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Comment Re:Fait Acompli? (Score 2) 168

That seems like an awful strange position for Lexmark to take; at no point did they license the patent to the end-user, because the end user isn't manufacturing printer cartridges, they're buying them. I mean, I could see a case if they were selling the cartridges along with some kind of contract agreement that you wouldn't do X with them, but that's nothing to do with patents.

If this is actually how the OP describes it and it passes the Supreme Court, Americans really need to burn down their legal system and start over...

Comment Re:Fait Acompli? (Score 4, Interesting) 168

Their argument is based on the premise that the long-standing "First Sale" doctrine doesn't apply, and that their patent rights extend to any subsequent use of their patented product

...which is fucking absurd on its face! After all, do people have the fundamental right to own property or not?

And that is the real issue here: with the DMCA, and now with patents, these fuckers are trying to create some sort of bizarro-world where Imaginary Property is not only no longer imaginary, but somehow actually superior to the right to own actual property! They want to enslave us into perpetually renting everything we use, which is no less a tyranny than being paid in scrip and being forced to buy from the company store, or being a serf indentured to the land. It is nothing less than digital Feudalism, and must be stopped at all costs!

Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 1) 240

Ambiguous law tends to be thrown out in court. Sadly most people don't bother to take it to trial because the pre-trial hearing dismisses the case or offers no points and a signficiantly lower fine and/or traffic school.

They do this on purpose because they know they'll lose in court, setting precedent.

Comment Re:Oh yeah (Score 1) 195

and I have some of the best dark skies in the country. Most people have never seen a dark sky, and underestimate its value.

Oh man, I envy you there.

I'm wanting to try my hand at some astral photography, but I dunno when I'll get a chance to find somewhere to go that isn't trashed with urban light pollution.....

It was just before Katrina, when I went with a girlfriend to a little beach house type thing in Mexico, well away from the large cities, that I last saw a nice, unpolluted nighttime sky.

I'd forgotten what a beautiful display a black night full of stars and planets looked like.

We got there and just sat on the deck with a couple beers that first night (and most nights afterwards) just staring into the night sky and marveling how wondrous it was...

Comment This is a bit absurd... (Score 1) 209

How is it that four decades into the personal computing era and ANYTHING in the UI is using any significant amount of CPU?

A blinking cursor?? The Apple II had a blinking cursor in 1977, and it was implemented in hardware. It used zero percent of the CPU.

My gods, programmers have gotten lazy. What's next, extra CPU consumption for bold text? The system slowing down every time it beeps?

Comment Re:Wonder why (Score 1) 195

Right now, as a retiree, urban suits me because we don't need or want a large footprint and we don't want to be driving into town for most of the things that we need and want to do.

I can see your point on this for sure.

However, with SO many things now being able to be delivered at a reasonable price to your home door....even living out more suburban, you don't have to drive quite as much for shopping, etc....and with things like Uber, you can cheaply let someone else drive.

So, things like that might make living out of the urban areas even more attractive to some.

Comment Re:If self driving cars take off (Score 1) 195

If you like your car/motorcycle/doctor, you can keep your car/motorcycle/doctor. Just because there will be more options in the future doesn't mean you have to give up your motorcycle.

The reason I ask..is that I'm foreseeing that if self driving cars become the norm, they will then be mandated and human driver vehicles will not be allowed to occupy the same roads as driverless.

IMHO, a very real possibility and I'd hate to lose that option....

Comment Re:If self driving cars take off (Score 1, Insightful) 195

I'm still not seeing how all these self driving cars will work....

Will they also be able to drive out out of the city and go off roading?

Will they be able to pick up your boat and drive it to the launch, drop it in and then park with the trailer to wait for you?

Does this do away with motorcycles? Geez, I'd be hard pressed to want to give up the freedom and fun my motorcycle affords me on my days off....

Not everyone uses a car/vehicle strictly to go to/from work or other mundane, utilitarian usage.

Comment Re:Exactly (Score 4, Interesting) 195

I don't know why you are downmodded troll. The demographic trend has been going on for this reason for over 50 years. Most Americans want to avoid a life of ignorance, violence, and fear.

Well, in general, you do see less violence in the suburbs than the densely populated urban areas, and the school systems are often much better away from the inner cities.

You can't blame people for wanting to try to raise their families in a much healthier environment.

Comment Re:Wonder why (Score 2) 195

That's hardly the entirety of the decision. Aside from the pros/cons of renting vs buying, if that apartment is 30 minutes closer to work, you just saved 250 hours a year of your personal time. What's that worth?

Well, of course there are trade-offs for everything.

I personally cannot STAND sharing walls with people.

I have a pretty high end sound system, and I like to crank it up from time to time for music or maybe just watching the Flintstones at concert volume....without having to worry about people complaining.

And too...many of us enjoy having a bit of room in our own yards to stretch out..have a nice patio. I love to grill on my Big Green egg....or fire up my smoker and do BBQ (slow and low for up to about 18 hours or so).

I might want to fire up the big pot outside and have a crawfish boil with friends.

You can't keep a stack of smoking wood, that many cookers or even often use a grill with real fire on an apartment balcony.

I also like to have my own garage or carport for my car(s).

Sure there are trade-offs between living in the greater metropolitan/urban areas, you have to decide about your lifestyle and what suits it best.

Where I live, people engage in a LOT of the things I just mentioned, I won't even go into the number of people that have boats at their houses they take out quite often for fishing, skiing, etc. You can't do that stuff readily in an urban setting.

I have friends that like to be even more out, almost rural...that's not me, but I do like to stretch my arms out a bit in my own house and yard.

Comment Re:Poor business (Score 1) 360

Don't forget his sage advice about wearing American flag t-shirts in America on cinco de mayo.

Ok, while I've never heard of this before...what exactly is the problem with this? I mean, this *is* still the United States of America, right?

ANY day is a good day to display and be proud of the country's flag...

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 0) 469

Good thing it takes longer to work someone to death if you're paying them a little bit. Slavery is for suckers.

The thing is....NONE of these "gig" jobs are there for you to make a living on...that's not their purpose.

They are there to allow you to make some money on the SIDE, when you have free cycles.

Not every single job out there is one meant to make a career and living from, when did this thinking come about?

Am I supposed to pay the neighborhood kid a living wage, offer a 401K and health benefits for just mowing my fucking lawn...?

If someone is stupid enough to think they can earn a living doing "gig" work like these, I think the problem isn't the job, it is somewhere between their ears.

Hell, go wait tables, you can make a LOT more money that way if you have to have a job between "real" jobs. I did it. Hell, depending on the market, be a bar tender, you can make some good money that way that people actually live on.

But trying to do fiver or lyft or the like for a living just shows a person that isn't thinking straight.

Not every job out there, is meant to support you for a living.


This is a legitimate question....

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