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Comment: And There was this Angel (Score 1) 1226

by lordmage (#40142905) Attached to: Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

There was this angel who was following this man named Ben Franklin. After a long time Ben Franklin went out with a Kite and discovered Electricity. The angel was so astonished he went to God and said "God, See this man Ben Franklin Discovered Electricity" and God said "Its about time".

The Bible never preaches blind devotion, in fact if you find the greatest of those in the bible were also the most learned. Moses (court learning), Jesus (was in the temple lecturing the teachers at 12), and many others, Paul, Matthew, etc. God wants you to worship him with your mind, not just your heart and body. Those that INSIST on blind devotion are the same people that are told "Hey, I will take your money and give it to someone else and its good for you" and they believe it.

Remember: Bible is Why, Science is How.

Comment: What fee is Russia paying to the US landowners? (Score 1) 249

by lordmage (#40089629) Attached to: Russia To Establish Bases On the Moon

Since the USA has planted the Flag and owns the moon, I am wondering what fee will be changed for the use of the land for "Moonbase" privileges. I would hate to see the Government have to evict the Russians for squatting and/or not paying rent. Of course, the US must maintain regulatory compliance with Moon renting laws.

Just because a highway, payed for by the Government, does not exist, DOES not mean people have the right to claim land. It may take a boat, a plane, a rocketship to get to the owned territory but it is still the owners.

Comment: Re:Emotionally invested in what exactly? (Score 1) 171

by lordmage (#39996477) Attached to: Federal Patents Judge Thinks Software Patents Are Good

The pragmatic difference is that the barrier to entry for software programming is much, much lower. When a person can violate your patents with nothing more than a PC and a compiler, then there are potentially tens of thousands of people who will end up doing so. But the actual result is no different to that of other industries - the PC is to software what Star Trek 3D replicators would be to hardware - if we actually had 3D replicator technology, then people working in every industry would be living under the threat of patent trolls, and many of them would be calling for their industry to be exempted. So, why should software be treated as a special case?

Ummm.,,. The difference is that with such ease people can also come up and implement the same idea without having others show it to you. Imagine a world where a bridge concept is patentable. Meaning: Cavemen walking around sees a river, pushes a tree over and walks to the other side... thats a patent violation. Instead of patenting How he was able to get the tree in position, how he was able to stabilize the tree, etc... the whole concept is patentable. Software ideas can be relatively implemented much faster than other ideas and can be generated with 500 different methods to do the same thing. Patents like: Touch a screen to make an item move.. come on, thats a bridge concept. How about HOW you make the item move? or read the finger, etc.

I would argue that the reason Software Patents is a bad idea directly is because COPYWRITE already covers the details. Ideas happening. Patenting the Human Genome? give me a break.

Comment: Re:Correlation is not causation (Score 1) 684

by lordmage (#39891751) Attached to: Growing Evidence of Football Causing Brain Damage

Whoa... LIVE football players show similar damage? I would need "Citation here"

I am, still, under the impression that science cannot reveal this type of damage until you are DEAD. That is why people are donating their brains to Chris Nowinski and company for them to test.

If we could detect that damage now, why would we even let SOME football players, *Ahem* Payton Manning *Ahem*, still play this game?

Comment: This is a Marketing matter and pricing (Score 1) 299

by lordmage (#39795639) Attached to: Why eBook DRM Has To Go

DRM exists because the costs of the ebooks are outrageous and people know this.

I dont buy Hardbacks because I can wait a half year or more for the paperbacks. They have moved to 10.99 or so now for some large Paperback books and the ISBN number actually had the price in it. So, then I would go to used book stores and buy the books sometimes 3 to a dollar, etc.

But lets talk first purchase here. Cost for ebook delivery? minimal. Someone tell me how its more than .25 cents and explain it. So delivery costs is gone, so its basically labor + editing + idea + profit margin (name recognition). So then lets go with a good 1.99 cost and sell 100,000 copies of a book is 174 gross per book.

There is a reason why books are 24.99 on Apple or Amazon? pure and simple: It forces them to do DRM and whine and bitch and claim author X's book did not sell because of piracy instead that it sucked.

I have literally hundreds of paperbacks (more like over a thousand) in ziploc bags in my garage that I was planing on using for retirement. You know, the old Bookstore by the beach. Well thats a shot deal, so... do I trash them, scan them in, re-get the ebook, or just keep them stored until electricity runs out for someone to find and claim they are the Coptic scrolls of our day.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 278

by lordmage (#39622129) Attached to: Major Textbook Publishers Sue Open-Education Textbook Start-Up

Hey now.. Just because MATH changes every year does not mean you can whine about them having to CHANGE the textbook. Its obvious ya know. On the odd years,{ X^3 is 3X and on the even years its 3x+3x +3x. It would explain a whole lot on how come we cannot calculate PI past the 22/7 simple calculation. (Which, in and of itself, is wrong too).

If you can understand the above, you must be one of the new Math Textbook makers cause that was next years math thoughts.

Comment: Heroes Kingdoms... Offline... with better message. (Score 1) 332

by lordmage (#38959741) Attached to: Thanks to DRM, Some Ubisoft Games Won't Work Next Week

Heroes Kingdoms went offline, and that is an ONLINE Ubisoft Game. The message posted stated from 9am Tuesday to 9am Thursday basically.

Of course, they will "Freeze all game timing" which also means we all get this as extended to the subscribers.

Btw, Heroes Kingdoms is pretty addicting as Free to Play, and cheap as Pay to Play.

Yep.. I got the WITHDRAWAL from an online game right now...

*shiver and shake*

Comment: For all those bashing Pro Sports (Score 1) 257

by lordmage (#38435140) Attached to: NFL: National Football Luddites?

I am sure they are "Crying" all the way to the bank. Get over it, there are way too many people who enjoy professional sports and a large market that I am sure Albert is just whining about some Anonymous Coward hates that he is making 22 million a year playing a sport where he bashes a ball past a fence.

If you paid to go see your local chess masters at work, or paid to see a slashdotter present, then maybe they will get the 22 million instead of someone else.

Btw, are you also saying Performance Drugs should be disallowed? How many of you drink Caffeine or do some 5 hour energy drink just to pass some test in school. Should we ban you from doing your chosen profession?

Nope, not an Anonymous coward here.

If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. -- Albert Einstein