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  • May 18th, 2018 @ 12:08pm

    Works lost forever

    I had a great aunt who was renowned in the 30's for both her poetry as well as religious writings. The only way you can see her poetry in in a special Kansas collection at the Wichita library. You cannot check them out. I assume the Catholic church has control of her writings that she co-wrote with a priest. If my family has any rights to her poetry after she passed I never heard any mention of it. Frankly I doubt any of us would care if someone wanted to publish it. As brilliant as her work is, there is little chance of anyone seeing it who might want to because of copyright issues. Years ago I could have bought a copy of her most recognized book online from a rare book site despite the price being pretty steep. A search for her now only shows up about the special collection. She is just one among many hundreds of thousands of writers & artists whose great works died with them.

  • May 5th, 2018 @ 4:42am

    Re: Re: Surprised ANY agency under Trump would do this

    Laws take a vote in congress that must be signed by the president. The first time he was in the oval office he was given a folder with repeals. In there was a repeal of a program to help low income people buying homes.There was a crowd laughing & cheering. "Yea, we just screwed over nearly a million families who won't be able to get loans or lose the house they bought". Since then he has repealed many regulations that were decided on by agencies like the EPA, FCC, FTC etc. with no bill from congress ever passed. Whatever would help his wealthy butt buddies save the expense of compliance. Just one signature & companies can go back to dumping toxins into rivers, landfills & the air. He repealed an Obama order that now allows 75,000 people who have documented mental illness to buy guns. Anything passed by both congressional branches & signed by any president needs the same to change it. We still have Obamacare, but Trump can repeal anything that was decided on a department level to try to cripple it.

  • May 3rd, 2018 @ 5:49pm

    Re: Re: Surprised ANY agency under Trump would do this

    Makes sense. He has waged a trade war that will do us harm than good. He has already put out a list of electronics tariffs that he plans to impose. The problem with this is many of these have not been produced here for a long time. Nearly all American manufacturers, not just electronics, import nearly every component. Is there a single plant producing hard drives in the US? I'm not talking about US companies. I mean actual production lines. A while back a flood knocked out nearly the entire world's supply & prices doubled.

    Just like Trump & Ivanca's products are all made in "shithole countries. Ivanca is paying her Chinese workers $62 a week. If it is like most of China's virtual slave labor camps they are charged to stay in a crowded dorm room & meals.

  • May 3rd, 2018 @ 3:37pm

    Surprised ANY agency under Trump would do this

    Since Trump has filled his swamp appointing only those hell bent on dropping all industry regulations and/or completely abolishing the agencies they head, this is unusual. I know it is a law & not a regulation, but this has not stopped Trump appointees before. I look for action to be taken very soon to either push a bill or limit the FTC's ability to enforce. If what little net neutrality limits left are turned over to the FTC, they will be buried & unable to take any action to enforce this. If they try, Trump will remove & replace anyone he needs to with lobbyists or industry insiders. This move is futile.

  • Apr 13th, 2018 @ 8:42pm

    Re: Re: Why do copyright fanatics care about media after they are dead?

    I'm not going to let old TV series & movies keep me from watching new ones. As far as music, I have a huge collection of 50's, 60's & 70's music. From what little exposure I get to newer music since I retired I am unlikely to buy anything new. When I was still working, occasionally I would hear something on the radio I liked & buy the CD but that time is long over for me. No one is ever going to top the greats like Beatles or Fleetwood Mac for me anyway.

  • Apr 13th, 2018 @ 3:03pm

    Why do copyright fanatics care about media after they are dead?

    If I live 5 years more to the age of 72 some copyrighted material will begin to enter public domain. Buddy Holly died when I was 5 so I would have to make it to 77 for him. Many of the artists I listened to as a teenager are still alive so the clock hasn't even started on the life + 70 years. My son is 33 so it is likely even he won't live to see a lot of them enter public domain. As insane as it is that only our grandchildren for many of us will be able to legally download a Beatles song they are pushing for life + 100 years. Why do they give a shit about copyright that mostly won't expire until long after they are gone?

  • Mar 27th, 2018 @ 10:08pm

    Didn't even know Macy's were still around

    I can remember when there was a Macy's store in every city of any size in Kansas. I did a search & it looks like there are only 4 left, all within the Kansas City area. I guess in this hick state, not even a city the size of Wichita has a market for their overpriced crap any more. I guess if you can't sell shit to snobs with the price jacked up over the name on the label, you might have to do some trolling make up the difference.

  • Mar 21st, 2018 @ 6:17am

    Re: Re: A joke taken way too seriously

    Have to agree. Bullies are the problem. As someone that had been bullied in school back in school in the 60's, in a way I have an insight into these kids minds. I took my brothers advice when he told me if a kid hits me, hit them back. Even if it means I get my ass kicked, the bully will think twice about picking on me again. Now kids go home & get their dad's guns.

  • Mar 21st, 2018 @ 4:34am

    A joke taken way too seriously

    Accidentally hit enter after only typing the title. There should be a way to edit or delete your own comment here like Facebook. Years ago when my son was in high school a teacher was talking to his class about a school shooting. She overheard my son make a tasteless comment to a kid next to him & she freaked out. They detained him after school & would not release him until after they called me & my ex in. There was a full conference room of teachers & administration & counselors. Each one of them took turns talking. His teachers was in tears. We had to assure them that neither me or my ex had any guns in our homes & my son had no interest in them. He had only made a bad joke. They overreacted to this, but in many school shootings people had ignored warning signs of troubled kids & maybe an intervention could have saved lives. I don't know exactly where you draw the line, but arresting someone for training a dog for offensive tricks, are you kidding me? Taking the video down & maybe suspending the account because of terms of service violations could be justified. I have seen people's accounts suspended on Facebook because of extremely vulgar language in all their posts. Probably in response to complaints.

