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Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 869 869

Investment value is the real gnarly problem here. What do you think will be the future value of high priced exclusive infernal combustion vehicles, in the second hand market when gas stations start shutting down.

Cars are a terrible investment in any case, they lose large lumps of their value the instant they roll out of the dealership. As to the rest, well industries come and go.

Comment Re:Yay for the march of technology... (Score 1) 316 316

But rather than allowing children to erase the past and thus escape the consequences of their actions, I would prefer to educate them about those consequences and how long they can go on for.

No. This is the same line of thinking that leads to people who commit often victimless crimes being unable to vote or get decent jobs ever again, every sentence becomes a life sentence.

What we're looking at here is the dark underbelly of ubiquitous connectivity and creative media access. For high minded folks it's a good thing, it lets them get their message out and expose problems, or share their work without having to doff their caps to gatekeepers. For the vast majority of humanity however it's a potential nightmare that could explode at any time. It's a complete surveillance society where the only justice is mob justice, and the witchhunters are waiting in the wings for any misstep.

People have committed suicide over stuff which prior to about ten years ago would have been forgotten in a few days. This is not acceptable.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 1) 298 298

Was it unlawful though? If I'm not mistaken, this concert took place on public property with the condition that this guy wouldn't make an appearance. He made an appearance, the agreement was violated, and hence the concert was shut down.

Whether or not that precondition was lawful is another question, which brings us back to the point - if you want to stop things like this from happening bring the hammer down on the politicians and bureaucrats who start the ball rolling in the first place.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 2) 298 298

The cops in this case were just doing their job, as prescribed by city of Hammond. Would you find a police force which selectively disobeys orders more to your taste? If you want something to start barking about take a look at the already sanctioned judicial overreach, such as laws that allow police to seize property on suspicion of narcotic offences, or indeed narcotics offences themselves. The police didn't write those laws, politicians and unsupervised-for-decades bureaucrats did.

Comment Re:time for Trans-Pacific Partnership changes (Score 2) 49 49

That makes it a derivative work

No, and this is well established in copyright law. You can write a story with elves, orcs, goblins, trolls and so on and the Tokien estate can't come after you. Many have. In fact there's a whole movie sub-industry that is built on skirting as close to legal infringement as possible, and it's not going anywhere:

Further the person who takes a photograph of a famous painting owns copyright on that photograph. The creator of an audiobook owns copyrights on that audiobook, although if made without permission the writer may have grounds to pursue for damages.

Then there's the problem of orphan works. If in 10 years your there is suddenly a demand for reproductions of your post and Intrepid imaginaut can't be located, how does keeping it locked up benefit either you or the potential audience for your work?

Well no system is perfect. I support creative people who put their work into the public domain and condemn things like criminal sentencing for non-profit sharing, and especially attempts to extend the meaning of "derivative", but I'm not seeing any reduction in artistic endeavours over the last few decades. Quite the opposite.

Instead we're moving slowly but surely towards a regime of unending copyrights with no public domain.

Again though, does that hinder or inspire creativity?

Comment Re:time for Trans-Pacific Partnership changes (Score 2) 49 49

This is just some PR flack's attempt to pretend there is grassroots support for the letting the TPP gut what few copyright protections the U.S. still has left that favor the independent inventor over corporate behemoths.

I think you might be confusing patents with copyrights there buddy, they're a very different animal.

And I mean the other side of the debate is that long term ownership of particular copyrighted works stops exactly nobody from creating their own copyrighted works. This comment for example, is owned by me, copyright is automatically assigned. There's even some boilerplate above stating exactly as much. My comment may have zero financial value but I can still claim the same remedies as Disney should someone infringe on it. How is that hurting the small artist?

Comment Berne Convention (Score 1) 49 49

They should take into account that copyright is assigned automatically under the Berne Convention and any registration functions the Copyright Office performs are redundant. Even in cases of legal dispute, the first person to have registered the copyright on a particular work might not have been the first person to actually create it, so it's of limited value there too.

Comment Re:Not everyone is interested in STEM (Score 1) 132 132

Yes I'm quite familiar with the industry designation, but the truism that pedantic nitpickers abound here also remains.

: the technology involving the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software, and networks for the processing and distribution of data

Comment Re:Not everyone is interested in STEM (Score 1) 132 132

Yeah but they're fundamental sciences that describe the universe we live in, IT is becoming more and more of a blue collar profession every day. I see no pressing reason why programming should be taught in schools any more than plumbing.

How can you do 'New Math' problems with an 'Old Math' mind? -- Charles Schulz