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Comment Re:Anyone using it can point to the Morris Public (Score 1) 41

Some wording-

"The code represented here is the sole property in origination of acts commissioned by the United States government and thereby not owned or copyrighted by anyone else at the time of original posting unless documented within the code listed."

Now the difference between this type of code with your license verses windows or mac or anything else is that they have already asserted copyright over the works in question. All we have at this government site is works claimed not to be copyright-able or public domain in which you couldn't attach a license to legally without otherwise expressing ownership in some way. Declaring it's origination as a public domain stops anyone from copyrighting or trying to and claiming to be the originator of the code (to sneak in a copyright in a foreign land that by treaty could be asserted). Or in other words, it is completely different to claim I own something you have already copyrighted than it is to assert a copyright on something without a copyright yet. So with international copyright rules (even US rules), an implied copyright is granted at origination of the work and this would specify the origination preempting others from trying to do so.

Comment Re:No such thing in international law. Morris Publ (Score 1) 41

It would still need a statement of origination of some sort implying copyright or ineligibility for others to copyright it to some degree.

  Otherwise, I could take the code, claim copyright, then go back and sue everyone else who mistakenly used it. Perhaps I can convince a judge I own the copyright perhaps not. Copyright is an artificial right granted by law that doesn't make exceptions for when you thought you were legally in the clear because someone else gave you permission. It is entirely possible people would rather pay a royalty than fight the claim. It is how trolls survive.

Comment Re:What's wrong with public domain code? (Score 1) 41

Do you know how code works?

You will be able to see and detect changes and determine what they do. But you cannot add back doors to the code in my possession simply by putting it on a website that I at one time in the past - pulled the code from.

If I take a piece of code, add to it, then use it, there is no reason to return to the original code other than to see what changes there are and determine if I want to incorporate those changes into my version of the program. All it takes is a diff to see whats been added. If you cannot understand what was added, you probably won't be using the code and using someone else version of it anyways. but back doors being added should be spotted quickly and easily if people are actually using the code.

Comment Re: Not a problem at all (Score 1) 989

You obviously have no clue about religion. People born into some religions have absolutely no choice in the matter and not only do they face whatever consequences they were brainwashed to believe if they disobey it, they can also face physical harm and even death by changing their religion.

Just because you happened to grow up in a time and place where you are not honor killed for disobeying some skywizzard or the teachings of an illiterate pedophile trying to spread the word of Christianity and fucking it up into a third branch of of the jewish faith that hates other jews for not being bullshit enough doesn't mean that real people in other circumstances don't have mortal fears involved with it.

And yes, you are promoting discrimination. You are no different than the klan member who will not give a business loan or scholarship or job to anyone with an address in the hood (because they chose to live in a poor part of town with a lot of minorities). You are no different than the redneck who wants you to drink from a different fountain or enter the restaurant through the side door so his appetite isn't spoiled by knowing you are near when they chose to get uppity and expect to be treated equally. It is discrimination by definition, just because you don't care about that kind of discrimination doesn't make it any different. Separate but equal was the law of the land at one time. Thankfully, a lot of people stopped thinking like you.

Comment Re:bastard theives (Score 1) 87

Then I guess it is worth paying them rental then.

At my local cable office, its just a 20 minute drive and 10 minutes at the window. I'm not sure why you think it will be 3-4 hours but the tech support numbers you call usually do not dial into the local office but some call center. Maybe finding the local office number and calling them direct might help you.. Otherwise, pay the rental fee I guess- there is nothing it seems you are willing to do to avoid it.

Comment Re: Not a problem at all (Score 1) 989

I was told that if you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit. I'm guessing you couldn't tell the two apart if you were flipping a coin trying to be correct 50% of the time.

All morons will have to suffer the rule of the "elite learn-ed" so why do they not deserve a say in what will impact their lives? Who cares if they picked something other than what you think they should, it means nothing more than you were not smart enough to convince a moron by your own definition that your way is best. IS this what all this animosity is about? Do you hate the world because you realized you are not as good as you thought you were due to the fact that you couldn't convince what you thought was morons to do something you think they should have?

So MR learned person, here is a question about the
US constitution and the bill of rights ( the Universal Declaration of Human Rights means shit in this respect) for you, where does it say it protects the right to abortions? If you can actually answer that- which I doubt you can, you will see how it is a largely misleading and an outdated association which can be easily or eventually undone due to Obamacare and the insistence of government provided medical care (single payer which this all seems to be leading to).

