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Comment Re:RIAA is a criminal organization (Score 1) 554

Their "lack of proper remuneration" to lesser known artists follows the letter of a contract (a legal document) signed by the artist. There is a reason that the first contract they hand you is known as a "dummy" contract. Further, since when is proposing a law a criminal act?

So far, you've accused the RIAA of thoughtcrime -- something of which, following your logic and reversing the point of view, you might be engaging in as well.

I'm no fan of the RIAA, but engaging in manichean discourse won't convince anyone to come around to your point of view. Demonization is the end of civil debate, which is ultimately the only means by which this issue can be resolved.

Comment Re:you just think you're joking. (Score 1, Offtopic) 776

The thing that bugs me about the arguments about intelligent design is all the pot-shots taken at bad religious arguments

ID is a religious argument, despite what its proponents might have you believe. The intelligent design of life cannot be grounded in observable phenomena, and thus cannot be regarded as scientific.

Comment Re:sure it is (Score 1) 1079

But unlike speech, you can print out what you see online.

Your newspaper likely originates in digital format, as well: people enter their stories on a computer, correct? From there, they're posted online and printed.

Congratulations on your journalism classes. I'm sure they provided you with a solid foundation in tort law.

Comment Re:I have a feeling.... (Score 0, Troll) 1010

Remember, Slashdot does not have a -1 disagree moderation, and no, troll, flamebait, and overrated are not substitutes.

Do you have this signature because you often post comments that are stupid and/or wrong? MS doesn't have to support "things" (great word, there, jockstrap) because it's financial suicide for "things" to not develop Windows drivers.

Comment Not sure it's relevant (Score 1) 92

I'd be willing to be that they're also the recipient of more FOIA requests than any other two agencies combined. If that's so, then this may be as meaningless a statistic as any other. In addition, I'm sure that many of the requests relate to the late 1960s - which won't be found anyway.

Comment Re:Why do this? (Score 1) 214

I have yet to have a student (in 4 years) not subscribed to Facebook (I teach college students). My evidence? Inevitably each one of them asks to "friend" me (and is turned down). It astonishes me how willingly they plug information into an online form - and how indifferent they are to the idea that anyone can find out anything about them with the right searches. The reason? They presume it as a fact.

Poke around in a few respected sociology publications - they'll confirm a number of my observations, as will any number of faculty.

Honestly, what I said wouldn't be questioned by most of my colleagues, hence my flippant phrasing. I assure you, I'm far more concerned than my offhand remark might indicate: we have a generation grown up accustomed to giving up information without question online - not to many phishing sites, mind you, but to companies, schools, and state entities. Yes, some students are careful - most of the geeks are - but the majority by far aren't geeks, and they've been programmed. Lessig was right in Code - once corporations drive online development for commerce, architectures of control will become so entrenched as to be accepted as the norm.

Thanks for calling me out - I should have taken the chance when I first posted to explain what I see as the greater threat: not the shiny new intrusion, but the trusted tool we've had in our lives for years.

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