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  • Nov 18th, 2015 @ 7:41am

    Barton just keeping his promises

    Joe Barton gets paid >$100,000 each election cycle to demonize and defang the FCC.

    It wouldn't be honorable for him to not deliver what he was paid for.

  • Nov 3rd, 2015 @ 12:12pm

    Not just any lawyer...

    Ann Bartow is an IP lawyer.
    Of course she's hostile to free speech.

    The whole point of her career field is to control speech so it can be properly monetized. Free speech is completely counter to everything she's ever studied and worked for.

    Her bio says she is a Renowned IP Scholar.
    She likely views free speech the same way the CIA viewed Communism, or the way the KKK viewed, well, everyone but the KKK.

    Free Speech is her primal Boogie Man, the shadow horror in her repressed 4yo brain, the Great Devourer of Intellectual Property.

    If Ann Bartow didn't crusade against free speech, she would be less than she is.
    She would be us.

  • Oct 30th, 2015 @ 4:58am

    Today's episode of Bad Brain Disorder is brought to you by IP

    We have a social defense mechanism that prevents us from exhibiting inappropriate and bizarre behavior.

    It failed whoever sent those C&D letters, after IP Entitlement Syndrome compromised their Reasoning System.

  • Sep 30th, 2015 @ 4:37am

    (untitled comment)

    Drivers face a choice of either refusing consent to search and therefore increasing the likelihood of receiving a traffic summons, or giving consent to search in the hope of escaping with only a warning. Under those and other like circumstances, it is not a stretch of the imagination to assume that the individual feels compelled to consent.

    The court apparently feels motorists would be happier having their rights violated than their car impounded or their traffic stop extended.

    In short, the court finds itself compelled by law enforcement to craft a ruling to LEO's liking.

  • Sep 10th, 2015 @ 6:25am


    Corporations are The State.
    They're wholly a Gov creation and exist only because a Gov says they can.

  • Sep 10th, 2015 @ 5:37am

    Re: Re:

    The feds' preferred revenge is the Manning/Auernheimer Method® of removing 1 'privilege' at a time until until you wind up naked in solitary.

    It's based on CIA's Economy of Suffering theorem.

  • Sep 10th, 2015 @ 5:28am

    (untitled comment)

    From Verizon's 2015 SEC filing

    in 2014 compared to 2013 ... capital expenditures declined at Wireline as a result of decreased legacy spending requirements. 2013 compared to 2012 ... capital expenditures declined at Wireline as a result of decreased legacy spending requirements and a decline in spending on our FiOS network.

  • Sep 10th, 2015 @ 5:10am

    (untitled comment)

    If Verizon had the same influence w/ the US DoJ that AT&T does, Karl would be facing federal drug-porn-treason charges.

  • Aug 6th, 2015 @ 5:30am

    Confirmation Email never arrived

    Signed, using a Hotmail account that predates Microsoft.
    The confirmation email never arrived so I guess my voice won't be heard.

  • Aug 4th, 2015 @ 6:11am

    TSA - always striving to make the worst possible choices

    My son just returned from an out of state church trip.
    He noted that the only youth to receive the full TSA package, also happened to be the only young black man with them.

    The young men were actually ribbing him ahead of time that he should expect extra TSA 'treatment'. When it actually happened, that young man was the only one not surprised.

  • May 5th, 2015 @ 10:15am

    Letter by Virgin to Vatican over Trademark Infringement

    [May 5, 2015] VIA CERTIFIED MAIL

    His Holiness, The Pope Frances; Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ and Sovereign of the Vatican City State
    The Roman Catholic Church
    00120 Via del Pellegrino
    Citta del Vaticano

    Re: Infringement of Trademark Rights of Virgin Media Group LTD.

    Dear Pope Francis:
    This law firm represents Virgin Group, (“Virgin”) in connection with its intellectual property rights. Your use of “Virgin”, “Blessed Virgin”, “Virgin Mary” and other derivatives is a violation of Virgin Group’s common law trademark rights. This letter constitutes Virgin Group’s demand that you cease and desist use of the word “Virgin” in materials including but not limited to The Holy Bible, published Catechism and writings of The Saints. You should immediately forward this letter to your attorney.

