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Comment: What have you created that someone hasn't before? (Score 1) 328

The original term was 14 years, are you saying that in a time where the market is insanely bigger, the cost of creation is insanely smaller, and worldwide distribution is almost free you believe you should have a longer license to control your creation? That's insane.

You do point out one of the problems though, that copyright has become a trade-able commodity. If you are a creator, then copyright should always be held by you, for your life, but shouldn't be able to be passed on or sold off in my view.

Another problem is who really creates? You are releasing a trilogy of novels. Without having read them, what have you created? A new language? A new technology? A relationship that hasn't already been written about before? There are roughly 129,000,000 books in existence. What have you created that someone hasn't before?

Comment: Proportionate response (Score 1) 239

by Maelwryth (#48650223) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Anonymous should just email this idea to the Obama admin.

The proportionate response to North Korea hacking Sony Pictures (Assuming it is an American based company) is not to put them on the terrorist sponser list as no-one has been terrorised. The proportionate response is to release the movie.

Comment: New Zealand will sign! (Score 3, Informative) 132

Prime Minister John Key has said that there would be a full public disclosure before signing, also that he feels the left should also be involved as it is very important to have across the board agreement on these polices, also that he has already signed it, also that it has no affect on snapper quota............

I tell ya, living in New Zealand is a little like living in Night Vale at the moment.

Comment: Long Overdue (Score 1) 3

This should have been sorted out before Russia invaded Crimea. It should have been sorted after Russia invaded Crimea. If it isn't sorted out now by a shitload of countries not only saying you have to leave Ukraine and Crimea but that we are moving our troops in and if you escalate this any more we are not going to talk, we are going to nuke you and hope for the best.

Look, I'm a pacifist, but If the West is going to play the nuclear warfare game then it has to play it all the way till the end.

Sorry folks, we started this. Either we finish it quickly or take the chance on it being finished forever. Call an emergency U.N. meeting, throw Russia out of the U.N. and then tell them to back down or frount up.

+ - Invasion Of Ukraine Continuing As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling-> 3

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cold fjord (826450) writes " reports, "This morning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott labelled Russia’s escalating and “open” invasion into Ukraine as “war”. But he was not only person using fighting words. ... on Friday, Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat was simple. “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words.” It’s the first time in more than 25 years that Moscow has raised the spectre of nuclear war. The difference this time is that its tanks are already pouring over its western borders. “A great war arrived at our doorstep, the likes of which Europe has not seen since World War II,” Ukraine’s Defence Minister Valeriy Geletey wrote ... warning of “tens of thousands of deaths”. Putin appears to agree. Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports Putin has told the outgoing European Commission President ... : “If I want, I take Kiev in two weeks.” " — CNN reports, "The British government source told CNN on Friday that Russia has moved 4,000 to 5,000 military personnel — a figure far higher than one U.S. official's earlier claim of 1,000 troops. The soldiers are aligned in "formed units" and fighting around Luhansk and Donetsk.... And they may soon have company: Some 20,000 troops are on border and "more may be on the way," ..." — Newsweek reports, "Russia Has Threatened Nuclear Attack, Says Ukraine Defence Minister""
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Comment: Re:An interesting death spiral (Score 1) 502

by Maelwryth (#47612413) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Unfortunately, this would accentuate one of the flaws in the democratic system. More people will move to the cities for the work and will be on mains power whereas the rural areas will be cut from the mains. That's one group with the food and one with the vote...not good.

Comment: Re:Medicalizing Normality (Score 1) 558

"LMAO, you don't know how evolution works, do you? What possible advantage could autism provide, when it renders most afflicted persons unsociable and awkward and therefore highly unlikely to pass on their genes?"

And neither do you. There are mutations, but they are not garanteed towards survival. They are just mutations. There is also no law that states a good mutation (eg; allows survival) in the short term will be a good mutation in the long term. Take intelligence. It may have allowed us to explode in population but it also means that a small group of people can wipe us off the face of the Earth.

Comment: Re:KDE, the one we want to love (Score 1) 51

by Maelwryth (#46619141) Attached to: OpenSUSE To Offer Rolling Release KDE Experience

If it looks terrible then change it. All I usually do is change everything over to oxygen, but thats just the way I like it......IMO it wasn't really usable until about 4.6 or so but that was a problem the distros/me caused by using a desktop that wasn't ready for what we wanted to use it for. It was my choice to install it. I could have just stuck with KDE 3. If I want to go back I still can in fact.

Try using a media player like SMPlayer for your copying to /tmp woes. That has worked for me. Kaffiene has never appealed. VLC I like, but SMPlayer just seems to be better for me.

Unsure about the comment. If I want to look at other desktops I go menu/Configure_Desktop/Workspace_Appearance/Desktop_Theme and then click on Get_New_Themes.

As for updating the codebase. Well, if they didn't do that then our desktops would still look like this. Which is fine but I prefer this.

As for usability. I use it every day and I am not a linux guru.

Comment: Re:Uh what? (Score 2) 180

by Maelwryth (#46514457) Attached to: Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

Somewhat true to my current understanding. But, it seems to me that the current situation was brought about by not following the Treaty of Waitangi. For instance which version (language) was signed first? If the Maori version was signed second then we should take the Maori understanding of words, if the English version was signed second then we take the English version of the text (eg; later supersedes former). If only the Maori version was signed then why are the English (who obviously didn't speak Maori properly) bound to it if the tribes aren't bound to the English as well. At the same time this is the sort of legalise bullshit we need to avoid.

Yes, I agree that the whole "I sold my land.......errr, that wasn't enough", stuff sucks. At the same time there are large amounts of land that was taken illegally that the government doesn't want to give back because it is in private ownership and would impact on peoples believed ownership of land. Probably both Maori and British. The whole thing is a screw up. It is a lie. It is insane. All human ownership is. But, it is a screw up that has stopped the population of NZ from being at it's own throat more than it already is.

In my opinion both Maori and ...others (sorry, I loathe the word Pakeha) should come under common law. If it was stolen (Auckland for example) the it should be given back to the people it was stolen from and the government should reimburse the people of Auckland for selling them stolen land. If it was sold cheap then hard luck. As for traditional rights, I have no idea without plunging into the racism (IMO - depends on your definition of race which is an outdated concept to start with.) we have at the moment.

In the end, look at NZ, and then look at Aussie and if you don't like NZ then move there. Thousands of Mozzies have. At least it rains here. :)

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