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  • Mar 20th, 2017 @ 6:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    > You have a broken pane of glass. Nearby there is a baseball.

    And you just ran into what I said: the rule says don't stop at the first correlation. While broken windows may be correlated with baseballs, they're also correlated with a lot of other things and there goes the "only one variable" part. And I'd argue there's a high correlation, because the vast majority of baseballs aren't accompanied by broken windows and the vast majority of broken windows don't occur around baseballs.

    Suppose you have the same broken window and baseball. When you investigate, you find that 99% of _all_ broken windows had a baseball nearby. What are the chances that that broken window wasn't caused by the baseball?

  • Mar 20th, 2017 @ 11:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    However, causation requires correlation so if you're looking for a cause you need to start looking where you find a correlation. And if you find a high correlation with only one variable, odds are really good that the cause is tied to that variable.

    The "correlation isn't causation" rule doesn't instruct you to ignore correlation completely, it instructs you to not stop looking just because you found one correlation.

  • Mar 20th, 2017 @ 10:20am

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    His generation's the ones running the companies that started showing no loyalty to employees. If millennials show little or no loyalty to their employers, they're just applying the lessons their employers taught them about loyalty.

  • Mar 14th, 2017 @ 4:27pm

    Re: Re: The "cinema experience"

    Big chain theaters (AMC and Regal) in San Diego. All in big malls in major shopping/entertainment areas. They're not as bad as they were in the 90s, but still far sub-par compared to my home. As for food, I haven't been in one yet that carried more than snacks and those were so over-priced it didn't bear thinking about.

    I know one here in Seattle that's better, but it's very small (a tenth the number of seats), expensive and requires making a reservation well ahead of time. And for the hassle and cost the only thing it has to offer is being able to handle more than 8 friends at once.

  • Mar 14th, 2017 @ 3:37pm

    The "cinema experience"

    I think one problem is that I, for example, simply don't want to go to the cinema. It's crowded, noisy, the seats are cramped and frequently flat-out dirty, the floor's sticky and it involves dealing with traffic and parking. I'd rather play the movie from Blu-ray or stream it so I can enjoy it from the comfort of my living room on the large-screen TV, avoiding all of the negatives of the cinema.

    You want to make an impression on casual pirates? Instead of tickets, point them to a site where they can stream the movie the day it's available in theaters for the same price as a theater ticket without having to go through all sorts of rigamarole and without having to install software that makes their systems malfunction and fail. Do that and the majority of piracy will evaporate overnight.

  • Feb 26th, 2017 @ 9:14pm

    Re: Citizens seeking to undermine the US Constitution are guilty of Treason

    They aren't guilty of treason. The definition in the Constitution lists only two acts which constitute treason: levying war on the United States, or giving aid and comfort to the US's enemies. Undermining the Constitution doesn't fall under either heading.

  • Feb 24th, 2017 @ 12:57pm

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    Things like this are why I consider writing a lock-screen application that uses fingerprints or other biometrics to confirm a user's identity followed by a user-specific passcode to authenticate the user and permit access, and implements a system where if a passcode fails to validate more than a few times (or if a "drop dead" passcode is entered) it immediately invalidates all normal passcodes and requires a separate much longer password (presumably written down and kept elsewhere) to restore access to the device.

  • Feb 23rd, 2017 @ 4:26pm

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    Her legal staff should be informing her that it's time to give this whole thing the Ol' Yeller treatment. Why they aren't doing so is beyond me.

    Telling her it's time to quit would mean the end of their being paid for the case. They're confident the courts won't penalize them for aiding in the pursuit of a meritless case, so they won't put their paychecks at risk.

  • Jan 13th, 2017 @ 7:58pm

    Re: About that moral equation

    There's a few practical issues that affect my view of things. If the content producer wants to charge the same for a digital copy as a physical one, pocketing all of the reduction in cost as profit, it comes across to me as them just being greedy which makes me less likely to respect their rights. When they classify absolute 100% protection of their rights as justifying even the most intrusive and disruptive measures, it makes me view them as being unreasonable. When they take the position that I don't just have to buy a copy, I have to buy a new copy for every player I want to play a song on, it strikes me as being both greedy and unreasonable when set beside CDs and tapes where once I've bought my copy I can play it in any player. Along with CwF and RtB, content producers need to accept that they're not the only party to the deal and that both parties need to feel the deal is reasonable.

  • Oct 21st, 2016 @ 1:56pm

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    Odds on the NSA knew about it just like they knew about every employee or contractor taking work material home to work on off-hours. That's been SOP for every place I've worked for, I can't see that changing just because the company's working on government projects. The DOJ's in panic mode and looking for anything that'll make it look like they're doing something, common sense is completely out the window at this point.

  • Oct 21st, 2016 @ 11:25am


    It requires a number of things on the infrastructure side. Standard practice with IoT needs to be to have the devices on a separate non-Internet-connected network which requires the cooperation of router makers and users. Consumer routers need to implement RFC 3704 egress filtering by default. ISPs need to implement 3704 filtering on the customer side (the head-ends and/or CPE depending on physical configuration) and on the upstream side. Upstream networks need to implement 3704 filtering even if it means reconfiguring their topology to separate the non-transit parts of their network from the transit network. All parties involved need to stop depending on other parties to do the work and configure their own networks as if their measures are the only thing standing in the way of a massive DDoS attack. And finally, targeted parties need to be able to hold the originating and intermediate networks financially liable for all the costs involved, not just the small fraction of the access bill for the downtime, when those networks failed to enforce 3704 compliance.

