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Comment: Re:Prior art (Score 5, Insightful) 60

These IP trolls usually calculate how much it would cost for their victims to fight the patent, win or lose, then make a settlement offer slightly below that.

IMHO, the patent system isn't flawed, it's the lackluster way patent offices grant new patents.
They should be held accountable for bad patents.

Comment: Killer feature (Score 4, Funny) 153

Just watched the promo video. It looks f**king awesome!

Away with consumption (according to the video; writing HTML) and towards creating (according to the video; drawing a smiley face)!

The "drawing mustaches on marsupials" feating is the killer feature of a new generation of browsers.
Can your Chrome or Firefix draw mustaches on marsupials? Does it even HAVE mustaches?
Do you want to be a slave to consumption? Making webpages? While you can be the god of your own highlighted-random-text creations?

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 109

It's already picked and mixed, just not picked and mixed the way you like.

A "perfect" democracy is one where each citizen can vote equally on every single choice. Such a system would be impractical to the extreme, so shortcuts have to be (and have been) made; the "picking" and "mixing".

Most of the picking and mixing is done for the wrong reasons, though; for the benefit of the individuals doing the picking and mixing.

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 109

Limiting government assumes that civilians will be honest and fair when given (or rather; getting back from government) power to be dishonest and unfair.

Part of the problem is also that "honest" and "fair" are highly subjective terms in the first place.
Another part is that every single social/political system takes just all people to be honest and fair; just one exception will screw up the entire thing for all people.

Capitalism would work great if everybody competes with everybody else and nobody tries to join forces to lesser competition.

Marxism would work great if everybody shares everything with everybody else and nobody tries to keep something for themselves.

I can't think of any social/political system which is NOT vulnerable in such a way.

Just take a hacker mentality to politics.

Comment: Re:Not in the UK (Score 1) 216

by mwvdlee (#49575571) Attached to: How Google Searches Are Promoting Genocide Denial

I get the same ad for certain keyword combinations on Dutch-language Google as well.
I could only find it for search terms "armeense genocide" and "armenie genocide".
I tried a number of other words, but these are the only hits I found for the ad in Dutch.
Atleast they don't seem to be limited just to the USA.

Comment: Re:How a project is maintained (Score 1) 177

by mwvdlee (#49575197) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

I can understand the people directly involved with a project having an emotional stake in which of competing projects wins.

But we're talking about a user here; just pick the one you like and change your pick if you want. I'm sure the investment in time learning to use your pick has some meaning to which one you'd like to succeed, but nowhere near as ridiculously teenage girl emotional at the author of TFA seems to be about it.

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