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Which Game Series Would You Reboot?

Joe the Lesser Re:X-Wing vs Tie Fighter (1120 comments)

Trust me, it's nowhere near what true x-wing v tie fighter fans are craving.

more than 5 years ago

The Hidden Secrets of Online Quizzes

Joe the Lesser Re:I'm still waiting for the... (136 comments)

Douchebag's are the life of the party! You really like to explore new places and confront new people. You are very concerned with cleanliness, and willing to do the dirty work necessary for a healthy work and living environment.

more than 5 years ago

The Hidden Secrets of Online Quizzes

Joe the Lesser That's false advertising--made up data (136 comments)

Your friends have not taken the IQ quiz. What they have done is just taken your friends list and made up scores for them.

I know this because I saw the ad on my wife's page and it said I got a score on a test I had never taken.

more than 5 years ago

The Hidden Secrets of Online Quizzes

Joe the Lesser I am terrified (136 comments)

that it will be known that if I were an X-Man, I would be Storm.

more than 5 years ago

When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

Joe the Lesser Re:MIssing Option (604 comments)

It's a vaccine right?

more than 5 years ago

When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

Joe the Lesser read the news (604 comments)

Just because the swine flu is giving healthy adults trouble doesn't mean the children and elderly get out free, as noted by the child who died this morning.

Mexican labs can detect the flu, they are just swamped with so many cases and the tests takes some hours.

As of the time you wrote your post:

- Deaths: 159, all in Mexico, 26 confirmed as swine flu and rest suspected.

- Sickened: 2,498 suspected or confirmed in Mexico; 66 confirmed in U.S.; 13 confirmed in Canada; two confirmed in Scotland; 14 confirmed in New Zealand; two confirmed in Spain; and two confirmed in Israel.

- Confirmed U.S. cases, by state: 45 in New York, 11 in California, six in Texas, two in Kansas and one each in Indiana and Ohio, according to CDC and states.

more than 5 years ago

To What Age Do You Expect To Live?

Joe the Lesser Re:Immortality (575 comments)

I'd like to buy your rock.

more than 5 years ago

To What Age Do You Expect To Live?

Joe the Lesser Re: bell curve (575 comments)

I doubt it.

more than 5 years ago

Watchmen 50 Days On, Was It Worth the Gamble?

Joe the Lesser Re:The horse, not the horse shit. (448 comments)

cause children shouldn't know about rape, or violence against women? It wasn't a real rape scene anyway, it was just attempted...

Of course, the sex scene was pretty hot so...

But I don't think there were themes any worse than DK2.

I'm curious if anyone here let their child watch it and what the reaction was.

more than 5 years ago

A Look At the Final Fantasy XIII Demo, Early Analysis

Joe the Lesser Re:FFIX?! (103 comments)

I liked 9, it was somewhat simplistic but I recall enjoying the game all the way through.

more than 5 years ago

A Look At the Final Fantasy XIII Demo, Early Analysis

Joe the Lesser Re:Hmm (103 comments)

FF8 was a horrible battle system, drawing sucked, the guardians took forever to use, were hard to find without walkthroughs, and you were supposed to push fucking buttons during the cutscenes?

I enjoyed FF9 and X and X-2, but ff8 is a black spot for me, i simply could not bear to play it when I realized that to properly build my characters I'd have to spend boring hours drawing shit.

more than 5 years ago

College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior

Joe the Lesser Re:sure it is (1079 comments)

You clearly don't understand what a victimless crime is.

A victimless crime is one where there is no known potential for unwanted harm to come to another person.

Shooting at people and missing obviously does not qualify, since missing is based on your ability, which we can not trust. Same with most traffic violations.

Smoking pot in your bedroom with the door closed does qualify, only you are directly affected by any negative consequences.

more than 5 years ago

Facebook Users Get Lower Grades In College

Joe the Lesser Re:When everyone is special, no one is special (284 comments)

There's nothing sadder when the kids you fuckin tutored get 'honors' while you have no such distinction, because you challenged yourself every step of the way.

There should be weight given to grades based on the level of the courses.

more than 5 years ago

I prefer to consume my caffeine from a vessel of ...

Joe the Lesser Re:What's in that paper? (571 comments)

Self-fulfilling prophecy.

When you expect certain results, you often perceive them. Same as the placebo effect.

more than 5 years ago

YouTube Halts Uploads and Comments In Korea

Joe the Lesser possible reaction? (76 comments)

In democracies there is often a case where the minority gets a law passed because the majority is not paying attention, and then the law is reversed eventually.