    Virgin Group offers Virginal Media and Transportation to consumers in Europe, the United States and other first world nations. Virgin Group has continually used “Virgin” (the “Marks”) as its brand name and in advertising campaigns throughout The Developed World. As a result of these efforts, Virgin Group’s customers, and the general public, have come to recognize Virgin Group as an established business marketing Virgin products.

    Recently, Virgin Group became aware of your use of it's registered “Virgin” trademark, which can cause confusion relating to our brand name and dilute it's value. As you are undoubtedly aware, your spelling of the word “Virgin” is exactly the same as the spelling used in Virgin Group’s Marks.

    Because of your use of “Virgin”, Virgin Group appointees have witnessed actual confusion in the market.
    The following incidents occurred on certain dates.

    - Vinyl shoppers at Past Blast Records, inexplicably found themselves pleading for Heavenly Graces.

    - During a transatlantic Virgin Air Flight, a pilot using the rest room was mistakenly assumed by some passengers to have been raptured. Worried passengers were seen offering prayers to the Virgin Mary, instead of CEO Richard Branson or other appropriate representatives of Virgin Group.

    - Virgin Group sponsored a Popaloosa concert where a female festival-goer was spotted abstaining from alcohol, designer drugs and nudity.
    An investigation later determined that glancing at Virgin Media's corporate logo had caused the young lady to ponder the Virgin Mary, instead of Virgin Media related products.

    - At this year's SXSW event, attendance was down at the Virgin Group sound-stage, even though the selection of anointed musicians was indistinguishable from other years. A Virgin Group funded audit found consumers confused by your use of our trademark “Virgin”.

    Virgin Group has powers granted within Investor State Settlement agreements to enforce its legal rights. You can avoid legal action by immediately ceasing and desisting from any and all use of the terms “Virgin”, “Blessed Virgin” and “Virgin Mary”. Additionally, you must execute a copy of this letter and send it to this firm within seven (7) days of the receipt of this letter.

    I recommend you consult with an attorney or higher authority before taking any action.
    If you or your attorney have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


    Sarah Dale
    Norvell IP LLC
    Intellectual Property Attorneys
    Offices: Northfield & Chicago

    CC: Client
    1 The Honourable Sir Richard Branson, Consecrated Sovereign of Virgin Group Holdings LTD


    I, Pope Francis personally and on behalf of The Roman Catholic Church, agree to immediately cease and desist from any and all further use of “Virgin”, “Blessed Virgin” and “Virgin Mary”. In the event this agreement is breached by me or The Roman Catholic Church, Virgin Group shall be entitled to costs, attorney’s fees, and collection costs related to any claims and/or action brought to enforce this agreement and shall be free to pursue the forfeiture of all assets, property and membership of the Roman Catholic Church within the Holy See and other first world countries. I certify that I have the authority to enter into this agreement on behalf of The Roman Catholic Church.

    By: Dated:

    Both individually and on behalf of The Roman Catholic Church.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 1:40pm

    Re: Re: My kid roped me into launching a MC server

    I've been part of online communities and get how it is to be integrated. That's why I haven't just powered it down.

    Your advice is sound except for one thing - the average age of MC players is around 0.
    My staff range from 11 to 15 and some of them are pretty sharp.
    However, the few that wouldn't turn it into Lord of the Flies just don't have the means to host it (and maybe not the time).

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 1:15pm

    My kid roped me into launching a MC server

    One of my kids wanted to setup a Minecraft server.

    Two years later I'm managing & hosting 2 Minecraft servers w/ most of 100k usernames and my kid has wandered off onto the next project.

    I did my bit. I got involved with my kid playing MC and now I'm saddled with running his online community.

    At least pets die eventually. I don't know how long game servers live for.


