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Comment Re:Freedom of speech... (Score 5, Insightful) 159

more like "your freedom to swing your fists ends at my nose"

i can't play my music at 3 am, i impinge on my neighbor's right to sleep

i can't speed 120 mph on the highway, i impinge on other driver's right to live

i can't smoke in the office, i impinge on my fellow worker's right to breathe

and when the boss/ police/ landlord comes by and complains, there will be some, like yourself, who in their immaturity, will see it as the state taking away their rights, when the only person infringing on other people's rights is you

Comment Re:So stop using corks (Score 2) 134

Seriously, other than nostalgia why are they still using corks when much better methods have existed for decades?

Amen. I haven't drunk wine from a corked bottle in a decade. It's twist-off or nothing for this connoisseur.

Say, could you spare two dollars so I can get a little taste... uh, I mean, "something to eat"?

Comment Re:Freedom of speech... (Score 3, Insightful) 159

well said

it is unfortunate so many people out there think freedom means "i can do whatever the hell i want without consequence" like an immature child

and don't understand what freedom really is: something that goes hand in hand with responsibility, as any true adult understands

please note:

where there is no responsibility, there is no freedom

if you don't understand or agree with that statement, you don't even know what freedom really is

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 133

I'm still not sure what makes 3D printed guns any different or more special than a gun produced with CAD plans and a used CNC machine.

Because "makers" are hip and cool and go to Burning Man. And a guy with CAD plans and a used CNC machine is called a "machinist" and that's not nearly as cool.

My father was a machinist, a tool-and-die maker for a good part of his life after WWII. But "makers" believe they have invented something new, so making something from a 3D printer that doesn't work is much cooler than making something that works.

Plus, there is the frisson that comes from doing stuff that involves guns, because guns give some people hard-ons. Put together fruity "makers" and guns in the same story and you get internet gold.

Comment Re:Monopoly (Score 1) 113

the best legal advice said that removing the sign was a punishable non-compliance with a gag order, so I don't think that would work here, either.

Which is exactly why Google has to do this, because they have the resources to fight it in court. I'd like to see a court case where the NSA and US Govt try to assert the right to force a company not to take something off their web page.

If we're going to have this fight, then we have to have this fight.

Comment Re:Again, the ends justify the means? (Score 3, Insightful) 250

Doesn't matter. We've now had enough generations of public education breeding conformity into people that they have little or no expectation of privacy and almost no knowledge of their protected liberties.

Think of it this way: You and I probably remember a time when you didn't even need ID to get on a domestic flight and you could walk someone right up to their gate and see them off.

Anyone born in the last two or so decades won't remember this. They'll be familiar with an experience where you are treated like a criminal by a bunch of low-wage thugs with plastic badges who grope you and inspect you . . . and who also expand their scope to far outside the airport, to nearly any public place. Kids born today will only know a world where everything they do any time and anywhere is monitored, documented, archived, shared, and used against them by their government. If this is what they grow up around, what will they *allow* to change during their time, that kids born in five or ten years will, then, consider normal for *them*?

All of this originates with the expectations and demands set at home and school. Authority must be followed. Questions are not allowed. Critical thinking is discouraged. Individualism and standing up for yourself makes you a target.

Comment Re:they are doing it wrong (Score 1) 534

Their true motives and narrow mindedness shows when they, rather than picking specific types of technology or something, choose "the year *WE* were born".

These are the same kind of obnoxious twats we all have known throughout our lives, only their children are young enough that it can be imposed upon them. I wouldn't be surprised if they forced the same music on them that they grew up with (whatever music it is people who are only in their 20s grew up with).

Comment Re:Monopoly (Score 2) 113

So, they are acting like any other company when faced with the same market situation?

Actually, no. Most corporations that size, in the rare cases where they're faced with competition, look for unethical ways to stop it.

Google's made some effort to be ethical, but the ways in which they fall short are becoming harder to overlook. They're one of the few companies with the resources to resist the NSA for example, even if only to fight the gag order that's been placed on them regarding the level to which they have been served national security letters. If Google doesn't fight, what chance does a smaller company have? That's one of the areas in which Microsoft has actually acquitted itself pretty well.

Which reminds me that Doctorow recently recommended that web companies use "dead-man switches" to respond to NSA spying. By putting up a single sentence, "We have not been contacted by the NSA to turn over data" and leaving it up as long as it's true, they could fight against the despicable practice that the NSA, DEA, even the CFPB has, of demanding companies play ball and then forbid them from telling customers about it.

A company like Google could get a whole lot of public love if they just took one small step in fighting back against the encroaching police state. Other, smaller, companies have done it. Now it's their turn.

Comment Re:Ah the post-iPhonenote planted stories (Score 1) 166

Sure, Spotify is great - provided you don't mind:

1) A lot of music is still not available there, so you're stuck with either "super popular" pop music or "huh?" bedroom recordings from self-styled DJs.
2) Bankrupting the musicians who put their music up there. Presumably you like their music, but if you're just streaming it from Spotify, you're doing them no favors to encourage them to continue making music you like.

1. Spotify has by far the best deep catalog of any of the online services. I was just looking over the collection of Earl King recordings - stuff I didn't even know he had made. If you like music that was made more than a few years ago, it's all there. And if you like music that was made recently, it's all there. There are some notable absences, but I've got all that music in my own collection, playable through Spotify.

2. No artist is forced to be on Spotify.

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