* Posts by 2Nick3

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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The unanswered question is how long did it take with this same iPad running on iOS 10? If it went from 9 to 12 seconds, with all of the background activity still going on, I'm not too worried about performance (but I still will wait for a few updates to come out). 2 seconds to 12, yeah, that's an issue. 20 seconds to 12 (doubtful from the context) and the Bootnote is misdirecting.

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Video nasty lets VMware guests run code on hosts

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Re: Guests already do execute code on the host

I agree - Cloud is not all that new. Most of the attributes of Cloud are found in MVS and VM.

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Apache Foundation rebuffs allegation it allowed Equifax attack

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Re: @Sane ...

"It also doesn't protect the way access is gained to this database by other DBs, systems, employees, etc."

I think the purpose is to protect ME when they do have a breach. Because it will happen.

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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"Obviously it sank because he opened a hatch; that was his biggest mistake."

After all, there is a reason subs don't have sliding glass doors.

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Big Tech fumes over Prez Trump's decision to deport a million kids

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Re: call me cynical

I'm with you. If it's really about "everyone should be equal in everything" then why do these CEOs have the big salaries, big houses, expensive cars, etc, etc, etc.

When they start flying coach and driving a Ford I will start caring what they say. Until then it's a lot of hypocrisy.

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Give a boffin a Xeon and a big GPU, get a new big prime number

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Re: So "known" primes could be invalidated?

So there is a way to prove a prime without checking if every lower prime number is a factor of it. Cool!

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So "known" primes could be invalidated?

This is all well past the math I studied, but if this is the 12th largest prime number, isn't there the possibility that we could find two new "lower ranked" primes that are the prime factors to a "higher ranked" prime?

Say we "know" Prime2 is a prime, but discover Prime12 and Prime7, and they are the two prime factors of Prime2, so that Prime12 x Prime7 = Prime2. We just invalidated Prime2 as a prime number.

We know 11 is a Prime number because we know all of the prime numbers below it. If we assume 221 is a prime but don't know 13 and 17 are primes we are wrong because of incomplete information. If we subsequently discover that 13 is a prime number, we then invalidate 221 as a prime.

Or is there a better proof that someone has come up with?

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Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

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Re: Doesn't sound right

Parts of the 180GB of music on my laptop is copied out to 5 devices, so that's easily consuming 600TB of space. I bet that's the number they are using. Or call it 4TB if you use the uncompressed size of the data on the original CDs.

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Need separation for backup data

"What we would really like to see is this product instantiated as a software app integrated with macOS or Windows and making its data part of the host's file:folder system so that apps there can work on the data as locally stored content."

Um, no, not if it is being used for backup. Too easy for ransomware to get to your backup data as well as the primary copy on the host machine. You need some level of separation between primary and backup data for the backup to be safe.

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Telcos waive bills during Houston hurricane recovery

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Holmes

If all of your worldly possessions are submerged, and your first thought is "Cool - I can download a ton of porn without it counting against my data limit!" then something might be messed up with your priorities.

But then I know a few people who would take advantage of the situation to torrent all of GoT...

(What, no icon for "Winter is coming"???)

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US Navy develops underwater wireless battery-charging tech

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Re: Charging station ?

You could have a wave action, tidal or ocean current generator for the charging station. Or a field of them. This technology existed in the 70's, it should be ready for this kind of application by now. Position the charging station in an optimal location for the generation of power, store it in batteries there, then when the UUV comes in it charges up. The charging station would be almost unnoticeable, having a very localized signal to get the UUV from "very close" to "properly aligned". Make it look natural to the area - rock, coral, or for outside a shipping harbor a discarded shipping container.

If you move the data away from the location physically - long cable, another UUV, etc - the charging station would be almost impossible to identify once deployed. If the UUV is detected have it not return to the station and then just deploy another UUV from a safe distance and you're back in operation.

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Re: Fines?

