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Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1) 187

I'm not pro-either side's corporate bullshit. But this is a specific case in point about the Koch brothers and *their* evil deeds. They are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public. I'm not making any statement here about the left being better, or worse, or the same - I'm commenting on this specific issue, on Net Neutrality and the fact that by deceiving the public, the Koch Brothers and other corporations end up victorious - and appearing to be on the 'right' side of the public, no pun intended. In fact, when PEOPLE -- not corporate shills -- are educated on the subject and asked what they think, I don't think any legitimate poll/collection of opinions has any reasonable weight behind allowing the corporate megagiants to continue to try to fuck other people hard for their own personal gain, but rather to allow the government to step in in this specific case and prevent the monopolies from getting away with what they're attempting here: controlling and taxing the shit out of the internet to the detriment of other services and individual's experiences when accessing information.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 2) 187

Um.... I have 100mbit fiber to my apartment. It costs me about $25usd per month - fully unlimited traffic, no DMCA notices - ever, and includes IPTV with too many channels/movies (mostly Chinese, however).

I pay very little in taxes/fees, to boot. Thanks, corporate shill #108277.

Comment: Re:Curious (Score 1) 187

If there is some statistic that the majority of the population can look at without understanding how it got that way - and it indicates support for the decision, then the decision seems more legitimate than if it receives no statistical support but was made anyways.. ie. easier to defend from a political/court of public opinion perspective.

Comment: I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making statements (Score 4, Insightful) 187

If there's ever a time - it's times like this. Koch brothers' evil and the bullshit associations they support, typically lobbying for the opposite of what their names indicate (ie. "America" or "US" or "Family" combined with "Freedom" or "Prosperity" or "Commitment" or some other similar term) and the public would be greatly served by having these organisations dismantled, only, the people need some help -- the lack of transparency and lack of media coverage of these types of incidents means the majority, whose votes 'could' count, are too often taken for a ride.

Comment: Re:Valid release (Score 1) 158

by Rick in China (#48599439) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

I think that it's more about whether her release allowed the portions she appeared in to be dubbed over or not, and whether dubbing with different lines is allowed or not. I don't know the details, but it seems her claim is that "but ended up in a five-second scene in which her voice was dubbed over so her character asked if Muhammad was a child molester." If she read the script, and that's what it said, that's one thing.....if she read it out and thought it meant something else...but if she played some role, then these words were inserted over as if she had spoken them, I'd imagine that's another.

It would be super deceptive in my opinion to get actors in roles, then have them "saying" all sorts of craziness, and expect to be able to get away with it. If she did say those words or her release allowed the film to use her in this sort of way, then I would assume she has no real grounds.

Comment: Re:Check your math. (Score 1) 873

by Rick in China (#48598945) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

What? Your argument started off by saying, essentially, no it's not just 1 it's 149 locations this morning... I would like to see links to that, not links from 2006 about 'jihadi support' or whatever nonsense you're trying to inject into the thread.

Here's some additional information, ie. busting your obvious bullshit and towing of the line, with facts:


Comment: Re:Don't worry guys... (Score 1) 873

by Rick in China (#48598183) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

One guy with a gun in a cafe equates to "followers" of "Islam"?

Since when did a guy or a couple guys creating havoc turn into terrorism? You're the result of the current state of media. Any lone person who self-associates with any muslim state or islamic religion and acts aggressively suddenly becomes a terrorist, rather than a run of the mill criminal.

Comment: Time to openly admit... (Score 1) 185

by Rick in China (#48594227) Attached to: Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

That we don't know a whole lot about weather, and meteorology has a long way to go - the complexity and variables that influence any sort of valid prediction make it hard for scientists to say "look at my track record for prediction" and appear any more accurate than a monkey pushing random buttons.

Comment: So, lets say... (Score 4, Insightful) 216

I initiate a hack via social engineering over the telephone. I get ahold of some passwords and information which allows me to access super secret data, and leak it. I suppose the phone company is at fault, also?

What kind of nonsense. Politicians should not directly talk about IT related issues - but rather, allow some representative who isn't ridiculously uninformed to do so on their behalf, save them lots of face.

Comment: Recognize the crisis in US Big Pharma... (Score 1) 70

by Rick in China (#48467237) Attached to: Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

Come on - doesn't this emphasize the crisis in US pharma that is so easily ignored? Canada creates a highly viable experimental vaccine for a very dangerous and scary virus, and US pharmaceuticals seek to pwn it up in their own market. The rest of the world wont be fucked by the Canadian government - they'll make it readily available...because the rest of the world doesn't suffer from getting fucked on pricing by the US pharma lobby and policies around it.

When I arrived in China, I was shocked at how cheap US pharmaceuticals were (authentic ones, not fake ones, of course). Why? They don't have the ability of collusion in the market place and the funny thing is: the free(er) market on pharmaceuticals means lots of competitive and chemically identical or near-identical in the functional sense products all over the market, so the ridiculous pricing schemes that work in the US simply don't work here. Free market indeed, it's funny when the market is far freer in a politically communist nation, and so many Americans point to China and say "COMMUNISSSTTTSSSS"!

I was also amused when I walked into a hospital, got an x-ray, took the x-rays home, and it cost me about $12 including a brief consult all in - and about 30 minutes of my time.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov