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by Green9090
Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store for:
Replies: 175
Views: 20905

Re: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store

Green, supply and demand in workers can indeed affect Walmarts attitude here, but unskilled labor is generally one of the more plentiful labor pools. It'd require a pretty solid economy indeed for this to be a genuine shortage, and even then, skilled labor would likely experience much larger shorta...
by Green9090
Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store for:
Replies: 175
Views: 20905

Re: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store

I'm sure they care about staff who take a significant investment to train but anyone with a job which can be learned in a few days? nope. it's not nice but it's perfectly rational. the only place improvement can come from is government on this one. Well, the economy could also improve to the point ...
by Green9090
Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6981
Views: 1141563

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Okay seriously, is addams for real or some kind of elaborate performance artist? Every post he makes reads like a strange freeform poem.
by Green9090
Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store for:
Replies: 175
Views: 20905

Re: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store

The question we should really be asking is, if Walmart is posting such huge profits why can't Target or Macys or whatever undercut Walmart and take Walmart's profits while everyone else purchases the various goods even cheaper? Don't say it's because Walmart has so much influence over the price of ...
by Green9090
Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman dies after abortion request 'refused'
Replies: 123
Views: 15930

Re: Woman dies after abortion request 'refused'

So most Christians in your area would then consider abortion a good thing (especially when of a non-Christian heritage), since it ensures a child goes to heaven rather than stewing for eternity in hell? Or are they inconsistent with their beliefs? It's an inherent conflict in religion. Religions te...
by Green9090
Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670745

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Tyndmyr wrote:Australian is now officially a racist slur.

Story

I've had a few Kiwi friends, and this story is totally believable to me. Kiwis and Australians have a pretty fierce disdain for one another. It's ridiculous.
by Green9090
Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman dies after abortion request 'refused'
Replies: 123
Views: 15930

Re: Woman dies after abortion request 'refused'

sardia wrote:Probably, it aired on the history channel a long time ago. Oh tv, how I don't miss you.

What was wrong with secret agent Judas anyway? Secret agents are cool.

He said abortions were okay so they had to discredit him.
by Green9090
Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman dies after abortion request 'refused'
Replies: 123
Views: 15930

Re: Woman dies after abortion request 'refused'

They'd probably be against it even if they were atheists. I don't think this is the case. A lot of people really do get their morals from whatever their pastor tells them and don't give it any thought themselves. If those people were atheists, I think they would be the kind of atheists who get thei...
by Green9090
Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Electronic voting machine 'Miscalibrated'
Replies: 22
Views: 4404

Re: Electronic voting machine 'Miscalibrated'

IF you were trying to program the machine to rig the election, would you do it in such a conspicuous way as to highlight the wrong candidate, right there in front of the user? As a coder, I can very, very easily say that nobody sane would do this. You'd have it display whatever, then enter differen...
by Green9090
Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 174917

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

The coverage on NBC talked a lot about demographics that was very interesting. Specifically, how the Democrats have demographics to their advantage in this election, particularly in terms of the Black/Latino votes as well as the youth vote--due to being increasingly important demographics in increa...
by Green9090
Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 174917

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Diadem wrote:The polls haven't even closed in California have they? And have they even already opened in Hawaii?

Must feel terribly useless living in one of those states.

To anyone with perspective it already felt useless. An individual vote in California means nothing- Obama was always going to win the state.
by Green9090
Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

similar to how a musician can create a cover of another musician's song, or an author can write a story that shares elements from other stories this will get you sued. The problem is that there is no skill involved in copying an author's work, word for word, and redistributing it for profit. People...
by Green9090
Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Imagine a world where in the 17th century someone had decided that recipes and cooking should fall under copyright along with books. You can be sure that were someone to call for it's repeal 300 years later there would be no lack of "professional recipe composers" who would talk about how...
by Green9090
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Depriving someone of income is not the same as hurting someone. If my neighbour is selling lemonade and making economic profit, and I start selling lemonade to cash in on that economic profit, you could argue I am depriving him of income. But I'm not hurting him. What you're doing, though, is disso...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

All this is just a matter of semantics. I think we can all agree that the significance of the monopoly depends on the availability of close substitutes. Xcel energy having a monopoly to provide me electricity over the grid is a lot more significant than Coca-cola having the monopoly of selling me s...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

@Hippo That isn't how drugs work, though. You can't take a drug and add a little more carbon or something like you can adjust a soda recipe. A drug with a specific makeup has a specific effect. Patenting one specific drug is like patenting one specific soda flavor, it isn't analogous at all to a br...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

@Hippo That isn't how drugs work, though. You can't take a drug and add a little more carbon or something like you can adjust a soda recipe. A drug with a specific makeup has a specific effect. Patenting one specific drug is like patenting one specific soda flavor, it isn't analogous at all to a bra...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Your entire argument boils down to this question, and it's a question I can't believe you're asking with a straight face. Can you accomplish the same thing with a different product? If yes, it is not a monopoly. Can you learn math with a different book? Not a monopoly. Can you buy another pair of n...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Who defines what does and does not qualify as a 'substitute' product? Your entire argument boils down to this question, and it's a question I can't believe you're asking with a straight face. Can you accomplish the same thing with a different product? If yes, it is not a monopoly. Can you learn mat...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 174917

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Literacy is already necessary for voting, and we already have systems in place to help illiterate people vote. By ignorant people I meant people who are actually ignorant of who they want to vote for. If you don't know who you want to vote for, too bad. By not catering to lazy people I mean that we...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

But in some contexts there really are no substitute goods. I mean, if the reason I want Coca-Cola is because I love Coca-Cola, there's no substitute I can go to. The only people who can give me Coca-Cola is Coca-Cola. You can argue that I should be willing to substitute Pepsi for Coca-Cola until yo...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

