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Comment: Re:Understandable (Score 1) 183

by Doggabone (#34889318) Attached to: RapidShare Threatens Suit Over Piracy Allegations

Well, none of that is exactly good news.

Words classified as hate crime, holocaust denial, incitement, disturbing the peace, etc. are criminalized too.

Many of these places also claim to support free speech. What an absolute joke.

Freedom of speech should not be confused with the absolute freedom of speech. It has long been limited where it is considered to be harmful to others, as the right to not have undue harm done to you is considered nearer to absolute than your right to freedom of speech or expression. Where that line is drawn, however, has continually moved and may indeed err to far on the side of "harmlessness".

"... the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others."

-- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859. http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/jsmill.htm

Take it as you will.

Comment: Re:Too fucking bad.. (Score 1) 502

by Doggabone (#34889132) Attached to: Palin's E-Mail Hacker Imprisoned Against Judge's Wishes
The judge sentenced incarceration, and recommended that the time be served at a halfway house. Instead the sentence will be served in a minimum security facility. The judge felt that time served at a halfway house, plus the fact of the conviction, was punishment enough. I don't know enough about Crime and Punishment (tl;dr) to say one way or the other.

Comment: Re:Not sure why this is here (Score 1) 111

by Doggabone (#34889074) Attached to: How To Get Around the Holes In IE9 Beta's Implementation of Canvas

Doesn't everyone on slashdot use a *nix system?

This is about porting a web application to the Internet Explorer 9 beta, not about using a browser on one's own system. The audience for the application is everyone, Windows and OS X users, via any browser that might be able to render it. Excluding the Windows/IE audience is rarely, if ever, a prudent position for a web application.

Comment: Re:IRDA was 4 Mbps (Score 1) 143

by Doggabone (#34688992) Attached to: Using LED Ceiling Lights For Digital Communication

God damn it, what is wrong with you people? Just let me enjoy my vision of thousands of office workers flopping around like fish on the floor, will you?

I wish I had points. Some days it feels like "Hey, you're killing the joke" is my catch phrase. You'd think that, since she's dating me, the gal has a sense of humour. But nooo ...

Comment: Re:Douglas Adams would've approved ... (Score 1) 126

by Doggabone (#34361642) Attached to: Stephen Fry and DVD Jon Back USB Sniffer Project

"Write" is a strong word. How about "published posthumously as part of a larger collection of writings?"

Are you saying that Adams published his own work posthumously? Neat trick.

Of course he did. He's only spent the last decade dead for tax reasons.

(You set 'em up ; I'll knock 'em in!)

+1 Nicely Played

Comment: Re:Douglas Adams would've approved ... (Score 1) 126

by Doggabone (#34356166) Attached to: Stephen Fry and DVD Jon Back USB Sniffer Project

"Write" is a strong word. How about "published posthumously as part of a larger collection of writings?"

Are you saying that Adams published his own work posthumously? Neat trick. He did, of course, write it, and it was first published as a column for MacWorld magazine. The posthumous collection of works came after ... *cue eerie music*

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