I was thinking the exact same thing - I'm pretty sure it's not legal to leave the emissions from your dog's behind behind in California, and you just announced to world+dog that you will be doing exactly that, with the when and where (linked to your name and pictures of you and your dog, too).

Plus annoying the poop out of a bunch of alt-righters always ends well. Provoking people who are already angry and tend to be prone to violence - good plan.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Re: One side is not enough

"You shouldn't be saying anything to a colleague you wouldn't say to a customer, unless it's company secrets."

I agree with that, but sometimes you have to say things that you aren't ready to share with the customer. Of course that implies having a professional conversation to begin with, but the ability to tell your colleague, "As A, B, C and D didn't work I'm out of ideas. Do you have anything to try?" or "Crap -

can you find 'Hail Mary' Harry and see if he has any ideas?" or something along those lines, without having the customer hearing it can be important.

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Fujitsu's Australian cloud suffers storage crash, outage

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Re: The reality of cloud

"Pretty poor show for a bank though."

If it was just test/dev (as the article indicates) that is normally not treated with the same expectations as prod, so running it on Cloud isn't so egregious. If it is running in-house it would be on a secondary array, possibly old Tier1 storage, and they aren't always backed up.

So the customer may have known exactly what they were getting here, and there may be no panic at all.

Just some IT staff having a busier Monday repopulating the test/dev environment from prod.

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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Potential hearing damage from this song

How many people wind up thinking there is something wrong with their iPhone or car stereo system because nothing is playing?

Turn volume up, still nothing. Turn volume up more, still nothing. Realize you're listening to the silent track and hit Next - there go the ear drums!

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

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Re: Fascists marching in the streets

"First up, the noise levels need to be turned down - politicians, media, PC brigade, rabble rousers, FOX, anything that acts as a distorting filter."

You missed CNN in that list. They're the mirror image of FOX - exactly the same, just switching right and left...

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: Intelligence in the reader

The switch and the dimmer do. For a light that isn't plugged into a wall socket (which is over half the lighting in my house) you're working with the physical wiring.

The problem with a smart bulb in those installations is that if someone turns off the switch, no matter how smart the bulb is, it will not turn on from the app.

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Calling it a bit early, El Reg?

"It took far too long to get here but the smart home may have finally become a reality"

I think that may be a little early to make that call - what we have here is the ability to illuminate all of the other IoT gadgets that aren't working.

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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

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Re: Long live tape !

DougS already covered it, but you must be doing something very wrong to have that low of a restore success rate.

I've been on the Backup/Recovery side of IT for 20 years and can count on one finger the number of times I had a tape cause a restore failure, and that's for probably tens of thousands of restores (most of them tests).

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Re: Long live tape !

"Though you might have the tape in ten years time, the cost of the drive to read it becomes prohibitive quickly. Given that it's supposed to be your insurance against disaster, having to source another compatible tape drive rapidly, installing the software, restoring from the tape, etc. can take DAYS."

it sounds like you're envisioning a restore of 10 year old data to recover from a disaster. There isn't an organization out there that can survive rolling their business back by 10 years. The exact timing of the change is debatable, but 10 year old data is an archive (for reference), not a backup (for restore/recovery/resumption of business).

Not to mention that Backup/Archive Management Systems have provisions for migrating data to new media. So you wouldn't have data you need quick access to on media that you can't access quickly.

"I'm sure in large datacentres, etc. the regime is different..."

Yes, yes it is.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Re: grep and awk and redirection

"Yes, 'grep' and 'awk' and redirection. I get that with Cygwin on winders. "

Why run a bunch of nearly-similar tools in the CMD.EXE shell when you could run Ubuntu with bash for the shell?

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grep and awk and redirection

Just having CLI access to grep and awk, and input/output redirection, on a Windows 10 machine makes a lot of tasks so much easier. Yes, there are other ways to do it, but having it neatly packaged up with a shell I'm used to working with them in is the way to go, as far as I'm concerned.

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Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

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"Anyway, what if everyone pointed and laughed? Or it turned out the code was written in crayon, by an infinite number of monkeys?"

