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Comment: Re: The 4th of December? (Score 1) 340

by Zontar The Mindless (#47392483) Attached to: On 4th of July:

1761: england declares slavery not legal (in england). 1766: the slave owning colonies break away from the freedom loving ones (which become canada) before the idea spreads. Truth.

Vermont's state constitution forbids slavery and was adopted in 1777.

Several other rebel colonies declared themselves free even before independence was formally gained.

During the Revolutionary War, Britain transported slaves of loyalists to other British colonies. (The slaves were not emancipated.)

There was a British court decision in 1763, but it was not binding overall, seems to have been pretty widely ignored by other British courts at the time, and the matter would not be settled in the British Empire for several more decades.

You also managed to get both dates wrong. Nice going.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 564

3: "Free" music. I'm sure people are happy that all their favorite bands are downloaded, but there are no new bands to replace them. There will not be a Freddie Mercury or groups like Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails, or other items. What you listen to in the mainstream is now dictated word for word, and note by note by corporate drones. The same formula for songs is repeated over and over again. Thanks to piracy, a vibrant, expressive form of art is completely dead, with only predigested stuff available now, or amateur hacks with their ironic beards and acoustic guitars crooning about their cat because everyone else is doing exactly that.

Are you sure you were around 20 years ago? Mainstream/formula music has been around since the dawn of commercial audio recording. Blaming its existence on piracy is silly, and just makes you sound like a **AA shill.

Comment: Re:Paid = biased (Score 1) 135

by Zontar The Mindless (#47260555) Attached to: Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

Wikis are generally where information goes to die, yes.

Nonetheless, Wikipedia does not do badly in some respects.

I don't spend much work time there (except to look stuff up)--haven't made any edits there in a couple of months, but would probably want to do some updates when our next major release comes out later this year.

As for whether I'm any good or not--that's debatable, but I was lucky enough to land on a team with one of the best reputations in the business, and I like to think I know which side the bread's buttered on, so I stick with it.

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