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About Pjerky

I am a PHP programmer and Web Developer that has a great interest in many subjects. One of which is consumer rights. I have a blog about consumer rights and other public issues that can be seen at http://www.pjerky.com.



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  • Oct 31st, 2012 @ 11:12am

    Re: Re: Re: The Entire Government is a Fiddle

    The comment was a comment on my first comment that was indeed the first comment on this story. Sooo, yeah.

  • Oct 31st, 2012 @ 11:11am

    Re: Re: Re: The Entire Government is a Fiddle

    Lol, great comment. And yes it was a stupid comment. It was meant to be. Every once in awhile we get some first commenting comments in here and I thought I would throw one up for the hell of it.

  • Oct 31st, 2012 @ 9:37am

    Re: The Entire Government is a Fiddle

    Sweet, first comment!

  • Oct 31st, 2012 @ 9:37am

    The Entire Government is a Fiddle

    It seems that the entire government and every branch of it gets played like a fiddle by lobbyists and big businesses.

  • Oct 9th, 2012 @ 1:49pm

    Re: My thought

    I agree fully.

  • Oct 9th, 2012 @ 12:17pm

    Vampires

    What a bunch of blood sucking vampires. Can anyone convince some extremists to start a Jihad on companies like this? Of all the problems in this world, it is crap like this that makes Western society look monstrous. Scum like this, should at the very least, spend the rest of their lives in jail. They don't deserve any money from these patents.

    This is also a big reason why I think patents should not be transferable. Or at least, have a limited number of transfers available.

    Another idea would be to require all companies that have used patent lawsuit threats to extort money from others should be forced to pay back 300% of the money they took (plus legal fees) if any of the patents used in the threat later turn out to be invalid or had expired by the time the extortion occurred.

    There should be a lot of limitations put on patents.

  • Oct 8th, 2012 @ 11:28am

    Re: Re: Well

    Sounds more like a bait-and-switch to me.

  • Oct 8th, 2012 @ 11:01am

    Re: Re: 'seems to misunderstand what the word

    I live in the KC area and have all my life. Everyone I know, myself included, has nightmare stories dealing with AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner, and SureWest (the four major incumbents). I have found that everyone's internet has significantly slowed down over the last decade along with getting broadband caps, port and content filtering (Comcast I am looking at you and your torrent problem), and huge rate increases.

    Personally, if Google is the fascist empire coming in and taking over then what does that make all the incumbents mentioned above? I would say it makes them evil Nazi dictators that rape and pillage and oppress everyone and are hell bent on national domination.

    If Google is fascism I welcome it. It would be a damn sight better than the constant anal raping we are taking from the big four. At least the Google prison is cleaner, cheaper, and has far more wide open spaces to exercise in. It will be a huge trade up.

    My rental agreement at my apartment complex is up in March and I intend to move into a Google Fiber hood if at all possible. Actually this article has reminded me to write a letter to Time Warner to put them on notice that, come March, I will no longer be doing business with them again. In that letter I will list all of their crimes against consumers.

  • Sep 21st, 2012 @ 1:14pm

    I have been wondering something for awhile now

    So I have been wondering something for a while now. Why can't startup companies team up with non-RIAA labels that are not owned/controlled by the big 3 (or is it two now?) labels to form a new music group. This new group would never play/perform music from artists under the RIAA/EMI/Universal umbrella at all. They would have their own music.

    This new organization can just completely ignore the old regime and establish its own new rules. It could set fair and competitive rules and rates that can adapt quickly to a changing world. It can help artists self-promote and give them tools and knowledge for this and for social media and for an online presence.

    This new organization could sell only music from member artists and can allow pay-what-you-want models and loose licensing schemes.

    Is all this possible? What is stopping this from being done (aside from motivation and inspiration)?

  • Sep 18th, 2012 @ 7:49am

    Re: Punishment fits the crime?

    These days the punishment almost never fit the crimes. Especially when it comes to technology, copyright, and patent related dealings. And even more especially when it is an individual, instead of an organization.

    This is what happens when the old ignorant guard is faced with a new world they don't understand and can't adapt to. They make mountains out of tiny little lumps in the ground (not even molehills). I think the idiots behind this prosecution deserve to be locked up, not this guy.

    This guy literally did everything he was entitled to with his access to the system. He didn't commit any crime. And how the heck is he getting charged with damaging a computer? How is downloading information you have full access to damaging? He didn't even distribute it. Morons! These charges are what is criminal.

