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Comment Re:Good thing (Score 4, Insightful) 949

I would love to see a viable legal alternative to my current setup

It's more than that, though, because your current setup in many cases should be legal.

How many dollars have been stolen from consumers by way of the politicians that have been bought to extend copyright on works that should have entered the public domain decades ago (copyright is supposed to be for the public benefit, which is why their government enacted it), and how does this compare to the money the industry claims is being stolen now? I think they may owe us a perpetually growing chunk of change, in fact.

And as a preemptive strike against the pedantic counterpoint, let's assume for these purposes that yes, selling somebody the Brooklyn Bridge is stealing from them.

Comment Re:Suicide? (Score 1) 1343

I'm not certain I understand why a child needs to be taught not to play with something that looks like a gun. Sure, knives are in the kitchen, as is the stove. Where are these guns, within reach on every flat surface?

Comment Re:Only if... (Score 1) 427

That's a good point. To bring in a car analogy, there are laws and standards regarding the vehicles permitted on the road. Would a Microsoft bigwig be championing this idea if it meant an NHTSA would be regulating their ass?

Sounds great actually. Coupled with the Justice Department discouraging monopoly abuse, we'd have the another regulator preventing MS from putting a house of knives on the road.

Comment Re:Secret Question (Score 1) 414

I wholeheartedly agree and have practiced this rigorously, to some recently mixed results. I selected the secret question, "What was the name of your first dog?"

Fast forward to my forgotten password. You see, I've never owned a dog. I tried "none," "null," to no avail. Tech support time. "You see..."

Woman: You don't remember? Oh, I see what you did...
Me: No idea!
Woman: It's three letters... I can't say it.
Me: Uhmmm...OH! [feverish typing] Got it reset!

Secret answer: WTF

The best was I was at work as it was a corporate vendor's website.

Comment Re:Hmm, this seems illogical. (Score 2, Interesting) 492

What about blind people who cannot speak? Personally, I don't think universities should be allowed to encourage devices except to the lowest common denominator: Helen Keller.

The solution becomes clear, then, and it's the Braille machine used by Whistler in the movie Sneakers. This, of course, is a completely different device as opposed to a variant of a viable e-book reader the rest of us use but with additional features. Therefore, this device is the only that should be allowed, and we bitches with all of our senses functioning should have some compassion and learn Braille already.

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