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Comment: Stupid replies ignoring the point. (Score 5, Insightful) 305

by apathy maybe (#28055169) Attached to: RIAA MediaSentry, Dead In US, Is Alive In Australia

As expected, there are a large number of replies by people who didn't even bother to read the summary. (Or, have poor reading comprehension, or even both, I guess.)

The submitter is not the same as the student.

Anyway, the point is, MediaSentry is still "alive", and still sending out automated messages.

Now it seems that the student admitted to downloading the file ("as a result of me downloading Angels and Demons"), which sort of screws over any real complaint they may have had.

Personally, I think it's disgusting that the manager paid any attention to the "generic copyright infringement email" at all. Seriously, if I were in that situation, I would delete the email and forget about it.

I wonder, who is MediaSentry acting for in this situation? Does that company know that MediaSentry is doing this? Do MediaSentry have the right to sue on behalf of that company?

And, is MediaSentry keeping track of these emails and watching for responses?

Comment: Re:Off Topic: Re:Is there a "money back" flag? (Score 1) 630

by apathy maybe (#27952035) Attached to: Remote Kill Flags Surface In Kindle

Want to argue? Go to the link I provided.

Needless to say though, for the vast majority of folks in the USA (using one of the more extreme examples here, applies everywhere else as well), it is required that you get a job to survive. Not working simply isn't an option.

Now clearly tech is not required to survive, however, it is required for a modern lifestyle. Saying, "but you can live without it", is similar to saying, "if you don't like this country, why don't you leave?". Millions of people try that every year (refugees, economic migrants etc.), and funny thing, the 'better' places keep trying to turn them back. (Britain doesn't have such strict immigration rules for the fun of it.)

So, where should I go that would accept me and is acceptable to me?

(Oh, and the "invisible hand" of the market is bullshit. Wanna argue that? Go to RevLeft.)

Comment: Off Topic: Re:Is there a "money back" flag? (Score 1) 630

by apathy maybe (#27951333) Attached to: Remote Kill Flags Surface In Kindle

No it doesn't. That's like saying, "getting a job to stay alive is an endorcement of US capitalism, even though the only other options are starving or illegal activity (which can result in very nasty side affects)".

As for the quote, it's from the Unix fortune cookie program. Do a search, you can find it in lots of places.

The point is though, that just because I use tech, doesn't mean I support or endorse capitalism, the state, or any other damn thing associated with the production of the tech. Sure, maybe the "Western" should be dropped. I'll take that into consideration.

If you want to discuss this further, feel free to head over to RevLeft, make an account, and start a thread (in the Opposing Ideologies section at a guess, unless you are a leftist of some sort). Oh, that's a referrer link, I don't get anything from that except knowing how many people signed up because of it. If you really don't like it, just remove it. (I only mention that 'cause some person got uppity once.)

Comment: Is there a "money back" flag? (Score 1) 630

by apathy maybe (#27950849) Attached to: Remote Kill Flags Surface In Kindle

Unless (and even if) this is made clear to the consumer before they bye the product, I'm sure that there would be a good case of "defective product", which would mean, money back.

Of course, you don't get to keep your "Kindle", but you do get to keep your sanity.

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I expect the following to start happening sooner or later:
* Someone write make a "Kindle emulator";
* Someone will pass out "hardware security bypass" designs (modding)

Oh, and I also expect a law suit sooner or later.

Comment: Re:Uh, no (Score 1) 503

by apathy maybe (#27846881) Attached to: European Union Asks US To Free ICANN

Is the ITU considered to be part of the UN by you?

I personally think they would do a good job...

What about the UPU (formally IPU)?

Both are older than the UN (being established in the 18th Century), but, both are part of the UN system now. Oh, and what about the IAEA? FAO? ILO? WMO? All these are part of the UN as well. I think they seemed to have worked out reasonably well, though, of course, not perfect.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that the UN is only the politicised bits.

Comment: Re:Will anything really change? (Score 1) 1656

by apathy maybe (#26533491) Attached to: Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

If they can't agree, then they don't need the fucking law.

Murder is wrong, I'm sure you could find more then 60% of the population to vote on that, with at least 50% of those voting that, yes, murder is wrong.

You maybe happy to be a sheep, and get fleeced... But I would rather keep my wooly coat, and not see my young ones taken off to the market, not see my friends and family slaughtered for meat.

You may think, "it won't happen to me", and it might not. But it happens to too many people as it is.

Stop the fleecing, fuck government.

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If voting changed anything, it would be illegal.

There's no government, like no government.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Comment: Re:Will anything really change? (Score 0, Flamebait) 1656

by apathy maybe (#26532339) Attached to: Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

How about you just stop electing people? Why do you need a fucking "big brother" to look after you anyway? I am an adult. I am responsible for my self. I don't need a government telling me I should wear a seat belt, not take drugs etc.

How about (if you want a government at all), you have a look at demarchy (see also Demarchy; random selection of decision makers)? Or heck, with present technology, everyone could vote on everything! Of course, you would have to introduce a quorum, maybe at least 60% of people have to actually vote for anything to pass. Then if people don't care, well, who needs more laws anyway?

Basically, this man, he won't change anything.

