demonstrate the development of language, pre-language and basic arithmetic in human children have found that dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations putting them on par with the average two-year-old child. While most dogs understand simple commands such as sit, fetch and stay, a border collie tested by Professor Coren showed a knowledge of 200 spoken words. 'Obviously we are not going to be able to sit down and have a conversation with a dog, but like a two-year-old, they show that they can understand words and gestures,' says Professor Stanley Coren, a leading expert on canine intelligence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dogs can tell that one plus one should equal two and not one or three,' says Coren, adding that dogs 'can also deliberately deceive, which is something that young children only start developing later in their life.' Coren believes centuries of selective breeding and living alongside humans has helped to hone the intelligence of dogs. 'They may not be Einsteins, but are sure closer to humans than we thought.'"
Security

Submission + - CARS.gov EULA Allows the Government to Own Your PC 1

54mc writes: "Glen Beck today revealed what a close inspection of the End User License Agreement for the CARS system contains. From the EULA, "This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the U.S. Government." The EULA goes on to include other specific aspects of what exactly belongs to the computer.Will this be yet another issue for the already troubled system?

This is of course, yet another example of EULAs that no one reads going way too far."
Security

Submission + - Police Ask Hackers to Help Track Jakarta Bombers

Hugh Pickens writes: "Australian newspaper "The Age" reports that police in Indonesia are calling on computer hackers to track who is behind a website claiming responsibility for the Jakarta hotel bombings that left nine people dead in attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in downtown Jakarta on July 17. "The cyber crime team is chasing (who is behind this) ... hopefully, we can track them," says national police spokesman Nanan Soekarna. "There are a lot of smart hackers in Indonesia. Come on, try to prove that you can defend your people and country and provide information so we can catch them." A statement discovered earlier this week on blogging service Blogspot.com claimed responsibility for the hotel attacks under the name of Malaysian-born extremist Noordin Mohammed Top. Police are investigating the authenticity of the blog which carries two messages from a group called Tanzim Al Qoidah Indonesia saying the bombings aimed to destroy all parties related to the West and Christianity and offers solace to Muslims suffering from their oppression. Real or not, the statement has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the blog, more than 2,000 of whom have posted messages in response, the vast majority condemning the attacks. "These comments represent the mood of the larger Internet users in Indonesia," writes Riyadi Suparno in the Jakarta Post. "Their mood, their anger and their frustration with terrorism represent the mood, anger and frustration of many of us nationwide.""
Security

Submission + - How To Hijack 'Every iPhone In The World' 1

mysidia writes: A new article from forbes.com reports on an unpatched iPhone vulnerability that researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner plan to reveal at Black Hat. The bug may allow hackers to remotely seize control of iPhones by using SMS text messages. "If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly."
A similar vulnerability is reported to exist on devices running Windows mobile software.
The Internet

Submission + - SPAM: FTC delays identity theft rules for third time

coondoggie writes: "Well this is getting kind of predictable. The Federal Trade Commission this week has delayed for the third time in less than a year the deadline for companies to enact its identity theft rules known as Red Flags, which were set to become practice Aug. 1. Originally set to become required practice Nov. 1, 2008, the Red Flags program is touted as being one of the major ways the government plans to fight the growing identity theft blight. Under the Red Flags rules, all entities that regularly permit deferred payments for goods or services, including entities such as health care providers, attorneys, and other professionals, as well as retailers and a wide range of businesses that invoice their customers must develop a written program that identifies and detects the relevant warning signs — or "red flags" — of identity theft. These may include, for example, unusual account activity, fraud alerts on a consumer report, or attempted use of suspicious account application documents. The program must also describe appropriate responses that would prevent and mitigate the crime and detail a plan to update the program. Lawyers are perhaps predictably protesting the loudest about implementing such rules. [spam URL stripped]"
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Government