In any case, no, people can still choose to spend money on things they like; one of my favourite artists (Josh Woodward) distributes all his music CC-BY, but he evidently makes a good enough living from people choosing to spend money on things they like. If he makes a living on music, he probably m...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Some people prefer to pay for alternatives? Something tells me college students do not enjoy getting shafted by textbook companies. It is the colleges and professors that require expensive textbooks; otherwise, why update textbooks in topics that do not need regular updating such as every single un...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

My favourite maths textbook written, by a professor at the California Institute of Technology. Anti-Copyright @ 1995-2001 by Mauch Publishing Company, un-Incorporated. No rights reserved. Any part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted or desecrated without...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Copyright is a barrier to entry. It is a legal monopoly created and enforced by the government. I can only assume your argument here is that copyright shouldn't exist because then we could just download a pdf of the book some guy made with his scanner and bypass the monopoly altogether? That's a de...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Copyright is a barrier to entry. It is a legal monopoly created and enforced by the government. I can only assume your argument here is that copyright shouldn't exist because then we could just download a pdf of the book some guy made with his scanner and bypass the monopoly altogether? That's a de...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

If we made copyright durations equal to patent durations, namely 20 years, then the bulk of the problem would simply disappear. Authors would have 20 years of exclusive rights to monetize their works, just like inventors do. And after that, the books would enter the public domain and be available f...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Actually, this is in instance where government interference causes the problem in the first place. Government protects the monopoly; therefore, there is one. ...No it isn't? It's caused by the person choosing the product being separate from the person paying for the product in literally every case,...
by Green9090
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42329

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

The deeper issue is that textbook companies all have this strange artificial monopoly in that a teacher will require their book, and the student has to acquire it at any reasonable cost. This allows the textbook companies to define reasonable cost differently for each region depending on what obscen...
by Green9090
Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stat anomaly points to country-wide election fraud
Replies: 60
Views: 11403

Re: Stat anomaly points to country-wide election fraud

I remember someone demonstrating that it's pretty easy with a basic lockpick and a USB thumb drive to hack a voting machine and close it back up like nothing ever happened in a matter of minutes. It was pretty disturbing. I don't know about the lockpick, but do you mean this ? Because, yeah, that's...
by Green9090
Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stat anomaly points to country-wide election fraud
Replies: 60
Views: 11403

Re: Stat anomaly points to country-wide election fraud

Even if this study does turn out to be hogwash, it does raise the question of why we don't do some quality assurance type stuff for the voting machines. A random algorithm could be made that randomly chooses some precincts around the country to have machines audited by hand checking. The census had...
by Green9090
Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stat anomaly points to country-wide election fraud
Replies: 60
Views: 11403

Re: Stat anomaly points to country-wide election fraud

Considering how silly things like Obama's birth certificate got so much media attention, I always wondered why something far more outrageous such as this does not get nearly as much spotlight, whether it is true or not. I'm not sure whether you are really wondering or simply being annoyed with the ...
by Green9090
Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stat anomaly points to country-wide election fraud
Replies: 60
Views: 11403

Re: Stat anomaly points to country-wide election fraud

I'm hesitant to jump on conspiracy bandwagons, but this is concerning.
by Green9090
Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Burgler sues homeowner after robbery, shooting.
Replies: 65
Views: 9616

Re: Burgler sues homeowner after robbery, shooting.

Does your belief in personal responsibility extend to tort reform? Or are you merely saying that the woman shouldn't have won this particular case? Mostly the latter. I recognize that any system is going to have idiotic outliers that can be pointed to no matter how effective it is, and I'm certainl...
by Green9090
Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670745

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

court returns stolen money to the bank robber who stole it. I like how the bank and the insurance company were like, "Oh, no thanks, we don't want more money." I think the idea is they don't want to end up on the hook for fraud later. Be that as it may, I think a better solution than retu...
by Green9090
Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670745

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

folkhero wrote:

I like how the bank and the insurance company were like, "Oh, no thanks, we don't want more money."

I think the idea is they don't want to end up on the hook for fraud later.
by Green9090
Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Burgler sues homeowner after robbery, shooting.
Replies: 65
Views: 9616

Re: Burgler sues homeowner after robbery, shooting.

For those of you who have no sympathy for the woman who got burned, you've been rolled by very clever marketing and propaganda by McDonalds and those who want to sell you on the plight of those suffering from "frivolous" lawsuits. I didn't go into depth in my previous post, but you have t...
by Green9090
Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Burgler sues homeowner after robbery, shooting.
Replies: 65
Views: 9616

Re: Burgler sues homeowner after robbery, shooting.

Well, "hot" is inherently a subjective label. And no, not all coffee is hot(hell, some of it is basically a coffee slushee), nor is all coffee even close to equally hot. It is a reasonable expectation that coffee will have some warmth to it. It's not a reasonable expectation that coffee c...
by Green9090
Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Burgler sues homeowner after robbery, shooting.
Replies: 65
Views: 9616

Re: Burgler sues homeowner after robbery, shooting.

Me, I come down on the side of a warning label being reasonable. I like to know what I'm buying. It's when the warning label you're requiring is a restatement of the product that it's a problem. Coffee IS a hot liquid, it's what the product is, you can't turn around and go "hey, that coffee yo...
by Green9090
Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT
Replies: 72
Views: 9289

Re: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT

there really is no other word that conveys quite the same meaning and feeling as calling something "gay". It is pretty hard to think of another single descriptor that makes the user sound like such a child. "Gay" as an insult is inextricably linked in my mind to spoiled 12 year ...

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