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Comment Re:DO NOTE (Score 1) 97

You seem to completely misunderstand copyright. You cannot copyright information or knowledge, all you can copyright is your communication of that information and knowledge. You can write a book about communication protocols, and I can read your book and write my own based on what I learned from yours, and there's nothing you can do about it. I have not infringed your copyright, I have not copied your work, I have created a new work and possibly, if I've learned from others as well or discovered something in my studies, I can use that for improving on your information. And your assertion that I can't use the information is brain-dead stupid -- you think that people who check a book about how to win a game out of the library, read it, and use that new knowledge to win are infringing copyright???

Without copyright, any rich bastard could sell as many copies of my book as he wanted, he has marketing bucks and I don't. I would get nothing for my work, the publisher would reap the rewards.

That said, copyright lengths are absurd. There is no way Jimi Hendrix will ever be talked into recording any more records.

As to patents, there should be a patent system but ours is screwed for many different reasons.

Trademarks? You think it should be OK for me to open a McDonald's restaraunt down to the golden arches?

Comment Re:What's the difference? (Score 1) 462

I would agree that it is a medical disorder of some type, but I'm pretty sure your "molested as a kid" is absolutely wrong. I know people who were molested as children, none are gay and all have one or another mental illness compounded by substance abuse. Anyone who fucks a child fucks a child for life. No, I'm not talking about an eighteen year old who has been dating a sixteen year old for three years, I'm talking about adults fucking children. I wish I'd never seen the adult results from the abuse. But homosexuality wasn't the result, although prostitution often was.

On the other hand, gays and lesbians I've known all had straight siblings. If your hypothesis was correct, many of their siblings would also be gay --- I mean really, you have 4 kids and only molest one?

It's most likely a combination of genetics and environment, like almost every other disease. I pity them and applaud those who thrive despite it. If you're a Christian, remember that God loves gays and he doesn't hate their sins any more than he hates yours or mine. You're no better, don't judge people.

We all have our cross to bear. Just be glad you weren't born homosexual, I'm sure it's a huge burden.

Comment Re:DO NOTE (Score 1) 97

Not me. If I come home from work and find someone I don't know sitting on my couch reading, they're going to jail. Period. Even if the door is unlocked it's breaking and entering and a violation of my rights. You don't just walk into someone's house and read their books, especially since those books are free at the library.

Hey, you, get offa my cloud!

Comment Re:He'll be old when he gets it. (Score 1) 114

My daughter has been using iPhones for years, she's 27. I see people of all ages with the silly things. I say silly, because it's stupid to carry around a six or seven hundred dollar fragile object everywhere you go when one for a hundred will do all the same things.

I call Apple's phone the iBling. It's a status symbol, and I detest status symbols. Kids...

Comment Re:[Fuck Beta] Re: Engineers FTW! (Score 2) 158

Absolutely backwards, the "marriage penalty" is a carefully crafted lie. The fact is, a childless married couple pays less than a widow with a child who earns the same amount of money. Yeah, if all three of those adults earn the same amount of money the married couple will pay almost twice as much in taxes, but that's because they're earning twice as much.

I guess YMMV in other parts of the world, but in the US singles are taxed at a higher rate.

Comment Re:Serves them right (Score 1) 76

Apparently almost anything except an iPhone. I've only broken a single screen, and that was a cheap throwaway phone I slipped in the ice and fell on. But my daughter's an iPhone user and breaks all of them. I've seen other iPhones with cracked screens, but no other brands..

I suspect Apple uses thinner glass to make the whole phone thinner. I know of no other phone so delicate.

Comment Re:And in other news... (Score 2) 625

Unions didn't kill themselves by asking for too much money, corporations killed the unions by buying "right to work" legislation in many states, then moving there. And there's no way any American can compete with someone who can get by on two dollars a day, so the "American" companies shipped jobs where pay was nothing and regulations were nonexistent (leading to poisoned baby formula, China's horrendous pollution, etc). Union labor? Minimum wage can't compete with China when it comes to cheap labor.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 888

Wow, where did you get all that misinformation?

Over population is the cause of most of our current misery

No. Most of our current misery is caused by greed and selfishness. There is enough food and other resources for everyone, except that less than one percent of humans have 99% of the Earth's resources.

The need to feed the mutitudes [sic] has reduced our oceans to near death.

Agriculture isn't killing the oceans, energy companies and chemical (mostly plastics) companies are. Farmers hate runoff, it's money they spent that was wasted. They don't wantonly dump stuff, and our lands are NOT exhausted... where did you pick this bullshit up at, your local astrologer?

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