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  • Claim Of '54 Terrorist Attacks Thwarted' By NSA Continues To Spread Despite Lack Of Evidence

    Viln ( profile ), 23 Oct, 2013 @ 06:42pm

    By that logic...

    "on 54 occasions "has contributed to the [U.S. government's] understanding of terrorism activities and, in many cases, has enabled the disruption of potential terrorist events at home and abroad" "

    On over 100,000 occasions I have met a woman and, in many cases, had sexual intercourse with them.

    Wow... I need to start thinking about my life through NSA's perspective.

  • Judge Isn't Buying Team Prenda's Excuses

    Viln ( profile ), 17 Oct, 2013 @ 01:56am

    As entertaining as this saga is, on some level the pace and redundancy is incredibly frustrating. Judges are still pointing out inconsistencies in their testimony and demanding explanations for why they shouldn't pay slap-on-the-wrist fees... when their criminality and deceit is glaringly and obnoxiously obvious. We shouldn't still be watching them squirm and embarrass themselves in court at this point, likely with all their gains squirreled away into off-shore accounts. At this point we should be reading about the manner in which their anuses are being passed around the cell block like a chew toy at an animal shelter.

  • Twitter Diplomacy? New Iranian Officials Use Twitter To Make Surprising Moves To Cool Tensions Over Israel And Nukes

    Viln ( profile ), 06 Sep, 2013 @ 04:25am

    Nice to see the new Iranian diplomatic corps trying to put on a pleasant public face. Now we just need the Revolutionary Guard leadership to send their orders to Iraqi militants for retaliatory strikes via twitter, so we can all discuss and provide feedback.

  • Court Says You Can Be Liable For Merely Sending A Text Message To Someone Who's Driving

    Viln ( profile ), 30 Aug, 2013 @ 10:27am


    Most smart phones allow you to read emails. If someone responds by email saying "I'm driving..." are you legally or ethically obligated to refrain from sending further emails?

    If no, you need to specify exactly why a text message (which beeps when it arrives and is distracting to read) is somehow different than an email (which also beeps when it arrives and is also distracting to read).

    If yes... well, then you've gone off the rails of reasonable thinking. Next stop, suing your Aunt Sally because she sent you the birthday card you were reading when you were sideswiped while pulling away from the mailbox at the end of your driveway.

  • Microsoft Folds Again: Xbox One Will Now Work Without Kinect Enabled

    Viln ( profile ), 14 Aug, 2013 @ 08:50am


    What utter rot. All of the features the second-guess crowd are wailing about are able to be implemented WITHOUT the restrictive, demanding or often crippling aspects of DRM that are rightfully being removed. If Microsoft chooses not to implement them, it's either laziness, lack of foresight... or bitter, resentful attempts at punishing the playerbase.

    Why? Why do I need to always be online in order to play games I already own? Why can't I choose to leave the network and play MY games, being as how I (like any serious gamer) couldn't give a flying turd about "achievement" bubbles popping up? Why can't I play a game without being harassed about creating an online account so I can be blitzed with advertisements for DLC?
    Why can't I have digital files and hard copies and let them be treated differently for the purposes of piracy and sharing? Why can't I choose whether or not I want the convenience of digital ownership at the price of it transforming into nothing but a license rental?

    I'm amazed at how many people come off as industry shills, as though Microsoft couldn't give us what we want if they really wanted to.. as though we've killed their goose and they're now unable to provide customer-centric service.

  • States Attorneys General Want Special Exception To Blame Sites For Actions Of Users

    Viln ( profile ), 18 Jun, 2013 @ 10:38pm


    Congratulations... you've now reached the point of spamming and trolling where no one cares or even remembers what you're complaining about. You could expose Mike in an egregious lie on one of your pastebin rants, and it would still go straight to /dev/null. You've completely invalidated yourself, and there's literally nothing you can do to get back from that.

    Unless you're Mike's alt meant to drum up activity, in which case... joke's old man.

  • Researcher Tries To Connect Violence And Video Games During Murder Trial; Gets Destroyed During Cross Examination

    Viln ( profile ), 04 Jun, 2013 @ 09:26am


    I realize many of you come to these comments sections to hear a troll spout nonsense and other people rip him apart for it... and I can understand the entertainment value to a certain degree... I think we all need to acknowledge that the lettuce has spoiled long ago. Let's stop giving celebrity status to the same message board cretins and try to elevate the discussion to something more entertaining or expansive.

    Or at the very least, let's hold out for some new, more entertaining trolls.

  • YouTube Once Again Building A Paywall On Which Old Media Can Hang Itself

    Viln ( profile ), 07 May, 2013 @ 11:36pm

    Here's the thing...

    We view free video sharing sites as we do radio... the goal is exposure, generating attention and interest and (one hopes) translating that into secondary sales/profits for additional content or value. I think it's fair to say a paywall (particularly $2 per channel) would reduce views/subscriptions by at least 95% right up front, probably closer to 98 or 99% in the long term when you consider the millions of casual views. That's millions of opportunities to create customers lost because you're treating the video itself as the product.

    Only the best, most innovative and most dedicated/updated channels will be able to generate enough subscriptions to be profitable... and they'll have to have an extremely strong brand or high popularity before secluding themselves behind the paywall. Frankly I can't think of 50 channels that fit that bill... and they're calling this a first step.

    Either they're trying to sell themselves as a vehicle for big media to use, the way Facebook supplanted many companies' websites, or they're going to have to lower the price and bundle the homegrown content to make it appealing.

  • Peter Hansmeier Denies Connection To Prenda Cases Via Document That Shows He's Connected To The Cases

    Viln ( profile ), 28 Mar, 2013 @ 07:03pm

    Re: Re: This never wears out for you, does it?

    "Do you also stop reading books, or stop watching movies, just before it gets to the climax of the story?"

    I get the feeling having to stop well short of the climax is part of the reason he has this much free time for trolling.

  • Maxis GM: Our Vision Is More Important Than Our Customers & Lots Of People Love Our Crappy DRM

    Viln ( profile ), 18 Mar, 2013 @ 08:46am

    Proof positive...

    ... that EA has no fear whatsoever. And why should they? They can essentially utter the game industry version of "Go F*** yourself, San Diego"... and they will continue to make boatloads of money from fans whose consumerism and flashy-game addiction will always win over principles and precedents.

    And they know it.
    And we know it.

  • Prenda Law Issues Subpoena For IP Addresses Of Every Visitor To Critic Blogs For The Past Two Years

    Viln ( profile ), 07 Mar, 2013 @ 02:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Tomato - Tomayto - Tomayo - Tomony -- gasp ALAN MOONY!

  • Our Turn To Get Bizarre Legal Threats From Global Wildlife Foundation

    Viln ( profile ), 06 Mar, 2013 @ 04:01pm

    I hope....

    I hope I'm not the only one who read "dp you legally" and immediately thought of lewd sexual references. I spent 3 seconds wondering how one guy could accomplish that, and another 7 seconds wondering if that really is illegal in Louisiana.

  • Court Says Pfizer May Be Liable For Side Effects Of Drug, Even Though Man Took Non-Pfizer Generic Version

    Viln ( profile ), 07 Feb, 2013 @ 12:56am


    If Pfizer didn't report a known side effect, that's definitely incriminating. I didn't see mention in the article as to whether users of the name-brand version were also reporting these symptoms.

    As much as I'm not a fan of big pharma, I wonder.... would the company that patented a particular cell phone technology be held responsible once that patent had expired if other companies duplicating that technology exactly to specification created products that caused brain cancer?

    It's probably unreasonable to demand that generic drug companies perform their own testing, especially after the drug has been FDA-approved and in use for 20 years.... but on the other hand it is their product.

  • North Korea Threatens To Nuke US With Copied Video Game Footage

    Viln ( profile ), 06 Feb, 2013 @ 11:29pm

    The video is funny.

    The fact that it's set to a muzak version of "We Are The World" is nothing short of classic.

