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Comment: How times change (Score 1) 330

by DNS-and-BIND (#47726839) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

"While Dan Rather attempts to rationalize the network's heartless decision to air this despicable 'terrorist propaganda video,' it is beyond our comprehension that any mother, wife, father or sister should have to relive this horrific tragedy and watch their loved one being repeatedly terrorized," the family said.

"Terrorists have made this video confident that the American media would broadcast it and thereby serve their exact purpose. By showing this video, CBS or any other broadcaster willing to show it proves that they fall without shame into the terrorists' plan."
-- Mariane Pearl, May 15, 2002

Comment: Re:Puritanism (Score 1) 222

Yeah, because those countries that idolize sloth and indolence do SO WELL in the world.

Average Americans are wedded to a culture of indolence (rest in preference to work), not leisure, which values rest after work. This is why they live in such squalid conditions. To do otherwise would be to privilege work, which would be contrary to their ideological predilections. It is also why they have such an irresponsibly large number of children, whom they mercilessly exploit by requiring them to care for them as they age. Then, when the children mature and have children of their own, they themselves obtain the opportunity to exploit their own offspring and achieve indolence. Average Americans also have no incentive to save or improve because they know the government will step in to stop it.

Comment: Re:Not flat. (Score 0) 222

Yes, let's totally ignore the corrupt nature of labor unions and the culture that leads them, even today, to destroy the very industries that spawned them. Not a word about it...well done! A++ would pay for this comment again. Because paid commenters really do inhabit sites like Slashdot.

Comment: Re:missing the point (Score 1) 523

by Zocalo (#47721677) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
I was thinking more of the sites that shutdown due to lack of funds, but yes, they could burn it all down when they shutter the site if they really wanted to be dicks about it. If they go to a subscription only model, then the content is still available, even if you have to pay the sub - it's just a personal call whether you think their version of the content is worth paying for of one of the free alternative sites meets your needs.

Comment: Re:Informative winners list (Score 2, Interesting) 165

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47720321) Attached to: The 2014 Hugo Awards

If there's one thing I've learned reading all kinds of award-winning books, is that more often than not, the award is a big warning that the book is shit, or pompous, or written specifically to woo often sophisticated, pedantic jury members into giving the award.

In short, I usually go for stuff that hasn't been awarded certain kinds of awards. The Hugo certainly seems overrated these days, and has been for many years.

Comment: Re:missing the point (Score 4, Insightful) 523

by Zocalo (#47720041) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
Quite. Also, even when a site is using ads there are usually alternatives that provide similar content for free. If we were able to wave a wand and magically remove all advertising companies from the Internet (or better still, existance in general), I suspect most ad-funded sites would try and transition to Tip Jars or subscriptions, the browsing public would re-distribute to different sites, and a number of sites would ultimately fold, including most of the ad-laden SEO landing pages. No actual content of value would be lost (although some might only continue to exist in the Wayback Machine) and life would go on, only without the ads and malware attack vectors that piggyback on it.

Where do I sign up?

Comment: Re:That's it? (Score 5, Interesting) 523

by Zocalo (#47719967) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Adblock and no script do more to keep viruses out of your stuff than antivirus.

That's actually a very good point. I haven't had a single alert from the AV component of my security suite (software on PC, host and hardware firewalls, etc.) for longer than I can remember, and that was a false positive from an installer. Then again, I whitelist cookies, JavaScript, Flash, etc., block all ads, treat all links/files I get sent with a healthy degree of skepticism, and don't tend to visit sites usually regarded as "suspect" (compromised is another matter, of course), so even the likes of SpyBot S&D and CCleaner seldom flag anything. Given how ineffectual AV is against the latest 0-day vulnerabilites and drive-bys, I'm giving serious thought to just switching off the real-time scanner and running a manual scan every week or so for peace of mind.

Comment: Merkel wasn't two-faced about spying on friends (Score 4, Interesting) 170

'Spying among friends is not at all acceptable,' Merkel said

And I doubt very much Turkey is a true friend of Germany: it's a economical, immigration and to a certain extent, religious threat to Germany - or at least perceived as such by a sizeable part of the German population. It's also a liability, as it's capable of singlehandedly dragging Germany into the huge Iraqi and middle-eastern quagmire if it starts to get involved and calls on NATO members to provide help.

Turkey just happens to be a member of NATO like Germany, is all. That doesn't make the two friends.

Comment: Re:Bottom line... (Score 4, Informative) 170

...nation states are always a bunch of hypocritical jerks.

Oh please, don't be disingenuous. It's been well known by everybody for decades that every state in the world spies on all the other statse, and that to a certain extent, every state spies on every one of its citizens too.

The real problem comes when a certain state is outed, and flat out lies about its domestic and international spying activities to the representants of its own people.

Comment: Re:East end subway (Score -1) 131

by DNS-and-BIND (#47692213) Attached to: Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

Funny how it's OK if you ridicule them online, but you're too chicken to do it to their face.

when in truth a sheetrock wall has more common sense than that person does.

I think you and the wall have something in common, but it's doubtful you'll ever see it. It's not surprising you're anti-intellectual. Educated people are frequently more informed than you and it gets under your skin, doesn't it? This is your way of getting back at them. Fuck you, and fuck your anti-intellectual friends. Go back to your friend Sarah Palin, retard.

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