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  • Sep 15th, 2015 @ 8:01am

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    ...Chicago recently announced it was postponing portions of the new tax until next year to field criticism and manage plan logistics. remains unclear how the city plans to collect the tax. Would it demand that Netflix and Spotify tax users themselves, even if they have no physical presence in the city proper? Would Chicago residents be required to report this revenue (which they either won't do, or would hide behind VPNs)?

    It seems like these are things that should've been hammered out BEFORE passing the actual law.

  • May 11th, 2015 @ 1:20pm

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    Rivers said the agents questioned passengers at random, asking for their destination and reason for travel.

    "Papers, please."

  • Feb 6th, 2015 @ 1:34pm

    Re: Re:

    "Ooh yeah, just like that. Merge with me, Comcast!"

  • Feb 6th, 2015 @ 1:05pm

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    I read Playboy for the articles.
    I read Hustler for the political commentary.

    Now, I watch porno for to educate myself on socio-technological issues.

    But if I really want to watch people get f*cked, I have click over to C-SPAN.

  • Dec 11th, 2014 @ 12:09pm

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    Every time I read a story about a company using ham-handed DRM to block out competition and lock their customers into their own little corporate eco-sphere, I think of the Princess Leia's line from Star Wars:

    "The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."

    That quote seems incredibly appropriate given the content of the video.

  • Aug 15th, 2014 @ 12:48pm

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    About a year ago I had the idea that that what we needed was to establish a Kickstarter project to represent a particular view (say, the Comcast-TWC merger) to try to raise money to hire a powerful DC lobbying firm. Then maybe we could get our message across to Congress.

    Then it occurred to me that that's what Congress is supposed to be doing anyway, and that's it's pretty damn sad that it's gotten to the point where we feel we need to hire somebody to represent us to people who are supposed to be representing us already.

  • Aug 8th, 2014 @ 12:55pm

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    Wow, if she got sent to the basement despite going thru proper channels, imagine what they'd done to Edward Snowden. He'd probably find himself living in Russia or something...

  • Aug 6th, 2014 @ 1:48pm

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    I think it's about time we took the "Intellectual" out of "Intellectual Property". Let's just call it "Non-Tangible Property"

  • Aug 4th, 2014 @ 9:15pm

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    Hold on a sec. You mean to tell me that a bunch of technologically illiterate politicians passed a sweeping law affecting the entirety of the networked world, and didn't give a single thought to the ramifications and unintended consequences of such a law?


    It's like thoughtful deliberation and civil debate have gone out the window with the governments of the world.

  • Jul 16th, 2014 @ 1:33pm


    Just what is it going to take for people to recognize the corruption and take action?

    Shutdown ComicCon.
    Shutdown the NFL.
    Shutdown Tesla Motors.
    in progress
    Cancel Game of Thrones
    Cancel Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
    Cancel Star Wars VII
    Cancel all pizza delivery service
    Cancel Mountain Dew
    Have George R R Martin killed
    Have Tupac killed check

  • Jul 16th, 2014 @ 8:52am

    he should consider himself lucky

    Nowadays, being noted "hostile towards the government" will get you blowed up by a unmanned aerial drone. He should be thanking his lucky stars that they just want him off the case.

    Either that, or in a few months we'll be reading a story about how Wright was arrested after some child porn was found on his computer. Coincidence, I'm sure.

  • Jun 18th, 2014 @ 9:21am

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    And you never know what data you may need in the future. . .

    That's when you get ANOTHER FUCKING WARRANT, you dipshit.

    Jeez, I took a semester of Civics in 9th grade, taught by a football coach, at a redneck school where 90% of the arguments were about Skoal vs Copenhagen, and it appears I learned more in that class than most of these government morons.

  • Jun 6th, 2014 @ 6:21am

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    Mr Cruise, a word of advise. If you don't want to be known as that couch-jumping wacko from TV, then don't go on TV and jump on a couch like a wacko.

  • Jun 4th, 2014 @ 6:58am

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    NSA monitoring kinda put the whole perspective on the "We've traced the call and it's coming from INSIDE YOUR HOUSE!" urban legend, doesn't it?

  • Jun 3rd, 2014 @ 8:57pm

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    Thanks! I'm donating it all to the EFF on behalf of the Office of the US Trade Representative.

  • Jun 3rd, 2014 @ 2:32pm

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    I heard if you stand in front of your bathroom mirror, turn the lights out, and say "James Clapper" three times, he'll appear in the mirror and accuse you of supporting the enemies of America.

  • Apr 15th, 2014 @ 7:15am

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    Greetings, citizen. The NSA is concerned that the latest Heartbleed vulnerability circulating around the Internet (aka, "the Web", "the Net", "Google") is exploiting the computers and mobile devices of the American populace. As such, the security experts at the NSA have come up with some best practices all Americans can apply to keep themselves from falling victim to any nefarious Al-Qeada, Russian, or alien schemes.

    1. Turn off any firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention, and anti-virus programs. These applications are being actively exploited by this vulnerability and, if infected, can cause grave harm to your computer. There have even been reports of entire houses being burned to the ground when Heartbleed mixes with ZoneAlarm. Additionally, many of these programs are open-source, meaning that terrorists could easily modify the application code to accomplish their own anti-American goals, such as draining your bank account and turning your pets and/or children gay.

    2. Change your DNS settings to point to and These are the NSA's highly secure DNS servers. Your privacy is of the utmost importance to the NSA. By default, all DNS queries will be logged on super-secret systems housed in concrete bunkers buried 200 meters below the Arizona desert. To opt-out of this and request that none of your queries be logged, send a postcard with your return address to "DNS OPT-OUT, Box 42, Langley, VA" (no quotes). An agent will personally contact you to make arrangements for an in-home visit. Please leave your door unlocked.

    3. Contact your federal representatives and request that more funds be provided to the NSA in order to protect Americans and American interests both at home and abroad. What good are free school lunches, libraries, and homeless shelters if terrorists are raining hellfire and releasing locusts with herpes across the United States heartland? This additional funding will go towards capturing terrorists, seizing their assets, and shuttering their propaganda websites such as Fox News, The Guardian, and TechDirt.

    These tips have been provided as a courtesy by the United Stated National Security Agency. Remember: Be Safe. Be Smart. Don't be afraid to report your fellow citizens to your local law enforcement agency if you see something suspicious, such as taking our the trash (they could be disposing of terrorists materials and/or correspondence) or leaving for work (building missiles, mixing anthrax, or visiting a mosque).

  • Mar 31st, 2014 @ 1:05pm

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    Give RSA some credit - they got $10 million bucks. That's substantially better than the 30 pieces of silver Judas got.

    Then again, Judas had enough remorse to return the silver and hang himself. Your move, RSA.

  • Mar 28th, 2014 @ 1:43pm

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    There is no reason at all that anyone ever needs cookies or javascript to read a PDF file.

    How else are they going to track you when that public MPAA report shows up on torrent sites? This is the MPAA - even freely available pubic data must be subject to rigorous distribution controls. Just like everything else they put out, this report can ONLY be distributed through the MPAA's authorized sources.

    Once you've gone control-freak to the magnitude that the MPAA has, you can't just do a 180 and start half-assing it.

  • Mar 27th, 2014 @ 11:19am

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    “Some people think schools go too far and I get that,” Schmidt said. “But we want to make kids aware that their actions outside school can be detrimental.”

    Parents need to make school officials aware that their actions inside the school can likewise be detrimental. I doubt it ever occurred to Schmidt that he was ignoring the very "lesson" he was trying to teach.

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