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Comment Re:This is an interesting case (Score 1) 128

ould HP's lawyers have gone after Stephen Wozniak in the '70s after Apple came out with a hit product?

IIRC, Woz and Jobs headed that off at the pass by getting HP to relinquish the rights before they left.

But let's invert the question. Let's say you're working for a company inventing new apps. You conceive of Uber, spec it out on company time, then quit and start a private company. Would anyone think that's a reasonable result? Keep in mind that Carmack had the budget/resources to explore fancy new graphics algorithms and concepts... he wasn't a junior engineer experimenting. He was in charge of inventing the future. When he found something promising, he took his knowledge to someone who would pay better for it.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 1) 69

You mean the last one to embrace BYOD, or the last one to insist on it?

I don't grok why I would ever let an employer control/monitor my hardware. I suppose I could get a second device if they insisted on BYOD, but that's just making me pay for the hardware they're too cheap to. I hope the software they want to use runs on a prepaid $50 android phone.

Comment Re:Or maybe you're a fascist. (Score 1) 269

I don't understand why heads of state don't assume they're being spied on. I assume all my countries allies are listening to POTUS's unencrypted phone, and all of congressmen's. It doesn't bother me. In fact, it's considered a backchannel - things are said assuming they are overheard. So things like "If Japan pushes for X in the negotiations, we'll have to walk away" can be said, knowing Japan is evesdropping

It seems foolish to assume that valuable, low-security things aren't going to be hacked.

Comment Re:He cheated OTHER players (Score 1) 393

When you play baccarat, you are playing against other customers, never the Casino's money.

In some form of baccarat, the players take turns being the bank (or house). In the baccarat you play at the casinos, the casino is the house. Phil Ivy and the casino's dealer were the only two people pushing money across the table.

Comment Re:A "mutual obligation" ? (Score 1) 393

I wonder if this judge also believes that casinos have a "mutual obligation" to problem gamblers to make sure that they're not gambling money intended for other purposes?

To some degree they do - they have a blacklist you can add yourself to, and then they are not allowed to let you gamble.

Comment Re:Or maybe you're a fascist. (Score 1) 269

You say that like it's supposed to mean something. Congress votes for illegal and amoral actions all the time.

The various posts in this thread focused on legality - starting with the post you responded to that I responded to that you then responded to to this post that I am currently writing. So, of course legality means something.

Comment Re:Or maybe you're a fascist. (Score 1) 269

You may disagree with spying on foreign nationals, but that definitely was legal and approved by congress... even the spying on allies. Nor was it secret that the NSA's mission included that in their scope (although obviously the methods, extent and specific people being spied on were secret.)

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