  • Sep 5th, 2012 @ 12:36pm

    Re:

    Agreed. Personally I wouldn't mind a private concert. I actually like her music. Its just icing on the cake that she is gorgeous (and 22). She can sing for me and "visually stimulate" me and I will do what I can to show my appreciation.

  • Sep 5th, 2012 @ 12:29pm

    This could really be made into even better PR.

    Lol indeed, if they open up the concert to others to attend and maybe turn it into a charity event for the school (donations collected from patrons) then it could turn into an even bigger good deed. Despite the silliness of sending a musician to perform at a school for the deaf.

    Think of the PR goodwill that this could become if they opened the concert up to be free but with a front-row section allocated for students and staff at the school. Then make it a charity event to collect from concert patrons donations for the school. Maybe even have a secondary onsite contest (with donations) for meeting Taylor Swift.

    This could be really cool actually.

  • Sep 4th, 2012 @ 11:46am

    Web interface should be the next step

    They should come up with an HTML5 web interface using a very affordable subscription service as an alternative that can work in both mobile OSes through the browser.

    Think about it. With the web interface they will never have to deal with this app store BS ever again. I bet they can do it and even constantly add improvements. That would be amazing.

  • Sep 4th, 2012 @ 11:44am

    Re:

    Since when does a company's profits or "intellectual property" (a concept which is farcical in and of itself) come before helping a disabled child communicate with the world? Since when does it come before doing the right thing or bettering our world with tools that truly help people and fill a need (especially such a crucial one)?

    I would say never. Never should a company's profits or IP come before filling such crucial needs. The real problem is that the greedy companies behind the patents don't want to offer their product for fair and reasonable prices and they will punish anyone that does it in their stead.

    Personally I think such companies should receive severe penalties for this kind of persecution. Your profits are not more important than people and helping those in need with such a critical tool.

    We are not talking about a product that no one needs like a smartphone. We are not talking about entertainment like movies and music. We are talking about something that these kids really can't live without. Not without greatly diminishing their quality of life.

  • Sep 4th, 2012 @ 11:36am

    Re: An advantage of Android

    They could easily put it on the Amazon Android Store. That would help for now. Or they could just sell it directly from their website with instructions on how to download and install it on their Android device.

    I really find it despicable that Apple and Google would so easily cave when there have been no judgements made in this case at all. Cowards!

  • Aug 29th, 2012 @ 10:11am

    Re:

    Would you care to name any names? That would be awesome to know who that quote came from. Personally I have seen that as the prevalent attitude in Congress for years.

  • Aug 20th, 2012 @ 11:32am

    Re: Simple

    I agree fully. Apple picked the fight with a lot of different people. Their games are becoming a real threat to Google's Android partners. Apple has repeatedly played the schoolyard bully to HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and others that are competing with them in the mobile market. And no matter what has happened they keep getting worse.

    They have started pushing for worldwide injunctions against their competitors products for the most generic patents (that should never have been granted in the first place). Thus they have now gone too far in their bullying. It sucks, but I think this move had to be done. Apple needs and deserves a dose of their own medicine.

    I think in the long run this might finally be the event that gets Apple to back down and stop trying to compete through litigation instead of innovation. Not that they have been all that innovative anyway. They have been massive hippocrates, copying/stealing others ideas and re-combining and re-packaging them as their own ideas. Then they patent those ideas as their own. So that they can now sue over it.

  • Aug 13th, 2012 @ 2:39pm

    Sue

    Could I sue Apple for making a device that holds my music and is so easily stolen?

  • Aug 13th, 2012 @ 11:59am

    Tears

    This brought tears to my eyes. As someone who has had his car broken into for audio equipment I can attest that all the victims like myself deserve to have our government protect us from our stupid choices like leaving an iPod out or a faceplate on our stereos.

    How dare they suggest something as simple as putting the items in a glovebox? How dare they not do everything in their power not to protect what is rightfully mine? I pay good tax money and I deserve justice MY WAY!

    **SARCASM MODE DISENGAGED**

  • Aug 9th, 2012 @ 11:22am

    Re:

    Um, delusions of grandeur much? Listen, Obama has a lot of well meaning, good, useful ideas. He is just too much of a coward to actually enact them and push them through a pigheaded congress.

    And when he is not having good ideas he is doing crap like all the other politicians (and what is mentioned in the article above).

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