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  • Professional Unions And The Labor Struggles Of The 21st Century

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 22 Aug, 2010 @ 02:21pm

    Re: Re: License to Practice?

    I would work 14 hours a day for $1 an hour if my daily cost of living were about 95 cents. It is unethical to exploit workers, but if the daily cost of living is y then I would agree to work for about y times 1.2 or so. As for the poor working conditions, all of those issues in America have been legislated away after union members demanded the government fix it. Without capitalists elevating a small fraction lower class people above their original stations and (sadly) without some robber-barons exploiting many workers we wouldn't have had the modern labor movement. Only after exploring the darker side of capitalism was the labor movement born.

  • Anonymous Mexican Blog Becomes Go To Source For Drug War Info, 'Pro' Journalists Upset

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 18 Aug, 2010 @ 01:23pm

    Re: Re:

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/08/18/mexico-journalists-increasingly-endangered-species/

    I guess a question to ask is "what's more important, journalism or the truth?"

  • Patenting The Geophysical Center Of Europe?

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 13 Aug, 2010 @ 09:48am

    Icebox

    This is reminiscent of the 'Icebox' debate a few years ago. Where two towns where claiming to be the "Icebox of America". If I were in one of the other towns claiming to be the center of Europe, I'd pay to dredge up some land from the ocean in Portugal or Iceland which would shift the center away from Frauenkirchen. :P

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/22/iceboxtitle/

  • FBI Claims Wikipedia Can't Display Its Logo

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 03 Aug, 2010 @ 11:22am

    Getting Jumped In

    The White House pulled the same thing five years ago with 'The Onion' using the White Hose logo. I bet it's some sort of lawyer initiation hazing prank where the new guy has to send a C&D letter and see if anyone complies. If that's the case, it a better use of taxpayer money than I thought.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/24/business/24onion.html?ex=1287806400&en=b40eb239c3b34014&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

  • Google Tries To Make It Easy For Anyone To Create Android Apps

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 12 Jul, 2010 @ 04:42pm

    Thief

    That student stole my idea...I'm gonna sue!!!!

  • Schneier Picks Apart Cyberwar Hype

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 10 Jul, 2010 @ 03:37pm

    Posse Comitatus Act

    I'd like to see a response to see how the Cyber Command works within the rules of the PCA. Unless some entity cripples .MIL sites or some secret network I cannot see what the command would actually do.

  • How Many 'Significant Blows' Against File Sharing Will It Take For File Sharing To Actually Decrease?

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 07 Jul, 2010 @ 10:15am

    You keep using that word...

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. -Inigo Montoya, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk

  • It Appears That The Encyclopaedia Britannica Entry On Shaking Down GPS Providers With A Bogus Patent Needs Updating

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 28 Jun, 2010 @ 12:23pm

    That's what happens...

    That's what happens when you feed the paperwork upside-down in the fax machine to the USPTO.

  • How Can There Be Unauthorized Playing With Toys?

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 19 Jun, 2009 @ 09:34am

    Re:

    Popeye was filmed there.

  • How Can There Be Unauthorized Playing With Toys?

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 19 Jun, 2009 @ 09:23am

    Barbie had the same (sort of) problem

    Barbie was posed and photographed by and Artist who was later sued for infringement. The artist won on first amendment grounds, parody. I think this would apply directly, if it were in America.

    http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=12402

  • China Has Invented Miraculous Hack-Proof Processor And Operating System?

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 15 May, 2009 @ 10:31am

    Hack Proof PC

    I have a security hardened PC with an uncrackable Operating System sitting on the floor next to me. The computer is unplugged and has been that way for a while. So I suppose the Chinese have some sort of paperweight with an OS embedded in it. Congratulations!

  • What's The Harm In Undisclosed Product Placement?

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 22 Sep, 2008 @ 12:38pm

    If we're talking movies...

    The product placement Idiocracy is spot on.

  • German Court Bans VoIP On The iPhone; Says It's Unfair

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 18 Sep, 2008 @ 11:19am

    Re: You don't see anything unfaire?

    Unfair doesn't always mean illegal.

  • Do We Need An Internet Zoning Law?

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 27 Aug, 2008 @ 12:49pm

    It's the Constitution People!

    I just did a once over of our beloved document. Guess what? There is no right "to be free of unwanted speech" or "right of parents to have the aid of the government in protecting children".
    Of course it could be in the penumbras, formed by emanations of the Bill of Rights.

  • Is IPv6 A Solution In Search Of A Problem?

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 25 Jan, 2008 @ 02:33pm

    Niche Marketing

    I see IPv6 entering into a niche market first. Just like PCs were built in garages and ham radio operators talking to each other, I believe a sect of the industry will be grappling with this very heavily first. Little to no attention will be paid while this group makes developments and advances with what their given. Referring to Overcasts comments this IPv6 solution will not gain the attention it deserves for a while (which can in fact be around the corner in a non-IT time frame).

  • Smartphones Patented… Just About Everyone Sued 1 Minute After Patent Issued

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 25 Jan, 2008 @ 11:33am

    :-(

    This stunt happened in Australia in May of '01. Where a lawyer patented the wheel as a "circular transportation facilitation device". This came under an new, innovation patent system they had introduced to help small businesses. Closer to home, Despair, Inc. received a trademark for the frowny emoticon, :-( . Their website sells them at the cost of $0.00 per or roughly €0.00.

    I believe that we need to take Charles H. Duell's advice and close the Patent Office. At least for a short while.

  • Anonymous P2P May Not Deliver — But It Doesn't Need To

    AudibleNod ( profile ), 15 Jan, 2008 @ 07:41pm

    The drills straight to Metcalfe's Law. Technologies and protocols aside, the value in P2Ps is there and their users will find and create avenues to maintain that value.