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  • Feb 12th, 2016 @ 11:39am

    you gangsta

    No need to go all gangsta on him, Mike. Geeeeesh.

  • Feb 1st, 2016 @ 2:59pm

    impotent rage

    I can't imagine the impotent rage Zuck must feel that while he's one of the richest people on the planet he still can't get everything his way.

    Then I can't imagine desperately trying to accumulate even more wealth while being one of the richest people on the planet either.

  • Jan 26th, 2016 @ 11:10am

    Re:

    You are 100% correct!!!

  • Jan 3rd, 2016 @ 7:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Happy New Year

    I appreciate all the wonderful personal attacks.

    Perhaps people are just returning the favor?

    "... vapid stupidity that can be Techdirt (especially Karl these days ...)"

    "... mostly arrogant staff writers."

    And those are just 2 quick ones that jumped out at me in just this thread.

    So, maybe instead of worrying and whining about people calling you names and whatnot when you are clearly guilty of it yourself you could go do something constructive.

  • Dec 23rd, 2015 @ 5:11pm

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    Wow! That's an impressive amount of dancing around and avoiding the central question:

    What is keeping you "decent" other than the expectation of divine reward?

    If your answer is "nothing" then I have news for you: you are a piece of shit. I'm glad we got you out in the open. Brother.

    For me and rational people, the answer is simple: treating others well helps ensure that I am treated well. I don't have to look to some imaginary "Sky God" to tell me that's OK; I KNOW it's OK because the evidence is in: species who cooperate fare better as a species than those who don't.

    That's a morality that makes sense. That's a morality that is logical. What does your morality have? A fairy tale telling you to do things a certain way?

  • Dec 23rd, 2015 @ 8:32am

    Re: Adapt or be left behind

    A difference of 12% in one year.

    It's actually worse than that if you care to get pedantic about it (and make some assumptions -- I couldn't easily find hard numbers).

    If we assume that only the 91% from last year re-subscribed and only 79% of that remaining group will subscribe, that's actually a difference of ~13.2% from the previous year.

    Not that much of a difference, I know. But I wanted to point it out anyway. My inner geek just had to get out. Sorry. :-/

  • Dec 23rd, 2015 @ 8:11am

    Get ready for your Internet connection prices to SOAR

    There's no question in my mind that the end result of widespread cable cutting will be broadband connection pricing going through the roof. It will be inconceivable to those running the cable companies to have their profits be reduced by even the smallest of margins ("I MUST have that 3rd yacht, dammit!")

    Comcast has already started on this path with their usage caps and extra charges. It will get much, much worse.

  • Dec 16th, 2015 @ 7:40pm

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    What does it matter what reason people use to commit atrocities? Is it not Darwin's theory in action? Why pretend there are rights and right and wrong? Just dog eat do

    "If the only thing keeping a person decent is the expectation of divine reward then, brother, that person is a piece of shit. And I’d like to get as many of them out in the open as possible. You gotta get together and tell yourself stories that violate every law of the universe just to get through the goddamn day? What’s that say about your reality?" --Rust Cohle, True Detective

  • Dec 16th, 2015 @ 7:30pm

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    > In fact, science has not proven evolution.

    Riiiight. How have you managed to insulate yourself so well that you've never heard of England's Peppered Moths? That's a well known one, but there are many, many other examples of evolution being proven.

  • Dec 14th, 2015 @ 3:49pm

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    I'm far from a fan of the Grateful Dead, but you are 100% correct.

  • Dec 5th, 2015 @ 3:10am

    If you want to be amused ...

    Quoting Mike:

    ... if you want to be amused, you should read his... er.... "interview" with Rolling Stone about it.

    Really, you should. It rivals OotB for nonsensical rambling. Be sure to have Dr. Hook's Cover of the Rolling Stone playing in the background for extra dramatic effect.

  • Dec 5th, 2015 @ 2:36am

    best defendant name ever

    This article was worth reading if for nothing else than to see someone use the title "Defendant Blurb" with a straight face.

  • Nov 23rd, 2015 @ 12:20pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Traditionaly here...

    I am but one very small, insignificant man ...

    with a HUGE sense of self-entitlement ... wait, maybe that's not it, maybe it's actually your enormous air of superiority ... that causes you to behave like a prick.

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 5:20pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Traditionaly here...

    I can't believe I missed this earlier ...

    Now who is making assumptions?

    Well, I am. Of course. But it's not like you aren't making it completely obvious, are you? To illustrate ...

    Within the extended family, we have ...

    [Emphasis mine] So, even you are not talking about yourself. Or even your direct family:

    Though the funny thing is that my father ...

    Yea, that is funny that it wasn't any of your direct family members or more importanty, YOU that had to pull themselves up. It was some of your relatives that were paupers but were still expected to "face the future optimistically".

    I guess you told them to "keep a stiff upper lip."

    It takes a lot of hard work and saving carefully

    How in hell do you expect someone to be able to "save carefully" if their income is below their needs?

    to get where we are now.

    At last, you've revealed yourself. Where "you are now" is a place that you have deluded yourself into thinking you've earned, while at the same time you admit that your daddy handed it to you.

