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Comment Re:This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 2) 238

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 This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 1) 238

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:Rhetorical... (Score 0, Interesting) 238

They'd save on gold and silver.

But seriously, the amount I care about the Olympics: 1.01-1.011%

Olympic games are all about politics, nothing is about sport (and I don't care watching people perform sports, but I realize many do).

If games have to happen they should be happening in Greece, there should be permanent stadiums there, they could be maintained by everybody who cares about the games.

But this way how could the governments steal billions from the populations and redistribute that money to their close friends? That's the real problem, apparently governments still need some pretext for stealing for some reason.

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:Black is the worst threat level...? (Score -1) 131

Black is the new Red, this is political of-course, it doesn't have any other meaning. Colour coding means something because of the colour properties (red is the most visible colour due to its wavelength and our perception of it). I guess what Obama is saying is this: the white people are scared of the blacks so much, they must perceive black as more dangerous than any other colour...

Comment BB reputation is *disturbed* (Score 0) 93

BB CEO was disturbed by Apple just a few days back.

John Chen said he was disturbed that Apple valued its customers' privacy and its own reputation above government demands for backdoors. I think I can safely say that BB's reputation is now 'disturbed'.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he is "disturbed" by Apple's tough approach to encryption and user privacy, warning that the firm's attitude is harmful to society. Earlier this year, Chen said in response to Apple resisting the government's demands to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters: "We are indeed in a dark place when companies put their reputations above the greater good." During BlackBerry's Security Summit in New York this week, Chen made several more comments about Apple's stance on encryption. "One of our competitors, we call it 'the other fruit company,' has an attitude that it doesn't matter how much it might hurt society, they're not going to help," he said. "I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility. If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out." He did say there was a lot of "nonsense" being reported about BlackBerry and its approach to how it handles user information. "Of course, there need to be clear guidelines. The guidelines we've adopted require legal assets. A subpoena for certain data. But if you have the data, you should give it to them," he said. "There's some complete nonsense about what we can and can't do. People are mad at us that we let the government have the data. It's absolute garbage. We can't do that." Chen also warned that mandatory back doors aren't a good idea either, hinting at the impending Investigatory Powers Bill. "There's proposed legislation in the U.S., and I'm sure it will come to the EU, that every vendor needs to provide some form of a back door. That is not going to fly at all. It just isn't," he said.

Comment bitcoin is money, that's its only function (Score 0) 150

I am not saying at all that anybody should be charged with anything, AFAIC anybody should be able to do whatever they want, money laundering is a nonsensical idea in the first place, however bitcoin is money.

Bitcoin is money because that is its only function. It is not a commodity, *bitcoin has no intrinsic value*, which means that outside of its use as money it has no other uses. It is used to transfer, store, account for value. It is as pure money as it gets, however because it has no intrinsic value at all (it cannot be used for anything outside of money, nobody needs it for anything but for its quality of being money) its ability to store value is questionable.

On a side note bitcoin is money and currency at the same time, that's because it is money that is also very easy to exchange and transfer from person to person.

Gold is money but it was not a very good currency (until recently), which is why people carried paper notes around to exchange quantities of gold (money). Currency is what circulates around, money is what stores value, can be traded/exchanged, can be used for accounting.

Modern technology makes gold, which is money also into currency, makes it extremely easy to use as currency without introducing any other medium of exchange to replace gold. Modern tech allows gold to be currency instead of having paper currency representing amounts of gold.

The judge in this case doesn't understand money or currency but at least he didn't use his lack of understanding to convict somebody on something that is not a crime AFAIC at all.

Comment Re: Question (Score 1) 506

Why is playing games 'not useful'?

- why, sure, if you can find somebody to pay you money so that you can play games then it's useful to that somebody. Unless they are *forced* to pay you money for playing games, then it's not useful, it's useless and worse, it's oppressive.

By participating in consumption and consumption only and by not producing while consuming, your life is not in any way helpful to those, who are producing whatever you are consuming.

Let's make it easy for you: 100 people on an island. 10 are producing every single thing needed for the 100 to survive. Unless the 90 are providing sexual or other types of favours, they are not producing anything of any value to provide the 10 with a meaningful exchange for their production.

However if the 90 gang up against the 10 and the 10 do not have enough weapons to take out the 90 without dying themselves, the 90 can force the 10 to be the slaves of the 90.

The 90 then would be eating, drinking, living in houses, using energy and every resource and good produced by the 10.

You can say: without the 90, the 10 would have nothing to do. Of-course that's pure nonsense. Without the 90 the 10 would have more leasure and less worries as they only have to produce for the 10. The 90 are adding nothing except for the effort that needs to go into feeding the 90.

Comment Re:You lost me at "full gold" (Score 1) 506

I assume you mean a currency backed by gold. A modern economy can't do that. There isn't enough gold to back the currency needed for us to keep track of all the transactions we're doing.

- 100% *wrong*. Today gold is money in a much more convenient way than ever before in the history of human existence.

It is government propaganda and brainwashing that created the ignorant believes that you and the vast majority of you are spewing here.

Communism doesn't work and will never work because it has to use force, that's the only reason it cannot work - it must use force to take from some and to deliver to many.

Comment Re:as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 0) 248

Welcome to the real world, the world that businesses had to operate in for all this time, when the scales were tipped to the other side, the side where the collectivist government was able to force businesses whatever the mob wanted.

I build my own products and services and also on a side I provide outsourcing services. Guess what, companies are looking for relief. When I say 'companies' I am talking about small and medium sized businesses that work with me, not giant corporations, they have their own outsourcing solutions and they are unapproachable. But they are not the only ones who understand that the American system of government made the American worker so unproductive as to basically turn him or her unemployable.

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