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Comment No he Shouldn't (Score 2, Insightful) 383

Snowden made a choice to go further than he should have. He could have become a whistle-blower, and had the protections provided by that, but instead, he chose to just release these documents out there. He clearly had a knowledge that he was violating the law, or he would not have fled the country when doing it.

Comment Re:Why the Hell didn't Let's Encrypt register it?! (Score 3, Informative) 120

The definition of use in commerce (my emphasis added) - right from the USPTO: For applications filed under the use-in-commerce basis, you must be using the mark in the sale or transport of goods or the rendering of services in “interstate” commerce between more than one state or U.S. territory, or in commerce between the U.S. and another country. For goods, the mark must appear on the goods (e.g., tags or labels), the container for the goods, or displays associated with the goods. For services, the mark must be used in the sale or advertising of the services.

Comment Re:Why the Hell didn't Let's Encrypt register it?! (Score 5, Interesting) 120

Well, for one, they don't have to to be the owner of it. In the US, it's first to use, not first to register. It's pretty clear they have been using it well before this application was submitted - an application that says it's not in use by that company yet. I'd love to hope that the trademark office will just reject it, but they'll probably drag this out.

Comment Combinations of other peoples inventions (Score 2) 134

Is it me, or do these patents just sound like "take these previously invented things and put them together". Combinations of things that already have been invented should not be patent-able. On top of that, I'd live to put a very short statute of limitations on filing claims like these. You have 6 months from the time the item was publicly released on the market. That's it. No waiting about for years so you can claim larger infringement.

Comment Just a Communications Handover (Score 5, Informative) 412

ISS does not have a magic WIFI connection to the ground to stream video 24x7 ISS transmits to the TDRS satellites in Geostationary Orbit which in turn transmit to the ground. It takes three satellites to maintain full voice communication all the way around (East, West, Gap). There are handovers of the communications three times every 90 minutes. Brief video outages are to be expected. NASA can't control when those happen. They just happen when the orbital mechanics say they will.

Comment It's about (State) Money (Score 1) 125

I really don't see a difference between this and gambling at a horse track. Yes it gambling, but yes, there is a measure of skill that can help skew the results. Horse race gamblers pour over info about the horses and jockeys, the same as fantasy players pour over information about the football players. The issue here is NY is pissed they they are not getting their cut of it. The whole point of "regulating" gambling is that the States can set the percentages they get from the gambling going on.

Comment Re:More junk? (Score 1) 75

It's not just an issue of decay. 4600 satellites, in what I would have to assume will be a lot of different orbit causes a big risk of conjunctions (that's close approaches, within the margin or error of your known orbits, so risk of possibly hitting). Guess what happens when two objects moving at 17000 mph hit each-other. They are going to have and cause others to have a lot of debris avoidance maneuvers.

Comment Re:More worries over technical competence (Score 1) 71

You clearly have never paid attention to the space industry in your life. Launch delays happen. They can't control the weather, they can't control an idiot boater, and I'd rather they make sure a mechanical problem on the launch vehicle doesn't cause a mission failure by making sure its fixed before lighting it up.

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