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Comment Still an early prototype. (Score 3, Insightful) 60

I have looked at this several times. No way this thing can survive being outside 24/7/365. It's not waterproof where it counts, it needs a whole lot of refinement to make it to an actual 1.0 release device that can last outside through all types of weather for at least 3-4 years. The gantry is not self cleaning or sealed in any way, same for the tracks.

It's a great idea. and a fantastic early beta. but they need some industrial robotics guys to show them how to make it survive weather.

Comment Re:How the ransom works (Score 1) 15

Currently that is very close to the Polycom Scam...

Buy Polycom Video Conference device.
Wait 3 years and need an update to fix a security hole Polycom had in their software.
Pay EXTORTION FEES of 4 years of Support contract to access that download. The current year and the previous 3 years.

Pray they dont alter the deal any further, and kiss the ring of Polycom Don.

Cisco and other big companies like them need to have their executives punched in the taint.

Comment The fault lies.... (Score 4, Insightful) 510

Completely at the feet of the banks. They needed to get off their asses and spend a tiny bit of their immense profits to fucking switch over. The banks could send every retailler a new chip reader for every register for free and STILL make record profits every quarter.

So blame the Banks and the Greedy assholes that run those banks.

I'm for bringing back all the heavy handed bank regulation from before 1980. Fuck the bankers.

Comment Re:Yes, deleted files are (sometimes) recoverable (Score 2) 60

writing once is enough. It's an urban myth that you have to do it more than once to obliterate the data. Manybe with old 10megabyte RLL and MFM drives you could easily recover information as the head was miles wide and the slop from the track move was insane enough that you cna easily see it. bot for the past 10 years a single wipe of zeros will make it impossible for the worlds best hackers to read the data on a modern hard drive.

Comment Re: Ionizing radiation linked to circulatory disea (Score 2) 156

That is easy to get a larger sample.

Pack all the politicians in Congress and who are currently running for positions and launch them into space. We can check on them in a few years.

Plus it will solve a HUGE problem down here at the same time.... It's a WIN-WIN!

Comment Re:This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 2) 245

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) 245

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 and many of us are forced at gunpoint..... (Score 1) 174

to get our internet from the cable provider as they is no other choice due to the illegal monopoly tricks cable companies use like "franchise fees" in cities to make it more difficult for competition to come in to the town.

So my cost is close to the cable number because I am punished for having internet without cable. $80 a month for 15meg

Because comcast rapes us in towns where there is zero competition.

Comment Proof! (Score 0) 603

That speeding is unsafe.

Sadly most of the "I have a right to speed" morons will chime in and claim they are far better at driving and safer at higher speeds.

I support no speed limits on limited access highways. but only the dumbest of the most stupid speed on streets with lots of cross traffic and in residential areas.

Even more stupid is a moron that sets his autodrive car to speed on such a road, this just adds to my data set that you do not have to be smart to be rich.

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