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Comment Re:"Shows Why We Can't Have Nice Things For Cheap" (Score 1) 114

THIS.

You just can't make a ball "too good". Any sport is highly regulated. Screwing around with the elements too much will be viewed as a rules violation. There just isn't that much to invent here.

This is just more of the usual "patents run amok" that we see in our own domain. It should not surprise anyone that it happens with "physical stuff" too.

Comment Re:Where's the news? (Score 1) 114

> There's nothing about a golf ball that makes it unworthy of patents.

This statement is most likely false. Golf is an old well established sport with set rules. The ball itself is a very simple item that's at the center of the game. The idea that there is any "secret sauce" in any sports ball is on it's face absurd. You have a high bar to reach to argue to the contrary.

This is more likely than not a manifestation of the bullshit we see in the parts of the patent system we are intimately familiar with.

Comment Re:"Shows Why We Can't Have Nice Things For Cheap" (Score 4, Funny) 114

And the amateurs will do/buy anything to improve their game. I do some work at a country club and the schlock on sale to golfers makes global warming skeptics look like Einstein.

So, Titleist are the Monster Cables of the golfing/country club set....?

;)

Comment Re:As opposed to? (Score 1) 32

The ACA was the largest government handout to industry in possibly the history of government.

That's a a very narrow view. Guess you're middle-class, huh?

The GOP would have happily voted in favor of it if only the white house were occupied by a republican; they opposed it because they didn't want a democrat to get credit for health care reform.

Events from the last 2 weeks would seem to undercut that argument quite a bit.

but the bill did largely the opposite of that.

There are, at minimum, 24 million of your fellow countrymen who think that argument is full of shit.

He gave the GOP the bill they wanted.

That's a bizarre statement to make, considering that not one single solitary GOP congresscritter voted for its passage.

Comment Re:Real Question: Consensual or Non-Consensual? (Score 1) 487

True, but in the end, the difference remains. When it's simply prostitution, what matters is money changes hands and one person, the person giving the money, will have his or her satisfaction. The satisfaction of the person receiving the money does not enter the equation. If anything, it's a bonus.

In a role play situation, the key element is that the recipient of the money is more interested in personal satisfaction than the monetary compensation.

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