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Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 382

you can't change your history, no matter what kind of self mutilation you engage in. Neither can you change your DNA.
Sorry , but if you were one of my relatives you would still be He and your given name would be the one used.

There is no reason on earth anyone should treat you as anything other then what you 'are' regardless of what you image you want to be'.
A man who has had a sex change operation is still a _man_ who has had an operation to make him appear to be something else, not a woman. No matter how elaborate the self mutilation or custom you wear you can't escape the reality of what you are.

In the same way, you can have a full body hair transplant and spend your whole life in the jungle with a group of gorilla's even taking one as your mate , but you will not be a gorilla.

Comment why was this ever needed. (Score 1) 365

If I wanted to where classes to watch a 3D movie, we have been able to do that on normal TV's since the 1980's. I remember doing it on normal , over the air systems. I forget if you had to ajust the contrast or something. Given that, why did we ever need special hardware and standards for this?

If there was demand for it and content that was useful it might be warranted , but there has never compellingly been either.

Comment Re:So Oracle discriminated (Score 1, Flamebait) 308

This is what happens when you base your definition of 'discrimination' on statistics rather then any real facts.
It helps if you use a definition of 'discrimination' that includes 'sub conscious wholly unintentional acts' as discrimination.
Basically if you don't meet the labor departments hiring quota's you can expect to get in trouble regardless of the reality on the ground of who is actually qualified and interested in working for you.

Has someone actually claimed they were discriminated against?

Comment Re:The two seem very related... (Score 2) 281

which is not to say the two are closely correlated. There could be any number of people who are completely honest and never curse, but you would expect that of the people who do curse , there is a higher percentage of those who are not concerned about how other people react to their words. Of coarse my experience is that education also plays a factor because more educated people can generally find more effective ways of expressing themselves than by using profanity, perhaps only resorting to profanity when it most effectively communicates their message to a target audience.

Comment Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 119

biometrics in general are a fine second layer of authentication, they should not be a primary level of authentication for 2 reasons.
1) they are generally not horribly hard to fake.
2) once someone has figured out how to fake your biometric data it isn't like you can change it.

Since Roman times there have been 3 ways to 'establish trust' Something you have, something you know, something you are.
So the best anyone can do is this something you know( password or pin) tied to something you have ( smart device, smart card ,token) and used to authentic something you are ( biometric,retena, iris, fingerprint).

Comment Re:So? (Score 2) 110

Do we get to push our laws into foreign countries?
Yes, all the time. We arrested Manual Noriega who was the dictator of his own country from drug trafficking in his own country.
We arrested a Russian citizen for break the U.S. DMCA in a way required by Russian law (when he landed in the United states for a conference).
We try to force our laws to be enforced all over the world all the time.

If so, can foreign countries start enforcing their laws in our country?
Believe me they try. That is in some ways the point of the U.N. and international treaties etc.
Do U.S. companies honor Russian and Chinese copyright? Many other examples here.

  More to the point, Russia wants to force any company doing business in Russia to host it's Russian data in Russia so it can enforce Russian laws related to Russian data without having to push it's laws into other countries. Pretty smart, even if it is a pain for internet companies. The intern is a jurisdictional nightmare, sooner or later the powers that be will find effective ways to adapt to it, this , although technically ugly does solve a lot of problems. Now any transaction with a Russian citizen is a transaction that takes place in Russia.

Comment what happens when 'fair use' and profits collide. (Score 0) 82

The final purpose of all law is to create a 'better' society, where better is the usually the hotly disputed point.
So one of the 'unbalances' of current especially United States copy write laws is between what is commonly considered 'fair use' and what actually and legally is 'fair use'. Digital technology only adds a layer of complication to that.

Since action begins with citizens thinking and understanding I'd like to encourage everyone here to think about some questions. I will try not to be too leading or interject my own opinions too heavily in doing so, forgive me if I fail.

Given that : The reason copy write law exists at all is to provide income for the generators of content that they would not have without such laws.

There seems to be a general consensus that without such laws the quality and availability of useful works will suffer. ( How true is that? for which types of works?)

What is the proper balance between product and income?
How much income per hour/ per work is fair?
Should copy writes be transferable to family after the death of the creator?
What if the creator is a corporation?
How does that server the purpose of the society and the law.
How do you mitigate the ability to control society through media by maintaining copy write on the songs, phrases, memes etc that become part of the daily culture by the nature of popular art?

Sorry for repeating this I replied to something by accident but really did want to garner opinions , not just make a response.

Comment What happens when culture and copywrite collide. (Score 3, Insightful) 82

The final purpose of all law is to create a 'better' society, where better is the usually the hotly disputed point.
So one of the 'unbalances' of current especially United States copy write laws is between what is commonly considered 'fair use' and what actually and legally is 'fair use'. Digital technology only adds a layer of complication to that.

Since action begins with citizens thinking and understanding I'd like to encourage everyone here to think about some questions. I will try not to be too leading or interject my own opinions too heavily in doing so, forgive me if I fail.

Given that : The reason copy write law exists at all is to provide income for the generators of content that they would not have without such laws.

There seems to be a general consensus that without such laws the quality and availability of useful works will suffer. ( How true is that? for which types of works?)

What is the proper balance between product and income?
How much income per hour/ per work is fair?
Should copy writes be transferable to family after the death of the creator?
What if the creator is a corporation?
How does that server the purpose of the society and the law.
How do you mitigate the ability to control society through media by maintaining copy write on the songs, phrases, memes etc that become part of the daily culture by the nature of popular art?

Comment Re:And schizophrenia. (Score 1) 216

why would anyone associate 'African' with race, it is a content? you are designating a specific population. Would you be being racist if you said Europeans have a higher rate of depression then Australians?

That being said, it is kind of a misnomer, it seems like there should be better ways of accurately speaking about genetic profiles that are tied to specific geographic origins. After all I there are quite a few 3rd and 4th generation African's of European descent.

Race is an entirely made up construct , it just doesn't exist and the sooner everyone starts acting that way the better off we will all be.

What exists are these things, Culture ( sometimes confused with race), Genetic traits ( skin, eye and hair color) also sometimes confused with race, but each of the genetic traits can be inherited independently and there are people who are 'culturally' more African then many people with black skin and there are many people with black skin who have less association with Africa then 3rd generation Irish/Americans have with Ireland.

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