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Comment Re:Yet Another Reason... (Score 1) 214

This is an interesting point about encouraging creativity by forcing inventors to work around patents, but I hardly believe that was meant to be the driving force behind "promoting the useful arts and sciences." The incentive to innovate was supposed to be that you are granted a temporary monopoly on your ideas, in exchange for putting the ideas out there for the world to see and learn from.

The point was NOT to grant monopolies on obvious ideas to make people work around them. If the typical programmer would sit down and write something in a way that would infringe on someones software patent, completely independently, then that patent is bullshit. The person who filed for that patent isn't promoting innovation, the obvious idea would have existed with or without them, they are only leeching off the work of the true innovators who are forced to either compromise their product, or pay protection money to patent holders.

Comment Re:fuck the usa (Score 2) 804

Really? Afghanistan declared war on America? They ordered the 9/11 attacks? Were any of the hijackers even afghani? NO. Afghanistan was just a convenient shithole to hideout in. Just like Pakistan now. Totally agree that Iraq was unjustified, but why do you think your meddling in Afghanistan is any better?

Comment Re:Look (Score 1) 339

I still disagree with your analysis.

The original context of this thread was that someone is being fined for copyright infringement, and the question was: what should happen to the money collected as punishment? In this case the infringer is going to lose that money no matter where it goes, so we can ignore their loss.

You then claimed that burning the money would hurt everyone, and that it would destroy wealth. I would argue that this is wrong.

First of all, burning cash actually helps everyone (except the burner). This was the point made by the OP you replied to, and I agree with them. Fewer dollars in circulation will increase their scarcity, and thus increase the value of every other dollar in the economy.

Secondly, burning cash does not destroy wealth, because it is not destroying anything with real value. If I made a Something to earn that money, then that Something is still owned by whomever I sold it to, including the value added by my labor. Yes, I lost the cash I received in exchange, but that was something I was going to lose anyway due to the copyright infringement fine. Fiat currency (cash) is NOT wealth. It represents wealth based on our society's mutual acceptance that it has value. However the point of my analogy of burning cash vs. burning physical goods, is that there is a fundamental difference between destroying paper with no inherent value, versus destroying scarce goods which have inherent value. Destroying physical goods reduces the amount of Stuff that exists in the world, and thus actually hurts everyone. It is not clear to me that destroying paper has the same sort of negative impact.

Comment Re:Look (Score 1) 339

And since work had to be done somewhere along the line to earn the cash, destroying it when its in the private sector erases the wealth created by doing work and that hurts everyone.

How does burning cash destroy wealth? Whatever work was done to earn that cash is still done. Physical goods were created, and still exist. The only thing destroyed is an essentially worthless piece of paper.

I've wondered about this before. What is the economic impact of burning $100 cash, versus buying $100 worth of of widgets and then burning those widgets?

One might think that buying (and burning) the widgets helps the economy more, since another person is employed to create the widgets, and that person now has cash that they can spend on other things. However, if you think of the value of an economy as the total amount of valuable stuff that exists within it, then burning the widgets destroys actual value. Whereas burning the cash does not actually destroy anything of value, but merely affects our artificial valuations of things.

IANAE. Would love some insight from someone in the know on the economic difference between burning cash and burning items bought with cash...

Comment Re:challenge (Score 1) 1066

This seems to be a very good point!! I think you are right that this key could be used to create a virtual display driver which appears to be HDCP complaint, but actually dumps the unencrypted data.

However, this is in conflict with the comment by Intel that hardware would be required for this key to become useful. What I'm not sure about is whether it will work in windows without a display driver signed by microsoft. I'm not sure what requirements software players enforce before playing back content.

Anyone know if this is actually feasible?

Comment Re:Countermeasures (Score 1) 926

That's fine if you want to be "realistic" about it, but the OP you were replying to does not fall into that category of apathetic people. He was advocating that the citizens organize and fight back, and your response was to forget about it, that it would be a pointless effort.

Maybe I shouldn't have made it personally against you, but that kind of attitude really does piss me off. FUCK DEFEATISM!

Comment Re:illegal information... (Score 1) 183

Why was I modded troll??

In my opinion making an idea illegal is absolutely ridiculous, and holocaust denial is a perfect example of that. Holocaust deniers are idiots, but that doesn't mean they should be legally silenced. They should be simply ignored!

Personally I find the lack of free speech in germany to be extremely offensive, and cowardly.


In Israel, Potential Organ Donors Could Jump the Queue 582

laron writes "In Israel, a new law is in the making: Holders of donor cards and their families would get preference if they should need an organ for themselves. Apparently this initiative faces resistance from Orthodox rabbis, who hold that organ donation is against religious law. Jacob Lavee, director of the heart transplant unit at Israel's Sheba Medical Center, and one of the draftees of this new law, hopes that a broader pool of organs will ultimately benefit everyone, but acknowledges that one of his primary motivations is 'to prevent free riders.' (Apparently receiving an organ is OK under religious law.)"

Comment Re:Tips from a long-time mpd user (Score 1) 277

I'm quite amazed that no music player I know of does something like this by default (or makes it easy to do)

Amarok does it. Settings > Configure Global Shortcuts. I use the windows key as my shortcut instead of ctrl-alt-shift like you but same idea.

Gotta love Amarok!! (now if only I could use the Amarok 1 interface with MPD backend... that would be the holy grail!)

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"