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Comment: Re: Dumps, you say? From the anus? (Score 0) 523

by backslashdot (#48489915) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

When was the last time you actually read a historical document yourself? Reading cursive and being able to write it are two different skills. Furthermore it is a skill not everyone will need, since there will be people who did learn it to transcribe whatever it is that is not transcribed. How come everybody knows the name Tutankhamen even though very very few people can actually read heiroglyphs? How is it possible that I know who Tutankhamen is, even though I don't read heiroglyphs very well at all.

Comment: There is a better drug in my opinion. (Score 3, Informative) 102

by backslashdot (#48179307) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

It's called favipiravir, and originates in Japan. It was tested on a few Spanish patients and it seems to have worked. The key difference between favipiravir and the ZMapp mAb is that favipiravir is effective even when given in the later stages of infection.

Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 304

by backslashdot (#48152339) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Umm, how do you truly know she has never cheated? Or does that not matter to you? The only way you can be 100% sure is by "trusting your feelings" and your ability to judge a person's character .. its like believing in God. You don't have any real proof but it feels correct. Not like anyone has been wrong about their spouse or God being the Juju under the tree before.

Comment: Re:Pulse generation - why? (Score 1) 151

by backslashdot (#48142039) Attached to: Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

No. The scientific theory is that a tokamak design will work if you build one large enough. However there is a risk involved since nobody has actually done it. Therefore, somebody has to spend the $20 billion to prove definitively that it works. After that $20 billion is spent, there is no (meaningful) intellectual property to assert because you can't patent a large version of an existing design especially when it wasn't even your idea that scaling up works. Also, the next guy to build one would be able to do it for cheaper since the guy spending the $20 billion would have made all the mistakes.

Comment: Ridiculous (Score 0) 166

by backslashdot (#47898303) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

We don't have a right to block private citizens filming our property from the air. I don't see it in the constitution. I would like to be protected from police harassment and legal action taking place based on the interpretation of things supposedly filmed from above occurring on my property. Frankly although I normally respect Sotomayer, I feel she is misguided in this and is doing the bidding of the anti-drone lobby. Do you think government will give up its own right to fly drones? HAHAHA! This is to take away the ability to fly drones, and nothing else. I can understand MAYBE an ordinance against zooming in and prolonged observation of a specific property but the right to fly drones with cameras MUST be preserved. If you don't want to be viewed from above, build a roof. Are we to be banned from taking binoculars on aircraft as well?

Comment: Re:Vibration messaging on the Apple Watch (Score 1) 471

by backslashdot (#47873083) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Yeah I guess that one was kind of lame -- I wanted something that could charge the watch in 2 minutes or less while keeping the watch super thin since what I knew of the near field, whole room, or induction chargers is that they would add a few mm of thickness. I didn't exactly have the time, budget, tech vendor roadmaps, and team to sit around do nothing for a few months but kick ideas around and come up with practical ideas for a smartwatch.

Comment: Re:Apple effect (Score 3, Insightful) 137

by backslashdot (#47843451) Attached to: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

Question is, how do we win round 2 .. which is coming soon. Works start falling out of copyright in 2019, Disney will and other corps will move to protect their monopolies. How can we stop that? Public action stopped things like SOPA.

The term "intellectual property" is I believe a misnomer. There is first of all no innate right to intellectual property. The right to own a copyright is no different than the right to drive on the roads, you have to be given the right by the government on the basis of meeting certain requirements. This is very different from a fundamental or innate right. You have an innate right to free speech, it is not something the government gives you's something you are born with. For example, if you own a physical object, you have the innate right not to have that object taken from you. But the US founding fathers saw that a person had no such innate right when it comes to inventions and art. Ideas are not your property once you describe them. That is why the constitution says that such monopolies on ideas should be granted by Congress *ONLY* IF IT SPURS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE USEFUL ARTS. It is very different from freedom of speech, which you have regardless of the effect on society, a person has no such innate right to monopolize their own inventions and art.

According to the constitution Congress has the right .. "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

According to that text, it's clear the current Supreme Court is shirking its responsibility by allowing excessive copyright and patent terms. Excessive copyright terms don't meet the fundamental constitutional requirement of advancing the useful arts and sciences. Disney made a lot of money by taking advantage of the expired copyrights of traditional stories such as sleeping beauty, beauty and the beast etc. I mean even The Lion King is a retelling of Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Did Disney compensate Shakespeare for stealing his story??? If Shakespeare's estate still owned the copyright of Hamlet, Disney would not have been able to make Hamlet. This is clearly proof that the useful arts and sciences are being hindered by excessive copyright terms. The first US copyright laws had only a few years in length .. and that was in a time where it was much harder to market one's work throughout the country and make enough money in a short time.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759