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Comment Re:As an engineer... (Score 4, Insightful) 270

You're both wrong.

I'm a former mechanic because 5 years ago, I fractured my left and right ulna, as well as navicular fractures in both wrists. If you can tell me how to work on cars with injuries that won't fully heal for years in both wrists, I'll be glad to do it.

To the AC, I didn't want cars returned to me, which is why I always fixed what was wrong and not what I was told was wrong by a computer.

Comment Re:Yay! finally some accountability for all those (Score 3, Insightful) 205

SoGA requires a consideration - that needn't be cash, it could be in the form of a service or the transfer of some other goods or chattels

I think there is some confusion between the requirements of a contract (of which consideration, which need not be money, is one element), and contracts to which SoGA applies (sales for "money consideration"). To fall under SoGA, amongst other things, there must be "money consideration", and so a service, or transfer of other goods (e.g. bartering) is insufficient.

So, no, cash is not required, since cash is a specific form of money, but non-money consideration is insufficient.

(Again, IAAL, but, this is not legal advice!)

Comment Re:Yay! finally some accountability for all those (Score 0, Redundant) 205

From SoGA 1979:

  • 1.1 This Act applies to contracts of sale of goods [...]
  • 2.1 A contract of sale of goods is a contract by which the seller transfers or agrees to transfer the property in goods to the buyer for a money consideration, called the price.

So yes, giving it away does indeed bypass this law. In that case the only real remedy might be if your code is so unfit for purpose that it could be claimed to be negligent, but there are very strict rules and tests in place to establish negligence, and the finger of blame would more likely fall on the person who relied on your claims without testing them unless there were very special circumstances.

Comment Re:What is Receiving Stolen Property? (Score 0) 215

It is a crime to purchase or accept property that you know or believe was obtained through theft.

This, by the way, is why the folks that bought the iPhone are on the hook. The "finder" made no attempt to locate the actual owner, and instead sold it to that Web site for $5000. In other words, technically stolen property. The Web site knew or should have known, as reasonable people, that it was technically "stolen". They paid $5000 for it. Certainly not the act of a legitimate "news organization".

Comment Re:Yes, but it may not mean what you think it mean (Score 0) 504

But I think you misunderstand something.. You can perfectly write proprietary software using GPL libraries and distribute it, the only part which you also need to publish is any alterations to the used libraries. So if you only USE libraries you can keep your own code closed source (or not distribute the sourcecode)..

Comment Re:What, why? (Score 1, Insightful) 180

Everything that intentionally emits a wireless signal has to have a prototype sent to the FCC here in the USA.

That's only if you plan on using it in the USA, without a licence that makes it exempt from FCC approval. A lot of phones available in Europe aren't FCC-tested, because there's no point shipping them to the US since they don't have the infrastructure to use them.

Comment Re:14k buys a lot of film. (Score 1) 347

I spent $22 for 10 rolls of Shanghai GP3 120 black and white film just this week. That comes out to... hmmmm.... $2.20 a roll. And I can develop it at home using Caffenol-C for less than $0.25 a roll. Then scan it at 2400 DPI on my scanner and print on my inkjet with the CIS ink system I installed. Way less than $14k for something that has planned obsolescence built into it. And I can archive my negatives and not worry about stray cosmic rays or power glitches taking out my pictures....

Comment Re:Yea (Score 1) 496

Why do you only ask "what makes us think we can hear them?"

Part of the point of the Fermi Paradox is that the galaxy should be filled with evidence of interstellar civilizations. A civilization sending out Von Neumann pobes could "exhaustedly explore a galaxy the size of the Milky Way in as little as half a million years." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox#Alien_constructs

There should be wave after wave of civilizations expanding into the galaxy, each leaving behind self-replicating probes, interstellar networks, and the heat signatures of their civilization. It would be hard not to notice them. Yet there is only the Great Silence.

If they converted a small percentage of their Von Neumann probes to Bracewell probes, which actively seek communication with other civilizations, we should have seen those by now. While radio may be a primitive form of communication for these civilizations, it is by far the easiest and cheapest method. To think that they would neglect radio and only use something like neutrinos or gravity waves is silly.

