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Comment Re:I hate Apple, but no (Score 1) 180

The real question is: what does the law say about how illegal agreements like these should be handled? In some EU countries at least, if an agreement between government and a private person or company is deemed illegal, it cannot be annulled just like that; the government is supposed to be a trustworthy partner and cannot strike a deal then simply declare it illegal. In some cases the agreement itself will be considered void, but the affected person or company will not be on the hook for the whole amount owed, or will be compensated for incurred costs (like when a building permit that shouldn't have been issued is rescinded when building has already started). In other cases, the agreement stands up to the date of the ruling and is only void going forward (so no back taxes would be owed).

Comment Re:Misleading (Score 1) 127

The driver will not be able to reactivate the Autopilot until the car is stopped and put in 'Park.'

That's a really bad idea. If they really want to punish them, they should use a timer instead.

A few years ago, a friend drove a Prius and the GPS navigation input function didn't work unless she went less than 5 miles an hour, so what my friend ended up doing was slowing down at the most inappropriate places on freeways and highways just so she could use the built-in navigation.

No doubt, frustrated Tesla drivers will just start parking their car in the middle of the roads just so they can re-engage their auto-pilot. That's what happens when one tries to use technology to control human beings. Those human beings start rebelling and start acting like even bigger idiots, possibly causing even more accidents. Also, I suspect that many Tesla owners will just try to disable/postpone this last update for as long as they can.

Comment Not Selling stolen stuff (Score 5, Insightful) 59

This guy was selling stuff stolen from US companies, and he doesn't think he should have to answer charges in the US?

Was he selling stolen things? Or did he make illegal copies and sell those?

Did he actually copy and sell things? Or was it the users who sold the illegal copies?

Did the users actually sell stolen copies? Or did they just give them away to others?

Did he have a DMCA-style takedown process?

What did he do different from DropBox and other online storage sites?

Was he a US citizen, or ever been to the US? Did his company operate in the US?

Were his crimes violent and criminal in nature, which would warrant extradition, or is this essentially a civil case?

Comment Re:Is he going for irony, here? (Score -1) 195

Then you're making an ignorant assumption.

Linux doesn't have to be more secure when its not a target.

From a practical perspective, there is nothing to gain by owning every Linux desktop on the planet.

Own 1% of the Windows machines on the other hand ... and you've dwarfed the Linux desktop base completely.

No one cares about your linux box except you and and a bunch of fanboys who go around acting like you've got something special.

And you seem to act like an exploit is needed, no exploit is needed when social engineering or trickery will do just fine. You don't need to own a box to own the user of the box. In which case ... there is nothing in Linux that makes it 'more secure' than Windows at that point. User level infiltration on a machine that has one user are just as good as owning the entire machine and there is absolutely nothing about your Firefox on Linux that makes it better than Firefox on Windows, or whatever your browser of choice is.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 75

i was lucky enough to be getting my CCNA back in 01 at the same time the school was going to throw out its c64 equipment. i brought home pretty much an entire mini lab, a dozen c64s, a c128D 2 monitors, a dozen diskdrives a 300 baud modem and 2 tall dressers full of manuals another full of software. not to menton joysticks and game pads.

i still have it all 15 years later,

Comment Re:Really slashdot? (Score -1) 460

Couldn't agree more. $60 for 50 hours of entertainment is a real good value.

NMS is an example of what the Internet has done to software. Push it out buggy, we'll fix it later, they'll deal with it. Its in no way unique to NMS. It used to be another reason you'd buy a console instead of PC game. The console couldn't get updates so it had to have far better QA before going out the door unless you wanted to end your career. Then they all got networked ... and while it wasn't over night that day one updates became the normal operating procedure, it was probably the third or forth night ...

So if you bought NMS and can't play it for an hour or two, or hell, even 5 because you just kept trying to force yourself to get into it and ignore the bugs ... then fine. $10/hour or more for entertainment should have better standards than that.

At 50 hours, you've played more than probably 98% of the others that purchase it. Sod off.

Comment CAD licence (Score 1) 236

The funny thing about humans is that different humans care about different things. (Perhaps this signal becomes harder to detect as an Act III BDFL of a sprawling monoculture.)

If you regard your code as a means to an end (e.g. authoring a great web site) then perhaps it's a perfectly reasonable stance not to "care" about your code the way Linus cares about his code.

Licence of the day: Craftspeople with Attachment Disorder. Be there, or be square.

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