I'm waiting to marvel at your knowledge.

Comment Re:My story (Score 1) 87

Had a similar situation at a customer's location in the US a while back (about 9 years ago). In my case, I called the state public utilities commission who actually came out and ran a few tests of their own, then insisted on the telco returning and validating their checks with his. Turns out they installed a bridge tap on the line which caused issues with the ADSL. The PUCO person knew what was up right off the bat but had to give the telco a chance to discover it or something. The telco was given 3 days to remedy the situation or face fines but they had it up and running by the end of the day.

The Telco is not always they last option. I'm not sure about the structure in Canada with Telus but there should be a local and higher regulatory governance board overseeing the telco's operation as it pertains to the public interest. Don't be afraid of going to them or even telling Telus that you are going to start making complaints to them if it isn't fixed properly. Well, that is assuming Canada has something like this within their system. In the US, every state and often local municipalities have this as well as the federal government. The closer to home you start, the more likely you will get action from someone on your behalf. But you will have to find what avenues are available to your own circumstances.

Comment Re:bastard theives (Score 1) 87

In my area, when charter took over and labeled it spectrum, you needed to replace your cable modem to get the better speeds. This invoked the modem rental fee. Of course there are recommended cable modems you can purchase but you need to ensure it complies with docsis 3.0 and likely want to ensure it has a built in gigabit router for wireless and other connectivity. Something like the NetGear CM600 would do.

Call your local office or just stop into it. I guess I'm lucky and live in an area that cable hasn't even reached yet (stops just half mile down the road) but I've dealt with cable internet for quite a while now. I guess my area is still small enough that I can actually reach people and I have some numbers for their techs programmed in my phone when I log into the modem and see signal strengths out of whack which usually required a trip from a tech to fix cabling or a spliter or something..

Comment Re:Just don't buy them. (Score 1) 102

IT will also be some time before a bicycle is capable of getting most people to and from work or to the nearest store with enough groceries to come back that will last through weather and other reasons you wouldn't necessarily be wanting to peddle a bike all over the place.

They are great when you are a kid and can take an hour to get across town or happen to be shoved onto some population center so dense you cannot pass gas without someone knowing it. But for the rest of the world, a bit impractical outside of leisure for the most part.

Comment Re:dealership only sales and service coming soon? (Score 3, Informative) 102

A lot of dealerships have their own buyer financing programs separated by little more than a name. Think along the lines of a buy here pay here dressed up a bit to resemble a real bank loan.

My current car is financed that way. Due to some screw ups in my credit, I was able to get a car loan a little cheaper in interest rates that way. The finance company is owned entirely by three different dealerships but is called something different and located in another state from those dealerships. I'm not aware of any other connections those three different dealerships have other than owning a finance company that they can use to sell cars to high risk people.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 54

Well, not really. The first mistake is in assuming that everyone attending the conference is actually a master at security verses someone who is trying to network for whatever reasons or trying to just get more information about it to see if it is a direction he wants his career to go.

So to be more accurate, your statement should read a little more like this. "But right now we're criticizing them for practicing unsafe sex without ever asking or checking if they used a condom or even finding out if they have had sex before and we've based this all on "those other people had unsafe sex here years ago" in which case the "having sex" part may be the only reason some showed up.

Comment Re:Older people less astute with technology? (Score 1) 52

I'm not sure if you are aware of this or not, but formatting a hard drive and reinstalling the operating system doesn't remove the information any better than simply deleting it. It's a zero sum gain unless you use a program to specifically write over the deleted or formatted information. There is no difference and it can be recovered easily in both cases (actually easier with a format because the file name isn't altered like when you delete a file).

There is generally both more time and input in reinstalling verses removing most infections with the exception of some rootkits. Every toolkit you need is mostly automated.

But it doesn't matter much anyways. This was a computer she wanted to safely _throw_away, not re-purpose for another user. This might be the slight difference in our line of thinking. If it was going to another user, I would probably use something like DBAN to somewhat securely erase the disk then a reinstall without worrying about the disinfection. It gets a bit tricky in what you do when windows is stored on a hidden partition verses having a cd to use if no one wants to spring for a refurbishment version of windows. But seeing how I was already tasked with removing the information, I already have access to anything on the system before any deletes or formating or anything. It's a trust issue I guess.

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