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  • Aug 18th, 2016 @ 7:08am

    They WANT to be

    The say they WANT to be Tesla or Mercedes, so they admit they still have a (long) way to go.

    If they said they ARE Mercedes or Tesla I would say that would be good grounds for a libel suite against them from either one of these companies...

  • Jul 15th, 2016 @ 3:27am

    Is Hillary really on the same level as Trump?

    Disclaimer: I'm neither American nor do I live in the U.S.

    Looking from a distance I wonder how anybody can say that Hillary is anywhere close to being as bad as Trump is. Sure, I don't like her and thinking about her the words "Power hungry" are my first association.

    However, she is practically political royalty. So she knows the system, has worked within the system and will follow the system. Which means that most likely her presidency will be boring and average. Kind of like Obama's presidency was boring and average despite the high expectations he managed to whip up.

    Trump? Trump is a spoiled child that surrounds himself with flatterers and yes-men. He's what happens to people when your whole life everybody tells you you're the second coming of Christ: You start to believe it.

    I must say though that if it wasn't so scary, it would be very entertaining to see a Trump presidency.

  • Jul 15th, 2016 @ 2:56am

    The problem is now glaringly obvious

    "Crestor is the company’s best-selling drug, accounting for $5 billion of its $23.6 billion in product sales last year"

    It's clear the patents make the companies lazy and averse to innovation. No sane company would make their business so dependent on one product that it accounts for more than 20% of their sales if they didn't think they could keep that position.

    It's not like high cholesterol is the last disease in the world and there is nothing else to research. There exist plenty opportunities to diversify the portfolio a bit.

  • Jun 7th, 2016 @ 1:48am

    We've got ourselves to thank?

    This kind of overreach is what the government thinks we want. Usually when a murderer or a child pornographer walks "on a technicality" the outrage is huge. Which people get re-elected? The ones that have high conviction rates and a reputation to be tough on crime.

    Look at Hollywood. How many movie cops get cheered on for having a the-end-justifies-the-means attitude? Breaking rules and laws just to get a conviction or, sometimes preferred, a dead criminal.

    You get the government you deserve. As long as the majority of the population supports this kind of attitude to law enforcement, the government is happy to abuse the leeway given.

  • May 26th, 2016 @ 6:33am

    Re: The average age of first exposure to hard-core killing...

    I you start thinking about it Western culture has a weird relationship with Sex and Violence.

    Anecdote time:
    I was just now shopping for books and one of the reviews about a book about the 100 years war read (from memory):
    I was told it was teen literature but I don't think it is because there were sex scenes.

    This book undoubtedly contained plenty of battlefield scenes including axes in faces, arrows through abdomen and swords through limbs and this guy doesn't think it's suitable for his teen son because of the sex.

    To be honest on a guttural level I get it. I'm as much steeped in popular culture as the next guy and every book gets better after adding some graphic violence. On a human level it still is weird though.

  • May 17th, 2016 @ 2:23am

    Re: Schumacher

    My thoughts exactly! The Schumacher name adds another layer to this. It's a common enough name in Germany though, so most likely there is no connection at all.

    I am so into NASCAR that at seeing the title I thought we were talking about the offspring of Amelia until a quick Google learned me she's actually called Earhart...

  • Mar 11th, 2016 @ 5:50am

    "if that was okay a few years ago, why isn't it okay now?"

    Great, let's get on this logic and let's start with airport security. I remember a time where I could still board a plane without being scanned and groped and without having to take every single thing out of my bag separately.

    So, let's go back to this time. Unlike phone security these procedures are actually proven to be useless so...

  • Feb 16th, 2016 @ 4:21am

    Terrorist manual in the making

    I remember that a while ago some scaremonger said that terrorists are now using game chats for communications. In that light the check might make some sense. Not that I believe terrorists do that but what do I know.

    However, even if you believe that, it should be easy to solve. A little additional info like a copy of an ID or an SSN should be sufficient to confirm your non-terrorist status. Of course an e-mailed scan would be much better than a fax.

    The whole process is obviously stupid though. It's now clear what terrorists need to do: They should all use common American names, like the aforementioned John Smith. If they play their (credit)cards right they can block the funds of a large chunk of US citizens.

  • Dec 8th, 2015 @ 11:06am

    Silver bullit

    Wait, wait! I have the arguments to end all arguments:

    - Encryption doesn't kill people, people kill people!

    - If encryption is against the law, only criminals have encryption!

    I understand this works well with other constitutional issues.

  • Nov 13th, 2012 @ 12:34am

    I should get my mind out of the gutter

    After the first few lines I was wondering why anyone would care that someone burned an opium producing flower. Sounded like a protest against drugs or perhaps against involvement in Afganistan.

    Then I saw the explanation and I remembered you see everybody on UK television wearing one of these flowers on their breast and something clicked.

