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Comment Re:This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 1) 190

Not necessarily. Take a look at the relevant portion of the Lantham Act. It would have to fit one of the provisions therein. It might make a false suggestion of affiliation, but it's arguable.

15 U.S.C. 1125 - False designations of origin, false descriptions, and dilution forbidden

(a) Civil action

(1) Any person who, on or in connection with any goods or services, or any container for goods, uses in commerce any word, term, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, or any false designation of origin, false or misleading description of fact, or false or misleading representation of fact, which

(A) is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of his or her goods, services, or commercial activities by another person, or

(B) in commercial advertising or promotion, misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin of his or her or another person's goods, services, or commercial activities,

shall be liable in a civil action by any person who believes that he or she is or is likely to be damaged by such act.

Comment Re:Theatres are terminal (Score 1) 223

I came to say almost exactly the same thing. Fortunately I did a quick search first.
We now have decent VR goggles.
Eventually we'll have resolutions that match our retinas, 60fps and near perfect head tracking.

I could imagine movies morphing into something more like a video game. Maybe you could watch the battle of Helm's deep and decide which part you want to focus on or pick up a spare Orc sword. There will probably be modes where you can watch it with friends and see them dressed in character it won't matter if they're in the same room or across an ocean.

Once you have that I don't see why anyone would want to go to a theater to watch a movie.

Comment This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 1) 190

You violate a trademark if you mis-represent a good or service as that of the trademark holder. And it has to be in the same trademark category that they registered. Having a trademark does not grant ownership of a word, and does not prevent anyone else from using that word. Use of a trademark in reporting and normal discussion is not a violation.

Comment Re: Mall shooting in Germany (Score 1) 190

The US Constitution establishes an entire branch of government with the express purpose of interpreting the meaning of laws. That branch is tasked with establishing just how much wiggle room there is.

Furthermore that same constitution has detailed provisions for self modification. A 2/3 majority can alter or even repeal any amendment and supersede even the body of the constitution.

There is nothing sacred about the current form of the constitution. It simply states current law and the founders took great pains to make it alterable specifically because they had the foresight to realize that future circumstances might be better served by different laws.

Comment Re: drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 1) 103

I have the front panel of the VAX 11/780 used to render that scene hanging on my wall, but I got to Pixar after that project. This year and last I've contributed some designs that will fly on a FEMA satellite, and a long time ago did a little work to support the Biosciences mission on the shuttle.

Comment Re: Mall shooting in Germany (Score 1) 190

You're implying that there are only 2 sides to the gun debate and that they are equally stubborn.

Neither of these is true.
At many points throughout this thread I have specifically stated that I do not support an outright ban on guns or any sort of totalitarian control.
I have also explained that I do not have an entrenched position and have even told you exactly how you can change my mind.

Provide evidence. That's what I've been doing throughout this thread.

Comment Re:Mall shooting in Germany (Score 1) 190

I may be mistaken about the value of gun control but it's a conclusion I reached by examining the available evidence.
As I said before, if you or anyone else can present credible evidence that gun control is a bad idea I would reconsider that position.

We actually do limit freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
A particular religion my require underaged sex or corporal punishment but those practices would still be forbidden in the US. There is currently an active debate regarding the interactions of freedom of religion and same-sex marriage.
Limits to free speech go even further. Lies are forbidden in many settings; under oath, in advertisements or where it constitutes defamation. Copyright holders can limit the speech of others where it comes to works they own. Disclosing insider information of publicly held companies is tightly regulated. The list goes on.

You further err in assuming that I advocate for the removal of all guns. I have never stated that and I do not suggest it. Many countries have gun controls without banning them outright. Germany, to use the original example from this thread, allows for the possession and use of guns but regulates them.

Comment Re: Mall shooting in Germany (Score 1) 190

It seems that our positions may be more closely aligned than I had suspected.
I've attempted to avoid stating my opinions in this thread in favour of posting facts precisely because I realize that this is a particularly polarizing topic.

But I stand by my use of the word dogma because the ogdenk explicitly stated that they didn't care what other people thought in a branch of the thread where I had done nothing but present evidence. That is the very definition of dogma.

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