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Comment: Re:I'm okay with this (Score 2) 299

by DirkBalognapantz (#40301937) Attached to: Police Using YouTube To Tell Their Own Stories
I understand the instinct to call for balance in these situations. However, when it comes to the government or government institutions, liberty is not a two way street. No one oppresses the government. Liberty is an individual matter. While I believe in and would defend a police officer's individual liberty, I do not believe that is the same thing as granting them equality as an agent of the state. My other concern here is that a law enforcement agency or officer would post video that may be used as evidence in a future legal proceeding. I am not a lawyer, but I find this to be an impropper use of potential evidence and possibly a violation of procedures or laws. Anyone with some knowledge of the law want to give their thoughts?

Comment: No surprise here (Score 3, Informative) 394

by DirkBalognapantz (#39739365) Attached to: Posting Photos of Olympics Could Land You In Court
This doesn’t surprise me based on how over-controlling the International Olympic Committee is. For instance, I used to work for a finance company that had the word “Olympic” in it. Their Lawyers threatened the company, so they had to change it to “Arcadia”. You can not use the word “Olympic” in anything due to their trademark on the word. I have even seen a couple business signs with the word “Olympic” painted over with another name. Before then, I was under the silly impression that the word “Olympic” wasn’t anyone’s property. They will come after you at night wearing togas and carrying torches.

Comment: Re:Go figure (Score 2) 346

by DirkBalognapantz (#39306917) Attached to: LSD Can Treat Alcoholism
I agree. At some point, you just want to take the trip off like a coat. The trick is never the trip itself. The trick is integrating the experience of the trip back into the mundane everyday world. The last time I ever did acid, I was having an intense feeling of revelation and asked a friend (tripping as well) how he felt. I expected something profound, but he looked at me and said, "Yeah. I've got a good buzz". Something that one moment earlier seemed divine had been reduced to the level of a 6-pack of Mickey's Big Mouth. I lost all interest in doing LSD after that.

Comment: Re:Bring it on. (Score 1) 285

by DirkBalognapantz (#35574818) Attached to: Apple Sues Over App Store Trademark

hey Amazon, want to reconsider that one-click patent?

I hate all of these disputes as well. That being said, Apple has been crediting Amazon for 1-Click in iTunes. I would assume they cut an agreement with Amazon to avoid this type of complaint. If you go into the "About iTunes" window, you will see “1–Click® is a registered service mark of, Inc.” scroll by.

Comment: Re:Threading (Score 1) 242

by DirkBalognapantz (#33428234) Attached to: GMail Introduces Priority Inbox

OH god, you're one of "those" people...

Sure. Sometimes. The option to turn it off would be useful. Even when Gnome had spacial view in Nautilus set as the default, you could at least disable it. No one way of sorting information is best for all people in all situations. But that's cool. You're one of "those other" people.

Comment: Threading (Score 3, Interesting) 242

by DirkBalognapantz (#33425968) Attached to: GMail Introduces Priority Inbox
I just wish to hell they would allow users to turn off the threaded conversations. Google has been acting like a smarty-pants little child holding their breath on this one. Finding items around by date (especially when you only know the approximate date) would be so much easier if the just put their big boy pants on and enabled this.

Comment: Re:Oh god.. (Score 1) 659

by DirkBalognapantz (#32402054) Attached to: Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy
I always find the discussion on the mechanics of laughter fascinating. I have come to the personal belief that laughter flourishes when we are released from the bonds of empathy. It is the delight of release. This is why villains and the devil have a tradition of being portrayed as smiling or laughing. A distaste at what one views as inappropriate laughter may have at its source a fear of the absence of empathy. These are just my feelings on the nature of laughter. I like hearing the difference of opinions. I found this essay fascinating read when I was studying dramatic criticism in grad-school.

Comment: How about periodical content? (Score 1) 664

by DirkBalognapantz (#31864186) Attached to: Apple Blocks Cartoonist From App Store
Look, I do not believe this is a freedom of speech issue. Apple's sandbox – Apple's castle. This issue actually has me wondering more about Apple's new iPad distribution agreements. Surely some of the content published through digital newspapers or magazines could be deemed equally offensive in relation to the content of the banned app. Is satire or parody of public figures allowed in this form, but not through a dedicated app? Is Apple being hypocritical here?

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