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  • Dentist Who 'Invoiced' Patient For Negative Reviews, Getting Slammed On Yelp

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 02 Dec, 2011 @ 06:58am

    Re:

    My prediction is that she just didn't do the paperwork, and either didn't care or wasn't able to fix it afterward. Then, pretty much completely separate from that, she participates in this scheme to "protect" her reputation online by making sure she has "legal" weapons to use against people who give her bad reviews. She got a bad review for a legitimate reason and

    here's the real point of the issue

    instead of going to the disgruntle patient and trying to resolve the situation, she started swinging legal muscle, working to remove the legitimate review and trying to intimidate the disgruntled patient. This is just bad behavior, and it doesn't matter what series of steps lead to that, this was not the correct response for her to take.

  • Company Thanks Guy Who Alerted Them To Big Security Flaw By Sending The Cops… And The Bill

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 19 Oct, 2011 @ 10:19am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Be definition, if it (the site's security) works, my expectation is that I will get an error screen, not someone else's information.

  • Guy Who Created The TSA Says It's Failed, And It's Time To Dismantle It

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 14 Sep, 2011 @ 10:23am

    Re: Re:

    I think there's a bit more nuance to this issue than that...

  • Facebook Complains About German Sites Changing Functionality Of 'Like' Button To Comply With Law

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 06 Sep, 2011 @ 04:46am

    The "like" button only still-works in this case if positive votes are what matters. I submit that knowing how many people visit a site but don't "like" it is also meaningful, maybe more so.

    Previously, Facebook would get something like "500 loads, 35 likes." Now they'll get "35 loads, 35 likes." It becomes a significantly less useful measure.

  • Righthaven Fails To Pay Sanctions; Complains A Day Late

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 05 Aug, 2011 @ 03:49am

    Re:

    Corollary to Hanlon's Razor: never attribute to guile that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

  • Judge Decreases Amount Jammie Thomas Owes For File Sharing Again (Yes, Again); Says It's Appalling

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 27 Jul, 2011 @ 11:02am

    Re: Re:

    That wasn't set as the minimum, that's what he considered the maximum allowed under the Constitution.

    "The Court has merely reduced the jury?s award to the maximum amount permitted under our Constitution."

  • The Absurdity Of Comparing Copying To Stealing

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 26 Jul, 2011 @ 05:25am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Now, let's say I give you the copy (you don't have to break in to get it). Is the result not the same?

    ...

    So when you obtained the copy, you had to break the law, right?


    I think you just said "recieving a gift is the same as stealing." Is that the direction you mean to be heading in?

  • TSA Planning New, Even More Invasive Security Measures In Response To 'Threat' Of Implanted Bombs

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 09 Jul, 2011 @ 08:23am

    Re: Re: D?j?-vu... all over again...

    But what if it's only "implanted" a few inches inside a convenient orrifice? Deep enough to avoid detection but able to be retrieved before detonation?

  • When You're About To Fly, Who Do You Fear More: Al Qaeda… Or The TSA?

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 30 Jun, 2011 @ 03:44am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I agree with you, i'm just saying that if you want to reach people who don't you're going to need a different argument.

  • When You're About To Fly, Who Do You Fear More: Al Qaeda… Or The TSA?

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 30 Jun, 2011 @ 03:39am

    Re: Re: Without a doubt..

    the suitcase hasn't even been opened...

    How do you know that?

    I'm pretty sure even before 9/11 they'd chop off locks to seach checked bags.

  • When You're About To Fly, Who Do You Fear More: Al Qaeda… Or The TSA?

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 29 Jun, 2011 @ 11:15am

    Re: 2 extra questions

    Both are offensive to our freedoms.
    TSA has the force of law behind it.
    There's your answer.

  • When You're About To Fly, Who Do You Fear More: Al Qaeda… Or The TSA?

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 29 Jun, 2011 @ 11:08am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Well since you asked..

    You're aware of the fact that (1) ever attempt since 9/11 has been thwarted by pre-TSA tools and techniques and (2) none of what the TSA is doing now would have stopped 9/11, or the underwear bomber, or anything else?

