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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

EuclideanSilence Re:German illegal? (323 comments)

It was made illegal in 23 states. And this was during a time when the 14th amendment wasn't being taken literally by the supreme court. So except for the 14th amendment, it wasn't a violation of the US Constitution.

The Sedition Act of 1918 is a better example, where Freedom of Speech was infringed: "any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States...or the flag of the United States, or the uniform of the Army or Navy".

5 days ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

EuclideanSilence Re:Incredible (428 comments)

No one would do at a buffet what the bit-torrent users are doing on the network because of the beating the bit-torrenters would take. Vigilante justice is what prevents this thing from happening person-to-person. People may condemn "vigilante justice" with righteous indignation, but the fact that it exists as an option is what keeps many people from doing what they could if they were anonymous. Or have you not noticed the misery that the anonymity of the internet has created?

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

EuclideanSilence Re:Incredible (428 comments)

He's just poisoning his own share of the food. The fact that the other took it and ate it, they got what they deserve.

People who live their life by "as much as possible for me, and I don't care who I hurt in the process" open themselves up to punishment by their own beliefs. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

about two weeks ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

EuclideanSilence Re:DOJ Oaths (112 comments)

It is your first amendment right not to believe in the second amendment.

It is your first amendment right not to be prosecuted for declaring your disagreement with the second amendment.

It is NOT your first amendment right to request government employees to ignore your second amendment right. That is criminal. You can declare your belief that they should, but any intention to actually carry it out should land you in jail. And that goes for all constitutional rights.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

EuclideanSilence Re: Time To Occupy Comcast HQ? (741 comments)

...[capitalism] breaks down, either due to unlimited demand as in a health care market, which is effectively buying life, on which there is no price too great to overcome the natural will to live...

The exact same argument can be applied to buying food in a grocery store. So by isomorphic substitution it must be a wrong argument.

The difference isn't demand, it's supply. Very few hospitals, lots of people wanting health care. Maybe we should be looking at how much training institutions charge for their government-granted privilege of choosing who gets to practice medicine. Put some price caps on health care licensing organizations, and watch the supply go up and the price go down.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

EuclideanSilence Re:And what's the problem ? (741 comments)

If he contacted Comcast from his company, there was a good chance that it was related to his job for the company.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

EuclideanSilence Re:What 1st Amendment Rights? (741 comments)

Yes, Comcast is the government. *Every* public utility is the government, whether it is sewage management or Comcast.

Consider this: try to make a company to compete with Comcast. Assume all the powers that Comcast has. Just go around tearing down the copper that Comcast "owns", and lay down your own. Rip up people's front yards. You'll find out quickly that you are not allowed to compete because Comcast is the government.

There is nothing unreasonable about organizations created by the legislature, startup funded by tax dollars, and existing by grant of government right such as eminent domain to be held to *every single standard* that the government itself is. That includes the first amendment. It includes public management of accounting.

Comcast never had any claim to not being a government agency. Ever.

about two weeks ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

EuclideanSilence Re:Why do people still care about C++ for kernel d (365 comments)

Considering that most new phones are being released at 2 GB+ configurations, I care less and less about 'small embedded systems that are becoming more and more niche and obscure'.

Being able to write an efficient program will never become an obsolete skill. If you are using excessive memory, that means your program is wasting CPU cycles. It means you are running my battery down and making me wait for your bloated program to load.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

EuclideanSilence Re: Fristy Pawst! (475 comments)

Only someone who wanted to believe you would believe you. Absolutely no objective individual would agree that "it's not theft because you see it coming beforehand". But then it doesn't matter what you think does it? Businesses will keep relocating (or not opening at all) while you keep rationalizing.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

EuclideanSilence Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

If my neighbor wishes to die but she cannot kill herself, I could kill her provided we both agreed to!! It's our LIBERTARIAN RIGHT! If the cops find her dead, I should NOT be investigated. All I need to do is explain that we both had a VERBAL CONTRACT and that should be enough!

It's nice of you to joke about that. Lots of people have parents living in perpetual pain that are not allowed, by the government, to have a doctor or relative end their suffering. Keep trying to insult libertarians, and if you get what you deserve, you'll spend the last years of your life attached to a machine rolling in your own shit. The government will be on your side, making sure you have no choice in the matter.

about a month ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

EuclideanSilence Re:Common Carrier (288 comments)

Value is more than just money. Everyone acts for profit, whether what you want is money or not.

about a month ago
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Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

EuclideanSilence Re:real problem is patent and copyright length (118 comments)

I wish I had a gold dollar for every random length of time I've seen assigned to patents or copyrights. But this is amazing. THREE arbitrary lengths of time in yet ANOTHER patent/copyright reform post.

Do yourself a favor and look up all the other posts that came before you. Everyone has some length of time that they think is best, but no one has any reason for it. Because there is no reason for it.

While at the same time, the patent/copyright forever movement has 1 unified goal. Anything closer to forever. This is why there will be no reform, because you refuse to use reason.

about a month ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

EuclideanSilence Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

...law...it works.

You so sure about that?

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

EuclideanSilence Re:Stupid (561 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 2 months ago
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Patents That Kill

EuclideanSilence Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 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 2 months ago
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Patents That Kill

EuclideanSilence Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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