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Comment Re:Blocking is illegal, but this isn't... (Score 2) 152

Nobody that entered the arena signed a contract. You wanna claim that show me one.

If I was one of the reporters I would have run my wifi hotspot from inside a pocket or backpack.

There is simply no reasonable way you can enforce a restriction like this without jamming wifi hotspots. You'd need a ton of gear and a bunch of trained people to find the people running hotspots (triangulating this down to a single person in a group of a hundred people using wifi would be a serious pain in the ass) and eject them and I don't' think for a minute they had this gear. I fully believe they turned on the jamming feature in their routers just like the hotels and then forced everyone to buy wifi access. Though they might have the property rights to eject people for using hotspots (this is not a settled issue, no one can regulate the airwaves except for the FCC and this is certainly regulating the use of wifi), they certainly didn't have the power to enforce such a ban without jammers.

I hope to god if they were using Jammers they hit them with a $750K fine like they did the last Hotel that was caught using jammers.

Comment Re:Everything Trump does is bad (Score 3, Insightful) 134

The media is reporting on what Trump did because all the rules have apparently changed for him. Even 4 years ago if a presidential candidate had done some of the shit trump has done their campaign would be over. As an example, he attacked a gold star family, he's attacked people that have served this country (called McCain, a former POW, a coward), and he lies about everything, in fact he's lied more than any presidential candidate in history. If Clinton did even half this stuff the Fox news propaganda wing would be running full time talking about how she doesn't respect the military or any of the million comments Trump has made that are easily proved false or any of the personal attacks he's engaged in.

And for what it's worth, those of us that are independent see something entirely different than the outrage machine coming from Fox News. I see a media that heavily favors Trump and lets Hillary off on nothing. The last town hall thing they did with NBC they were tossing Trump softballs and attacking Clinton and didn't call Trump on one of his lies. That's not even hard to do, half the shit he lies about is easily disproved and literally no journalist that interviews him calls him on it because he retaliates "for not being fair". In fact he's so effectively castrated the press that it's astounding the level of bullshit he gets away with.

Comment Re:Hollywood discriminates on age, race, gender... (Score 1) 312

This law was created as the result of an female adult movie actor who was older than she looked. IMDB posted her real age to the site and she immediately lost all contracts and has not been able to work again.

It didn't matter what she looked like, this was honest to goodness age discrimination which would be impossible for her to prove.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 1) 312

Ah, except the recent referral for criminal contempt will see that sheriff forced to pay out of his own pocket. You don't deliberately disobey federal court orders and get off with the taxpayers paying the fines. The criminal contempt order will bar the government from paying his portion and it's going to cost him a significant amount of money to make sure his criminal contempt of judicial orders is punished appropriately.

In fact because it's criminal contempt there is a damn good chance he's going to end up in his own jail and I hope he's in the tents in a 130degree summer.

Comment Re:Tell me... (Score 1) 166

You don't just need a GPS, you need a cellular radio, a SIM that works worldwide and the ability (or a strong enough receiver) to get both signals through whatever object they put them in. Given that most electronics have metal casings I find the idea that they pulled this off on the scale they claim to be quite suspect.

As a result I'd be willing to bet that they sent out very few of these devices and "extrapolated" out the data they claim and a proper statistical review of their methods and sample size would likely indicate that their claimed result is laughably wrong. If I had to bet I would wager they sent out less than 20 of these devices and have less than that got data back and used that to claim the percentage when there are hundreds of recyclers in the US.

The second part that bothers me is that similar claims to this were debunked in the past. There was a previous article claiming the US and Europe were shipping all their electronic waste to Africa when it actually turned out that only good working salable equipment was being shipped into Africa where it was re-purposed to be used productively and that the waste the article had photographed as an example was actually Africa's own electronic waste with none of Europe or the US.

Comment Re:Recycling fee (Score 1) 166

Though what you say is true about some materials, there are a large number of materials that can be recycled very easily. My municipality doesn't take those things that aren't economical to recycle but they will take any metal, plastics 1 & 2, cardboard and paper. All of these are very easily recycled, and the value of the material often covers the recycling. Plastic 1 (PET) is very easily recycled into numerous products. Paper products are so valuable these days due to the shortage of lumber for processing into paper that companies can get paid good money for their paper and cardboard (most grocery stores won't give out boxes anymore because of this). Metals are quite valuable, particularly aluminum, copper and steel but even alloys like magnesium and such are easily recycled and the recyclers usually pay per pound for them. Glass used to be included in that list but plastic has replaced most bottles these days and glass has almost no value anymore with very few products outside alcohol using it anymore.

Comment Shows the lengths.... (Score 4, Insightful) 170

This is standard practice nowadays. There are AstroTurfing campaigns and attacks like this going on all the time these days. There is no such thing as playing fair and letting the market decide. Ever since Tesla started plans to produce a mass consumer electric vehicle that's not handicapped and a piece of shit the oil industry has been working against them. This is why every single Model S crash is a massive public affair with news stories all over the wire. Oil companies are funding these types of articles and paying journalists to write them, probably in some cases writing them for them.

I'm glad Musk pursued the investigation and determined the person that made the call so they can get them on the stand. Expect nothing less at this point than the astroturf nonprofit that employs the guy to try to keep him from talking to anyone and when he does they will throw him under the bus and ruin his career to make it look like "one bad apple".

Like I said, standard practice these days. You can't really believe anything you see these days because of how corrupt journalism is, and the internet has only made it worse.

Comment Re:DMCA counter-notice (Score 1) 241

Faking the takedown is punishable.

The only thing that is illegal in a takedown notice is if you claim ownership of something that's not yours. You think that applies but it doesn't, paramount actually owns the transformer movie they claimed ownership of. There is no cause of action for them claiming they own transformers and that X file is transformers when it's not. This is a very big hole in the law that allows these companies to make these fraudulent claims.

To sum up, the only thing that would have bee illegal is if paramount had claimed they own a movie that isn't theirs and then claimed Ubuntu was that movie. It might not make sense to you but this loophole was specifically put into the law to give the companies basically total immunity as long as they claim infringing product is something they actually own.

Comment Re:Laws should be changed... (Score 1) 241

Your number two ignores the damage that these takedown notices cause to independent artists and small businesses. This should be taken into account and significant enough damages against the parent complainer rewarded to make the injured party whole. This would be simple if we simple added an extension to copyright making the copyright holder liable for anything they pay other companies to do regarding that copyright.

Comment Re:Fairy dust and unicorn dreams. (Score 1) 308

You are woefully unaware of how susceptible electronic device, particularly integrated circuits are to EM discharges. A USB port provides 500ma per second at 5V, with a few capacitors and a second or so to charge up you can transform that to 200V at a slightly reduced amperage. This would be enough juice to burn you and have you yelping in pain and you think your cheap IC circuits are going to survive that when they can barely survive a static electricity discharge with no amperage behind it?

You should learn better, go to youtube and watch the video from the homemade device and learn how these things work. It also wouldn't hurt if you actually learned something about electricity as well because you apparently don't know much of anything.

Comment Re:Properly designed (Score 1) 308

The seller notes that the only immune laptops on the market are the latest Macbook Pro's because their power and data circuits are isolated and the data circuits are passed through optical transmitters which essentially eliminate the power issue. There is an somewhat easy solution to a device like this. Isolated protected power paths with optical data transmission. Thunderbird was originally supposed to be optical and Intel still plans optical in the future.

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