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Comment Re:Does the real name policy curb trolling? (Score 1) 231

Perhaps, but imagine for a moment that you're an LGBT (or otherwise marginalised) teen living in a fairly hostile community. You'd want to reach out and communicate with people who could empathise, but wouldn't want to reveal your identity lest it lead to retribution.

That can be handled with the security settings. And I'm not accepting any friend requests or allowing access to any of my data whatsoever to unknown people.

Comment I'm usually behind the EFF on everything (Score 1) 231

But I still think that companies should still have whatever rules they want as long as they don't violate laws (including antitrust) and said rules are explicit and well documented. I'm puzzled by the presence of LGBT and feminist groups. Are LGBT groups trying to protect the relics who still want to keep it on the DL? Are the feminist groups trying to shield women from abusive EXes? Those are my guesses. Both of those are fixable with security settings.

I mean, if you don't use your real name, I'm not going to accept a friend request. I don't know who you are. So I see limited utility in you being on Facebook in the first place. Try one of a million message boards on the internet that don't care if you call yourself Batman.

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 344

I can say the same for Citi. You can have them call or text you when they flag something. I had this happen recently when a slew of CC numbers were stolen at a local restaurant. They let the first one go through, which is understandable because it was another area business I could have easily patronized. When a second transaction came in to the same store, they blocked it and marked the previous one as suspect. I was able to walk through some other recent transactions with the rep over the phone to make sure we removed the fraudulent ones, and she ordered a new card for me right away. It also only took one day to get to me.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 203

Blame Obama.

No, really. Blame Obama. Who signs off on the budget?

And what do we think of the unbiased reporting here on Slashdot? 21% cut since 2010? That's after a $2.5 billion boost from the previous year, probably stimulus money. The budget is still higher than in 2009, and more than just inflation adjusted.

Submission + - Federal Judge Rules Warner Doesn't Own Happy Birthday (

turp182 writes: Direct quote from of the article's first paragraph:
"A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that “Happy Birthday to You” does not belong to the mega music corporation that has long claimed it. Instead, the world’s most popular song belongs to, well, the world."

Other details are that Warner was receiving at least $2 million per year in royalties, and that a class-action suit to recoup said fees over the years is probably in the makings.

This is a perfect example regarding copyright in perpetuity.

Comment Re:Wouldn't just be abused by governments (Score 1) 35

Of course they don't give a damn. If they create backdoors through law, then that will cause electronic crime to increase-- and create an opportunity to pass more laws. It's the usual cycle:

1. Government passes laws to address an issue.
2. Said laws create a new issue, or make the existing one worse.
3. Government claims it has the solution to the problems it created, and the process repeats from step 1.

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