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  • Aug 3rd, 2015 @ 7:19am

    NZ have no software industry anyway

    First, NZ barely have any software industry.

    Even if such industry (somehow) develops in future, it really means nothing what is patentable in NZ. What matters is what is patentable in target market (US/Europe/China).

    Now, patent in software should be governed by same rules as patent on mechanical contraption. What difference does it make how idea is implemented: by chip, lever or software?

  • Jul 21st, 2015 @ 4:35am

    Re: Re: Re:

    >> Religion is just the way that hate is channeled, not the cause
    Oh, look - isn't ignorance cute? Religion is not the "cause", it's justification. You have no idea what the "cause" really is, unless you claim to have gift of prophecy and\or telepathy.

    >> Now, let's see, another country, either directly or by proxy, is killing your civilians. International courts do nothing
    Courts? Who do you think should put to trial US government? UN that itself exists on US money? Europe that benefit from NATO protection? Almighty God?
    If you happens to be in country that US bombing, maybe you should join army there?

    >> ... articles in the Geneva Convention
    Did any jihadist gang signed it?

    >> Remember, they fucking hate us. And the worst part is that I can't say it's unjustified...
    So? This matters because ... ?

  • Jul 20th, 2015 @ 8:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: Censorship

    >>> here is no profile of the type of person who becomes a terrorist
    Yea, keep telling this. You seems to be confusing "terrorism" and "burglary". Not every criminal-with-a-gun is a terrorist. Not every gang is terrorist organization.

    And yes, modern day Islam drive terrorism. All those calls for jihad doesn't happen in vacuum. And all those "Death to America" marches and speeches are not harmless. Maybe "well-developed Muslim identity" indeed counteract, but this "identity" is rare as snow dragon.

  • Jul 5th, 2015 @ 11:04pm

    Ah, _that_ "Amnesty International"

    Are we talking about same "Amnesty International" that find "human rights violations" literally everywhere it looks? And of cause it looks where it is convenient.

    Are you fighting muslim fanatics? - that's violation! Are you spying on their leaders? - that's violation?

    Because you know, every jihadist idiot should be (somehow) caught, have lengthy trial and than we should feed him for the rest of his pathetic life instead of just shoot him on sight. Yea, that's reasonable.

    So, that's an answer for "why GCHQ spy on them": because they are _ALSO_ fanatics. And as all kind of fanatics - dangerous when not kept in check.

  • Jun 20th, 2015 @ 12:50am

    Re: Re: What so ridiculous here

    Dude, his freaking dad sold rights for those videos/images while working for CBS and Paramount. There's nothing unfair here, regardless how rich he is.

    Did you already made more money and become more successful that CBS or Paramount? If not, please don't teach. This is kindergarten level lesson.

  • Jun 19th, 2015 @ 1:21pm

    What so ridiculous here

    So he need money for license some copyrighted stuff. What's so ridiculous here?
    Those photos belong CBS/Paramount and such due to high-profile nature, license cost is significant. Want make a movie - pay for it.

  • May 10th, 2015 @ 2:47am


    It _have_ same penalties - you can download (pirate) movie and guess what - no penalties. Weird, ah?

    It's when you try to _distribute_ it, than you're hit. But you should be comparing it to counterfeiting, not to shoplift of $3 disk.

  • May 10th, 2015 @ 2:43am

    Re: Re: Weaker IP laws are the solution?

    >> People create content for many reasons, and getting paid is usually way down on the list of reasons.
    There are all kind of "content". Yes, people will play music just because it's fun. And write books just to express some thoughts.
    But - people simply can't create Call-Of-Duty/WoW/etc level game just-because. It's simply financially impossible, at least now. Same is true for movies - those of high production values are usually produced to make a profit.

  • May 9th, 2015 @ 11:58pm

    Re: Re: But isn't it Facebook's own business

    >> The counter-argument is simple: that's a false dichotomy. The choice isn't between Facebook's approach or nothing.
    Facebook is private enterprise. That's up to _them_ what kind of choice to present to their users.

    >> You should check again. Facebook is a LOT more than just a website.
    You need a reality check. It _IS_ a website. Oh, you probably mean "it collaborate with another _websites_ to collect " - ... and it is still a website. All Facebook can do is to show me this or another ad. Everything else is your fantasies.

  • May 7th, 2015 @ 11:49pm

    But isn't it Facebook's own business

    Unless I'm missing something, this is Facebook's own money. Maybe this idea is bad/wrong/stupid. But dangerous? - give me a break. IIRC nobody forces people to use it, right?
    Like it - use it. Don't like - don't use.

    To the point - Facebook's argument is "this is better than nothing". I fail to see counter-argument here. Does Mike think that in fact, this is worst than nothing? Why? Because Facebook may profit?

