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Comment Re:Fait Acompli? (Score 1) 87

It's a three step problem:

1) Consumer buys patented toner cartridge (probably bogus/obvious patent, but that's not at issue here)
2) Consumer returns toner cartridge to recycler.
3) Recycer refurbishes cartridge and re-sells it to someone else.

Lexmark wants to say that after you've used the toner cartridge, you can't give it to someone else, because they didn't license the patent to someone else. The law isn't clear at all on the topic, so the court could go either way. Even the supreme court seemed a bit confused by the situation (this is based on reading the article, not reading the actual law documents).

Comment Re:It Doesn't Work That Way (Score 1) 111

It's actually heading that direction. It's hard for us as Americans to feel it because we've started getting involved in more wars, but overall the world has been improving and improving.

One way of looking at it is, "rich people aren't willing to risk their lives in war" and as the world gets richer and richer, fewer people are willing to fight in battles.

Comment Just a study (Score 4, Insightful) 117

More often than not foods both protect against and cause cancer. Heart disease is more complicated than that. Health is more complicated than that, and the article even mentions it at the end:

Because alcohol carries a risk of liver disease, there are safer ways to lower risk, he says, such as quitting smoking, exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.

Comment Re:Nonsense question (Score 1) 412

Speculatively we can say hyperbolically that hypothetically the tree did in tautology fall but when we talk a step back and deconstruct the epistemology and if we address it from a concrete standpoint as opposed to hyperbolic (which proper deconstructionists of course always do) we can't say that the tree didn't not not fall.

Comment Re:The management unit in all intel processors (Score 1) 110

The story talks about UEFI/EFI attacks, which allows access below the OS. I see your point though.
Is there an API that allows you to talk to the ARC (or to reflash it)? How do people program it (surely not jtag; or rather, there must be some way in addition to jtag)?

Comment Re:One more time? (Score 2) 127

somebody will figure out how to pirate the film from their living room with much better quality and have a full resolution torrent up within 3 hours of the film's release.

Even if that happens, pirating weirdly hasn't seemed to cut into the movie studio's profits. So, they probably don't care about that (exception being of course when they're asking for tougher copyright laws).

Comment Re:So, it's not only the Russians that hack, huh! (Score 1) 110

Prior to this, I'd have thought America and especially its government agencies do not hack.

The US has a long history of hacking spying. One of the recent complaints against the NSA is they keep exploits for their own use, instead of finding them and fixing them (thus they potentially leave everyone exposed).

The Stuxnet attack was a difficult one to pull off because they had to go over an air-gap, and attack very expensive equipment (most of us don't have access to that equipment, and can't afford it).

Snowden reported quite a bit of hacking. It's also known that the NSA was monitoring Angela Merkel's phone, presumably through hacking it.

In a very cool hack, the US sent submarines to spy on Soviet underwater cables.

I've read reports that the US had a corporate espionage program in the 80s and 90s, but I can't find any reference to it right now somehow.

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