If we're not the only technological civilization in the galaxy then the only rationale is that they are avoiding us, perhaps for our own good. Still, I think we'd be able to spot a Kardashev Type II civilization from a long ways off, and a Type III might be impossible to miss from anywhere in the galaxy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kardashev_scale

Comment Re:Not a programmer but... (Score 1) 547

It is true that vengeance will be yours. My first contract job was as a programmer. I built off a simple core and brought an enormous project together. I was making peanuts off the project, but my company was charging an arm and a leg. The company, within 6 months of hiring us, went from a 90 million dollar to a 1.3 billion dollar company. They felt rather confident at this point, severed our relationship, and replaced me with 2 just-got-my-masters programmers and an overseas "expert". Within a month and a half, they were back below $80 million, and now they are bankrupt.

Comment Re:From a neurological standpoint... (Score 0, Troll) 558

"there are generally no easy fixes for them."

Yes there are. We just don't take the "easy" road, instead we tend to make excuses for bad or antisocial behavior such as bad childhood, mean parents, fluke of nature or "Christian Nazi Ethics".

So, now we're filled with a society of narcissistic sociopaths and we tolerate their behavior so we don't look like 1950's TV show because ... we'll because we're one of them (narcissistic sociopaths), but haven't quite fully rejected the very thing we are protesting.

Meanwhile we expect everyone else to adhere to our particular set of morals because .... well ... who knows why, they just should!

So, we're left with the narcissistic sociopaths, because we can't actually rebuke people for doing exactly what we want to do.

Comment Re:Friendly people (Score 2, Interesting) 319

I think most mistakenly say racism (think KKK) when they speak of culturalism . Most people have nothing against black people for example, who also wince at the thought of, if you will pardon the term for the sake of conversation, niggers. The difference is denoted by cultural markers such as "dew rags, pants half down the ass, gang signing, rap music rattling the trunks of half painted lowriders a couple decades old, etc.
          The same could be said of any "races" sub or pop culture that produces negative results. Inadequacies in education over decades and generations, mixed with "political correctness" for political gain and just plain ignorance pushed by mass media and other enemies of the general population have muddied meanings till communication of ideas like these are lumped under the singularity "racism".
          I believe most races of people can live together peacefully and still don't want "niggers,whiggers, beaners, slopes, ragheads'' and other subculturally embracing groups moving in next door.
        I believe historically most of civilization looks to invite like minded individuals into the fold while the deviants with physical markers and philosophical differences that represent opposition are excluded. You are never going to get rid of that. So rather than empower the Hillary Clintons, Jesse Jacksons ,Louis Farrakhans and Bin Ladens of the world who profit and rule by ignorant masses enabling.
            On the other hand Williams syndrome sufferers should probably be kept from wandering into "the hood", Klan meetings or the Democratic National Committee.

Comment Re:Meetings, telcos, writing reports wear me out (Score 1) 547

    It's ways embarrassing to zone out in a meeting so much that when they finally get around to asking you a question after the first hour, you don't know what they're talking about. I guess what's worse is when they don't direct anything your way for the first two hours, and you start snoring. It was a good way to not get invited to many more meetings though. I told my supervisor, "If it doesn't actually involve me, I'm going to refuse the meeting invite unless you suggest that I attend." That was when I actually had a competent and professional supervisor.

    (...and I know you read here, so kudos to you.)

Comment Re:Password aging isn't in touch with the real wor (Score 1) 497

The main problem we run into is shoulder surfing. By changing the passwords every so often we reduce the number of instances where people are using an account with higher privileges. I actually ran into one instance where someone was giving out their account information so that a subordinate could do his work for him. If the account password had not been changed the subordinate would have had access to the account forever.

In the real world the CEO doesn't give a rats ass about these kinds of things, he just wants me to handle it.

So it makes my life easier to just expire the account password and say something went wrong.

The more times I force password changes the more times the idiot user has to tell people his password, which increases the likelihood of someone catching them and telling me.

I still only require a 90 day password change and am for passwords being changed.

The one place where this becomes apparent is after a password change, I see logs of denied access for a given account, which are much easier to track than access accepted.

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