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Comment Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (Score 1) 122

You want to block companies from hiring the best workers at the best price? If a Canadian company can't hire the best workers for the best price, a foreign company will. What's your plan for blocking Canadians from buying the best software (which will be foreign if you get your way) at the best price? What about blocking them from buying the best cars, tvs, phones, etc at the best price?

Comment Re:Silicon Valley is officially old (Score 0) 533

Nice narrative, too bad it's not based on facts. You don't need to Google far to see those "who don't support this country" and who's "refusing to live up to basic responsibility of living in this country".


      The bottom 20% had average income of $8,100 but received $22,700 in annual assistance, netting $30,800 in after-tax income.
        The second quintile had average income of $30,700 but received $15,200 in annual assistance, netting $43,400 in after-tax income.
        The middle quintile had average income of $54,800 and received $8,100 in annual assistance.
        The second-highest quintile ($87,700 income) paid $8,800 more in taxes each than they got back.
        The highest quintile ($234,400 income) paid $52,500 more in taxes each year than they got back.

Comment Re:One thing's for sure... (Score 1) 870

If the consumer creates jobs, then there is no reason for employers. Consumer can just pool their money and create a company. Kickstarter style. But wait,even in Kickstarter, there needs to be someone to pitch the product, invest in a prototype, take the risk of launching the product. And not all Kickstarter campaigns succeed and the producer takes a wash. And if the Kickstarter succeeds, then the producer hires employees to create the product. Employees which were either unemployed before or underemployed. So, who created those jobs? The Kickstarter producer or the consumer? Did the Kickstarter producer allocate land, labor, and capital to meet a need of the consumer? Where were the consumers before the product was created? Where were the employees before the producer came along?

Comment Re:Let me get this straight.... (Score 1) 100

Why would publishing it be automatically considered as an intent to give up your ownership over your intellectual property. And if that is the case, then the same should apply to copyrights. If you don't register with the copyright office your blog post, article, music, source code, graphic design, etc, before making it public, than those would automatically be public domain, where I can take your IP, put my name on it, and sell it for a profit.

But copyrights are basically free, and apply automatically at the moment they are created by their authors.

"Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States
(title 17,U.S.Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including
literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This
protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106
of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive
right to do and to authorize others to do the following"

"Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is cre
ated in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship
immediately becomes the property of the author who cre
ated the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights
through the author can rightfully claim copyright"

"Is my copyright good in other countries?"
"The United States has copyright relations with most countries throughout the world, and as a result of these agreements, we honor each other's citizens' copyrights."

So if you create a story about a boy wizard who goes to wizarding school, you own that work and you also get to own the imaginary characters that you created, No one can write a story using your specific boy wizard character. All this happens instantaneously, across multiple countries, for free as soon as you write it.

You spend thousands creating a better internal combustion engine, you have to go the patent office (and maybe get a patent lawyer), pay huge sums of money, wait years to hear from the patent office. and after all that you get to claim that you own your own invention. And you have to do this across each country you want to claim that you own your own invention, so that others can't take it, put their name on it, and sell it for a profit and give you nothing.

Comment Let me get this straight.... (Score -1, Flamebait) 100

If I come up with an invention, and pay the state money, I can claim ownership of it.

If I come up with an invention, and not pay the state, or (in the EU) not pay the state before I publicize it, the state takes ownership of it (steals it).

Does that make sense to anyone? If so, I sure would like to hear it.

Comment Nonsense (Score 1) 274

I hire a contractor for $2000 to fix my roof. He takes the job and begins work. Halfway through he says that $2000 is not enough for his isolation and high altitude. He stops the work, goes on strike demanding more money and prevents me from hiring another contractor. Someone care to explain how that is legal and not a breach of contract?

Comment Re:Quite so! (Score 1) 401

Companies are not willing to train people in-house.

Why should they? Isn't that the point of going to college in the first place? Get training? If you go to a mechanics school for 4 years to learn how to fix cars, you want Midas to teach you how to change the brakes on the job?

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