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Comment Re:Silly (Score 2, Interesting) 71

the two accounts were not linked in any way [email address, openID, et cetera] except for having the same name on record.

Having the same name on record had nothing to do with it. Yelp was forwarding the information to a page on Facebook, which used the cookies stored in your browser to see which account was logged in (same as how when you log in to Facebook, go elsewhere online, and then return, it knows which account is logged in and doesn't ask you to log in again).

That aside, you've got it right. The problem with Beacon (in it's original implementation) was that it did unexpected stuff without the user's consent.

Comment Re:False assumptions? (Score 1) 371

Good luck getting twelve jurors who both believe in jury nullification and believe that this particular law is unjust. The jury selection process is used to try to ensure that sort of thing doesn't happen.

Juries in these cases tend to be stocked with technophobic conservatives who make no distinction between "pirates" and "hackers" and thieves.

Comment Re:Depressing, but not uncommon (Score 2, Insightful) 1251

Since all of the above sounds really great for the vast majority of the population, I don't really care about the "bad for business" whining. Of course, if it's really so bad that businesses leave, that would be bad for the economy, but that would also raise unemployment, so the system is self-correcting.
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theodp writes: "In its College Issue, the NYT Magazine profiles tuition-free Olin College, which is building a different breed of engineer, stressing creativity, teamwork and entrepreneurship — and, in no small part, courage. But questions remain as to whether the industry is ready for the freethinking products of Olin, and vice versa — few of the class of 2006 are going on to grad study in engineering or jobs in the field."

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