writes: Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union address of 1860:
"Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events. This, plainly stated, is your language
In that supposed event, you say, you will destroy the Union; and then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, "Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!"
To be sure, what the robber demanded of me — my money — was my own; and I had a clear right to keep it; but it was no more my own than my vote is my own; and the threat of death to me, to extort my money, and the threat of destruction to the Union, to extort my vote, can scarcely be distinguished in principle." A soft coup d,etat is still a coup d'état.
writes: "For three decades, Mr. Phillips had focused on writing software to allow computers to understand human speech. In 2006, he had co-founded a voice recognition company, and eventually executives at Apple, Google and elsewhere proposed partnerships. Mr. Phillips’s technology was even integrated into Siri itself before the digital assistant was absorbed into the iPhone. But in 2008, Mr. Phillips’s company, Vlingo, had been contacted by a much larger voice recognition firm called Nuance. “I have patents that can prevent you from practicing in this market,” Nuance’s chief executive, Paul Ricci"
I don't have the money yet to retain a patent monkey, sorry lawyer, and don't wish to live in the movie "Brazil"! What are some pragmatic options?Link to Original Source
writes: Looks like Google has changed the behavior of the Boolean plus(+) operator and now wants searchers to use double quotes("") instead. Personally I used the (+) often to make sure a certain word was included and do not find that quoting around a word easier. Minus(-) still works to specifically exclude a word, so why drop the (+)? Google+ is the most obvious culprit, but an explanation of the change has not been given as of yet. This change affects a lot of usage scenarios without actually improving basic search. Is Google entering the phase where large Corp's believe marketing changes actually help their customers? (My captcha for this submission, entertainingly enough, is "downfall").Link to Original Source