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  • AOL Sells Its Patents To Microsoft For $1 Billion: Microsoft Now Owns Netscape IP

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    Aaron ( profile ), 09 Apr, 2012 @ 04:49pm

    Re: Oh great...

    Hopefully people (judges) still understand the concept of being 'grandfathered-in' and Mozilla will be safe.

  • Court Says Warrantless Mobile Phone Tracking Is Unconstitutional

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    Aaron ( profile ), 21 Nov, 2011 @ 07:18am

    Here is my question, at what point do they use cellular location data in a case? To line up who was where when, during an investigation?

    Cause I could hand my phone to some random kid and give him 50$ with instructions to go hang out at the mall and return the phone in 2hrs after I've commited a crime.

    Then the opposite happens... can I use my own cellular location records to provide an alabi? Cause if they are going to use it as evidence, you should be able to counter and use it against them. Or throw it out because cellphones aren't imbeded in our bodies yet.

    I just think it shouldn't be used in court cases without iron clad proof one way or the other, there are to many variables...

  • Apple Continues To Insist Only It Can Use An Apple In A Logo; Threatens Small German Cafe

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    Aaron ( profile ), 24 Oct, 2011 @ 06:03am

    Is there an App for that?

    Is there an App for that?

    Cease and Desist only .99$
    It comes in a light version too!
    iOS 5.0 Compatable!
    Find us in the GameCenter!!!

    Now you too can tell people to stop doing things, making things, using things that you don't think they should be able to do because it looks like, tastes like, smells like or feels like something you have already created, tasted or smelled!

    CNET Review - By Joe Blow
    This is a great app, I love sending out Cease and Desist letters from my phone. I see my son Jonny not doing his homework, zing... Ceast and Desist order on all non homework related activites.

    (Not an actual app.... yet)

  • Should We Pass A Law To Stop Yelp From Harming Chain Restaurants?

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    Aaron ( profile ), 12 Oct, 2011 @ 08:03am

    number of things

    The economy is killing resteraunts, chain and specialized. People who used to eat at fancy places are now taking it down a notch to eating at TGIF or Applebee's. Those who used to eat out are now packing lunches and frequenting their favorite dinner's not nearly as much.

    Yes YELP is helping people decided on what is a good place to eat when people are unfamiliar with it. It is certainly not killing resteraunts... that is unless the establishment wishes to be killed and does poorly, continuously, then people will give bad reviews and business will drop and then no resteraunt.

    Good service and food will make a resteraunt, the opposite will not... before yelp, urbanspoon or whatever other tool we all use, resteraunts would die because of bad service and word of mouth.

  • EA Sues EA Over The EA Trademark

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    Aaron ( profile ), 06 Oct, 2011 @ 10:21am

    "... and can cause confusion in the market place..."

    Confusion in the market place? Really?!

    At what store will I be going to shopping an EA marked item and suddenly by the wrong one... a shirt instead of a video game? Yes there are places and products where the name is simply how you refer to the product, Coach purses for example. When refering to the product it's always a coach purse because just labeling it purse doesn't count... or so says my wife. Now I don't say it's an EA game because calling it just 'game' would suddenly change how it is referred to. EA sells video games for around the same price as other video game companies. However when you talk Coach vs. Mossimo were talking a couple of hundred bucks in price difference.

    In the end, saying that confusion is the source why one logo should never have any amount of similarity to another is simply saying 'i can't trust consumers to by my product based off of the logo alone'... thanks for the trust... i'll go buy somebody elses product not because of the log but because of the product.

  • New US Postal Service Ad Campaign: Email Sucks, So Mail Stuff Instead

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    Aaron ( profile ), 05 Oct, 2011 @ 11:32am

    All those years ago

    The USPS went wrong all those years ago when email started taking over as a main line communication. When e-mail servers started popping up all over the place, Juno, Hotmail, etc. Back then somebody should have had the smarts to get the USPS online and make it a e-mail system. That way it would have opened the door for familiarity with the USPS and kept them in the loop of mail delivery, both electronic and paper. I don't know how many times I've heard complaints about how email is undercutting the USPS, well stop bitching and do something about it.

