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Comment Re:Look up laws on booby traps (Score 1) 215

Hence what I said about "overly literal geeks". You think so long as you can find something that you consider to be logically consistent, that'll work and you are out of trouble. I'm telling you that is NOT how it works in a court. They very much take the "reasonable man" approach and factor in intent. Doesn't matter how clever you think you are, what matters is what the law says and how the judge applies it.

Comment Look up laws on booby traps (Score 5, Insightful) 215

I doubt they'd have a hard time stretching it to over something like this. If you have a device who's only purpose is to destroy something and it goes and destroys something, well you are pretty likely to get in trouble for it.

Remember courts aren't operated by overly literal geeks who think if they can find some explanation, no matter how outlandish or unlikely, it'll be accepted. The law bases a lot around what is reasonable, and around intent. So your attempt at being cute won't work, and you'll be off to jail.

It also may very well be illegal just to have, or be made illegal if not. There are devices that are outlawed purely because they have no legit use. Many states ban burglary tools, which can include things like the cracked ceramic piece of a spark plug (the aluminum oxide ceramic breaks tempered glass easily). If they catch you and can prove intent, then you are in trouble just for having them with the intent to use them illegally.

Oh and don't think they have to read your mind or get a confession to prove intent. They usually just have to show that the circumstances surrounding the situation are enough to lead a reasonable person to believe that you were going to commit a crime.

And a post like this, would count for sure.

Comment These idiots are going to get sued (Score 3, Informative) 215

The problem with a device like this is it is hard to find a substantial legitimate use for it. Given that, they are likely to be targeted for a lawsuit and they are likely to lose that suit.

While it is perfectly ok to sell a device that gets used to commit crimes, you generally have to have a legit reason to be selling it and it can't be something that is totally made up that nobody actually believes. So for example while a crowbar can certainly be used to break in to a house to or attack someone, they are also widely used used to get nails out of things and pry stuck objects apart. As an opposed example a number of companies that sell devices to help you cheat on urine tests have gotten in trouble since their devices had no use other than said cheating.

It is very, very hard to think of a legit use for this and I can't imagine they'll get many legit sales. So it'll probably get them in legal trouble.

Comment Even ones that are tested can have problems (Score 1) 115

I bought an Anker USB C-C cable. I got an LG phone with C, and Qualcomm quick charging on it so I needed some new adapters to be able to charge it at full speed. Gout a couple of adapters, and couple of A-C cables and then said "why not?" and got a C-C cable too. No use for it yet, but I figured I'd get it since I'm sure my next laptop will have C on it.

A few weeks later, Anker sent me a recall notice. Apparently there was a problem in the cables that could cause issues with high power use cases so they gave me my money back and promised a replacement when available.

The issue was actually apparently in the ICs on the cable. Yes that's right, the cables have to have controllers on them too since they have to communicate what kind of power they can handle.

It is likely to be a problem for some time. The good news is A-C cables aren't such an issue since A supports much lower voltages and currents (can only go up to 12v and and like 2.5a) so they don't have to be as insulated and don't need as much protection (apparently a resistor on them does the trick) but still. The C-C stuff though, it will be an issue.

Comment If you do business in the US, the IRS gets to peek (Score 1) 203

You find it is true of most nations, actually. If you are playing with finances in their borders, their tax agencies get to have a look at what is going on. Doesn't matter if you are a citizen or not. There can be tax implications even if you are't a citizen but regardless they want to see what is going on.

I mean look at the FIFA guys who got brought down by the US: It happened because they were doing shit with US currency and US banking. That is why the US took an interest and has legal standing.

Comment Re:Can someone explain why this is cool? (Score 1) 81

I hope not. I mean, some random dude putting a hard drive on a wifi router and connecting a couple XBMC/kodi instances isn't all that hard. If that intimidates you, then you probably shuoldn't be on a geek website where people can do a thousand times better than that all day long.

Comment Re:Can someone explain why this is cool? (Score 1) 81

Not sure about the media infrastructure quip... please let me in on the joke? seriously... im not sure if you're saying i have too much invested or too little (my SMB server is a router with a hard drive, not a lot of time invested there).

As far as my household, i have a wife and twin infant kids. we put all the movies on the SMB server, then the big tv in the basement (for movie night) or the smaller one in the den (kids programs mostly) get it. or we watch something in bed on the laptop. For travel we use VLC on the ipad and copy things locally.

Comment Re:That quote says it all (Score 3, Interesting) 92

Umm, facebook?

the whole thing is a roll of the dice for them. Much like the music scene, you throw money at 50 people, 45 will fail miserably, 4 will come close to even, and 1 will be a rock star and finance all of the 50. It's been that way since the web came out.

The Internet doesn't even things out. By making location irrelevant for delivery reasons, it makes concentration of people/money for other reasons more relevant. So, we can Facebook corner the market for socail. we can have amazon corner the market for selling. Then any VC that bets on one of these has their rockstar and gets very rich. their roll of the roulette wheel paid off not 30-1 but 3000-1

Comment Re:Realistic (Score 1) 92

Our company was a bunch of geeks. we had an original pilot (before Palm bought them). It was a tool for geeks. the whole Graffiti thing made it hard for people to just pick one up and use them. the sync software was a bear to use and felt like an infestation on your system. Whether you like social media or not, people use it to communicate how they wish to. You couldn't do that on a Pilot. Most didn't have any way at all to network. Even the Handspring with the cell module (I had a handspring, not the cell module though) didn't allow you to network much because there was no real OS support for it. Email sucked until the Treos came out.

And hell, i liked these things. So even someone who liked them, hated how clunky they were. There's no comparison to a smart phone. a lot of computing power goes into putting things into the cloud. a lot of computing power makes things easier

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1041

A bakery should be able to choose not to provide service for an event of which they disapprove. There is no legal protection for discrimination against same-sex weddings, and anyone, even a business, should be free to not participate in any way.

I happen to agree that discriminating based on the sexual preference of the customer should be illegal. If a homosexual is marrying someone of the opposite gender, the bakery should not be able to refuse service, as that doesn't violate the religious sensibilities of the baker.

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