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Comment Re:Aha, BUT (Score 2) 144

Recall he put in the names of friends with false details. Those are not FACTS, they are FICTION and therefore under copyright, which Google is now violating on a massive scale.

Well, unfortunately this didn't work for Fred Worth with a fake trivia question/answer that was copied by Trivial Pursuit:

One of the questions in Trivial Pursuit was "What was Columbo's first name?" with the answer "Philip". That information had been fabricated to catch anyone who might try to violate his copyright. The inventors of Trivial Pursuit acknowledged that Worth's books were among their sources, but argued that this was not improper and that facts are not protected by copyright. The district court judge agreed, ruling in favor of the Trivial Pursuit inventors.

Comment Re:bad driving (Score 1) 277

Something which controls heading and speed but which does not take complete responsibility for the vehicle. And do you know what we call a device like that? We call it an autopilot. [...] Buy a fucking dictionary, and spend some time with it.

I will if you will. Let's try Merriam-Webster:

a device that steers a ship, aircraft, or spacecraft in place of a person

Or, we could look at Wiktionary:

A mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic system used to guide a vehicle without assistance from a human being.

Comment Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 558

Your post seemed pretty insightful until:

It's why Apple Pay gets charged out at Card-Present rates, while Google Wallet only gets Card Not Present

However, the information I can find online seems to contradict this statement. For example, this FAQ:

Do merchants pay card-present or card-not-present rates for transactions made via Google Wallet?
Merchants pay card-present rates.

Comment Re:Nice to have them with 13.1 14-15 and 17" scree (Score 3, Informative) 119

Not in Economy on any of the international flights I've been on.

A number of airlines actually do have limited in-flight power in economy these days, such as Delta and Continental. A good website for finding out which airlines have this feature on which equipment is SeatGuru.

Comment Re:Bad Math (Score 1) 541

Or he'll pump the surplus electricity into the grid, and get paid for it.

False. According to his one-month update:

In California, you cannot sell excess power to the local utility. In other words, you can't do better than a zero dollar bill--if you're a consumer. I can sell power to the utility, but only if the net result over a year is zero.

Oracle

International Spam Ring Shut Down 243

smooth wombat writes "An international spam ring with ties to Australia, New Zealand, China, India, and the US is in the process of being shut down. Finances of members in the US are being frozen using the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 while the FBI is pursuing criminal charges. The group sent spam advertising male enhancement herbs and other items using a botnet estimated at 35,000 computers, and able to send 10 billion emails per day. The Federal Trade Commission monitored the group's finances and found that they had cleared $400,000 in Visa charges in one month alone."

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