    Now... it's to little to late.... goodbye USPS

  • Police Say They Can Detain Photographers If Their Photographs Have 'No Apparent Esthetic Value'

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    Aaron ( profile ), 16 Aug, 2011 @ 10:32am

    Re: UK does the same thing

    I still regularly and excessivly speed on the way to and from work every day and average less than 1 ticket a year... I don't think they hired enough to even maintain safe roads let alone start a 'police state' in this country.

    The nationwide average ratio of police officers to citizens is still around 300 to 1... I think we are ok

  • Police Say They Can Detain Photographers If Their Photographs Have 'No Apparent Esthetic Value'

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    Aaron ( profile ), 16 Aug, 2011 @ 10:26am

    Re:

    I'm headed to LA for vacation at the end of the month.

    I might join you on that one... could be fun to argue symantics with a cop over 'esthetic value'.

  • Let's Face It: S&P's Analysis Is A Joke… But It Still Has A Right To An Opinion

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    Aaron ( profile ), 16 Aug, 2011 @ 10:23am

    so unfortunate

    They may be the 'definition' of the current stock market performance... but I don't trust them (DOW, DJIA, S&P, NASDAQ and any other index). Especially when it comes to the freaking out that everybody does about their 401(k)s.

    That is why you need to be a little more attentive to the 401(k) process and how it works. Honestly I think it is a bad idea from the beginning, pensions are better. However pensions are dying and 401(k)s are now for everybody. But to many people don't understand them or the power they hold for their future.... A little bit of education and a little less trust in the indexes would keep people from having a heart attack every time the market dips over 300pts.

  • Police Say They Can Detain Photographers If Their Photographs Have 'No Apparent Esthetic Value'

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    Aaron ( profile ), 16 Aug, 2011 @ 10:15am

    in other words

    In other words the Police in LB want to be able to seize any form of media capture when it includes them doing there job because of all the attention to Cops vs people with cameras. This is there lame attempt to open the door to the future where police have to much power...

  • FCC Investigating Whether BART Cell Service Shut Off Was A Violation Of Federal Law

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    Aaron ( profile ), 16 Aug, 2011 @ 10:12am

    thin line

    There is no freedom of speech violation, by shutting down the cell phone coverage they did not stop the potential protest from happening. This was NOT a police rush on a peaceful protest. If I there was a protest in the middle of Nevada where there is no coverage, would the protesters be able to file suit because of lack of coverage?

    Protesting in this country is legel as long as it is peaceful. Protesting has happened many times before cell phones were ever invented, taking away the use of cell phones does not take away the ability to protest.

    However there is a potential of a FCC fine for disabling communication. Because of the use of cell phones for emergency use, there could be a case. Local California or San Fran law may even have something to say about disrupting a communication protocol.....

    Violation... yes
    Blocking free speech... no

  • And Here Comes The Video Game Backlash Due To The Norway Tragedy

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    Aaron ( profile ), 25 Jul, 2011 @ 10:50am

    Re: All video games are evil except this one

    Exactly because you are always fighting the evil terrorists no matter what side you are on. Plus it's a team development game too. It also teaches you some of the basics of being a good soldier not being a 'violent video game murderer'.

  • Man Made Famous Over 2006 Arrest For Videotaping Police… Arrested Again While Videotaping Police

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    Aaron ( profile ), 21 Jul, 2011 @ 06:47am

    WTB: New Camera for Filming Police

    I am looking to buy a new camera, I want to go around and film police, I also want to put one in my car too in case I get pulled over.

    Who do they think they are? Really?
    You are enforcers of the law... YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW!

  • Congressman Complains That iPads Are Killing Jobs In The Paper Industry

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    Aaron ( profile ), 21 Apr, 2011 @ 11:58am

    Evolve

    Evolve, adapt, overcome or die.

    Their problem, not the tax payers problem... stop wasting my tax dollars by opening your mouth about such pitiful discussion points!!!