At the end of the day, you still have rich people who screw over poor people. Poor people who screw over poor people. Politicians who screw over everyone (and bend over backwards for donations from rich people and corporations).

Basically, for all you people who think that this new fellow is going to be "different", tell me in four years time whether you still have to go to fucking work nearly every day of the week (for the vast majority who do). Heck, I would guess at least half of the things he promised aren't even possible without the Congress, and they aren't different, even if you think this man is.

Big deal. You got a "black" fellow as president. When you are you going to abolish the outdated presidential system? That would be real change worth having.

Comment: Re:speaking about the time... (Score 1, Insightful) 534

by apathy maybe (#26480239) Attached to: I'd rather measure my days by means of ...

1234567890 seconds since when?

Are you still counting from when some bishop said that some god figure was born? And as we understand it, actually the bishop got the figure wrong by at least a couple of years, because he counted the reign of some Roman emperor wrongly.

Why not count from the death of the king during the French Revolution? Or the adoption of the metric system (the introduction of rationalism and simplicity to measurement)?

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As to how I like to measure time, by the passing of the days, the movement of the sun, other stars and the moon. Fuck accurate measurement for time for daily life.

(Unless there is something on the telle, but what with the Internet and downloading shows ...)

Comment: Re:Quick! Stop all forms of communication! (Score 2, Interesting) 212

by apathy maybe (#26371887) Attached to: Researcher Says Social Networks Link Terrorists

Dra åt helvete, jag hatar dig.

(For those not in the know, the Danes once controlled most of Scandinavia. And they must never forget that they were once an imperialist power. They must therefore tread softly when talking to other people. Even though it was years and years ago. It still counts. Bloody imperialists. (I'm not making this up, there is still a guilt complex among some Danes about this.))

Comment: Seriously, obvious answers abound. (Score 1) 485

by apathy maybe (#26355093) Attached to: How Do You Manage Your SD Card Library?

Other people have various solutions, label them, have only one per device (which isn't a solution much of the time anyway), don't share them among the family etc.

But you have the solution in your very question: Something to hold them all.

I don't use SD personally (though my next camera will be using SD, as Linux based devices can read them, unlike XD cards). My camera is an Olympus, a few years old now. The camera before that was also an Olympus. One of the best things that came with my camera was a little plastic thingy that holds six XD cards. It's great, I've got four cards, and only one can be in the camera at anyone time (obviously). Being able to carry so many cards, without worrying about them (being so small), especially when I won't be near a computer for a while, is wonderful.

Even if you don't get a plastic or leather thingy that will specifically hold SD cards, it shouldn't be hard to find something.

Anyway, a quick websearch turns up for example,
http://www.jacobsdigital.co.uk/images/products/fullpics/00156001-00156250/156046.jpg
http://www.jacobsdigital.co.uk/images/products/fullpics/00016251-00016500/16474.jpg

Comment: Re:Poopie the sailor person (Score 3, Insightful) 229

by apathy maybe (#26323157) Attached to: Image of Popeye Enters Public Domain In the EU

I fail to see how having copyright extend 75 years past the death of the artist encourages said artist to produce anything either before or after they die.

I am alive today, right now, and can not imagine the world 75 years after I die. Why should such a distant future (at least 75 years into the future, and hopefully many more), affect my decision making process now regarding creating new art work?

Surely I should be creating art work now to benefit myself right now? (Or more likely for most of the good artists, they would be producing stuff anyway.)

Having a long copyright does nothing to benefit artists, but only parasites and other scum.

Some websites with arguments against copyright
http://www.digitalproductions.co.uk/index.php?id=52
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-copyright

Comment: Re:Poopie the sailor person (Score 3, Insightful) 229

by apathy maybe (#26322645) Attached to: Image of Popeye Enters Public Domain In the EU

Except that I very much doubt that the name is copyrighted, or else everyone should be getting into trouble when they write it down. Wikipedia wouldn't be able to have an article about Popeye etc. etc.

Now the name might be a trademark, which is something which doesn't expire (unless not defended, or unless it becomes generic).

Dear folks, please don't use the term "intellectual property" at all. Trademarks are quite different to copyrights, which are very different to patents. They are all covered under different laws, and of those three, I believe that only copyright is international.

(Oh, and a great example of long copyright encouraging dead artists to keep producing yes?)

Comment: Re:UAW (Score 4, Insightful) 715

by apathy maybe (#26144323) Attached to: Tech Firms Oppose Union Organizing

Oh, and the company that pays them wouldn't drop them like that if it suited the bottom line?

The days of respecting and being loyal to the company have long gone, because the company doesn't respect, and certainly isn't loyal to, you.

The union, on the other hand, will tend to be loyal to their members, will fight for their rights, and so on. (Unions aren't perfect, but under a capitalism system, they are often better than nothing.)

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More generally, it amazes me that so many "free market" types hate unions. But they don't have any trouble with corporations and so on colluding to keep wages down.

That's the trouble with those who want a perfectly free capitalist market (a contradiction in terms). The want to give all the power to the bosses, and screw the workers, even when joining together in a union is good for the workers interests. They don't like unions because they don't really want a free market, they want a bosses market.

Fuck that.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman

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