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Comment Great news everyone! I have a patent on everything (Score 1) 92

... the only way to reconcile free speech with copyright's ability to restrict who may utter certain words and expressions is fair use and other exemptions to copyright, which means that laws that don't take fair use into account fail to pass constitutional muster."

Why would you even need to do that? I don't recall copyright having an amendment. Don't Constitutional rights trump pretty much everything else, period? Remind me when this happened exactly? Copyright/patents are a short term monopoly IN EXCHANGE for sharing creative works and discoveries with society. That means that you have to explain everything completely. If you don't like that, you can always just keep your creations & inventions private. (Coke's formula is a trade secret for example).

Comment Finally, a use for that tinfoil hat I wear..... (Score 0) 106

Take the damned battery out! Hasn't anybody seen NCIS!

power off device completely. Remove battery (if possible). Remove tinfoil hat and wrap phone. That should pretty much solve the problem unless I am missing something, and it gets that goofy tinfoil hat off your head so people stop looking at you strangely.

Comment DRM is teh moar baddest.... (Score 2, Informative) 61

Interestingly, this is yet another reason to never buy DRM controlled music. Not only do you have to worry about all the usual problems with DRM schemes, you also have to pay attention to EULAs. Does the company have the right (not just the ability) to alter your content? In what ways? Have they modified the terms of the EULA since you signed up for it? NEVER BUY DRM CRIPPLED MUSIC, PEOPLE!

I am beginning to wonder if the Gun Nuts have the right idea...no, I am not in any way worried about the government becoming corrupt and needing to be overthrown. I ain't scared of the government. I am worried about the lawyers needing to be overthrown...

Comment Run faster on the treadmill (Score 1) 89

Think this is stupid? Read this bit and think very carefully about it:

Create an autonomous A.I. system that can "hunt for security vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit to attack a computer, create a fix that patches that vulnerability and distribute that patch -- all without any human interference.

Yahoo Tech notes that it takes an average of 312 days before security vulnerabilities are discovered -- and 24 days to patch it. "if all goes well, the CGC could mean a future where you don't have to worry about viruses or hackers attacking your computer, smartphone or your other connected devices.

Suppose you can write a learning system that grows and adapts to find new vulnerabilities and create fixes for them. That very same system can also be used to find and exploit vulnerabilities at a much faster rate too. Criminal organizations and hostile states will have a new arrow in their quiver to attack with. I suspect that if you build such a system (very hard but doable in theory) you will have the same arms race between black hats and white hats that you have now, it will just be faster paced.

Comment Oh China... (Score 2) 173

What I don't get about the rant...

Oh, there are numerous flaws with this line of thinking. Why would the US & Japan, both of who poses advanced spy satellite technology need to get video game data to try to collect info on military bases? You think that they don't already have that info?

Moreover, why would we want to attack a country with a huge population, and massive standing land army? Isn't there some sort of old saying about land wars in Asia? I thought our plan was to just seduce them with freedom and material goods and let them toss out their own government because they think it sucks. You know, say like eastern Europe and Russia?

At this point, it should be pretty obvious that the US isn't really interested in what other countries do with their governments as long as they don't engage in wars of conquest or wholesale slaughter of their own people, so I just wonder what this person is thinking.

Comment WAY not binding (Score 1) 195

More over, if I recall correctly, Any part of a contract being illegal invalidates the whole thing. Some contracts or TOS agreements will have text in them to the effect that says in jurisdictions where clauses are null and void, that they are to be disregard those specific clauses to weasel past that.

Comment Loyalty to people not companies (Score 5, Insightful) 765

More to the point, a company can (and will) fire you w/o notice if they feel like it. Why should you not be able to 'fire' them in the same fashion?

Companies are sociopath entities that are only as good to you as they least friendly person to you in any position of power. They don't care anything about you or your well being. People within the company might, but the company does not, it exists to make money. You might owe people loyalty, but never a company.

Comment Silly navel gazing (Score 1) 451

I really hate this whole line of AI driver philosophy, because it seems to me to be largely pointless blather about nothing. We live in a world where gigahertz processors are cheap and plentyful. To a computer, that can take data samples thousands of times per second, a 60 mph car is traveling at a glacial speed. What kind of crazy, concocted scenario are you coming up with where the AI controlling the car has to make a Boolean decision that kills people? It might happen, but I would argue that if it was properly programmed, it wouldn't let itself be put into this sort of situation in the first place, slowing down to appropriate speeds around people.

Debating this sort of bullshit situation is like making financial plans for 'in case I win the lottery'. Yeah it could happen, but if you sink any time into it, it is basically wasted time.

Comment Swords vs shields (Score 1) 660

But we DO know that putting guns into law abiding hands LOWERS violent crime rates (such as shootings)

No it doesn't. It just allows people to try to return fire. It does nothing as a deterrent.

This is the sort of soft headed thinking that got us into the current mess. Guns are not shields, they are swords. Swords don't protect you from harm, they just allow you to stab back.

Comment Bug testing for rich people! Bug test em now! (Score 1) 760

The "benefits" are supposed to help people who need money for food, shelter, clothing or child support, not get their next fix.

Money is labor, time and resources captured into a easily tradeable form. The wealthy, by being allowed to be wealthy, are being entrusted with the resources of society. If you are going to assume the role of moral arbiter of poor people and put constraints on how they spend their money, you could just as easily claim the same rights for the wealthy, and in fact it is probably mush more important to do so.

Moreover, it almost doesn't matter if some poor person blows $100 on some weed. But it certainly will affect the larger society if the CEO of Apple or Google makes a bad business decision while coked off their ass.

Comment Developer war (Score 1) 365

I ultimately cannot see them doing much useful with it.

Everyone posting to this topic is slamming them buying LI as a business product. You are totally missing the point if you think of it as a product. This was a brilliant move by MS and here is why:

There is a hiring war that MS has been fighting with Google, Facebook, Amazon and a few other big companies for the better part of a decade. There is limited top notch tech talent, and whoever can control it has a real edge. MS now owns what is probably the #1 repository for resumes. Think of what this could do to help them hire and retain devs. That is on top of any benefit of getting their foot in the social media game. Also, LI is way more vital to society than FB will ever be. Nobody needs to post pictures of their cat for their friends, but everyone needs a job. I'd bet on LI outlasting FB any day of the week.

Watch MS and see if they follow up on this by trying to buy up Dice.com and or Glassdoor. It will be interesting to see what they do next....

Comment I will punch him in his SPLEEN BONE (Score 4, Informative) 342

Agreed, this guy needs to be stabbed in the face with a rusty crab.

If you read past the first paragraph or two of TFA, you can see what is really up, he is shilling his company in this puff piece, talking about how whatever shitty software Ready is making will solve all education's woes by teaching kids to code in a completely new and different way.

"Our efforts at Ready, a platform that enables kids to make games, apps, whatever they want, without knowing a computer language, are designed to offer a new approach to broadening access to code literacy."

As a senior coder who has written a lot of code, this guy sounds like a complete tool that I would not trust with two burned out matches and a short piece of string, let alone the education of the next generation of computer scientists.

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