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Comment: Re:She's.. (Score 1) 231

by aaaaaaargh! (#48245943) Attached to: Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

The incredibility of such actions are one of the reasons why they are done, so I wouldn't discount her story so easily. The Stasi did similar things (well, of course, not on laptops but in the same spirit). It's very sad and hard to believe for halway decent folks but some people are extremely evil.

Comment: Re:Not just women (Score 1) 570

by aaaaaaargh! (#48214513) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

We should protect absolutely no one from trolling. It's called freedom of speech. A troll can and should simply be ignored.

Regarding harrassment and bullying, these include behavior like slander and libel, stalking or even death threats. Apparently within the past five months or so such acts suddenly have become instances of trolling, which is a serious misnomer. Anyway, everybody is already protected very well against those things, no matter what gender. You can report such cases to the police if they fall under the criminal law like death threats or stalking, or you can proceed with a civil law suit or at least threaten one in case of defamation or direct insults.

I don't quite see what more protection anyone would need or desire. At least to me it is plain obvious that classical trolling (~the act of deliberately upsetting someone to get responses) should not be illegal.

Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 1, Insightful) 524

by aaaaaaargh! (#48205083) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

About 6 billion of the world population are muslims, that's around 23% of the world population. Outlawing the world's second largest religion in a few select countries ("western democracies") would not work in practice, would violate basic principles of democracy, for example such a law would be incompatible with all constitutions of all western democracies, and would also be immoral according to the high moral standards of western democracies, in which laws against thought crimes are generally frowned upon.

Comment: Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (Score 2) 160

by aaaaaaargh! (#48187745) Attached to: Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

The vast majority of piracy is a necessity for the majority of the world's population. In most parts of the world a student cannot even afford half of the textbooks he needs and certainly cannot afford to buy video games for 60 USD each. Modern economy spends billions on advertising to create artificial demands, so it is not suprising that people who cannot afford all these shiny things copy them if they have the opportunity.

When I was a poor student many years ago (in the 90s), I pirated everything, every productivity software and every game I wanted to play for the simple reason that I could not possibly have afforded them. I had difficulties to make ends meet at the end of each month, often couldn't pay my phone bill and often had to 're-shuffle' credits to keep heating and warm water. It would have been outright crazy to buy, say, a copy of Adobe photoshop or protools for my hobbies or even for professional education, I would have literally had to starve in order to afford any such software.

Now that I have a reasonable income I almost never pirate and buy the stuff, if that's possible. (There are surprisingly many things you cannot buy in smaller countries, affordable streaming of TV series being on top of the list.) Sure there are also some people who copy content even though they could buy it, but I'm pretty sure these are a minority. Many companies deliberately do not make the correct calculations, though, they don't ask "How much does all the software this guy puts on his computer cost in total, including all upgrades?", they instead whine that "this guy could have bought our product X but instead pirated it" ignoring the fact that if you'd add up all the stuff people want because of their ads or really need, you'd end up with an astronomical bill in comparison to which hardware costs would be neglectable. Thank good we have gratis open source software now, so it is indeed possible to go without pirating nowadays unless you're in a specific field like graphics or audio engineering where it still hard to do everything with gratis software in a competitive way that you can also put on your CV.

Comment: There are limits to freedom of speach (Score 2) 489

by aaaaaaargh! (#48184671) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Yet, if done over the internet, you can threaten to kill them, rape them, burn their house down, etc... and that should be legal

1. That's already illegal in every European country.

2. Threatening to kill someone is not trolling, and any politician who conflates trolling with death threats should be kicked out of his or her office ASAP.

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