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About tqk

Sometimes, for rent: used Programmer/Analyst & System Administrator. I've umpteen years in IT, 15+ years as a self-employed contractor. Since ca. 2009, I've been pretty much coasting disillusioned, but I think I've conceived a workable plan recently.

"I'd like to change the world, but I don't know what to do, so I'll leave it up to you." -- Some Hippy 60s band.


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  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 7:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Not that I have a problem with greed, it is what makes us work our asses off in pursuit of greater things ...

    Uh, speak for yourself? Of course.

    I work value for value. I'm not trying to take advantage of clients/employers. I generally under-bill. I enjoy the opportunity to work that employers/clients offer. You got a problem? I love fixing problems! I've done gigs with people who were pulling down three times what I was getting. I thought it a bit odd, but not my business if the employer was resigned to pay it. Meh.

    Greed's way overrated. It doesn't encourage callbacks. YMMV.

    Then again, fixing problems so they never come back doesn't encourage callbacks either. Damn.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 5:51pm


    Christians get the benefitts of the first amendment, too.

    That would be lovely if true. Sadly, this is Canada we're talking about here. You know, a US Constitution free zone, so to speak.

    However, we've got multicult laws galore, so even microscopically small minorities are just as big legally as the most odious tyrants (assuming they're not the parliamentary majority in which case all bets are off).

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 3:41pm

    Re: Re:

    ... or if the copyright notice was not attached, it was never protected by copyright.

    That was my take on the previous article.

    It's too bad that law isn't like software. "Replace that disgusting, buggy crap" isn't considered an option. Instead, they just bolt on more crap hoping that'll fix the existing crap and it never does.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 3:33pm

    Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Jul 29th, 2015 @ 1:13pm

    Translation: I already decided that this work is in the public domain, and while I can't comment on the substance of the defendant's opposition, I'll just declare it to be wrong.

    Moron. Read and comprehend the article.

    In his/her/its defence (Devil's advocate mode), that's not easy. US copyright law is a lot like "Romans stirring entrails" stuff.

    I think it's ridiculous that anyone can pull in two mil per year for decades (almost a century!) over what's pretty much a folk song, with multiple instances of state copyright law intertwined with federal US copyright law as controls over the situation. What a friggin' mess! It's public domain, ffs, and should have been recognized as such a hundred mil or so ago, yet the courts still entertain the idea that this is not settled? Gimme a break!

    To the grandparent poster, I think (contrary to your snide whispers to the contrary) Mike's conclusion re: this situation was clear long, long ago. You are casting wholly unwarranted aspersions. I can only assume you're being paid to do so, or you're just an amateur wannabe Imaginary Property maximalist. You're not very good at this (TD sees right through you and everything you try to do), and I think you ought to look around for another hobby. I suggest Fark.com or Onion.com would be endlessly entertaining for such as you. Perhaps RT and Stormfront would welcome such as you too.

    Have a marvy day.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 2:46pm

    Re: Let's be clear

    Eventually, the details were spilled by Ed Snowden who is, of course, now being threatened with death for blowing the whistle.


    From what I've read, Snowden's just happy that the only ones who're making this all about him are the LEOs/"Authoritays." He's happy that pretty much everyone else is focusing on the crap he blew the whistle on, which was always his intention. I think it's really cool how he's all over the world via Internet video, including a standing ovation at an IETF hackathon. Rock on, Ed! :-)

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 2:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: out_of_the_blue is a Freetard!

    I often can't find what someone else is replying to when they don't quote anything.

    Are you using threaded mode? Not everyone uses reply to this, but most do.

    i) Yes, ii) and I've noticed that. It's little more than a trivial annoyance for me, however. Just a "wish list" sort of thing. Maybe one of these days, I should read the documentation ("New to Techdirt?" link)?

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 2:16pm

    Re: And you thought

    They watch you not just for criminal activity, but so that they can sell you more useless garbage.

    You must have missed the part about you're the useless garbage they're selling if you buy into it.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 2:11pm

    Re: I can assure you...

    It is bad enough my cable provider, internet provide, smart phone and cellphone provider are spying on me. I don't need to add to that list.

    Heard of Tails Linux? Runs from a USB key tor (or i2p) enabled from boot; Ed Snowden recommended. For phones, replace stock Android with something cyanogenmod-ish. iBaubles? Accept you're trendy but boned.

