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Comment Re:Cake or death (Score 1) 875

What's wrong with that? Does she want this guy immediately fired no question asked? If it really is a first offence tell him to knock it off and move on from there,

You did not read the article, did you?

It wasn't his first offence, although HR lied about this, claiming that it was.

He didn't knock it off. Also, her career at the company was affected because she made the report.

What he did should have resulted in an instant dismissal. Retaliation should have resulted in dismissals. Covering up the prior acts by the man should have resulted in dismissals in HR.

Yep. Heck, even if it was his first offense, the subsequent retaliation is where the company crashed and burned.
IAAL, and I've studied sexual harassment law. Contrary to popular belief, it's actually really difficult to prove harassment, since you need a repeated series of events. Even if the same guy propositions a bunch of different people, if he only does it once to each, it's arguably not harassment, since he's apparently taking no for an answer from each of them and just being persistent generally. However, where companies end up killing themselves is the subsequent retaliation. Here, they explicitly told her that she could keep working for the guy, but he would give her bad reviews and there's nothing she could do. They also berated her for reporting things to HR, which is another no-no. A harassment suit might not succeed, but a retaliation suit is a slam dunk.

For example, one of my professors in law school was the attorney for a group of city employees bringing a harassment and discrimination suit against their boss. The suit initially ended in a deadlocked jury... however, every time the boss had to do something related to the suit - answer discovery questions, give a deposition, even talk to his lawyer - he'd do something nasty, like move someone's office to the basement or strip someone of a project they'd be working on. It was like clockwork.
So, after the deadlock, they amended the complaint to add retaliation claims. Next trial, got a unanimous verdict on those and judgement for $8 million.

Comment Safety... for the rich (Score 1) 209

In remarks made to the North American Broadcasters Association yesterday, Pai said that it's a public safety issue... Although Pai thinks smartphones should have the FM chip turned on, he doesn't think the government should mandate it: "As a believer in free markets and the rule of law, I cannot support a government mandate requiring activation of these chips. I don't believe the FCC has the power to issue a mandate like that, and more generally I believe it's best to sort this issue out in the marketplace."

It's a public safety issue, but it should be left to the marketplace, and if you can't afford an extra $10 per month for this "public safety" feature, then you deserve to die in an emergency?

Comment Re:Oh, noes... (Score 1) 110

Frankly, I'd rather have police accountability than privacy from having people see my face while I'm in public.

You realize that this is not an either/or choice right? We can give police body cameras & get the associated enhanced accountability and put safeguards in to prevent it turning to ubiquitous surveillance,

What effective safeguards can you propose that allow us to have full police accountability through body cameras, but don't let the police look at the faces in the videos? Doesn't blocking that impair the effectiveness of the accountability?

Comment Re:Automated CD-R Duplication patent? (Score 2) 94

Seems odd skimming the patent to apply this to offline video caching. It seems fairly specific to a method of automating the process of ordering, duplicating and shipping CD media. There is some ambiguous text in there about "digital media". But it also has claims such as:

4. The method of claim 1, wherein said first module is configured to send at least one signal to at least one printing device to create mailing address labels for each of said requests.

Which, I'm sure netflix is not doing. Seems like an attempt to broadly use a patent that's not really related to the actual process being used.

Shocking...

That's a dependent claim (you can tell because it refers to another claim). It's like an include statement, so the invention recited in claim 4 is everything that's in claim 1, plus the added limitation about the first module. Even if Netflix isn't doing that added step, they could be doing everything that's in claim 1 and infringe the patent.

Comment Re:Malignant narcissist upset, news at 11. (Score 1) 760

This.

I actually had to look it up. And I would indeed consider myself an avid gamer. Actually, currently it's likely I spend more time playing games than working (if that's possible). And I haven't heard about it until recently, and I looked it up ... and I don't get it.

Then you should probably complain about this guy using your account who posted previously about Gamergate.

Comment Re:So they didn't enable cheat mode (Score 1) 246

By not disabling the cache Safari will just reload the web page from disk, instead of downloading it all over wifi. In normal use you don't sit around reloading the same page all day, you surf to different web sites, so caching extends battery life to unrealistic levels.

"Not disabling" isn't the same as "enabling".
More importantly, the bigger point is that Consumer Reports dismissed the fact that battery tests with Chrome on the Macbook were both consistent and long with "we use the default browser on the operating system" as a justification for not updating their review, but now we find out that they also modify the default browser from its default mode... something they didn't report at the time.

So, which is it, default or not? They can have it both ways if they report all of the details of their tests, but they can't simply say "we always use the default (except when we don't)" while retaining any sort of credibility. The fact that they refused to repeat the tests with witnesses present, and now we find out that they changed an additional variable without telling anyone means that we can't trust them, at least until they've built that credibility back up from scratch.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1) 734

Some things we do know: John Podesta had an extremely insecure password, and that's how his email leaked.

