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Comment Re: (Score 2) 161

4 clocks can only tolerate 1 failure

That's only true if they fail simultaneously. Since they know one is bad, they can eliminate it before the next one fails. Now if one more fails, they are fine (the other two are still in agreement).

If they have a way of externally checking the correctness then they can have three fail and still be operational, because they know which one is correct.

Comment Re:Old movies (Score 1) 241

If it's all based on theoreticals then surely you could counter their theoretical with another

No, it doesn't work that way, because the law states which things can be hypothesized about. You get to count theoretical damages, you don't get to count theoretical benefits (although if you could actually prove that you caused more people to pay money to the owner, that could help your case).

Comment That's what we call a buying opportunity. (Score 4, Insightful) 154

Wait for Trump to say something stupid that knocks a chunk of money off of a stock, wait a few hours for it to crash, buy low, and sell it after a week when the price rebounds. Once again, the ultra-wealthy with their high-frequency traders get richer, and normal people's retirement funds get poorer....

Comment Re:Old movies (Score 3, Informative) 241

is it still pirating when there's no possible loss to anyone ? Same question for old music, books, software ...

The answer is yes, although only the rights-holder is able to sue you, and if they aren't around, then you can get away with it.

Under copyright law (this is the way the law is written), not only do you have to pay for actual damages, you also have to pay for theoretical damages. So the copyright holder can say, "We weren't releasing it to increase demand at a later date, when we theoretically would release it. Your piracy robbed us of those theoretical potential profits."

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