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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 256

by Thaelon (#45070209) Attached to: AMD Intentionally Added Artificial Limitations To Their HDMI Adapters

Then why didn't they say something?

Because greedy scumbag (lawyer)s.

The longer and harder I look at (particularly American) society, the more I think that a bunch of paper tiger (lawyers) are the front line that corrupt society for their benefit, and the benefit of their plutocrat owners. Maybe this isn't new, but it needs to end. And the only thing I think has any power to end it are brilliant guys like Snowden coupled with the Internet which circumvents the plutarchy's media oligopolies.

Don't let lawyers make up new ways for their masters to assert ownership over unownable things.

Intellectual Property is a farce indistinguishable from imaginary property. We didn't let any other kids get away with that bullshit when we were kids, why would we let them now?

If a tech company starts inventing ways to "protect" the rights of rich assholes, stop buying their stuff until the company goes the fuck under and is replaced by some honest pirates.

Comment: put a dent in some banking transaction processing (Score 1) 173

by Thaelon (#44080095) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Halts USD Withdrawals

Anyone can transfer Bitcoins anywhere for free and that could put a dent in some banking transaction processing fees.

In other words, it's a lot more efficient and cuts out the now unnecessary plethora of middlemen.

Welcome to the future!

I'd would short sell stocks in banks & credit card processors if you're dumb enough to still have any. It may not be bitcoin, but it will be a digital distributed currency that kills the banks.

If it weren't for the continuous and ongoing bailouts they would have already collapsed and they are going to do so.

Comment: TI-85/TI-86 (Score 1) 623

by Thaelon (#43851545) Attached to: How Did You Learn How To Program?

When I was 15 or so I didn't have a PC, so I programmed my TI-85. Then after loading some assembler games onto it that disabled its screensaver and breaking it, I got a TI-86. I wrote a two-player tic-tac-toe game (no computer player), a Chemistry program, a base-10 to binary converter that supported arbitrary length numbers (built in converter was way faster but overflowed on I think 16-bit numbers), oh and a Physics program.

I even sold a copy of the Chemistry program in High School. So technically I was a professional programmer (got paid for doing it, right?) by 17.

I'm now have a BS in Computer Science and I've been a programmer ~8 years specializing most recently in Java.

Comment: Avoidable (Score 1) 470

by Thaelon (#42737077) Attached to: The Biggest Financial Fraud of All Time

All of this could have been avoided if we changed out monetary system to one that doesn't rely on these parasitic banks not only controlling the quantity of currency available, but profiting on it through the age old practice of usury. All of our money is based on debt which directly profits the banks. Sovereign countries should control their currencies, not a private industry with a huge conflict of interest. Money should be created by spending it into existence to pay for public goods, services, and infrastructure, not created as debt owed to banks who then collect interest on it. The whole system is rigged in their favor and history has shown time and time again that they will manipulate entire countries' economies simply to increase their own personal profits. The fact that we continue to tolerate this monetary system blows my mind. Right now, banks rule countries through their economies, which is monumentally fucked up.

Comment: Re:IOW, we're making it harder get a response... (Score 1) 337

by Thaelon (#42617611) Attached to: <em>We The People</em> Petition Signature Requirement Bumped To 100,000

One man's nonsense petition is another man's heartfelt position. This is the core reason for the freedom of speech. Not silencing dissenting voices - particularly minority dissenting voices - is crucial to maintaining democratic distance from fascism.

Comment: Re:Remember Rudy? (Score 2) 656

by Thaelon (#42581389) Attached to: US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

Let's not kid ourselves. They weren't after him for downloading articles. They were after him because of his work on demandprogress.org, rootstrikers and other political activism. As with the dubious accusations (not charges) against Assange, the charges over Schwartz' alleged crimes were trumped up to stop him from doing what he obviously considered important work: political activism challenging the status quo.

Comment: Re:In Other News.. (Score 1) 133

by Thaelon (#42194887) Attached to: Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe

We also have the most of it. Though tanks and rifles are practically irrelevant. We live on a water planet. Therefore its the Navy this is of the most concern, and we have eight Nimitz class aircraft carriers complete with, I assume, long range fighters, not to mention drones, with presumably medium to long range missiles in addition to their support fleets.

One of those floating fortresses can easily subdue most countries entire military without the use of ground forces. Though there are really only a handful of countries that could mount significant resistance.

In case of injury notify your superior immediately. He'll kiss it and make it better.