  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 4:52am

    Vast majority of VPN use is business critical

    re: "All that said, there are a ton of legitimate reasons to use a VPN or storage locker."

    Most VPNs are in use by businesses and are critical to their operations.
    They're necessary to extend office networks
    : between different locations
    : to remote and mobile users
    : to customers and vendors who buy/sell/utilize data services.

    In the US, VPNs are required by the Federal government for any number of services including Medicaid/Medicare billing and fulfilling government contracts. I'd bet Australia's government does something similar.

    However, the copyright industry is more than willing to cause irreparable harm by crippling communications across industries everywhere.
    And for Big Copyright's purchased legislators, billions in productivity loss seems to be an acceptable price to protect millions in copyright revenue.

  • Apr 16th, 2015 @ 6:34am

    sidebar: Most VoIP is unencrypted

    Although lot of VoIP carriers support encrypted handshaking and authentication, I'm not sure how widely it's implemented.

    However, most carriers use unencrypted RTP to carry the content of the call.

  • Jan 29th, 2015 @ 4:10am

    (untitled comment)

    Hijacking the comments to note that Loretta Lynch didn't even wait for her appointment to declare that Unconstitutional Surveillance is constitutional. tive-action-nsa-302812

  • Jan 28th, 2015 @ 8:50pm

    Not how that works.

    Nova, will run on top of two networks T-Mobile and Sprint.
    It may be possible to bond the two carriers together to get much faster speeds.

    I don't think so.
    Bonding would need both ends of both connections to terminate at the same places - 2 ends at the device, the other 2 ends at the same tower.
    You'd also need bonding support at each end.

    Using 2 networks, I could see a performance difference if 2 apps were each saturating a connection.
    But even pulling that off would require the device to have some sophisticated traffic management.

  • Jan 28th, 2015 @ 8:41am

    Sen Rubio's wife sideswipes a Porche

    "After Jeanette Rubio dropped the Senator off at a political summit, she drove too closely to a four-door Porsche Panamera which, coincidentally, belonged to a supporter of the potential 2016 presidential candidate.

    She ended up sideswiping the luxury car, which has a base price of $78,000."

    If only we had total surveillance, surely this tragedy would have been prevented. ashes-into-porsche/

  • Jan 27th, 2015 @ 9:34pm

    (untitled comment)

    "Government agencies will not be allowed to charge more than 10 cents per page"

    "The police report was some 2,000 pages"

    "This cap would turn $1800 into about $20.00"

    *Reload MathEngine and try again*

  • Jan 27th, 2015 @ 10:30am

    "Yet we still can't seem to cure partisan nitwit disease"

    I run into partisan/ideology nitwit disease All. The. Stinking. Time.

    Are you an ideological or partisan nitwit? Take the test and find out!

    Answer the 2 following questions:
    1) On some issues, Conservative Republicans are more likely to be on the right side than Liberal Democrats.
    2) On some issues, Liberal Democrats are more likely to be on the right side than Conservative Republicans.

    If you are unable to answer yes to both of those questions or if doing so causes severe discomfort, there's a high likelihood you are infected.
    Seek help immediately.

    Until help arrives, employ these temporary safety measures:
    1) Stop viewing cable news.
    2) Immediately discard any information originating from or transiting networks owned by News Corp, GE, Westinghouse, Disney, TimeWarner or Clear Channel.
    3) Cultivate a deep understanding that the two major political parties are equally good/bad for America and their primary benefactor will always be themselves. It may help to study their obvious similarities to duopolistic corporations.
    4) Practice voting incumbents out of office.
    5) Courageously face any animosity you feel for people you don't agree with and learn to let it go.
    6) Never vote for a candidate without knowing the specific policies they'll enact while in office.
    7a) Never vote for a candidate because you despise their opponent.
    7b) If you consistently feel anger toward a representative you didn't vote for, your free will is likely compromised. Seek professional help.
    8) Go outside and play. Enjoy the company of people with different values.

    The proceeding help is brought to you by someone who cares.

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