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Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 1) 246

The real reason we see this is twofold - first, because of manufacturing and second, because of fraud.

No, you missed the third -- and most important -- reason: if the corporate oligarchy can abolish the concept of property rights (only for "consumers," of course), they can turn us all into serfs and force to rent everything from them in perpetuity.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 1) 246

Playing the devil's advocate... Where exactly is our "right to repair" granted? Is it in the constitution? Is it a bill signed into law?

What part of the concept of "ownership of property" do you not understand? It's been a fucking axiom of English common law since before English common law even existed!

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 3, Insightful) 594

If we would open drilling even more in the US and more publicly support fracking, we could never use another drop of middle eastern oil again.

Don't you dumbasses realize that we're using their oil so that when it runs out we'll still have ours left? Leaving our oil in the ground for as long as possible gives us a strategic advantage, and squandering that for short-term economic gain isn't "conservative," it's just goddamn fucking stupid!

Comment Re:Fork (Score 5, Informative) 352

You'd think that a 2d image editor should be a fairly simple job, something handled mostly by standard libraries now.

Isn't that what they're trying to do? Last I heard, they were working on implementing a clean library, GEGL and then they were going to rewrite GIMP to use it.

Comment Re:Defendants screwed up (Score 1) 130

Damnit, you made me go look it up!

I'm talking about 17 U.S.C. section 117:

(a)Making of Additional Copy or Adaptation by Owner of Copy.â"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, it is not an infringement for the owner of a copy of a computer program to make or authorize the making of another copy or adaptation of that computer program provided: (1) that such a new copy or adaptation is created as an essential step in the utilization of the computer program in conjunction with a machine and that it is used in no other manner, or

Comment Re:GM producers are shooting themselves in the foo (Score 1) 514

On a basic economic-theory level, competition depends on the consumer being able to make a well-informed choice. Therefore, any attempt to hide information from the consumer is anti-competitive. IMO, it's also immoral. In other words, there is always a reason for the government to require it to be labeled because everything should be labeled by default!

Therefore, if you want to justify failing to label GMOs, you need an actual compelling reason why restricting that information is in the overriding public interest. (And neither "it hasn't been proven to be unsafe" nor even "we've proven it to be safe" are compelling reasons. Even if it's safe, what justifies withholding the information? Nothing!)

Comment Re:There's a simpler problem here. (Score 1) 393

Having more kids going on to college looks better for the high school, so high-school guidance counselors might be motivated to recommend crap college degrees (instead of useful vocational training) to marginal students.

Any time you ask somebody for advice, you should first determine how and why they're getting paid. This applies to the retirement adviser at work (who is really a mutual fund -- or worse, annuity -- salesman), the real estate "buyer's agent" (who really just cares about getting the deal done, even at the expense of the buyer's best interests), the doctor (who prescribes the drugs whose manufacturers give him the best kickbacks), and everyone else, too.

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man -- who has no gills. -- Ambrose Bierce