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Comment: Re:400 years for one murder (Score 2) 51

by ZorglubZ (#46883393) Attached to: Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Get Lawyers Fees In Patent Cases
Almost, but not quite, true. In Norway, you get your sentence of e.g. 21 years imprisonment, then there's forvaring (translates to something like custodial sentence), which means you cannot be released until a board deems you to be rehabilitated. This can mean that you may get out of jail after 2/3rds of the sentence, i.e. 14 years (unless there's a different minimum specified), if the board thinks you've understood the seriousness of the crime and are remorseful; if they don't think so, you're stuck.

Comment: Re: Anybody should be able to open an e-book shop (Score 1) 88

by ZorglubZ (#46616539) Attached to: Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing
Oh, it may be easy, but it's not cheap, in either time or in money... if you want a good book to be the result of your efforts. Charles Stross, , had a series of posts about this a couple years ago (can't find the specific posts, sorry). First, there's proofreading - you're unlikely to spot your own errors in a 40,000-word novel, because you know what you meant and will be blind to typos. Then there's editoring, checking for continuity errors and/or anachronisms? Same as above. Both of could be done by crowdsourcing, but then your book would be in the wild before it's released and would be torrented or on IRC (I know, right? But it's still very much alive!) within hours. Getting those tasks (and others) done is what publishing houses are for, and those tasks are not cheap to get done well by freelancers.

Comment: Re:What does he have to hide? (Score 1) 289

by ZorglubZ (#46578075) Attached to: Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

When it's clear that there are some legitimate religions that are vehemently opposed to all abortions on religious grounds?

Hang on, there are legitimate religions?! Besides, I don't see why your superstitions should rule over my (or my girlfriend's) body.

The only way you can support that is if you don't think freedom of religion is a right.

I think freedom from religion is a basic human right.

Hell, forcing someone who's anti-abortion on religious grounds to pay for abortifacients would be akin to forcing someone opposed to capital punishment on religious grounds to pay for a private execution.


Comment: Re:Counting on Surplus (Score 1) 401

by ZorglubZ (#46499967) Attached to: NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

As for the incredible standard of living I have gained due soley to Capitalism, who do I thank for my Pension, the money I've been able to save for retirement, my vacation time every year, my 40 hour work week, that sort of thing?

Ummm... I hope that was facetious, since you wouldn't be able to enjoy "the incredible standard of living I have gained" without "my Pension, the money I've been able to save for retirement, my vacation time every year, my 40 hour work week, that sort of thing" that came from that most anti-Capitalist of all things, Labour Unions.

Comment: Re: IQ Tests? (Score 1) 299

What does having a licence to practice law, an MD or (especially) an MBA have to do with intelligence? If going to a college was a proof of intelligence, the US wouldn't like a prequel to Idiocracy from the outside. As long as all you have to do is pay to get a diploma, IQ isn't an issue (I thought Dubya proved that once and for all - maybe not inside Douglas Adams' Asylum...??).

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -- Niels Bohr