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December 8th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-08 15:18
  Subject:   As your lawyer, I advise you to go outside right now.
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  Mood:heliotropic
  Music:MDFMK - Stare At The Sun

It's freaking gorgeous for the first time in weeks here. That low pressure center we were moping under has gone east, the sun is shining, and the sky is blue from horizon to horizon.

I know it's already late and the sun will be setting in just a little while. But even if it's just for 10 minutes, push away from the desk now, and go get outside.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-08 16:37
  Subject:   Teenagers with bombs are America's future.
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  Mood:Now fetch me my walker, sonny!
  Music:Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People

This week four high-school kids in the Hays, Texas school district, including the son of a sherriff's deputy, were arrested for making bombs and charged for possession of 'prohibited weapons' which carries a potential sentence of up to ten years in jail.

These kids were turned in by a classmate when one of them brought a copy of The Anarchist Cookbook to school to show a friend. Authorities have determined that there was no intent to use the napalm-like material they had manufactured for any purpose other than their own amusement and they had no plan to harm or threaten anyone.

This incident raises a lot of questions about where our society is going.

First off, what is wrong with the youth of today? When I was a kid my friends and I had already manufactured napalm, Molotov cocktails, and pipe bombs by the time I was in 8th grade and we didn't even have The Anarchist Cookbook to use as a reference. We had to rely on information we found in histories of saboteurs from World War II. These kids are in 10th and 11th grade and they're only just now discovering the joys of blowing things up and starting fires? By the time I was in high-school we were making thermite and white phosphoros bombs because we finally had access to a decent chemistry lab. [...]

The second question is why the hell are these kids being arrested? They should be given an 'A' in chemistry and encouraged to enter something in the annual Science Fair. Where are we going to get our future weapons designers, pyrochemists, resistance fighters, and chemical engineers from if we discourage teenage experimentation with the threat of a decade in jail?


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http://blogcritics.org/archives/2006/12/07/184859.php


Remember kids: mindless, slavish conformity is the highest of all virtues! Be just like everyone else! Do exactly what everyone else does! Do think for yourself! Don't do different things than other people! Everyone go to business school and get an MBA, and then we can become a do-nothing, know-nothing, be-nothing society, down to the last person, in just a single short generation!
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-08 18:53
  Subject:   The idea of *putting a trigger on a game controller* is patented.
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The patent system is utterly, totally and completely broken, part the quadrilla-zintillionth:

A company named Interlink Electronics, Inc., creator of interface devices has filed a suit in US District court against Nintendo of America, claiming the Nintendo the trigger on the bottom of the Wii controller infringes on their patent. The article includes images submitted with the patent application.

The complaint alleges that the trigger on the bottom of the Wii controller infringes on Interlink Patent No. 6,850,221 (Trigger Operated Electronic Device), which the company secured on February 1, 2005.


http://games.slashdot.org/games/06/12/08/2138250.shtml


I'm sorry to be the millionth person to stomp on the red spot on the pavement where the rotting corpse of a horse used to be, but every time I see this crap, again, my incredulity meter re-pegs.

To review, you're not supposed to be able to patent things that are:

A) Obvious

B) Previously invented (aka "prior art")

Even assuming that in some brain-dead parallel universe, the idea of a trigger-like button on a game controller isn't bleedingly obvious, there's also the fact that this company's patent was filed in 2k5... and NINTENDO HAD A TRIGGER ON THE ORIGINAL NES ZAPPER IN 1984. (And there was even a Coleco-Vision controller with a trigger before that.)

It boggles my mind that we live in a society and have a system of intellectual property where fucktarded morans believe they should be given money because they paid a lawyer to file some paperwork and claim credit for something that someone else thought of twenty years before they did.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-08 19:35
  Subject:   Did I call it? Did I?
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If a recent press release correction is any indication, Nintendo may not be as sure that they will sell one million Wiis in the U.S. in 2006 as previously thought. The Wii sold at a rate of more than 70,000 a day for the seven days represented in NPD's November data, and Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has said that Nintendo would have 1 million Wiis in the U.S. in early December, with two million shipped by mid-January.

Today, however, Nintendo of America alerted the media that its statement from yesterday which read: "Despite spot shortages in some locations, well more than a million Wii systems will be available in the United States by the end of the year" has been retracted, and should be ignored.


http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=14695&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000008
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-08 19:47
  Subject:   Remember kids: DON'T listen to your soldiers!!
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  Mood:the USA is not worth saving

I'm sick and tired of this patriotic, nationalistic and fascist crap. I stood through a memorial service today for a young Marine that was killed in Iraq back in April. During this memorial a number of people spoke about the guy and about his sacrifice for the country. How do you justify 'sacrificing' your life for a war which is not only illegal, but is being prosecuted to the extent where the only thing keeping us there is one man's power, and his ego. A recent Marine Corps intelligence report that was leaked said that the war in the al-Anbar province is unwinnable. It said that there was nothing we could do to win the hearts and minds, or the military operations in that area. So I wonder, why are we still there? Democracy is not forced upon people at gunpoint. It's the result of forward thinking individuals who take the initiative and risks to give their fellow countrymen a better way of life.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/martin-p1.html


Of course this guy MUST be totally wrong. It's not like he's been on the front lines. It's not like he's seen his friends die in the occupation of Iraq.

Dubya says we need to be there, he is the decider, and that settles it.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-08 19:53
  Subject:   Who's fiscally conservative now, bitches??
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  Mood:head-desk

Members of Congress are in line for a $3,300 pay raise effective Jan. 1 unless they block it, and Democrats said Thursday they intend to try.

Officials said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the party's leaders, had notified Republicans they will try to add the anti-pay-raise provision to a bill that provides funds for most government agencies through Feb. 15.

Democrats won control of Congress in last month's elections after a campaign in which they frequently criticized majority Republicans for taking pay raises while blocking numerous attempts to raise the minimum wage.

Under federal law, lawmakers, like many federal employees, receive a cost of living increase on each Jan. 1. The increase for 2007 is pegged at 2 percent, and would put the salary for rank-and-file lawmakers at $168,500.


http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061207/D8LS9KHO0.html
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