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Comment: Re:I think the conversation here is missing the po (Score 1) 1116

by spoot (#46698331) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

This was free speech WORKING. This was a whole bunch of people speaking out and saying that it's no more acceptable for CEOs to hold this kind of opinion on equal marriage as it would be for them to hold a similar opinion on interracial marriage.

let me consider that statement...

Free speech works by "a whole bunch of people" saying someone else's (ceo or otherwise) opinion (speech) is unacceptable "free" speech. My brain hurts!

Comment: the votes are in... everyone hates it (Score 1) 1191

by spoot (#45007449) Attached to: Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

looks like every other news site. i will visit less. will have to scroll 3x as much to scan the posts. used to love the old school slashcode because it loaded fast and i could scan quick. that will be gone now. will visit the register more because let's face it, their writing is funnier anyway. but then again, i hate everything

Comment: We Won! (Score 2) 604

by spoot (#43507345) Attached to: Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

THIS! Two guys with pressure cookers shut down a major american city, innocent American's were deprived of their 4th Amendment rights (just as one example, stripped naked guy) Endless pictures of paramilitary police and armored personell carriers roaming the streets of Boston Door to door searches by police that essentially are indistinguishable from military without search warrants brandishing firearms ... You tell me who won? It certainly isn't the American citizen.

Comment: What about my IP? (Score 1) 390

by spoot (#34280324) Attached to: Senate Panel Approves Website Shut-Down Bill

I was talking about this bill with my sharp-kneed girlfriend yesterday. Yea, about that, here's the insightful/non-geek response I got from her via email. I hope she doesn't sue me for copyright infringement for posting this:

It is infuriating that the govt. wants to protect us from illegally obtaining copyrighted info on line, but offers no real protection against our own personal information being collected and used by business.

Can I copyright my personal information: name, address, phone, IP, screen names, contacts, list of sites I visits, and all the other info numerous companies collect about me through my computer? I think not. Our personal information is everywhere, including that being stored by the govt., but if we want to read a book or copy a file containing copyrighted content we are criminals.

Can't it just be considered a fair trade? Business collects info about me, I collect copyrighted info owned by businesses. It's all a bit of collateral damage that is worth enduring for the sake of being able to use the internet. If we have to just accept the fact that use of the internet means giving up our privacy, why can't business just have to accept that there will be leakage of some copyrighted info?

Such bullshit. This issue is so important to every American's freedoms now and for the shaping of our future, but what are Americans hearing about as a hot topic today? Caffeinated alcoholic beverages making kids who are drinking them illegally sick, and too much salt in the soup.


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