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Comment: Re:this is one more reason (Score 4, Insightful) 84

by Mashiki (#49156369) Attached to: Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega

Would that also be like the banks refusing to do business with gun and ammo manufactures because...reasons? Or how about the US feds illegally seizing assets from small and medium businesses because "reasons" as well.

This entire thing comes down to one thing, they're attempting to cut off the financial lifeline to his business because they don't like him/it/whatever. Even though the business he's operating is legal.

Comment: Re:Am I Missing Something? (Score 1) 125

by Mashiki (#49150503) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Allows Customers To Legally Download Windows 7 ISOs

DigitalRiver has been providing Win7 since it went live, and is one of the authorized MS sites to download it from. Hell that's where I got my copy from when 7 was released. And when I needed a new copy, a couple of years ago to toss on a flash drive I also got it there. Now I just wish they'd put WinXP up someplace easier to find it from. I still rarely need it for air-gapped machines when something breaks and a reinstall is required.

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 1) 617

by Mashiki (#49142091) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

You're right. At my place in Florida I can choose between 8 different companies to buy from, I currently buy from WREC which is a coop. So can my sister in Alberta there are 5 different companies, she currently buys from the local coal mine which charges 3c/kwh less than anyone else in the province. I live in Ontario, so I have one choice and they tell me how "great and cheap" it is.

Comment: Re: Reddit sure loves it's free speech. (Score 2) 303

by Mashiki (#49135591) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

You mean, the way that they go out of their way to ban people who disagree with them? That's reddits censorship, there's a reason why places like voat are becoming more popular, and reddit even went out of their way to take over the /r/voat and /r/metaredditcancer shadowbanned all the mods, and took them over. That all started over this comment here. And of course we can't forget the thread on /r/games that had 25k deleted comments either, and the majority of people were shadowbanned from that one too, that was a thread on TB relating to the incestuous relationship indie developers have with some game journos.

Comment: Re:verified (Score 1) 303

by Mashiki (#49135577) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

Uh wat?

1) Censorship doesn't apply to just government. If you think it does, then you've never heard or seen self-censorship in action. Especially when someone says something you don't like and are then jumped on by people who get their feelings hurt over it.
2) So, they know that there's actual abuse? Or they're simply going on based by the feelings of people.
3) This isn't the first time reddit has done something like this either, they recently went after kotakuinaction for their boycott of the day, banning them from posting contact information which is public. At the same time, they(admins) were running their own stop something or other campaign with exactly the same type of contact information posted in exactly the same manner.

Reddit has a very selective enforcement policy, and that policy boils down to "freedom of speech, as long as we agree with it." Which of course is funny considering how it was founded on a anti-censorship platform. Then again, they just finished relocating to San Francisco, which is a hub of "feels over reality" hugbox.

Comment: Re:Irony (Score 0) 317

by Mashiki (#49124833) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Really? So businesses don't have the right to refuse to serve people based on their own views. So isn't that what Fedex is doing now. With of course a threat apparently from the government overhead....OH WAIT...that's exactly what the government is doing to people who refuse to do business with people they don't want to because of personal views as well. Seems to me, that in both cases the government is the problem here.

Comment: Re:Perhaps it wouldn’t pass today’s .. (Score 3, Interesting) 285

by Mashiki (#49078187) Attached to: 1950s Toy That Included Actual Uranium Ore Goes On Display At Museum

I was going to say something similar. Radon is nasty stuff, ask people living in parts of Michigan where they need to have mandatory venting in houses for it. There's even a few places here in Ontario where radon venting is mandatory in your house, most of the southern part of the province has 50-800m of limestone over the bedrock and that's not enough to prevent seepage.

Comment: Re:Nuclear plants don't like sudden shutdowns (Score 1) 311

by Mashiki (#49063761) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

Emergency shutdown means the reactor can be restarted in "a couple of weeks"

When we had that massive power outage around the great lakes a few years back due to the transmission line issue. Bruce Nuclear here in Ontario did an emergency shutdown. It was back up and running in 8 hours after the initial outage.

Comment: Re:The Once and Mighty Slashdot (Score 2) 240

by Mashiki (#49059093) Attached to: Notorious 8chan Board Has History Wiped After Federal Judge's Doxing

It's still amusing given how pointless and little-read "gaming journalism" really is. The GGers, the anti-GGers, and the gaming journalists all think that anything other than a small percentage of people who play games actually listens to any of their nonsense.

Considering that GG has done nothing but expand over the last 6mo, it does seem that people are listening to and paying attention to it. Then again, if you have any passing desire for people who report on things, to act in a ethical and objective manner it matters to you. Otherwise I'm sure you're quite happy with kotaku or gawker brand click-bait telling you how you're a terrorist for playing video games.

Stinginess with privileges is kindness in disguise. -- Guide to VAX/VMS Security, Sep. 1984

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