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Comment Re: Copyright? (Score 3, Insightful) 154

I doubt Apple look too closely for prior art and are more interested in counting the filthy

Oh, so today we're mad at Apple for dastardly approving apps that they should have rejected on the grounds of software look-and-feel... because that totally holds up in court, not to mention it's totally Apple's job to ensure that every app has no resemblance to any other software ever published. Got it!

I'm glad you posted, because I think I missed that memo and was still cursing those Apple jerks for rejecting too many apps, because "All Apps Deserve To Be Approved" and "Apple Is Oppressing People With Their Walled Garden."

Comment Re:But... But... My soul! My free will! (Score 1) 586

Hahaha. Welcome to religion. You're thinking ethics, not morality. Some ethical schools of thought ask if harm was caused in order to judge whether an act was ethical.

Morality is a term for an artificial set of arbitrary rules, some of which, under some cultures, align with harm (example: punching a bystander in the face = immoral and causes harm), but many of which are 100% arbitrary. Example: harassing gay people = moral to Westboro Baptist Church, but causes harm. Example: masturbating = immoral to many nuts (including some Christians and other religions), but obviously harmless.

Comment Re:Enforcement--brilliant! (Score 1) 801

Your states are weird (i mean the Parent and GP). In California, school zones are "25 When Children Are Present." My traffic school I recently did taught me that means anytime you can see a kid from the road, even in the middle of the night.

I think it's a sensible law because it doesn't make you slow down when no kids are present.

55 and 65 speed limits, on the other hand... stupid. especially since you never get a ticket for going 5-10 over. They should start ticketing us for doing 66 in a 65. Laws would change REAL FAST. Instead, we depend on the lax enforcement to not be bankrupted by fines, however technically we're ALL criminals, because you can't drive under the speed limit on any freeway. Except during traffic jams.

Comment Re:What a stupid idea. (Score 1) 801

There are areas in my city where you have two choices when attempting to travel from one east-west street to a prallel east-west street a half mile north: either (a) drive a mile in either direction in heavy traffic with lights at every other block to reach the nearest "big" north-south street, or (b) take one of the two dozen minor streets in between that have all become clogged with stop signs and speed bumps. It's done nothing but made traffic worse, all because these people don't want anyone driving over 20mph on the two-lane, dotted yellow down the middle road that's near their house.

Comment Re:Laugh It Off (Score 1) 308

To be fair, if Palin's personal email account was "hacked," (as in "guessed because of being an easy password") i think it was the fault of her own naive password habits and therefore reason to laugh at her.

Obama's Twitter, on the other hand, is obviously not actually used by him. Hate to break it to you, but the POTUS does not tweet. Some staffer, probably some young intern, is in charge of posting the official tweets from the press office each day. We should be laughing at that guy right now. If it had been something the President did himself then yes we should be laughing at him and I would be the first to have a chuckle. It's good to laugh. //I hate Palin and wish a moose would eat her.

Comment Re:Cool (Score 1) 238

England hasn't been part of Europe for 10,000-20,000 years. It's no more a part of Europe than Madagascar is a part of Africa just because of proximity, or Guadeloupe a part of Europe just because it is ruled by a European country.

Note: Membership in the EU also does not imply being part of Europe. Europe is a continent. Well, half a continent.

Hilariously, this same question came up recently in a thread I was involved in.

Comment Re:Did I miss something? (Score 1) 295

under current British rule, I'm not so sure it would actually be all that different today.

No matter how much you personally disagree with the policies of Her Majesty's Government, at least the officials who run it were duly elected by their constituents.

China does not have real elections (in that you have a choice of more than one party to vote for).

Please don't try to compare the UK with China.

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