I've only seen like two people here who seemed to have read the article.
The "trolls" aren't targeting hard-core terrorists, but, rather, the potential recruits - the people who are in need of strong role models who end up gravitating to the violent, dangerous blowhards because they act like they have all the answers.
No teenager is going to idolize Barry Bonds now that he's carrying that asterisk around; nor has Paul Ruebens gotten much work in the last decade.
In case it wasn't obvious: that was sarcasm. This site has hosted a thousand articles that showed people and companies who didn't deserve it finding themselves the target of a patent troll.
It is certainly true that "there's no doubt that RIM drew a lot of attention to itself early on with its own patent lawsuits against others," but it does not logically follow that they were sued by trolls because they trolled others. I think that sort of thing is beneath you, Mr. Masnick.
"Perhaps this wouldn't work -- as people likely overestimate what they "know" of certain types of people when they really have had no serious interactions with them -- but if there could be greater self-realization then they might seek out others who do have those kinds of relationships and that kind of access."
Traditionally, things like "ivory-tower elitist," "beltway insider," "washington fat-cat" have worked very well to alter politicians' behavior. Just need something snappy....
Should I be voting you up for funny for your masterful use of sarcasm?
Why is the education "required" if the person is using an heritage art form that they already know? It'd be like requiring a 5-star chef to re-attend culinary school because the meals he cooks aren't on your regulation menu.
What *about* the liability issues? Those don't go away with a license.
Close to eight years ago, I contacted Mr. Notley to inquire about obtaining permission to use altered images (animated .gifs, cropped and recolored .jpgs, etc) from his comic strips as avatar icons for message boards and internet fora. His response was (and I'm paraphrasing): "do whatever you want as long as you don't claim Bob is yours; also, any good word you can spread about Bob is appreciated."
I've been linking to and promoting his site to friends and coworkers for almost a decade now =P
I can't find the blog entry I was looking for, but I think it was on Kill Ten Rats or maybe Player Versus Developer; someone did some data mining on achievements on Steam and found that a lot of the high-selling 'indie' games ended up with a low completion percentage - way lower than other games - and a pretty high rate, among bundled games, of players who never earned any of the achievements - something which is pretty much only possible if you've played the game less than five minutes or not at all.
So, there is something to be said for Valve training customers to buy everything even if you don't care about it or intend to play it. That seems like something that might hurt in the long run.
She's confusing loneliness for narcissism - that is, people say they feel lonely when, really, what they feel is self-doubt; the doubt goes away when a 'friend' reaffirms their chosen identity ("the band's going to make it" "you'll be a great mom someday" "your parent/boss/art teacher is just jealous of your talent"), and becomes an addictive replacement for self-actualization.
So people spend all day staring at a computer or a smartphone like it was the Magic Mirror from Sleeping Beauty. If they got out of their echo-chamber and dealt with strangers and real life - or, in a Buddhist-meditation sense, made themselves alone and just sat - they might detox a little.
"And why should just the corporations be able to change the contract? Why shouldn't I, the other party to the contract, just be able to post new terms of service to a website and say that Sony must now abide by them? "
Why don't you? Write up a counter-agreement, send it certified mail (forcing someone at SONY's HQ to sign for it), include a clause saying that signing for the package implies agreement of your new terms unless you hear from them in writing within 15 days, wait 15 days, then file a copy of your agreement with your local county clerk.
Mike's always been a free-market guy. This comes as a surprise to you now, but only because America hasn't had a true free market since probably the aftermath of the Civil War, when corporate spokesmen and lobbyists started misusing the 14th Amendment to grab rights for businesses and set the stage for corporate personhood.
Use the console? Sort of. You can use it to play games* and play movies on disc, but SONY advertises features that require the online connection.
Can you return the devalued device? No, probably not - certainly not to SONY and typically not to the retailer if it's been more than 30 days.
*Some games require an online connection - most for multiplayer, but some for DRM. You may actually not be able to play all your games - especially games you purchased through the PSN store.
Also: I'm not sure if SONY uses Micro-Transaction Currency, but with XBox Live and MS Points: MS will not refund or transfer points in numerous situations, meaning you may have bought 4000 MSP for $50, spent 1600 of those points, then, after declining a new TOS, be locked out of spending or retrieving your remaining $30.
MTC should probably be considered a contract, legally, and partially-consumed MTC should be considered a partially-fulfilled contract; if the company excludes you from access to that MTC for any reason it should be considered a breach of contract resulting in penalties.
Except you claim job loss numbers higher than government recorded employment in your industry ever.
I'm late to the party on this, but wouldn't it be better to say something more like "You claim more jobs lost than you've ever paid payroll taxes on?" I mean, they *could* have hired millions of undocumented illegals.
And I hope the government sees it as a way to get its own surveillance agenda greenlit and encourages it.
Because you can't stop the future, state actors are going to droneswarm the privacy out of lives in time, so we might as well have cameras pointed both ways.
And, if the militarization of police in the USA is any indication, we'll need to have a huge publicly-available commercial drones market that can be modified to counteract the inevitable militarization of state surveillance drones.