  • When You're About To Fly, Who Do You Fear More: Al Qaeda… Or The TSA?

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 29 Jun, 2011 @ 11:06am

    Re:

    You have to frame the question correctly: What do you fear more, someone patting you down or someone shooting you in flight or blowing up your plane?

    When you frame the question correctly, there is really only one answer - and it isn't giving the terrorists seats in first class.


    I disagree entirely -- I would rather risk serious personal injury or even death than compromise the freedoms and liberties this nation was founded on.

  • When You're About To Fly, Who Do You Fear More: Al Qaeda… Or The TSA?

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 29 Jun, 2011 @ 10:58am

    Re: American gumption.

    I'm with you, Jed.

  • When You're About To Fly, Who Do You Fear More: Al Qaeda… Or The TSA?

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 29 Jun, 2011 @ 10:57am

    Re:

    This is a less-than-compeling argument because the people you're arguing against feel that abuse by a "well-intentioned" government agency is preferable to death from a terrorist organization.

  • When You're About To Fly, Who Do You Fear More: Al Qaeda… Or The TSA?

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 29 Jun, 2011 @ 10:52am

    Re: Well since you asked..

    Imagine a scenario where a new disease is discovered. It's generally quiet, rare, but inevitably fatal. In order to protect us from this disease, the government implements a policy (and accompanying enforcement agency) to periodically inject every citizen with a toxic cocktail of various medicines; this too is intensely painful, but less painful (I assure you) than the disease itself. No further move is made to better diagnos the disease because this preventative measure is accepted as sufficient.

    That is what the TSA is. It is practically the definition of "unnecessary," since in the last 10 years every attempted terrorist act in or around an airport has been thwarted by pre-9/11 tools and techniques. They have only succeeded in convincing us that they're necessary using the phantom of terrorism. Nothing Al Qaeda has done in the last 10 years has caused anything near the anxiety, confusion, and loss of liberty that has been inflicted on us by the TSA.

  • 'Go The F**k To Sleep' Accused Of Copying Imagery

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 24 Jun, 2011 @ 10:04am

    Re: Anyone who says these aren't alike is blind, or a moron

    No one stole anything. Broaden your vocabulary so we can have a meaningful conversation based on actual facts.

  • 'Go The F**k To Sleep' Accused Of Copying Imagery

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 24 Jun, 2011 @ 09:59am

    Re: Re: Attribution

    Must? No, but it'd be nice. Nevermind that I don't put a lot of ethical weight beind being "nice" to a corporation, but that's not really the point, as we're really discussing individuals.

    Anyways, attribution isn't put there to make sure there isn't confusion, it's there to say "hey, if you like this, you may also like other things by this guy." I don't think there needs to be a legal mandate but again doing so is nice.

    As far as if it was an inspiration or not? -shrugs- Fair point. I think I see enough similarities that I'd be pretty skeptical of a contrary claim, but "evergreens around a lake at night" is fairly generic. As Ryan Bliss points out below, though, there are some key details that hint otherwise.

  • 'Go The F**k To Sleep' Accused Of Copying Imagery

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 24 Jun, 2011 @ 09:55am

    Re: Re: I never accused any one of stealing...

    I think there's some amount of reason in his point: an original piece has more creative input, you could argue, than "just" a photo. A photo has things like framing and lighting and so on, but an original piece of art has all of those things plus the entirety of the subject. I still think I agree more with you than with Ryan regarding how much that matters, but I think there could be a subtle distinction.

  • Author Of 'Go The F**k To Sleep' Says Piracy Helped Him… But He Doesn't Support It

    SomeGuy ( profile ), 24 Jun, 2011 @ 08:26am

    Re: it's all about scale

    This site continues to blithely believe that people will cough up good money when they can get an officially sanctioned "pirated copy" for free.

    In part because this has been shown to be true again and again and again. As counter-intuitive as you may find it, people do cough up good money for things they can get for free.

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