  • Copyright Insanity: School Policy Requires Students Hand Over Copyright On All Work

    Viln ( profile ), 04 Feb, 2013 @ 01:34pm

    Grounds for challenging a grade of B- on my English essay:

    Mrs. Johnson,
    I'm aware the essay I turned in for this assignment was substandard, but current copyright ownership issues make it impossible for me to relinquish my best effort and still reserve the right to reuse or rework said essay professionally later in life. Though I cannot show you the genuine essay lest I disadvantage myself financially or creatively, please take my word for it that I completed the assignment with A+ quality and adjust my grade accordingly.

  • Obama Signs 'Whistleblower Protection Act' The Same Day That Whistleblower Bradley Manning Is In Court

    Viln ( profile ), 28 Nov, 2012 @ 04:07pm

    Re: Re: Court Martial is not the same as Federal Court

    "The UCMJ also states a serviceman does not have to obey orders which are not lawful."

    Boojum already covered this. Lawful is in accordance with the current laws, in this case the UCMJ, which his actions were not. He has the option to refuse to participate in transmitting data he felt represented an unlawful action, or to escalate to an authority on interpreting the "lawfulness" of the order... but neither would authorize him to proactively broadcast confidential data on the internet.

    Even diehard proponents of whistleblowing (as I am) have to acknowledge it's not possible to give people free reign to determine how best to proceed and what un-ordered actions to take in a given situation when you have even the slightest hope of a successful and cohesive organizational structure, much less corporate or national security.

    If I deposit a large sum of cash and the bank teller suspects I might be a drug dealer, and the bank president orders them to simply do their job... they do not have the right as a whistleblower to make a webpage with my personal info laden with accusations. There are appropriate and often legally established methods for objecting and attempting to expose corruption. Bradly Manning did what he did, HOW he did, for one reason... he wanted to be a counter-culture leet haxor hero.

  • DMCA Censorship: 'Revenge Porn' Site Owner Tries To Censor Criticism With Bogus Takedown Notice

    Viln ( profile ), 05 Nov, 2012 @ 10:55am


    ".... this idiotic, always-going-to-be-extremist-and-fringe blog. What a fucking joke. You guys are a cult of idiots.

    I'll see you all tomorrow."

    You forgot the last line... went ahead and added it for you.

  • Textbook Publisher Pearson Takes Down 1.5 Million Teacher And Student Blogs With A Single DMCA Notice

    Viln ( profile ), 15 Oct, 2012 @ 11:02am


    In the fantastical mythical world of reason, rationality, cause and effect..... what happens next is ServerBeach loses all of their clients who sub-host and a few of the others who have moral convictions, and see a very hurtful (potentially damaging) drop in revenue. And all the other hosting companies across the kingdom tread lightly and thoughtfully, fearing a similar fate.

    Meanwhile, in reality, the peasants go on gnawing on the crusty loaf of apathy... and an academic publishing company congratulates itself for not "losing" more money by helping to foster an appreciation for education in students that might one day result in the kinds of adults who might actually read and buy academic or educational books.

  • New Research Shows How Copyright Law Is Keeping Useful Info Off Wikipedia

    Viln ( profile ), 20 Jul, 2012 @ 08:42pm


    Why should you have to guess? Didn't you do some digging and come up with proof to back up your claim, so it doesn't look like a snarky appeal to motive shot from the hip?

  • Google Maps Exodus Continues As Wikipedia Mobile Apps Switch To OpenStreetMap

    Viln ( profile ), 07 Apr, 2012 @ 07:20am

    Re: Something else?

    Interesting. So the question: How long will OpenStreetMap allow their services and bandwidth be used for free by other companies to make money off of consumers? ... may really boil down to "How long will the Google competitors supporting this endeavor help subsidize the shift in power?"

    It will take many, many years for Google to lose the general audience on Google Maps. People are still using AOL while on broadband... there's really no other explanation than extreme consumer inertia. Losing the big companies is definitely a PR hit and results in less visibility, but I'm sure they crunched the numbers. As long as Google Maps is fully integrated with the rest of their products, and as long as they don't fall too far behind OSM in terms of usability and features, they're probably just waiting for the competitors to feel the pain of having to provide free maps while other companies use them to get rich.

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