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Comment Re:Mickey Mouse copyirght extenstions... (Score 2) 79 79

Because copyright is a human invention designed to encourage creative work by protecting what is otherwise easily copied and transferred around. That copyright protects the creator from unauthorized reproduction of his creation for a long enough period of time to allow him to recapture his investment. Once that period of time ends, he no longer has such protections and whether he likes it or not, his goods become public domain. He has plenty of time to both enjoy profit from his creation, and time to create something new which could subsequently be protected for another period of time.

It was never intended to grant a creator indefinite immunity from reproduction of his creation. Very few individuals would either a) care to have their tax money spent defending greed, or b) be held hostage to someone who wants to rest on his laurels and have his publicly granted copyright used to allow him to become useless to society indefinitely. What we giveth as a society, we also taketh away, copyrights and patents are two such things.

Comment Re:Dictator dictating is a Dictator (Score 2) 218 218

Now if you want to hate on Obama, you could argue that this supercomputer will be designed by indentured servants from India, using components made in Malaysia, and assembled in China. And it will likely be true.

But, you can just call him names too, that's good.

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 1170 1170

Throwing things, including boogers, off tall buildings is a crime in many places for this reason. I don't imagine a booger could hurt someone, no matter how it lands, but I think a BB would. My calculations suggest a standard BB would land at around 20mph, assuming it was fired straight up. However if you were firing at say, a 45 degree angle to hit that drone, it's not clear to me that terminal velocity would be the dominant threat and someone could be seriously hurt.

There are plenty of stories of hunters talking about being rained on my falling bird shot, and they definitely felt it. It's a ridiculous and unnecessary risk you shouldn't do it in a residential neighborhood. Call the damn cops, if it's a crime they'll deal with it.

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score -1) 1170 1170

So you fire projectiles into the air, they reach a certain height, and then drop like rocks onto the ground below. Now perhaps the individual pellets are relatively light, and perhaps their terminal velocity is relatively low, I would argue that there still exists some danger for personal injury or property damage wherever they land. You could still poke an eye out, ruin the neighbors flower bed, or otherwise just be destructive. To me that's still an irresponsible criminal offense, and you should be held accountable for the action.

Unless you can show that there actually was no danger to people or property, and you knew that at the time of firing. Which short of being some form of android or having very specific knowledge ahead of time, is not easy to do. Letting people shoot guns randomly in residential neighborhoods strikes me as a reasonable restriction on weapons, and those that aren't able to control themselves should be deprived of said weapons.

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 1170 1170

I disagree, I think if you can calculate the area where the shot will land, accounting for wind and some unpredictable degree of scatter in the shot, and be sure that the area is clear of people or property, you should be able to shoot down a drone that flies over your backyard.

I'm sure this man did that first, of course and I look forward to his defense so that I may champion his cause.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1, Troll) 591 591

Let us kill you.

He's probably in greater danger of being killed where he is. We probably won't kill him if he returns home, but we might kill him over there and pin it on Putin or some Russian mafia issue. In fact, should he return, he'll probably not be thrown in the deepest, darkest gitmo because he's too well known and someone will keep his name in the papers.

But the odds of him getting a fair trial are 0, he pissed off a lot of the wrong sorts of people, and failed to get those people removed from their jobs. Any "justice" he faces here will be of the miscarriage variety.

Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 1) 151 151

, NFC hasn't been used much, but I see that changing

It's a catch 22, if people don't want to use it and make noise for it, it won't be on phones. If it's not on phones vendors aren't going to justify replacing their POS equipment, or losing all the private information they're stealing from customer CC's, and will keep the status quo.

I really want NFC, Apple Pay works great in the 3 places I visit that accept it. But not enough people are complaining in the right places (i.e. publically, loudly) and so we're having to wait while competing chains try to agree on a standard to suitably steal private information from their customers, for another 10 years.

Comment Re:Crapdroid? No thanks. (Score 1) 151 151

Android runs fine IFF you get a Google Nexus phone, AND don't go through Verizon or AT&T and have their malware installed. I wouldn't buy anything else if they paid ME money, it's gotten that bad. But if you can get over the stickershock and buy a nexus and add a plan, then it's pretty good.

Comment Re:Not surprising at all (Score 2) 67 67

The delusion amongst many academics, that students enroll in programs for any reason but to cash out and make money, continues unabated. We are still subjecting people who are paying an awful lot of money to general ed requirements, when advanced and focused trade schools would probably be the right solution for the the majority of applicants. Academia is a calling, one that requires either extreme dedication or a trust fund to hear.

Comment The only people who follow laws... (Score 1) 299 299

...are people who aren't likely to be the ones who trigger some form of global genocide.

Does anyone really expect governments will obey these laws? Would there be a way for more than a handful of tightly controlled people to even know until its too late? The pieces are very separable, they can be assembled by a relatively small number of people. It's not at all like a nuclear bomb, which always will look like a nuclear bomb, and quite a few people have to know they're designing and testing a device capable of nuclear explosions.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 471 471

Who cares? Are that many geeks worn down by the brutal requirement to wear something slightly more formal than gym clothes?

I'd call having to pay for dry cleaning a pay cut. Dress codes help only the fashion industry, otherwise i's the cheapest thing that covers the naughty bits.

Comment Re:Don't bother (Score 1) 85 85

Unless the API is very low level, and a lot of black box between API and end user application needs to be filled in by the community. And perhaps that black box might be more than one black box, for various industries. It sounds like they don't want to write those black boxes (maybe don't even understand them) and what customers to write open source implementations around their API. OpenGL is a nice API that's apparently way too low level for say, many game development companies to directly target, and most of them seem to use Unity/UE etc. and are just fine fitting within those frameworks.

Of course, if a community sees the need there, they're not going to be entirely pleased with building around a single, low level API that they have minimal control over and which may be used to extort them years later after investing a lot of work. I personally have very little trust about corporate stewardship of anything at all.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll