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Comment Re:Flawed assumptions. (Score 2) 686

Actually, I've met Santa and he's nice. It's a common misconception that he's lugging a humongous satchel filled with toys and the truth will surprise you. He's got this delightfully nifty contraption that actually uses the same power that you believe, rightfully so, would squish a toy under these same conditions. What happens is that he, this contraption that is, produces what is basically a tiny marble with the tiniest pinpoint of light within it that sort of flits around and such. You can actually fit several thousand in the palm of the average adult hand. Anyway, the weird part, these tiny marbles are "delivered" and it's this delivery process that taps the "heat" of the destined human's spirit so that when combined with the phenomenal forces of velocity and pressure they intrinsically form the resulting toy, gadget, craft or any other "gift" you can think of. The delivery "shapes" the gift solely and wholly for the destined individual and its formation is completed only when the delivery comes to a complete stop. It's quite fascinating, and fast. Now, "What about the wrapping?" you might ask and to this I will only say that it's a clever little trick that one certain little elf discovered during early experimentation with hopper loading of these tiny marbles (they're actually called bullion, if you were wondering, and they make billions a year. They're nicknamed "bb's". Clever, I know.). Essentially it was discovered via a series of unexpected in-flight hopper test failures that when the bullion slows it can "glue together" its surrounding particles of, well, anything and what Santa actually does when he twinkles his nose is "color" the wrapping and bow. The elves call this part "skid marking" in honor of that one elf that released that one fateful hopper load attempt. The elf's name was Zee but that has very little relevance. Zee's skid marked bullion piece still sits prominently at the controls of the hopper station though none are allowed to touch it.

There, I do hope I've cleared some things up but, as it is, we must have our traditions and stories, I know.

And to all a good night!

Comment Re:Law Enforcement at Work (Score 1) 248

I agree that this is a more agreeable beat than the fence. I'm still having trouble with what, exactly, is so inherently wrong with an open wi-fi? I would offer that it's a bit like an abortion question - one answers that based on one's requirements and circumstance. One's circumstances should dictate how open they, the gear operator, would like it to be - from locked down through wide open.

Having said that I am 98% with the 'Your Service is Available' notice for those that may be caught unawares. The objective is to protect your own shit. Warnings are fine. Implications that an available network connection is wrong are not. Fuck businesses and coffee shops. I'm a person too.

However, that open network connection is not an invitation for law enforcement to review, collect or monitor the information behind it without a warrant. Its purpose is to provide service to the Internet. Abuse is the responsibility of the abuser. Security is the responsibility of the provider. Privacy is the responsibility of the law. The law is the responsibility of the people.

Comment Re:Expect more of the same (Score 1) 383

Yeah man, good deals all but I really think you're referring to more of an electronic flyer than any sort of pushed advertising campaign onto any device possible. What you're describing is "opt in" and not a "we'll decide for you and your device" - targeted or not. Again, for clarity, receiving an email is not being subjected to push advertisements. It's email, spam or not you get to decide.

Comment Re:Expect more of the same (Score 1) 383

Again with the 'ads are just' and you should feel guilty for touching yourself angle.

If it fails and disappears because ads didn't make enough money to "run the site" then what? We die? No more content? It's not the "right" kind of website as NeutronCowboy above you alludes to with the likes of : 'If you can afford to run it without ads it sucks' approach? Tools. What? Seriously.

Modern Internet. I don't understand that pair of words in the way that you've used them. Are you alluding to content consumption like it's the only fucking thing that matters on the Internet? This may come off as a slight shocker but them "Interweb sites" do not, in and of themselves, make anything modern and especially not the Internet. Simply because your primary Internet activities include consumption of professional content does not make it a justifiable argument for anything save some random "successful" (in your eyes) WEB site.

A website does not exist solely to become or be popular. And it definitely doesn't exist just for you and your masses in the way that you seem to think it should. What you meant to say was nobody cares but you about you. "Cheap because it's bad" that's kind of a short-sighted, dickhead thing to think much less write. Some people don't care what *you* want and in the case of ads it's what *they* want - your money. That is not the be all end all of everything Internet. Shocker, I know.

Comment Re:Expect more of the same (Score 1) 383

Gosh, I'm not sure if you just buy way too much shit or if I should go out and look for a bunch of shit whilst signing up for this that or the other doohickey wack-ass website to throw targeted ads at me so I can ... buy more shit. If I need something I look for it - the very last thing I need is it looking for me.

I am glad it works out for you though. That's cool. But I will, indeed, block ANYTHING, repeat ANYTHING, that I want up to and including refusing to consider anything offering something that I can't block. Capice? Don't aim a diss at people for not benefiting from what you seem to benefit from. Especially if it concerns ads. That makes your two cents a waste of two pennies, but, I do sense that you seem to part easily with your pennies and then when you happen to save a couple on your purchased goods you can waste them here, with that, like this.

Comment Re:Expect more of the same (Score 1) 383

eh? Not once have I ever seen any ad on slashdot. Ever. I even get confused by the little box located top right asking if I'd like to disable advertising. Whatever I did I think I did it right and this is spanning multiple platforms over multiple years.

Shouldn't one be able to do it that way on any (*any*) purchased electronic platform? In other words your ads are not my business unless I choose to make them my business. And when I purchase an electronic piece of equipment I have every right to decide what exists on it and when. If I don't then I won't until I do then I might.

The same goes for this that or any other web site. Their business plan is not my problem. Advertising is not my problem. Being asked to take part in something I'd rather not take part in can be a problem. These are ebook readers right? I would tolerate a cover jacket type add as I would with a book and I would damn sure hope it was an add for another book then, at least, relevancy is assured.

Who the fuck would pay more than free to be force-fed ads? More importantly: Why?

So, yes, when I can get a free car that senses when I'm hungry and throws options up on the screen for the best lobster roll in Texas two miles on the left then I'll bite.

So, if you were trying to instill some weird sense of guilt about consumption of ads and bandwidth.. the fuck?

If anything (*anything*) disappears because they couldn't make enough money through ads then the problem is not mine to care about for more than minute. Ads are not all evil, granted. What is evil is the assumption that ads are an absolute necessity and must be imposed at all times and at almost any cost. We must ensure that this product designed for people to read includes every opportunity for us to sell ads. There's no good in that mate. Not for you, the reader, at any rate.

Comment Re:Well that means one thing... (Score 4, Insightful) 94

So let's push a viable candidate from outside - way outside - online, right now. One of the currently eligible candidates that are not from the red or the blue. Screw the media, now. If it ends up being a completely wasted effort just what would the difference be? Exactly? Not much? I'd say so at this point. It's all bump and grind for someone, always. Throw down a vote in a conscious effort to steer hundreds of thousands of votes to the other party, the party of one person, - the one that is missing - a platform of trust. But you can't waffle, ever. And then we take better aim at Congress.

Traditional media aims to be looking for a lock down and a wholesale information availability reset. The Justice Department seem to be helping that effort along and these appointed trade representatives, in secret no less, and not too mention a few other fronts of encroachment into what we, as citizens all of us, know as freedom.

God damn to hell the backroom deals of governing this people, any people. There is a hideous stench in that. And that goes too for our relations with other countries, each and every one - we negotiate in public or we do not negotiate. If you're a leader with something to hide and are oppressive to your people then the natural course of things dictates that you should probably not negotiate but each and every corner of how you rule will become open for this country to see and hopefully others could follow as well. Looking for oil? Looking for water? Looking for rice, corn, weapons or weed? Then we should know. All of our people need to steer this nation, on this planet, in a direction that will enable us and not just guide us to some random (or well guided) fucking meat cleaver of an end point. Espionage? Lay it out. Is there something to fear in that? Are we going to allow a continued epic conflict between sciences that we've learned and discovered and the thing that created all of this vast thing we call the universe - all of creation? Really? The learn while you're alive VS the thing you may learn when you are dead? There's a good fucking con job in there baby. Are we going to find a room of super sophisticated heads of three companies, a handful of dictators and another of base religious driven drivel meant to blindly guide entire nations into some great and epic battle? Engage the people of the planet when and wherever you can right? This is one large conference call of potential these Internet lines. Mesh.

So, how much longer are we going to do this? Just as long as it takes until we can no longer communicate this freely? I'm beginning to think Mr. Manning had intentions that were just. A cherry pick would have been a waste of his efforts if it is to mean anything - anything at all. People blow whistles and we allow ourselves to be blindly led into stopping the sound and not the reason. What the fuck is that? Who's scared and of what? The time to stop playing these ball twisting games that lead to things like Hitlers and Assads and any other family of horrors in charge, including the family of darkness that drives nails of control and oppression right here at home. Justice Dept., treaty makers, the court of corporate opinion and channeled funds of influence. It doesn't take money to elect our officials - it takes people. Vote for control. Collective voice, open forum, genuine good intentions for any breathing mother fucker on this planet. Stop. Not. Taking. Control. Vote. Now. Fuckin' a.

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