    Take that, director Comey!

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 2:02pm


    Advertisement has become so intrusive and annoying that I've seen quite a few people I know to actively avoid ads when they are visible.

    From the other end of the transaction, Slate recently informed its non-US readers that, as their advertisers don't want to pay to advertise to us, they're essentially implementing a paywall for us.

    G'bye Slate. Not a great loss for me. Not a great loss for them either. Still, pretty stupid for a "news" org, I think. We used to call this "shooting yourself in the foot."

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 1:46pm

    Re: WhatWhatWhat

    ... software embedded in the screens that can track anything you're playing on it ...

    Holy fucking shitballs Batman!

    Big Brother disapproves of your foul language. You've twenty-four hours to report to a re-education center. Have a nice day citizen. Oh, by the way, Soylent Green special now on!

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 1:39pm


    All my data belongs to me. If they want to compile and use it, then they have to get my agreement and pay me.

    They already did. You clicked OK on the EULA that popped up when it was powered up, and their using (selling) your data helps them keep the sale price down. Sucker. :-P

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 1:34pm

    Re: Nice knowing you vizio

    Looks like vizio just lost our districts money if it is going to monetize our students actions.

    I suspect you're soon going to run out of acceptable potential vendors.

    On the bright side, I see they're now selling ten packs of mechanical pencils made out of recycled materials (they look like cardboard tubes) for only $1.25, so it'll be cheap to go back to pencils & paper. You may need to teach the kids how to use them, however.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 1:27pm

    Re: Re: I find this onerous

    I find it onerous. I never gave them permission.

    I do not think it means what you think it means.

    Pardon? As in, "I don't get the joke" (assuming you're joking).
    # dict onerous

    Burdensome; oppressive

    Looks correct to me.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 1:14pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I've seen mention that these things can tell how many people are in the room. Whether that means a camera or just a smart sensor, I don't know.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 1:10pm

    Re: Re:

    I have to admit that I'm a bit surprised at how aggressively TV manufacturers are working to make their products as objectionable as possible.

    It's the way of the world this century, not just TV mfgrs. Cf. Keurig.

    I wonder if we can blame it on reality TV. Once they learned how stupid the average prole is, they knew they could get away with damned near anything no matter how foolish the idea is in the long run. The other side of this is, if you believe in the pendulum theory of history, we should have full blown anarcho-capitalism within ten years. Murray Rothbard station next stop.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 1:00pm


    If these companies want to sell my info, they need to share the profits with me ...

    They can always spin it as helping to lower the purchase price.
    ... so too will developers find ways around this.

    Such as, either build a Faraday cage for your TV, or have it built into the walls of your house.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 12:55pm

    Re: It's Time for us Peaons to talk to our Gov'm'nt Representives

    ... a product they sell include a "watch you" feature that may include a "phone home" and talk about you feature.

    ... and is intent on selling anything they can glean from their relationship with you to all and sundry shady "partners" of theirs. Twenty years ago, that sort of thing wouldn't make it past infancy. Now, it's a core function. Who needs North Korean or Chinese "hackers" when Madison Ave. & Silicon Valley is rolling this out to valued customers who're paying to be boned by them?

    With all the tinfoil hat complaining about Google selling anonymized data to advertisers, they're pikers compared to these guys.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 11:40am

    Re: anonymized and personalized?

    ... they're stating it's anonymized, but acknowledging it's personalized ...

    Well, there's personalized, and then there's personalized. An advertiser doesn't need to know your name or DOB to flog their product at you, but they do want to flog their product to only those people who're conceivably wanting to purchase said product and can pay for it.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 11:29am

    Re: I don't want any ads from anyone

    This is why I rediscovered public libraries. Technical manuals and non-fiction, I want to own outright. Entertainment, I want to borrow for a limited time, then recycle.

    It's also quite amazing how many people think this way. I know about three groups in my small town who give away used books, video cassettes, CDs and DVDs to all comers. If you still own a VC player, you can do very well for no cost whatever. People who've abandoned VC players give the cassettes away just to get rid of them.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 @ 11:16am

    Re: Wouldn't be so bad if they gave you the TV

    But a TV purchaser ...

    ... thinks they're purchasing a TV, whereas the seller knows they're merely selling a limited licence to use the seller's data aggregation portal.

    Somebody sue 'em for bait and switch or truth in advertising lies.

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