I don't believe in other countries, you insensitive clod!
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could make it a federal felony to use your blog, social media like MySpace and Facebook, or any other Web media 'to cause substantial emotional distress through "severe, repeated, and hostile" speech.'
So basically this would mean the end of Slashdot...
1. Spell it out in fine print on your resume or cover letter. "If you Google search for my name, you will turn up hits regarding a pedophile who happens to have the same name as me. This is not me."
2. If we just stopped using names and gave everyone a GUID we could avoid this kind of nonsense.
People will buy a modern console and the console version of a game just to avoid these kinds of hassles.
PC game makers don't care if DRM causes them to lose PC game sales, because they'll make up for it on the console side.
These are the principles I stand for and live by.
1. Equal opportunity, fairness, and meritocracy
If I could sum up the personality of the modern-day USA in a single description, it would be this: "Good at bitching, bad at doing."
Americans seem particularly afraid of taking meaningful stands on anything. Oh, we complain a lot -- just look at all the bumper stickers the next time you're on the road. But rarely do we do anything to actually fix the problems we see with the world around us.
Many FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software) zealots like to spout off the old mantra, "Information wants to be free." Nonsense. Information doesn't want anything; people do. "People want information to be free" would be a slightly more accurate statement.
Still, that's not even close to accurate. Not all people want all information to be free. Most people want at least some information to be controlled or restricted. (Think about people's desire for privacy, for example).
Popular culture has abused the term "open-minded" and turned it into what is, in my opinion, a bad thing rather than a good one.
1. Have a real human being answer your phone immediately, instead of making me navigate an automated phone menu and sit on hold for 30 minutes or longer.
2. Do not under any circumstances assume that I'm an idiot, or treat me like one by default, and make me go through a series of asinine basic scripted troubleshooting steps. I wouldn't be calling tech support if I hadn't already tried all those things first.
The Ten Commandments should never be displayed on government premises or displayed in government buildings, period. They are a chunk of religious dogma specifically tied to Judeo-Christian religions and they therefore have no business being displayed by the government which is supposed to equally protect and respect the views of all citizens.