  • Mar 21st, 2018 @ 3:59am

    A joke taken way too seriously

  • Feb 6th, 2018 @ 7:02am

    (untitled comment)

    A couple of years ago I bought a Xerox laser printer that came with those "sample" cartridges. I got on Amazon & was shocked to see that 2 sets of genuine cartridges were more than I paid for the printer. Then I saw where you could buy a complete 4 cartridge set for less than one Xerox cartridge. I ordered a set. The printer boots up & says "Genuine Xerox cartridges." I ordered 4 more sets. Same thing. No more than I print that is a lifetime supply. I print so little I had to keep throwing out inkjets when they plugged up on me. Don't know if they are refills or someone cracked the DRM. Don't care. They work. I'm guessing, that as cheap as this printer was, it was probably selling at a loss. They think they got you hooked on paying for it many times over. Not this guy!

  • Jan 9th, 2018 @ 4:25pm

    Like I eally care what happens after I'm dead!

    Isn't it amazing that the RIAA MPAA are fighting to protect many works from reaching public domain until long after they are fucking dead? My house, everything in it, my savings will go to my son. 70 years after I have gone in quest of the "is there a God" final answer, do you think I will give a shit what he does with his inheritance? It's beyond insane that my grandchildren will be in their 50's before much of the music I listened to as a teenager will be public domain. I'm 65, so if I live another 12 years, Buddy Holly MAY be public domain. That's because I was 5 when his plane went down.

  • Jan 9th, 2018 @ 2:37am

    Re:

    Satire often takes the form if mimicking whoever you are mocking & amp it up to ridiculous levels. I'm a big fan of Tom Leher, the greatest satire singer ever. If you fail to see the mockery in his lyrics you you would conclude he hates blacks, he likes poisoning pigeons in the park, Praising Wernher von Braun for being a former Nazi who developed the rockets for the bombing of London, our military are all incompetent idiots, He loves hard core pornography, and many other horrendous viewpoints. Listening to his records you can hear the laughter from the audience so I don't think you could misunderstand but some automated bot would certainly flag him. Satirizing hate speech would have to contain some of that speech.

  • Jan 8th, 2018 @ 9:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PaulT & Hugo S Cunningham

    Yeah, You're right. If I was going to start a nuclear war I would want more than 140 characters. If you want to know what Trump is tweeting, just watch Fox & Friends. He tweets about most things they say even before the show is over. Trump's approval ratings are dropping, but there are still millions of hard core supporters that will stay with him no matter how batshit crazy he gets.

  • Jan 8th, 2018 @ 8:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PaulT & Hugo S Cunningham

    You must of misunderstood. I agree they can go anywhere but most will stay with the winner of the day. I fail to see the appeal of Twitter is. Every time I tried to express anything meaningful I'm out of characters when I'm barely started. Things get so spread around there, who can keep up with it. I've kept my friends on Facebook mostly to people I actually know. When I keep seeing a friend of a friend posting things I enjoy I will friend them. I don't needs thousands of followers. On Facebook I get a constant stream of friend requests from people I have no clue who they are or ever read one of their posts. They just get their rocks off on bragging how huge their lists are.

  • Jan 8th, 2018 @ 6:17am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: PaulT & Hugo S Cunningham

    Like it or not, for now Facebook has a huge share of that type of social media. I had no problem with MySpace. Don't even know why Facebook managed to take over. How was it any better? All I know is most my friends quit using it & moved to Facebook. In a few years Facebook could be the Betamax & another giant will arise.

  • Jan 8th, 2018 @ 4:50am

    Re: Re: PaulT & Hugo S Cunningham

    So where are Facebook users going to go? Resurrect the corpse of MySpace?

  • Jan 8th, 2018 @ 4:44am

    Re: Rigorous enforcement good way to mobilize repeal of bad law

    Didn't think of that. That's actually a pretty good idea. Could mobilize a massive backlash.

  • Jan 8th, 2018 @ 4:39am

    (untitled comment)

    Rather than nuking accounts, why not just nuke service to Germany? I didn't think other countries could enforce any law on a US citizen.

  • Oct 19th, 2017 @ 8:40am

    Another reason not to trust Windows 10

    So if these carriers can give you an "opt out" and go right on snooping? What if the 13 "privacy" screens in Windows 10 are just a facade and every extremely invasive default is still on (including your mike always being hot) and transmitting to Microsoft and god knows who else? I see nothing in the privacy agreement that lets you opt out of the part that you agree they can search your programs & private folders (looking for piracy?), read your emails & should they choose, rat you to law enforcement. That's why I am on Linux now took Windows 8.1 offline. I have some Windows programs I can't find replacements for. Some things are just easier to do in Windows. I know you can't never escape all snooping. It doesn't really bother me that I can buy an amp and when I go to Amazon the "items suggested for you" include speakers. I might want the speakers.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2750361/microsoft-win-watch-report-police.html

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