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Not as politically engaged as I would like. I'm quite glad the Internet provided me with forms of activism and political participation while allowing me to develop my daily activities. I do believe we are going through convoluted times but I see light in the end. Other than that I'm a technology enthusiast and I'd love to spend much more money trying new stuff!

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  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 11:17am

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    Instead of actually playing the game and trying to understand it, the entire article is doused in fear over whether Minecraft is negatively influencing kids

    Man, the best picture of this behavior I've seen comes from the Croods. Basically these folks are the ones afraid of anything and everything that's not strictly within their knowledge that is set in stone since they turned 20 it seems. If it's new it's bad. Either way if I don't understand it's also bad.

    Sadly those people are very, very noisy.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 10:55am

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    How does someone like Conley stay in his job while publicly advocating for putting the American people in more danger like that?

    Because that's exactly the mindset of law enforcement as a whole and partially the Govt branches. And while there's a lot of ill-intended individuals that are actively advocating this with ulterior motives there are the ones genuinely clueless, the ones that really believe in what they have been fed. I don't know where Conley is in this mess.

    I think the best analogy here would be to ask if he would like to have a "golden key" that gives full access to his house to some unknown Government agent with little oversight. Note I'm talking about Government AGENT and not the ENTITY itself. While the Government CAN be a trusted ENTITY there are fallible people running the things behind. Do we really want them to have full, unhindered access to our houses?

    As for the ones that argue that digital is an entirely different realm stop. Forty years ago you had photo albums, vhs with stuff from your private life and loved ones, confidential documents, agendas etc. Those things are in our phones now and are still private and personal so how come it's not ok to invade houses without warrants or record private space without a plethora of protections to the citizens (that are being more and more ignored) but it's ok to do it if it's digital?

    The best way to counter people like Conley is to ask him if he would do his banking stuff in the open. Because that's what a 'golden key' means. Other people will discover it and will use it to expose mine, yours, his online activities.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 9:54am


    to perform or display it at a place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered

    Unless everybody starts bringing in their whole Facebook friends and friends of friends to the pool this point doesn't apply. Even if the pool serves 500 people from the same gated community (there are such places here that house 128 thousand people though the one I visit that has that absurd number inside the gated area has about 6 communal pools). What's substantial here?

    My street recently had a block party, and I met a substantial number of people I didn’t already know.

    Is it a gated place? If so it is still not a public performance whatsoever. Regardless of if everybody invited a friend.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 9:49am

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    Could be a closer call if you're at a public bath house, though.

    Close but equally insane, right?

    As private as the shower is, the sound leaks to the outside, to the public space. Thus public performance! Or so the nuts from the AA's of the world would love it to be.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 9:48am

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    Being skeptical is different from being cynical. Skepticism is good. The ones representing us must prove their worth through actions, not names and titles.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 8:26am

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    Next they'll be going after people whistling in the shower... Oh wait.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 8:21am

    Re: Today only, one bridge in pristine condition, available to buy

    Really, a bridge? I'd try some square kilometers in the heavens or a small moon in Jupiter. Sounds as possible as the agency actually deleting all the data...

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 8:04am

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    I'm astonished you managed to make an entire article about that garbage. I mean, the only thing I could build logically in my mind was: "What in the hell am I reading?"

    A nickel for that ISIS connection. Picture T.P.P. with an ominous logo (SHIELD like) and Samuel Goddamn L Jackson in front of it staring at you whispering in menacing tonne: "If TPP dies, terrorists win! And China."

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 7:56am

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    I second that. And it's a lesson to all of us that are into the cynical auto-pilot.

    Tough truth be said, everything indicated it would be another disaster.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 4:47am

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    Oh no! Drones can be used for evilness! BAN THEM ALL!

    Cue the collective freak out and overreaction.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 @ 11:59am

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    Thanks to this kind of ruling, that will never happen with Popcorn Time (in the UK at least)

    Other countries that are less afraid of new things will catch up and leave these dinosaurs behind eventually. That's what will happen. It's not like we haven't got good examples throughout History, eh? *wink wink*

  • Apr 29th, 2015 @ 11:57am

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    I followed the discussions on Steam and I think it could be done but it depends on several factors. Skyrim is a good example of an extremely complex mod community that would be a mess to introduce money in it. I use mods from nexus, from the workshop and that I installed manually. I had to comb the esm and bsas and whatever you have up there because at some point the pandemonium of mods started giving me CTDs. I haven't been able to fully fix everything (yet) but it's working. Mostly. So yes, you can't simply think on mods isolated. And there's the fact that you need to actually use the mod to find out if it works for your setup, if it meets your needs etc etc.

    I believe Valve learned their lesson. If it can be done it will be done more carefully. They could allow donations within Steam for the mods as a start.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 @ 4:59am

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    Keurig approves it.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 @ 4:57am

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    Oh but our selective freedom of speech lover is omnipotent, just like the cops. She was clearly swearing and telling the officer his mom was so big that she sat on an iphone and gave birth to an ipad. It's clear from that video, of course.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 @ 4:54am


    Apparently these officers have such power that they release a wave of force when they act. That's the only thing that could explain the violent shake in the image when he grabs the camera and throws it on the ground. Seismic I tell you. The footage helps documenting their behavior though.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 @ 4:49am

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    In the same spirit of the Obama administration I'd love to know what "innovative" mean in that parallel English dictionary. I'll go with "sushi and sashimi with ramen" this time just to be consistent (though truth be said the dictionary is secret and consistency may not be checked).

  • Apr 27th, 2015 @ 9:25am

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    Yep but meanwhile there could be steps Google and the content providers can take to make the process better?

  • Apr 27th, 2015 @ 9:23am

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    This 'voluntarily' thing is debatable. I would love to stay at places and use services without providing my personal data, you know, take my money and gimme the service but you can't do it in this age for many things. Technically you don't need any identification to provide a room for anyone. Nor any info to provide a mobile line. Fixed line and internet would need only the location and nothing else. The anonymous customer didn't pay? Cut the line.

    But alas the Government itself mandates identification on many of those services as a security measure for everybody involved. So where it is truly voluntary?

    Paying by cash is still the most anonymous way to get somwe things (along with bitcoin nowadays). We haven't seen the death of cold hard cash yet because the powers themselves benefit on the anonymity of it for their excusable businesses. So, yeah, privacy will be maintained for those who can pay for it.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 @ 7:26am

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    Here's a little test: can we see the current TPP documents today? No? Then it's secret. Claiming otherwise is what's dishonest.

    He may be using the US Govt secret interpretation of what secret means, don't be so hard on him. I'm already confused with one dictionary so imagine him having to deal with two entirely different meanings?

    On a side note I'd love to know what "the most transparent in history" means in that dictionary. I have this feeling it translate to ordinary English as "nachos with molten cheese".

  • Apr 27th, 2015 @ 7:19am

    Re: Parody

    If the system was balanced and the DMCA wasn't broken the takedown notice would me sent to the account owner (Dan) and he would be given some time to counter said notice with the option to go for a short route marking it as a parody or anything that makes sense. The copyright holder would then have another deadline set to resend the notice or let it go. If the holder chooses to re-send the dmca (manual process, no automation allowed) then Google could (COULD) send the claim to a HUMAN (do they exist there?) to double check if it's really a parody or something and then choose to forward or not. If the notice is forwarded then the account owner can still claim it is a parody which would take the thing back to the hands of the copyright holder and the only option would be to go to the courts. If Google refuses to forward the notice for the second time the copyright holder could still go for a lawsuit. Because that's where fair use should be decided and the deletion authorized or not.

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