One could think that the FEC would have better things to do, like cleaning up the GOP's racist voter-id laws and voter intimidation policies, than to kick humorists in the nuts! Next to go? None Of The Above!
I used to drive through Texas to visit family in Mexico (Veracruz and Oaxaca) as from Chicago where I live it is a lot shorter a drive than through New Mexico. No more. I won't be driving through Texas on my way back from Mexico at least. So, they will losing a fair amount of my $$ for gas, food, lodging I would spend there on my trip. I hope others feel the same way - Texas has become a Sharia state in just too many ways.
Security is hard. Good security is really hard. Just ask Bruce Schneier. It costs money, and takes a lot of time and development resources to get it right. Car companies, and others, are pressured to get these products to market quickly, so security is given short shrift, to the detriment to their customers. At the least, they could provide an OFF switch to disable all remote internet or other wireless access other than the hardware key that the driver has to have on their person in order to get into or lock the vehicle. I think I will keep my '99 Camry until it falls apart. 250,000 miles and it still runs like a Swiss watch, burns no oil, and gets 25 city and 30+ mpg on the highway.
So, if to the author the publisher is classifying each "license" as a book sale, does that mean that purchasers now "own" the book? Does the First Sale Doctrine hold here? Oh boy, some lawyers are going to have a field day with this one!
Anyone who uses Windows systems to implement/control real-time or safety-critical systems should be sued for reckless endangerment! There are much more robust software systems for such uses, such as Linux RT, QNX, etc.
If Oracle succeeds in this effort to lock up the Java API's, then Java is dead, and they lose. Google is smart enough and has deep resources enough to do something else that will eliminate Java code from all cell phones everywhere.
"The TSA -- presumably appropriately shamed for spending $1.4 million on an app someone could build for several hundred thousand dollars less/without IBM's awesome computing power during their spare time."
I am a professional software engineer with 30+ years experience in the field. I could write this program in about 15 minutes! At $200/hour (my consulting rate - may have to increase that), and a 1 day (8 hour) minimum, ok - $1600 bucks. That is almost 3 orders of magnitude (1000x) less than IBM charged!
Hello! I'm Tom S. Richard from Multi-Mega Galacticorp. I am authorized to offer you this one time fantastic (as in don't believe a word of it) deal - 1Gbps internet access for the small price of only $50 per month! This is a limited time offer (2 days, and then the price increases to 5x that amount). All I need is a valid credit card number, and for you to sign online our (binding) arbitration clause.
Note that the items in parentheses are sub-voce (silent - only thought about, but not said out loud).
What isn't clear is that it will take over a year to get the service to your location, and in the meantime your credit card will be billed the entire amount for the service you aren't getting - and the binding arbitration document you legally signed online will keep you from suing the company for services paid for but not delivered. Tom's Dick indeed!
I vote this for the most stupid, banal patent of the millennium! It shows just how idiotic the patent office is. So, you can get a patent to do something everyone does, but "it's on a computer" makes it patentable? Ok, a computerized machine that can tie your shoes may be a patentable gizmo, but this? Get real folks!
I was once "detained" by ICE when returning from a vacation in Mexico. They didn't say why, but it was obvious that my name was similar or the same as some Irish "terrorist" (there are a lot of Boyles in Ireland with the first name of "Bill" or "William"). After a few minutes and perusal of my passport, they apologized and let me go.
Me, I just make a compressed bit copy of my HD data to an encrypted micro sd card, and put that in my sock so I am walking on it through security. Think they can detect it? Not very likely with current tech! So I wipe all but the basic OS from my laptop drive - nothing to see here dudes! I just restore it when I get to my destination hotel.
Anyone caught with porn going through airport security is an idiot and deserves to be caught, arrested, and prosecuted! Me, I don't have porn with me, but I do carry company proprietary data - that is my job after all. Even with encrypted drives, I can still be forced to input the decryption password so they can copy the data. No data? No problem!
I worked as principal software architect and engineer for a major manufacturing software company for about 20 years. In the mid 1990's we considered DRM-based licensing for our software. We went as far as to test implement it. We were smart enough to realize that since our customers could not tolerate downtime at all (1 hour == $10 million in lost profits), that if the DRM caused a semiconductor fab to go down because of some stupid problem, we would be up shite creek without a paddle! We promptly dropped the idea. Never lost a dime to "pirated" software - and our software cost million$ to purchase, implement, and install! We ended up one of the 50 largest application software companies in the world...