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  • Oct 13th, 2016 @ 5:51pm

    Re: What About Real Restaurants.

    w.t.f are you on about? I've read your comment three times out of a sheer fascination with its ability to do nothing for me or the topic. iPic food? Local ethnic hangout preferences? The eating habits of toddlers. Small dark Jewish boys. I really have no idea. I think I enjoyed myself. Not certain. Please don't help me.

  • Oct 1st, 2016 @ 11:56am

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    Why am I having such difficulty in understanding almost every comment so far on this posting?

    Are lizard people even a thing?
    Are we actually insinuating here that we "trust" government to, I don't know, never behave in a solely self-preserving and protectionist manner?
    Are the currently agreed upon protocols somehow left vulnerable is some way I fail to understand?
    Do moderated TLDs pose some sort of threat to those that are not?
    Hold on.. I think the internet just went pitch dark.. The light has just gone off in my tube. My cat!! It's gone!

  • Oct 1st, 2016 @ 11:31am

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    Where does the incentive to create come from when one can no longer lawfully create and someone else can sit on a single creation (and, apparently prevent others from sitting on one) for what amounts to several generations? .. Patently absurd notion of progress that stunningly neuters it in the same breath.

    These types of "protections" are, in fact, preventative measures - designed to keep creators from creating. That much has become all too clear.

    In no way is any original artistry threatened here for if your work is art, and valued as such, then said art will always be in demand as original works.

    "Zero tolerance" has apparently now also become the mantra of "rights holders" along with every other war on 'x' - usually adversely effecting the most disenfranchised among us the most and benefiting only those already far too bloated with wealth and power the most.

    A chair design protected for generations. Fucking ridiculous.

  • Sep 28th, 2016 @ 9:29am

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    "Can Someone Explain To The RIAA.."

    You lost me... isn't that a little like expecting to have a conversation with a rock?

    Rocks are good for building walls and breaking glass. I don't recommend attempting to communicate with them though.

  • Sep 19th, 2016 @ 10:15am

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    In other news: Chokeberries are Yummy and Unicorns Poop Rainbows and The Miraculous Bog Monster of Chya was spotted along the shoreline herding cats. More at 11.

  • Sep 19th, 2016 @ 9:07am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I'd wager that the publisher/rights holder is doing far and away better on her works than she could ever possibly achieve in a "we own the rights to your works (and control all the knowledges - mwah-hah-hahh)" model. Something tells me she should be doing far better than she actually is.

  • Sep 16th, 2016 @ 8:06pm

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    Copyright for your rights. Wow. Somebody wants to claim them.

    It won't be long now before this starts to ricochet. Poing poing.

    Copyrights unrequited need for total supremacy. Cunts, for short.

    Taking over teh internets like shootin' frogs in a barrel. Them frogs keep croakin'. Don't they? Yeeup.

  • Sep 2nd, 2016 @ 10:37am

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    "The negative effects of such an intervention would lead directly to lower levels of investment in European content production, promotion and distribution,"

    But.. the world is flat!

    I imagine, given the near-zero cost of distribution, which happens to flow nicely into effective promotion, that investment into production would skyrocket.

    Once something is broadcast I'm not sure how the argument of a "right" to make money by controlling distribution is an effective argument anymore (if it ever was). Hell, it's only relevant due to deep pockets and corrupt influence on law makers.

    "Middle-men", in the areas of distribution in a digital market, are simply less relevant, if at all - laws and punishments and "the rights of distribution" be damned.

    It's not a secret if you tell someone... It is no longer "solely yours" when you release it... "Copyright" needs to be fixed and it's not because the middle-men or mega media corps stand to loose money. That's simply not the point of a copyright much less an indication of how long they should last. You guys simply do not create - you strangle what's already been created. And that only for yourselves and those artists that you've convinced that only they can be your one and only benefactor.

    I kind of like the control I have over the media I can access and the reality is that there's not much anyone can do about it, good, bad or otherwise.

    The sooner you asshats can agree on and create a catalog of rights then the sooner you can provide income to "your" artists and creators. Get your twisted, self righteous heads out of your cocktail glasses and fix your shit.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 @ 5:03pm

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    I don't understand. Why would anyone patent peer review on a computer or otherwise? Isn't it kind of up to the, I don't know, peers doing the reviewing?

    Oh.. nevermind. It must be to protect the furtherance of the progress of the sciences and the arts. I get it.

    From this angle Elsevier looks like it's aim is to crush innovation vs innovate, and with a patent, no less. Ironic.

    Elsevier is the epitome of preventing the flow of academic information.

    "I was published in another academic journal! Woohoo!! No, no monies." ... Uhhh, that still means that much to you guys when, you know, a huge chunk of the population is a few key taps away? I guess it's pretty cool to be smart, huh? And have all your hard work and research paid for and seen by millions.. well, except for that last part.

