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Comment: Re:Salespeople making salespitch (Score 1) 387 387

While I agree with you and the GP, one thing I would say is that most of the world doesn't give a shit about cursive writing and I don't know why it is still taught in the US. Hand writing, joined up, legibly, sure. But cursive just seems like teaching Latin, maybe because of tradition or something.

I'm confused. You say you don't understand why cursive writing is still taught in the U.S. but it's OK to teach "hand writing, joined up, legibly".

You might not be aware of it but cursive writing and joined-up hand writing are the same thing.

Comment: Re:protecting intellectual property is... theft?! (Score 1) 328 328

Yes, copyright infringement is stealing.

Factually incorrect.Copyright infringement and theft have completely different legal definitions and different laws apply to each.

You're starting off on a false premise, and using mathy-looking letter variables doesn't make your logic any less sloppy.

It might not have been clear but the person I was responding to said that copyright extensions were "stealing" society but copyright infringement wasn't stealing. I was merely pointing out their sloppy logic that if one of them was an act of theft then they were both an act of theft. I know legally that copy infringement is not theft however, the copyright holder makes less money as a result of the infringement which is why it has the appearance of theft. Of course how much money is lost is the great debate that no one can ever truly settle.

I'm sorry you found the "mathy-looking letter variables" overwhelming but they were simply used for conciseness. Here's a more wordy version that should be more to your liking.

I know logic probably escapes you but in both cases a person deprives another person of something. So if in one case it's stealing then it's stealing in both cases.

Comment: Re:protecting intellectual property is... theft?! (Score 1) 328 328

I borrowed a book from a friend and read it. I got the use of something that costs money without paying for it. By your "logic"... I stole it?

Your "logic" sucks rather badly.

I was talking about copyright infringement not fair use (i.e. borrowing a book) which by definition is not copyright infringement so no, I'm not saying you stole it.

If you read my post and concluded that I equated copyright infringement with fair use then I think you have the problem with logic.

Comment: Re:protecting intellectual property is... theft?! (Score 1, Interesting) 328 328

Copyright infringement isn't stealing - the legitimate holder of the copyright still has it and is still free to use it however they want, including using it to prosecute infringement. Extended copyright terms do in fact steal from society, using the proper definition of "steal" - members of society are deprived of the means to use those works to build upon them, or to preserve them.

Yes, copyright infringement is stealing. If you get the use or enjoyment of something that normally costs money then you have deprived the copyright holder of that money. So if depriving society of free access to movies due to copyright extensions is, by your own admission, stealing then depriving the current copyright holder of the fee required to view or use those very same works is also stealing.

I know logic probably escapes you but in both cases A deprives B of C. So if in one case it's stealing then it's stealing in both cases.

Comment: Re:Well duh - it's always been about saving money (Score 2) 420 420

California now requires egg-laying chickens to have at least 116 sq in of floor space.

A little more office downsizing and a little more chicken coop expansion and California will be able to pass a single law to cover both chickens and office workers.

Comment: Re: And who will watch it? (Score 1) 146 146

Technically, it isn't an internet (International Network) as it is only national.
It is a lot closer to an intranet than an internet

The "inter" part of "internet" stands for "interconnected" not "international". So North Korea does have an internet (interconnected network) but their internet is not connected to the Internet.

Comment: Re:What happens when the government owns everythin (Score 1) 168 168

You are confusing Airbus with Airbus Defence and Space. Airbus is not involved at all in SpaceX decision.

You are correct, my mistake.

Airbus Group is not a Dutch multinational. It is simply registered in Netherlands for corporate tax-benefits.

Sorry, but regardless of the reason for being registered in the Netherlands it still makes it a Dutch multinational corporation. But I'll compromise and call it a Dutch registered, French headquartered multinational corporation.

Airbus Defence and Space is not a German subsidiary. It consists of independent companies from France, Germany, UK and other EU mignon-states. These companies like to pretend on paper they are unified. France has the largest share of ADS, then Germany, then UK.

Yeah, no. According to ADS's own website those companies were consolidated into ADS as a German based division (i.e. subsidiary) of AG.

And regardless of who owns the shares, government or otherwise, AG is still a publicly traded company that owns ADS.

So I will amend my original post to say that a French politician is complaining that the German division [wikipedia.org] of a Dutch registered, French headquartered multinational corporation [wikipedia.org] is choosing an American launch vehicle instead of one offered by the very same German division of that very same Dutch registered, French headquartered multinational corporation.

Feel better.

Comment: Re:What happens when the government owns everythin (Score 4, Interesting) 168 168

Except that Airbus is not government owned and it's no more subsidized than any other aerospace firm.

It would be more accurate to say that a French politician is complaining that the French subsidiary of a Dutch multinational corporation is choosing an American launch vehicle instead of one offered by the German subsidiary of that very same Dutch multinational corporation.

Comment: Re:In b4 arrests for facilitation of theft (Score 1) 116 116

distributing stolen property is a crime!

Copyright violation is not theft, you fucking imbecile.

But it is interesting to see the discussions when it is GPL code or the CSS of a favorite site that is being copied and used against the license, then communities that usually say the above often change their tone on the subject.

Ahhh, perspective. Thou art a cruel bitch.

Comment: Re:What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (Score 2) 465 465

I hate to break the news to you, but these so-called "Millenials" you keep ranting about do not exist. And if they existed, theyd' all be 14 years old.

I hate to break it to you but the group called the "Millennials" are not called that because they were born at the beginning of this millennium but because they were born at the end of the last one. Generally that means from early/mid 1980's to 2000.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Millennial
http://www.livescience.com/38061-millennials-generation-y.html
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/millennial+generation

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