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Comment: Re:I'm unclear (Score 1) 68

by Sique (#46786275) Attached to: Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'
Actually, they don't. There have been situations where a seed company was collecting seeds of traditional crops, selecting the ones with the most marketable potential, patenting and reselling them again and suing the farmers they got the seed from originally from infringing the patent on the seeds and prevailing.

Curse the judges that handed down the verdict and the laws that allowed the company to prevail, but currently there is nothing that prevents a company from doing the same again and again.

Comment: Re:Possibly Worse Than That (Score 1) 184

by Sique (#46784015) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue
As you buy the stuff not at the company, but through a trader, the only contract which exists, is the contract between you and the trader about the transfer of money in exchange for a box of cereals. So there is no contract you could be ever ignorant off. First Sale Doctrin and all that...

Comment: Re:Structure vs Outcome (Score 2) 774

by Sique (#46765175) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
Sometimes I wonder how many people like to state that "The car body is made from steel" to make an argument the car was not blue. It seems to be some sentence once learned in some class or read in some book that reoccur again and again without ever being called in question. There are other themes (like: "Nikola Tesla is the most underreported inventor"), but this one always striked me as especially odd.

I once learned that Democracy is a measure of how easy it is to remove someone from power. If it requires a bloodshed, you live in a tyranny. If it requires some violent pressure on someone, it's not as bad, and if all it takes is a public statement of wishing someone else in power, you are pretty close to a full democracy. Elections in this case are just a means to an end, a way to formulate a public statement. A referendum would be another way. As it seems from the study, it's nearly impossible to remove someone in power via a public statement, because the amount of money to bend the public statement in your favor is so exceptionally large, that only some elites can afford it.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 78

And you expect the media to be able to correctly asses the abilities and the inner workings of a secret agency in a foreign country? And not just blindly speculating what could have happened? Does the media read the press releases of the KGB, where the KGB announces his new spy programs?

If there are any new tactics at the KGB and the chinese Zhong Chan Er Bu, they surely will not tell the papers you are reading. And if any american intelligence agency detects new tactics of foreign spy agencies, they won't put out a press release either. So we have wild guesses in the news papers you read, and nothing else.

What we have is the former head of the NSA excusing before Germany for completely misunderstanding the german sensibilities when it comes to complete surveillance of everyone. We have about every intelligence agency running to their respective government to demand more money, and we have the intelligence agencies of Brazil and Germany begging for pardon for being that inept.

Comment: Re:What if we overcorrect? (Score 2) 340

by Sique (#46751819) Attached to: Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming
Fertilizing the ocean with iron will not increase the fish population, it will rather kill it off. Yes, phytoplankton will increase, but at the same time this will bind much of the oxygen in the ocean, thus animals (including fish) will just suffocate. Ask someone who lives near the ocean what happens if you have an algae bloom: fish populations die.

Comment: Re:What if we overcorrect? (Score 1) 340

by Sique (#46751777) Attached to: Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming
Climate change is quite well understood (science is never settled). And the question if climate change is something we are largely responsible for is answered with a sound yes. There are some nests of people still trying to argue that, but they are mainly located in the U.S.. The rest of the world just shrugs the shoulders about the ongoing debate in the U.S. and thinks: Americans, ey? Can't just accept a fact, if it means they might be wrong.

"There is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress." -- Mark Twain