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  • Aug 30th, 2015 @ 11:45am

    If you want to own your culture, you lock it up.

    If you want to make culture, you let it be shared liberally. Let the fans make fanworks and have fan parties.

    It helps keep them fans and makes fandom infectious.

  • Aug 29th, 2015 @ 7:09pm

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

    They'll care when Microsoft decides to bust them for minor sharing activity. Or kill switch their system because some MS tech got suspicious.

    Microsoft is made up of a lot of people, some of whom have a tendency to get stupid and abuse their monitoring position.

    Kinda like Google and the NSA. In Google it seem fairly rare (or they cover it up really well). In the NSA it's prevalent but not considered abuse from within for (say) a tech to stalk his exes and collect private cheesecake photos.

  • Aug 29th, 2015 @ 12:46pm

    Don't get it.

    I've yet to find the allure of Chipotle, though to be fair, San Francisco is a city of great taquerías.

    After the Scarecrow campaign, I looked up how much of Chipotle food was really from organic and free-range sources and found that there were an awful lot of exceptions where they couldn't find an organic or free-range provider. It seemed Chipotle wasn't trying as hard as the Scarecrow campaign implied.

    The couple of times I've eaten there, the food was bland but palatable. It was also expensive for a buritto in San Francisco (which are, in turn, more expensive than burittos in Oakland).

    So.... meh.

  • Aug 28th, 2015 @ 1:36pm

    Someone took advantage of a notion once, therefore the notion is wrong!

    Yeah who gives a crap of the health and welfare of that bottommost rung of working stiffs, the bar waitress? the next thing you know, they're going to expect us to care about gas-station attendants.

    Cooks don't have to wear hazmat suits because OSHA requires the installation of a fairly high-powered active ventilation system, and this is for smoke that doesn't (typically) contain tar or nicotine.

    Smoking in bars in California is legally banned, but it's a ban not well enforced and many bars are full of cigarette smoke. And they dont have a kitchen-standard ventilation system. Neither, for that matter, do family rooms where parents smoke and don't quit for the sake of their kids, either because they don't care or are just plain that addicted. But fuck 'em, they're someone else's larvae.

    Never mind that the smog from Los Angeles has been regarded as a health threat, also without the tar or nicotine, at a lesser density than is found in bars, homes and motor vehicles. But we can ignore that data given it might tap into our already meager profits.

    Fuck the commons if we can profit by wrecking it for everyone else!

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 5:19pm

    "The innocent until proven guilty has no truck in a tyranny"

    Isn't that what makes it tyranny?

    At least it's what makes it authoritarian when one class of people can act on another class with impunity.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 5:11pm

    The spirit of Godwin's law

    Sometimes crossing the Godwin threshold (making a comparison to Nazi policy or behavior) is Justified.

    This isn't the first time that someone on Techdirt has been haunted by the terrible realization that it can happen here.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 4:36pm

    Bad news for this moose.

    My gaming rig is all sorts of AMD.

    Using Win7 for now with no intent to upgrade, though I fear for Microsoft surreptitiously installing spyware akin to the Win10 monitoring agents.

    I may just make my future systems linux and leave this one Win7 as long as possible.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 4:25pm

    Re: Persons in support of ISIS or ISIL...

    Glenn I meant to bold your name, not italicize it. It's just a convention to indicate a proper handle, not a comment on it.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 4:23pm

    Persons in support of ISIS or ISIL...

    ...or any terrorist front are often people who don't know where else to turn, or don't have a choice.

    Now emotionally, Glenn, I'm right there with you. After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, I was hot to decide that every single pro-life family was made up of crazies as bad as Roeder, who'd gun a man down in a church. I would have been glad to see them all burn.

    But realistically, I know different, and I know that's not fair. Even that creepazoid who was running Operation: Rescue, who was ready to go out with his buddies for hot wings and beer on the afternoon of the murder.

    So no. We (by which I mean the US and its rag-tag team of willing coalitionists) have to resolve to be better than that, and demonstrate our civility is genuine. This would mean striving to extend to ISIS / ISIL reasonable war provisions and rights that would be due any people (maybe as demonstration that we are, in fact, civilized). Historically, by treating our enemy better than they do, we would be able to sway the people away from affiliation with terror groups and towards NATO relief organizations.

    If we're not going to do this, we need to come to terms with the truth (according to our behavior so far) that we don't give a fuck about any of those shitskins on the ground, and we don't care that this makes us as bad as ISIL or the taliban or the Huns or the Nazis for that matter.

