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  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 8:08am

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    Check out the rules that various states put in place for operating cars in the early years of the last century.

    Idiots always do this.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 8:06am

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    I have a simple solution. If you want copyright protection you should be REQUIRED to provide access to the material to legitimate purchasers in perpetuity. At the point you wish to cease to do so you must make the source code available and it becomes fully legal to use that source code to allow other legitimate purchasers to access their purchases.
    The same should be true of all software, keep it available and properly patched or hand the job on to others who will. That has been the rule for all other purchases since time immemorial.

  • Sep 17th, 2015 @ 3:11am

    Re: Likely the State of Georgia thinks he's a terrorist...

    Every person ever born on Earth is brown
    Some lighter brown and some are almost black
    I've studied every city, every town
    And other colours' score amounts to jack

    I've never seen a white man, that's a ghost,
    And purely black means you've been mining coal.
    So all that anyone can ever boast
    Is that they have a slightly browner soul!

  • Sep 9th, 2015 @ 3:30am

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    The DOJ know that Apple cannot comply with the order, what is needed is for the few judges who actually understand to start acting properly and when the DOJ ask for an impossibility to call them out, require the presence in court of the official who asked for the data, and have him repeat the request on oath. Then jail him for contempt and ask for his arrest for perjury.

    After a few senior official are shuffling round the exercise yard for a while maybe they will start to act their age.

  • Aug 13th, 2015 @ 9:11am

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    What is a trademark? I had always thought a trademark was a distinctive mark or name used to identify a product or service. To be distinctive it had to be more than purely descriptive.
    In the case the alleged mark appears to have strayed into the area of a mere description, in this one particular case. It would be very difficult to see how his eatery could ever run a lumberjack contest without some degree of similarity existing to the Florida based company's shows. BUT THAT IS THEIR FAULT! They chose to put together the stereotypical name for a lumberjack with lumberjack shows. Was it foreseeable that there were places using Paul Bunyon in their name? Of course it was, was it foreseeable that such places could want to run lumberjack shows? Of course it was clearly an idiot at the PTO didn't bother to think. If there were any logic in the world the case would be slung out in the first 3 minutes, so I predict it will drag on for years!

  • Aug 13th, 2015 @ 8:19am

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    I can see no legitimate reason for thinking that a selfie in a voting booth is "expressive" in any way that taking the same selfie outside the booth 25 seconds later.
    On the other hand people fought very long and hard to establish the secrecy of the ballot. That secrecy is worth fighting for.

    This would seem to be a very silly judgment from a man far more intent on reading the letter of a 200 year old law rather than its intent and spirit.

    However long reading of these pages has convinced me that intelligence and insight are rare commodities in the US judiciary, and I'm sad to say I suspect the same applies to judges all over the World.

  • Jul 28th, 2015 @ 8:58am

    Re: Re:

    I hereby make my version freely available to any and everyone who wishes to use or abuse it. As with the original it is far too trivial to merit any copyright protection!

  • Jul 28th, 2015 @ 7:24am

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    Warner Brothers are thieves,
    Warner Brothers are thieves,
    Warner Brothers are lying bastards
    Warner Brothers are thieves!

  • Jul 28th, 2015 @ 2:28am

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    Is it not time for a simple act of congress "The egregious breach of the constitution act". Imposing the personal liability and civil penalties on any official who blatantly abuses is or her powers in contravention of the constitution.

    The only way to make people this bad think is to make their misdeeds hurt their own circumstances. It wouldn't need to be imposed very often by the courts to have a rapidly chilling effect on the nutters.

    Then after this proves effective it could be extended to FOIA blockers

  • Jul 23rd, 2015 @ 9:17am

    Re: Re: Correction

    What makes you think you had something when there was a gold standard? Gold isn't intrinsically very useful or valuable. It is valuable because people think it is. Just like other forms of money.