Submission + - National Ban Sought on Texting While Driving

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that states that do not ban texting by drivers could forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars in federal highway funds under legislation introduced in the Senate. Under the measure, states would have two years to outlaw the sending of text and e-mail messages by drivers or lose 25 percent of their highway money each year until the money was depleted. "Studies show this is far more dangerous than talking on a phone while driving or driving while drunk, which is astounding," said New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, one of four Democratic senators to introduce the proposal. Currently, texting while driving is banned in 14 states, including Alaska, California and New Jersey, as well as the District of Columbia. However the Governors Highway Safety Association, a group that represents state highway safety agencies in every state, opposes texting while driving but does not support the proposed legislation. "We oppose sanctioning states since there is not yet a proven effective method for enforcing a texting or cellphone ban," says association spokesman, Jonathan Adkins. Safety advocates respond that such concerns about enforcement were raised about seat belt laws but argued that the value of such laws — even if they could not be enforced all the time — created awareness about the issue and set societal guidelines for the behavior."
Government

WoW Gamer Earns Federal Investigation Achievement 167

barnyjr writes "A teenager could face federal charges after investigators say he made online threats to kill Americans on a plane from Indianapolis to Chicago. According to investigators, a monitor of the online interactive game World of Warcraft saw the alleged threats in an on-line chat and called Johnson County authorities. She told investigators the chatter didn't seem like a game." I'm not sure who's crazier, this guy or the guy who just became the first World of Warcraft player to rack up 10,000 achievement points.
Censorship

Japanese ESRB Bans Rape Depiction In Games 662

eldavojohn writes "The Ethics Organization of Computer Software (EOCS), now 233 companies strong, and met in Tokyo yesterday to ban a controversial title from Japan known as RapeLay, an eroge game (something much more adult than the more popular dating simulators). It's gotten a lot of press as reviewers have noted at one point the player must force sex on a 12-year-old. More importantly, the large ($353 million annually) adult game industry in Japan will now need to stay away from rape in their games if they wish to remain a member of EOCS. RapeLay seems to be available on Amazon's UK and JP sites, sparking outrage and causing a former US Ambassador to Japan to write an editorial criticizing Japan, saying, 'Only Japan allows people to possess these hideous images without penalty. Six of the G-7 countries have found ways to protect the innocent from being prosecuted for possession of child pornography. Is it not time for Japan to find a way to punish the guilty?' Singapore's Straits Times has more details, pointing out that it's still not illegal to possess these materials in Japan. We discussed this and other games last month in an editorial."

Comment Check the maker (Score 1) 301

I'm seeing a lot of people complaining about VHDL and praising verilog, but I've used both and I'd say that the difficulties encountered with one will be seen with both. A lot of these complaints are just people who did some programming in VHDL and hated it. Using an HDL is not like using a normal programming language, and getting over that hurdle is what will be difficult for most people.

As far as what to teach in the class, identify what hardware you are going to use first, and then look at the tutorials supplied by the company supplying the boards. Most companies (Xilinx, Altera, to name a few) have tutorials they supply to use on their boards, that you can use as a first-step in designing coursework. I would make the language decision after checking what is supplied by the company.

-T

Comment Re:Young lawyer != good lawyer (Score 1) 241

Filing fees, while costing money, are nowhere near the same cost as the hourly pay for most attorneys. I'd expect that even if the case continued for years, the expenses could never go above a few thousand a year. (which would still be quite a lot for expenses)

As far as drawing a lawsuit into eternity, that isn't possible. (eventually the justice presiding will catch on/snap). However, it is standard to play games to delay the court appearances to later times, and file many additional documents in the interim that need responses. As reading and responding to every filing costs time and money, it isn't very difficult to force attorney fees into the 50k-100k range (In high profile cases like this one, I'd expect much, much more). In most cases, people can't handle an expense like a lawyer for more than a very short term (even less than the 2 years you quoted), and the lawyer either stops getting paid regularly and pushes for settlement, or the client gets tired of paying, and drops the case. If you want a citation, go buy an account on loislaw and look for any suits that were dropped after extensive litigation, yet without resolution. Usually attorney fees were the cause (although it isn't officially stated, since it was just dropped).

Comment Re:Young lawyer != good lawyer (Score 5, Insightful) 241

Well, the advantage of a free lawyer in this case is that the record company can't just drag on proceedings to rack up expenses until she drops out. (A viable tactic in many lawsuits)

However, I'm worried about the lack of preparation time that the new lawyer has. He has to familiarize himself with all of the previous casework, as well as come up with a defensible position. (All in his free time too...)

I guess we'll see how it turns out pretty quickly.

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