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Comment Now is the time to sue them (Score 1) 68

If he really believes that is the intent, now is the time to sue them, claiming they are abusing their monopoly position. That is the heart of his claim.

Yes, most likely he will lose the lawsuit - now.

But in doing so, he will force Microsoft to make an argument about how what they are doing 'now' is not abusive. This will limit their possible actions in the future, as they won't be able to stop doing that without incriminating themselves.

Comment Re:America needs to wise up. (Score 1) 62

What country do you live in? Because there has NEVER been a law 'forbidding opinion as news" in America.

There was a tradition that journalists followed avoiding opinion, but that's it. Fox came along and discovered that if they broke that tradition, people would flock to hear their biased news.

The US does have laws (first amendment to the constitution) that prevent censorship, particularly censuring political opinions. Your proposed law (that never previously existed) would most like fall on the wrong side of the first amendment.

Comment Re:TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 2) 203

Works better if you put a false flag photo in there. Something that you can legitimately claim is the reason why you had the security in the first place.

A picture of a naked woman that is not your wife works well. Just bad enough to hide, not bad enough to get you in real legal trouble.

Comment Re:What do you gain from this? (Score 2) 123

Here's the thing about your laptops. They are large, heavy, loud, and hot. While they do have more performance than a Samsung Galaxy S7, it's really not by much, and it won't be noticeable to this products target.

This product will let people perform productivity tasks using a device they're probably carrying around with them anyways, and a keyboard/display/battery combo that will be light, thin, quiet, and cool. Not only that, they won't have to throw it away when they get a new phone, and the performance/features will just keep upgrading as the phones evolve.

I think this is a damn good idea. Why buy a smartphone AND a laptop that you will have to end up upgrading both?

Submission + - $12.9B aircraft carrier 'struggles with jets taking off and landing' (

schwit1 writes: The USS Gerald R. Ford, is not ready for combat, DOD says. The 'supercarrier' is the most expensive Navy warship ever built and is due to be commissioned this year. The ship delivery is scheduled for November, more than two years late of its original date of September 2014. A government memo says 'poor or unknown reliability issues' are behind the latest roll out problems with the ship.

There are two other ships in the Ford class: the USS John F. Kennedy and a new USS Enterprise — expected to be commissioned in 2020 and 2025 respectively. The total cost for the three vessels is estimated to be more than $43 billion.

Comment Re:Where did the money come from? (Score 1) 160

It's really really simple.

Money laundering is the crime of hiding where the money came from.

Now, all the regulations may be screwed about it are screwed up and complicated. But the crime itself is simple.

Just because regulations about a crime are poorly written does not mean the crime is poorly defined.

Submission + - Can Iris-Scanning ID Systems Tell the Difference Between a Live and Dead Eye? (

the_newsbeagle writes: Iris scanning is increasingly being used for biometric identification because it’s fast, accurate, and relies on a body part that's protected and doesn’t change over time. You may have seen such systems at a border crossing recently or at a high-security facility, and the Indian government is currently collecting iris scans from all its 1.2 billion citizens to enroll them in a national ID system. But such scanners can sometimes be spoofed by a high-quality paper printout or an image stuck on a contact lens.

Now, new research has shown that post-mortem eyes can be used for biometric identification for hours or days after death, despite the decay that occurs. This means an eye could theoretically be plucked from someone's head and presented to an iris scanner.

The same researcher who conducted that post-mortem study is also looking for solutions, and is working on iris scanners that can detect the "liveness" of an eye. His best method so far relies on the unique way each person's pupil responds to a flash of light, although he notes some problems with this approach.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 340

Have you not seen "Not for Resale" on items before?

Generally you can't stop individuals from reselling used items, but you can refuse to sell in bulk, insisting on only selling things in lots of 5 or fewer. Effectively this makes large scale resale operations impossible.

Or you can set it up so that you sell in large lots only via contracts that specify not for resale less than a set price. This means you can sue if someone sets up a large scale resale operation.

Often these techniques are used to grant people exclusivity in a region - you throw in a contract paragraph that says you can only sell in a specific region and no one else can.

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