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Comment: Re:us vs. them (Score 1) 111

by Tom (#48463341) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

That's the whole point. Kim Dotcom is able to reach the masses that don't even know about slashdot.

Yes, that exactly is the problem. Every aspiring dicator learns in propaganda 101 to control the story. Having someone like Kimble be the "face" of file sharing is a smart move. He's an asshole, a criminal, he's rich out of touch with reality. He's not the guy that John and Jane feel close to. He's just another "celebrity" scandal.

A popular, public figurehead that takes on the Copyright MAFIAA openly and that can't be "crushed like a bug"

Oh, please. Kimble will sell out his friends to cut a deal. That's not an assumption - he's done it before. He will not fight this fight for you. He'll bail out at the first good opportunity.

Comment: Re:Wrong risk ... (Score 1) 111

by Tom (#48462965) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

I've yet to see any other rich people show an interest in Kimbles fate. They're not stupid, and if they care at all they've had someone check this guy and tell them he's just a slimeball whose time is up. In fact, he should've been caught years ago, he avoided prison time more than once by changing country.

That's not how rich people work. They don't have to flee their countries, it would be too uncomfortable.

Comment: Re:Wrong risk ... (Score 1) 111

by Tom (#48462947) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

So, as soon as you start to realize they skirted around the laws for something expedient, the amount of distrust around all of the rest of it goes up quite a bit.

Yeah, you'd almost think it was intentionally blundered so it would make for a great show while at the end none of the actors are harmed too much.

Comment: Re:He definitely did know and understand the risk. (Score 2) 111

by Tom (#48459143) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

I agree with you, but I also agree with his idea that information should be set free.

In a dialog with two extreme positions, invariable both sides are full of shit.

You need to define "information" better. I'd not like all information about my private life be free. Nor am I interested in yours. And some information can cost lives, not because of evil government spies, but because not everyone in the world is well-meaning.

Comment: Re:Wrong risk ... (Score 3, Insightful) 111

by Tom (#48458881) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

What he didn't evaluate was the risk that the MPAA et al had bought off/co-opted the US government, who decided they were going to go into the business of strong-arming people when they don't have an applicable law.

You can't plan for stuff like that.

Bullshit.

After the Pirate Bay was seized the 1st time, everyone in a similar business should've expected it, especially when he's a career criminal with several previous convictions, including for copyright violations, like Kimble is.

At that point, it's just a show trial.

And he's playing his role perfectly. What, you think he's the victim here? Please, get a grip. Actual victims of the government don't phone in their press conference from their mansion. They sit in Gitmo or some overcrowded federal prison with their assets seized through forfeiture laws. Yes, I know he's in NZ and those laws don't apply, I don't mean it literally. Everyone with three working brain cells will realized that if they wanted to, they could make his life less comfortable.

Comment: us vs. them (Score 1) 111

by Tom (#48458821) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Dotcom said via live video link from his mansion

No need to read any further.

Kimble isn't "one of us", and never was. He's a career criminal, just like the MPAA and most politicians. He's not the Robin Hood his PR agency tries to create, he's just the sheriffs jealous brother. Same breed, same morality, and given half the chance, he'll fuck you over the same way for a quick buck.

I wish /. would spend less time on these celebrity spectacles and more on the people who actually make a difference, who actually are on our side, whose interest goes beyond having a mansion and a private helicopter.

Comment: Re:What's so special about Google? (Score 1) 323

by Tom (#48458783) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Troll someone else. Your first sentence I just debunked, no need to repeat the effort. Your 2nd sentence is proving my point - MS spent tons of money, they're a great example for the barrier being quite high. Your 3rd sentence is self-referential.

It's a good troll posting, actually, when I think of it. At first glance it seems just completely stupid, but looking more closely reveals a few nice gems that make it clear it was crafted as a joke on itself. Well done. I'm taking back my 1st sentence, high-quality trolling is rare these days.

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Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 374

by khasim (#48457085) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

That would end abuses quickly and all of a sudden the "shortage" would disappear when it becomes more costly to get and keep an H1B then hire a local.

I think that they'd just demand MORE visas be made available.

And they'd still be claiming a "shortage" because they cannot find the talent they need at the price they want to pay.

Comment: Occam's Razor (Score 1) 374

by MikeRT (#48457079) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

If they really were looking for the high skilled, highly productive people they claim they need by the battalion, they'd be beating the drum to expand the O1 visa program and they'd be lying, cheating and stealing their way into monopolizing its pipeline. That they are going H1B is proof that their needs are, well, mundane. Facebook might love to have a labor force that's all good enough to work on HHVM and other cool, skunkworksy projects. Truth is, they don't. Most seasoned American web developers could easily jump in and work on their core products.

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