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Comment: Re:It's because the US isn't involved (Score 1) 35

Seems to me that by ratifying this Canada can no longer support the extreme measures reported of the TPP. South Korea is apparently interested in joining the negotiations on that deal too. Then again, consistency has never been a politician's friend. Their friends in Big Business rely on the inconsistencies for maximum payouts through lawsuits.

Comment: Life plus? (Score 2) 129

by boojumbadger (#45624195) Attached to: Trans-Pacific Partnership Includes Unwanted Elements of SOPA

Is it just me or does anyone else think this is a bit screwy? What happens to your copyright if you never die or due to medical breakthroughs live for 500 years?
How long before these laws get tweaked so that corporations get lumped in with humans, can they die? Are they like the Borg with smaller companies getting assimilated into the collective and thus never dying for so long as some other company is prepared to buy up the parts still valuable?

Comment: Re:liquid core? (Score 1) 85

by boojumbadger (#45394461) Attached to: Study Explains Why Lunar Craters Are Bigger On the Near Side

Earth rotates, the moon not so much, so while there is a high tide and a low tide in the oceans of the Earth due to the moons orbit, the gravitational pull of the Earth on the moon is always in the same direction. There may well be some stretching in the moon from centripetal forces and indeed there are other forces not being taken into account such as the rotation of the Earth-Moon system around the sun or the Solar system around the Galaxy.

I don't think you know what you are talking about any more than I do. :)

Comment: liquid core? (Score 1) 85

by boojumbadger (#45386905) Attached to: Study Explains Why Lunar Craters Are Bigger On the Near Side

I would hazard a guess that if the core is more liquid than the crust then the Earth's gravity might tend to draw it towards the near side more when it gets hit on that side than the far side. Hits on the far side might be more restrained as there is not as much expansion pressure. Over millions of years the effect could become quite pronounced.

Just talking through my hat, of course, and probably full of it.

Comment: IP theft? (Score 1) 279

by boojumbadger (#42937795) Attached to: Mark Shuttleworth Addresses Ubuntu Privacy Issues

Can I claim that anything I do on my Ubuntu computer is published by me and thus covered by copyright? I do not own the operating system and the company can access what I do in dash so isn't it like I am publishing my activities to them and their clients? Hit them with a take-down notice.

I admit this thought is not well formulated buy it is the germ of an idea, no?

I never liked Ubuntu from the getgo and like it even less now but I have to admit that it has produced some benefits to the Linux community.

Comment: Rights? where are their responsibilities? (Score 5, Interesting) 421

by boojumbadger (#38856223) Attached to: Copyright Industry Calls For Broad Search Engine Controls
What I want to know is when the politician are going to start legislating the con-committal responsibilities that go with these so called "rights." I was taught that being granted rights meant there were a whole range of responsibilities that went with them. Let us come up with a few for Copyright. 1. If a protected work is out of active circulation (new copies promoted for sale in a currently readable format) for 10 years by any distributer who has purchased the right then the copyright returns to the author. If the author (or his heirs or assigns) is unable to offer the work for sale for an additional 10 years the work falls into the public domain. 2. Should a corporation owning copyrights outright through works for hire be guilty of any serious infraction - environmental, securities, labor, etc. - such work are forfeit to the public domain. Settlement of such charges without any admission of guilt shall not be deemed sufficient to avoid the penalty. 3. Format changes must be updated for similar platforms. If the content is electronic then the producer cannot create a new format for the sole purpose of reselling the content. Product support for older formats must be maintained. Other idea or refinements?

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche