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Comment: Re: News at 11.. (Score 1) 718

The fact that it is trivially easy to break a law is not, actually, a defense. The fact that you believe a law to be wrong does give you the right to break the law and turn yourself in and argue the law is wrong in court. It does not give you the moral authority to argue that it is right to break the law and just get away with it for free. Would Ghandi be a freedom fighter if he stole salt and didn't go to jail for it? Another option is to run for office or support those running for office to change the law. Stealing and patting yourself on the back is still stealing.

Comment: Re:News at 11.. (Score 0) 718

Copyright infringement is theft because it denies a copyright owner the ability to sell the product for which they have the copyright and thus they lose money. If I sell a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag that looks like a real one to Madame A, I am depriving Louis Vuitton the right to sell a real bag to Madame A. This is copyright infringement; you lose money and I go to jail. If I give away a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag to Madame A, I am still depriving Louis Vuitton the ability to sell the bag. I suffer monetary loss from your actions. Copyright infringement with no physical handbag is completely equivalent - except worse, because at least the knock-off Louis Vuitton bags are lower quality than the real deal and for digital copyright infringement, the copy is as good as the original. Many have posted on this issue: it is the settled law of the land.

Comment: Re:Well, it's not mayonaise ... (Score 1) 145

The European Union has a very specific definition of mayonnaise that includes emulsified oils and eggs, and in the EU, food ingredients in named foods are enforced. Here there is a consumer awareness standard of reasonability in play, or I think that is the case. Would a consumer be fooled into thinking there were eggs here?

Comment: Does Shortening a name change it? (Score 2) 145

Hi, I assume you argue that "Mayo" is a different word than "Mayonnaise," so there is no problem marketing "Just Mayo" or "Chipotle Mayo" as a mayonnaise substitute (without the word "substitute" on the front of the label). How would you feel about going to the store and getting some "OJ" that had no juice from oranges? If I read a label that said "Just OJ", I would assume it had only orange juice.

How would you feel about putting an image of eggs and a cross through them or some other way to quickly identify this is eggless mayonnaise substitute, and not mayonnaise?

+ - Volunteer work for for-profit companies is illegal in California

Submitted by billrp
billrp (1530055) writes "It seems it's illegal to provide volunteer work for a for-profit company in California. You must be compensated for your time, and of course taxes must be withheld. Here's a story about a small winery that was recently busted:

But what about all the user data that is collected by Facebook, Google, etc.without compensation and then sold to advertisers?"

Comment: Re:Kinda funny how taxes set back the internet (Score 1) 324

by turning in circles (#48204263) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic
I don't agree. People need their internet/need their connectivity and they will pay whatever they have to. Dumb phones are way cheaper than smart phones to buy and to run, but Apple just sold 39 million new expensive smart phones in 9 days. Many people will go without other basic needs to be internet connected as much as they want. I don't understand it myself (I like to vacation in places with no internet/no cell phone service), but I see it in others.

+ - Your typing style is now, or could soon be, big data->

Submitted by turning in circles
turning in circles (2882659) writes "Some researchers have developed algorithms that equate the way you bang the keyboard with how you are feeling at the time. They demonstrated about 87% accuracy with joy, 81% accuracy with anger, and less accuracy with other emotions. The researchers describe how this could be helpful for computer interactions with users (since computers don't identify emotions very well) or possibly online therapy sessions. But if I were an employer who had people on keyboards all day, I'd want to know their emotional state of being (especially if they were in customer service, think The Circle?). Hi employees! Here's your new keyboard."
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Comment: Re: The world we live in. Police/ Fraternities (Score 1) 595

by turning in circles (#47751213) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs
Hi, Personally, I want a much higher fraction of gun wielding, baton-toting, chokehold knowing police officers to be good people doing good things. 5-10% of the police force is a lot of bad apples, given their ability to cause mayhem. Teachers - they may not teach you, they may pick on you, but they won't kill you or beat you senseless. Probably.

As for fraternities, It is just incorrect to call fraternities wholesome things with adult oversight from local volunteers. Seriously? To solve the problem, though, instead of nail polish you could simply avoid going into fraternities or off-campus parties altogether. Especially freshman fall.

Comment: Correlation does not prove causation (Score 1) 1

Seems much more likely to me that smart people get faster internet - either by moving to places with fast internet or implementing it - and they tend to have smart kids. So I don't think the fast internet is making the kids smarter, but rather that people with smarter kids demand faster internet. Of course, neither is likely causative of the other.

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