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Notorious Patent Troll Sues Federal Trade Commission

Tuoqui Re:No (102 comments)

Just prohibit non-practicing entities from extorting money via patents.

If you have a patent for a better process for making widgets and you arent in the business of making widgets then you dont get to harass widget making companies.

about 7 months ago
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Doctors Bypass Biometric Scanners With Fake Fingers

Tuoqui Re:Biometrics are not secrets. (139 comments)

That's amazing. I've got the same combination on my luggage.

about a year ago
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Silicon Valley Presses Obama, Congress On Immigration Reform

Tuoqui Re:ageism (221 comments)

Exactly... if you have 2 people working 60+ hour weeks then you really need to hire another person. Except that business doesnt want to hire more people because they're cheap bastards.

Despite all things pointing to the fact that overtime hours (more than 40 in a week or more than 8 in a day) contribute to reduced productivity. So those hours that people are getting paid 1.5x their pay are actually the hours they're usually least productive... If only the bean counters would realize that.

Also if they did that there might not be a huge unemployment issue.

about a year ago
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Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

Tuoqui Re:fuck you iceland. (684 comments)

Do you know how nasty some of those toilet cleaning chemicals are...

There was a story recently of a school where some girls got chemical burns because they sat down on toilet seats that had been cleaned with these chemicals. Now imagine being exposed to those chemicals day after day.

about a year and a half ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

Tuoqui Re:Lock them both up (626 comments)

Actually the logic involvedin 'find them both guilty' in this case is legitimate.

In Canada if a group of people say go rob a bank and one of them ends up shooting the rent-a-cop and killing him everyone can be charged with murder because they were all in on the original crime of robbing the bank.

about a year and a half ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

Tuoqui Re:Budget over Justice? (626 comments)

Except the burden of proof in a criminal case is on the state... So they're the ones that should pay for this regardless of the outcome. They're already willing to blow millions on court staff, judges, prosecutors, etc...

I mean think of all the court cases where the governments run people into the ground by dragging their heels and racking up legal expenses for the person who may be innocent.

about a year and a half ago
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Office 2013: Microsoft Cloud Era Begins In Earnest

Tuoqui Re:In the end... (241 comments)

Who uses office when on windows... I just use notepad.exe

about a year and a half ago
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Responding to US Gambling Law, Antigua Set To Launch "Pirate" Site

Tuoqui Re:Antigua is being taken for a ride. (377 comments)

Yeah ban US tourism there and people of the rest of the world will flock there because they wont have to put up with stuck up american tourists ;) look at Cuba, it has a thriving tourism sector despite not having US tourism based solely on that fact alone because it certainly aint the food that's doing it

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Fileshare Service Riddled With Security Holes

Tuoqui Re:Kim Dotcom (151 comments)

Unless he gets extradited to the US which given how NZers and the world responded to how the US went about this including using foreign intelligence agencies to prosecute a civil court matter... I really dont think it's gonna happen.

Best way to avoid prosecution on some matter is to stay out of the reach of those who want you. Particularly if those crimes are minor or non-existant in the eyes of the public. Many people who arent of the MAFIAA persuasion believe he's the victim and that is hard to overcome even with the big media's propeganda machine.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Fileshare Service Riddled With Security Holes

Tuoqui Re:No one really gets it (151 comments)

I'm sure that applying encryption would count as 'DRM' of sort... and under many DMCA like laws breaking any DRM scheme is grounds for a prison sentence :)

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

Tuoqui Re:stupid (1388 comments)

I wish I had mod points for this comment :D should be +5 Funny IMHO

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

Tuoqui Re:Simple (1388 comments)

Or spoof the signal as coming from 0,0,0 (center of the earth) and brick all guns in the area...

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

Tuoqui Re:Wont stop the sicko... (1388 comments)

I am sure glad you can account for homocie numbers by the drop in guns...

What I'd like to see is the overall homocide rate... Because when people get angry enough to kill they often switch weapons to those available like knives and such.

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

Tuoqui Re:Non-lethal instead! (1388 comments)

Tazers are less lethal, they still kill a small number of people hit with them... (despite what Tazer international says).

That said Tazers should occupy a space between physical brute force (like beating the suspect with a stick) and shooting the suspect... Basically if you'd consider using a gun then a tazer option should be open.

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

Tuoqui Re:What could possibly go wrong... (1388 comments)

Yes it is very dumb...

After all if it wont fire people will just use it as a bludgeon to beat someone to death instead and it'll still be declared a gun crime so the gun control nuts can still have statistics on their side.

Also what happens if someone tries to shoot a midget? The gun might think of them as a kid, so a midget on a shooting rampage might do even more damage.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

Tuoqui Re:My School (690 comments)

Well timed sarcasm is usually pretty good :D

about a year and a half ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

Tuoqui Re:My School (690 comments)

Ok everyone we're going to talk about our periods today...

