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  • Apr 17th, 2014 @ 5:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    After a court case proving that their actions are illegal, sure, but before, no, even if someone's actions appear on the surface to be dicey, they still deserve to be able to defend themselves before being silenced by mere accusation.

  • Apr 17th, 2014 @ 5:03pm


    Before worrying about extending lives, it would probably be a better idea to focus on improving the ones we have currently, with stuff like better healthcare, clean water, enough food... you know, the little stuff that's just kinda important, yet still problematic in numerous places around the globe.

  • Apr 17th, 2014 @ 3:45pm

    Re: My Congressman is on There

    So in other words you basically just got a pat on the head, told 'The grown-ups are talking, go back to your toys, there's nothing here for you', and shoo'd off.

    Always nice when a politician is that open in their contempt for the intelligence of the people who voted them into office, it's a moment of honestly that's more often than not quite rare when dealing with that lot.

  • Apr 17th, 2014 @ 1:42pm

    Fair enough

    They say DRM is here to stay for their products? I can accept that. Of course in return my money will also be staying safely in my wallet, or spent on products put out by companies who don't show such boneheaded contempt for their customers.

    They keep their DRM, I keep my money, I'd say that's a win-win all around.

  • Apr 17th, 2014 @ 12:55pm

    That's handy

    A nice simple list of congresscritters who obviously are just aching to exit out of that boring job and into the exciting world of lobbying, hopefully come next election people will remember this and help them out by voting for someone else.

  • Apr 17th, 2014 @ 12:42pm

    Re: Public service

    About the same time they realized they don't actually answer to the public, and can do pretty much whatever they want to without repercussions, so it's been a while.

  • Apr 17th, 2014 @ 1:49am


    Good question.

    My first thought was it could make any future 'trade deals'/negotiations difficult, if they get a reputation of refusing to honor the terms in them(the US apparently does so all the time, but few countries are willing to stand up to the US sadly), but considering it's a 'trade deal' that got them into this in the first place...

  • Apr 17th, 2014 @ 1:44am


    Never mind after he dies, it's quite possible that whether he cares or not they could make a grab for his works, or make claims on them and have them pulled.

    He may realize that money won't do him much good when he's dead, but depending on who ends up with the copyrights to his stuff, they might not be so magnanimous about the matter.

  • Apr 17th, 2014 @ 12:47am

    Re: Re: Re:

    If I believed for a second that that was intentional, I might agree with you, but I strongly suspect it was just some EA exec moron who basically burst into the Bioware offices with a 'Hey peons, I've just had this great idea for the ending to the trilogy, much better than anything you could have come up with!'

  • Apr 17th, 2014 @ 12:36am


    That would be the one where those large businesses make sizable 'donations' to the people pushing corporate sovereignty in 'trade agreements'. When you're getting paid that much, all sorts of otherwise crazy or corrupt stuff starts to make 'sense'.

  • Apr 16th, 2014 @ 10:42am

    'Why no your honor, /I/ did not rob that man...'

    '... I paid someone else to do it for me.'

    Funding patent trolls allows them to remain squeeky clean when asked in court whether or not they're going out shaking down their competition with 'dubious' patents, while allowing the troll to do the competition crushing for them.

    Not to mention providing funding means the trolls aren't likely to go after them with their massive numbers of incredibly vague patents, so it's a win-win all around for big companies like that, they get to indirectly harass and attack any competition before it can get off the ground, and defend themselves from suffering the same fate.

  • Apr 16th, 2014 @ 10:13am

    (untitled comment)

    I forsee a whole slew of pictures of people's junk being sent in as 'evidence of a crime in progress'...

  • Apr 16th, 2014 @ 3:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Right idea, wrong strategy

    Might be tin-foil hat territory, but it wouldn't surprise me if the biggest groups against tax simplification were rich people and companies.

    With a simple system, they'd pay their taxes, and that would be it, however, with a more complex system, there's all sorts of loopholes they can use to reduce, potentially drastically, the taxes they have to pay out.

  • Apr 16th, 2014 @ 2:29am


    Close, but if you suspect you've got a spy/mole in your company, you don't fire them, you just shift them to a job/position where they don't have access to any sensitive information, as if you fire them, then you've got to track down the replacement spy/mole.

  • Apr 16th, 2014 @ 12:00am

    (untitled comment)

    Given that telling the NSA about a security vulnerability that they might not know about is pretty much the same as telling a local gang about an unlocked building full of expensive stuff, and for the same reasons, yeah, not telling the NSA anything seems like a good strategy there.

  • Apr 15th, 2014 @ 11:57am

    Re: Re: Re: tangible medium of expression

    So, say I took a photo of a crowded area, say a public beach, who then, according to your view of copyright law, owns the copyright on the picture? The one who took the picture(me in this case), or the people in the picture?

    As far as I'm aware, the only way for the subject to own the copyright over a picture or video would be for the person being photographed/filmed to have made a deal with the photographer/cameraman beforehand, hiring them and explicitly laying out the transfer of copyright, otherwise the copyright goes to the one 'fixing' the picture/video by making it, not the person in it.

  • Apr 15th, 2014 @ 11:44am

    There's a joke here somewhere

    So a rabbi, and NAACP official, and a small town mayor get tricked into writing op-eds...

  • Apr 15th, 2014 @ 10:56am

    Must have been a slow day at the office

    It's beyond me why any reputable news agency would want to have anything to do with that scum.

    Report on the weather patterns in foreign countries, have a segment about grass and the different shades it grows in, compare migration patterns of various species of birds, anything would be better than asking a torture-happy, law hating sleazebag like that his opinion on anything.

  • Apr 15th, 2014 @ 10:42am

    Re: A prediction

    Here is my first problem with this. If AT&T needs to build up it's infrastructure, then CHARGE ME for that cost. Not Netflix. After all, I'm going to have to pay for the network upgrades either way, either directly to AT&T or via Netflix.

    Here's where it gets really infuriating, and showcases their greed perfectly: you already have and are paying for network upgrades, whether you use their service or not.

    The government has given them massive tax breaks through the years, supposedly to 'incentivize' them to upgrade their networks, and naturally they instead channeled it all straight into exec and CEO bonuses.

    So the whining about how their networks just can't handle all the 'new' traffic unless everyone pays out the nose so they can 'upgrade' things is complete and utter rubbish, they just want more money for the same gorram service.

  • Apr 15th, 2014 @ 10:31am

    Signs point to 'No'

    I wouldn't trust them to tell me whether or not the sun was in the sky, compulsive liars like that are unworthy of trust on any topic, and if they just so happen to be right this time around, I believe there's a saying along the lines of 'A stopped clock is still right twice a day'.

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