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Comment Re:Luddites? (Score 1) 1052

You forgot one alternative (which is the one people were talking about 40-50 years ago and that was effectively swept under the carpet for the benefit of the 0.01%) : Diminishing the duration of legal work. Greatly. (as in, around 50%).

It is already becoming common knowledge that there is a large number of jobs that have simply no value for society at large. They exist to provide work (one of the greatest examples would be in Japan where you can see old guys standing at the exit of construction sites to stop cars when trucks get out/come in. The geezers often need the work because they have to wait a few years between the time they retire and the moment they get their retirement pension)

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 1) 391

When I say "stay silent", I'm not talking about a kind of total interdiction of publishing about it. Simply, when comparing to the Nuremberg Trials, the very few actions taken against Japan as a whole and its war criminals in particular were more of a token actions than a real purge of the Japanese political system (then again, even in Germany many high level people, especially industrialists, escaped the trials even though it would have been quite easy to make a case against them).

One of the consequences is how little Japanese people know about what the imperial army was up to in the 1930's. Considering that, even today, Japan is essentially an US dominion, that was only possible because the American government allowed it.

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 1) 391

The thing is, Hiroshima and Nagasaki are instrumental in that, as the deal was: Japan doesn't attack the US (in some kind of court) about the use of the atomic bomb (and the fire bombings), and beside a very limited number of trials, the US will stay silent about the various atrocities the Japanese Empire did around South-East Asia.

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 1) 391

That's true.

However, when making that kind of judgement, or excuses, it is then necessary to wonder whether the position considered modern was expressed in any way at the time the person considered lived in.

Case in point, there were quite a few very vocal voices against slavery in the late 18th century. Enough to show that on that point at the very least, the US constitution is much less a semi-divine document and much more the result of haggling over specific interests. The point being that you shouldn't be so quick to excuse people because of the "different age" excuse.

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 1) 391

I'm not going to discuss the merit of deciding to bomb Japan with atomic bombs, that would be for another post. That said, thinking that Japanese people have "accepted" the bombing as necessary and mostly positive is trying hard to convince yourself that the US are unanimously seen as the good guys, no matter what.

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 1) 391

That's true. Most people in Western countries think of the Japanese emperor as someone along the lines of Julius Ceasar or Napoleon. In truth they were much more like the Catholic Pope. With one exception: their harem. It was completely official (if not called by that name), and it's the other reason they claim such a long dynasty: each generation they had a huge pool of sons to draw from to select the next emperor (that's actually the only thing that makes the whole over-2000-year-long dynasty believable, beside heavy tapering with records).

Comment Federal Law, Local Court ?!? (Score 2) 85

This is something I fail to understand with the US system.

To the best of my understanding, patents should squarely fall within the scope of inter-state commerce. As such, and even with the strictest, most conservative interpretation of the US Constitution, it feels like any case related to them ought to be treated according to Federal laws.

How come it is considered acceptable to judge such cases at a local level and thus with wildly different standards depending on which court it is presented to?

Comment Re:This topic again... (Score 1) 201

There is one basic mistake in your assertion, one that stems directly from the article: equating subjects like economics with science.

Science is topics such as maths, physics biology and the like. Don't be fooled by the use of statistics: economics is anything but a real science (despite the continued propaganda about that). If it were a real science, you couldn't analyse events with theories based on exactly opposite axioms, and it could predict future events accurately (as opposed to only accurately predicting past events, as does now).

Comment Re: If ever a company and its people deserved to d (Score 2) 339

Since the very words "intellectual property" have been coined by copyrights lawyer in order to make the argument that copyright infringement was theft, no, we can't all agree on that preposterous assertion.

People who are at the origin of intellectual creation have to come to term with one very simple fact: they lose any kind of proprietary rights the moment they release their creation to the public (whatever it is you've made, however it inspires me, what's inside my head isn't yours). That is the very nature of such things. What society has decided is to grant them a monopoly in the reproduction rights of said work. Of course, when compared with what this right was originally, it has been abused on a scale beyond imagination (but commensurate with the wish most people have to get a rent of whatever kind forever).

Comment Re:One says it can, One says it can't (Score 1) 170

The problem here is that design principle is going down (has gone down?) the drain: radar suites have evolved as well and modern ones are able to pick up and recognize the radar signature of the so-called "stealth fighters". That is very far from being a secret, by the way. Here is one article reporting it, but there are quite a lot of others:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/a...

That shouldn't be a surprise to anyone on slashdot, really. "Stealth" technology has nothing in common with Star Trek like cloaking, it simply is a matter of reducing the signature. With greater computer power available, it was only a question of time until it became obsolete.

Of course, all of that is without even talking about how unreliable and fragile the stealth tech really is (the coating must be redone after each sortie and is vulnerable to rain, among other problems)...

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