Sorry couldnt resist injecting a bit of sarcasm.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

Tuoqui Re:Better? Are you Sure? (690 comments)

Early Childhood Education, Paramedics, Nursing, Personal Support Worker (Helps old people in homes), Social Worker, immigration, etc...would be my guesses based on personal experience. Not sure if the numbers are there but those are mostly traditionally female dominated fields to begin with.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

Tuoqui Re:Differing learning styles (690 comments)

Or instead of setting the bar for your daughter to marry some man who went to college/university... You could instead encourage her to marry a GOOD man instead. A good man does not necessarily need to have a PhD, be a brain surgeon or rocket scientist or computer programmer...

It could just be a good man is a college dropout who realized that getting a bachelors, masters or PhD in Computer Science is a waste of time because those types of jobs are going to be outsourced to India and instead picked up a trade and went the apprenticeship route in something like Plumbing, Carpentry, Electrician... You know jobs which cant be sent to India and dont require a huge amount of brains, just common sense and a good work ethic :)

No matter what time or what era you live in it's always possible for a woman to find a good man.

about a year and a half ago
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Music Industry Suits Could Bankrupt Pirate Party Members

Tuoqui Re:LLC (215 comments)

Well you should incorporate in some manner of speaking...

The Pirate Party of Canada operates as a NPO (Non-Profit Organization). Also whatever structure you use would have to make sense for your situation. Inc, LLC, Corp, Ltd, etc... are just ways organizations use to communicate that they are a legal corporate entity...

If you're a NPO or charity you can use terms like 'fund', 'charity', 'institute' or stuff like that.

And yes I'm part of the Pirate Party of Canada, glad to see you're getting that problem fixed :)

about a year and a half ago

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Is it time for Open Source Hardware?

Tuoqui Tuoqui writes  |  more than 7 years ago It seems that big business has always been keen on controlling the public through their control of the media. Now that the Internet is truly becoming an open forum for the free exchange of ideas and innovations it seems that big business must maintain their control in the age of the 'Blogosphere' and 'Web 2.0'.

Initially these companies tried to do this using rights restricting software also known as Digital Rights Management (DRM) and restrictive laws such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the US and a myriad of laws like it in other countries in the world. Now that there is signifigant consumer backlash against the idea they have attempted to try and 'rebrand' the idea behind it with the new name Digital Consumer Enablement (DCE). Regardless we've learned from the gardening industry that you can call it manure, shit, poo or fertilizer. The end product is still the same and smells just as bad.

I was recently reading an article on the Windows Vista Operating System and was initially shocked to see that Microsoft is trying to leverage it's power in the marketplace to force vendors to comply to their draconian and unrealistic expectations in order to allow them to better implement DRM technologies and make it more difficult and expensive for hackers to crack these DRM/encryption schemes. The only thing these technologies will do is slow them down it will not stop them, take a look at AACS as a failed DRM scheme. Their discs are being cracked even before they are released to the public.

Since it is obvious that big business is not willing or able to respect our rights in regards to what we want to watch and when or what software we desire on our computers (Sony Rootkit anyone?). We as consumers and supporters of the Open Source community must stand up for our rights. I believe the time is right for the Open Source community to finally and truly support some Open Source Hardware projects. Only when you control or at least are capable of auditing both the hardware designs as well as the software that runs on it can we be sure that there is no funny business going on in our computers.

In order to support a thriving Open Source Hardware project people would need to cough up money. Also there are risks involved in hardware projects that simply are not there in the Open Source software community such as theft of physical hardware and other such things which have no impact on software development. The question I pose to readers is... Is it time for Open Source Hardware Development? It would definitely ensure that we as a community is not threatened by the potential of 'vendor lock-in' in the future that is for sure.

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The Legal System and why it needs to be reformed

Tuoqui Tuoqui writes  |  more than 7 years ago "First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" -Dick the Butcher, Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part II.

The fundamental problem with the legal system *IS* lawyers and the legal professions as a whole. Lawyers are the ultimate bureaucrats. Anytime you involve a lawyer you are guarenteed to increase the amount of red tape and confusion which further requires the other side to have a lawyer in order to figure out what the hell you are saying.

Look at contracts from 100+ years ago. They were simple and didn't need a lawyer. All you needed was your good name and a handshake and it was done. Bob would cut down X number of trees and bring the logs to Joe for $Y before the time/date of Z. No fuss, No muss. Since most people were able to keep to deadlines and values and were able to act as agents on their own behalf problems were also easier to solve. So Bob brings half as many trees in as he's supposed to, well its only fair that Joe would pay him half as much for them. Again, simple and easy conflict resolution.

Laws were a lot simpler 100+ years ago too. Do not obstruct traffic by parking your car or horse on main street. Do not steal/kill/cheat others, etc... Now we have so many laws and so many stupid laws that you could probably end up breaking the law by sneezing in public.

Today we are taught to live in a culture of fear. All cultures have to have some fear in order to keep them going but since 9/11, western nations and in particular the USA have fostered this culture of fear. You see it every day on the news, people continuing to keep the memory of 9/11 in the back of our collective consciousness. It is actually in the government and corporations best interests to keep you scared. To make it so that you don't question what they are doing because the moment you question is the moment they lose power. What power? The ability to pass bullshit and unconstitutional laws like the PATRIOT Act (or the Canadian version) as a knee jerk reaction to these.

There is nothing to fear but fear itself (and the government).

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