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Comment Re:First and Last solution? (Score 1) 849

I have to admit, sunset clauses on all laws does have a certain appeal to it. Laws passed for political reasons of a given era more than an actual need for legislation would be eventually taken off the books. That's a good thing, in my mind. On the other hand, there's probably more laws in place that we'd like to keep indefinitely than you'd expect, and Congress would spend all of their time maintaining those existing laws and never accomplish anything new we want passed. It does have a limiting effect on government, but that's both a good and bad thing at times. A good compromise, I think, would be forcing congress to spend a decent part of their time on repealing old laws we don't need anymore, simplifying old laws, etc. That's not really going to happen though.

Comment Re:Ah, to be judgement proof... (Score 1) 275

And they won't even get that. If I identified her plot correctly, her plan is to ride this for as long as possibly imaginable and poker with all in. Sink or swim. If she wins, great. If she loses, I guess the US is not so much different from my country and wants its court fees and expenses paid before anyone who won a title gets to butt in. She will pay whatever part of the court fees she can and immediately head for filing bankrupcy afterwards, essentially making sure that the RIAA will have a cute title worth about as much as if they lost the case.

Either way, the RIAA will not see a dime from her.

Comment Re:Hey Germany (Score 1) 1324

Yes it is. In Germany. The US constitution is not universal, you know.

If y'all knew any better we wouldn't a had to come all the way over thar and kick all your butts like we did back in W W 2. The good lord passed the word down to our forefathers that ever' man has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And datgum it if failing to provide a good christian education ain't denyin them their right to pursue their happiness like a coon dog down a rabbit hole.

Just look at what we done been doing out in the Iraq. Some of them towel headed gentlemen thought they ought to be denyin people their right to believe in Jesus hisself. Teaching about this mohamed feller come around AFTER Jesus, and they good 'ol JC ain't the son of god. Blasphemy.

I tell you free thinking "rational" your-o-peein's" what, ya'll would do perty good for yourselves if you just accept that us here over in America got it pretty good, and that you all could learn a thing or two from us. Over here, its the law: you can't have this "evolution" nonsense shoved at your children without giving them the christian version too.

Yes it is. In Germany. The US constitution is not universal, you know.

Seriously though, your absolutely correct. Education and Healthcare are rights in most developed countries. I can't understand how our country hasn't gotten on board with that yet.

Comment Re:and why not ? (Score 1) 477

Isn't it smart to take advantage of a country's wage disparity to get cheap goods until the point comes (no more cheap oil) where it's cost effective to manufacture back at home? It's not like we've forgotten how to manufacture here in the US, it's just not cost effective yet (you know we have millions of pounds per year of chicken wings shipped from China to the US because the farm labor is cheaper?). In the end, China's quality of life will rise, the costs to the US will rise, and equilibrium will be reached again (you'll see manufacturing move back to US soil).

Comment You're joking, right? (Score 1) 311

"The fact is, people dont want to wait years for someone to back engineer some piece of hardware and the idea that hardware companies will provide the specs is unrealistic idealism, even with specs it can be months after Windows users have been able to use the hardware."

Unrealistic idealism? How do you explain the 5618 .c files (which we'll be conservative and assume only supports one hardware device each - unlike the realtiy where there are drivers that support many different hardware revsions e.g. the e1000e driver supports *all* 1Gbps Intel PCI-E cards) in the Linux 2.6.31 drivers directory? How do you think the came about? The Linux driver tooth fairy?

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