Although I agree with the rest of your points, this one is only partly correct. Podesta had an extremely insecure password, but that's not how his email leaked. It wasn't brute forced or anything - he got a phishing email, his IT guy said "that's legitimate, you should totally click it," and he did and entered his password. He could've had the most complex password in the world and he still would've given it away.

Comment Re:This is fucking awesome (Score 1) 455

I did not realize that. No need to be a complete dick about it.

Sorry, I was trying to be nice. As I said, it was in my earlier post.

It's yet another design flaw in our patent system.. patents are a type of intellectual property, and patent rights are usually analogized to property rights. If I own have the deed for my house free and clear, it means I have complete control over my house (notwithstanding laws)... not just that I can keep other people off, but I have positive control over it as well. You're saying patents are negative only. That totally runs counter to the common understanding of it.

Nope, and with all due respect, you may misunderstand your property rights over your house. Your deed gives you the right to exclude others from your land - same as a patent allows one to exclude others from their invention. Your deed, however, does not give you the right to, say, operate a business in a residential zone; or build a tower beyond height limits; or freely tap into water lines running under the property; or practice nude sunbathing on your front lawn; or start a sweatshop, etc., etc.

Specifically, property rights in real estate are frequently discussed as a bundle of rights, with the right to exclude others being prime. There's also a right to quiet enjoyment and right of control that come in with real property, but that's a result of the fact that real property is physical... someone cannot be on the same land without intruding on your land... By contrast, with intellectual property, one can freely occupy the same idea without intruding on your right to enjoy your idea. Like, if you have a house and I park my car on your lawn, you can't enjoy your lawn. If you have an idea for something and I too think of that idea, I'm not diminishing your enjoyment of it except through your loss of exclusivity, unlike real property. Accordingly, the only real right that attaches in intellectual property is the exclusive right.

Comment Re:This is fucking awesome (Score 1) 455

Do you mean "ability" instead of "right?" Because Apple does have the right to build a lockout system.

Says who? If they can't build that lockout system without infringing someone else's patent, then no, they do not have the right to build it. I repeat, having a patent doesn't give you the right to manufacture something, it only gives you the right to exclude others from manufacturing, using, selling, or importing. That's it. You can stop others, but that doesn't automatically mean no one can stop you.

And if they lack the ability, is the patent valid? Are you saying I can patent something I don't actually know how to do and then if someone figures it out I can prevent them from doing it?

Nope. Go back and read my post. Come back if you're still having difficulties.

Comment Re:This is fucking awesome (Score 3) 455

This is fucking awesome... using patent system against it's own masters.
Yes, patent is proof of substantial invention, so it was conscious choice not to use it as described.

Except, no, a patent does not give you the right to manufacture something. It's a right to exclude others from manufacturing your invention (or selling, or using, or importing it). For example, say I get a patent on a chair - seat, 4 legs, and a back. I can sue you if you make a chair. But can I make one? What if some AC has a patent on a stool - seat, 4 legs? I can't build chairs without infringing his patent. So my patent doesn't give me a right to make anything.

Apple's patent doesn't give it a right to make a lockout system, just prevent others from doing so - not that they've done such. So, no, the family has no claim whatsoever. This is just a money grab by some lawyer who thinks he can make headlines to extort a big settlement.

Comment Re:Rape by fraud? (Score -1, Troll) 215

Fraud obviates consent. Or, to put it another way, if consent is obtained fraudulently, the consent is not legally effective. Accordingly, there was no legally effective consent to sex.

So when I take a girl home from a bar and fuck her, only to wake up the next day and find the makeup, pushup bra, high heels were all part of a fraud, and my princess is actually a monster can I claim rape?

No, because you're desperate enough that you'd still have banged the monster, so there was no fraud.

Comment Re:Revolutionary! (Score 1) 73

If only someone else had thought of a way to use magnets to attach things to your ear! This is courage taken to a new level, we're talking iCourage levels here...

That's my thinking too - how in hell could a patent ever be granted for this, given such obvious prior art? The fact that a company would even be bothered to apply for such a patent is proof positive that the patent system is horribly broken. But then, everybody here already knew that.

It's not a patent, it's a patent application. Your outrage is misplaced, but oddly ironic considering you're complaining about the patent system's ignorance, without actually knowing what you're talking about.

Second, they're not simply claiming a magnet connected to something for your ear, but a very specific implementation. But realizing that requires reading the application, and again, you thought it was a patent, so... yeah.

Third, even aside from that, there are some obvious difficulties incorporating a strong magnet next to (i) an aural transducer that requires (wait for it) a magnet to function, and (ii) a Bluetooth antenna that requires (wait for it) a stable EM field to function. Simply gluing a magnet to your Bluetooth earbuds is likely not going to work well.

Disclaimer: while I haven't looked into this particular patent beyond the above info, I'm an audio engineer, former exec of a chapter of the Audio Engineering Society, and a patent attorney who regularly deals with earbud design.

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