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  • Oct 21st, 2014 @ 11:07am


    Honestly, I'd be inclined to believe that's more likely what happened, and Google decided to use the hammer instead of the scalpel by taking down the vids altogether instead of removing individual comments.

    Well, I suppose now we have reason #10246 on why Youtube's current takedown system is about as useful as a pie made from steaming cow turds.

  • Aug 18th, 2014 @ 3:18pm


    I own the first 'The Expendables', illegally streamed the second (was still amusing, will probably buy if I run across the DVD and have spare change), and will probably do the same after Expendables 3 goes to DVD.

    What can I say? Sometimes I just enjoy watching a few hours of mindless violence. Kinda annoyed got knocked down to PG-13, but whatever.

    Don't films like these usually have a mediocre box office performance and then hit the motherload with DVD sales anyway?

    Not to mention the movie was competing against Guardians of the Galaxy, Bay's incarnation of TMNT, and Let's Be Cops, the latter two films being worse than Expendables 3, if we treat the Tomatometer Critics' opinions as the gospel truth, so it feels to me like Hollywood's just bitching about the movie being leaked more than anything else.

  • Aug 8th, 2014 @ 2:37pm

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    I have a sudden urge to commit physical harm against all the lawyers who helped drive school districts into such paranoia about getting sued that a 4th grader get suspended for bringing a literal children's toy to school.

  • Jul 15th, 2014 @ 10:32pm


    Sounds like something the 4chan crowd would do, if they weren't so busy tormenting Tumblr at the moment.

  • Jul 14th, 2014 @ 12:25pm

    But 4chan & /b/ use their powers "responsibly"

    GCHQ using the same tactics as the legendary trolls of 4chan doesn't seem all that surprising, to be honest.

    It's just that while most of the trolling 4chan does is just make somebody's life hell in the name of 'teh lulz' (or as the tumblr crowd are currently learning the hard way, teaching idiots that starting a fight with the biggest hornet's nest on the internet is the worst idea in the history of bad ideas.), GCHQ's use of those same tactics can have decidedly more nefarious goals.

    Want a heavily pro-GCHQ/NSA/surveillance state candidate to look like he's winning in the polls in a lame attempt to demoralize "your enemies"[everyone against the illegal actions of the NSA/GCHQ/Five Eyes]? Juice the polls in your candidate's favor with UNDERPASS!

    Want to DDOS an anti-surveillance activist website servers? Use PREDATORS FACE!

    I'm actually kinda surprised that government use of LOIC programs (or as the Ministry of Silly Codenames call it, PREDATORS FACE) didn't come up in earlier Snowden Revelations.

  • Jul 2nd, 2014 @ 12:43pm


    They didn't have direct access to the servers to delete the original infringing file, but MU was providing the most access in comparison to the rest of the file storage services on the web at the time.

    I doubt it'll end up getting raided like what happened to Dotcom though. That seemed like the US was trying to make an example out of the founder more than anything (which has backfired spectacularly, btw).

  • Jun 27th, 2014 @ 12:58pm

    Corporations huh?

    So these LECs are supposed to be like Blackwater or Xe (or whatever it's calling itself these days) kind of 'corporations', otherwise known as mercenaries? Oh that's just bloody wonderful.

    Yeah, I don't see MA's SWAT Teams coming out of this on top. Claiming to be a private corporation just to get out of transparency requests doesn't seem to have many benefits besides getting out of transparency requests.

  • Jun 18th, 2014 @ 2:38pm

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    I wouldn't go that far. Does it have the potential to be used as a slur? Depends on the intent, imo. Although last I checked, the team name was never intended as such.

    Frankly I'm with AC on asking why they're so obsessed with the Washington Redskins' name of all things and not going after the Braves/Indians instead, since the mascots of those two teams are clearly comical caricatures of Native Americans and could be interpreted as the equivalent of the racist depictions of Asians in early comics/cartoons (think 1940s for reference).

    It'll be interesting to see how this goes in court.

  • Jun 12th, 2014 @ 4:10pm

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    You'll have that kingdom then... as soon as I can take it back from the Lannisters.

  • Jun 12th, 2014 @ 3:29pm

    Re: Re:

    *We don't beat people here...


  • Jun 12th, 2014 @ 3:28pm

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    Could be worse DH. Anon could believe in Xenu.

    And hey, assuming (for the sake of argument) that evil spirits/demons exist and the children weren't mentally disturbed from the get-go, demons impersonating Slenderman actually makes more sense than the "Slenderman/Creepypasta made the children do it!" bull the media keeps pushing.

  • Jun 12th, 2014 @ 2:33pm


    Hey now, Seattle's not LA or New York. We don't people here... most of the time.

    The officers are just going to repeat the same advice that the folks doing the survey are going to give the impaired drivers ("call a cab or check into a motel" for the most part), just with a little more 'implied weight' behind their words.

