14 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011
I read an article talking about the legal aspects of owning a self driving car, ie who's at fault if it hits someone etc. There is a whole load of laws already in place for something very similar - a horse, of course!
Basically a horse and a self driving car are very similar in that they have some degree of intelligence, and people are expected to treat them in a certain way due to common sense. Jumping out in front of a horse and you take the risk of getting hurt as the owner is only partially in control. Stand behind one and you may get kicked, and if the horse is out of control you are expected to try and avoid it accordingly. Will be interesting to see when the first court cases come in, apparently lawyers are already drawing parallels between the two and rubbing their hands.
Yeah that was annoying, but the "nice" thing about it is if you were really stuck you could get a trial and bung a key in and it could save your ass in a few minutes. And if you were naughty and the trial had run out there were keygens (not recommending/advocating their use!).
However, if you had a Dell equivalent without an iLO you were screwed. You'd have to pay for a hardware upgrade, get downtime on the server, unrack it etc. So in that instance the HP license was better. Be even nicer if it was free and standard though...
I thought it was clever legal manouvering..?
Microsoft: Ok everyone checkout our new UI - it's called Metro *fanfare followed by disappointment*
Metro France: Hey you can't call it Metro without giving us lots of money
Microsoft: Fine. It's no longer called Metro then. We weren't even going to call it Metro anyway, so we're no longer going to say Metro. Metro.
Everyone: So what's it called now then?
Microsoft: ...Well it's not called Metro - that's for sure!
Everyone: Fine, we'll carry on calling it Metro then.
Metro France: ....Can we have some money now please?
Microsoft: But it's not even called Metro! *cue manic laughing and Balmer throws another iPhone*
Re: You know who else hated cheese sandwiches? Hitler
I like ham sandwiches like Winston Churchill so therefore I am both right and nice.
Re: Mind made up then
Yeah me too - ever since they were bought out they've been a bit arse, and it's been years and still no fibre solution. I'm off elsewhere when my contracts up...
Re: And on the flip side
Check the link in my post - it's not my opinion it's Groklaws and they know "law and contract" a hell of a lot better than you and I: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20120726121512518
They are providing some truly interesting analysis from a point of law. You should go have a read. Unless of course all their thinking is muddled due to a misunderstanding of the concepts and rules involved as well. Must be all that law stuff they keep reading.
And on the flip side
Some nice El Reg commentard said to keep an eye on Groklaw for coverage of the trial as they really know their stuff when it comes to tech trials etc. I've found the coverage really interesting as it just looks at it from a law perspective. They had this interesting link: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20120726121512518
Basically Apple are saying that if they *are* found guilty of any patent infringement of Samsung's patents (3G ones etc) then......
"To The Extent That Samsung Is Entitled To Any Remedy, its FRAND Damages Cannot Exceed $0.0049 Per Unit for Each Infringed Patent"
That doesn't really sound fair when they are asking for $30 per device in return...? Unless Samsung are infringing on 6122 and a half Apple patents? Can't they both just call it quits instead and spend their time and energy making new and better phones?
I'm still waiting for one outraged person who bought a Samsung product thinking it was made by Apple and/or vice versa.
Re: Toolbars that SCREAM at you
Exactly - a UI shouldn't SHOUT at you, especially first thing in the morning when you're still feeling a bit delicate.
I thought that the charging unit was just delayed until September...?
I've been using Dropbox for ages, but then noticed if you have an old hotmail address you can upgrade skydrive free to 25GB! The app isn't as great IMHO as Dropbox, and there isn't an android app (although you can use it with browser apparently) but that's a lot of free space!
Re: Well bugger me sideways
Well he played Warcraft a lot. That must be relevant as all the papers reported it. Personally I'd like to know if he ate a lot of marmite and cheese sandwiches, that would speak volumes...
Except for Barclays (at least) to make a payment/transfer into a new account you have to re-authenticate and put both your pin, the account number, and transfer amount into your pin sentry *after* you've logged in. So all a man in the middle hacker will see is how much money I spend on disreputable websites.
Surely the real story here is what were "Mr Justice Tugendhat"s parents thinking!? With a name like that he could only really be a lawyer, teacher, porn star or a character from South Park. Does he have children? Are there little Tugendhats? What are they called?
What's this? People using their imagination? This must be stopped immediately!
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
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- NASA boffin: RIDDLE of huge BULGE FOUND ON MOON is SOLVED
- BuzzGasm! Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS
- China in MONOPOLY PROBE into Microsoft: Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 yuan