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  • Jul 07, 2011 @ 07:56am


    How many police/Swat/ICE raids have there been on individuals for misdemeanor type offenses? So why then is this bill even necessary?

    So please explain (if you can) why we need the police/ICE involved in these matters, since as you pointed out, if it hasn't been a problem in the past then it's obviously not necessary, right?

    I mean if police haven't been raiding homes for misdemeanors then there is obviously no need to pass this law, or am I not applying your logic correctly? I'm trying but the cognitive dissonance is strong....

  • Jul 07, 2011 @ 07:22am

    Re: Re: What innovation resulted from Safe Harbors?

    So if the **AA's are stealing from their customers (via lawsuit, overreaching laws, 'criminal liability' for entertainment...) and from their clients (aka artists, via one sided contracts, performance rights scams, or just outright fraud) what does that make them?

    I totally agree with you that the ends do not justify the means, I think we need to abolish the **AA's immediately as their means does not justify their existence.

  • Jul 05, 2011 @ 04:17pm

    Re: YHGTBSM!

    The cognitive dissonance is strong in this one.... he will be a master of the Force.... or the next Sith lord, we're just not sure yet...

    Apparently being able to maintain two contradictory beliefs in ones head, reconcile them somewhat, and still make a bad decision is what it takes to become a judge these days.

  • Jul 05, 2011 @ 09:53am

    Re: Re: better phones

    Learning from the general trends of the auto, banking, and home mortgage market fiasco's over the last several years, the next young group of ruthless business executives had no idea that their 'get rich quick' scheme would be the final straw that would cause the entire US economy to collapse overnight.

    When asked to explain how their 'get rich quick' scheme caused economic fallout that made the great depression look like a minor economic event, all their CEO, Dick ScrewedemGood could say was, "It seemed like the next step in the securities market... taking junk mortgages, combining them, collateralizing them, and selling them to unsuspecting investors as collateralized mortgage objects was such a resounding success that we decided to do the same thing with patents. We took all the junk patents, combined them into one big object, broke the object up into multiple 'options' that could be purchased, then sold all the options to companies looking to protect themselves from being sued for patent infringement. Sure we suspected that there might be some litigation here and there, but since nobody really knows what 'patents' are in the little pieces they bought, nobody should be able to use them to litigate... who knew the judges would decide that all owners had an equal share in all patents, resulting in the current nuclear patent litigation we have going on today..."

    Sure, I'm full of it now.... but just wait for someone to try it (I'm patenting this business model, so if anyone is interested, hit me up for the licensing fee).

  • Jul 05, 2011 @ 09:27am

    Re: burn these creeps down

    Wait, are you talking about the hactivists, or the police who broke into my home and stole my computer claiming that someone in my general vicinity had used a computer to access 'potentially infringing material'?

    I'm still waiting for those dirty thieves to return my property.... now if only there was an internet savy group concerned about my rights.....

  • Jun 29, 2011 @ 05:01pm

    Re: Re: Well since you asked..

    It's just you...

    It's a wel doucemnted fcat taht as long as the fisrt and lsat leters of the word are accrutate, the rset can be jubmled or mising and your bran wil still inertrpet the croerct meaning.

    Got it? So getting 'hung up' on intelligent people using bad grammar or spelling is a personal hangup that people need to get over, thinking that everyone has to use language the same way you do, or our 'grandmothers' did is a hangover from what I call the 'educated snob' era where education was somehow a measure of status (only the rich could afford to go to school, and looked down on everyone else). Now that information, knowledge, and 'everything' is out there on the internet for all those 'unsophisticated' people to use, it's harder to look down on their education, so we look down on the fact that they don't write the way we think they should.

    If the meaning and the concepts are communicated, does the spelling or grammar really matter that much? Other than to the elite who want something to look down on?

  • Jun 29, 2011 @ 04:51pm

    Re: Re:

    Wait, I thought it was just groping, is there oral action from the TSA as well now?

  • Jun 29, 2011 @ 12:04pm


    You seem to be confused with numbers and facts....

    I don't see anybody claiming that there aren't 'other'costs, only that comparing R&D expenditures ($41b) to their profit ($49b) shows that they make more than they spend on R&D.

    To anyone normal common business sense, here's a very simple formula: Total Revenue (X) - Total Expenses (Y) = Profit (Z)

    So lets do some math with the variables we know and don't know:
    X is unknown,
    we know a portion of Y ($41b R&D + $83b Marketing),
    we know Z ($49B)

    So X - (Y + 41b + 83b) = 49b, all we can reliably determine from this data is that Total Revenue was at least $173b, that profit exceeded total R&D expenses by $8b, and that total revenue exceeded total expenses by $49b.

