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Comment: to stick it to 'em? (Score 1) 448

by Phantom of the Opera (#48757807) Attached to: Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For
I wouldn't have cable, but my wife likes watching the shows. My way of getting back at the cable companies and the MPAA in general? I like local entertainment - open mic nights, concerts, jams, plays, reading, writing. I know that's not for everyone but those are the things I prefer. It will take a while to make all of those illegal.

Comment: Re:as a literal (Score 1) 560

by Phantom of the Opera (#48738237) Attached to: 2014: Hottest Year On Record
The loudest people who 'disbelieve' science tend fall on the right side of the political spectrum. That isn't to say everyone who believes in global warming does so because they are thinking about the science, but at least most of those people respect scientists and science. That being said, I meant some snark there, too.

Comment: Re:Actually read the bills (Score 3, Interesting) 102

by Phantom of the Opera (#42002853) Attached to: A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It
Do you think its writing is better or worse than the typical bill?

Do you think its real purpose id different than its stated intent?

If we really want this bill, and really want it in a good fashion, we should make a wiki collaboration of it. Of course I am saying that, and it takes energy, and I'm heading off to work at the moment.

Comment: Re:In other news (Score 1) 453

by Phantom of the Opera (#39801251) Attached to: Microsoft's Hotmail Challenge Backfires
I think its more likely that the password wasn't dictionaried. It was probably sniffed in a starbucks or something like that. If it was a dictionary attach though, it would be the case where your home builder is also the doorman who saw all the break in attempts and did nothing. It's more the 'single signon with one password' that is on trial, rather than just Microsoft.

Comment: glasperlenspiel (Score 1) 990

by Phantom of the Opera (#37836352) Attached to: The Real Job Threat
I'm sort of reminded of the Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse. In that book, this game was so important to people that it had a ministry. I sort of imagined the game like a highbrow D&D.

Probably the next jobs out there will be figuring out how to provide enough energy for all these robots. If that fails, the jobs after that will be farming, making cobblestones and figuring out a substitute for wood.

Comment: at least sligthly sad (Score 1) 298

I don't know of many ways to deal with this sort of bullying. It's the type of bullying that powerful eventually engage in. It certainly isn't the end of the world, but it is pain from dozens of tiny cuts like this.

I can live without what Universal produces. While I love movies, I can and will do without theirs. There are other forms of entertainment out there. Its time to get back to books. It's time to write and share stories with friends. It's time to listen to friends play music and sing with them as opposed to listening to recordings. In short, its time to spend effort to find better ways to really and more sincerely enjoy life. It is possible to wean off of the big companies that control so much? Not quickly, maybe not ever, but maybe enough to influence their behavior.

Comment: Re:Someone needs to take his medicine... (Score 1) 1797

by Phantom of the Opera (#37820572) Attached to: Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program
Credit Default Swaps were regulated less than the lemonade stands of 6 year olds.
From wikipedia

A holder of a bond may “buy protection” to hedge its risk of default. In this way, a CDS is similar to credit insurance, although CDS are not subject to regulations governing traditional insurance. Also, investors can buy and sell protection without owning debt of the reference entity. These “naked credit default swaps” allow traders to speculate on the creditworthiness of reference entities. CDSs can be used to create synthetic long and short positions in the reference entity.[7] Naked CDS constitute most of the market in CDS.[13][14] In addition, CDSs can also be used in capital structure arbitrage.

Iowa Oregon Forbes article

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