    Is it bad if you don't know what a flower looks like but you do now it's drug producing qualities?

  • Jun 6th, 2012 @ 5:47am

    Not so sure...

    'they usually discover that they have much more in common than they perhaps expected.'

    It seems Ms Weinstein has never visited the places where someone mentions:
    a. Any particular gaming console
    b. Any particular subset of PCs (Windows/Mac)
    c. Football should be called soccer
    d. Any particular religion or lack of it
    e. Praise/critique of copyright/patent laws

    3,2,1... Start Flame war!

  • Mar 16th, 2012 @ 3:09am

    This is how it can be done!

    Recently I bought a Britisch TV-series on DVD (Yes, that was me). Instead of obnoxious 30 second warnings about stealing stuff there was a 5 second message:
    "By buying this DVD you support the British Film Industry and it's actors. THANK YOU!"

    I really sat back for a couple of seconds and thought this was awesome. I was treated like a customer!

    I've never seen it before on anything else but I urge other companies to adopt the same strategy.

  • Mar 13th, 2012 @ 1:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yes, Indian eye surgeons are probably just as good or better than US surgeons, they're more innovative too. Just recently there was an article about an Indian Hospital doing cataracts operations for $50 an eye, because they used a system not unlike a conveyor belt.

    The rising cost for health care is one of the major problems in the Western world, closely connected to the ageing population. It seems we need to get to the root of the problem and exorbitant profits of Pharma companies seems a good start.

    Yes, I said exorbitant profits, not profits. Profit=Good, Greed=Not good.

  • Mar 12th, 2012 @ 1:19am

    Re: eBook price fixing

    Although I buy a big amount of books, I refuse to buy an e-book that is priced higher than the physical version. To me that's nonsense, whatever they spend on editing.

    And I agree with you fully that editing seems to be much sloppier now. I'm far from being a grammar nazi but in the average e-book you'll encounter a sizeable amount of grammmar- and spelling mistakes. It does take away from the experience...

  • Mar 12th, 2012 @ 1:19am

    Re: eBook price fixing

    Although I buy a big amount of books, I refuse to buy an e-book that is priced higher than the physical version. To me that's nonsense, whatever they spend on editing.

    And I agree with you fully that editing seems to be much sloppier now. I'm far from being a grammar nazi but in the average e-book you'll encounter a sizeable amount of grammmar- and spelling mistakes. It does take away from the experience...

  • Mar 8th, 2012 @ 2:52am

    You don't understand!

    It is clear that if Mr. KiD CuDi would have followed the advice of his label and made another album similar to his previous one he would have debuted at #1 instead of a weak #3!

    What will happen with this world if we allow artists to experiment? The art might change beyond recognition! I still play my Beach Boys record every day and it's still as good as the day it was (over)produced! We don't need new music, we need more of the same. Ask musicians to experiment and we end up with Dubstep!


  • Feb 28th, 2012 @ 2:18am


    It is available on Since I'm in a non-English speaking country I can order there. I agree with you wholeheartedly that the system is messed up though.

    What actually really messes me up is that the Kindle version is actually almost twice as expensive as the paperback. How does that even make sense? Unfortunately I already have enough dead trees in my house.

  • Feb 2nd, 2012 @ 5:02am

    Re: The "low barrier" has actually been raised

    For a self proclaimed writer you seem to need a lot of words to make your point... No short stories for you then? (Sorry, cheap dig)

    If you've followed TechDirt for some time you'd know that Mike is not advocating the end of the middlemen. He just says their role should change from gatekeepers to facilitators. See initiatives like Kickstarter etc.

    I'm sure there are a lot of writers like you that don't want to make the effort to promote their own books. That means there is a hole in the market that somebody will fill by offering editing/promotional/management services and services like that probably already exist. However, since basically everybody can offer these services now because you don't need expensive printing presses anymore, it will be a much more competitive market which will mean you'll be able to negotiate much better terms than with the current gate keepers AND you'll be able to guard the integrity of your work yourself. Sounds like a win to me.

    Additionally: Quit whining. Every job has good and bad sides. If you want to make money with something you have to be good at all of its facets.

  • Feb 2nd, 2012 @ 3:21am

    Re: Re:

    Actually I would be rather worried if he took endorsements from Mother Theresa. She supported some pretty shady people when she was still alive, although it would be kind of awesome if the Senator could channel the dead...

    Besides the point. However, even if it was true that the Senator took money from Google or is protecting his own state's interest, what does it matter? Haven't the comments from Chis Dodd not made clear that is how they get their support? By giving money in exchange of support?

    Everybody discounting Senator Wyden for taking money from the wrong companies or supporting his own state just disqualified all the Senators supporting of SOPA/PIPA.

  • Feb 2nd, 2012 @ 3:02am


    Wow was also really the first word that popped into my mind after reading this post. I'll therefore add mine to all the other WOWs

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