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Comment Re: "Ghandi" quote updated (Score 1) 412

I'm not arguing for/against any tech, just saying that tax policy can shape industry and consumer behavior immensely, and it is those behaviors that need shaping in the climate change debate. So, yeah, WarJolt, I would agree that blindseer has provided yet another example for you to contemplate.

Comment Re: "Ghandi" quote updated (Score 4, Insightful) 412

Why is it ridiculous? Shifts in tax policy have driven all sorts of things in our national and global behavior. Why would climate change be any different? I'm not saying it's the right solution, but it certainly is a solution that would work, based on the evidence of other venues. Look at what a shift in tax policy did to home ownership rates (drove it up massively during the 20th century, exactly as designed... for good or for ill, but exactly as designed by policy makers). Or to protection of rhinos worldwide (saved them from extinction by pricing the horns out of reach). Look what it is doing right now to the adoption rate of renewable energy sources. Lots of other examples.

Comment Re: Surprised? (Score 1) 140

I think we're talking at cross-purposes here. The discussion was about taking donations afterward as a way of getting money from this stunt and about the benefits of pulling this stunt. My point was that Nintendo has ways to make sure that people do not get any material gain from doing this. And they can garnish wages from any future resources you try to earn.

Comment Re: Surprised? (Score 1) 140

Sure, but if I make sure to drain your resources, I deter anyone else who wants to abuse my trademarks. It doesn't matter how small your resources are as long as everyone else knows this scheme isn't profitable. At least, that's the legal theory. Whether it works in practice is anyone's guess.

Comment Re: Surprised? (Score 1) 140

You are wrong. Any creative work that uses a trademark is subject to trademark law, even free art projects and political campaigns. There are some limited fair-use options, but those are really stringent. Even parody, which can sidestep copyright law, cannot sidestep trademark most of the time.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 203

> When will computer geeks grasp that most of the human race actually > enjoys the company of others and that there are actual economic reasons > why people cluster? That's exactly what Kurzweil DID agree with. He said we've crowded into cities because we want to crowd. But it has downsides. His contention is that as we improve communications and physical delivery of goods, we can have the economic benefits and companionship benefits of clustering without actually clustering.

Comment Re:Absolutely not (Score 1) 301

bughunter: I create accounts on those services and then don't use them, just as a defense against someone else creating accounts using my name. It's a protection against identity theft. I encourage you to consider a similar strategy if your name is something that you professionally trade on ever.

Comment Re:If they pay the license fee (Score 1) 230

It may seem wrong, but if that's the license agreement that the state agreed to, then that's the agreement. The company now has a right to enforce that agreement. If you don't like a EULA, you need to protest it when you buy the software, not 20+ years later when chickens come home to roost.

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