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Comment: Re:We knew this 20+ years ago... (Score 1) 189

by Qzukk (#48688843) Attached to: Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

Echoing previous suggestions may influence a person here or there to plant an extra tree

Sorry, my subdivision bylaws say there is to be exactly one tree in my backyard, no more no less. If my house doesn't fit the cookiecutter mold, it might make my neighbors' less valuable if mine is worse or more taxable if mine is better.

Comment: Re:This is why "biometric" authentication is usele (Score 1) 59

Shame I'm out of mod points.

Fact is, even the government hasn't got a clue who you are, other than the fact that you've got a card from them with a photo and a name printed on it. You probably got that card by showing them some other card with a photo and a name printed on it. That card, you probably got because you convinced your electric company and the library that your name really WAS Bobba Fett. They probably didn't care too much as long as they got paid and the books came back.

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For the love of all that is holy, please do NOT automatically select shit from a dropdown list if I'm typing and a dropdown opens up underneath where the mouse pointer just happens to be idling on the screen.

Chrome: This. Means. YOU.

Comment: Re:Does GPLv2 Grant a Patent license (Score 3, Insightful) 173

by Qzukk (#48603003) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

it would make absolute sense

Now back up a second there and consider proprietary software. Imagine if you bought Microsoft Office for your company and a year later Microsoft comes along and starts threatening you with patent infringement lawsuits over your use of their patents. I can't imagine that a court would stand for that at all without at least a fine print "requires additional patent license" and even then there's fitness requirements that the court would have at least a little discussion on.

Why would it be different for something given to you for free with explicit permission to use and give away? If the patent holder wants to provide a reference implementation to licensors, they can do so with a license tied to their patent, but it should not be the GPL.

Comment: Re:A generic is availalbe. (Score 2) 266

by Qzukk (#48593519) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

There's already a generic

There's already a generic name. The government, in all its benevolence, has been permitting drug holders to "lock in" their expiring drugs and prevent generics from being marketed for a certain period after it expires. There are even drug companies that pay other companies not to produce their drug so they can continue to sell the brand name (at an inflated cost to ensure there's a profit even after these payments).

Comment: Re:Congressman Amash’s letter sent to Collea (Score 4, Interesting) 379

I urge you to join me in voting “no” on H.R. 4681, the intelligence reauthorization bill, when it comes before the House today.

Thank you for posting the bill number, since neither slashdot nor the hill thought we should be able to look it up and see who voted for this bullshit.

It appears in the Senate it was passed by voice vote by a bunch of cowards that did not want their name attached to the bill.

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