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  • Jul 16th, 2015 @ 1:50pm

    Re: Um, Canada does have something similar to the 1st amendment

    "But, in the end, this isn't a free speech issue, it's a harassment issue, and the thought that a conviction “will have a chilling effect on people’s ability to communicate" is what's ludicrous."

    No, what's ludicrous here is the fact that this has to happen at all. For one, twitter is a service in which you can actively control who you can and cannot engage in a conversation with. If they no longer wanted to see what he was saying, they could block him. Or mute him. Or log the f-k out. Only, and I mean *ONLY* after such action is take if he attempts to circumvent it am I anywhere CLOSE to considering it actual harassment. If you can walk away and don't, then you are CHOOSING to stay engaged in the conversation.

  • Jun 10th, 2015 @ 1:46pm

    Minor History Quibble

    Just to be clear, "presided over the Nuremburg trials" implies that Justice Jackson was one of (if not lead) judge. He was not. He was the lead prosecutor for the Allies.

  • Oct 22nd, 2014 @ 2:02pm


    From a pure irony stand-point, are we now where the Senate needs to complete an investigation and produce a report on unauthorized illegal CIA spying on Senate investigation and report into illegal CIA torturing? Coming up with a suitable acronym for that one might well give someone an aneurism.

  • Oct 22nd, 2014 @ 1:58pm


    It's gotten to the point with these LEOs and officious bureaucrats that there really is only one response.


  • Oct 10th, 2014 @ 10:08pm

    Re: Re: Clueless

    This exploit doesn't just allow emulators to be installed, it affects a wide range of apps. Sure, emulators are impacted, but it is also a potential vector for end-running around security on the phone. That is a huge concern, that as far as I'm concerned, Apple is fully justified in dealing with. If someone managed to use this to generate a malware infection spreading throughout the iOS ecosystem, and it was known that Apple hadn't addressed it, they would be raked across the coals. Jailbreaking is still an option and it both accommodates those who want unapproved apps installed, and keeps Apple away from being liable for the activity of apps that aren't approved.

  • Aug 13th, 2014 @ 6:51am

    Just another day

    C'mon, this admin has far and away already been the best for the RIAA/MPAA/ASCAP, etc already. Look at what they did with the USTR and the DOJ on behalf of those industries. Frankly, this is small sauce compared to the loads of other IP bullshit they've engaged in.

  • Aug 11th, 2014 @ 4:53pm

    Re: Re:

    Excuse me, but why are you such a bigoted asshole for where I live?

  • Aug 11th, 2014 @ 11:13am

    As a side note

    Being liked and appreciate around the world, is not really a realistic or achievable goal. Treating people ethically, especially our friends and enemies, is. I'd prefer we focus on that instead of hoping that every tinpot dictator and nationalist over the world ever gives a damn about my country.

  • Aug 11th, 2014 @ 11:11am

    What would you rather have

    Actual facts (heh, well) out there in the public domain available for analysis and debate, OR random assumptions and wild ass guesses about what the CIA did or did not do?

    Personally, I'm all about get the truth (my definition probably doesn't match the CIA's, but whatever) out there.

    Horror movie writers, producers and directors have known for a long time that nothing they can put on screen truly exceeds what the right combination of noise effects, shadows, and other subtle indications can cause to spring up in the imaginations of their audience. Same fucking principle here. Get the actual facts (again, well) out there and let there be a proper debate on it. People everywhere are already pissed off.

    Might as well let them be pissed off at things known to be true instead of the worst things they can imagine (well, we'll see). The longer this obfuscation and delay goes on, the longer it takes for us as a people to move on from it (and hopefully learn to reign the CIA's ass in a bit).

  • Aug 7th, 2014 @ 7:47pm

    Yes, but...

    Western medicine has cured polio, immunized against a wide-range of diseases and yet in places like Africa (and California, and India, and the U.K., etc) rabid religious nuts and power-mad idiots routinely convince the uneducated and others to not use it (evil western plots to sterilize people for example).

    Considering the primary method of transmitting Ebola is through exchange of bodily fluids, I think education is the key to combatting and containing it, not necessarily a cure. Regardless of what ever is discussed here, resources for research and development, regardless of how it's funded, are limited. If there's an alternative to spending, quite literally, billions of dollars to curing something, such as education and hygiene, that's probably where the initial focus should be. Private pharmaceutical companies have issues no doubt, but I don't see vast streams of funding flooding into development of cure in the Public or Charitable sectors either.

  • Jun 20th, 2014 @ 10:30am

    Re: Contacted my Rep

    As a suggestion, if you really want to get under a politician's skin:
    If they're a liberal democrat, question their devotion to freedom and liberty
    If they're a conservative republican, question their support of the economy and jobs

    Those categories are broad enough to be able to apply just about anything to them.

  • Jun 20th, 2014 @ 10:28am

    Contacted my Rep

    I probably wouldn't have been so passionate about sending my Rep a response if he had voted in favor of this. Maybe a thank you or something. However mine was in the group that voted against this. Just sent him a polite nasty-gram. I would encourage anyone else in the same boat as I'm in to do the same.

  • May 20th, 2014 @ 10:23pm


    I sympathize with your having been victimized. However, the thought of erasing a human's existence as a deterrent to others' fairly repugnant. I believe in the death penalty. There simply are some people in this world who's crimes are so appalling they should be ended. That should be the only reason the death penalty is invoked. To expect it to act as a deterrent is naive, at best.

