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Comment Re:Game of Thrones (Score 1) 103

> And this is why torrent sites will never disappear.

Kat has disappeared. There aren't any more major torrent sites; they're going to get squashed pretty quickly nowadays. Kat took stuff down pretty quickly, unlike piratebay, but that's always "down for database maintenance"; assuming it has what you're after anyway, which isn't a safe bet these days.

Comment Re:Due to rights restrictions... (Score 1) 244

I've not heard what you describe but the most likely explanation is some sort of territorial problem where other parts of the world got a programme but it wasn't licensed in your country. If so, it would be a crazy decision to not produce and broadcast a program anywhere because it's not allowed in one country. What if people in other countries wanted to hear about that story? Your anger is misplaced.

Comment Re:Due to rights restrictions... (Score 1) 244

That's a powerfully stupid reason to stop listening to the BBC World Service.

The point of the Word Service is to provide a free, relatively unbiased news source. The point of the Olympic Games is to make a profit from sport events, including selling access to coverage of the events, which is controlled in ways entirely governed by the Olympic committee. The BBC is therefore prevented from accessing some coverage and is charged for the coverage it can obtain. It doesn't prevent the BBC from running stories about the Olympics; for example, the shocking lack of hygiene in the Rio games.

Comment Re:This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 2) 244

Not necessarily. Take a look at the relevant portion of the Lantham Act. It would have to fit one of the provisions therein. It might make a false suggestion of affiliation, but it's arguable.

15 U.S.C. 1125 - False designations of origin, false descriptions, and dilution forbidden

(a) Civil action

(1) Any person who, on or in connection with any goods or services, or any container for goods, uses in commerce any word, term, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, or any false designation of origin, false or misleading description of fact, or false or misleading representation of fact, which

(A) is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of his or her goods, services, or commercial activities by another person, or

(B) in commercial advertising or promotion, misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin of his or her or another person's goods, services, or commercial activities,

shall be liable in a civil action by any person who believes that he or she is or is likely to be damaged by such act.

Comment This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 1) 244

You violate a trademark if you mis-represent a good or service as that of the trademark holder. And it has to be in the same trademark category that they registered. Having a trademark does not grant ownership of a word, and does not prevent anyone else from using that word. Use of a trademark in reporting and normal discussion is not a violation.

Comment Re: drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 1) 103

I have the front panel of the VAX 11/780 used to render that scene hanging on my wall, but I got to Pixar after that project. This year and last I've contributed some designs that will fly on a FEMA satellite, and a long time ago did a little work to support the Biosciences mission on the shuttle.

Comment Re:Wireless Keyboards (Score 2) 85

It's like any software that comes with hardware. Printer software, camera software, random usb device software. It's always shit, written by some fucking idiot in china (nowadays it'll be their fuckwit cousin in India). When you pay for software it's usually fine otherwise the vendor will go out of business but the only requirement for "software that comes with hardware" is that it's legally functional; that is, it's not so useless that it allows the customer to immediately get their money back. That's a pretty low bar. It used to be limited to just those bits of hardware, but with the Internet of Shitty Cheap Things millions of people are going to experience this really, really software. I imagine Stack Overflow has already invested in the servers and ssds required to process the sheer number of "i am having the problem reading from rest json i get the error pls fix me yes" posts.

Comment Re:Nope. This involves active sharing and consent. (Score 1) 115

No need. If you give someone your password you're letting them do what they want with your account. If you didn't want that, you shouldn't have given them your password. There's no point labouring the point with a contract. And i've no idea where you got the idea that the spirit of the law is important; that's what laws are for.

Comment Re: Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 533

I'd rather a dodgy headphone socket than a dodgy USB socket. Headphone sockets could easily be made to never fail due to coming off the motherboard, dry joints etc. I've no interest in Bluetooth headphones because of the cost and need to manage the battery and because I have no other devices they would work with.

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