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Comment Re:whores. (Score 1) 393

But it's not as if things aren't negotiated on WITHIN the government itself. You suppose it is a monolith when it is anything but. There are many factions and competing interests that directly alter the "government" perspective all the time. How is this not the same than competition in the marketplace?
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Submission + - Coca-Cola Secret Recipe Revealed

mvar writes: For 125 years, Coke's secret recipe has remained one of the most heavily guarded trade secrets in the world. Now a group of accidental soda sleuths say they've stumbled across a list of its ingredients. Producers of the radio program This American Life came across an article on the history of Coca-Cola in an old copy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Coca-Cola's hometown newspaper. Published on page 2B on February 18, 1979, the article received little attention at the time. But, producers say, that's because no one realized the photo used to illustrate the story is a hand-written copy of John Pemberton's original recipe, jotted down by a friend in a leather-bound recipe book of ointments and medicines, and passed down by friends and family for generations.

Comment Re:trademark not copyright (Score 1) 494

[quote]There are almost an infinite number of ways to structure a maze[/quote]

Not really. Consider you're limited by corridor width and overlap rules of some kind. Also, certain maps do not make for a playable game experience (routes of escape and choke points are things to consider). In addition, maps in games like this tend to exhibit some sort of symmetry which further limits the number of maps.

On topic, do developers really have a copyright (or some other claim of ownership) to maze layouts? That seems far-fetched.

Comment Reduncancy of RNA codons (Score 1) 196

One reason a mutation does not necessarily result in an error is the redundancy of the RNA codon. Multiple triplet RNA codes can code for the same amino acid (DNA->RNA->Amino Acid->protein). Some amino acids or coded in 4 unique triplet RNA sequences. So, even if an error is made, the result is often a synonymous mutation - one that codes the same amino acid. So if RNA polymerase picks up an A instead of G at this spot for some reason - it might not matter anyway.

Comment The reason this happens... (Score 3, Interesting) 486

Lengthy prison sentences are a product of, not only politicians and the War on Crime, but corporate ownership of jails. There is a financial and electoral incentive for putting people in jail. The growth of the prison population has grown dramatically in the last 50 years as a result of the commercialization of the penal system.

Comment Re:Great, more Elitism in Government (Score 1) 76

Whether I take this definition:

A group or class of persons or a member of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status.

Or this one:

The best or most skilled members of a group.

I still want those people in governance positions. Certainly when posed with this question I prefer elite to rabble.

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