Policies like this may be part of that...once the average man is inconvenienced he suddenly becomes a politician.

more than 5 years ago

Amazon Culls "Offensive" Books From Search System

Joe the Lesser Re:can anyone coroberate this from a seperate sour (470 comments)

It's also fiction and must be interpreted, and quite well known.

It looks like they were censoring the 'self-help' books that explicitly say 'it's okay to be gay, here's how to cope with who you really are.' and other non-fiction type books, none of which I heard of.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Mentioned In Virginia Terrorism Report

Joe the Lesser Re:Anonymous (779 comments)

It's easy, just click the checkbox above the text field!

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Mentioned In Virginia Terrorism Report

Joe the Lesser Re:cell phones and music players (779 comments)

Rest assured the Metro is mostly bark with their announcements. They don't have enough money to hire real security.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Mentioned In Virginia Terrorism Report

Joe the Lesser woah there (779 comments)

Murderer? The dude got in a drunk driving accident, and the passenger died.

more than 5 years ago



Family Guy Sued For Copyright Infringement

Joe the Lesser Joe the Lesser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Joe the Lesser (533425) writes "Music publishing house Bourne Co. is suing Fox over the use of the song 'When you wish upon a star' which was parodied in the Family Guy episode entitled 'When You Wish Upon A Weinstein'. The episode contains a musical number entitled 'I Need a Jew' which the lawsuit called a thinly veiled copy of the music from "When You Wish Upon a Star," accompanied by new anti-Semitic lyrics. In the 67 years since its debut, the song has been recorded by more than 100 artists and orchestras, however, Bourne claims that "With its theme of wholesome hopefulness, the song has gained worldwide status as a classic. By associating Bourne's song with such offensive lyrics and other content in the episode, defendants are harming the value of the song.""

Scientist Burn Water With Radio Frequencies

Joe the Lesser Joe the Lesser writes  |  about 7 years ago

Joe the Lesser (533425) writes "In an amazing story, scientist John Kanzius accidentally discovered how to burn salt water while testing radio frequencies for cancer research. "The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen... Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies." The scientists want to find out whether the energy output from the burning hydrogen — which reached a heat of more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit — would be enough to power a car or other heavy machinery. This discovery, being called "the most remarkable discovery in water science in 100 years," might reveal a new possible fuel that's as easy to get as a walk to the beach."

Red Cross Strikes Back

Joe the Lesser Joe the Lesser writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Joe the Lesser (533425) writes "Following up on the story yesterday, the American Red Cross has issued a rebuttal to Johnson & Johnson regarding the use of the Red Cross logo in sales of preparedness kits. They state that not only did they use the symbol six years before Johnson & Johnson, but they brought up the 'Barton Agreement' which was actually never ratified and "J&J admitted this fact in testimony before Congress in 1942." Moreover, they have been selling preparedness kits with the logo concurrently with Johnson & Johnson products since 1903. The memo is below:

The following message is from Chuck Connor, Senior Vice President, Communication and Marketing:

As you all know, Johnson & Johnson filed a lawsuit on August 8, suing the American Red Cross and four of its licensing partners with respect to products sold in retail stores. The Red Cross intends to vigorously defend the suit. Following are the Red Cross rebuttals to J&J's claims. We have sent you messages and FAQs, and will be updating those in the future. Now we are sending you our essential legal arguments. We urge Red Cross units to use the following information in explaining our case to their communities.

As always, please direct any national media inquiries you receive to Carrie Martin at (202) 303-4459 or For additional details about the licensing program, contact Jennifer Niyangoda at (202) 303-4922 or



1. J&J claims that it began using the Red Cross emblem before the American Red Cross. In fact, the Red Cross began using the red cross emblem in 1881, six years before Johnson & Johnson (J&J) began using the emblem in 1887.

2. J&J obtained a trademark registration in 1887, but did not object to the Red Cross use of the emblem at that time.

3. The Red Cross was first chartered by Congress in 1900, and that charter was amended in 1905. The 1905 amendment gave the Red Cross the use of the emblem, and specifically stated that "in carrying out its purposes under this [charter], [the Red Cross] may have the use, as an emblem and badge, a Greek red cross on a white ground..." The Charter grants the Red Cross "to conduct other activities consistent with" its Charter purposes.

4. In the 1905 Charter amendment, Congress intended the Red Cross to have the exclusive use of the emblem, and this was confirmed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) when they specifically reserved an application serial number for the Red Cross to register its Emblem in EVERY class of goods and services without limitation.

5. J&J was concerned that it would lose its right to use the emblem on its products, so it lobbied congress to allow it to continue, or "grandfather" its use of the red cross symbol. Congress thus passed a law making it a crime for third parties other than the Red Cross to use a red cross symbol but also permitted J&J and the dozens of other companies to continue to use the red cross emblem for only those products used by those companies as of that time. Congress made this a criminal statute specifically to protect the Red Cross from unauthorized users of the emblem.


