You are unable to even give an indication that removing patents would keep the creation of new inventions flowing.
Wait, are you actually suggesting that if patents disappeared tomorrow that no more new inventions would be created? The reason that no one needs to "give an indication" is that it is simple common sense! Humans are going to invent. It's in our nature. We won't stagnate because of some missing legalese. In fact, in our current position, we're still inventing *in spite* of stupid limiting legalese.
Sounds like the GOP is treading dangerously close to the crime of "blackening the memory of one who is dead". One of our recently killed diplomats in Libya was an Eve Online player. Are they suggesting he was lazy or unfit for his post?
Mmm, just a technical observation -- most BT clients now have configurable (and even randomly configurable) ports, and the help will almost always advise you not to use the "usual" BT ports. Although if you did block them, I guess you could make a decent case that you weren't "negligent" in leaving those ports open...
It could be even better: in addition to the dead tree book with no pictures, they could be charged an extra fee for online access to see the pictures which could not be included *in* the dead tree book!
A cynical person, such as myself, might get the idea that they quite deliberately did not encrypt the information so that students *could* easily reproduce the cards and plant them, thereby keeping attendance up even if the student is not in class or on campus.
The right, on the other hand, endorses reduction of government power and programs. Even if they never follow through.
If by "endorses" you meant "pays lip service about", then I would agree with that statement. The right has no more intention of reducing government than the left; they just want to shift from social funding to military/defense funding. I couldn't possibly guess why this might be...
I humbly retract my trolling comment, I can see the possible relevance of that case. Since you actually took the time to respond in a clear and rational manner, and did not tell anyone to die in a fire, I'm assuming you are not one of our usual cave dwelling denizens. Why, then, did you begin your thread with name calling? Or do you really think "Pirate Mike" is a term of endearment?