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Comment: Re:Clean room implementation? (Score 1) 205

I am bothered by technical capabilities being copyrighted instead of patented, and thus never expiring. Apple's Macintosh "look and feel", anyone? Most of that isn't a particular style of horizontal line thru a window bar at the top, something that might be a legitimate copyrightable thing.

Comment: Re:Clean room implementation? (Score 0, Troll) 205

I understand what you are saying, but the public are not the rightful owners, either. After the patent or copyright expires, nobody is, and hence anyone is free to use it.

This is a philosophical difference, and I refuse to participate in some The Glory Of The People rhetoric. You don't get to own something simply by pure numbers.

Comment: Re:I am amazed (Score 1) 242

For complicated c9mbos, perhaps. But random string generators should relatively quickly stumble across an elipsis in the middle of Latin or Arabic characters.

I wouldn't a priori suspect a string display routine to have a problem, but the guy who wrote it to do some gymnastics switching character sets should, and should have run such a test in a debugger ready to trap bad memory accesses.

Comment: Re:Government Intrusion (Score 1) 827

This is the follow-up experiment to one run in the Netherlands over 20 years ago with LPG cars. (Did you know you can convert your car to run on natural gas, and have a switch to flip between the that and gasoline, for about $3000? Who knew?)

But rather than drive adoption of this by letting the much cheaper natural gas work its magic, they slapped a huge annual tax on said cars, so you would have to drive the equivalent of ~20,000 miles just to break even.

From that observation, pointing out how government concern for the environment was just lip service compared to its voracious desire for money, I predicted similar things for other developments in the future.

Well, here we are. Note in both cases they do this before, not after, achieving the ostensible goal of getting most, or even many, people on board such cars.

"They just want your money" -- 89,768-0 in predictive analysis of government action.

Comment: Re:Stupid reasoning. (Score 1) 1091

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49738151) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

He also ignores that officials, happy to buy votes by spending taxes, will tax what the market can provide, so to speak, rather than what is needed.

This is why they mentally tie spending, taxing, and borrowing to the GDP rather than population or necessity. They want to be as high a fraction of that as possible. There's always more votes to buy.

It has nothing to do with necessity or population.

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