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by Bubbles McCoy
Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Would that necessarily be a bad thing? We could just switch over to public funding of research and development. And we'd probably be better off for it. From your own link: In the United States as of 2012, the industry spent about 1.3 percent of its revenue on research vs. about 25 percent on market...
by Bubbles McCoy
Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

I'm fond of 20 years, but I'm a non-expert. But it doesn't take an expert to see that a hundred years is fucking deranged . I'd expect that the best system would assign different lifespans dependent on the nature of the field, and I'd expect that 20 years would be the absolute maximum . Patents fal...
by Bubbles McCoy
Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

You can, technically, defend your own property with physical force. If I own a ship, I can shoot those trying to take it. Trying to do the same to anyone who pirates my song poses significant practical difficulties, but is also technically possible. It does look a lot less like defense, tho, and RI...
by Bubbles McCoy
Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Except the only thing that can 'protect' 'IP' rights IS the government; land rights need no such protection from the government. And if the government can't 'protect' them, others can still receive your product without paying; can you exclude someone in, say, Somalia from obtaining your good withou...
by Bubbles McCoy
Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Nope; land rights are for things that are both excludable (I can prevent you from using my land if you haven't paid for it) and rivalrous (Your use of my land diminishes the quantity and/or quality of my land). Therefore, land is a private good. Yes, and the government can protect IP rights just li...
by Bubbles McCoy
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

What makes you think that films in general are viable substitutes for Lord of the Rings ? Of course, if we are taking the market of films in general, that merely means the owner of the rights to it does not have a monopoly over films in general, which is true. But if you examined just the market of...
by Bubbles McCoy
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Whatever market you consider that consists of Lord of the Rings and viable substitutes; any way you look at it, it is making a long run economic profit, and the only way this can occur is in a noncompetitive market. What makes you think that film in general is profitable in the long run? The averag...
by Bubbles McCoy
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Arariel wrote:Is the book making long run economic profit? If yes, the market is noncompetitive. No other argument. Incidentally, the answer is yes.

Define "the market" in this case.
by Bubbles McCoy
Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Firms in monopolistically competitive markets can depart a little from the market price, but in the long run (in economics, this would be the period over which I can adjust any quantity of resources), firms do not make an economic profit, only a normal profit. Do copyright/patent holders make long ...
by Bubbles McCoy
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

My issue is that expanding the definition of monopoly to branding makes the word so broad as to be meaningless. We already have "brand" to mean what you're trying to make monopoly mean. By your definition nearly every product is a monopoly. Why do you want so badly to change what monopoly...
by Bubbles McCoy
Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Price is the most obvious way to compete; that's a flaw in economics, but not a particularly poor one. Competition in bread quality matters fairly little; a 'gourmet' bread (or something or another) will have a different market from a 'generic' bread. Or perhaps from a local family-owned bakery; th...
by Bubbles McCoy
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Depends on the HHI. But I would say it is likely to be competitive. Sure, sellers can appear to set prices, but they set prices at equilibrium - where supply meets demand. They take the price and set theirs at it. If their price was noticeably higher, they would lose almost all their business since...
by Bubbles McCoy
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Arariel wrote:For a market to be competitive, individual agents must be price-takers, not price-makers. Therefore it is not competitive.

Do you think the market for bread is noncompetitive?
by Bubbles McCoy
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Mostly, I'm deeply troubled by the implications carried concerning the right of possession for something I've legally purchased--I instinctively dislike the idea that something I bought isn't necessarily mine, and the idea that you can tell me under what context I'm allowed to resell it is one I fi...
by Bubbles McCoy
Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Price discrimination can only occur in non-competitive markets. Else competitors would sell at lower prices (still making profit) to undercut their competitors until a constant equilibrium price is achieved. I don't know if "non-competitive" is quite the word I'd use here. Economic study ...
by Bubbles McCoy
Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40802

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

How is this benefit not served by allowing me to buy your goods and resell them in regions where you're overcharging? If you hike the prices up in a poor region, I can buy your stuff in a rich region and resell it in a poor region for a profit. I suppose if you lower your price in the poor region, ...
by Bubbles McCoy
Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 169271

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

But since we're talking about government borrowing (for stimulus), the opportunity cost doesn't really apply, as there is no opportunity to spend it on something else. That's the whole point. The government, as the only entity capable of such action in a downturn, borrows money to get something goi...
by Bubbles McCoy
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 873,000 Jobs in September
Replies: 127
Views: 16884

Re: 873,000 Jobs in September

Tea party types, they do love to claim libertarian principles. I'll dig up my old post about it. Edit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/us/even-critics-of-safety-net-increasingly-depend-on-it.html?ref=us&pagewanted=all Here we go. I remember this coming up a few months ago, but I'm not really ...
by Bubbles McCoy
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Political barriers to effective government
Replies: 29
Views: 7227

Re: Political barriers to effective government

This is kind of unavoidable in negotiations though. Especially if you are constantly negotiating with the same people. You can't just accept everything that you consider on the whole good. Because if you do, other people will craft proposals that are just good enough for you, and plenty good for th...
by Bubbles McCoy
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Russia declassifies enormous deposit of diamonds
Replies: 31
Views: 5876

Re: Russia declassifies enormous deposit of diamonds

Is de Beers causing high diamond prices actually well-supported, or is it just a fun little factoid that's been passed around for too long? If Wikipedia's sales figures are to be believed, even if diamonds were given away for free it would cause at most a 16% drop in the retail price of diamond jewe...
by Bubbles McCoy
Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 169271

