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Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 1) 350

Because it's always good to have less features?

While I'd agree that the dying in a disaster due to lack of enabling the radio is a silly stretch, if it can receive FM, why not?

And then what? Cue the episode of Southpark where The Internet went down. And the emergency broadcasters didn't know what to report because the bloody internet was down.

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 300

They are not stealing the content. They are quoting with attribution in a scholarly work. There is no country in the world that does not allow you to quote someone else.

There are very few countries in the world that don't limit that right - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

in Harper & Row v. Nation Enterprises,[17] the use of fewer than 400 words from President Ford's memoir by a political opinion magazine was interpreted as infringement because those few words represented "the heart of the book" and were, as such, substantial

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 300

Not in Germany. There is no law in Germany that would automatically nullify the copyright on works of a criminal.

Actually, the state of Bavaria still uses its claim to the copyright of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" to block re-publishing of that work. I'm not entirely sure if that claim is solid, but so far it works for them.

Well, technically they claim ownership of the copyright as the heir because when he wrote the book he was in Bavarian prison.

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 300

In the US there are plenty of legal codes that do not allow a criminal to make money from their crimes, such as a mass murderer making money from publishing a autobiography

Even ignoring the conviction part - does the law says he loses copyright to anything he writes? Let alone everything he ever wrote? Are you saying that other should make a profit of his crimes?

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 300

Those countries that didn't care for Hitler's solution like Russia, Hungary, Austria, Poland and so on left them alone and even tried to protect them until through war, coercion and intimidation they were forced to relent.

The rest of your post was bad enough, but claiming there was no wide-spread anti-Semitism in those countries way before, during and after Nazi's controlled them takes the crown.

Comment: Re:We Remember things which Affect Us (Score 1) 300

If you mention Pol Pot they have no idea who he was, if you mention the Armenian genocide they will also have no idea what that is.

I bet they would if you went to regions concerned. The holocaust is well known in the west because we were all involved in the war that was fought to stop it

Don't flatter yourself - WW2 started well before the Holocaust began. Unless you use the version where wars only start when the US starts fighting. And even that had all to do with Pearl Harbour and none with the Holocaust.

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 300

So the Jews control Hollywood? Anti-Semitic much?

On July 12, 2012 Mann Friedman wrote an article in the Times of Israel. It was titled "Jews DO Control The Media".


"We Jews are a funny breed. We love to brag about every Jewish actor. Sometimes we even pretend an actor is Jewish just because we like him enough that we think he deserves to be on our team.

You know, when somebody points out that that "Jews don't control Hollywood - hardly an actor is actually Jewish", I start to wonder if they are actually missing the point, or are trying to hide it.

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 300

FTA: the diaries "remain in copyright until the end of 2015. Copies are in public libraries." Just wait a year and then there REALLY won't be an issue.

Maybe that is the real issue here: the dear professor wants to make money selling his book now, not when everybody can flood the market with books which quote the diaries for free.

Comment: Re:Pioneers get arrows in back (Score 1) 138

Does it make calls? No? Then what the fuck does it do that the smartphone I already have to carry already does?

You are complaining that you Watch doesn't do calls of its own, so why does it require a phone. Why am I even trying to argue with a lunatic like you?

The flush toilet is the basis of Western civilization. -- Alan Coult