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Comment Re:Astrology (Score 3, Funny) 433

Speaking as an astrologer, it would be interesting to know the precise time, date and place the suit was filed... I would absolutely expect that they'd time their initial filing to their own favor. Even though I don't read horary well at all, assuming Boston at high noon leads to interesting interpretations: The ruler of the 1st house (the plaintiff) in the 5th house (speculation) and being Jupiter (expansion) well-aspected by Pluto (The Man) certainly suggests abuse of power, a bit of recklessness or that someone's looking for a windfall. The ruler of the 7th house (the defendant) in the 10th (status, exemplar) and afflicted by several difficult aspects from Saturn, Uranus and the aforementioned Pluto doesn't bode well for the defendants, though Mars (the action principle) certainly works more toward their favor than Astrolabe's.

So, basically, if Astrolabe catches the attention of Anonymous, they will be fucked sooooo hard they won't even KNOW what time it is.

Comment Re:Astrolabe, Inc. v. Olson et al (Score 1) 433

Turning to look at my bookshelf, I own the Astrolabe World Ephemeris, which is a pretty half-assed ephemeris, and several quality ACS publications.

But I also emailed Astrolabe's people to inform them that I wouldn't support their trolling (and since I *do* deal in matters astrological, and have acquaintances who own occult book stores, my own complaint might carry a bit of weight).

openastro.py ftw!

Comment Re:Astrolabe, Inc. v. Olson et al (Score 1) 433

Astrologers require accurate times to create an accurate map of the sky (which is why that Sun-sign horseshit in the comics section of the newspaper works about as well as a "fair dice roll"). An almanac of the history and practices of timekeeping in various regions is indispensable to those who research the correlations of planetary positions with events.

As to how ACS and Astrolabe are connected, I think Astrolabe might have bought the rights to electronic reproduction of the ACS Atlas some time in the past ten years, when I last researched licensing the ACS Atlas for a project I was working on at the time.

Comment Re:Damn Tea Party! (Score 2) 277

No, the Tea Party talks about keeping the government out of the Koch brothers' lives.

Seriously, though, forget the existing power structure for solving your problems. Anyone who stands a chance of gaining any advantage for the little guy gets shot, poisoned, tortured or hit with manufactured rape charges. It's long past time for the class war to get hot again. Okay, actually, the class war's always BEEN hot, but the besieged masses have been too busy playing WoW or watching tv to fight back...

Comment Libertarian polemics fail (Score 1) 530

Blah, blah, blah...

Does the USPS regulate content? Yes, they have some rather strict laws and decent enforcement mechanisms to prevent fraud and to keep porn out of the hands of minors. Just about anything else is open season.

Applied to the Internet, that would be just about fuckin' paradise.

Please, go Galt and leave us civilized people free of your Randian nonsense.

Comment (-1, Needs To Get Out More) (Score 1) 747

Your average Blu-Ray DVD player doesn't have a high end multi-core CPU in it to aid in decryption

Says who?

For a million-unit product, it becomes quite economical to design and fab single-purpose accelerators that can decrypt megabytes per second of 1024-bit RSA. It's even more economical for a semiconductor company like Zoran or ST or Toshiba to integrate such an accelerator core into one of their ARM systems-on-chip and sell millions per month as a stock item, complete with development support. After all, they've been doing the same with MPEG-2 video decoders for years.

Comment Re:Hooray for freedom (Score 1) 747

whereas legal marijuana doesn't directly effect any large legitimate financial group negatively.

du Pont's interest in eliminating the competition for their synthetic fibers was a significant force driving the popular campaign for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, similar to how the TEA Party's "drill here, drill now" position suspiciously coincides with the fossil energy interests of the Party's backers, the Koch brothers. Today we have several vendors of at most mildly stigmatized and gently regulated medicinal and recreational substances fighting for their own continued relevance against cannabis, never mind the various enforcement agencies who consider marijuana busts one of the easiest, most exciting and (for the agency) most lucrative parts of their jobs. So there certainly are billions of dollars to which "legitimate" interests believe they're entitled that might be shifted to other, smaller business interests were cannabis legalized.

If there is a change coming, it's only because other scapegoats are shinier right now.

Comment Haul it back to Fox, sista (Score 2, Insightful) 747

You are apparently also of the generation that prefers ignorant mob rule and lazy scapegoating to spending even modest effort on understanding copyright law.

Hint: Start by finding the part of copyright law that criminalizes the receipt of information. Then find the section of law that allows an individual or corporation to enforce a contract against someone not a party to it.

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