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Comment Re:the worst summary for the worst proposal. (Score 2) 458

You're of course correct.

However, the president does have quite a bit of power in setting the legislative priorities.

The president can also more or less say: "I will veto every f***ing bill that comes on my desk until you hacks do what I want you to do. Get it done!" Obviously his veto can be overruled, but if he can recruit a large block of legislators in both houses, it would be difficult to overrule the veto for all but the most bi-partisan efforts.

Comment Re:This might be the one thing that gets Congress (Score 1) 266

This is always the case. They are completely incapable of seeing things from their constituents' point of view (unless of course there's money or votes to be made by doing so), which for an elected official is pretty tragic.

This is also why the only way we get any changes in gun legislation is if someone shoots one of their kids.

The Germans must've also been quite happy with the difference of the reaction of NSA spying on German citizens vs. their Chancellor.

Comment Who cares (Score 3, Funny) 786

This would've been a more interesting article, if it discussed the merits or lack thereof, of the RedHat change in the Linux kernel.

The "drama" the article discusses is of no value to anyone, but the likes of Nerd TMZ (if there was such a thing).

Can we please stop posting articles such as these? And if someone does post one, can we NOT promote them onto the front page?

Comment Offshore developers will love this (Score 2) 130

I expect a tremendous boom in offshoring development work as a result.

Every patent troll is going to contract the cheapest possible software development team to implement working code for their idiotic patents.

This is not the right solution to the problem.

Limiting the duration of software patents would be a better one, if abolishing them entirely isn't on the table.

Comment Re:I was bullied constantly until... (Score 2, Informative) 938

That's all fine and dandy until someone loses an eye.

I read some accounts of kids being bullied these days, and their situation was pretty desperate because the bullies were members of gangs. Any violence in self defense (or otherwise) would be responded by a beating by one or more of the other bullies in the gang.

Try fighting that...

Comment Copying not just for copying's sake (Score 1) 231

I really don't understand his argument.

The "machines" aren't scanning/copying/rehashing the messages just because they can. They're doing it with to expose the content to as many people as possible. Without content aggregators and search engines the majority of online content would have only a fraction of consumers they have now.

I also think it's naive to expect every single person out there to consume content the same way or the way he thinks is The Right Way. I consume information in multiple ways. Some I read very carefully word for word, and check references and related information. Some I glance through quickly. For some I only read the summary. Same for all types of content. I don't think I'm unique in any way the way I consume content.

Hotels are tired of getting ripped off. I checked into a hotel and they had towels from my house. -- Mark Guido