6. In 1895, when Congress was first considering legislation to charter the Red Cross, J&J went to Clara Barton and negotiated an agreement (the "Barton Agreement") that would have permitted J&J to continue to use the red cross emblem if Congress gave the exclusive use of the emblem to the Red Cross in a charter.

7. The Barton Agreement was effective only if Congress passed a specific law that would have prohibited J&J from continuing to use a red cross symbol. Congress did not pass the law, so the agreement never took effect.

8. Thus, the Barton Agreement was effectively rendered null and void. J&J admitted this fact in testimony before Congress in 1942 in hearings in the House of Representatives on the "Protection of the Name and Emblem of the Red Cross." 77th Cong., 2d Sess. 279-81 (1942).

9. It is noteworthy that although J&J makes reference to the Barton Agreement in its lawsuit against the Red Cross, J&J did not quote the limiting language in the complaint, nor did it include a copy of the Barton Agreement with its other exhibits attached to the complaint nor did it even allege ANY breach of the agreement by the Red Cross.


10. The Red Cross has been selling first aid kits commercially in the United States since 1903. Until now, J&J has never challenged this activity. Thus, for over 100 years, J&J and the Red Cross enjoyed their concurrent right to use the red cross emblem in commerce.

11. In fact, over the past century, J&J and the Red Cross have joined in lawsuits against infringers of the right of the Red Cross and J&J to use jointly the red cross emblem.

12. In 2003, J&J began to complain to the Red Cross about licensing third parties to sell Red Cross first aid kits in retail stores. Red Cross and J&J had discussions related this issue, but these conversations never led to an agreement.

13. J&J then began telling retail stores that carried Red Cross products that there was "an existing trademark dispute" between J&J and the Red Cross.

14. During the past several years, on several occasions, J&J has tried to convince the Red Cross to limit its use of the red cross emblem on licensed products in retail stores. Only within the past three weeks has it become apparent to the Red Cross that J&J was possibly doing more than saber-rattling. Since that time, the Red Cross has been working carefully, analyzing its legal position and weighing options.


15. J&J's first claim is for "Contractual and Equitable Estoppel." This claim does not mention any breach of any contract, and does not mention at all the Barton Agreement. It merely claims that the Red Cross made certain historical statements that it "would not enter into such commercial licenses" regarding the sale of certain Red Cross products that J&J relied upon to its detriment.

16. J&J's second claim is for "Violation of 18 U.S.C. 706." J&J alleges that the Red Cross and its licensing partners are somehow violating this statute. What J&J's lawsuit fails to recognize is that this criminal statute originally was passed by Congress as a shield to protect the Red Cross from other companies that infringed upon the right of ARC to use the red cross emblem. At no time has any federal agency, including the Department of Justice, ever claimed that the Red Cross was in violation of the use of its red cross emblem- that Congress gave to it more than 102 years ago! Now this criminal stature is being used by J&J as a sword against the Red Cross.

17. J&J's third and final claim is for a claim that does not even involve the Red Cross. It is for a separate issue against one of the Red Cross's licensees.

18. In its claims for relief, J&J asks the court to order the Red Cross from undertaking any "sale to the consuming public" of emergency preparedness and related products, even on the Internet and through Red Cross chapters and outlets. More amazing is the request that the court order the Red Cross to surrender to J&J all of these preparedness products "for destruction" by J&J.

19. To date, the Red Cross has generated about $2 million in funds for the organization from the sale of these products in retail stores. In contrast, J&J recently made $11 billion in profits in one year! This lawsuit is not about any threat to J&J's retail business.

20. In short, this lawsuit is a direct attack on the American Red Cross and its right to use the red cross emblem — a right that was given by Congress. Both the Red Cross and J&J have the legal right to use the emblem as they deem necessary to fulfill their respective missions, for the Red Cross to prepare the public for emergencies and disasters, and for J&J to make money in the marketplace. There is no merit to any of the legal claims asserted by J&J in this lawsuit. The Red Cross intends to vigorously defend the suit. We will not let J&J take the Red Cross out of the name American Red Cross."



Joe the Lesser Joe the Lesser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

It's wierd when you post something that should be funny, and it's modded as a troll or something, as if the mod didn't understand the sarcasm involved, or doesn't approve of humor.

I mean, I don't mind not being modded up, but it's annoying when the mods have a war with your post, so it's +5 funny/insightful one minute, and then 0 flamebait the next. (and ends at +2 flamebait, hehe, I like 'underrated')

The mods should have to provide a short justification on their actions, since that would make metamodding easier.

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