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Creative Technologist and writer. Specialties: Computer security, Macs, Deceptive Truth, Music.

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  • Aug 18th, 2015 @ 6:32pm

    Totalitarian Surveillance Maniac Traitors

    Does this phrase describe the NSA? Let's change that. The US Constitution is how We The People rule the USA, NOT our elected government and their assigned lackeys . Deal with it or drop out and leave. No '1984' scenarios are welcome.

  • Aug 11th, 2015 @ 7:23am


    This is insane. TPP, TTIP and CISPA are insane.

    The level of demanded lunacy in 'data exclusivity' points out that the LAST entities that should be ruling the world are corporations. They represent a GAMING SYSTEM called 'finance', NOT real life.

    No thank you to allowing game players to run anything IRL. Stick to playing your game, corporate kiddies! Stay Out of my REAL life please.

  • Aug 8th, 2015 @ 9:15am

    Speaking of Lies and 9/11...

    There is no need for 'conspiracy theories' when the facts are at hand:

    So many arguments for unconstitutional citizen surveillance are based on the 9/11 story. But darn! That yarn has been proven to have some whopping holes in it. So now what?

  • Aug 7th, 2015 @ 8:18am

    Is this case about Slander?

    The pertinent question here is whether Melissa Lucas has committed slander. Slander is a crime, no matter what state you're in. Why did Brian Mannal pursue this situation with a bogus old statute that was obviously contrary to the First Amendment? Is this a case of having an lawyer ignorant of the law?

  • Jul 28th, 2015 @ 3:22am

    Not Hologram: Pepper's Ghost. It's done with mirrors.

    Just to be a techno nagging nelly: None of the 'hologram' stage performances done have had anything to do with actual holography. None of them.

    The technology is formally called 'Pepper's Ghost and is performed with light and mirrors. It was first formally performed in 1862 and has a history dating back to the 1500s.'s_ghost


    No, it's not OK to mislead people with wrong terminology. Research your subject.

  • Jul 23rd, 2015 @ 5:55am

    Why worry about AI evil when we have plenty of human evil?

    The FUD about AI is a ridiculous diversion and distraction from the real threat that's already here: Use of computer intelligence by humans to destroy our fellow humans as well as the rest of miracle planet Earth, our only home. IOW: Again we're looking into the face of the human self-destructive imperative.

    What's the real 'Terminator'? Us with our hands on the controls of a remote coward murder machine we call a 'drone'. Plenty of other human driven abominations of technology are on the way. That's what we must worry about and stop now. Now.

    If AI is going to threaten mankind, it could possibly be any worse than the example that AI would discover in us, Homo sapiens sapiens, as we oddly call ourselves. (Sapiens = Wise. Sapiens sapiens = Wise wise).

  • Jul 18th, 2015 @ 11:21pm

    Adulterated, Rotting Corporatocracy

    This bad attitude and outright ABUSE toward customers is the 'Spirit Of The Age' in business these days. Idiotic, self-destructive companies have been destroying their reputations with their customers to the maximum degree possible, with more on the way.

    Here are some of the horrors they have attempted to pull on us by way of lobbying, aka OWNING, world governments:

    TPP (TPPA)
    Fast Track treaty approval

    ALL of the above are unconstitutional to some degree or another in the USA. But that has not stopped them from relentlessly being pushed by the Corporatocracy and their elected official minions. Every democracy in the world is under attack from lousy, hateful biznizz bozoids, the worst possible people to lead anyone, including their own biznizziz. (I am being deliberately sarcastic by way of spelling).

    Business is a collaboration between companies and their customers. As soon as the customer is abused, its no longer capitalism. It's plain old PARASITISM. Let's keep track of the terminology of this sick situation.

  • Jul 10th, 2015 @ 1:12pm

    C E N S O R S H I P ≠ 'Tamed'

    Censorship from a lame government that can't stand criticism. So to hell with the human right of freedom of speech.

    China: Criminal Nation.

    And yes: I've been urging businesses to get the hell out of China since 2007. Put your money into respectable countries.

  • Jul 10th, 2015 @ 1:04pm

    Mythological Trey & Matt History...

    No, Matt and Trey did NOT put their first South Park animations up on the Internet. Jesus vs. Frosty and Jesus vs. Santa were put online by other people while they were being shared around the media industry. Why is it so difficult to read Wikipedia?

    As for Trey and Matt going Hulu: It's their work. They can do what they like with it. I'm grateful they offered it for free, with ads, for so many years on the net.

  • Jun 8th, 2015 @ 9:52pm

    Re: Human Overlords, You Mean

    I wrote the above. Apparently my cookie control app wiped the Techdirt cookie before I posted it. IOW: Blame me for the above insight.

  • Dec 9th, 2014 @ 6:05pm

    WHO killed 3000 Americans on 9/11?

    There's enough evidence so far for my question to be poignant. What else isn't yet public knowledge?

    "The Crazies" was President Ronald Reagan's name for the 'Neo-Conservatives' behind this entire scenario, AKA PNAC, AKA the majority of GW Bush's cabinet as well as VP.

  • Apr 2nd, 2014 @ 3:21pm

    Next Up: Calling NSA Treason 'Treason'

    Mass surveillance of US citizens on US soil without probable cause, without a warrant. That's treason. How about calling it 'treason', eh Senate?

