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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

EuclideanSilence Re:Stupid (557 comments)

Apple is competing on commercials and patent lawyers, the company sells its image more than it sells any engineering expertise. For a company like Apple, appearing politically correct may be in the shareholders best interest.

about a week ago
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Patents That Kill

EuclideanSilence Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (239 comments)

Could Pixar have been kickstarted for ToyStory 1?

Perhaps if they had started out as a company that made stories with decent original plots instead of a expensive graphics company then yes. It wouldn't exactly hurt the industry if producers had to show actual story telling talent before getting fortunes for making shallow eye candy.

about a week ago
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Patents That Kill

EuclideanSilence Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (239 comments)

I think we need reasonable limits on just about all "intellectual property". For copyrights, the content creator's remaining natural life plus ten years, or 40 years total, which ever is longer.

Reasonable is the opposite of arbitrary. To be arbitrary is to have no reason behind a choice. "Maximum of life plus 10 or 40 years" is arbitrary. There is no reason to it. That is why there is no patent reform. Because a small handful can rally around "longer" because that does have reasons (even if you personally don't like them), but no one can rally around a random choice. Until you can actually come up with a plan with REASONS then no patent or copyright reform will ever occur because no one will support you.

For patents, there should be a requirement to produce and sell the idea in the patent after a few years or to demonstrate a reasonable attempt to do so, and that different kinds of inventions should have different lengths of patent protection.

Again more arbitrary crap. What counts as an attempt to sell is completely subjective. Almost everything is for sale at some price. And begging for different lengths of time for different kinds of inventions? More arbitrary guessing.

I want people to get paid for their work

I hate when people say this. No you don't want people to get paid for their work. If your neighbor paints your house while you are away, do you want him to get paid for his work? We want people to get paid for what others agreed to pay them, regardless of how much "hard work" was involved.

but at the same time, if that work has caused significant cultural change then there should be a point when that work is released to that culture, instead of licensed to that culture for a fee.

Desires are not policies. You basically just stated that you both want IP law and that you don't want IP law. You just can't decide so you come up with subjective (that is, nonexistent) qualifiers like "cultural change". And all the time those who want IP law rally around 1 objective goal: longer longer longer. It is why IP law won't be "reformed".

about a week ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

EuclideanSilence Re:really? So Hamas is now a tech war machine? (402 comments)

You make it sound like Israel's response to the murders was to start randomly bombing people. Israel's response to the kidnapping was to start making arrests and restricting access to Gaza as they searched for the kidnapped teenagers. Hamas started firing rockets. Israel retaliated with air strikes. By the time the bodies were found, the conflict was already in motion.

God, I wish Israel and Hamas would just stop fighting and admit they love each other and get laid with each other already. The tsundere teasing was cute at first but now it's just getting to be old news.

about two weeks ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

EuclideanSilence Re:Billions? (402 comments)

I'd rather read 6 good comments about an interesting subject than see another global-warming/climate-change/climate-disruption troll post on slashdot. If you don't like soylent, good, please stay out and we'll both be happy.

about two weeks ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

EuclideanSilence Re:"to take control" (252 comments)

It is also theft when the government gives away things to privileged individuals. Such as land rights for building railroads, or rights to the spectrum for privileged companies.

about two weeks ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

EuclideanSilence Re:minutes to midnight (252 comments)

No, we're already there. Name one thing the Russians did that the US Congress doesn't assume that it has the authority to do to a US company.

about two weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

EuclideanSilence Re:Lets try this.... (790 comments)

Do you lack so much creativity that you can't think of "why" someone would do this? Wow.

  - Relative of previous victim angry that defendant got out of jail
  - Petty teenager looks up registry email and doesn't realize the implications of his actions
  - Self righteous crusader thinks we're too soft on crime, decides to do something on his own
  - Thin skinned keyboard warrior gets offended by an internet forum post of the defendant, looks up his email, cross references it with a registry
  - Defendant refuses to allow a cop to bully him, cop has access to all this stuff and decides to get even
  - Angry ex girlfriend, ex employee, ex employer...

