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Comment: Re:Writing a custom darknet to fix this... (Score 1, Insightful) 244

The problem with Grooveshark is that it wasn't sending the ad revenue to the copyright owners. You were already pirating. As you explained though, it's kind of hard not to if you want reliability. The best thing to do is make sure to see the artists you like in concert whenever possible. Songkick is great at facilitating that.

Comment: Re:Because of the action of a few ... (Score 1) 195

by lexman098 (#49631321) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law
I don't know why this got modded up.

That's the price all of us have to pay when we, the majority, cannot and/or dare not to, control the action of the few

That's called tyrany. Our country was founded on the "few" having protections from the majority.

No matter if it's USA or France of Belgium or the Netherlands or Germany, as long as our society can not (and/or dare not to) confront those Islamists and get them to ditch their barbaric behavior, all of us will suffer

Define "confront".

You guys saw what happened in Garland Texas just days before

Yeah, some retards got shot by the police without inflicting any serious harm.

You guys saw the length the government of Germany has to go --- including canceling at least two public events --- just to prevent the events becoming a bloodbath by the hands of the Islamists

That's debatable and begs for citation. Even if they did cancel events due to terrorist threats, it doesn't imply that there would definitely have been a bloodbath had they not.

And that's not all ... the Madrid train station bombing, the Boston Marathon bombing, the London Tube bombing, what happened to the World Trade Center of New York City, and so on

There have been significant acts of terrorism well before Islamic terrorism was all the rage. Oklahoma city, University of Texas, and so on.

they better behave like the Western people do ... they can go back to where they came from

Sure you're from China and not Arizona?

they get to do whatever they like in the wide sand fields of Saudi Arabia, I don't care

Your previous statements make it sound like you do.

The world at large has been very tolerant with them

I wouldn't go that far, but there is an effort to hold back full on racism in the interest of not marginalizing innocent Muslims.

Comment: Re:Iran is a sovereign nation (Score 1) 383

Iran's leaders are threatening to destroy Israel and wipe it off the map.

Does Israel even believe they're going to actually attempt this? This point is made a lot, and I think it's obviously just pandering to their own conservatives.

It is perfectly rational for Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear weapons programs back into the stone age

If that were true then why don't they? As much fear mongering as they've done in the past you would think it'd be over by now.

negotiators are trying to avert a war, or at least not increase the scope of the existing conflict.

Negotiators are trying to dismantle Iran's nuclear capabilities. There won't be a war until Iran actually attacks Israel, which I find unlikely (similar to NK attacking us). I'd bet 100:1 that if there was a war between Israel and Iran, Israel would be the one to strike first (as they've done in the past).

Comment: Re:Internet - lite (Score 1) 79

by lexman098 (#49348691) Attached to: NY Times: "All the News That Mark Zuckerberg Sees Fit To Print"?
It's true that facebook didn't really create any service that wasn't already around (neither did twitter for that matter), but people like convenience and controlled ecosystems even if they already know how to accomplish everything independently. This from someone who doesn't have a facebook profile (just throw-away account).

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1, Insightful) 262

by lexman098 (#49339397) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

I don't show my receipt at the door unless it's at a membership store where I could lose my account if I fail to do so (like Costco). I'm there to exchange cash for goods.

And the guy at the door is there to make sure you did exchange the cash. Ever check your bag as you walk out to make sure you have all your goods? It's a private business, so what if they want to make sure people aren't taking their merch out the door without paying? You may not have a signed a contract, but it's implied when you walk into a store that they have the right to protect their stuff (security cameras or whatever else). You're just being a dick and making the security guard's job more difficult.

Comment: Re:Desperately Want to Believe? (Score 1) 215

by lexman098 (#49293683) Attached to: Gabe Newell Understands Half-Life Fans, Not Promising Any Sequels

They don't pump out a lot of games.

These days they don't pump out much of anything other than half-baked promises. Look at all the physical vaporwear they've been pedaling. That's become the problem with Valve. They don't want to make HL3, which is fine I guess, but they don't seem to do shit else either. Maybe instead of just letting his employees work on whatever they want, Gabe should start mandating that they also produce *something* marketable.

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson