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Comment Re:well duh (Score 5, Insightful) 228

Rethink what you are saying. "It's against the constiution, but it's their job, so it's OK."

So if, let's say, a hired assassin would kill someone from you family, would you say "well, it's against the law, but it was his job, so it's OK"? I doubt it...

If the NSA's job is to sabotage allies, then they've a wrong job. Period.

Comment Re:who cares? (Score 1) 942

How poor must a country be that it derives its pride from an ancient (and objectively inferior) set of unit measurement?

A global measurement system is not only useful in science, but also in trade. And today, global trade is more important than ever. Believe me, for an individual it is just a matter of "getting used to", and within a generation, nobody will miss the old and clumsy units. But for trade, science, industry and generally everybody that has to deal with international contacts it will make a HUGE difference.

Comment Crappy date format (Score 1) 333

I really wonder why a cutting-edge IT company like Google is using such a crappy date format in their patent example... it's not properly sortable and ambiguous. I know, it's just an example... still, it shows the obvious inexperience of whoever is responsible for filing that patent.Something like "C:\temp\1999-12-01\" would be the better way...

Comment Re:This ain't the first time ... (Score 1) 470

Now, if you want to talk about the Japanese or the Germans for taking our original inventions and making them better, then I'm with you all the way. The Chinese? They still have a while to go before overcoming their issues, especially when the cheapskate culture is so widespread around here.

Well, that's a different case. The Japanese and the Germans are on the same "side" as the US - they generally don't copy, but invent themselves (e.g. the automobile, which has been invented in Germany). Thus, they have the same problem - their products are copied by China, India etc.

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