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  • Mar 26th, 2015 @ 12:29pm

    Playing the devil's advocate...

    ... I looked at the crest and immediately recognized the Olympic logo. Could someone please explain how this is any different than displaying the Apple or McDonalds' logo?

    Okay, maybe these are different industries and the Olympics didn't enforce the trademarks and so on and so on, but the "moron in a hurry" will recognize the Olympic logo. Then, by extension, people may ask why the school is displaying the logo on their crest? Is the school a training site? Did they host the games? Then why would the school use that specific combination of colored rings?

  • Mar 26th, 2015 @ 12:23pm

    Re: Stupidity

    And have you also destroyed all of your Leica camera gear? After all, Leica sent a takedown notice that Zazzle followed. Sure, Zazzle could have stood up for its artists and said Leica was wrong, but their lawyers probably said it was cheaper and easier to along with Leica.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 @ 10:45am

    Re: BART huh?

    You beat me to it!

    Maybe the beer company should ask Fox for some legal support since Bart Simpson may be BART's next target of a lawsuit. After all, there's TONS of merchandise with Bart Simpson's name on it.
    Maybe people have been thinking "Bart Simpson" is actually "BART Simpson", a stealth way to market the train service!

  • Mar 23rd, 2015 @ 1:49pm

    In my day...

    In my day (which was 4 years ago), we didn't have selfie-sticks: we had tripods. I would put on in on a bench or in a tree, aim it at my wife, set the timer, run over to her, and then the camera would go off.
    But the risk ask always been that someone will steal the camera or it'll fall over or something else will ruin the shot.
    Or you can hand your camera to a stranger and hope he doesn't run off with your iPhone 6.

    If we're going to ban selfie-sticks because they're less risky than handing your camera to a stranger, then we should ban selfies because they're poor photos.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 @ 5:52pm

    Ignore him

    To be honest, I think Rex Sorgatz is being a busybody just to get attention. Look at me, everyone, I'm complaining about something that's popular!

    And I have the same message to him as I have to all busybodies who like to tell people what to do: what gives you right to tell me I have to watch House of Cards only once a week because you're too afraid of spoilers, so Netflix has to change their schedule because of you?

  • Mar 14th, 2015 @ 11:01am

    Getting back to the subject...

    Getting back to the subject at hand, I think there are two issues here:
    1) Why are we becoming a society of busy-bodies where we report someone playing a flight simulator as "suspicious"?

    2) I understand that the agency has to investigate all SAR's, but how hard is it to see that "person playing a video game" isn't a terrorist?

  • Mar 13th, 2015 @ 1:02pm

    Re: Why yes, I speak jive politician. Allow me to translate...

    Let's translate from political-eese:

    I've never sent an e-mail.
    Means: I dictated the message to my staff and they did it.
    I've never made a phone call.
    Means: I told my staff to dial the phone for me.
    I've never driven a car.
    Means: I've used a driver my whole life.

    Hmm... I don't think this sounds any better. So is this person a king or what? Why doesn't he do the same things as everyone else?

  • Mar 13th, 2015 @ 11:47am

    "Feels" wrong

    I think the bigger issue is how juries (and judges) punish people when they "feel" something is wrong, as in: Thicke and Williams must have done something wrong or they wouldn't be here, so we have to punish them.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 @ 1:48pm

    Copyright or liability issue?

    This sounds more of a case of someone trying to duck liability and using the copyright issue as a cover. The library owners should know enough about copyright to know they can display artwork like this, but I'm sure someone stepped in and said "There might be a lawsuit from someone at some time, so let's take it down just to be safe."

    We all know a lawsuit would fall apart before it got very far, but I'm sure someone figured out that they library would still have to pay a lot of money just to get the case thrown out... and this is money the library probably doesn't have.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 @ 12:09pm

    Re: Re: Dealbreaker for me

    I'll see your Obama who is NOT lawfully the US President and raise you: Bush was NOT lawfully the US President because the popular vote went to Al Gore in 2000 and the Supreme Court decided the other way.

    And, yes, let's keep debating this issue even though the Bush v Gore issue was 15 years ago and the Obama issue will be over next November when someone else is voted in as President.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 @ 12:00pm

    Re: The Order is Wrong

    I completely agree.
    I remember watching "How to Train Your Dragon" on DVD and thinking "That would look great in 3D"... but by that time, it was way too late to see it in a 3D theater. Sure, I could buy a 3D TV and 3D player and 3D disc, but it's sometimes easier to just take a trip to the movie theater.

    A trip to the theater could then include stopping for dinner or ice cream, which helps the local businesses. Why couldn't the theater partner with the businesses to help each other? For example, why not offer a "dinner and movie" pack?
    However, I'd bet that offering free or discounted tickets would be against the MPAA's rules of charging full price for a ticket.

