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Comment Re:That's, for better or worse, for a court to dec (Score 1) 219

Steamboat Willie would be, but Mickey himself is trademarked, so while (if the copyright ever actually expired) you would be able to make something derivative of SW (like a remake with other characters, or using clips of it in something), you'd still have issues making new stuff claiming to use Mickey Mouse as a character.

Comment Re:Gee (Score 1) 313

0.1% is only non-negligible if you expect it to eat significantly into your gains. If you're expecting gains that small (say, under 1%), why would you buy it as a long-term holding?

So maybe you're not doing it as a long term holding. Maybe you're doing it very short-term and you expect to get small gains many times. That's... pretty much exactly the behavior that the proposal is intended to discourage. Sounds like it works. What's the problem again?

Comment Re:Wait (Score 1) 258

The "inflationary period" theory does indicate that space expanded at rates faster than light would be able to travel (for a while - the description I read of the theory says it was done by 10^-32 seconds after the big bang and that in that time the universe expanded by 10^26 or more), but it seems that since it was space expanding and not matter moving through space, it's not considered a contradiction - like saying that a boat with a top speed of 10 knots relative to the water could be carried by a fast current at 30 knots relative to land (those numbers were pulled out of the air - if you know boats and those are insane, please don't hold it against me :)

Comment Re:Does this change then the need for dark matter? (Score 4, Informative) 258

as far as I can tell it doesn't matter - dark matter is invoked to explain why individual galaxies don't fall apart, because the mass we can see doesn't seem to be enough to keep it together at the rate they spin; having more galaxies doesn't change that.

(I find it amusing that dark matter is handwaving why big things don't fly apart and dark energy is handwaving why bigger things do :) But I'm weird :)

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