    That type of "progress" needs a vaccination.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 @ 3:08pm

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    Also, as someone mentioned here elsewhere, "identity theft" is fraud. So, no, identity theft is not "theft" of your identity because, shocker, you still have one. The perp is out committing fraud with your identifying datum and is probably stealing things from others with it.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 @ 2:57pm

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    Yes, however, concepts are just that, concepts. Theft, by definition, which seems to include the legal one, tells us that theft is depriving someone of "a thing".

    I have 'X'. Someone stole my 'X'. My 'X' is now gone. The taking of 'X' is theft.

    The copying of 'X' can not be theft under the current legal standard. The state of copyright today is, on the other hand, theft, as the public does not have "the thing" nor will they ever have "the thing" as long as maximalists X-Z continue to get their way.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 @ 2:39pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I just looked up three. I get the impression that none of them will be what you'd like them to be.


    n. the generic term for all crimes in which a person intentionally and fraudulently takes personal property of another without permission or consent and with the intent to convert it to the taker's use (including potential sale). In many states, if the value of the property taken is low (for example, less than $500) the crime is "petty theft," but it is "grand theft" for larger amounts, designated misdemeanor, or felony, respectively. Theft is synonymous with "larceny." Although robbery (taking by force), burglary (taken by entering unlawfully), and embezzlement (stealing from an employer) are all commonly thought of as theft, they are distinguished by the means and methods used, and are separately designated as those types of crimes in criminal charges and statutory punishments. (See: larceny, robbery, burglary, embezzlement)

  • Aug 31st, 2016 @ 2:31pm

    Re: Re: The problem is...

    One of my own clingons came home from school one day and saw my torrent app up and somehow, clearly not of his own accord, he believed that I was running an illegal application and told me as much.

    It's troubling that I had to say that what he was taught or told at school was dead wrong.

    How's that for copyright creep? Arts and sciences, indeed.

    Copyrights have become theft much more than copying could ever dream of being.

  • Aug 18th, 2016 @ 6:16pm

    I have simple rules

    paypal == no sale
    disqus == no comment
    drm == yeah, ok, whatever

    can get any needed things elsewhere
    can give 2cents elsewhere
    can enjoy whatever wherever whenever

    but paypal, in particular, is a dirty little street whore that will fuck anything.

  • Aug 12th, 2016 @ 12:32pm


    Well that's one way to look at it, with one eye shut. Now maybe shut your other eye and go back to dreaming.

  • Jul 27th, 2016 @ 4:13pm

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    I understand the argument but I think it's quite a stretch.

    When asked to point to the person in the room that I saw commit the crime I speak with my finger.

    I can sign.

    A fingerprint in this application is speaking. You telling your phone to unlock is no different speaking your mind - with your voice, your finger, your face, your pin or any other mechanism requiring your person or parts thereof.

    The act of unlocking the thing is speaking. In this case, or others like it, this is potentially self-incriminating speech by any reasonable standard, imo.

  • Jul 27th, 2016 @ 3:58pm

    Re: This means its legal to do the same

    Is it just me or did this decision just open up a huge field of data to mine?

  • Jul 22nd, 2016 @ 6:36pm

    (untitled comment)

    Oh, OK, that makes me feel better, thanks.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016 @ 3:27pm

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    Let's see..

    1) The police can shoot you and kill you because of the idea of a weapon. Emphasis on idea.

    2) There is this weird penchant where our armed and dangerous branches believe addressing a problem is the same as addressing a symptom.

    3) Can someone tell me how equipping police to have a, far and away, superior tactical advantage over the policed does not threaten human and civil rights at every imaginable level at any imaginable moment? I can't legally purchase the same level of protection. As a bonus, these guys are practically immune to the legal system. They think they are the system.

    4) Why do police believe themselves to be bosses? Non-compliance seems to be roughly equivalent to a death sentence. Or justification for near-death beatings, in the very least.

    5) Empowering the powerful can only end badly. Empowering arrogant authority only hastens us towards that ending.

    6) elif: From whence does this "authority" come?

    7) True policemen are rare. Too rare.

    I've always been afraid of the police, always. I think it's innate. I think we're doing it wrong. I think it's getting worse. And please, for fuck's sake, try not to fire until you can at least see a gun. Stop using the pussy excuse for being a thug criminal - equal, in every way, to any other.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016 @ 6:45am

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    It's all greed based bullshit. All of it.

    Caps are NOTHING but a provider imposing fees on necessities where the true intent is to take your money while providing NOTHING resembling value or fairness in return.

    We can't disrupt this "provider" market fast enough.


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