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Comment: Haven't had a TV in 15 years. (Score 1) 191 191

One of the most healthful and happiest decisions in my life. This is not elitist bragging. One day you realize the purpose of commercial TV (the hint is in the name) is to shove as many ads down your throat as you will tolerate. Any ideals of using the medium for communication or enlightenment get drowned by ad profiteering.

F that noise. Every precious second of my life belongs to me, and any salesman trying to steal even one second can F off and die. I still view the essential stuff through various ad free means. But now I find myself allergic to ads, and break out in anxious fits when stuck in a bar or airport terminal with ads blaring in your ears.

Kill Your Television

Comment: Endless possibilities (Score 1) 169 169

The condom:
-- Turns blue if both partners are democrat, red if both republican, confederate flag pattern if either partner is racist.
-- Displays outdoors and "indoors" temperature.
-- Plays recorded "Echo....echo...echo" audio at the point of entry.
-- Sounds alarm if she is a he, or he is a she.

Comment: Re:Royalty tax on ALL blank hard drives?! (Score 1) 301 301

Because the majority of blank media is not used to copy music, this would be similar to all drivers paying an "illegal road use" tax on gasoline because a tiny minority transport "copyrighted" goods on the roads without permission from the copyright holder.

Comment: Royalty tax on ALL blank hard drives?! (Score 4, Insightful) 301 301

"Instead of keeping copies free, they suggested that a tax should be applied to blank media including blank CDs, hard drives, memory sticks and other blank media. This money would then be shared among rightsholders, a mechanism already operating in other European countries."

So in some European countries you already pay a royalty to music companies on all blank media regardless of the intended use? Does the Red Cross pay music company royalties on the blank SSDs in their new laptops? Do researchers at the large hadron collider pay a music royalty on the blank USB drives used to store their data? Do individuals pay music company royalties for the blank SD card used in their personal cameras?

You guys still haven't figured out this taxation without representation thing.

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.