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Comment: SONY breaking the law (yet again) (Score 4, Interesting) 190

The interesting thing is that, if they are using outsourced servers strategically located in Asia to avoid the long arm of the law, that people should be able attack those same servers and do pretty much anything they want to them without fear of consequences. Being beyond the law is a double edged sword, and I personally would not bet against all the hackers on the Internet in that fight...

Comment: More trouble than it is worth.... (Score 1) 184

by TiggertheMad (#48562561) Attached to: Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

I get the arguments that they don't host anything and they're just a medium for people to exchange files. But their name is literally The Pirate Bay, their business model is about as close to explicit piracy as you can get.

I'm frankly shocked they've remained open this long.

You yourself agree that they are nothing more than a directory, yet you are suggesting that they are responsible for the content that is posted. If I can use an analogy to demonstrate how crazy that is, You might also suggest that the yellow pages is responsible if any business that advertises using their directory deals in stolen goods.

I don't care if they call themselves, 'The throwing nuns and puppies in wood chippers bay', linking to content is not a crime, and that is all they do. Should Google be responsible for indexing and linking illegal content?

Moreover, this sort of legal action is just stupid, for purely practical reasons. TPB users aren't breaking copyright law for financial reasons, so even if you could completely stomp out this sort of behavior, organized crime would pick up the slack. This is a grey goods market, and good luck trying to shut it down.

If the DoJ was smart, they would just focus anti-piracy operations on organized crime where they can do some real good, and just let sites like TPB slide.

Comment: I smell teabagging... (Score 1) 602

by TiggertheMad (#48517959) Attached to: UK Announces 'Google Tax'

The far better way to view it is "companies are shifting assets and income out of our country because of the ridiculous tax penalties here."

Spoken like a selfish right wing ass hat, good on you sir!

Companies are using infrastructure and resources that were paid for or are the property of the people. They have to follow the laws set down by the people, and in exchange they get to set up and do business. If they start to cheat the system and break the spirit of the law by using all sorts of legal tricks to avoid paying their legally mandated share of the taxes, don't be surprised if the government imposes new taxes to remove loopholes and punish dishonest behavior.

Companies are shifting assets out of the country because they are being run by dishonest ass stains that want to maximize profits by letting others pay taxes to support government and maintain infrastructure. Roads, bridges, laws and stability have a cost that someone has to pay. You want to keep 100% of your profits without paying taxes? Move to Somalia or some other anarchy ridden shit hole and do business there.

'Taxes == slavery' is just a selfish person's way of saying they want the benefits of a modern society without paying the costs.

Comment: Getting old and I have no problem finding work... (Score 5, Insightful) 376

by TiggertheMad (#48492677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?
As a middle aged coder with many years of experience under his belt, I can make the following generalizations based on my experiences:

The first five years after college are the hardest, many people only want to hire coders with experience. If this is where you are now, stick to it if you love it and things will work out. If you are a 'casual coder' who got into the field because you think that its easy money, quit now.

As the years pass, I am finding no end of people who want to hire senior coders that can work 'full stack' and can manage projects and small teams independently. The money is quite good, and the work almost comes to find you. You have to be willing to work to keep up with tech and keep your skills sharp. The only managers that are making twice what I make are going to be c-level, so I if you want to jump ship to management for better money you had better be really good at it. I can promise you these people are not doing half the work I do though. Pay is usually equitable to responsibility, and they have their fair share of that.

Comment: I Like Ike (Score 1) 433

by TiggertheMad (#48470957) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

For all you Republicans out there, there will NEVER be another Ronald Reagan.

I find this to be rather Ironic, as RR wasn't that great of a republican leader. If people are going to idolize a former conservative president, why aim low? Ike was the last great conservative. Reagan with a numb witted twit in comparison. If you look at the republican presidents since Ike, it has been a steady slide into the gutter.

Comment: Big Brother 2.0 (Score 1) 433

by TiggertheMad (#48470317) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

; if I did think that someone "official" would take note, I would click that box.

