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Comment Re:The 'real market value of his work' is irreleva (Score 1) 254

Don't need the car analogy here, you're spot on. The photographer is a PROFESSIONAL photographer, not just anybody with a camera. Pros retain the copyright and sell only the rights to use the image(s) for a specified purpose and duration. It's in the contract that the hotel obviously didn't take seriously. For that matter, the photographer can use (or resell) his image as much as he likes, as exclusive usage rights probably weren't assigned permanently to Sofitel.

Comment Re:First fix (Score 1) 1839

Actually, in most cases you're probably better off not using "moving on" either. I'm guessing the misused phrase leaked into popular culture from 1980's "corporate speak", when mid-level managers babbled this sort of faux intelligent gibberish in attempts to cover up the fact that they actually had little or nothing to say.

"Moving forward" is exceedingly annoying in sentences which already address the future (ie; "What we should do moving forward (or on) is x."). Get to the point; "What we should do is not use the phrase "moving forward" where it is only redundant. If you must add something, how about "from here on out"? At least that phrase adds a wee bit of additional meaning to a sentence. Not much though.

Comment First fix (Score 5, Funny) 1839

I wanted to use this opportunity to get a discussion going on how we can improve Slashdot moving forward.

Let's start by banning the phrase "moving forward" unless you're talking about physical motion in a forward direction. Without a time machine there is no other direction for the "movement" of which you speak.

Comment Re: Andrew Carnegie (Score 2) 240

Carnegie was keen to advance from a young age, and was sharp enough to impress those who could help him up. His fortune was built on that, as pretty early on he was invited into a succession of sweet insider trading organized by his mentor, Thomas A. Scott (and John Edgar Thompson). Carnegie would not have convinced his mother to take out a mortgage on the family home so as to speculate with the funds if he didn't absolutely know his investment would pay off big. So, basically, corruption was his real ride to the top. (Surprise!!)

Comment Re:Those Anti-Science Liberals. (Score 1) 414

Science is a process, and it will not always fit nicely into peoples political views. Sometimes ideas you hold most dearly are wrong.

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” - Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Marcia Angell

If we're gonna accept witchdoctor medicine (with iffy at best science behind it), might as well let in the homeopaths, no? Fair is fair.

Submission + - The Private Sector to Take Responsibity for Global Warming

blackbeak writes: Just checked the weather report for today at Weatherunderground.com and saw the Open Letter from Global CEOs to World Leaders Urging Concrete Climate Action. Note how the cosignatory CEOs all affirm that "the private sector has a responsibility". This is eerily reminiscent of the 1970's Crying Indian TV commercial put out by Keep America Beautiful, Inc.

For those unaware few, KAB, Inc. was (and is) a non-profit front group set up by and for large corporate interests that worked tirelessly against environmental legislation such as "bottle bills" and recycling laws. The (fake) Indian Ad redirected the national attention away from the corporate entities that remain the overwhelming source of air pollution.

Anyone care to compare the accumulated carbon output of the corporate sector with that of the private sector? How many exhalations per hour will we be allowed in the corporately controlled and globally legislated future?

Comment Re:A Boom in Civilization (Score 2, Interesting) 227

Previous phases of human exploration had a number of common or frequent driving elements that space exploration is not likely to have. Such as: zealous religious missionary activities, conquest at behest of the king, racist judgement and condemnation of indigenous cultures, imperialist overreach into another country for minerals, slaves or other goods, etc. Most of that ideology is driven by the social thinkers/drivers at the top (or the powers behind the throne) and the privileged class just below that, not by the average citizens who prefer to just raise their families in peace. Humans will probably not even make it into the "interstellar community" if the species can't shake off the rule of sociopath oligarchs.

If we can assume we've evolved enough to travel among the stars, we would have solved a number of social problems (anger management?) and tech ones as well. I would expect we'd be way, way beyond playing "Billy Goat's Bluff".

Ok, there's plenty of space out there. We might miss a few battles just looking up from earth.

Comment Re:A Boom in Civilization (Score 1) 227

Think about it, war is extremely unlikely among interstellar species. With that level of technology, you're not gonna be hunting for food. Nor will scarcity of materials be a problem. Come on, you can travel among the stars, and you're gonna find one particular solar system that you just gotta have, right? Because this one system is just soooo cool, and there are no others out there like it. So, you figure "I'll just kill off the other interstellar species using the planets there and it'll be all mine!"

Or maybe it's the other scenario: Some insect-like aliens are gonna scour the universe just to hunt down other life forms, just 'cause that's what scary lookin' (by human standards) aliens do.

Anyone who believes inter-species battles is likely to be encountered in space needs some serious help.

Comment Re:The average human being (Score 4, Insightful) 291

Confessions should not be admissible as evidence in court unless the jurors are given a full, uncut tape of the interrogation that led up to that confession. Along with that, jurors should be allowed to directly question attorneys and witnesses.

And informed of the jury nullification option.

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