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Comment Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (Score 5, Insightful) 263

The question should never have been "why shouldn't they be able to patent it", it should always be "why should they be able to patent it". The fact is that a patent is granted at the expense of the many for the benefit of the few, so there should always be a damn good reason for something to be granted as a patent.

Submission PopSci is getting rid of comments->

Daniel_Stuckey writes: From an article announcing the sites' decision to do away with comments:

It wasn't a decision we made lightly. As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter.

That is not to suggest that we are the only website in the world that attracts vexing commenters. Far from it. Nor is it to suggest that all, or even close to all, of our commenters are shrill, boorish specimens of the lower internet phyla. We have many delightful, thought-provoking commenters.

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Comment If we care about GM, we'd stop buying them (Score 1) 471

If we care about GM, then we should not buy Volt from them. Every Volt we buy causes GM to lose money, so if we don't buy any Volt (boycott them) then GM won't lose any money, hence a nett positive for them. Yay on a more serious note, I don't see why GM would market a car that causes them to lose money. How can they recoup their investment? From selling battery replacement or services? anyone care to explain?

I'm always looking for a new idea that will be more productive than its cost. -- David Rockefeller