    So the companies that are complaining about how expensive R&D is and how the government need to 'save them', are spending more than twice as much on marketing as they are on R&D (how much of this is lobbying for new laws to 'protect' their industry that's dying due to excessive R&D costs), and are recording profits in excess of their R&D expenses....

    This seems to indicate that R&D is not quite the 'boogeyman' to the Pharma industry that they claim it is... does this sound a little too much like the **AA's and 'piracy' to be a coincidence?

  • Jun 29, 2011 @ 10:00am

    Re: Re: They understand ROI....

    Those high enough up to know what's going on have a very clear understanding of ROI.... Since they are more interested in total control, it looks a little foreign to people expecting a monetary return on investment.

    They aren't expecting a monetary return on their investment, they are expecting to manipulate the general attitude of the public a little at a time.... AND IT'S WORKING!!!!!

    Each 'outrage' is offset by the standard excuses we see from the apologists here every day...
    If you don't like it, don't fly...
    If you don't have anything to hide, you have nothing to worry about....
    If your papers are in order, you can cross the border.... we might even let you back in when you come back....

    Wake up people, we have been sitting in the pot of water for a while now, and while it may not feel 'that bad' right now, it's getting closer and closer to the boiling point every day....

  • Jun 28, 2011 @ 04:54pm


    No law required....

    They only sell the 'tools' that allow working on the vehicles to the 'approved' shops, those who try to work on vehicles they don't have the 'authorized tools' to access are sued with DCMA violations for 'reading' the trouble codes out of the vehicles...

  • Jun 24, 2011 @ 11:42am

    It's called Cognative Dissonance... I think it's required to be a lawyer or Media company Exec

    Seriously.... Look it up

    There is no other way to explain how they can 'believe' the things they say (other than being total outright hypocritical liars, which is another option, but lets be nice and give them the benefit of the doubt).

  • Jun 24, 2011 @ 10:41am

    Re: Re: First to invent

    If everyone continues to credit him with the 'discovery' does it really matter?

    Being 'known' is often more important than reality.... Just look at Apple and Steve Jobs...

  • Jun 23, 2011 @ 11:08am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Off with their heads....

    Who knew that wonderland style justice was coming to the US...

  • Jun 22, 2011 @ 10:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    So your point is when Disney takes 'pieces' from various other vehicles and 'assembles' something that looks remarkably similar to a car that someone else built... that's just fine

    So if we take some 'pieces' of drawing that exist in other art (circles, lines, a few squiggles) and 'assemble' a mouse that looks remarkably similar to Mickey... Disney would be fine with this as well

    Their lawsuits and constant extension of copyright laws seem to disagree with your 'point'....

  • Jun 21, 2011 @ 07:47am

    Re: Re:

    At least communism was a revolutionary threat. Terrorism is just seemingly random, indiscriminate acts of violence by our government against our own people.


  • Jun 20, 2011 @ 05:00pm

    Re: Re: Customizing Your Car

    Wait, you mean like customizing cars to go from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds with a top cruising speed of 150MPH....

    Adding NOS systems to push the burst speed up closer to the 180-190MPH range....

    Obviously these are all perfectly legal activities and cars regularly cruise highways at 100+ MPH.... No modified speeding cars are ever involved in crashes or other 'accidents' that kill people. So, customizing cars in ways that allow them to perform illegal activities and kill people is not illegal, but customizing a PS3 to let some geek climb a ladder faster is????

    Am I the only one who's confused?

  • Jun 20, 2011 @ 12:54pm

    Re: Get ready for the "Great 'Alleged' Pirate Site Wars"

    Why do I get the feeling that Taco Bell is going to win the Franchise wars again....

  • Jun 20, 2011 @ 10:38am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "But their arguments are weak and feckless."

    "But their bribes are weak and feckless."

    FTFY.... the real issue isn't the arguments, it's the amount of monetary 'persuasion' that accompanies them...

    EFF... Here are why these laws are destroying our culture, we hope you will understand the issues, do the right things, and pass reasonable laws.

    **AA... Here's a boatload of cash, a boat, and a nice 'massage therapist' for you to enjoy while you spend the week in our tropical resort hideaway. We expect you will see things from our point of view... (if you don't we'll be using the video footage recorded at our resort hideaway... we didn't even know that was possible with a schnauzer)

    Hmm... what choice to the politicians have?

  • Jun 20, 2011 @ 09:30am

    Re: What do you mean victimless?

    Copyright infringement is 'victimless' unless you count the 'potential lost sales of the recording industry'....

  • Jun 20, 2011 @ 08:52am

    Re: Re:

    Who says you need a bomb? Bleach and Ammonia will make a nice toxic gas.... released in a small enclosed space with re-circulated air supply could cause some serious damage.

    Who said terrorists are only interested in 'blowing things up'?

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