    Only if the impaired driver disregards both the volunteer and the officer's advice and STILL tries to drive away while impaired will they get incarcerated (and frankly, they'd deserve a kick or five in the rear for being so blatantly stupid).

  • Jun 12th, 2014 @ 2:24pm


    I'd rather they not show up in my home state at all, frankly. Why can't they go bug Colorado instead? Hell, we haven't even finished setting up all the "required bureaucracy" for weed distribution here in Washington yet.

  • Jun 12th, 2014 @ 11:12am

    One minor correction for the article

    The "CreepyPasta community" and the "Slenderman community" are supposedly separate groups (although the two have a ton of overlap fan-wise because of the popular creepypastas written about the character).

    Sorry, I'm just part of the CreepyPasta writers/artists/narrators crowd, and generalizing all of CreepyPasta as part of the "Slender Man community" )and vice versa) kinda bugs me.

    That said, the media needs to shut up about Slendermann and find something else to blame. I mean, they were trying to attach Slenderman to the Las Vegas shootings because one of the shooters had dressed up as Slenderman for Halloween. It's annoying and rather disconcerting for the Creepypasta community, since we don't have the support (or lobbying power) of a powerful industry like the violent video games or heavy metal/rock did.

  • Jun 4th, 2014 @ 6:07pm

    Re: creepypasta did not create slenderman

    Creepypasta did not originally create Slenderman. This is true.

    However, Slenderman has effectively been the unofficial 'face'/mascot of Creepypasta for the common person for at least the last few years, thanks to the various pastas written about him getting so much approval within the community, along with all the ARGs[EMH, Marble Hornets, TribeTwelve, etc] and Slender: the Eight Pages. He's pretty much got the most staying power and name recognition within the Creepypasta genre, despite not originally being part of the Creepypasta world.

  • Jun 4th, 2014 @ 4:43pm

    Speaking as a Writer/Artist in the Creepypasta community

    We've been a little on edge the last few days because of this whole shitstorm. A huge chunk of the community is worried we'll all get demonized as satanic cultists or crazed, child-manipulating psychopaths by the media because of this. Personally I'm more worried about the younger writers getting their budding talent squashed by ignorant parents seeing them posting stories to creepypasta websites and going into moral panic made

    There's currently a collaborative fundraiser in the works by several of the more active members of the community to help pay for the victim's medical bills (how they plan to get the money to the victim's family, I don't know, especially given how unorganized this community is).

  • Jun 3rd, 2014 @ 2:49pm

    Re: Re: Maybe...

    They actually made a 'sequel' to that game called Slender: The Arrival [sequel in quotes because The Eight Pages is pretty much the layout for one of the levels in the game].

    There's a few other Slenderman based games floating around out there on the web, but 'Eight Pages' and 'The Arrival' are the two big ones as far as I know.

    As for what happens when you collect all 8 pages, well, I won't spoil it for everyone. You'll just have to play the game yourselves...

  • Jun 3rd, 2014 @ 2:37pm

    It's not just Slenderman they're attacking

    The Fox News article that's generated the most buzz also targeted the whole Creepypasta phenomenon in general, specifically calling out [where the ringleader of this insanity allegedly read the pasta's about Slenderman]. The site (and the Creepypasta wiki) are almost ready to collapse under the massive surge of traffic directed at the site.

    Speaking as an active writer/artist of the Creepypasta community (least on dA), the general reaction to this incident has been a mixture of "OH COME ON! YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!", "We need to try and deflect the negative press asap, or else we'll all end up demonized as evil child-manipulating cultists by the media", and "We need to make a collective gesture of goodwill to the girl who was stabbed."


    This is why we can't have nice things.

  • May 29th, 2014 @ 10:58am

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    The beautiful thing about it is, regardless of whether or not Snowden's a spy (he's not as far as I'm concerned), the USGov can't come out and say he's lying because they lost all credibility after maintaining 'the NSA does not spy on Americans. Everything we're doing is constitutional' mantra despite the fact that they've been exposed as bold-faced, lying sacks of shit for almost a year now.

    Plus confirming he is a spy of that caliber would just draw more attention to the NSA/CIA's operations/recruitment/training methods, which is the last thing the CIA wants to happen (they're probably one of the more competent/effective 3-letter agencies in the US government).

  • May 29th, 2014 @ 10:37am

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    ...*checks to make sure* Huh, it is part of CBS. I guess 3-letter networks just started blurring together after awhile for me.

    Still, it doesn't take away from the fact that both networks pretty much took everything their subjects (Snowden for NBC, the NSA for CBS) said as gospel truth and regurgitated it back to the public, and didn't call them out on the absolute propaganda (the entire 60 Min. episode) or a few seemingly bs statements (Snowden's "I'm a spy!" line).

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