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  • May 4th, 2015 @ 2:04pm

    Well this move is already driving piracy

    This is insanely stupid and short-sighted. I recently was hunting for an old album and found it on Spotify. I was quite happy to listen to it for free and legally. But now that this is happening I'll be looking to stream rip it. That way I'll still be able to listen to it if Spotify has to kill the free tier.

    This helped piracy how exactly? Now they're going from some money via my legal streaming to zero money with my stream ripping. Brilliant move guys!

  • Apr 23rd, 2015 @ 5:33pm


    But of course it'll just be used to buy the CEO another solid gold yacht instead. He needs a new one badly. The last one sank, something about being a bit too heavy?

  • Mar 19th, 2015 @ 10:58am

    Re: Re: ok, but...

    Asking for an ID won't save you either. I remember a case, I believe it was in England, where a girl under legal age had lied to a guy and showed him a fake ID to prove she was the age she claimed. He still ended up charged and convicted over it.

    And yes, some preteens/teens who mature early do look like adults. Some look like a cross between a child and an adult (usually the face looks more childish, but body is mature). Sometimes you really can't tell by looking at them.

  • Mar 4th, 2015 @ 6:31am

    Re: Overturn the veto

    I looked at the article to see if it mentions that, and it had this:

    It would take a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to override Mead's veto. The bill cleared both houses by margins far above that level in this legislative session. The bill had been sponsored by the Joint Interim Judiciary Committee, which held hearings on it last year.
    So the odds are good it will get passed over his veto.

  • Mar 3rd, 2015 @ 5:06am

    Why no criminal child porn charges against these people yet?

    I really don't get why police/prosecutors haven't jumped at the chance to press criminal child porn charges against the various revenge porn sites. They're happy to press said charges against teens who took nude photos of themselves, but here we have a pretty clear example of actual child porn distribution and not a peep.

    It wouldn't even be a problematic charge. If you aren't verifying ages and refuse to take pictures down, you damn well deserve to be charged with distribution of child pornography!

  • Feb 25th, 2015 @ 5:23pm

    Not a shred of similarity

    That's just insane, I can't see anything remotely similar. Old Ox uses blue, yes, but it's nowhere near Red Bull's blue. Maybe Red Bull thinks the X mimics their diagonal on the can, but... the angle's not even close to the same. (Also, it's a fucking letter X.)

    I guess Red Bull's just full of bullshit and needs to let it out.

  • Feb 19th, 2015 @ 2:52am


    It'll be destroyed as contraband. They aren't allowed to give it back even in cases like this because it's illegal stuff.

    Or at least that's what is supposed to happen. Given the incompetence on display here who knows what will actually happen.

  • Feb 17th, 2015 @ 7:22pm


    Marlboro is made/marketed by Phillip Morris, and probably their most famous brand. That's why he's using it.

  • Feb 5th, 2015 @ 4:27pm

    Apparently you can't read

    The article mentioned both grants from the German government, and that the last one ran out in 2010. It further mentions he continued to pay the programmer he'd hired for two more years in hopes more funding would come in. That should account for all the German grant funds.

    And as for Stripe/Facebook/Linux Foundation tweets, you really need to look at timestamps, it's not hard. All those tweets are from 2015/02/05, aka, TODAY. In fact, the times on both are after the time of this post. Meaning they happened after the fact. This post got attention and now he's got funding he didn't have yesterday.

  • Jan 29th, 2015 @ 1:27pm

    Time for a new organization to fight for the public domain

    I've thought about this for a while now, but I think one thing we really need is a new organization, one called something like "Citizens for the Public Domain" or maybe "Public Domain Defenders". The beauty of this organization will be its ability to throw the copyright maximalists' rhetoric right back at them, but now framed as defending the public domain.

    Instead of talk of pirates "stealing" digital copies of stuff, this organization can talk about how copyright maximalists really are stealing the public domain from us, year by year, and wanting to take even more of it. And you know, maybe all those pirates are just reacting to that and taking the public domain back with their own hands. Sure you can argue against this, but it's harder, and it comes off as an attack on the public, not "protecting starving artists" any longer.

    There are other examples too, but I'm having a bad day with my health (lots of pain) and can't remember all I had come up with. I'll reply with more if I can remember them. I do think this would help, even if it couldn't get the public's attention (since mainstream media is unlikely to report on anything that's not in copyright maximalists' favor), it could get congress' attention. It might be the difference between yet another copyright extension and/or more draconian copyright laws getting passed and them not. And it would put copyright maximalists on the defensive, which is always good. And like I mentioned above, it helps to reframe all of the maximalists attacks as the attack on the public they really are, making it harder for them to gain ground.

