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Comment Re:And then there's this asshole: (Score 2) 318

I noticed that particular passage, too. One of the things that bothered me about his "decision making" is that spiritual healer is not the opposite of evolution or science. I can't remember a single science or math class where spiritual healers came up even once. I don't recall any lesson about how species evolve including, "therefore, spiritual healers suck". Moreover, "That's not science. I'm not going to see this doctor." Who does that? I would have been driven off by the "semi-clothed" aspect, but the its not science would have never crossed my mind.

Moreover, if it worked, I would want to "use my science" to learn more about it and figure out how it works. If I just accept that it was magic, I would close my mind to learning.

Comment Re:slow news day? (Score 2) 631

The issue isn't our relationship with Google, but Google's relationship with its employees. If Google pays it employees in cash, this is obviously taxable. Can Google pay its employees in "free" lunch? If employees buy their own lunches, they can't deduct it from income. In effect, providing lunch to its employees is a form of tax-free compensation. In an ideal world, my employer would pay all my bills directly, and I would be taxed only on the remainder. Of course, that can't work.

By the way, we pay for Google searches by being exposed to advertising in the same way we pay for network television.

Comment Studio/Customers Disconnect (Score 1) 294

This is just another example of the disconnect between the studios and their customers. Studios believe that they are selling a license but customers believe that they are buying a product. The studios don't want to be explicit about this because they know that customers would revolt. That is why they work behind the scenes (a court case is behind the scenes for most people) to impose their view of the world without making an announcement. Customers won't like it at first, but eventually people will learn to adjust. However, as part of that new paradigm, studios should provide a free backup service so that the media travels with the person and not a particular downloaded copy.

This being said, I have no idea how someone can generally sell an mp3 in the traditional sense absent some sort of registry system. In theory, if I delete my copy of an mp3 before "selling" it to someone else that has the same character as selling a CD. However, there is no way to know if I actually deleted my copy absent some sort of ownership registry. Selling a CD has that same problem because there is no way to know if someone made a digital copy before selling the physical media. However, that is an enforcement problem and not necessarily a copyright problem assuming that everyone follows the rules.

Comment Captain's Log!! (Score 1) 618

How can it not be the Captain's log? If has been on every starfleet vessel, and it never makes mistakes. Name one bad order that the Captain's log has given. You can't because it hasn't. The log will NEVER let me down.

Submission + - Don't need a warrant to track your disposal cellphone (informationweek.com)

Blindman writes: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that it is okay for police to track your cellphone signal without a warrant. Using information about the cell tower that a disposal cell phone was connected to, the police were able to track a suspected drug smuggler. Apparently, keeping your cellphone on is authorization for the police to know where you are.

Comment Counterproductive (Score 1) 263

If the information is need-to-know only, then giving the people that need-to-know false information will lead to wasted time. If a person doesn't need to know, then the person shouldn't have the information in the first place. The example in the article of burying useful information in a sea of noise still presumes that someone can exceed their access in the first place. Those things should be preventable in the first instance.

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