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Comment Resistance to the effects of THC, + Mark Twain (Score 3, Interesting) 307

This just in: Having a twin provides a natural immunity to the IQ-reducing properties of marijuana.

"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." - Mark Twain

Comment Where are the courts to protect us? See below.. (Score 4, Insightful) 53

"I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it."

US judge and judicial philosopher Learned Hand (1872-1961).

Comment The effect of copyright (Score 1, Interesting) 103

Presumably Groening is living comfortably off the residuals of The Simpsons and Futurama. He therefore had zero incentive to create anything original for the last 16 years.

This is society's loss. Now if his income had dried up 10 years ago, he would have gotten off his Duff and produced something for our enjoyment and remained comfortably off at the same time.

Thanks, ridiculous infinite copyright!

PS I know he is working on a new project now, but we cannot rely on boredom as an incentive.

Comment Re: NSA has ruined the American tech sector (Score 2) 78

Contrast with VW, where the culprits behind the emissions fiasco will be named and shamed. Congressional committees will investigate, class-action suits will be filed, company finances will take an enormous hit and heads will roll.

For Juniper it will all blow over, leaving a faint stench.

Comment Even-Numbered Windows Version (Score 1) 720

Everyone knows that all even-numbered Windows versions are rubbish. I was toying with the idea of installing Windows 10, on the basis that it is in reality Windows 9. But now I understand clearly the reason Microsoft skipped 9 and went straight to 10. I shall now resist the install to the utmost.

Comment Re:So useless. (Score 1) 81

Money in banks belongs to individual people, who have worked to earn it. The ocean and its resources belong to no person, although nation-states may claim rights to utilize it. Thus we have the tragedy of the commons, because of this type of socialism. If the ocean were demarcated into blocks and sold to the highest bidder, then then new owner would be sure to protect and preserve his valuable asset.

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