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Comment: Re:Hurrah for science! (Score 1) 201

by EdgeCreeper (#39287225) Attached to: Training an Immune System To Kill Cancer: a Universal Strategy

Contrary to what protestants in general, and American ones in particular, want to believe, this isn't usually enough by any means. You see, any major literary author or work, such as Shakespeare, requires a ton of research to be properly understood, so much so you have entire academic departments dedicated to properly analyzing them.

What a waste. It would be much better to put on an entertaining show based on those works.

What do people get out of this "understanding" anyway?

Comment: Re:the interesting part of Berners-Lee's comment (Score 1) 151

by EdgeCreeper (#39002523) Attached to: Texas Jury Strikes Down Man's Claim to Own the Interactive Web

The constitution explicitly says that congress can only allow patents to further progress.
So a patent that blocks critical progress in our society would mean that the law that allowed the patent is unconstitutional, no?

Sooo, only patents that can be worked around are constitutional, unless they're worthless, right? After all, society would still run without the "interactive web", you just wouldn't have nice things. I bet that the patent would have stood up in court if it had been enforced much earlier, when it was new and only a few people were using it.

Comment: Re:Tempest in a teacup (Score 1) 332

by EdgeCreeper (#38923383) Attached to: Thanks to DRM, Some Ubisoft Games Won't Work Next Week

Heh, they could just have a server that by default allows the DRM check to pass, and not have to worry about customer details for the time that the other server is offline. But no, they had to choose the horrible way to do it. Should be thinking twice about buying a game from these jokers, I mean other than the way they already treated their 'customers' up until this point.

Comment: Re:Cue the lawsuits (Score 1) 424

by EdgeCreeper (#38777783) Attached to: Y Combinator Wants To Kill Hollywood

As an outsider to the US, may I humbly suggest that as a start, an alternative voting system could be used, such as some sort of single transferable vote system. At least then citizens will not have to worry about wasting their vote.

If there is something wrong with my above statement, I would like to know. And yes, pigs may fly and all that.

Comment: Re:Likely answer... (Score 2) 267

by EdgeCreeper (#38769476) Attached to: SOPA Goes Back To the Drawing Board, PIPA Postponed

Society is in general revolt over the current copyright law terms. The man in the street realizes the media giants have gone too far, but some how congress can't see it yet. Maybe they are just starting to see there is a problem.

In my experience it is completely mixed. A lot of people think that it is the law, so it must be good. The techs where I work first heard about SOPA when I went to a wikipedia page in front of them during the blackout (not deliberately, actually was trying to look something up); they didn't much care, and since I knew about it I believe they thought I used the internet too much. The close relatives I have mentioned it to (once) didn't know what it is either, probably because they are informed by TV news and newspapers, which never mentioned it at all, at least before the blackout. It is not something I would particularly want to talk about face to face, simply because it is not 'cool', and that matters.

Maybe your experience is different.

Comment: Re:Bogus premise (Score 1) 591

by EdgeCreeper (#38703250) Attached to: The New Transparency of War and Lethality of Hatred

Totally agreed.

I have seen people who base their actions on an idealised (to them) version of what the world should be. The results are disastrous. This can be seen when someone puts up argument around something that sounds good, such as "you shouldn't use or benefit from something that was made from the suffering of others". They don't even think of what effects the abstract construction that they invented actually has if it is used. It sounds good to them so it MUST be right. These people also tend to be very hypocritical and selective about what these rules apply to.

As for doing something because it is the 'right' thing to do, screw that, give me cause and effect.

Note I am not devaluing the value of human life, dignity, non-suffering or anything of the kind, just saying that certain moralities that appear good can have very negative effects.

Comment: Re:Icing on the cake (Score 1) 591

by EdgeCreeper (#38702840) Attached to: The New Transparency of War and Lethality of Hatred

Put it in the other direction, what if US get successfully invaded, the government replaced, the resistence obliterated, people sent to be tortured in concentration camps and the invaders shit over the corpse of your fathers/friends/whatever, would you be a little outraged? Would be their right to do so? At least the disclosing is not as bad as what was done in Irak.

And misspelling your country's name.

I am more bored than you could ever possibly be. Go back to work.