    To imply (or outright state as you have) that crimes less than the most unspeakable should be subject to the death penalty, speaks to a lack of using rational faculties, and relying on emotion. Emotion, being so subjective, absolutely cannot be a basis for a system of justice, let alone a foundation for setting punishments for criminal acts.

    Add to this the inherent nature of man to err, and you increase the chances of innocents being murdered by the state. If you have a profile on techdirt, then I expect you have been reading it for at least some time. How many articles have you read here, where police officers were caught flat out lying to cover their own asses, resulting in seriously damaging the lives, property, and welfare of their fellow citizens? I've seen literally dozens over the last few years here, and elsewhere.

    Capital punishment has it's place, but in a world, a nation, of corrupt judges, police, and prosecutors, I don't know that it can be adequately applied much longer. Giving the state the authority to end the lives of it's citizens is a grave and solemn abdication of power to the state. If we can't trust that it will exercise it with honor and truth, I don't know how much longer we can permit it.

  • May 12th, 2014 @ 1:01pm

    Re: Probably not a result of the CIA

    The "vaccinations are western plots" nutjob theories have a long and inglorious history around the world actually. This is nothing new. I agree that while the CIA may have been stupid enough to slightly confirm the paranoia, that paranoia has been around a long long long time. Hell, vaccines, condoms, AIDS medication, it's all western plot to subvert and control pretty every nation not American/European for a large portion of the world.

  • May 6th, 2014 @ 9:17am

    No, no, no, no, no

    This is a complete misapplication of logic. If you want to reduce the impact that money can have in politics, politicians need to have less POWER (and this goes across the board, legislative, executive, ESPECIALLY regulatory). The less they can do, the less they are worth.

  • Apr 8th, 2014 @ 10:14am

    Love it

    Ah Prenda, the gift that keeps on giving. I am definitely going to listen to that hearing, I have a feeling it may be just as entertaining as the season 4 premier of Game of Thrones.

  • Mar 28th, 2014 @ 6:26am


    I remember all of this hoopla about Dungeons and Dragons, and got to experience some of it myself.

    Many, many years ago, I learned to play Dungeons and Dragons while hanging out with a new kid that moved into the neighborhood. My mother went damn-near apoplectic when she found out. I was forced to watch this ridiculous movie called Mazes and Monsters (kid goes batshit nuts winds up in psych ward). I was also excoriated for playing an "evil and satanic game". My dad called the sourcebooks "smut", and had understanding of it beyond the book titles and some bad headlines in the news.

    This was an interesting experience in the end, as it was actually my parents who came around to my point of view after YEARS of arguments. See, as a kid, I was stubborn as hell, and I was going to do it anyway. The longer I played without turning into a schizoid freak (regardless of their rules), the more they came around to understanding that they massively over-reacted. Nowadays, each time there's a new moral panic around, they are extremely skeptical about it and generally ignore it.

  • Mar 20th, 2014 @ 9:20pm

    Sheer fucking arrogance

    From the linked article on GeekWire:

    The headline should not read that the City Council capped anything, Harrell said. It should read that it allowed the ride-shares to come into the industry.

    The blatant ridiculous condescending entitled arrogance of that statement cannot be over-emphasized. This is an elected representative of the city flat-out stating that it is the prerogative of the city council to pick and choose what businesses are allowed to operate. He's not speaking of industry (e.g. fast food, big box store, etc), he's specifically referring to competition within an already legitimate, legally operating industry (paid rides, i.e. cabs). THAT is what should piss people off the most about this.

  • Mar 14th, 2014 @ 12:52pm

    Elected Morons

    Fucking morons. These assholes need to just stop. These arrogant crack-smoking elected douchebags need to stop. The level of egotism and arrogance it takes to proudly stand as a member of congressional committee and tell a company that essentially INVENTED modern search technology, how it should work, when a) Your claim to any authority is winning a popularity contest in a nation that watches shit like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (BIIIG success there) and b) You level of familiarity, let ALONE expertise, in technology ends at Windows 95, is FREAKING AMAZING.

    What a class of techno-illiterate fuckwads we have trying to regulate something. These assholes for the most part can't regulate their own sex-drives or drug habits. Probably not a one of these grand-standing luddites has ever done a search by themselves for anything on Google. They need to shut the fuck up, RIGHT NOW.

  • Mar 10th, 2014 @ 3:23pm

    Re: Re: Blame the advertisers and the hackers, not users

    I am in complete agreement here. The trust of those who use tools like NoScript, FlashBlock, AdBlock, etc has very likely been violated at least once, or the trust of someone they know. My going to your site indicates that I am trusting that the stuff you're instructing my browser to download is safe and what I've requested. The blatantly obnoxious shockwave ads with audio are the ABSOLUTE WORST.

    The malware bit is particularly critical. Flash-based advertisements are routinely used as vectors of malware delivery. We have no control over which ad network a particular site decides to use to feed us their ads. Therefore the only method of protecting ourselves is block damn near everything.

    Not only that, but I'm tracked 90 ways from sunday already, I'd really prefer to minimize the crap built up about me in advertiser's systems. The places online where I ACTUALLY buy stuff, I'm good with them recommending things based on what I've actually purchased in the past.

    Add to all that, the sheer absolute wastefulness of bandwidth so much of this crap entails. If some of these ISPs pushing for bandwidth caps get their way, you can say adios to a shitload more advertising revenue, because a lot more people will want to block downloading crap they don't want, in favor of crap they do want.

    /rant off

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