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Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 250

In my mind, limits to free speech are important when that speech crosses the line into hatefulness. I see no reason why people shouldn't be held to account for damages that they willfully cause through verbal abuse.

(As an American) I agree that some speech should be limited by force of law - but generally-speaking I think you'll find most Americans go as far as protecting public safety and stop there ("Fire!" in a crowded theater, etc.)

The problem is with your second sentence. "Held to account for damages ." What kind of damages can possibly be rewarded by the court? How do you quantify it? Is calling someone a "faggot" worth $50 but calling them a "dirty faggot that must die!" worth $100? Is there a chart, or an Excel spreadsheet with some formulas we can input?

What if I don't care if someone says hateful things to me? Or what if I'm someone who's hyper-sensitive to hate speech? The same thing said to two different people has two different results.

Or is the intent all that matters, not its effect? In which case, what if whenever I say "Have a nice day" what I really mean is "I hope you die in an oven"? Once again, how do you quantify the degree of hatefulness so you can fairly judge them?

Comment Re:But who gets paid? (Score 1) 309

Well, IANAL, but as anyone can claim to be the owner, I think anyone can sue.

And logically, that one gets paid or gets the debt, and funds the lawsuit, as a result of being the one who sued.

About e): Well, I guess same as someone can “troll’ by taking the free software (work of others) and selling it for money. But that’s kinda the point of GPL, no? Dunno.

Anyone who is a lawyer here to enlighten us?

Comment Re:Always the same story... (Score 1) 1079

If you talk back, disobey orders and give them a hard time, crap like this will most likely happen to you because you escalate the situation and make the lives of people who already have miserable jobs more miserable. That's not an excuse, but don't be surprised when stuff like this happens.

But saying, "don't be surprised when stuff like this happens" *IS* an excuse.

Comment Re:I Second this (Score 1) 970

250 sheets on the 2600n is a decent tray size compared to many consumer printers, but for the love of God, everybody knows that reams are 500 sheets. Why don't printer manufacturers just make 500 sheet trays? It's not like the extra inch of metal and plastic would cost more than a couple bucks.

Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine.

Comment Re:DVD Sales Gap (Score 1) 378

Do you really think the demand for music hasn't increased? I don't have any stats to back this up, but I would guess that people listen to ten times as much music as they used to -- and that's great! Access to music improves humanity, and if you accept that, it's really difficult to make "moral" arguments which result in people having access to less music. How can that be the right thing to do if it degrades the human experience?

Comment Re:Publisher friendly? (Score 0, Redundant) 155

I'm sure the prevailing slashdot assumption will be that publishers somehow fail to realize this, but I doubt that.

Does success mean "not alienating?" All of these successful DRM practices alienate customers, it's just that there's enough who are disinterested to make up for it. I give the example of audio cassettes which, despite opposition by recording companies, not only gave them a new outlet for their music, but made vinyl MORE worthwhile because the consumer had more options. Ditto video cassettes... they whined and whined until they found out they had a whole new revenue stream, at which point they were making more money than ever.

Are they shooting themselves in the foot? I don't know, maybe not, maybe it'll be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I really don't believe it's naive to distrust publishers.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson