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Comment: Infringement is not stealing (Score 1) 408 408

This is the usual content-industry twaddle, trying to muddle the distinction between taking tangible property ("stealing") and violating legal rights in intangible goods ("infringment"). They yell and scream that infringement is totally, absolutely and completely the same thing as stealing, yet screaming doesn't make it so. Stealing has been intuitively understood as wrong from time immemorial. Infringement is a modern invention, with none of that moral underpinning. The content industry seeks to confuse the issue by baldly asserting that two different things are actually the same. The common person, in his internal moral calculus, will realize this and continue to reject the intellectual-property maximalists such as a Bell Media.

Comment: Re:No business sense (Score 1) 287 287

This is a silly distortion of the truth, popular in certain political quarters. No justice voted that a corporation is human. No justice voted that a corporation (a "legal person") has the rights of a human (a "natural person"). A corporation is a "person" (a term of legal art) but not a human.

Comment: Who destroys all their personal correspondence? (Score 2) 609 609

We are being asked to believe that Hilary Clinton (or some unspecified persons working for her) separated "personal" from "official" e-mails, sent paper printouts of all the official e-mails to the State Department, and DESTROYED all of the personal e-mails. Why would she do that? Who destroys all their personal e-mails, and why? Isn't it much more likely that the "personal" e-mails were destroyed so that sorting process could not be reviewed, because inconvenient official e-mails somehow got destroyed along with them?

Comment: Re:Good... (Score 1) 312 312

No one denies that Germany has the right to make the rules within its jurisdiction. We do, however, reserve the right to laugh at those rules if they are silly. For example, if German law required carriage of passengers for hire to be done in horse-drawn vehicles, the problem would not be Germany's right to make such a law, but its complete absurdity. Outlawing Uber is similarly absurd.

Comment: Re:manucturer dealers could be worse (Score 1) 455 455

If a manufacturer wants to screw itself by preventing its customers from experiencing the orgiastic joy of buying their cars from a dealer, why stop them? It's not 'monopolistic' since sensible customers can pass up the cars sold by the evil direct-sales model and flock to other manufacturers who let them buy through their fair, pure, and utterly ethical car dealerships. :-)

Comment: Re:This order cannot stand (Score 1) 248 248

I'm not suggesting that anyone move anywhere. I'm just saying that just as Google pulled out of mainland China to escape an intolerable legal system, it would pull out of Canada if this order were allowed to stand. One presumes that most of the Google Canada employees would look for jobs at other companies in Canada, and that Canadians would switch from google.ca to google.com (or perhaps to google.fr). Everyone would be the poorer for this.

Comment: This order cannot stand (Score 1) 248 248

I fully expect this order to be reversed, either by judicial or by legislative action. I say this because Google cannot possibly accept this precedent, since their business simply couldn't operate if it had to comply worldwide with the laws of every country it does business in. At the last resort, Google would pull out of Canada rather than accept this order, and the Canadians are sensible enough to see that as something they really do not want.

Comment: One beer puts you over the limit? Not here. (Score 2) 389 389

I don't know where you are posting from, but here in the USA one beer with dinner will not put you over the legal limit. Even for a very petite woman, consuming one beer over the course of a dinner will barely get your BAC above 0.03%. The limit in the USA is 0.08%.

Even if you are in a jurisdiction where one beer puts you over the limit, get real. You are talking about operation of machinery that is highly dangerous when operated improperly. Aircraft pilots are in the same situation, and they are prohibited from any alcohol consumption for 8 hours (or more) before flight. How is your situation as a driver essentially different from that of a pilot? Do you want pilots having a beer with their dinner in the cockpit?

Comment: Re:i interpret it to mean (Score 1) 497 497

What, precisely do 90%+ of scientists working agree on? That AGW exists, and that's all. You won't get 90%+ of scientists to agree on the implications of AGW. In particular, you won't get them to agree that the current computer climate models are Holy Writ, only doubted by the ignorant. The Al-Gore crowd refuses to acknowledge any possibility of error in the climate model forecasts, even though any honest climatologist will admit that the models are imperfect.

Anyone who claims the ability to predict the future behavior of a complex, imperfectly-understood system with 100% accuracy doesn't really understand how the world works.

Comment: It's a non-zero-sum game (Score 1) 712 712

Do you honestly believe that the economy is a zero-sum game? If I'm a goldsmith and I decide to make a couple more earrings this week, and I thereby increase my income, am I stealing that income from someone else? Have I not created a non-zero-sum game? With billions of people contributing greater or lesser amounts to the world economy every hour of every day, anyone who considers it to be zero-sum has a warped sense of reality.

Comment: "Certificate", not "License" (Score 1) 312 312

I hold a driver's license for a car, but the documents I hold for operating boats and airplanes are "Certificates". The State of New Hampshire requires me to hold a "Safe Boating Certificate" (evidence of successful safety training) while operating a boat of more than 20 Horsepower. The FAA does not issue pilot's licenses, but rather certifies that I have been "found to be properly qualified to exercise the privileges" of a pilot.

Comment: What you are missing is competition (Score 1) 1146 1146

What you are missing is competition. A monopoly light bulb manufacturer might behave in exactly the way you describe. In a competitive market, while manufacturers might like to ensure a high demand for replacement bulbs by designing them for short lifespans, they would end up with dissatisfied customers who would no longer buy their product, but instead buy from manufacturers who provided the long-lived bulbs people really want.

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