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Comment Re: Damn people are getting dumb (Score 1) 82

While you're on the topic of morals what's your view on the producers endlessly locking up content in copyright, forever milking the customer for every cent they can bare while passing on almost none of the profits to the people who created that work, all the while taking people to court for ludicrously over inflated payouts?

Even if I would be pirating due to financial reasons I would justify it to myself as "doing no moral harm" quite comfortably.

That is not the doing of the producers, rather it is the doing of the politicians. Now ask yourself what did the politicians give to the people when they took away works that should be in the public domain?

I'm all for rebelling against unjust laws, but the truth is that I'll support copyright infringement for an informative work, but not for an entertainment work. One could argue that the entertainment works become culture, to that I answer: when you pirate you are actively basing your culture on non-free works. So the society-benefiting conclusion remains: don't pirate. Just ignore the copyrighted works and base your culture upon ideas and stories that you are free to share.

Comment Re:Not replaced: serial and parallel ports. (Score 3, Informative) 133

1. Serial ports, because you don't need a complex microcontroller and driver stack just to throw a few bytes between two machines.

The poster seems to not understand what the words "universal" and "bus" mean in "Universal Serial Bus". He has 12 different varieties of physical connectors, but they all use (different compatible versions of) that same bus protocol, so he can simply use an adapter to interconnect between them. His PS/2 "adapter" is unreliable, does not completely support either the PS/2 or USB protocols, and will not work with many high-draw PS/2 HID devices, such as the PS/2 Model M keyboards (Lexmark, then Unicomp). Rather, there is a 'standard' mapping of PS/2 connectors to USB that most USB controllers support, but that is a USB feature.

Comment The heckle's bombing (Score 1) 201

This is the "heckler's veto" writ large.

The hecklers's veto is when government claims the power to silence you because other people might get violent over your speech. (This is separate from "them's fighting words", as they are not statements directed to provoke a particular person.)

In the US these inevitably get tossed as unconstitutional. As should something like this. We, The People, choose to take the risk of gathering. Your permitted job, government, is to secure that right.

That is the only power we have granted you.

Other countries without serious constitutions, that follow vox populi vox dei, YMMV.

Comment Re:Waste isn't much of a problem (Score 1) 249

Fujashima was due to the one two punch of an earthquake followed by a tsunami. The earthquake knocked out the plant's energy generation itself, and the backup power lines to other plants, then the tsunami flooded the basement with the backup generators. Then no power to control the cooling pumps.

Tip top equipment wouldn't have helped.

Submission + - Air Force hires civilian drone pilots for combat patrols - legality questioned (

schwit1 writes: For the first time, civilian pilots and crews now operate what the Air Force calls "combat air patrols," daily round-the-clock flights above areas of military operations to provide video and collect other sensitive intelligence.

Civilians are not allowed to pinpoint targets with lasers or fire missiles. They operate only Reapers that provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, known as ISR, said Air Force Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command.

Comment Re: Damn people are getting dumb (Score 1) 82

I tried that. No one would take my money.

When regional exclusion comes into account, I for all means support copyright infringement. My comments were addressed to those who circumvent copyright when moral (not necessarily legal) means are available to them, in order to save money.

If the producers and distributors of the media do not see you as a potential customer and refuse to offer their product in your area, then you are doing no moral harm by acquiring the media by alternative distribution channels.

Intel CPUs are not defective, they just act that way. -- Henry Spencer