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Comment: Facts behind the aspartame controversy (Score 1) 630

by neghvar1 (#49561621) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame
Aspartame does change to formaldehyde due to body heat. However, formaldehyde is required for proper metabolism and our body produces two enzymes which can break down the formaldehyde. The dangers of aspartame involve consuming aspartame faster than your body is able to break it down. To begin to suffer the effects of aspartame (formaldehyde poisoning) would require the consumption of approximately 50mg of aspartame per kilogram of body weight. So for me, I would have to consume about 60 cans of diet cola ) per day to feel the effects of formaldehyde poisoning. (1 12oz. can of diet coke: 125 mg) Results may vary based on metabolism speed and body weight.

Comment: Re:This seems appropriate (Score 1) 163

Congress extends copyright every time Disney throws money at them.

The Mickey Mouse Protection Act will reach its end in 2018. You can bet that Disney will dump millions into another extension. One potential source of influence against Disney and other supporters is software publishers. Present copyright terms for software copyright is pointless because of how quickly the programs become obsolete and unusable due to lack of hardware and OS support. Software publishers have no valid reason to extend copyright. Who will still be using Windows XP in 2096 when the copyright expires? Who will be using it in 2066? 2036? No one! The hardware to run the OS will be long gone with exception to a technology museum.

Comment: Re:This seems appropriate (Score 3, Interesting) 163

Unfortunately, the Senate has to approve both of those and when they figure out it means they can't accept bribes any more, they will kill it faster than patent reform.

Incorrect. The states can open a constitutional convention to create an amendment to ban financially influencing politicians. If 3/4 of the states approve of the amendment, then it by-passes congress and becomes part of our constitution.

Comment: There is one answer (Score 1) 163

There is one answer that can work. It is a constitutional convention. If 2/3 of the states demand an amendment, then Congress is obligated to open a constitutional convention for the proposed amendment to the Constitution. If 75% of the states approve of the amendment to the Constitution, then that by-passes the US Congress. This is the only way we can create term limits for the US Congress. They will not slit there own throats. Ever since Obamacare, the idea of opening a constitutional convention has been growing among the states to propose a balanced budget amendment. Term limits for US Congress would not be far behind.

Comment: Re:use it or lose it (Score 1) 153

And what of orphaned works? Works in which the copyright owner cannot be found or has died and that person's copyright were never handed down. There are thousands of works which will fall into the abyss of time because of IP giants who want to continue commercialy exploiting their few copyrights.

Comment: use it or lose it (Score 4, Interesting) 153

First off, I believe software should have a different copyright length. (Windows XP's copyright expires sometime after 2100. How crazy is that?) I also believe a "use it or lose it clause" should be added to copyright law. If a publisher or copyright holder ceases to publish, market, support and profit from a product, then after X number of years, that game will fall into public domain. I believe this clause should apply to all copyrights and not just software.

Comment: Promoting piracy (Score 1) 153

When the publishers and copyright holders cease to produce, market, support and profit from their games, yet there are still consumers demanding the game and those consumers will do whatever it takes to continue playing the games they love. Are the publishers and copyright holder then indirectly promoting the piracy of their own products? It's like giving a suicidal person a gun. The suicidal person makes the choice to kill himself or not, but the other person put him in that situation.

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340