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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Smauler Re:Commerce clause abuse (453 comments)

This cases has been cited by a more relevant one, Gonzales v. Reich which was about the right to grow your own marijuana in states in which it is legal to use it medicinally : "The government also contended that consuming one's locally grown marijuana for medical purposes affects the interstate market of marijuana, and hence that the federal government may regulate—and prohibit—such consumption."

13 hours ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Smauler Re:The video game crash of 1983 (188 comments)

In addition, DRM is good for consumers because it ensures that studios will be willing to publish more than zero desirable works in a format.

You seem to forget that studios _have_ to be willing to publish in a format that people will use. The studios being "willing" to publish is irrelevant. If they try to publish works in a format no one uses, they lose their revenue stream. Their entire business model is having as many people as possible buy the content.

3 days ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Smauler Re:Yes this is Terrible. (188 comments)

I personally started buying music online a few years back. I didn't want DRM.

I've spent probably a few hundred pounds with Amazon, just because when I started buying music online they were the place to offer DRM free. Apple lost me as a customer because of DRM.

3 days ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Smauler Re:I'm shocked. (188 comments)

they blocked and non-apple DRM like every other company out there and Real had to hack it.

Is this supposed to be a sentence? If so, I don't know what it means, at all. I'm speaking literally here.

but in the end itunes allowed you to use any hardware you wanted as long as the maker coded to a few of apple's API's.

I can just about understand this sentence, I think.

3 days ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Smauler Re:So No Space Elevator ??? (187 comments)

Of course, for men who are circumcised and so who already lost most of their ability to feel what sex is (because of thicker and less sensitive skin as well as no foreskin movement), it doesn't matter much

How on earth would you know what a circumcised man can feel during sex? Do you have any experience of this, or are you just making assumptions?

3 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Smauler Re:80 years it was German (142 comments)

Technically, a "Lingua Franca" is a language used by two people whose first language is something else entirely. I, for example, can't use English as a Lingua Franca, since it's my first language. I have, however, spoken to a Spanish person (who could not speak English) in French, therefore was using French as a kind of Lingua Franca.

The original Lingua Franca was a trading language used around the Mediterranean from about 1000 years ago, and was originally based predominantly on northern Italian dialects. The term has been applied to other languages like Latin retroactively.

3 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Smauler Re:Interesting, but ... (142 comments)

Chinese doesn't even have a word for "no", to give you an idea of how fundamentally different it is.

The "Do not want" meme was caused by the Chinese lack of the word "no" - See here or here for one of my all time favourite things. It makes the new Star Wars films watchable.

3 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Smauler Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Authors don't have control over their work now. There are plenty of spoofs, fanfics, and porn versions of content that the authors hate. Do you think we should ban them too?

4 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

Smauler Re:So which came first (137 comments)

"Reptile" is such a broad, catch-all classification it's almost worthless. Dimetrodon, for example, has always been classified as a reptile, but is more closely related to humans than it is to any modern reptiles. Crocodiles are much more closely related to birds (and dinosaurs) than they are to other reptiles like lizards and snakes.

4 days ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

Smauler Re:Head (130 comments)

Ok, I'm going to stop replying to myself soon. It used to be brewed in north London between 1936 and the mid 2000's. And I agree with AC above about its "real" beer credentials being a little dubious now.

about a week ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

Smauler Re:Head (130 comments)

Oops, I'm wrong (about Guinness). All the Guinness consumed in the UK (and the US) is brewed in Dublin, apparently. I wonder where I got the notion it was brewed in England.

about a week ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

Smauler Re:Head (130 comments)

Nearly all the lager drunk in the UK is foreign - Carling is the only major exception. Some of the foreign beer like Fosters is brewed in the UK under license though. It is originally Australian, though, obviously.

Nearly all the "real" beer drunk in the UK is English, Guinness being the only major exception, though this is brewed in the UK too (though I assume Guinness drunk in Northern Ireland is brewed in Ireland, but I may be wrong).

about a week ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

Smauler Re:Congrats Sony (190 comments)

Why?

How will you using Sony's products without paying for them hurt them?

about a week ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

Smauler Re:Sweet! (153 comments)

Really? If you could choose your penis size, what would it be? If everyone could choose their penis size, what would your choice be then?

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Smauler Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

I'm sure if those living in sub-saharan africa were to design their own intelligence tests, it would favor them instead.

Are there any intelligence tests in which people from sub-saharan Africa do come out on top?

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

Smauler Re:Insurance? (280 comments)

For example, a Ferrari 458 with a paying passenger or a Kia Ceed with no paying passengers should not have different insurance premium for insurance covering damage to 3rd parties.

If every Ferrari 458 even previously driven on the road had killed a third party pedestrian, and no Kia Ceed had ever been in an accident, do you really think they should have identical third party insurance rates?

I realise this example is extreme, but there are some makes and models of cars that have higher risk to third parties than others. Charging more for third party insurance with these seems perfectly rational to me.

However, I do agree that the system has got problems. A few years back I asked for a third party quote for a used car I had just bought. It seemed a lot for what I was getting (just third party for me), so I asked if there was anything I could do to reduce it. It turned out that a fully comprehensive policy with my entire family as named drivers was about 200 pound cheaper. Yes, cheaper. I even told them none of my family were ever likely to drive the car, but they didn't care (three times they have driven it now, IIRC).

about two weeks ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

Smauler Re:filter porn, but allow "escort" services? (135 comments)

I haven't really paid attention the last few years, I don't know where they're plastering the ads these days.

The Internet.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Smauler Re:Okay, this is a great idea (647 comments)

I agree the text is way too large for viewing on a monitor

Really? It's perhaps a little too large, but not way too large. I sit about 4 foot away from a 22 inch 1920*1200 monitor - the entire web page is only two screens of text or so at this resolution.

about three weeks ago

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Youtube revamps comment system

Smauler Smauler writes  |  about a year ago

Smauler (915644) writes "Youtube are changing their comments system Whilst no one denies the current system results in obnoxious chaos some of the time, the solution seems to be a tie-in with Google+. The number one selling point is that "Comments you care about move to the top"."

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