  • Feb 20th, 2015 @ 10:21am

    This story is not true

    I would suggest changing the title of your article since this story isn't true. According to an article on
    The Hobbit Got A Kid Suspended: 6 BS Stories That Went Viral

    "The "millions" ballpark [number] came from an anecdotal report from a think-tank employee who noticed that slightly more Indonesians claim to use Facebook than the Internet, an interesting result that raises a legitimate question about how people think about and use the Internet. Quartz took that and conducted their own (1,000-person, confusingly worded) poll to confirm it, resulting in the misleading headlines you see above. Now, there most likely are Facebook users out there who think it exists outside the Internet, but we're guessing most of them are under 7 and using it exclusively to play Candy Witch Farmers Alliance or whatever."

  • Feb 17th, 2015 @ 5:21pm

    Why is there such a need to punish sex offenders extra?

    Putting aside the very real issues of people being jailed for minor "sex offenses", why does our society force sex offenders to go through this extra nonsense?

    How many people get arrested for robbery, are put in jail, serve their time, but they don't have to go on a "violent robber registry". How come they're not branded as robbers for the rest of their life, like sex offenders are?
    When was the last time a robber went door-to-door telling everyone in the neighborhood that he had just been released from prison for holding up a 7-11? Yet that's what sex offenders have to do.

    You might say, "Oh, but sex offenders will keep doing it so we need to keep track of them."
    Okay, then, prove that sex offenders have a higher recidivism rate than other violent crimes, including robbery.

  • Feb 12th, 2015 @ 12:03pm

    First world problem

    Wow- I'm amazed there are people that have such wonderful, meaningfull lives that their only complaint in life is that their friends send them text messages in green. The horror! How will they ever go on in life with such a burden?

    Seriously, though, like other people are saying: this is simply a color choice based on whether the text message is sent via iMessage or SMS. Would these complainers prefer another color?

    And is Apple really trying to get users to hate Android? Apple has more money than any other company in the world, even more than Google. Why would they stoop to this kind of pettiness? Why would their designers secretly choose a "bad" color? And why didn't they choose red, which is even worse than green?

    So, time for Occam's razor: either the designers thought green was close enough to blue to signal a change in text messaging or there's a huge conspiracy to get people to switch to iPhones by using a "bad" color rather than use advertising and marketing.

  • Feb 10th, 2015 @ 7:38am

    The terrorists have already won

    Yet again, this proves the terrorists have won. Why couldn't the TSA agent ask the guy to eat a PowerBar to prove it wasn't a bomb or ask the guy to show off his watch? And in a better world, the agent could pretend to be a techie and get the guy talking about features of the watch. After a few minutes, it would be obvious that the guy was a runner or a very good liar.

    But, instead, the terrorists have achieved their goal of making TSA agents live in a world of fear where everyone is treated like a suspected terrorist, any snacks could be bomb material, and any electronics can be a detonator.

    I also wish there was a way to hold agents like this personally responsible. Instead, the issue will be handled the sames as when police officers do something bad: the agency or union will pay out, the payment will come out of the agency's budget (which is funded by taxes), and everyone will have to pay a little more to cover the lawsuit.
    So how is the agent punished? Maybe he's suspended of fired, but does that really balance having a guy arrested and having an arrest record (even if the charges were thrown out), and then lying about it in court?

  • Feb 3rd, 2015 @ 12:00pm

    Re: How about this idea?

    Actually, this is happening already.
    When I saw X-Men last summer, I saw ads for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Best of Both Worlds", which would be shown in theaters. This was a 2-part episode plus some interviews with the cast and crew. Honestly, this would probably be better than some of the later Star Trek movies. ;)

    I don't know how much money Paramount or the theaters made, but it seems like it would be pretty easy to show more shows in the theaters simply because the content has already been paid for.

  • Feb 3rd, 2015 @ 11:41am

    Separation of power

    Doesn't this just prove the separation of powers?
    The legislature writes the laws and lets the police figure out how to enforce it, and they both let the court figure out if the law is even legal or enforceable.

    It would be nice if the legislature tried to pass enforceable, good laws in the first place, but that would be too hard compared to "doing something" about an issue.

  • Feb 3rd, 2015 @ 11:19am

    Not about copyright

    This isn't about copyright- it's about sending a message that Disney will come down hard, with all guns blazing, on anyone who leaks an image without their permission.

    Is this fair use? Sure, but who's going to upload an image now and risk Disney's lawyers coming after them?

  • Jan 29th, 2015 @ 5:15pm

    Nice way to give business to your competitors

    I can see the press release now:
    DJI: We ban your drone from flying in Washington.
    Every DJI competitor: We don't.

    Hmm... I wonder which company is going to see more business and income?

    And even then, why is it the drone maker's responsibility to force their users to be responsible? It's like a car maker saying you can't drive the car into a certain area. We can debate whether this is for "safety" or "security", but the fact is that people should be able to make decisions like this on their own: if you want to fly a drone into the White House, go right ahead... but be prepared when you're arrested by the Secret Service.

  • Jan 29th, 2015 @ 5:07pm

    What about other Chinese restaurants?

    Does this mean that the China King and Toyko King restaurants near me aren't related?! But they both have "King" in the name. That sounds like product confusion to me!
    And as I look closer, they both serve sweet and sour chicken, General Tso's chicken, and egg drop soup. They must be the same restaurant!

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