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Microsoft Files "Emergency Motion" To Ship Word

Important Remark Re:Why can software get patented again? (221 comments)

You are so insightful! You truly understand that only poor people can afford to patent about everything you can think of, whereas rich people are way too busy counting their money.
Patents should be for things that are hard to discover (like a practical application of a new or unknow way a material behaves, or the usefull effect of a substance on a human body), not for just an obvious idea of solving a problem. Any software patent is broken, because software is not hard to discover. Sometimes we may think we have a superclever idea, but usually it turns out that at least a hundred others have had that same idea too.

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Chinese Clinic Uses DNA Tests To Predict Kids' Talents

Important Remark Re:Pygmalion Effect (98 comments)

in Chinese culture there is significant attention paid to the oldest son.

What would you expect under a one child policy? That they pay more attention to their dog?

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A Planet That Orbits Its Star the Wrong Way

Important Remark Dumb earthlings.. (257 comments)

No matter how much proof of intelligence and competence we send, the earthlings just don't get it.

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NASA's New Telescope Finds Exoplanet Atmosphere

Important Remark Re:Hot Jupiter, yawn (124 comments)

Ah, an exoplanet as essential exloring. Finding a way to sustain 6000000000 people on this planet when fuel is gone is for stay-at-homers because that doesn't qualify as curious? That qualifies as Proof by Insult.
As for the idea that pictures of exoplanets will solve any part of the problems we need solved here on earth.. I find that hard to believe. We are not speaking of breaking new frontiers here, we are just doing more of the same. Which is fine by itself, my point is just that for the general public it has very little to offer, and that is not because the general public just isn't smart enough to understand it.

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NASA's New Telescope Finds Exoplanet Atmosphere

Important Remark Re:Hot Jupiter, yawn (124 comments)

If the population of this islands was short of coconuts, i would kick these telescope builders in their rear excremental organ to do something usefull for the island. If this planet has 6 billion people that cannot survive without burning fossil fuels, i would say the exoplanet can wait.
And don't underestimate the military implications of a good pile of coconuts!

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Microsoft Patents XML Word Processing Documents

Important Remark Re:What's wrong with America? (357 comments)

Europeans reading this story will know that America is on the wrong path by granting pattents on software. We don't have it here and that is for a reason.

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NASA's New Telescope Finds Exoplanet Atmosphere

Important Remark Re:Hot Jupiter, yawn (124 comments)

OK, you have my attention, i'll bite: It seems that to the public, the only practical use of a telescope is to warn us that we are going to be hit by a very massiv object just in earths path. And even then it doesn't tell us what we should do about it. Why *should* the public care when we have an image of the surface of some remote exoplanet with life on it? Will it cure deseases? Will it improve our lives? And if so, has the money been spent wisely, or could we have archieved more benefits for mankind with the same amount by spending it on something else?

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Microsoft Acknowledges Linux Threat To Windows

Important Remark Re:Antitrust avoidance (348 comments)

Even if exclusive means exclusive, it lacks a definition of a commodity or service. Is an operating system with a browser one commodity, or is it two? How about an operating system with a TCP/IP stack, or support for USB ports. Is that one commodity, or are they several? Every producer of anything has a monopoly, given a tight enough definition of the product.
I have a total monopoly on writing this message!

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Large Hadron Collider Struggling

Important Remark Re:5000 bad joints != cutting edge, It's ineptitud (371 comments)

Plus you need to solve this problem before you actualy go out and build a LHC with it. Doing it the other way around is just not smart.
Unfortunaltly it is exactly the way you keep project managers happy, as their value it very important to meet deadlines.

more than 5 years ago
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New HIV Strain Discovered

Important Remark Not A Joke! (263 comments)

Read about it here

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11-Word Extracts infringe Copyright in Europe

Important Remark Too many words! (2 comments)

'The summary had better be: "The European Court of Justice, which is Europes highest court"

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Null Character Hack Allows SSL Spoofing

Important Remark Re:\0wned (280 comments)

The most important thing to know is: when you put \0

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The Pirate Bay Ordered To Block Dutch Users

Important Remark Re:Legal? (255 comments)

It sounds nice but it is absolutely untrue. European law is NOT copied from old western movies..
And it would be very strange to be detained by a civil court. I don't think they do that.
What strikes me mostly as odd is that TPB could probably have gotten top-notch lawyers to represent them for free, as this is such a high profile case.

more than 5 years ago
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iPhone App Tracks Sex Offenders

Important Remark Re:Debt to society? (358 comments)

And as someone with a very close relative a victom of a sexual related crime, i hope no-one elses daughter meets that guy after he has left jail (served 6 years). He's really a charm, and can be very convincing when he has a gun in his hand. Jail may have cured him, but about 5 to 10% of these people do it again within 5 years after release from prisson. I think this one will. Where I live, we don't get to know where these people live after leaving jail, and with this guy that worries me.. He knows where _WE_ live...

But for sure, public exposing their whereabouts should be for the real dangerous cases only.

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The Pirate Bay Ordered To Block Dutch Users

Important Remark Re:Legal? (255 comments)

The server is not the issue. The judge ruled that copyright infringement is made (also) in the netherlands, and that TPB act as a broker to that copyright infringement. Since TPB didn't even bother to contradict that... they lost. Since they didn't even gave the judge a chance to ask them weather blocking dutch access was possible or not, they lost on that one too. Now it is _their_ problem how to obey with that. Not showing up is just a stupid strategy...

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Jellyfish Swimming Is Mixing the Oceans

Important Remark Martini (47 comments)

I'll have a Martini James.
Pulsated, not stirred!

more than 5 years ago

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