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Comment: Re:Ed industry keeping kids stupid (Score 1) 186

by PPH (#48915211) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Brought to you by the teachers' unions. Your kids are morons. We can't teach them. So no fair blaming us if they can't pass achievement tests. Just give us the raises for warehousing your brats and shut the hell up. And also parents of Bubba The Moron. My boy shouldn't be ranked against his peers. While everyone else is studying, he is winning football trophys for the school. So he deserves the same diploma as all the other kids, with no adverse grades attached.

Most of the rest of the world has figured this out already. Take the high achievers and move them into the fast track. Take the low achievers and send them to trade school. But Bubba doesn't want a diploma from Knuckle Draggers Acadamy when he has to go out and compete in the job market. And no teacher wants to teach there.

Comment: Re:Perhaps ... (Score 1) 95

by PPH (#48907577) Attached to: Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Various parties may apply various laws

And who funds these various parties? Taking on a for-profit entity that scoops up public domain IP and then chases you off of it isn't going to be cheap.

Defending IP isn't like real property. Where a simple call to the police that your clapped out Honda has been stolen will mobilize police forces willing to expend many times its value and put the general public at risk chasing it down.

Let me know when I can call 911 to report my photos stolen and expect an armed response.

Comment: A Noble Venture ... (Score 1) 401

by PPH (#48905227) Attached to: Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

... to be sure.

The group is calling on volunteers to help with the ongoing work, which has been divided into three steps. The first is about collecting "all the factual information,"

So how will we know the difference between the Anon. warriors for justice and any other paedophile collecting material?

Comment: Re:Perhaps ... (Score 2) 95

by PPH (#48899475) Attached to: Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

OK, so then who supervises the term of the public domain copyright? Who stops the content theives from downloading your stuff, claiming the rights to it, submitting bogus take-down notices and claiming 'public' IP as their own?

Prommisory estoppel (if I understand it correctly) only obtains an agreement from the creator not to pursue claims. It does nothing to prevent some third party from doing so, unless the creator or an assignee actively defends the public status of the rights.

Comment: Perhaps ... (Score 4, Interesting) 95

by PPH (#48898975) Attached to: Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

... its a matter of pro-actively placing the copyright into the hands of a government entity chartered to hold it for the benefit of the public. Such an entity would have to be carefully created, with clear definitions of 'public benefit' and by-laws written to prevent takeover by special interests. The down side would be the creation of another bureaucracy that would need a funding source to operate. And would eventually leverage itself into a rent-seeking entity to serve its directors and other minions.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by PPH (#48893479) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes


No mod points left, but I agree. We ae trying everything to get people out of private cars and onto public transportation with little effect. Just pull the licences from the worst drivers and hand them a transit pass. Reduce traffic volume and save money by postponing expansion projects. And do so by getting the crappiest drivers off the road.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.