  • Microsoft: Hey, If We Had To Go Through Europe's Crazy Antitrust Process, Why Shouldn't Google?

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    Aaron ( profile ), 31 Mar, 2011 @ 06:07am

    Purchase vs Free

    Windows is not really a choice these days, nor was it when Microsoft had to go through anti-trust cases. Google is a choice, the internet currently has and did have a lot of search engines. The reason Google is popular is because it works and offers more then the rest.

    So no Google shouldn't have to go through the anti-trust bs because it's a choice to use them. Microsoft did because 70% of computers sold at that time had Windows on them. Not leaving many of us a choice.

    Google is awesome, stop bitching about their awesomeness.

    Google for World Dominator!!!

  • Dutch Chief Of Police Suggests National DNA-Database For All Citizens

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    Aaron ( profile ), 15 Mar, 2011 @ 10:37am

    keep pushing

    They will just keep pushing and pushing until the only privacy you have is in your head... then they will take that too...

  • Dangerous Free Speech Ruling: Blogger Has To Pay In Libel Case… Despite Telling The Truth

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    Aaron ( profile ), 14 Mar, 2011 @ 10:26am

    Really?

    The fact that cases like this make it into our court system scare the crap out of me. Thank God for the appeals court otherwise we'd all be screwed when an idiotic complainent and an unwise judge meet the same court room.

  • Musician/Comedian Faces 20 Years In Jail For Silly Video No Different Than Done On TV & In Movies

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    Aaron ( profile ), 21 Feb, 2011 @ 11:39am

    Relivent perhaps

    People say "I'm going to kill you" all the time behind peoples backs and to their face too... yet they don't ever do it. Would somebody be arrested for saying that in Muskegon County? Cause that's what this sounds like according to the arrest of Evan.

    He never said those words to the kids, the video makes it look like it but you can make a video or photos say or do just about anything. What if I release a video of me killing somebody that I actually didn't kill?

  • Should Elevators Shame Us Into Taking The Stairs?

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    Aaron ( profile ), 04 Feb, 2011 @ 04:50am

    I agree

    I work in a 3 story, 2 basement building and frequently use the stairs over the elevators. Most often people in our building are only traveling 1 or 2 floors and use the elevator to do so... for shame! I have proven to people that the stairs are faster just because waiting for the elevator to show up can take to much time.

    I can understand the elderly, the bad knees from football, or carrying stuff.... but if your empty handed... TAKE THE STAIRS!

  • Should We Be Interested In 'Saving' Any Industry?

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    Aaron ( profile ), 20 Aug, 2010 @ 08:23am

    absolutly... not!

    Humanity has always progressed forward, sometimes in leaps and bounds other times at a snails pace. But always forward! Forward thinking.. progression.. reasoning..

    When flying cars arrive don't you expect to see the decline of the automobile, paved roads...

    When teleportation is a reality will not the airline industry dissapear?

    With the advent of lighter cars, better mpg, more creature comforts did not the cars of yesterday become scrap to the common commuter?

    Who here still uses a STARtac cellphone? Why not? Because we have Blackberries, iPhones, Droids, Evo's etc. We let go of the past, the outdated.

    Have we not always sought out newer TV's, computers, cars, cellphones, houses, etc ... BIGGER BETTER FASTER! The next generation of anything comes out and we want it. Then why are we even thinking about letting these aged burdens weight us down?

    What if I create a new and blossoming industry call "fiddle-faddle". We create things, wonderful things. But soon trouble hits and the industry is falling... down ... down .. down. Save us! We create wonderful things! Save our industry!

    WHY SHOULD WE? You failed to provide adiquitly, effectivly, with cost affordability. You can not keep up and must be cut off for the better.

    If a leg can not be saved, it is infected and useless, does a doctor not amputate it? Or does he spend 5x the amount of time, medicine, money and surgery trying to fix it. There are wonderful advances in prostetics.. a replacement. The leg dies off and is replaced with something newer and better.

    /end rant...

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