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Comment Re:not protects (Score 1) 1066

Try the Oxford English Dictionary. The definition it cites is:

3. a. A person or company who reproduces or uses the work of another (as a book, recording, computer program, etc.) without authority and esp. in contravention of patent or copyright; a plagiarist. Also: a thing reproduced or used in this way.

The first quote it provides is from 1608. It also provides quotes from 1668, 1703, 1758, 1822, 1887, 1928, and 1996. I would consider a word in use for over 400 years to be "old", but that's just me.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 561

since I liked my first puff of cigarette smoke I was addicted from the first puff.

Not at all and you're correct that physical addiction takes some (variable) amount of time, depending on the substance. That said, I find it very hard to believe you actually liked/enjoyed your first N cigarettes. The motivators to take up smoking are varied, but "enjoy" in the common sense of the word isn't one of them. Thoughts to the contrary are, I suspect, rose-colored remembrances.

Comment Re:CmdrTaco drags big brass ones along the ground (Score 0, Flamebait) 750

It's fine to develop a whole new category of devices. But if you're going to do so, it follows that you should start by at least defining who your audience is and what the purpose of the device is. And many of us simply can't figure out the point of this thing. Of course the die-hard Macheads would happily shell out cash if Steve Jobs took a crap on a plate and sold it as the iShit, but why should someone who's not just an Apple fan in general want one? So it's not an iPhone or a netbook, okay that's fine, but what exactly is it then and why should we buy it? Aside from some typical Apple doublespeak, I've yet to hear a good answer.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb