I missed half of these, so thank you Rikuo for bringing them to my attention.
It really has been a hell of a week for insane activity and legal decisions. I think the UK is getting pretty dysfunctional in many ways, but the good ol' US of A is a hard act to follow. Perhaps screwed up government ought to be an Olympic event.
To Gwiz: I agree that banning is not the way to go, and that Mike would lose the moral high ground if it could be argued that there was any censorship going on other than the user reporting mechanism (not that I think that Mike's aiming for a moral high ground, but you know what I mean).
To be scrupulously fair, there have been a few times over the past year when OOTB has written something that has been reasonably insightful and not barking mad, and on those occasions his comments have been left unreported - and have even received some favourable responses. However, for several weeks now it's just been getting more and more bizarre (or out of the blue, if you will).
So leave things as they are, and just keep reporting the wilder flights of fancy and continual ad hominem attacks. Who knows: at some point this could be used as a case study in someone's PhD thesis on how to deal with attempted disruption to online discussion groups.
For those of us in the UK who were early adopters of TiVo, this is nothing new. The Series 1 TiVo programme guide got withdrawn in June 2011, turning our perfectly working boxes into expensive paperweights. Fortunately a group of enthusiasts who so loved their TiVos got together and created an alternative EPG.
So, for those of you in the US where I believe TiVo has a much bigger market: beware. They could do it to you.
Copying has never reduced conventional sales, whether by casette, CD, V1000 / V2000 (remember them?), Betamax, VHS, DVD, digital or any other medium that I've forgotten. I've bought more original vinyl, CD or DVD media than you can imagine, as a result of listening to copies of originals that I wouldn't have been prepared to shell out the cash for: sight / listening unseen.
A fraud conviction is supposed to be a complete, unequivocal red flag for those involved in banking, and he has one. I think it's not worth a guy losing his job over, but there's no legitimate way to carve out this particular situation from the law without making a mess of things.
Really? Is it really the case that the combined might of the entire judicial system and financial regulatory authorities of the US is unable to distinguish a teenager making a cardboard dime from a financial fraudster?
Because if that's the case then your country is screwed.
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