  • Jul 22nd, 2015 @ 8:18am

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    It isn't that I lobby
    I just acquired the hobby
    Of working hard to influence them all
    It's not because they paid me
    And no, nobody made me,
    It's just that I'm at Comcast's beck and call
    A lobbyist I'm not
    That's simply Tommy rot

    Your writing isn't funny
    I hand out LOADS of money
    To anyone who'll scream that they agree
    It's not influence I'm buying
    (Although I'm really trying!)
    It's the only way that they'll be friends with me
    A lobbyist NO WAY
    I simply preach for pay!

  • Jul 15th, 2015 @ 7:26am

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    Suppose I take out a trademark for Rear Lee Gude watches, my being Rear Lee Gude, but Amazon has never heard of me. Now suppose a customer of Amazon's, or possibly more than one such customer, is dyslexic and tries to search for a really good watch. Can I sue Amazon for trying to sell these unfortunate individuals really good watches made by other people?

    It is high time that judges were held to a reasonable standard.

  • Jun 5th, 2015 @ 7:43am

    Never mind shredders


    We must ban matches, apparently if you burn a letter no-one can read it afterwards.

    Oh and foreign languages, many people don't even speak God's good English how can we be expected to understand that?

    Oh and whispering!
    For pity's sake when will they ban whispering, we must think of the children ...

    sounds of very small brain exploding ...

  • Jun 3rd, 2015 @ 8:00am

    Re: As prophecized in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Now you've posted that Douglas Adams will have been dissuaded from ever writing anything again!


    On a separate note were I an Australian voter I would message my member of parliament to say that I would guarantee to vote for them at the next election if they read and signed the non-disclosure then stood up in Parliament and read out the whole document. I believe that Australian Parliamentary proceedings are, like UK ones, privileged in such regards. You cannot sue an MP for what he says there, even if he signed a promise not to.

  • May 3rd, 2015 @ 10:28am

    Re: long way since Edison

    Actually Edison's electric light patents were far from clear, and also probably not inventive as it described nothing more than obvious improvements on already existing ideas, both patented and not. His team didn't discover the filament that worked until well after the patent was filed and indeed in other countries the primacy of his inventions for the purposes patents was not accepted.
    The patent system has been broken for MANY years, James Watt and Matthew Boulton used very dubious patents to stifle any and all improvements in steam engines for decades, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone patent has long been mired in controversy, Marconi with Radio and countless other examples keep cropping up. These current patents are egregiously bad because they clearly derive from complete non-inventions but that's nothing new!

  • Apr 23rd, 2015 @ 8:05am

    Re: Re:

    This old saw may help explain it

    You say you have troubles as great as my own
    On the surface this seems to be true
    But you see all my troubles all happen to me
    But yours only happen to you

    Or in grammatical terms, there are irregular verbs

    I enact necessary environmental legislation
    You enact regulations that unfairly favour local companies
    They want to steal from me

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 9:16am

    And now ...

    There would seem to be a large number of "slam dunk" convictions available to the FBI and law enforcement agencies.
    For perjury, or will the desire to obtain easy convictions now evaporate?

  • Apr 16th, 2015 @ 9:20am

    A new college anthem ..

    All speech is free, if you agree with everything I think
    And never have opinions of your own,
    Then any day you'll have your say and I shan't even blink
    You'll find that perfect tolerance is shown,
    But if instead you use your head and think things for yourself,
    I shall ensure a large policeman calls.
    True liberty applies to me, all else stays on the shelf,
    No other rights pertain within these walls.
    One Man One Vote, I am that man,
    I do these things because I can!

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 9:11am

    Fair is fair

    If the student's name is to be made public for playing a stupid prank then the school principal, the school head of IT and the teacher in question must all be named too so we can see what sort of incompetent idiots are in charge of educating young Americans.
    We could then start a couple of watch lists
    "People who should never be allowed to teach or work in contact with young people"
    "People who must never be allowed to work in any way connected with law enforcement"
    This could also be a shot in the arm for the American paper ink and pen manufacturing industries ...

  • Apr 7th, 2015 @ 2:41am

    Interesting Value system

    What is REALLY worrying is that had this guy shot an unarmed teenager in a hooded jacket who was walking down a street after dark rather than having a photograph taken with a celebrity he'd be in the clear!

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