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Eternal Copyright: a Modest Proposal

fish_in_the_c Comments as a derivative work. (184 comments)

While considering this most modest proposal of 'eternal copy rite' I think we should also take pause to consider another terrible form of piracy so frequent today. That of creating a body of work, that's soul purpose is the critique of an existing piece of work. Obviously any monetary benefit derived from such a work , would not exist without the author of the original work. So much so that such works are derivative works par excellent of the original. Since the comments are bound to do nothing more then make the original less useful and worse then it's initially concise and proper format the author should retain control over Removing or modifying any comments not fully in the spirit of the original.

After all, all freedoms have limits , and freedom of speech certainly is of a lower value then an authors freedom to create wealth and provide a viable income to her/himself and future descendants.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?

fish_in_the_c Air to Ground (892 comments)

Nuclear weapons lanched from the satalite in an attempt to destroy the mission control of various drones in space devistates the earth and ends all armed conflicts for centuries.

Hopefully space wars don't happen.

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
Albert Einstein

more than 2 years ago

US Approves Two New Nuclear Reactors

fish_in_the_c Why can't we find a better way? (596 comments)

i hear so many 'claims' about how wind , solar, etc etc are all primed to take off and fix the power problem.

The fact we are still building nuclear reactors that run ( an extraordinarily low ) chance of causing HUGE casualties and making land uninhabitable for LIFETIMES , is unconscionable, if those claims are true.

Does anyone have any hard facts on the cost of electricity coming from solar or wind vs the same from Nuclear? Are the reasons primarily economic , or is their physics problems also preventing the use of other means to generate power?

aka , why are we building these instead of solar and wind farms?

I'm not trolling here, i'd really love some serious answers by someone who knows more about it then me.

more than 2 years ago

RIAA Chief Whines That SOPA Opponents Were "Unfair"

fish_in_the_c Objective media? (525 comments)

Is there such a thing?
Can you name a news outlet that isn't easily identified with a specific political agenda.
Fox ( way right).
CBS/NBC/CNN (mostly-left)
PBS ( way left)

what else is there, most internet sources don't eve PRETEND to not be biased.

Does anyone even believe in objective journalism in anything more then theory anymore?

more than 2 years ago

Fracture Putty Can Heal a Broken Bone In Days

fish_in_the_c Adult stem cells better then fetal? (236 comments)

Three nice things about them:

1) They are usually harvested from the entity translated too so less problem with rejection ( is this the case here the article didn't say).
2) The have been proven to work and use in many other places.
3) No one has any moral objections to them.

So many good reasons to not even worry about fetal stem cells , but no one ever bothers to talk about that.

more than 2 years ago

In Xhengzhou, Thousands Vie For Foxconn Jobs

fish_in_the_c Re:People in the US used to do this (386 comments)

That is why we have labor laws, OSHA, unions, and minimum wage act.
The odd thing is , it we consider it wrong for us ( american workers) to be treated that way , but think nothing of expecting people in other countries to have that problem. This is a lot of what made off shoring economical in the first place. We should either require importers follow american style worker safety and EPA regulations or repeal our own. ( personally i favor the former as I'd rather not work in a country where the latter has happened).

more than 2 years ago

Leaked Zynga Memo Justifies Copycat Strategy

fish_in_the_c Re:Copyright!!!! (384 comments)

The problem here is not the COPYRIGHT, but the COPYCAT. And actually, that is the main reason of creating the copyright, to prevent the copycat, not to prevent the copy-use, copy-download. What Zynga is doing is stealing in its true meaning. Not fair use, not format change, but STEALING.

?? what are they stealing?
What property , that belongs to another person have they taken?
What right to money , that belongs to another person have they taken?
They are creating Knock-offs( like has and is done for just about every product in the market, for most of human history) .
Sometimes their imitations sell better.

