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Comment: Re:CopyOnce Protection should be removed on Video (Score 2) 66

by dcollins117 (#49828545) Attached to: The Bizarre Process Used For Approving Exemptions To the DMCA
Holy crap, I'm surprised anyone put up with as much as you did for as long as you did. That's really above and beyond what anyone should have to deal with. Have you considered looking into an open source OS like Linux Mint or Ubuntu? You can install it side by side with Windows or run it in a virtual machine without negatively affecting your existing Windows installation. That will give you the control over your media collection that you really need. You have more than paid dearly for those files, you should be able to use them the way you want.

Comment: Re:FBI director (Score 5, Insightful) 150

But the director of the FBI, would must know what he is talking about, and must know that its just completely wrong.

Of course he knows. He knows better than most people do. When he talks of breaking encryption, he's talking about weakening your encryption, not his. He's going continue to use the most robust tools at his disposal to protect his privacy. But he's the good guy, at least in his mind. You, he's not so sure about.

In the end it doesn't matter what he wants. It's a foolish request that can't be implemented. The tools to communicate securely over unsecure channels are freely available to everyone at no cost. More importantly, we have the math. You can't outlaw math.

Comment: Re:Meet the New Act (Score 1) 258

by dcollins117 (#49828383) Attached to: Senate Passes USA Freedom Act

What's your solution then?

In the current environment, the more money you have the more access you have to influence political discussion. Money has quite effectively replaced speech. If you eliminate the role of large money "contributions" from politics, representatives will have to act in the best interest of all their constituents, not just the wealthiest, to get reelected. It's a start, anyway.

Comment: Re:Where is the _FREEDOM_ in that 'usa freedom act (Score 4, Insightful) 258

by dcollins117 (#49828239) Attached to: Senate Passes USA Freedom Act

Actually, it's classic doublespeak, designed to shut down any debate or dissension. To oppose The USA Freedom act is to publicly come out against the USA and Freedom. Just like opposition to the PATRIOT act branded you an unpatriotic apple-pie-hating flag-burning radical.

It also speaks volumes about how brazen our so-called representatives have become. They don't even try hide it - It's right there in your face, and if you don't like it, too bad. There's nothing you can do about it.

Comment: Re:Don't worry about it! (Score 1, Insightful) 143

by dcollins117 (#49825507) Attached to: FBI Is Behind Mysterious Flights Over US Cities
I would think you'd tone it down a bit at least while there is another prominent story on the front page about professional internet trolling. It would be less transparent and maybe you could dupe a few more people that way. Not that I'm one to criticize.You have a job to do, probably one you hate and don't care if it's done well or not. Still, trolling is a art, and if you're going to do it, why not do it well?

Comment: Re:It won't die (Score 2) 212

by dcollins117 (#49807269) Attached to: The Patriot Act May Be Dead For Good

Let's also not forget that Obama ran for office on a platform that included "I will stop domestic spying." ... And as soon as he got into office, he did the opposite.

I think he's wrong on this issue and can't help but wonder what his advisors are telling him to make him change his view so dramatically. My guess is they know more about the disposition of "missing" nuclear materials from the former Soviet Union than they are telling the public. It's the only thing I can think of that would explain it.

Comment: Re:Is this where SF jumps the shark? (Score 2) 11

There is no other way to put it than they flat-out lied about the abandonment.

According to the gimp-win developer, they locked him out of his account. So Sourceforge is rather confident he wont be making further updates. Of course that's more of a hijacking than an abandonment.

Who still uses Sourceforge, though? What with the ads that look like fake download buttons and the wrapping of open source software with malware installers that's the worst possible place to obtain code. Scumbags, the lot of them.

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 316

by dcollins117 (#49788411) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

That wasn't their argument. Their claim was that the web page should not be altered before it is rendered in the browser.

And that's a terrible argument made by clueless people. I'm surprised the court let them get away with wasting their time. No one could or should expect to control exactly how a web page is shown to the end user because you don't know their presentation requirements. I probably need new glasses and turn my browser's font size up to what is probably an absurd degree. If the day comes when I'm totally blind I'll use text-to-speech or some other accessibility tool according to my needs. And I'll stop using Adblock Edge when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.

Comment: Re:did they damage the car? (Score 2) 461

by dcollins117 (#49769095) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

...did they reimburse the guy?

They will, likely to an exorbitant extent once he gets a good attorney and sues. The cops are going to have a lot of fun explaining to a judge and jury why they broke into the guys car and blew his stuff up. Especially in view of the fact that they were dead wrong to do so.

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