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Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 332

It is based on taking things by force from people that created or traded things through peaceful actions.

You mean like how all the extra wealth created by the advance of technology has gone into the hands of just a few people? And how corporations don't pay enough tax to support the infrastructure they enjoy? And how many corporations get special tax breaks and subsidies, some even paying no tax and getting refunds?

Thanks to technology, most working people produce much more than they did a few years ago. The job my mom had when I was growing up doesn't exist anymore since it is not needed. Yet, despite all these advances in productivity, most people cannot even get by on two salaries. Yet, one used to be able to have a small house on a decent lot with one salary.

Not paying people their fair value based on the work they do is a more pernicious form of stealing.

Comment Re:If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 1) 201

So long as he doesn't make anything up, there is no possibility of additional suits for such activity (this isn't Britain!).

I don't have the benefit of your immense legal education, so please explain why that makes a difference.

Some citations would be nice.

Come on! This is /.! Where any half-wit suddenly becomes an expert in law, philosophy, finance, science, history, and any other subject under the sun. It's kind of like an on-line Rush Limbaugh program.

Comment Re: Sad to see the HP culture disappearing (Score 1) 299

And of course some racist has to start spouting hate. There's a reason Western society is so successful. It is because we work hard and are not lazy.

The US is not a race. The US is also not all of Western society. In fact, the US barely resembles the rest of Western society. The US is also not very successful anymore.

Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

Computers' first major applications were military. Calculating trajectories for nuclear missiles etc.

Your move.

This is beyond idiotic. The computers were used to calculate. It required, you know, the actual nuclear missiles to destroy anything. I guess you could try dropping ENIAC out of a bomber, with some cowboy astride it shouting "YAAAHHOOOO!!!" but that kind of misses the whole point.

Is this what passes for serious argument these days? What's next? "Well, cleaning fluids were used to clean the facilities where the computers who plotted the trajectories for nuclear missiles were located. Your move."

Comment Re:Dear Amazon (Score 2) 222

the correct course of action would be to make the available everywhere, not to remove products

The announced product-removal is means to the end of making the service available everywhere.

There is nothing magical or exceedingly hard about Amazon Prime Video. My 2008 Sony can play it. If Google and Apple aren't offering it, it is because they don't want to, not because they can not.

Comment Re:Only in the US then? (Score 0) 222

Amazon's problem is that Apple and Google want a cut of in-app digital purchases. Amazon has refused so far, going so far as to violate the ToS and have their apps removed from the App Store and Play Store.

This move is just a new attempt to negotiate lower IAP royalties. If that fails, it's possible Amazon may release an AppleTV app with the same restrictions as their current iOS app, which can play but not purchase videos. Worst case, AirPlay from a iOS device still works fine with no loss in image quality.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 4, Insightful) 1139

Israel has very low rates of gun violence too, but many people are packing. And soldiers always carry their rifles — even when going to beach for R&R — with two magazines each. It is not uncommon to see a girl in a bikini guarding a gun-pyramid, while her girlfriends are swimming, for example...

Whatever the reasons for lower gun-violence in Japan or Israel or what have you, the ban on weapons is certainly not the only reason. Whether it is even a contributing factor is not at all obvious.

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid" -- the artificial person, from _Aliens_