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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 4, Insightful) 301 301

by Jawnn (#49946447) Attached to: UK's Legalization of CD Ripping Is Unlawful, Court Rules

Rightsholders keep pushing the fact that we're buying a personal use license to the media when we buy a CD/DVD/etc, so why is making a mere copy for personal use unlawful in any way?

You can't have it both ways, greedy bastards.

Oh, yes we can, you little person you. We missed the boat completely when it came to digital media and lack totally the vision to come up with a business model that works in this new age, so we've paid good money, a buttload of it, to have the rules tilt things in our favor. So shut up and take what we so generously offer you. Regards, Your Friends at RIAA

Comment: Re:Congratulations... (Score 3, Insightful) 161 161

By pulling out of the process, they're basically ensuring they will have zero say in the outcome.

Not quite. They're finally recognizing the plain fact that in the United States today, if a "corporate citizen" wants something badly enough, they get it, and the little people can go fuck themselves.
Is this a great country, or what? /s

Comment: What can Facebook do? (Score 1) 219 219

Just what they're doing now - serving as the medium for conscientious journalists and other concerned individuals to publish accounts of the bullshit going on in their corner of the world. Anonymity is tough, but it can be attained for such purposes. Such techniques should not be the responsibility of Facebook. And yes, anonymity tends to dampen credibility, so there's a balancing act to be performed if one wants to avoid the violent response of the corrupt little men being exposed, but let us give thanks that there there are those willing to take such risks for the sake of truth.

Comment: Re:Two questions need to be asked (Score 1) 546 546

by Jawnn (#49908203) Attached to: Report: Russia and China Crack Encrypted Snowden Files
You forgot the sarcasm tags, there, Skippy. Surely, you aren't seriously suggesting that all the crimes that the NSA and their colleagues in the intelligence and law enforcement communities are guilty of are not at least as dangerous as Russia and China's economic "threats". Right?

Comment: Re:Violation of that which is sacrosanct (Score 3, Informative) 231 231

by Jawnn (#49892659) Attached to: Microsoft Research Paper Considers Serving Web-ads From Localhost

Localhost is my home. You DO NOT touch my home.

Piss off, you mere citizen. If you're not a corporate citizen, you're little people, and little people don't have the same rights as corporate citizens. We will tell you what you can do with your property, and you'll like it, because the bread and circuses will continue to flow.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 2) 395 395

by Jawnn (#49891485) Attached to: So Long Voicemail, Give My Regards To the Fax Machine

The idea that voicemail is dead is asinine.

I only have your phone number, and you don't answer (yes, I'm over 25, I actually call people on the phone), now what?

Dumb fucking emo hipsters, the rest of the world doesn't live on Instagram.

...and, no shit. Put down the iPhone, you little dorks and recognize that the world still communicates verbally, sometimes using a feature that your magic text box has actually had from the start. It's efficacy at communicating useful information larger than something like "lol" is unparalleled when compared to the other shitty input devices on mobile devices.

Comment: Re:Fax Machines gone? (Score 2) 395 395

by Jawnn (#49891091) Attached to: So Long Voicemail, Give My Regards To the Fax Machine

There are tens of thousands of fax machines and fax systems still in use today because, despite all of our technological advances, the fax machine is still the most secure way of delivering medical and legal documents between locations, where one or both locations can't figure out anything more complicated than stick the papers in it and dial a phone number, in a compact time frame.

Internally, our company uses several different mechanisms for securely transferring sensitive documents, all of which are superior to fax in speed and reliability, but we interact with hundreds of other businesses that refuse to abandon this mid-last-century technology for the same job.

Comment: Re:The Dark Age returns (Score 2) 479 479

by Jawnn (#49885085) Attached to: Freedom of Information Requests Turn Up Creationist Materials In Schools

Faith, the belief in things not provable, is extremely powerful and it doesn't help one bit when science relies on it for some of their biggest theories, such as string theory and a few others.

You were doing fine up until the point where you equated religious faith with scientific hypothesis. The two are alike in only the most superficial way. They are unalike in the most important ways. Only a fool would fail (or refuse) to note such distinctions.

Comment: Re:The Dark Age returns (Score 1) 479 479

by Jawnn (#49885057) Attached to: Freedom of Information Requests Turn Up Creationist Materials In Schools

Attacking his every statement with an ad hominem only hurts your argument.

If I observe that you seem to not understand the definition of ad hominem, I am not engaging in an ad hominem attack. Likewise, if I observe that a particular observation is "daft", it is the observation I've addressed, not the observer.
You are an idiot, and your mother dresses you funny. There. Now that was an ad hominem attack.

+ - U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the Net Neutrality FUD Wagon->

Submitted by Jawnn
Jawnn writes: Blogger Sean Hackbarth writes that Net Neutrality Will Be Unhealthy for Telemedicine. In the article he trots out the same tired arguments we've been hearing for years now — if "innovators" can't buy the network performance they need, everyone suffers (or in this case "Grandma might die"). The fact that network performance (choose your metric) is now, and has always been, available for purchase seems to have conveniently escaped yet another net neutrality opponent.
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