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Comment Re:Law is you don't have to provide *testimony* (Score 1) 522

As someone else posted here, if the password were "I admit I am guilty of ...", then the password itself would be testimony and therefore it seems it would be protected.

No. There's a difference between use and mention of a word or sentence. Saying "My password is 'I am guilty'" is not the same as saying "I am guilty." The first is mention, the second is use. Or put another way, the quotation marks matter.

Comment How is this Legal? (Score 1) 555

Is this legal? Almost certainly. The vast majority of the lectures are licensed under a Creative Commons license that allows attributed, non-commercial redistribution. The price for this content has been set to free and all LBRY metadata attributes it to UC Berkeley. Additionally, we believe that this content is legal under the First Amendment.

Seems to me that these guys are claiming that the First Amendment overrides the Americans with Disabilities Act in this case. Otherwise, how are they legally able to publish when UCB themselves say they can't? Did UCB's lawyers miss this angle or is there some other reason the situation is different for lbry.io?

Comment Re:Glad I Live in America (Score 3, Interesting) 115

By the way, since you apparently burned all your dictionaries during Brexit, libel is stating something damaging as factual about a person in writing. It was clear that that tweet was an insult and not real libel: i.e. "I saw/heard so and so deface(d) a war memorial."

The dictionary is the wrong book. Judges are going to go by the legal statutes which define what libel is. They only need to fall back on dictionaries if the statutes don't themselves define a term and I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the laws of England spend pages and pages defining what libel is. I wouldn't blame the judge in this case either; the politicians wrote the laws.

Comment Re:Desert (Score 1) 457

the main reasons the dam was built was to provide a water supply and flood control.

Well which was it? Water supply would mean you'd keep it as full as possible. Flood control means the opposite. Given what's going on, i.e., worse flooding than if the dam hadn't been there, even if it doesn't fail, it's fairly clear that flood control was given almost zero priority in operating this dam.

Comment Re:My DZ09 (Score 1) 406

Available for €14.99. Isn't it unbelievable that such a thing is available for the price of a couple of cups of coffee?

You compare the Apple Watch to €7.50 cups of coffee. For this DZ09, the comparison should be to the price of a couple of teaspoons of instant coffee granules plus maybe a little milk and sugar, i.e., about €0.10.

Comment Re:Ha-Ha! (Score 4, Informative) 277

Programs trapping Ctrl-C as an exception are exceptionally lazy - there should be a more "front end" way to quit. Originally Ctrl-C was just to kill, not to gracefully shut-down.

In a purely TTY environment there's usually only CTRL-C and CTRL-\ to generate signals (SIGINT and SIGQUIT) that processes can catch. (CTRL-Z generates SIGSTOP which can't be caught.) What's so lazy about using one of those? Of the two, CTRL-C is clearly the most appropriate if supported by the environment. What do you mean by "front end" here? If you mean some non-TTY-based mechanism then, sorry, that's not always an option.

Comment This Kills Autofill (Score 4, Interesting) 112

The only responsible action for the browser companies to do is to kill off autofill. There's no reliable way for the browser to be sure the user can see which fields have been autofilled. Any attempt to popup and warn the user is going to be annoying, reduce the convenience of the feature, be confusing and people will just click-through 99% of the time anyway. This is why we can't have nice things.

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