The whole , you are stealing if you violate copyright, is about half wrong headed as well.
Violating copyright is stealing under the second not the first question. It would cease to be stealing if the laws were changed.
It is certainly stealing , to violate the social contract and betray people trust, by not giving them money they are owed under the law.
However, that is bounded by changes in the law. How can you be stealing something from someone by not giving them money they have no legal
and therefore no reasonable, right to expect you to give to them?

The idea of 'intellectual property' is an artificial construct, created because information can have monetary value, but because it is artificial , it is like a virtual object.
it only exists in so much as the 'legal' code causes it too.

if i copy work that was written by Beethoven and change it by adding elect guitars and record it with digital drums.
Have I stolen something from him?

You can't steel what isn't there to steel.

more than 2 years ago

Leaked Zynga Memo Justifies Copycat Strategy

fish_in_the_c Re:aaaah (384 comments)

that could be easily fixed by requiring that shareholders actually take an interest in the companies they fund making a law requiring that a purchased stock may not be resold for at least 5 years, should just about do it.

more than 2 years ago

Leaked Zynga Memo Justifies Copycat Strategy

fish_in_the_c Re:And that is what really stiffles innovation (384 comments)

Patents holders should be required to show yearly the amount of dollars invested in developing technology tied to the patent.
If that level drops to zero for 3 year, the patent expires. If the company can be shown to be not actively using ( aka for making money) a patient then it can also be revoked by a court.

Same with copyright, if the holder is not keeping the work published and available for purchase at no more then 200% of the normal market value for similar products , then copyright should expire.

Both are about making money , and if money isn't being made they should be let go.

Also, the parent's complain would be benefited if there was something like a 'interface' copyright. that could be filed for.

more than 2 years ago

Aussies Could Use Elephants To Fight Invasive Species

fish_in_the_c When will they ever learn .... (274 comments)

So far that i know.
Rabbits were accidentally introduced into Australia by farmers ( having no predators) they thumped like rabbits.
cats were introduced to to control the rabbits , but like native birds better.
dogs were introduced to try and control the cats ( dingo's prefer kangaroo though).
not sure how the invasive toad species that are all over got there.
i think people still go out with bats and gulf clubs to kill rabbits ( they should export the meat , but i believe right now burn it)

Why would an elephant eat the tough grass first , why not the sweet tender native stuff and leave the tough grass alone until all the tender sweet stuff is gone?


more than 2 years ago

What If the Apollo Program Never Happened?

fish_in_the_c Re:Commercial or pure science. (756 comments)

well, there were a lot of comments about , and talk about, getting the private sector involved.
My point was , either this is a government doing this, with tax payer support, because the public believes it is valuable as science, or it isn't going to happen. All the talk about incentive, and space colonization/ tourism is pretty much just day dreaming , because the cost / benefit will not likely EVER be there.

As an efficient use of tax payer money I think building a living working sea colony might be a good first step in pushing our technology the direction it would have to go to make colonization of stellar bodies possible.

about 2 years ago

Trials and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us

fish_in_the_c When does human intelligence end? (474 comments)

i was once told ( never did verify it) that as many as 40% of the people in the world do not have sufficient IQ to understand the advanced Calculus like deferential equations. If that is the case then what percentage of the population can understand Quantum Mechanics.
Or worse yet, is it possible that fully understanding Quantum Mechanics is beyond the IQ of even the most intelligent human being?
If so , how would we know?

about 2 years ago

Trials and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us

fish_in_the_c Re:Everyone a specialist now (474 comments)

i was once told ( never did verify it) that as many as 40% of the people in the world do not have sufficient IQ to understand the advanced Calculus like deferential equations. If that is the case then what percentage of the population can understand Quantum Mechanics.
Or worse yet, is it possible that fully understanding Quantum Mechanics is beyond the IQ of even the most intelligent human being?
If so , how would we know?

about 2 years ago

NTT DoCoMo Asks Google To Limit Android Data Use

fish_in_the_c Let me see here... (160 comments)

Should Android be more efficient, and every app it runs. OF COARSE. There is not such thing as efficient enough, but Google has to decide if it is worth
their money right now.

