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Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 582

The difference is that in your examples, people are searching for applications or services, and Google offers their own first. In TFA, they're talking about people searching for information or people's opinions, and being given the viewpoint that Microsoft wants them to have. If I search for a map of Tokyo and get a Google map, that's fine. I now have a map. But if I want to find an article I remember reading about why Windows is expensive, Bing is useless to me, and if I trust the results it gives, I'll get the impression that Windows is comparatively cheap (which maybe it is, but that's not what I was looking for).

Comment Re:So should book publishers try to prevent tradin (Score 1) 135

I brought the old edition to several classes when I was in school. In some classes, the profs were generous enough to provide a "translation key" on assignments so that we could figure out which problems were assigned. For others, I went to the library to do my assignments. For one calculus class, where the assignments weren't taken from the textbook, I used a completely different textbook and still did fine.

Old editions have the same information. In fact based classes where there's only one right answer and no possibility of a viewpoint, other textbooks on the same subject have the same information. I never bought a new textbook after first year, and you don't ever have to.

Comment Re:Regulation (Score 1) 376

What you're missing is that the large, corporate farms that can afford to implement, and circumvent, these measures are the same ones who will "happily sell us sawdust and animal faeces to eat...". Smaller, one and two person ranches generally raise their animals properly or close to it, and also generally won't be able to afford to start using this system, either in time or in money. That is, of course, if you believe that ranchers will be forced to pay for the equipment and administration of this out of their own pocket.

Comment Re:Let me be the first one to say it ... (Score 1) 1870

First of all, your scenario is a bunch of nonsense. Have you forgotten about libraries? The internet? There are plenty of free and legal ways to get all the information you need. Say what you want about public schools, but nearly all of them are sufficient to get you out of the trailer park (or mom's basement) if you decide that's what you want.

Second, is this thread seriously comparing copyright with slavery? Really? I love free tunes as much as the next guy, but if those of you making this argument honestly believe it, you need to take a serious look at your lives.

Comment Re:Color Me Unsuprised (Score 1) 554

Keep in mind that you are receiving money from Alberta, so the issue isn't that they aren't willing to share, it's that having their taxes going to support ridiculous language laws while hearing the Quebec government whine for more is a bit irksome. Being called rednecks and bigots, hearing people complain the the PM actually acknowledges the existence of a Canada between BC and Ontario and other nonsense like that just makes it worse.

Comment Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 554

I read my history. Quebec WAS Canada. Now, Canada is Canada, though you apparently don't understand what Canada is. We, as Canadians, have a minority government. Not we as Westerners or we as Albertans. Good idea, though, that the right to vote should be taken away based on your ill-informed ideas and prejudices.

Comment Re:Choice fodder! (Score 1) 554

Unfortunately for your point, but fortunately for everyone else, the "they" you refer to is a loud minority in Quebec. There may be regions where that portrayal is accurate, but it doesn't define the general population of the province.

1 and 2. I have had bad experiences everywhere. It happens. There are dumb people in every province and city, and living on every block. Nothing you can do about it, but using it as the basis for generalization doesn't do anybody any good.

3 and 4. That's the government, not the people there. The government has its own culture that seems to have pervaded all parties.

5. The language laws are annoying, but they are very rarely a restriction of rights.

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