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Comment Re:That Einstein's name? Albert Einstein (Score 1) 238

Yes, and we can change the speed of light ourselves by changing the medium through which it passes. We can even observe particles travelling faster than light within a medium. See Cherenkov radiation for an example of this.

Of course, that has nothing to do with c, which is defined as the speed of light in a vacuum, but interesting nonetheless.

Comment Re:Trademarks protect purchasers, not sellers (Score 2) 72

Uh, no. It's not a standards mark but an indicator of origin. I may think Foo brand shoes suck, but if I want genuine Foo for whatever reason, I want to know I'm buying genuine Foo. Maybe their quality sucks but they're made in a well-respected factory in Colorado, they treat their employees well, and they only emit pure oxygen and distilled water from their factories. The Chinese knockoffs might be better, but I want the Colorado-made product. The whole point of trademarks is that only Foo can claim to make Foo shoes.

Comment Free Apple TV - that's kinda cool (Score 1) 80

From the article:

Customers can get an Apple TV included with 3 months pre-paid of any DIRECTV NOW package.

The base 32GB Apple TV is currently $149. Looking at it another way, AT&T will sell you an Apple TV at a $44 discount and throw in three free months of live TV programming. That's actually a sweet deal.

PS: This is the first and probably only time you'll hear me describe anything from AT&T as being a decent value.

PPS: In before "apple tv sucks fanboyz lol etc". I have an Apple TV and I like it. You may prefer something else. Yay, here's your cookie. But if you were thinking about buying an Apple TV for Christmas, here's a $44 coupon off.

Comment Trademarks protect purchasers, not sellers (Score 4, Interesting) 72

That's great news! Trademarks are the one part of IP I can happily support. If I want to buy Foo brand shoes, and I see a shoebox marked with Foo's logo, I want to be reasonably sure that it actually contains Foo-approved shoes. Sure, people try to abuse trademarks ("you're not allowed to use our name in a news article criticizing us!" and other jackassery), but the actual concept of trademarks is great. This is the kind of IP law enforcement I actually want to see.

Comment Re:Quit blowing smoke! (Score 1) 667

You forgot to include dates to those tweets. Let me help:

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
2012

and

"We should be focused on clean and beautiful air-not expensive and business closing GLOBAL WARMING-a total hoax!"
2013

And then there's this:

"I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much"
Tuesday

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