    And how about impeaching and prosecuting all the people who participated in that treason, eh Senate?

    The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution:
    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    Benjamin Franklin's point of view:
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    Teddy Roosevelt's point of view:
    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

  • Mar 25th, 2014 @ 11:10pm

    There Is No Law Authorizing Breaking The Fourth Amendment

    The end of this is simple:
    Stop breaking the Fourth Amendment President Obama and Congress.

    But no, we have to be LIED to, over and over from various perspectives as if all of the mass surveillance of US citizens on US soil was ever legal. No it wasn't. Not ever. There is no law authorizing it, not a single one. Deceit rules and apparently we're too stupid to recognize that everything coming out of the politician's mouths is either ignorant and deliberately wrong.

    The simple cure: Read the US Constitution and follow it. The politicians have all sworn to protect and defend the US Constitution. So do your job and cut the corruption. The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution could not be more simple and obvious:

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    There are no excuses for breaking the Fourth Amendment, ever. How about we impeach all the treasonous liars? That's the American thing to do.

  • Feb 23rd, 2014 @ 3:44pm

    Re: Architectural Review synopsis

    LOVE the ignorance. THRIVE on the ignorance. MAKE LOVE to the ignorance.

    Or you could grow up, get literate, and read reality instead of wallowing in self-delusion. Just a thought, anonymous coward

  • Feb 22nd, 2014 @ 1:28pm

    YES Biodegradable!

    There are plastics available as well as being developed that make use of corn starch as their base. These plastics are ENTIRELY biodegradable. How quickly they degrade and are digested is variable.

    Here are a couple useful Wikipedia articles to get folks started on the subject:

    A nd please folks, understand that turning such plastics into mulch and compost does NOT mean they are returned to the environment as CO2. They are mainly decomposed into dirt, which is one of the basic requirements for most plant growth.

  • Feb 22nd, 2014 @ 1:18pm

    Default Criminals: Inspires Actual Criminals

    Every piece of US legislations written and foisted by our media Corporate Oligarchy, TPP, ACTA, CISPA, SOPA, PIPA, the media taxes, features one singular feature:

    The customer is a Default Criminal. Pay for your Default Crimes.

    That bad attitude is never acceptable in business. Then there is the simple human reflex of responding to customer abuse with customer retribution.

    ∑ = Our media Corporate Oligarchy CREATES the criminals they insist we all must be. THEY are their own worst enemy.

    It's the 21st century. Catch up and get with the future, media mogul morons. Treat customers with respect and they always respond in kind, ending your self-generated piracy problem. It's really that simple. And it doesn't take a media pirate to notice. You just need to understand basic human decency.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 @ 3:21pm

    Screw The Customer, Expect Retribution

    From my POV, all the media Corporate Oligarchy user abuse, as exemplified by DRM (digital rights management), has accomplished is customer backlash, aka retribution.

    Q: What would be the current rate of media piracy if the media Corporate Oligarchy had never abused their customers with DRM?

    A: Incredibly less.

    IOW: The media Corporate Oligarchy creates its own problem.

    It has been consistently proven that company respect for their customers results in customer loyalty and minimal piracy. Amazingly simple.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 @ 3:07pm

    Re: Java, the most dangerous software on the Internet

    @Laurence D'Oliviero:

    "The insecurities in Java stem from" Oracle degrading the quality of Java applet programming such that the original default sandboxing was DESTROYED. Don't expect Oracle to fix it. Obviously, they'd rather keep cleaning up after their puppy suffering PWN-The-User diarrhea.

    My advice: Just say 'NO' to the Java Internet plug-in. If any website dares require it, tell them to get rid of it. Java is the single most dangerous software you can run on the Internet.

    Oh and Oracle: I Hate You.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 @ 3:00pm

    Leaving the PWN Gates Open

    #MyStupidGovernment is infamous for allowing China to bot every federal computer exposed on the Internet from 1998 through 2007. That's 9 years of China blatantly owning government computers before the feds were willing to admit it in public. That is pure incompetence.

    I don't expect much better IT competence today. Instead, the federal response has been to go off the rails PWNing the PWNers as well is unconstitutionally surveilling US citizen on US soil without 'probably cause', therefore without a legal warrant. #MyStupidGovernment at work.

    How about a new revolution folks!

  • Dec 2nd, 2013 @ 12:50pm

    Go to the Source: Our Corporate Oligarchy

    I consistently find it more useful to go to the source of any problem. In this case, it's our Corporate Oligarchy, not the government. Consider how the corps thinks about whatever they're mandating/puppetting our government to do. It is convenient for the corps to let the government be the buffer zone that gets all the citizen slap back. Meanwhile, it is far easier to consider such problems if you try to think like the source actor, how they view the situation. After all, the corp's lobbyists are typically WRITING the bills for Congress, pushing out the public propaganda for their current campaigns, tossing money at the puppet government along with their mandates, and so on.

    For example, it is incredibly easy to comprehend why Congress tried to cram SOPA/PIPA, ACTA/PIPA and CISPA down our throats. They were told to by our Corporate Oligarchy for the corp's specific benefit, versus those of actual citizen voters, who are supposed to be running the government.

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