I think a lot of people would say "I KNEW it!"

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Sensor-rich traffic info shows how far Silly Valley has to drive

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Car industry != Music Industry

"Knocking over the car cartels is proving to be much harder than skittling the music industry."

Cars have to pass certain standards to be released. (Unfortunately) Music does not.

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

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Re: Has a customer ever apologised to you?

"It worked, and I am always willing to work for cake."

Baked goods always work for me, too!

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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Re: Dodgy Picture

There are so many things wrong with the picture that I'm trying to figure out if it's supposed to be a mix of Dune and some other series. Just can't figure out what the other one would be.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Re: Daniel Gould The power of suggestion

"A friend did something similar - a fake change warning"

Your friend should have lost his job for that. As soon as IT breaks trust with the users (for real, not the way the users always complain about) they become a liability in the company instead of an asset.

The next change comes up, and it's an important one, say to patch against the latest Ransomware, and everyone just remembers the hoax and doesn't pay attention. The joke just caused a major disruption to the function of the business, one that it may never recovery from.

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O Rly? O'Reilly exits direct book sales

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Re: As long as they're still publishing dead tree books ...

..."there's no amount of electronic gizmos that can top having the book on the desk beside you with a dozen post it notes in the important places."

Exactly - there are times where you can find something in the book by feel - how thick the stack of pages is on each side. I have a number of reference books I can flip to within a page or two of what I want without looking at the TOC/Index just based on feel.

That and it's hard to take notes in the margins on an eReader. If you do manage it they tend to be visible on everything you read after that...

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Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'

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I know their plan!!

With all of the negative press for Uber, they'll be able to claim that no jury could be considered impartial, and therefore they can't receive a fair trial.

It's brilliant, really.

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Re: A luddite writes... @scatter

Cutting the flight time between the US and India from ~16 hours to ~7 would make a huge difference for me, and I'm just a line grunt in my company. That's a whole day saved on the round trip - definitely not insignificant to me.

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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Re: Long File Path support

"I wouldn't call it metadata because it doesn't tell you anything about the data."

The original post about using an overly-long path was alluding to using the path to describe the data. For example, I had a user once trying to restore a file with a path something like this:

C:\Users\User Name\Documents\Meeting Minutes\Biggest Project Ever - Never Delete This Data - EVER\Project Scope Meeting With Bob Bill Jonathan Matthew and Jessica\Meetings in 2017\Meetings in March\Meetings on the 19th\Meeting where we discussed the Project Scope with Everyone and Jessica too\Part of meeting where Angela was there\Minutes.doc

THAT is including metadata in the path name. And no, the restore would not work to the original location (yet somehow the file had been created and backed up) while a restore to C:\Users\User Name\Documents worked great.

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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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Do Not Call Registry?

But nothing for violating the Do Not Call Registry? Hard to believe he verified each number he fed the robocaller had been vetted against that list.

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WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

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Re: Air gap with Windows gateways, you say (imply)

"... via two semaphore operators in a tunnel ..."

I frequently refer to bad network connections having "two squirrels with semaphore flags in the data path." I had no idea the use of that technology was so wide spread!

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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My M16 had a maximum range of 3600m

Oh, you mean an aimed shot that hits the target?? Well, that's different then. Bloody amazing at that.

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US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed

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Re: No failure was identified

I was thinking the same thing when I read "...and allowing pilots to wear extra sensors during flight to collect data ..." That makes me think the g-suit (and associated systems) could be what they are looking at for issues, rather than the oxygen supply.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned, says report

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Re: If there is any justice...

More likely Lyft - he knows EXACTLY how Uber treats their drivers.

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Uber wants your top tips to mend its rotten image

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Tips recorded for taxes

Don't know specifically for Uber (taxi) drivers, but don't service workers (waiters and waitresses, stylists, etc) get taxed on tips? It's been a long time since I worked in that sector, but I remember being taxed on the estimated tips I would have received. I was supposed to self-report anything higher than that, too. So with paying a tip on your bill the exact amount can be monitored, with Uber withholding the appropriate amount, and sending that to the IRS quarterly (again, could have changed). So they are making interest on the withheld taxes.

