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Comment Re:So they are just letting the fakes win? (Score 1) 336

No, this is likely part one of an overall strategy.

If you noticed the blurb, they've been "working with" Amazon to tackle the issue. However Amazon is unable or unwilling or a combination of both to give them the tools they've been asking for. I'm guessing they'd want something like YouTube's ContentID to flag things. Of course, providing such a tool would be against Amazon's M.O. since it would likely cut into sales to a noticeable degree. Thus the move to get out of Amazon completely.

Next step is likely threatening letters between law firms. The content of which is something along the lines of "so-and-so seller on your marketplace is selling known bogus goods that infringe on our trademarks/trade secrets/fill-in-the-blank. we demand you remove them or face legal consequences". After a few months of this, either Amazon will start policing themselves better, producing the tools needed to remove the sellers OR Amazon will continue to not care. Either way, Birkenstock wins.

Either Birkenstock gets the tools needed to flag sales and they come back to Amazon OR they get to drag Amazon into court for facilitating trademark infringement. Birkenstock is going to have a nice paper trail of correspondence showing that Amazon doesn't care and plenty of other sellers who've been pushed out of the marketplace.

Comment The good news is that (Score 3, Informative) 637

the farmers, should they have to sue, have precedent on their side. Car manufacturers were forced to open up their diagnostic codes for car owners and allow third party connections. That seemed to work out the best for everyone. Showing once again that short-sighted, for profit motivations may not be the best for the market.

Comment I don't think it's going to save them (Score 1) 32

It may well have been against the ToS but if they did nothing to revoke access after being told of it, they're still likely in a world of financial hurt. Their position isn't helped once it becomes clear that these items, while only cosmetic, do have a rarity to them that the gambling sites used.

I suspect that age verification is going to become a thing that Valve has to come up with and enforce if they plan on making out of the two current lawsuits without having state law enforcement crawling around looking at things.

Comment The Constitution is not a suicide pact (Score 5, Interesting) 212

is often the justification used when reality and the law strike each other head-on. There are many interpretations of the phrase but these days it's used to say that the laws cannot encompass everything that people throw at it. Which, to my mind, is chickening out. It is allowing fear to reign and decide for us the actions we take to protect ourselves from the world.

I believe that it can be agreed that all of us want to live in a safe, civil society. So we write our laws with that in mind. Not everyone agrees as to what "safe" or "civil" means and those bounds are constantly being tested, much to our greater benefit. Thus we want to protect that civility and that safety as much as possible. The problem, this tension in our current world comes from the fact that we know, with intuition and through demonstration that there is only so much we can do. Some of us sigh and accept that there will be those accidents, incidents, and attacks which cannot ever be prevented. That the cost of having a civil and safe society is one in which others, regrettably, will come to harm through no action of their own.

And then there are those who don't. Whose drive to protect has been left unchecked and has become diseased. Somewhere, somehow, these people with the best of intentions has had their perspective mutated to the point where they only see how much control they do not possess. Maybe some of these people see the opportunity to get greater wealth or personal power. Maybe they were never taught how to let go of things in life. Who knows? I certainly don't. I'm in the first group.

All of this was say that it is not against outsiders that we must protect ourselves. It it not the asylum seeker, the immigrant, nor the H1B visa holder that brings a single iota of threat to civility or safety. It is not the fear monger, the hate spewer, nor the yellow journalist. These may be pitied and reviled but never feared.

What we must do is to check our fear. We cannot help but feel it. Nature gave it to us for survival reasons and it did our ancestors well to listen. These are not those days, however, and we cannot fall back to acting as our ancestors did.

Comment An article in search of a problem (Score 5, Insightful) 726

This "article" screams intern assignment. The premise is predetermined and everything that goes against it is ignored. There are so many part pickers and guides available through a single search it's frustrating and stupefying that someone would even try writing this.

Likewise, building a PC now is nothing close to what it used to take. How would have this person felt trying to configure their IRQ interrupts? Not well, I'm guessing.

All told, it is sad that /. even allowed this to be submitted. This is an article in search of something to be upset about.

Comment Re:Sounds good... (Score 1) 263

Here's a question: Who assumes the liability?

The programming isn't going to be perfect. I'd be surprised if it's even considered "good". At some point, the biometrics are going to fail and someone is going to be detained on a false alarm. Deus help Uber if that person gets hurt in any way. Or tased by the robot.

In that foreseeable situation who's at fault? The company behind the software? The company behind the robot? Uber for deploying the robot? Would Uber be smart enough for the contract to say that the robot-owning company has all of the liability in those situations? Would the robot-owning company be smart enough to say that Uber has it all?

Comment Re:The real news here (Score 1) 101

I agree that this would be a just way of dealing with the problem. Especially in a regulatory environment that cable should be in. However, I feel the need to illustrate the sort of language you would encounter if this was proposed in legislation.

"Why do you hate American business so much? What have they done to deserve your ire? Why, without these businesses and their job creation you wouldn't even have the option for the sorts of entertainment options available to you. And now you want to punish them when they make a simple mistake? For shame!"

Comment Still confused by Allo (Score 2) 171

and it's need to have a machine-learning built into it. It's going to be like that stupid Inbox stuff Google tried pulling a few years back, isn't it? I don't need something to create rules and read my email for me to sort it out. I can do both of those tasks just fine. Doing that doesn't save me effort or mental expense; just the opposite. If I had it turned on, I'd be worried it was screwing something up.

With Allo auto replying for me, I'd be very concerned it would be handing out information to people I didn't want to know certain things in my life. Even though Google is likely going to indemnify themselves in the click-thru, I can't wait for the first lawsuit from someone who was stalked and assaulted because Allo told said stalker where they were.

Comment Re:And a few bucks more for missing content (Score 2) 316

It may not be the company's fault.

We already know that the cable companies are trying to get rid of them. I'm certain they're trying to keep NetFlix from getting any more content before they do. There's plenty of interest in and resistance from Hollywood studios as well. They don't want to give everything away and probably want to grab it back as soon as possible so they don't lose out on DVD sales.

And then there's that Disney coup that's probably sticking in someone's craw thanks to the back-catalog access. Maybe Disney saw the future and maybe Disney saw the dollars. Could be a bit of both.

Comment Google (Score 2) 316

I got in on Google's at the very beginning of it's service, so I have the legacy price. I've yet to be able to stump it in terms of not being able to access my choice of music but that doesn't mean it has everything.

As for purchasing...those have always been few and far between for me. I've done more KS albums for smaller bands in the past few years (shout out to the DoubleClicks!) than I've purchased from any storefront.

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