Should the network provide stop wining because their network is running up against the physics of
allowing too users on it and just fix the problem. Probably.

Sorry, but don't take on more subscribers then you can service. And if their are devices that you don't like their affect feel free to ban them.
If that doesn't make you money , that's called business. It's balance. Either provide what people want , or go out of business.

more than 2 years ago

What If the Apollo Program Never Happened?

fish_in_the_c Commercial or pure science. (756 comments)

I think of many good pure science reasons to establish colonies on the moon and beyond.
But can you make a case for profitability, beyond , perhaps driving innovation.
Tourism is unlikely to cut it , unless the cost can be brought WAY down and the same for any kind of materials, manufacturing or mining. The further away from the mood you go the worse that cost of transport becomes.

Why not drive innovation by colonizing the sea or the antarctica, both of which seem more useful and within our reach at this point.

more than 2 years ago

UCLA Professor Says Conventional Wisdom on Study Habits Is All Washed Up

fish_in_the_c Re:Do Not Want (329 comments)

This old joke i first heart from the Dean of Chemistry at a Midwestern university.

meaning of degrees:

B.S. == Bull Sh@!T
M.S. == More Sh@!T
PHD == Piled Higher & Deeper.

more than 2 years ago

Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions

fish_in_the_c Re:Good luck getting the protestors to support tha (744 comments)

I've got to ask , why just apple?
something like 1/4 of the U.S. economy is run products that come from Chinese slave labor and or Asian "slave labor'.
Countries where workers aren't allowed to complain or they can be jailed or killed.

We SHOULD pass a law that says any product imported into this country must have been made under similar OSHA and EPA and FDA , standards as things made here. Including labor laws honoring a 40 hour work week and some kind of adjusted minimum wage.

We won't though. We like , our cheap stuff from , wall-mart, k-mart, and best buy ... WAAYY too much for that. Not to mention the fact is would probably tank our economy for a generation.

more than 2 years ago

Anger With Game Content Lock Spurs Reaction From Studio Head Curt Shilling

fish_in_the_c Should a contract be allowed to supersede law? (908 comments)

I think the problem that most people are having is this.
There are existing laws, and therefore existing expectations that customers have , about what it means to 'buy' something.
You cant just go and change that agreement without making it clear to people what you are doing. Otherwise they have a right to be upset.

It is as simple as this:
If I knowingly create a situation , in which you are deceived into thinking you are buying something you are not, they I have lied to you and undermined our , previous, relationship. That is wrong.

I have to question if this use is even legal, ( I'm sure their are corporate lawyers all over this , but there is some grey area here).
The reality is the contracts cannot contravene consumer law.

For instance, it makes no difference what kind of contract you agree too. If you employer pays you less then minimum wage , even if you agreed to it in writing. You can turn around and sue you employer for the rest of your wages.

So, i understand why people are upset.

As far as , making money goes. If the game companies need more money for what they sell, they should
a) charge it.
b) make it easy to know and explicit what they expected to be paid and when.

Anything else is just fraud and there is no reason the consumer should tolerate it.

more than 2 years ago



Google Honors catholic Bishop

fish_in_the_c fish_in_the_c writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fish_in_the_c writes "As a counterpoint to the contemporary idea that the
Roman Catholic church opposes science. Today Google honors Nicolas Steno catholic bishop and declared Blessed by Pope John Paul II. Blessed Nicolas was a Pioneer of geology and paleontology."

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Pope to address space shuttle.

fish_in_the_c fish_in_the_c writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fish_in_the_c (577259) writes "The Pope will address the members of the shuttle endeavor.
he papal linkup was organized by the European Space Agency, which has one Italian on the Endeavour and one Italian already on the space station. Both crews will be in the space station when the pope calls.

viva el papa!"

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