Why bother? Do you really think that if the federal government wanted to scoop you up, they couldn't? The NSA has spent billions on their Internet Big Brother project, and has every message your IP address has sent or received cataloged. Don't delude yourself into thinking that posting AC does anything but keep your karma from being hammered when you are posting dickish comments.

Comment: Unintentional Geoengineering (Score 1) 367

On a side note, can you imagine the United Nations agreeing to a planetary geoengineering plan? I can't.

Yes I can, actually. And they will. The question is, how many billions of people are going to die before this happens. Climate change is occurring, this is a hard fact. Most times in nature, change doesn't precipitate gradual linear effects, but rather a tipping point where things happen very rapidly. Sooner or later, we are going to cross an environmental tipping point, and you will see some sudden massive flooding or crop failure and a lot of people will die.Hopefully, not too many, but I suspect that it is going to be a lot. You might even see some wars of extermination fought over critical resources, such as potable water supplies.

The simple fact is, people cannot continue their current behavior. The way you live with a planetary population of 1 billion isn't the same when you have a planetary population of 10 billion. Either we will come to some global consensus about how we will fix this problem, or vast numbers of people will die and the population will be reduced to the point where change isn't needed. Nature will 'find its level' in any event.

Comment: Its all fun and games until someone loses an eye (Score 1) 213

by TiggertheMad (#48422433) Attached to: Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House
I think you are on to something here....non-lethal and entertaining. Helps keeps the president safe and is good fun in the process.

Perhaps the moat is something to build inside the White-house fence, but then fill it with balls, and you have the national ball pit. We could mount automatic sentry turrets on the fence that are armed with Nerf ammo, with the idea that anyone trying to jump the fence will get hit with a barrage of Nerf darts as a warning.

Comment: I compute, therefore I am. (Score 1) 335

On the flip side, which is more likely to follow orders to execute unarmed civilians who have been lined up along a wall: 1. A carefully programmed and thoroughly tested robot. 2. An 18 year old soldier, who has a conscious and is unwilling to murder people even if he has been ordered to. I am pretty sure that any killer robots need to be WAY better than humans before you even think about handing them a gun. You had better think out the repercussions of building such a machine before you even try.

Comment: I bid $10 (Score 0) 119

by TiggertheMad (#48412735) Attached to: US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins
It is interesting that they have to auction off bit coins as property; if it was considered currency, it would probably just get deposited to a federal bank account. It will be an interesting auction, as it should go for 20 million - expected reasonable exchange rate fluctuation - the 'This is going to cost me time and money to purchase' hassle cost.

Basically it will be a bunch of people playing chicken to see who will be willing to take the least profit margin for winning.

Comment: misogynists on the intarwebz? WHAT U SAY? (Score 0) 834

by TiggertheMad (#48358343) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

I'm quite sure there are crazed misogynists out there.....

Ok sorry, you just lost all your credibility for this post, because you don't seem to have done any prerequisite reading on this subject before pushing the submit button, The people that are triggering this debate are being incredibly abusive and awful to women, simply because they dared to express an opinion online that doesn't align with the troll's opinion. If that doesn't meet the criteria for being a misogynist, what does? Do you have to start stabbing women before you are worthy of the title?

This discussion isn't about calling someone an asshole because they have an opinion that differs from you. The sort of behavior that is being discussed is really extreme, and is being displayed by a small but highly vocal minority of people. These are really toxic people, and not run of the mill jerks you find all over the place.

Comment: *BLUB* (Score 1, Troll) 161

by TiggertheMad (#48338469) Attached to: Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires
I would hope that a company with a half a billion dollars in spending money would have more sense than than to put down stakes in a region that might well be underwater in 20 years. Anyone moving TO south Florida at this point is mentally deficient, or a climate change denier who is really drinking the kool-aid.

Comment: Re:OMFG, are you paid by the word? (Score 1) 451

by TiggertheMad (#48327069) Attached to: Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination
So enough verbal foreplay already, you had me at 'Liberal Democrat'. Are you going post your address so I can mail you pictures of my cock and we can get this lemon party started, or you another one of these shy,'I'm not actually a closeted self-hating teabagger' types?

For the record I am a power top.

Memory fault -- brain fried