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Comment Re:Welp, back to pirating (Score -1) 212

a person who steals something

to take (something that does not belong to you) in a way that is wrong or illegal
to take (something that you are not supposed to have) without asking for permission
to wrongly take and use (another person's idea, words, etc.)

to obtain or secure for use

So, yes, I would say "thief" is appropriate.

Comment Re:Abolish patents (Score 1) 64

I've concluded that abolishing parents is the only way to truly solve the problem.

Then you'd be back to trade secrets, or possibly {big evil corp} stealing {little guy}'s idea and profiting off it before {little guy} could.
The point of patents was to promote sharing information in exchange for temporary exclusivity. However, over time, Corporations have forgotten about that "temporary" part. That's the part that needs changing

Comment Re:Interesting - let's see what happens (Score 4, Insightful) 217

As a lesson from another industry, Ford removed most of the physical knobs and switches from their cars when they first introduced MyFordTouch. Owners freaked out when the touch screen wasn't as responsive as they'd hoped, and some of the switches have come back over time

The issue with MyFordTouch is that drivers couldn't find the buttons without looking away from the road.

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