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Comment Re:They're the same.. (Score 1) 192

They are NOT the same thing.

With do the right thing, you're supposed to seek out 'goodness', but with 'don't be evil' you're supposed to avoid badness.

Although avoiding badness sounds weak, it's more in compatible with western values; western societies have a list of things you're not supposed to do.

To do the 'right' thing, is more of a totalitarian position.

Comment This Again? (Score 1) 290

I thought we put image formats to bed in the 90's. Hell, it feels like png is just barely starting to be used by reputable companies even though browsers have supported it for a while. It also seems like we still don't have a viable replacement for animated GIFs either, even though png was supposed to take care of that as well. I suppose even if this image format is wildly successful by those standards, I'll just about be ready to retire by the time we start seeing it in widespread use.

Comment Re:They *don't* want a better world for our kids (Score 1) 90

You're being ridiculous. I am an energy-efficiency wonk. You can build as many nuclear power plants as you want, as long as they can compete with other forms of clean energy on price.

Once we have switched to zero-carbon electricity or at least made polluting forms of energy pay appropriate taxes to offset the damage they do, you can use as much energy as you want. That is between you and your wallet. But until then, your electricity consumption is partially paid for by me. Do not waste MY money.

Comment Re:morons (Score 1) 72

Just how stupid are British officials that they can't see the obvious route is to sue and fine the company directly for false advertising

Because requiring consumers to sue a company, with all the hassle and legal costs, provides consumers with no effective protection. That is why Britain has consumer protection legislation. It provides an easy route for consumers to get redress.

Submission The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement->

Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: The FSF and the Software Freedom Conservancy have announced "The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement".

"This document, co-authored with the Free Software Foundation (FSF), outlines basic guidelines for any organization that seeks to uphold copyleft licenses on behalf of the public good."

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Comment Re:Let me recycle my joke from Reddit (Score 1) 256

Yuh huh. Served in their school system there, it was a disgusting greenish hue, in an even more disgusting pineapple... "sauce". I may have only been 6 at the time, but I still count it as one of the more disgusting things I've ever put in my mouth. And I've had durian and natto.

Comment Re:Thaty's the wat to do it ... (Score 1) 256

Yeah, that's a good point. I've met a couple of people who were apparently traumatized by canned peas growing up, at least one of them so severely that I thought he should seek therapy to address his food hang-ups. I've also met several people who were apparently traumatized by fish growing up. Again, at least one of them probably needed therapy for it. Given that we've been screwing up our kids to the point where they need therapy, we'd probably be better off if we just gave them all a brick and let them fend for themselves.

Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1136

I am not "Rambo", and real life is NOT a movie.

It could be, though! Think of the possibilities! Give everyone and gun and let the games begin! After all, we must enjoy this sort of thing, or we'd have put a stop to it long before now. All I'm saying is that maybe we should just play the hand we're dealt!

Comment International harmonization? (Score 1) 107

AFAIK, in the US you can use "the best" but not "better than" unless you have a way to back it up. Thus, "the best beer" is OK, but "better than Bud" is not OK unless you cite some specific like, "beat Bud in a blind taste test".

Having different rules for different countries is probably going to give international ad campaigners some fits. That's the beauty of sovereignty though. Different systems, and we get to see what's workable in practice and what isn't.

If entropy is increasing, where is it coming from?