    That won't stop all of it, but it'll stop a huge portion of it. The rest can only really be dealt with by forcing end users (consumer or business) to clean up infected/compromised systems on their networks. Given the intransigence of the average end-user (whether a consumer or a company's IT management) I don't see anything short of big sticks wielded effectively having any effect.

  • Oct 18th, 2016 @ 5:45pm

    Configure to prevent exploitation at the source

    IoT devices should by default live on a separate subnet within the home network, ideally on a separate port on the router from the rest of the home LAN (VLAN tagging makes this easy, it's already used to isolate the WAN port from the LAN ports and WiFi network). WiFi devices should work on a separate WiFi network (the same way guest networks work). Restrict the IoT network so it doesn't have access to the Internet and in large part you cut off the ability to exploit IoT devices even if they're vulnerable.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 @ 10:32am

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    I think what we need is enforcement of the Iqbal standards requiring a pleading to contain actual evidence supporting the claims being made, not just a bare recitation of the allegations, and the addition of a rule that at the pleading/response stage discovery is limited strictly to those things the opposing side has brought up (ie. defendant can only ask for discovery on the evidence plaintiff stated in the pleading, plaintiff can only ask for discovery on material defendant used in it's response to the pleading). That'd put an end to a lot of lawsuits before they got expensive.

    Yes, it'd discourage a lot of lawsuits where plaintiffs had a suspicion but no evidence. That's the point. You aren't supposed to be able to use the courts to go on fishing expeditions, you're supposed to already have something to back up your belief about what the defendant's supposed to have done.

  • Oct 11th, 2016 @ 11:57pm

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    Might've been fun to see MasterCard win, only to have the Master's Tournament sue them on the exact same grounds citing the previous decision in support of their claim. MasterCard: absolute earliest trademark registration 1966. Master's Tournament: been around under that name since 1934. Priority much?

  • Oct 11th, 2016 @ 7:21pm

    Re: Re: not to exclude competing transportation services.

    The SEC doesn't protect against dilution of securities. Companies are mostly free to issue more stock any time they want, despite the fact that doing so will dilute the value of existing shares. It's one of those risks that come with investing in stocks.

    If the medallion owners had a claim for damages due to dilution, their claim would be against the city government that sold them the medallions. Uber and Lyft and their drivers were never party to any agreement to preserve the market value of those medallions, so there's no basis for a claim. At best the medallion owners can try to claim that Uber and Lyft drivers are operating taxis without medallions, and the judge clearly outlined the reasons that that claim fails.

  • Oct 11th, 2016 @ 7:14pm


    If you're a taxi driver, you almost certainly don't own the medallion. You probably don't own the cab you drive either. The taxi company owns both, and you just lease the cab from the company. And as the judge noted, Uber and Lyft aren't offering the same service, they're offering a different service that's competing in the same market as taxi cabs. The medallion doesn't grant a right to a particular share of that market, just the right to operate a taxi cab, nor does it grant a right to be free from competition from other services. Everybody in every industry/business that's gradually being replaced by another has voiced the same whinge, to which I know of only one reply: "Change happens. Deal.".

  • Oct 5th, 2016 @ 9:37pm

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    Since the law puts in a conviction requirement, it should be a lot easier and cheaper to challenge seizures because it no longer requires argument whether or not you're guilty of the offense in question. Whether you've been convicted or not's a unambiguous question answerable by the record and not requiring any interpretation, so that should leave almost no wiggle room for a judge to find that the cops can keep the money without being able to produce a record of a conviction. It should also make it easier to hold the agencies liable for damages for keeping money absent a conviction, the claim for return of the money's being evaluated at a higher level than the cop on the street and it should be easier to make the case that a DA can't possibly be able to read "only with a conviction" as meaning anything else.

  • Oct 1st, 2016 @ 1:18am


    Who could wrest control away from the US Government if they failed to manage it in a neutral fashion? They've demonstrated they're quite willing to ignore the rest of the world when deciding questions related to domain names. The transition, OTOH, will render non-neutral management less of a possibility because, unlike under the current system, IANA will be run by all stakeholders and not just one government. ICANN won't have any say in it's management or decisions after the transition, and having to convince governments, companies, registries, ISPs and public representatives that a proposal is correct and fair is going to be enough of a problem even when the proposal is completely reasonable and it's going to be nigh-impossible when one or more of the governing stakeholder groups disagrees with it.

  • Sep 30th, 2016 @ 11:22am

    Re: I think the ICANN transition is bad, but for different reasons

    Funny thing is, ICANN currently controls IANA. They got control of it back in '98 when Jon Postel (the guy who literally was IANA) died. The transition here is from IANA as a part of ICANN to IANA as an independent entity with a defined charter and governance rules.

  • Sep 20th, 2016 @ 6:46pm

    Re: It's all results driven...

    I wouldn't make it a small fee, I'd make it a significant fee for completely bogus links (enough to cover legal review, so at least 1-2 hours at standard lawyer's rates). Plus I'd change the rules to require the notice to include the amount of damages claimed for the allegedly-infringing content. If the link happens to refer to real content whose owner isn't the entity represented in the notice, the sender of the notice owes a penalty equal to the claimed damages on top of the bogus-notice fee payable to the site. The sender can only avoid the penalty by showing that they have a sworn declaration from the entity they represent saying the content really does belong to that entity, in which case the entity owes that penalty to the site plus an equal penalty to the actual owner of the material for misuse of copyright (falsely claiming ownership for the purpose of interfering with the real owner's distribution of their copyrighted material).

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