  • Jan 15th, 2015 @ 3:12pm

    This shit is why people don't respect cops anymore

    It's pretty sad that they don't seem to understand that the reason people don't respect them is because they do little to nothing to earn that respect nowadays. Instead it's all "we're above the law" and "respect my authority!"

    And then we get things like locking the DA out for daring to do their job and charge some cops with murder. That's just being childish and petulant. In a sane world they'd be fired for refusing to do part of their job.

    I respect this DA though for being willing to do their job even though they had to know the cops would react like spoiled toddlers.

  • Jan 15th, 2015 @ 10:58am

    Re: This seems a lot like another business model we know...

    Are they going to find Jimmy Hoffa buried in someone's Cello case?
    Of course not, a string base or tuba case is a much better fit.

  • Jan 14th, 2015 @ 8:49am

    So how's that explain the model rental fee going up?

    Even if we accept that logic, this doesn't explain the model rental fee going up at both Time Warner and Comcast. Cable modems haven't gotten a lot more expensive (if at all, I think they've gotten cheaper, especially when buying in the kind of bulk the cablecos do). Funny how they didn't explain that, ehh?

  • Jan 9th, 2015 @ 8:01pm

    (untitled comment)

    "I didn't understand at the outset that Robert Kraft wouldn't want Myra Kraft and her philanthropical works associated with this," Noonan said in the e-mail.
    But they're apparently A-OK with her being associated with IP dickery? Cause that's coming off far, far worse than any possible association to the book does.

  • Dec 31st, 2014 @ 4:30pm

    Re: Re: "Senior VP of Customer Experience"

    It's actually more than just the modem rental fee, here's what they did to my bill (Internet and cable TV, no phone):

    * Modem rental fee went from $8 -> $10
    * Broadcast TV fee went from $1.50 -> $3.25
    * Additional digital adapters (required for every TV) went from $1.99 -> $2.99
    * Regional sports fee added of $1

    All told, since I have two extra adapters, my bill's gone up $6.75 a month in nothing but bogus fees. The digital adapter fees are really a kick in the face. Since Comcast encrypts the signal now, you have to have those to watch the cable TV you pay for on any set. The only provide one for free (a full cable box, which I have YET to get to work despite swapping it three times last year alone). For any additional TVs you get to pay nearly $36 a year to watch cable TV on them. This is complete and total bullshit.

    My hope is that they're becoming so unpopular that a couple of Attorneys General in various states will decide investigating Comcast to grandstand is more valuable than Comcast's campaign donations. They'd make a great target, the public would love any AG that took them to task!

  • Dec 5th, 2014 @ 1:00pm

    Re: Re:

    The Kindle will never receive an update, given what I read here it was a wise decision to terminate it's internet abilities.
    If it's a 1st gen Kindle Fire you don't have to worry, Amazon stopped updating it after they released the 2nd gen models. Their treatment of their devices customers is largely appalling. (Which is really strange given their normal customer service is excellent.)

  • Nov 23rd, 2014 @ 3:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Big & American Or Something

    Google is only part of the nausea, but not the smallest. "Move fast, break things" is pretty nauseating, too.
    Ahh, the "I don't like things changing, get off my damn lawn you kids!" reason.

    Sorry, things are overall much better now than they were in the early days of the Internet. You must not have actually been around back then.

  • Nov 14th, 2014 @ 9:56pm

    Re: Another way to describe indirect infringement...

    I'd be seriously surprised if there's anyone using Usenet for porn (especially images). All the porn groups got totally overrun by spambots sometime in the 1990s, and are totally worthless for anyone actually seeking porn.

  • Nov 14th, 2014 @ 7:06pm

    Re: Darrell Beavers is a pedophile - yes that's true

    The guy is a scumbag, no doubt there, but before you go off on your misguided vigilante justice assault, better check your definitions. Pedophilia is defined as sexual attraction to prepubescent children. His victim was 17, it's highly unlikely they were prepubescent.

    So handing out fliers branding him a pedophile would land you some handy defamation charges, and since you're probably not a cop, you'd end up in jail far, far longer than he'll spend over them.

    Also, that crazy EU judgement (not a law!) would not protect Beavers either. Criminal convictions of this nature would remain in the public interest. Hell, some EU countries have sex registry requirements themselves (The UK does, not sure about others.)

  • Oct 29th, 2014 @ 4:49pm

    It affected users outside of those areas too

    I ran into this myself last year. I have a server that my route to it from Comcast went through Cogent. And during peak hours it was dial-up speeds. In the graph below I was doing backups continuously for nearly 24 hours straight (there's a gap in there where one finished and I hadn't started the new one yet). The graph matches the stuff MLab found:


    As you can see, from about 6pm - 2am my connection to my server was basically unusable. It was so bad it would affect ssh! I would get very noticeable typing lag in my ssh sessions.

    Once Netflix caved and paid Comcast, it got better immediately and is now back to normal.

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