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

That's a interesting way of phrasing it, lemme try it. What's wrong with collecting from the government for stuff I like, but denying other people benefits because they aren't me? I like my pell grants and food stamps, why do I have to pay for all those old people's medicare and social security? Bu...
by Bubbles McCoy
Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 169271

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

The Amish actually live up to the rhetoric because they opt out of medicare and social security. The religious right whine about lazy welfare queens while taking social security and medicare checks. What exactly is morally wrong about collecting on an insurance program you had no choice but to cont...
by Bubbles McCoy
Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9952
Views: 1929095

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Well presumably if you're using the function you've looked up the declaration. You don't actually have to look at the definition, because the const keyword (mostly) guarantees that no mutation of the object will go on inside the method. And the const keyword is found in the declaration. Sure, you s...
by Bubbles McCoy
Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9952
Views: 1929095

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Well in C++ you can tell if the function mutates by whether or not it's declared const. My C++ is a little rusty, but would that matter in this context? To tell whether or not a function is declared const would require reading the documentation/function definition, which isn't really the issue - it...
by Bubbles McCoy
Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 294405

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I believe the rate of decay increases as the local density of the fissile material increases, so by concentrating it in a reactor you're burning through the material faster than if it were left to sit in a more dilute form.
by Bubbles McCoy
Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana
Replies: 113
Views: 12548

Re: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana

The hard part is making sure it's me or people who agree with me deciding that. Fortunately, we don't need to do that by just debating this issue, since we'd probably lose. So we use parlimentary tactics, character assassinations, talking about different issues, fearmongering (if you don't elect me...
by Bubbles McCoy
Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana
Replies: 113
Views: 12548

Re: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana

Who determines the minimum standards?
by Bubbles McCoy
Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana
Replies: 113
Views: 12548

Re: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana

How do you democratically enforce school standards which don't have majority support?
by Bubbles McCoy
Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9952
Views: 1929095

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

HTML ignores whitespace in most cases, hence the occasional need for things like non-breaking spaces. I don't believe titles are considered an exception to this rule.
by Bubbles McCoy
Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana
Replies: 113
Views: 12548

Re: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana

@Tirian I get that the students of these schools are there because parents already send them there. What I object to is taxpayer money, state and federal, going to fund these schools. I said as much already. Our educational system, blighted and malfunctioning as it may be, was never meant to be a v...
by Bubbles McCoy
Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana
Replies: 113
Views: 12548

Re: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana

Just out of curiosity, is there any good reason to have statewide education standards instead of federal standards? I usually support at least some state rights in order to create different kinds of states for different people, but it seems like mandatory education is one of those things that shoul...
by Bubbles McCoy
Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 7323

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

Because it transfers wealth from people-who-are-not-the-government to the government. Actual wealth (i.e. investment) isn't badly affected by inflation. I suppose since capital gains taxes don't count inflation taxes are somewhat higher*, but I don't think that's quite what you're getting at here. ...
by Bubbles McCoy
Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9952
Views: 1929095

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I'm not saying that GC is objectively worse, just that I don't prefer it. I've used garbarge collected and unmanaged* languages, and I prefer the ones that require memory management just because I like to know where everything is. Garbage collection isn't worse, it's just different in a way I don't...
by Bubbles McCoy
Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Using Programming in Everyday Life
Replies: 24
Views: 13918

Re: Using Programming in Everyday Life

Another route is to use a scripting language like Python, Ruby, or Perl along with OLE. OLE libraries let you do a fair bit of internal manipulation of Office files, and I don't believe it's too much trouble to print a file to pdf using it. In my experience though it rarely works quite as well as yo...
by Bubbles McCoy
Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 30682

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

Basically this: if the only effect of subsidies was to reduce corn prices by that much, then yeah. But as lutzj pointed out, it does more than just change the price: it changes what is the most profitable crop to grow. If corn lost that subsidy, growing corn on such a large scale would very likely ...
by Bubbles McCoy
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 30682

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

For soda specifically, sure. HFCS is shoved in practically everything though -- click on those links the bit you quoted. It's put in yogurt, bread, cereals, fruit juices, chocolate milk, pancake batter, crackers, ice cream, soup... If the only source of "too much HFCS/sugar" we got was fr...
by Bubbles McCoy
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 30682

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

I don't see how such a renaming is the least drastic approach (or honestly even likely to be particularly effective). The simplest approach will be to end subsidization of corn to such an extent that shoving HFCS in anything and everything is no longer economical. Everyone could still consume whate...
by Bubbles McCoy
Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 30682

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

I think you're missing my point, actually. Heroin isn't a good example point at all, which is why I intentionally used the "not-at-all-harmful-or-addictive". Heroin is quite addictive, and the addiction at least is known to be quite harmful. This is more compared to drugs like marijuana, ...
by Bubbles McCoy
Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 30682

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

I couldn't find a specific number (as I said, I had just skimmed). Doing some rough envelope math, assuming the US obesity rate ( 35.7% ) is consistent across the labor force ( 155 million ), using the $17.3 billion figure from the other one, we get just $313 per obese person per year. Using the €3...
by Bubbles McCoy
Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 30682

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

You're right, I mixed up a few studies there - there's been work on smoking that I found that included productivity loss, but the obesity study does not include it. However, given that the study still found a €31,000 difference in lifetime expenditures between the obese and the not (table 1), I'm st...

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