    And at that point we can do fire strikes on the towns and seed bioagents all over the theater and wipe out the entire population... unless we're wanting to round up the children and sell them into sex and labor slavery. (Probably at ~$8K per virgin female child).

    Right now the US pretends we have the moral high ground and then shits everywhere. We should either abide by morality, or get rid of the pretense and get busy.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 4:00pm

    Not so sci-fi?

    Maybe read more William Gibson or anything in the cyberpunk genre.

    Computer hackers explore / rob big corporations, get distracted by big terrible secrets. Meanwhile the corporation has traced the hacker to his location and gets his house SWATted.

    Sometimes the hacker escapes, sometimes he doesn't.

    The rest of the story is how the secret gets leaked and to where. Less relevant, usually, is what the secret is.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 3:55pm

    Juxtaposition of who a person is vs. what he does.

    I'm pretty sure a felon who is engaging in more benign activities is just a person with the same rights as anyone else.

    It is the the activity that makes someone a militant. Take the gun out of the revolutionary and let him raise a farm and a family, and he's a farmer and family man.

    If you want to be fair and just and ethical, you don't blow people up for fear of what they might do.

    As for our victims of missile strikes, sure we at home aren't told who they are. The US calls them all militants. When I heard the statistic, civilians were specified.

    I do know this: US officials lie a lot and they have now a long running history of lying to cover their own asses (contrast: the asses of their workforce or of the US in the eyes of the international community). So I've learned to be not just skeptical, but cynical when an official statement is made about anything.

    That said, I have good cause to presume casualties are civilians and innocent until proven otherwise. As a child I was raised under the notion that this is a wise and good presumption to make regarding anyone. At least anyone whose affiliation is unknown.

    When we pick up the bodies, do they have ISIL membership cards? Or do we presume any Muslim or Arab or brown-skinned person in the area is an ISIL affiliate?

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 1:54pm

    Using drone strikes to kill ISIL terrorists

    Makes sense when they're clustered together in their training camp far removed from anywhere else, including their own families.

    Drone strikes into towns full of civilians to get one or two guys, less so.

    And the casualty statistics coming out of the drone strike program seem to imply that we're hitting towns full of civies. US pilots, officers and officials are willing to massacre a whole bunch of people to get one guy.

    Maybe we should choose a more appropriate technology by which to get tangos where there are civilians? Because it's looking more and more like we believe The only good brown-skinned foreigner in his own country is a dead one.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 1:45pm

    Re: Re: That does raise a question...

    I believed you the first time. It explains the doubt of the fifty civilians statistic.

    We might as well call them zombies or infected.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 1:18pm

    Hacker season.

    I'm curious about their headline choice.

    ISIL Hacker slain rather than High ranking ISIL officer slain or ISIL ECM saboteur slain.

    I guess hackers are a more exciting kill? That is, for some of us, a disturbing trend.

    Certainly when I think of hackers I think of people who crack security of websites, not military specialists.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 1:01pm

    "Flippant and Dishonest"

    And yet you choose that a pain med might make you loopy

    Even when pain meds are prescribed in low enough doses to avoid the loopy, they're still required to go through rigorous testing by the FDA.

    Tobacco, I suspect is not scrutinized to the same degree that the FDA requires prescription drugs to be, whether they make you loopy or not.

    And people smoke more when their parents and peers smoke. So there's certainly a social vector by which this self-destructive behavior is communicated.

    (Others have already mentioned second hand smoke).

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 12:36pm

    Causes for national-security redactions will be redacted for national-security causes.

    Yeah. That message is pretty clear.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 12:32pm

    That does raise a question...

    Was this alleged hacker the person of interest that warranted the drone strike? Or was he just one of the bystanding militants caught in the shrapnel?

    And how many other militants were lost in this particular strike?

    Probably classified because national security.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 12:30pm

    Ah that sounds better.

    Our drone strike program averages fifty militants killed for every person of interest.

    That sounds as if we aimed for an officer and got his platoon.

    Jolly good show!

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 12:23pm


    I'm beginning to recognize your fingerprint.


    Yar har!

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 10:45am


    Actually, yes it is.

    More importantly, I'm Uriel-238 consistently through all forums. Click on the profile buttons and you can read every post I've ever written on TechDirt, and get a pretty extensive profile as to my personality.

    If you wanted to go the extra mile, you'll find that Uriel-238 is a pretty unique moniker. I'm pretty easy to stalk.

    So to borrow a phrase from 19th century parlance, You have me at a disadvantage. Who are you?

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