    All this "abuse their power" BS is funny. Last time I checked, Facebook is just a website. It's not "Umbrella Corp.", you know. They don't have private army or black helicopters.
    It's just a website. Get real.

  • May 6th, 2015 @ 7:32am

    Re: Re: Thank Islam for this...

    >> Maybe, ... we should STOP DOING STUPID SHIT that simply continues the ongoing cycle?

    Oh, you mean stop playing "world policemen" role? Definitely, go ahead. Give up those aircraft carriers, ICBM's, nuclear subs and so on and so forth. You don't need all this to protect yourself (who's going to invade US anyway?).

    However, if you still think that tribe X killing tribe Y somewhere in Middle East is your business - don't cry about "radical islam".

  • May 6th, 2015 @ 7:08am

    Re: Re: Thank Islam for this...

    >> Not Islam, radical Islam. Islam is to radical Islam as the Southern Baptists are to the KKK.

    What a load of BS. You should check how Islam was stopped from taking over Europe few centuries ago.

  • May 6th, 2015 @ 6:44am

    Re: Re: Thank Islam for this...

    Your "power-hungry government" is _ELECTED_. Remember that? All those crazy "anti-terrorist" laws are quite popular.

    Isn't it what democracy all about? Rule of the people?

    What you're seeing here is western democracy at deadlock: the correct (tried-and-working) way to stop this isis-elkaida-jihad-and-the-rest is brutal war. To US folks: no, Vietnam is not example of such; WWII or crusades is. But, you can't engage in such war, because of human-rights-war-crimes-other-weird-ideas.
    Result - insane surveillance laws that fix no problem and just waste taxpayer's money.

    As inaction continue, expect to see more of it, not less.

  • May 6th, 2015 @ 12:46am


    Let's not rewrite history, mmm-ok? Doom did not became classic because of "mods" (fan-made maps). It became classic because it was 1st of the kind, simply as that.

    And Twitter? What is this anyway? IRC-with-ads-on-the-web? I'm still waiting to meet anyone who uses it.

  • May 2nd, 2015 @ 1:56am

    Re: Re: Mason Wheeler's comment

    >>> BIIIGGG Difference.
    No not really. You know why nobody created cheaper Western Union? That's because all this "money stuff" is regulated.

    Bitcoin is not (yet) regulated, and thus - lot of fraud.

    Anyway, your use case "send $100 to Africa" is not very common. More common case of "buy stuff for $100 in China" is solved pretty well by Paypal and its friends.

    Expect bitcoin (in present form) to disappear as any fraud form before it.

  • May 2nd, 2015 @ 1:29am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    >> So killing you political rivals is OK
    Since when Palestinians became "political" rivals?! "Political" means "participating in politics", which usually apply to citizens. Armed struggle makes it OK to kill opponents.

  • May 2nd, 2015 @ 1:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    It's _YOU_ being silly.

    >> The creation of Israel and the act of dropping a non-native population in its midst, and then allowing that nation to run contrary to the NPT
    Allowing? Who do you think was "allowing" it? World-police? US? God? Here's a hint for you: nobody "grants" or "awards" you a state. One must build its own.
    It's match simpler to demolish trains than run them on time. It's match simpler to fire rockets on the neighbor's house then build your own (house).

  • May 2nd, 2015 @ 1:18am

    Re: Re:

    The only reasonable reply to load of such BS is "go fsck yourself, pretentious prick".

    Genocide? Overreaction? "Important US resolutions"? That's why nobody takes you seriously.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 @ 5:26am

    Re: Re: Exaggerating a little bit, ah?

    >> If you look at the definition of "Sovereignty" ...

    Definition of "Sovereignty" is "monopoly on lethal violence". It have nothing to do with price of pills (or bread).

    >> A life saving drug is invented
    By whom? Right to private property is real thing. Company that invented this "life saving drug" have every right to charge _any_ price for it. Yes, _any_ price.

    >> ... put humanity in front of profits will result in a lawsuit
    And rightly so. Private property is basis of modern society, not some "humanity" principle.

    >> Companies have a responsibility to their share holders, not humanity
    I guess shareholders do not belong to "humanity". Who the hell is this "humanity" that attempts to dictate to private company how to operate?

    The ideas of "humanity first" had already been tried - see USSR, PRC, North Korea and so on. In good case - you have local hunger, in bad - genocide.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 @ 5:16am

    Re: Re: Exaggerating a little bit, ah?

    >> one of those 'human rights' is to have a government that ...
    You have no such right. Who do you think should grant you such "right"? God? Church? UN? Aliens?
    You're welcomed to be politically active and (try to) put in charge any kind of government you see fit. Every country and its laws, every nation and its customs.

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