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Comment: Re:Direct Democracy via Internet (Score 1) 106

by Draconius42 (#31889624) Attached to: Retiring Justice John Paul Stevens's Impact On IP Law

It would be a huge undertaking, but I think it's a goal worth striving for.

Why? The masses are uninformed, easily swayed sheep without the time or resources necessary to properly investigate any given piece of legislation. not only that, but most of them wouldn't vote anyway. I'm not saying a republic is perfect, but its still better than what a direct democracy would be.


Fossil of Ant-Eating Dinosaur Discovered In China 64

Posted by samzenpus
from the ancient-picnic-defender dept.
thomst writes "Charles Q. Choi of LiveScience reports that a farmer in southern Henan Province in China has dug up the first known ant-eating dinosaur, a half-meter-long theropod (the dinosaur family to which T. Rex belongs), whose fossilized remains were described as 'fairly intact'. The 83- to 89-million-year-old pygmy dinosaur has been named named Xixianykus zhangi by Xig Xu, De-you Wang, Corwin Sullivan, David Hone, Feng-lu Han, Rong-hao Yan, and Fu-ming Du, whose paper on the critter, A basal parvicursorine (Theropoda: Alvarezsauridae) from the Upper Cretaceous of China, was published in the March 29 issue of Zootaxa (the abstract is available in PDF format for free, the full article is paywall-protected.)"

Comment: Re:Insurance is voluntary. Government is not. (Score 3, Insightful) 630

by Draconius42 (#31302520) Attached to: US Government Poisoned Alcohol During Prohibition
Okay, first off, I agree with everything you've said here. But why has it become so common these days to call people with different or even incorrect information "liars"? Isn't it enough to just call them wrong and point out why? Why attribute deliberate deception to them without any proof? All that does is foster hostility and blind them to the point you are trying to make.

Comment: Re:What is this "entitlement mentality"? (Score 2, Insightful) 200

by c6gunner (#31301178) Attached to: The Difficulty of Dismantling Constellation

Twits/trolls like you are the reason for the first part of my sig, but what the hell:

So there are still millions of Americans who believe that surgical strikes and smart bombs only kill the bad guys and that it's OK to get involved in military adventures for corporate interests.

Fine me ONE. I've tried. They aint there. It doesn't matter how stupid you are, nobody believes that smart bombs only kill bad people. However, apparently idiots do beleive that others believe that.

There isn't anyone quite as stupid as those who think they're smarter than everyone else.

Comment: Re:Sweet spot (Score 1) 1027

by Draconius42 (#31300870) Attached to: The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work
" I contacted customer service and they wanted me to disable this Windows thing and edit that registry whatever. No thanks. " Let me get this straight, they actually told you how to fix the problem, and you're bitching anyway? If you can't handle tweaking some settings to get things to work right on occasion, clearly you just want a console.

Comment: Re:Ageism (Score 1) 507

by Draconius42 (#31235990) Attached to: Suspension of Disbelief
IANAL, but two things: 1. Slander is spoken, Libel is written. (Yeah, I'm nitpicking. Sorry.) 2. "Ms. Sarah Phelps is the worst teacher I've ever met" is not a declaration of fact, but of opinion. Opinions (generally speaking) cannot, by defintion, be demonstrably true or false. By your own definition, defamation is only involved when untrue statements are made. So basically, defamation laws have no relevance here. If she made a group called "Ms. Sarah Phelps hits her students" then they would have a fairly solid defamation case. Whether the school can punish her within its own system is a separate issue. I know if I made a "My boss is the worst boss ever" group on facebook, I could certainly expect to be fired.. but if he tried to sue me for defamation he'd get laughed out of court.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky