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Comment Re:Treason (Score 1) 1005

Trump's statement, recorded on video with audio, is tantamount to treason.

Try it yourself. Invite an adversarial nation or state to hack servers containing potentially Top Secret information (if the nuts are to be believed), and promise them "rewards" if they do so. You will go to PMITA Federal Prison.

Well, at least one person agrees with me.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 2) 211

They are indeed still protected by Copyright under the creator's name.

Her making them freely available is a gift to humanity, but does not make them public domain. As far as the typical copyright infringement argument of "potential lost income". . . Well, actually, she can make that one. They damaged her reputation as a professional photographer.

Their main argument will be much simpler: Dear Getty, how much income did you derive from charging people for these copyrighted pieces of mine? Please include the legal costs of anyone who fought you on the fallacious copyright-infringement notices that you sent out. Now triple it (treble damages).

Comment Movie theqater died long ago` (Score 2) 328

10-20 years ago, beforem torrenting moveis was a thing, comercial movie theaters essentially committed a slow suicide.

Extra-high ticket prices.
"Popcorn smell" pumped into the ventilation system (the chemical is known to cause lung damage).
At least ten minutes of commercials preceding anything else.
Commercials playing while you are waiting to the movie to "begin"---I mean by that, commercials during seating time.
10–15 minutes of previews that I don't need to see again.
No "good" seats left if you are smart enough to come in 30 minutes "late" to the film.
An extra charge for assigned seating, just in case you don't like being forced to watch commercials.
Crying babies.
Idiots on their cell phones – the whole movie through.

And so on.

I will go to art-house theaters because they have no bullshit. They also usually play great movies. Big-chain commercial theaters? Less than 10 times over the past 20 years.

The asked for it, and they got it.

Comment Treason (Score 1) 1005

Trump's statement, recorded on video with audio, is tantamount to treason.

Try it yourself. Invite an adversarial nation or state to hack servers containing potentially Top Secret information (if the nuts are to be believed), and promise them "rewards" if they do so. You will go to PMITA Federal Prison.

Comment Re:Show of hands (Score 1) 133

Who here keeps up with what the current color is for our " Terrorism Threat Level " ?
* crickets *

( Who here remembers we even have one ? )

That color-coded 'terrorist' threat level was colored in an obtuse way. It was ROY B GIV. The DHS had its cluelessness on clear display in releasing that color chart (of how 'scared' you should be). The color order was wrong.

The usual standard for a color-scale is to follow the well-memorized rainbow color-order: ROY G BIV. That is, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green Blue, Indigo, and Violet.

And now Napolitano (former DHS chief) is heading-up the huge University of California System. Oy veh!

Comment Re:I will support them (Score 1) 639

See my Comment RE the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act, above.

The act prevents manufacturers voiding the warranty, But it doesn't require manufacturers to make the
technical information and diagnostic tools available, so you can use your own engineering knowhow, or hire
your own engineer to diagnose and repair.

The manufacturers leverage copyright and the DMCA, along with Potting/sealing components and using special
"Genuine/Counterfeit part detection" logic in software to prevent people from replacing simple components,
such as analog sensors.

These days they also started keeping their schematics secret, and if you share technical
information, the big company will use their lawyers and sue or threat of a suit to chill any dissemination of repair details

You are absolutely correct. When I was a rocket scientist, charged with root-cause failure analysis of components, and bound by NDAs out the wazoo, there were still issues. I was supposed to find a single, specific trace in an IC. The thing was in the third of five layers, and less than 100 micrometers long! An impossible task. It was a 'Program-Secret' component (i.e., above Top Secret, and above my clearance level). Despite the burn rate of "having a rocket ready for the launch-pad" costing $3M–$5M per day as the burn rate, it was critically important, yet delayed over the contractor's jitters. Yet, it took the manufacturer of the IC (BAE, Raytheon, or some spook company) ten days to get me the EE-oriented schematics before I could take apart the physical, real-world component. It was stupid. I needed to know where exactly to look, and for that you need a map.

So, yeah, for the average Joe, You are never going to get the schematics. Even the "nation's best experts" have great difficulty in obtaining schematics.

Go to www.sparkfun.com. But a Raspberry Pi. Buy an NI MyDAQ. You can do it on your own, but modern-day 'finished products' are almost impossible to modify on your own – by design.

Oh, don't ask if i got a bonus for saving $10M's. I did not. I received a color laser-jet printed commendation, in a plastic frame and all, for my saving a rocket launch. Fuck the MIC.

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