One of the serious problems with viewing things like copyright as intellectual property rather than a specially granted, limited monopoly is that it prejudices all discussions.
If a phone manufacturer locks down all phones to keep people from installing whatever software they want or institutes noncompete requirements in their app stores or whatever other garbage, a lot of people are going to implicitly be on the phone's side and require a VERY STRONG rationale to 'arbitrarily deprive the company of its property rights'.
Such rationales exist, but the huge presumption based on the already problematic Awe and Reverence for the Word Property really screws up our legal and policy framework.
On the other hand if we made it clear to everyone that we're granting a monopoly to achieve specific social purposes and with specific requirements, then any use of the monopoly would be tried against those enumerated social goods.
The WELL: State of the world 2019
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It's a natural human reaction to avoid being vulnerable toward someone whose behavior you can't predict.
Being a person with sometimes unpredictable behavior (neurodivergent, highly creative, eccentric, etc.) can really suck sometimes for that same reason.
If a thing A has the characteristics that define category B, where B is also the name of the canonical example thing defined by category B, then A should be considered as belonging to B when asked to clarify such thing, even if A doesn't closely resemble *thing* B. If this is a problem for people, then they should divorce category B from thing B by making one of them not named B.
Anyway, a hot dog is a sandwich. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
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If Trent Reznor makes software UIs, does that make them Pretty State Machines?
I've done at least 10x the volunteer work for Yes on 3 in Massachusetts as I did for the Sanders campaign in 2016. It's not enough to just win; we have to crush it in order to dissuade these referenda from happening in other states. I know you're good people reading this toot right now. This one really matters. Please vote.
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please vote, and if you live in MA, please vote yes on 3
Vincent: You know what they call an immigrant without papers, in America?
Jules: they don't call him an immigrant?
V: They got the racism, they wouldn't know what the fuck an immigrant is.
J: Well what do they call him?
V: They call him, an illegal.
J [looking at Vincent]: an illegal. What do they call a child born to immigrant parents?
V: A child's a child, but they call it _not a birthright citizen_.
J [laughs]: What do they call a refugee?
Vincent: I don't know, I didn't go into Canada.
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The Steelers have now gotten as many consecutive Browns coaches fired (6) as they have Lombardi trophies.
I'm not sure which is the more impressive stat.
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eternally grateful to people who, when asking for a talk abstract or workshop proposal, include examples from previous talks or workshops that have been successful at their institutions. there so much you can communicate in an actual example that is difficult or impossible to communicate with specification and description
@enkiv2 BTW thanks for turning me on to Tedium (by way of articles you linked to in the recent past). It's my new favorite time waster read.
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