    I'm just glad that during my time as a server it was few and far between that I had to deal with self-entitled pricks like you.

  • Nov 22nd, 2015 @ 4:37pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Traditionaly here...

    Repeating the same insult doesn't make you any more correct.

    Maybe not, but it's still true: you are a self-entitled prick.

    Obv, you come from a "culture" that doesn't have and/or believe in tipping. Fair enough. But in your self-entitlement you think it's ok and, moreover, justified to judge and condemn "cultures" that do.

    Do you also tell Japanese people that their tradition of bowing is wrong? That's what a self-entitled prick like you would do.

    Do you also tell Russians that their custom of having a shot of vodka at business meetings is wrong? That's What a self-entitled prick like you would do.

    Do you tell Norweigans that they're wrong for eating a burger with a knife and fork? That's what a self-entitled prick like you would do.

    You view the world through the myopia of your own cultural experience and have the temerity to apply that to everyone. Here's a news flash: not all cultures will kowtow to your own experience.

    And here's the important part: when you're in a different culture respect the customs of that culture. Your life experience hasn't taught you anything that hasn't occurred to a million, billion, zillion people before. YOU ARE NOT A SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE

    In closing, I will repeat this entirely correct statement:

    I'm just glad that during my time as a server it was few and far between that I had to deal with self-entitled pricks like you.

  • Nov 20th, 2015 @ 6:11am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Traditionaly here...

    I'm just glad that during my time as a server it was few and far between that I had to deal with self-entitled pricks like you.

  • Nov 19th, 2015 @ 7:42am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Traditionaly here...

    You're funny. You've convinced yourself that nasch and I are both servers, when I haven't been for quite some time and I highly, highly doubt that nasch is either. Your assumptions void of fact prove how delusional you are.

    When I was a server it was the perfect job -- flexible schedule, cash in hand every day, etc. It worked for me at the time, in the same way that it works for many, many other people at certain times in their lives, eg: going to school.

    It's easy to see you've never had to deal with pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, that you have been born into a position of privilege and deluded yourself you've earned what you have. If you hadn't you would have empathy for people who are struggling rather than your condescending "better yourself" attitude. Hasn't it ever occurred to you that many -- most, I'd say -- people who are servers are trying to better themselves? Of course not, otherwise you wouldn't be so eager to screw them. Otherwise you'd be happy to give them a hand.

    I'm just glad that during my time as a server it was few and far between that I had to deal with self-entitled pricks like you.

  • Nov 18th, 2015 @ 2:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Traditionaly here...

    But the choice you make to go to a restaurant where tipping is expected ... noooooo, you have no responsibility for the choice you made, do you? You poor little thing. You just HAVE to go to restaurant that allows you to make a gigantic ass of yourself.

  • Nov 18th, 2015 @ 12:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Traditionaly here...

    If you want to take my personal observations of your behavior on this thread and elsewhere as insults, that's cool.

    I do. Most people consider name calling an insult (aside from being obviously juvenile). Not that I'm at all concerned about being insulted by you. I just found it funny that you're projecting that behavior on to me when you are clearly much, much more guilty of it.

    When someone has called me out and proven me wrong on some incorrect fact I stated here on Techdirt, I, more often than not, accept it graciously

    Really? You call what you were doing (dodging, changing the goalposts and so on) about being called out on having paid taxes on your tips out of your pocket ZERO times being gracious?!? You really have no idea how you appear to others, do you? I KNEW it from the very first time you said it and it took you FOREVER to finally 'fess up that you were full of shit.

    Contrast that with the FIRST time you gave me a link, I said, "But anyway, you did your work, I'll give you credit."
    I guess you missed (or, much more likely, chose to ignore) that part, huh?

    I'm at the point where I am laughing at you.

    Don't you realize I've been laughing at you this whole time? That and you believing that you appear gracious convinces me that you really have no idea how you are perceived.

    PS: I guess you must have seen the First and Last Words which is why you're still having this same tired tantrum.

  • Nov 18th, 2015 @ 10:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Traditionaly here...

    I cannot prove that with my own personal experience,

    Which is exactly why I have KNOWN all along the answer is ZERO.

    your own personal certitude that "that never happens in real life"

    It's never happened to me. We KNOW that it's happened to YOU exactly ZERO times ... haha! It's never happened to ANY server I've ever known.

    I corrected you because those facts were incorrect.

    It was one, single largely irrelevant item. Not plural. Get over yourself. Dude.

    So, you got some links from Yahoo Answers (guffaw!) to back you up. Big whoop.

    Fact is, my point was and is correct. You, on the other hand, have no point except to be pedantic.

    started tossing insults around

    Says the person living in a glass house ...

    a petulant child

    There's one. From YOU.

    got all butt-hurt

    There's another. From YOU.

    dug in your heels, doubled-down

    Could be considered insults. By YOU.

    (And those are just from your most recent post!)

    You have a serious case of Psychological Projection going on there. Dude.

    It's OK, man. You made your one tiny, little correction. EVERYBODY knows it. You're the winner. Calm down. Stop sulking.

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