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Comment: Re:This is great, however, (Score 1) 1083 1083

This is exactly what I mean. Personally, I've been in a relationship with my g/f for almost 10 years and lived together for 7.

I'm not really in a hurry to get married, because who gives a fuck, and I don't particularly enjoy The State involved in my personal life.

As I've said before, I work for a public school district which means shitty pay and worse benefits (contrary to popular belief) so I'm on her insurance as a domestic partner. I'm worried this ruling means the death of such options.

Comment: Free speech (Score 2) 818 818

is defined by protecting the right to say things you don't agree with.

This is every bit as stupid as people going to jail in Germany for teaching their dog to give a Nazi salute. (they're even trying to re-educate the dog to shake instead ... who's the crazy fuck now?)

Comment: Re: I was wondering if/when this would be on /. (Score 1) 86 86

That's pretty broad and vague. Does the website which is registered in my name but which is actually my girlfriend's for the local comedy scene count? It has no ads but helps comedians get stage time, some of it paid.

It seems to me that any site with an ad portal or an affiliate program link would count. Not just people selling widgets.

As for random harassment, apparently we've been in different online circles ;) it was very common in the crowd I ran with 20 years ago and still happens on occasion - I've even had to deal with at work (not directed at me but people coming to complain someone did something on 3rd party site I have 0 control over aka fake Facebook accounts for harassment).

Comment: I was wondering if/when this would be on /. (Score 2) 86 86

Namecheap sent this out 2 days ago:

Hello *redacted*,

Over the weekend, Namecheap customers sent more than 5000 comments to ICANN, to help fight for privacy and save Whois protection. What an amazing, positive response!

Unfortunately, due to the way ICANN chooses to approve comments, your voice may not have been heard. We deeply regret this and want to make sure ICANN hears what you have to say. We have revised the way comments are submitted to ICANN via our site RespectOurPrivacy.com. If you submitted a comment to ICANN before June 22, 2015, we would like to ask you to please go back and do so again, to insure your message reaches its target. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. This is a truly important and urgent issue, so from the bottoms of our hearts: THANK YOU for taking the time to submit your comments a second time.

If you haven't submitted your comments to ICANN yet, we encourage you to do so now. Visit RespectOurPrivacy.com and we'll guide you through the process.

We are dedicated to making sure ICANN hears your voices loud and clear. Together, we can win the fight for online privacy!

Warmest regards,
Richard Kirkendall, CEO
Namecheap.com

It was enough to convince me. I sent them an email and allowed ICANN to publish as part of the public record.

Comment: I work in a public school district. (Score 1) 381 381

What you say is dead on. I'm not a teacher, I get treated and paid worse (IT contractor), but all that collective bargaining and whatnot has been completely gutted. The unions in "right to work" (aka free to be exploited) have 0 power. Wages are entirely stagnant, unemployment is far higher than what you hear from national news.

"Do it for the kids" is the standard wheel-turn of the rack they keep employees strapped to, usually with a "thanks for all you do" that's just as hollow. If guilt doesn't work not-so-subtle threats follow. Outspoken people have targets quickly painted on their backs and are given unjustified bad performance reviews to get rid of them without recourse. Only the young/naive are suckered by this and many are gone after the first year if not sooner.

None of this is new, it's been like this a long long time (10+ years) and gets worse every year.

Comment: Thanks for posting (Score 1) 96 96

I'd mod you up if I could. You pretty much confirmed my fears that Microsoft basically wants to sell you on your PC being a phone that you have 0 control over and will probably lead to odious bullshit like this. They royally fucked up with Windows 8. They killed technet. Windows 10 is more of the same. I've been clinging to Windows 7 Ultimate on my primary desktop because games/drivers. I just hope Valve dumps enough money to make Linux a truly viable alternative.

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