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Comment Re:As I've said before. (Score 1) 455

That's what we're talking about here. It's not even right or wrong it's a lack of jurisdiction.

Actually that's not at all what the parent post is saying. The parent post which was modded "5" as insightful, argues that anything that can be copied for no cost should have no value, regardless of the laws around it. My post addressed that argument, but, of course this being slashdot, got modded troll because god forbid anyone should disagree with the fucking geniuses on this site that think they know everything about economics and law, and believe that communications companies should be able to charge a service fee for distributing work created by artists who shouldn't get anything for their efforts. You people make me fucking sick.


Submission + - Ultra cool NASA App for iPhone released today (

lenehey writes: A new free iPhone app provided by NASA was released today. The iPhone app lists each of NASA's missions, and allows you to see a brief description, latest news updates, images, videos, etc. corresponding to that mission. A timer is also provided for each mission, logging the days, hours, and seconds until, or since, the mission launched.

Comment Re:As I've said before. (Score 0, Troll) 455

I suppose laws are "just pretend" to you as well. So the law that says you can't speed should be unenforceable because your car is clearly capable of speeding. The law that says you can't undress in public should be unenforceable because your clothes are clearly designed to be removable. Opium, Cocaine, Cannabis, etc. being plants or derived from plants are "infinitely reproduceable" (just plant the seeds to grow more), therefore why should it have any value? The very idea that something so easy to do should be considered illegal, and therefore be made valuable is preposterous in your world view, but your world view is not really connected to reality, is it?

Just because you can easily reproduce information does not mean you should have the right to so so. Once you take away the right to reproduce the data, your entire argument collapses like the house of cards it is. Because, while information may be infinitely reproducable, does not make it valueless when the copies are illegal. In addition, many people feel that the creator of the work should be compensated, not the Comcasts and AT&Ts of the world that merely provide the medium for distribution.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 5, Informative) 152

Intellectual Property:

Function: noun
: property that derives from the work of the mind or intellect (as an idea, invention, trade secret, process, program, data, formula, patent, copyright, or trademark) ; also : an application, right, or registration relating to this "

--Merriam Webster.

To help you out even further, the word "property" means, "2 a : something that is or may be owned or possessed : WEALTH, GOODS; specifically : a piece of real estate b : the exclusive right to possess, enjoy, and dispose of a thing : a valuable right or interest primarily a source or element of wealth : OWNERSHIP c : something to which a person has a legal title : an estate in tangible assets (as lands, goods, money) or intangible rights (as copyrights, patents) in which or to which a person has a right protected by law"

--Merriam Webster

Are you still confused?

Comment Re:Private Car Cameras (Score 3, Insightful) 480

Agreed. Once you create evidence like this, it would be illegal to destroy it if you are ever in an accident. If you are a careful driver, then it makes sense to create this kind of record, since if you're in an accident, it probably won't be your fault. But it is a double edge sword. If you make a mistake like run a stop sign, having a video like this can only work against you. (Of course, if you're honest you should accept the responsibility from your mistake anyway.)

Comment Re:All talk... (Score 0, Troll) 152

Never, because all the "discussion" is being done in a gigantic echo chamber that makes it get louder and louder, with no dissenting voices (this posting being a prime example as I am sure it will not be modded up due to my contrarian attitude on patents). Once the discussion does escape the "tech echo chamber" people realize how ludicrous the idea that patents are bad for society is. Patents are proven to be beneficial to society. Its in the Constitution for a reason. Read about it.

Submission + - Humming Bird Pulls 9 Gs

lenehey writes: Not really biotech, but could not find a suitable category. Science News reporting that a humming bird can pull 9 Gs when impressing a mate. For its size, its the fastest bird alive. For example (from the article):

The hummingbirds' speed reached 385 body lengths per second, easily beating the peregrine falcon's recorded dives at 200 body lengths per second. (Though the falcon was diving at 70 meters per second.) A fighter jet with its afterburners on reaches 150 body lengths per second, and a space shuttle screaming down through the atmosphere hits 207 body lengths per second.

Comment Re:Really... (Score 1) 172

I also believe software patents should be limited to a term of 3 years, and some could make me a convincing argument even that is too long. Right now, software patents are nothing but a hindrance to the market and a leach to the hard work of others. How many companies have been pushed away from OSS because of litigious bastards?

I can see you neither work for a start up company or have ever talked with a venture capitalist.


Submission + - Patent Judge orders MS to stop selling Word

lenehey writes: Microsoft lost a patent infringement suit, and was ordered to pay $200 million in damages and to cease selling Word. The judge issued a permanent injunction that "prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML," according the plantiff, i4i. The judge refused to stay the injunction pending appeal.

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