And you have to ask "why?"

about two weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

EuclideanSilence Re:Are the *sure* they got the right guy? (790 comments)

There are all sorts of stupid laws on the books which never get enforced.

No there aren't. You could say that there laws on the books which were never enforced. You could say that there are laws on the books which have not been enforced *yet*.

But unless the universe ends the moment you click "submit", then there is no such thing as "laws on the books which are never enforced", since never hasn't ended yet. Are you sure no one has ever been convicted on your never laws? Are you sure they've not been used to obtain otherwise unlawful warrants? Are you sure no one has been forced into a plea deal because of these "never enforced" laws? I doubt it very much.

about two weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

EuclideanSilence Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

I believe parent poster is generally why you have a right to face your accuser and his witnesses. Sure if the Google informant wishes to stay anonymous then by all means be suspicious. But you are suggesting that the informant formed a bias against the defendant without the defendant knowing who he is and being able to say "hey I know this guy, this is a setup". It's possible (the informant might not have liked the defendants political positions or whatever), but it is not the kind of thing that you can get away with very many times before a pattern emerges.

Either way, when you make possession illegal absent recklessness or intent to cause harm, this kind of easy setup is unavoidable. It's why you should never abandon mens rea.

about two weeks ago
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

EuclideanSilence Finally (77 comments)

Maybe now I can finally manage to play an F chord.

about a month ago
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The debate over climate change is..

EuclideanSilence Re:n/t (278 comments)

This is why I chose "mostly idiots yelling". Too bad I don't win anything.

about a month ago
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The debate over climate change is..

EuclideanSilence Re:n/t (278 comments)

The data shows irrefutable evidence of global warming.

Link to irrefutable data and data collection details please

about a month ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

EuclideanSilence Re:It is the fault of.. (503 comments)

Whether it's religion or nationalism, they have one thing in common: loyalty. Loyalty is a very convenient excuse, and I hate that it is considered a virtue. When controlling people with greed is not an option, controlling them with sermons about loyalty is just as effective.

about a month ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

EuclideanSilence Re:Good for them (138 comments)

they finally sold out.

You seem to be thinking that Trey Parker and Matt Stone had a cause. Or maybe that selling SP to HULU just to piss you off is somehow out of character for them. Haha. If a hooker offered them blowjobs for the rights to SP I wouldn't be surprised if they took the deal laughing.

about a month ago
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Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

EuclideanSilence Re:another bs summary on slashdot (135 comments)

Charging someone with being a criminal makes almost as much sense as charging someone with being a terrorist.

about a month ago
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Homestar Runner To Return Soon

EuclideanSilence Re:I'm sorry but (57 comments)

You can't sell creativity and a good sense of humor.

about a month ago
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The Billionaire Mathematician

EuclideanSilence Re:Reminds me of The Wonderful Burt Wonderstone (96 comments)

In the war between the reality of the universe and your feelings, the universe will win. Keep ignoring reason because it is emotionally unpleasant and you'll just be joining the losing side.

about a month and a half ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

EuclideanSilence Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

Karl Marx saw this coming over 150 years ago

The final end result of mass mechanized production is that the available workers will far outnumber the available jobs, and this is the problem that communism was intended to solve.

Unfortunately, communism has earned a fatally bad reputation after being misused by so many dictators during the 20th century.

So instead of 1 person working 40 hrs a week, you have 5 people working 8 hrs a week either and everything costs 1/5 as much because it is made by robots.

The real danger is the government creating a privileged class of those who are allowed to use robots for production. It will start as a "protect the worker" campaign but it will end up like all the other privilege legislation. Another serious danger is increase in taxes and inflation (the money supply) occurring simultaneously with the automation progress and cancelling all the progress.

about a month and a half ago
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The Billionaire Mathematician

EuclideanSilence Re:Reminds me of The Wonderful Burt Wonderstone (96 comments)

When people don't have enough water, giving them water is only a temporary solution. If they won't create the policies necessary to have a sustainable clean water supply, then it is pointless to give them anything.

about a month and a half ago

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