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Comment: Re:The day the music and freedom died. (Score 4, Informative) 123

by jedidiah (#48641393) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Mickey Mouse is a trademark.

That's a different kettle of fish. That's the problem with everything getting thrown together as "intellectual property". It muddles together things with very different requirements and considerations.

Abuses and backlash will be inappriately applied.

Comment: Re: Who? (Score 1) 539

by jedidiah (#48634131) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Unless you've ever interacted with the cops you really have no reason to say anything about anything. Many people have this romantic idealized notion of the cops (or FBI) giving a f*ck when they usually do not.

One troll threatening another on the Internet is probably not enough to get them interested.

These people have important things to do and they have their careers to think about. They aren't going to waste their time chasing their tails over every random piece of bullsh*t. Sorry, but YOU and your problem are probably not important enough for them.

A threat against a school is probably something that they are more interested in. Better collar. More interesting media potential.

Comment: Re:Media blackout (Score 1) 539

by jedidiah (#48633985) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

The "corruption" angle of this is far more pervasive than just games or game reviews. It was an interesting coincidence that a Jewish reporter in Israel was complaining about media corruption from a different angle when this story was being broken.

Her perspective was that inconvenient facts and stories are not published. Things that don't support the dogma that your editors want to push are suppressed. Reality doesn't matter. The media wants to push it's view of things and "the news" is really just a work of fiction. Anything that doesn't support the narrative they want to present is ignored.

I'm not sure if it's shared ideology driven by the state of journalism academia or if it's mainly more crass corporate considerations but there's a definite group think at work.

Professional journalism at this point can be at best described as a form of political propaganda.

Comment: Re:Most Unbiased Slashdot Gamergate Article (Score 4, Insightful) 539

by jedidiah (#48633895) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

If you troll all of your customers, don't be surprised if you end up with a few wing nuts going off the deep end.

The "journalism" response to this entire affair has been shameless pandering to some notion of political correctness and shameless exploitation of the situation. That's been true pretty much across the entire media spectrum starting with the very first set of trolling click-bait articles generated by the gaming and tech press.

Anyone that disagrees is branded as some sort of anti-feminist misogynistic scum who's opinions don't matter.

It's a perfect example of the "liberal media" that tea baggers like to whine about. The dogma behind the narrative is more important than anything else.

Comment: Re:Who? (Score 2, Insightful) 539

by jedidiah (#48633801) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Being a victim requires actual harm. What actual harm does a threat from some chickenshit web troll really do you?

If anything, the so-called victims here are happily basking in the glow of the spotlight happy to be the center of attention.

The real victims are people that have bought into all of this nonsense and have had the view of their own real world warped by it. There's the real psychological harm.

Comment: Re:How? (Score 1) 83

by jedidiah (#48624941) Attached to: Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

Those require certain filesystem attributes to be set regardless of what the name on the file is.

On the other hand, if your OS and user shell and email application simply avoid the equivalent of "bash you-don'", you easily avoid a lot of this nonsense.

You would never consider taking random things you find on the floor or street and putting them in your mouth, but that's exactly what some "modern" software does.

Comment: Re:Sorry, poor Appalachian white boys (Score 1) 208

Most racism is less blatant any more. There are no "whites only" signs and blatant discrimination can get you sued. A lot of the problems of the "oppressed" are self inflicted and are the lingering effects of institutional discrimination that for the most part is now banned.

Of course any true egalitarian should object when blatant discrimination is practiced. It doesn't matter what the lame excuse is.

You either believe in equality or you don't.

Comment: Re:Confused. (Score 1) 208

There are differnences in PEOPLE. Usually these differences cut across conventional "seggregation" lines. There may or may not be different distributions of characteristics in genders or races. A lot of this stuff is just nonsense cultural baggage.

It has to do more with indoctrination than actual characteristics and again the "geeks" are the tail end of the problem and the least relevant "perpetrators".

Comment: Re:Hope they keep Stallman off the stand... (Score 4, Informative) 173

by jedidiah (#48602211) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

RMS only commissioned the license. He did not create it. The lawyer that actually drafted the license would likely be a much better "witness" assuming that such things would even be considered in this case.

Amicus briefs are likely the only means of being seen or heard in a case like this.

Comment: Re: Don't worry guys... (Score 4, Insightful) 876

by jedidiah (#48597615) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Learn? Learn? LEARN?

Crack open a book sometime. Islam has been trying to take over the rest of the world pretty much since the day it was founded. Liberal fantasies about Western colonialism are flatly contradicted by the entire rest of history. From Charlemange to Dracula the rest of the world was actively under siege.

This is just the next chapter in a very long history that's not pretty if you actually bother to pay attention to it.

Being able to ignore their oil really wouldn't change the situation all that much.

Money is the root of all wealth.