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Comment Re:And you shouldn't be.... (Score 1) 251

The "bad guys" will still find that classic abandoned warehouse across the train tracks and plot their evil in the veil of darkness. Perhaps we should require spotlights and mandatory cameras over every square inch of the planet too?

The problem has never been all that hard for the authorities: They have always known that to snag all the bad guys, they only have to monitor the small subset of warehouses that are built on a slanted "Dutch angle".

Accomplished criminals know to conduct all their dealings via email with a lawyer and label all communication "Attorney Client Privileged".

Comment Re:C is the best (Score 1) 302

>C and assembly are all you need to know.
Neither will do for designing digital logic.
We use HDLs to create the logic that makes the instructions. Instructions are way too high in the stack.

Verilog sucks and System Verilog makes amends, but neither is worthy of VHDL.
VHDL's syntax sucks because it's based on ADA. But the execution model makes sense, unlike Verilog.
C will fail to help you make a chip. System C exists, but seriously, don't go there.
MyHDL is a python HDL which should be awesome, but it isn't.

But C is most certainly not all I need to know.

Comment Re:This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 2) 242

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.


> store your passwords locally and through an encrypted hash

I'm a cryptographer and I don't know what that means.
If I presented the encrypted hash of my password to a web site, it would tell me my password is wrong.
The storing of a hash of a password, encrypted or not is the business of the authenticator at other end.

Maybe you meant to say: A password manager should encrypt, integrity protect and store you passwords locally.

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 4, Interesting) 326

How will screaming kids, sticky floors and overpriced snacks help them stop piracy?

The theater/cinema experience is just too horrible. To make it less horrible they will have to:
Stop selling popcorn and pop at the theaters.
Use cellphone jammers.
Have people who talk forcibly silenced.
Refuse entry to children.

No, this is not going to work out. Cinemas are dead.

I know of three cinemas like this (except for the cell phone jamming, which is illegal) in the greater Portland area.
They can do this because they serve alcohol and real cooked food. Children aren't allowed. The movies are geared towards a mature audience. One has a mix of tables chairs and sofa to sit in. One has more traditional cinema seats, but spaced better with an integral fold out table for your food.

These are great. You can get dinner and watch a movie at the same time without kids, sticky soda or popcorn.

I assume it is financially viable with the lower room capacity, because they make it up on food and drink.

Comment Re:Nice! Or maybe not... (Score 1) 88

A 1080p screen and inexpensive? That's great! But the screen is too damn tiny, the company doesn't have a proven track record (I wouldn't be surprised if lots failed from the heat or mechanical issues). I guess we'll keep buying Dells and stuff for a while longer.

Dell's don't fall apart? I've seen a few that did.

1080p is 1920x1080. A 13" retina display is 2560x1600. I have both (a work laptop and a personal MBP). There is no comparison. The retina display is simply better to work on.

Comment This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 1) 242

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 Re:aka Macbook Pro? (Score 1) 88

This look extraordinarily similar to a Macbook Pro.

(And even more than the usual 'resemblance' that Xiaomi's products have for other manufacturer's products).

Yes. And that's a good thing. The basic shape of a continuous aluminium block is very effective. It doesn't break or fall apart. My MBP would be in the bin by now if it was from Lenovo or HP. It would have fallen apart.

If I wanted a Linux laptop, I suspect this would be it.

Comment Re: drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 1) 103

I have the front panel of the VAX 11/780 used to render that scene hanging on my wall, but I got to Pixar after that project. This year and last I've contributed some designs that will fly on a FEMA satellite, and a long time ago did a little work to support the Biosciences mission on the shuttle.

Comment Typos (Score 1) 15

If you're referring to the book, I took great pains to leave the stories as close to how they were presented in the magazines as possible, leaving typos in. One story I got from Gutenberg had typos edited out, I re-inserted them. Five of them were printed in the bound versions of the book and PDF from cleaned-up scans of the original stories. I saw three in Leinster's story.

Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 1, Troll) 692

Who cares who hacked them. This is just a deflection.

It's what's IN THEM that is the story behind the curtain nobody wants you to see

The world is generally not completely simple. There can be more than one thing going on. In this instance it can both be true that the Russians want Trump to win so they hacked themselves a way to influence the outcome and members of the DNC were anti-Bernie. It can exist independently of being a deflection even though some people might be happy that it serves in that that capacity.

I'm not at all surprised about the Russians. Who wouldn't want an idiot for an adversary.
I'm not at all surprised about the DNC. Bernie did untold damage to the Democrats chances in this election. He wasn't even a Democrat, he just signed up at the last minute to ride on the Democratic party's coat tails. Did you expect them to be all bending over for Bernie?

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