From their reputation I doubt this has as much to do with driver or customer satisfaction as the bottom line.

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: Add it to the pile of coal.

Your point is good, but if you compared a 2010 Corolla to your 2010 Peugeot you'd see they are pretty similar with some of that. The amount of stuff that can be crammed under the bonnet of a car is pretty amazing, seeing as it all has to fit in and still function. But then there is barely room to turn a wrench in there any more.

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When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

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Re: This will be tough...

"A search engine should be a search engine. As in, indexing information, searching for things in it, and then ranking the results based on relevant criteria. Not act as an arbiter of truth."

But in this case we are talking Google, who inserts ads into the search results, charges for things like Ad Words, and other things that involve them in the search results. And I think that's where things get a bit ugly for them here.

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Re: Not so easy...

Unless your ISP shows you being in West Virginia, or Kentucky, or western Pennsylvania, or Ohio...

When I'm on AT&T cellular data many sites thing I'm in Atlanta, GA. Except for the fact that I'm not.

I have no answer here, just pointing out how convoluted this can all be.

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Re: This will be tough...

"That company IS indeed guilty of fraud - just a different type of fraud."

This article only indicated they were being investigated for investment fraud, not that they had been found guilty. Maybe there is more information somewhere else that shows they were found guilty, but it isn't here.

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Enterprise flash storage market report reads like it's a vendors graveyard

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111 pages?

It took them so long to write the report that some of the companies shut down before they could publish it!

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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Re: When I was a lad ....

"Also, if I was in charge of the school in Sweden, I'd just have the sound system permanently playing a loop of farting/splashing/grunting noises."

If you're going to be worried about this, that is really the best solution.

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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

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Re: Manufacturer imposed NFZ's (No Fly Zones)

"Do you decide what is "safe" and what is not?"

"Do you decide what is "safe" and what is not?"

I'm riding along in the car with a friend of mine, and he blows right through a red light - didn't even slow down! I said "Dude, you just ran a red light!" to which he replied "Yeah, I know." The next intersection we come to has a red light, and he goes right through it. Once again I exclaim "Dude, that was ANOTHER red light!!" "Don't worry about it," he says, "My brother does it all the time and there's never a problem." We get to the next intersection and the light is green, and he comes to a screeching halt! I say, "Dude! It's green, why are you stopping?"

"Because my brother might be coming the other way."

People who make up their own rules in a society tend to throw things off for everyone else. Most laws and rules have a very good reason for being there, even if you don't think they should apply to you.

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Well, it is California, so it's a distinct possibility.

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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I'm wondering if the boy's family has a case for wrongful death. That's what the Goldmans and Browns got OJ on, even though he was acquitted of murder.

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Re: What about Free Will?

"I do not think that you can manipulate somebody to make whatever you want because that person is depressive, and I know that first hand."

One data point doesn't make a trend, and whatever your experience is (which I am not dismissing - depression is real and it sucks for the person suffering it and everyone who cares for them) doesn't seem to represent the whole continuum of depression. The longing to feel good, even just better than your normal state, can drive some people to some incredible extremes of behavior. Likewise the desire to not disappoint a person who you are allowing to determine your self-value (which seems like the case here) can drive you to actions you would never normally consider.

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Re: Oh no! Cyber!!

Well, as this is a tech/IT website, so the fact they are talking about the technology aspects of the case seems pretty appropriate.

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Re: a Mortal Threat...to augmented reality games

I completely agree with your comparison to a concert - this is the same thing. You are attracting people to a location for entertainment purposes, so you need a permit. To get that permit, you need to provide facilities (toilets and parking) and security, or pay for them to be provided. Just because the crowds will be people intently staring at their phone screens instead of a stage doesn't change it.

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