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  • Nov 20th, 2015 @ 6:20am

    Re: Re: Re:

    He didn't say all Christians were racist, he said there are millions of people who claim to be Christian but then display characteristics incompatible with that belief.
    He didn't say there are no Christians who get it right, just that many who get it wrong.

  • Nov 6th, 2015 @ 1:53am


    I think we've got the b*gg*rs there. Lets sue the pants off them for abusing the term UK. That's been the shortened version of the name of the country FKA England for over 300 years!

  • Nov 6th, 2015 @ 1:51am


  • Oct 21st, 2015 @ 4:34am


    Well since Apple and co claim backdoors are impossible he had to install his own! Now if everyone would just forward all their email to insecure accounts how easy it would be ...

  • Oct 19th, 2015 @ 3:30am

    A Sonnet of our Times

    In modern times some words have altered meanings
    And ancient truths are now portrayed as lies.
    Before you read please check the writer's leanings,
    A journalist's a spokesman in disguise.

    "Promoting Art" now means "Protecting Luddites"
    "Plain language" now means twisting every word.
    We have to bend to aid stick-in-the-mud-ites
    Thus copyrights and patents are absurd.

    "The rule of law" was meant to help the small guy.
    To curb the bullies claim that might is right.
    But now it's there to find an easy fall guy
    And lay the blame on those who cannot fight.

    We voted for a load of lying fools
    And now we pay for letting them change rules!

  • Oct 9th, 2015 @ 7:00am

    Re: Re:

    instant response (including typos), but if you can find it some music feel free :D

    A warrant? You're a terrorist!
    I must insist that you desist.
    The children that you'll kill this way
    You've let the rabble have their way.

    If acts like this can be allowed
    All sanity's been disavowed -
    Next thing you'll say "police should be
    Required to function legally."

    If we can't shoot men as we will
    And snoop and spy, then calmly kill,
    How can we keep the peace we should -
    We can't be cops while being good!

    I think that's better

  • Oct 9th, 2015 @ 4:08am

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    A warrant? You're a terrorist!
    I must insist that you desist
    The children that you'll kill this way
    You've let the rabble have their way.

    If acts like this can be allowed
    All sanity's been disavowed
    Next thing you say police should be
    Required to function legally

    If we can't shoot men as we will
    And snoop and spy then calmly kill
    How can we keep the peace we should
    We can't be cops while being good!

  • 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 ...

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