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Comment Re:Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial jud (Score 1) 23

Actually whoever the new guy is, I don't find the site to be "improved" at all; seems a little crummy. The story was butchered and incorrectly interpreted, and the all important software for interaction seems less interactive.

But what do I know?

As to my absence I've been a bit overwhelmed by work stuff, sorry about that, it's no excuse :)

Comment Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial judge (Score 4, Informative) 23

The story as published implies that the ruling overruled the lower court on the 3 issues. In fact, it was agreeing with the trial court on the third issue -- that the sporadic instances of Vimeo employees making light of copyright law did not amount to adopting a "policy of willful blindness".

Submission + - Appeals court slams record companies on DMCA in Vimeo case

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the long-simmering appeal in Capitol Records v. Vimeo, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld Vimeo's positions on many points regarding the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. In its 55 page decision (PDF) the Court ruled that (a) the Copyright Office was dead wrong in concluding that pre-1972 sound recordings aren't covered by the DMCA, (b) the judge was wrong to think that Vimeo employees' merely viewing infringing videos was sufficient evidence of "red flag knowledge", and (c) a few sporadic instances of employees being cavalier about copyright law did not amount to a "policy of willful blindness" on the part of the company. The Court seemed to take particular pleasure in eviscerating the Copyright Office's rationales. Amicus curiae briefs in support of Vimeo had been submitted by a host of companies and organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, Public Knowledge, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Comment Go go laser aeros! (Score 1) 208

I dunno. Putting a laser on an aerospace fighter? First off, we don't have terribly great lasers and they're talking about pulsed operation so we're talking about an IS SPL or MPL at best. And given that (IIRC) vees and aeros need insulation to use energy weapons it's probably a single one. That's six damage with a six hex range on a very expensive aero. Even if we get two that's twelve damage at six hexes. Compared to that the F-16 can mount something like six OS Thunderbolt 10s in addition to a machine gun as a fallback weapon. Thats sixty alpha damage from twelve hexes out.

Sure, the F-16 mounting the MPL can fight longer in theory - but given the abysmal armor coverage on those things it's going to go down the first time someone hits it with an AC-10. And that AC-10 has superior range so to-hit bonus be damned, my money is on the AC-carrying ground unit.

In my opinion it'd be a smarter move to work on getting LRMs or HVACs on those aeros instead of trying to put a short-ranged weapon on an inherently fragile unit before you've even had significant experience using it on the ground.

Comment Re:Waste of money (Score 1) 335

I doubt that. Sure, the TLAs can read your emails and can tap into your cellphone conversations. The Stasi, on the other hand, had personally present spies everywhere so you couldn't speak up even in private because no matter where you were, there was a good chance that someone was listening. If there was any kind of organized event or trip there was pretty much a 100% chance that a Stasi spy was present.

So no, I don't think that modern day America is that bad. It's still appalling and undignified, though, and Uber/Lyft were definitely the good guys here.

Comment Re:We don't want web UIs! We want native apps! (Score 1) 144

Gmail and Dropbox have web UIs? I use Gmail over IMAP/SMTP and Dropbox over its native service. Hell, even my Google Docs use is pretty much entirely by means of the Android app. Web UIs are for when a native implementation is not feasible, such as when you want to access you mail from a computer you don't control. Otherwise they're usually so inferior that they don't compare.

Comment Re:So you checked a subset and made a pronouncemen (Score 1) 132

"All presumptive evidence of felony should be admitted cautiously; for the law holds it better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent party suffer." - William Blackstone

People like Benjamin Franklin and John Adams put their own spin on this but Blackstone said it first: Justice works better when we err on the side of caution. "This might possibly be misused so we must forbid it" is a terrible policy. In fact, this exact stance applied to encryption is what we like to ridicule the NSA for.

And no, RTBF claims are not destroying our historical record for all future generations to come. Your blog is not the sole source of historical information and in the grand scheme of things the important bits will be preserved throught things like court records. Sure, it might be interesting for future generations to do statistical analysis on blog posts - but then again I don't think that most blogs will be preserved in any form whatsoever for the next hundred years. A website dies, the information goes away. Perhaps the Internet Archive has a copy but plenty of times it doesn't. This is not a tragedy.

Comment Re:Right to be forgotten? (Score 1) 132

You can't sue every company that doesn't hire you because you suspect they might possible not have done sufficiently accurate fact-checking.

When a company sees an applicant like that they go to the bottom of the stack. If someone else is hired the company doesn't tell the alleged rapist "sorry, we didn't hire you because Google says you're a rapist", they simply tell them that someone else got the job. But that someone else could've gotten the job because of superior hard or soft skills or because they simply clicked with the team.

Also note that less reputable media outlets are quick to condemn people but very rarely retract anything. If $TABLOID puts your picture online accompanied by a text like "Is this the tattooed monster who raped and killed the little Jenny (9)?" and someone uses that picture and Facebook to identify you - do you think you will ever see $TABLOID or a blogger post "Sorry guys, fustakrakich is innocent" even if you are? If you're innocent you are simply not mentioned anymore while they focus on the real culprit - but the posts linking you to child rape remain online forever.

Of course all of this ties in with how various people see justice. American criminal justice revolves around punishing the culprit, which leads to PMITA prisons and the like. European crominal justice is usually built around making the culprit into a productive member society again, which leads to things like Norwegian luxury prisons. Of course Europe would come up with a way of scrubbing your permanent record of your past sins; not doing so would make it harder for you to live a normal life.

Comment Re:two for T (Score 1) 766

The floor and ceiling gaps actually have a function. Firstly, they allow for better airflow, which is obviously a good thing in a public restroom. Secondly, the floor gaps in particular allow toilet paper to be passed around without having to open the door.

As for your law: Principally yes but I'd give them more time to avoid the construction companies getting too swamped. You could write a three month deadline into the law and advertise your bill a few months before it's signed into law. That might work.

Comment Re:two for T (Score 1) 766

"If we allow people who *identify* as the opposing gender from what their anatomy implies, to use the restroom of the gender to which they identify as, it opens the door for any number of creepy dudes to follow a little girl into a womans restroom and eye her through the crack in the stall door, and when the police ask him about it, all he has to do is say "Oh, well I sexually identify myself as a woman, so i'm allowed to be in there."

Of course it would help if Americans stopped building restrooms where everyone can see everything. If there is a crack in the stall door that allows you to see anything but the occupant's feet you're doing it wrong.

Comment Re:That's called OCSP (Score 1) 64

This is not about whether or not support is available, this is about how the API works. The GGP said that existing APIs tend to be too complicated and asked for a simple binary function to check a cert. I pointed out that a function that can return more than just "good" nd "bad" would be more useful. Neither I nor the GGP ever asserted that no API exists at all.

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