top Why Copyright Trolling In Canada Doesn't Pay
You're thinking of trawling. The modern trolling is the actual trolling, unless you're talking about the Three Billy Goats Gruff (collecting undeserved tolls).
top Slashdot Asks: What Are You Doing For Hallowe'en?
What's horrifying to me is that the writer bothered with the pedantic spelling (like Hawai'i instead of Hawaii) but wrote "appropriate" instead of "appropriately" and "loosing" instead of "losing", not to mention the unusual choice of comma positions.
top Obama Admin Says It Won't Fight Looser Marijuana Laws, With Conditions
Agreed. If you have the ability to fix a problem and choose not to, you should not be congratulated for standing on a soapbox and saying it should be fixed.
top Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC
My phone is my alarm clock. It's certainly been more reliable than any dedicated alarm clock I owned in the past (which would run out of either electricity or battery power. It wouldn't work very well if I turned it off at night.
about a year and a half ago
top Amazon Delivering Groceries? It's Coming, Thanks To Sales-Tax Politics
You missed it. There's no federal sales tax; it's still just state sales tax on the state you live in. In NH, there's no state sales tax, so we don't have to pay any despite this. What
does change is that our NH businesses have to collect tax on behalf of other states when you buy from us online. So when you guys buy stuff online from our businesses, they'll now have to collect sales tax for your state. That's why we fought it, not because consumers would have to pay more, but because our businesses will have to do a lot more work. about a year and a half ago
top Federal Judge Dismisses Movie Piracy Complaint
Three times the value ("treble damages") is pretty typical for a "fair amount" in more sane arenas.
about a year and a half ago
Ender's Game Trailer Released
I believe that's supposed to be showing when humans were attacked, prior to the events of the book.
about a year and a half ago
top Prof. Stephen Hawking: Great Scientist, Bad Gambler
top AMD Says There Will Be No DirectX 12 — Ever
You must have missed this one:
top High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes
It's certainly an unusual shape for a snowflake untouched by human hands.
top Mozilla: Unlike FB and Twitter Single Sign-in, Persona Protects User Privacy
Linux is free. How are we the product in that situation?
top Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns
We have 3 Xbox 360s in our house, one per person, from when we all lived separately. And we have 3 Gold memberships. I've already converted my desktop computer to Linux and am working on building up a game library on there (mostly Indie Bundles so far, but I've Kickstarted games like Dreamfall Chapters for the future), because I fully expect Microsoft to do something awful in the near future. I'm even preparing for the likelihood that it could be in this very next generation. And you can't expect Sony or Nintendo to be significantly better.
I use Microsoft's "Cloud Save" functionality, and its outages when my internet is working perfectly have been infuriating. I have no faith that they can manage to make an outage-free service, and I don't want my games console to just refuse to work when I want to use it, even if it's the middle of the night on a weekday.
top Ask Nathan Myhrvold What You Will, Live Q&A April 3
Let's say I work at a company that makes a good, useful software product, which is the best in the market. How can I convince them not to patent my solutions, so that I don't contribute to a system that rewards people like you do the detriment of people who would succeed on merit?
top Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
Is it any surprise that the Federal govt. has knee-jerked and not thought through the repercussions, or the real-world applicability of their solutions?
Is that what you think this is? It seemed to me that it was a solution waiting for a sufficiently heart-wrenching problem, like how they doubtless have all the "Cyber-Patriot Act" stuff just waiting for an opportunity (Rahm Emanuel crisis style).
top NY Attorney General Subpoenas Craigslist For Post-Sandy Price Gougers
And if you're successfully charging high prices, other businesses/entrepreneurs will see that there's a lot of money to be made and are more likely to spend money trucking in more, helping to increase the supply. You wouldn't get as many generators trucked in at the normal prices. Capping prices makes outside people less likely to rush additional supplies in, because there's no big payoff.
How is this hard to understand? It's why (even though it's still suboptimal) capitalism makes a more efficient economy than centrally-managed price controls. Additional supply shows up where it's needed, because that makes people money.
top U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?
Can someone tell me why voter registration can't happen at the polls?
It can, you just live in the wrong state. Here in NH you can register at the poll. If you care, start working to change the rules in your state.
top Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest
It's the PDF link in the summary...
top Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies
"Suicide" is considered a loaded term with bad connotations, as people desiring death are considered "mentally ill", so the newspeak term does not include it.
top Report Slams DHS Fusion Centers: No Terrorists Nabbed, Civil Rights Violated
"Alas, you won’t see Hicks’s mirror on many cars any time soon. U.S. regulations require that driver’s side mirrors be flat, and this mirror is not flat. So if you want one, you will have to buy it and install it on the car yourself."
top Promoting Arithmetic and Algebra By Example
mixing the medication themselves with a mortar and pedestal.
That seems like it would be overly difficult. You'd need to use the mortar as an improvised pestle and the pedestal as a poorly-shaped mortar.
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