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Comment Re:who are intelectual property laws protecting ag (Score 1, Troll) 252

Is this just a knee-jerk, canned argument that gets posted by a bot when this topic comes up? I noticed the "authentic" spelling error.

What IP was violated? Trademark, copyright, or patent? In which jurisdiction did this white male backpacker register?

Nah, let's trot out the old tired meme again. Heck, it always works!

Comment Re:Russia/USA is NOT the problem (Score 1) 72

I see this attitude ALL THE TIME and it never fails to baffle me. Because someone thinks that China is the new boogeyman, that means that China must not be hacking at all. It's all about the all-powerful US government boogeyman instead! (newsflash, Obama is the good guy, the media is on his side these days)

Comment The correct opinions, of course, are never censore (Score 2) 406

"No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?"
-- George Orwell, "Animal Farm"

Comment Re:According to the author, publisher, reviewer, (Score 1) 139

This strange form of denial is seen everywhere Chinese espionage is discussed. The person is utterly convinced that China is, in fact, not doing what is in its own best interest. No, that takes a back seat to boogeyman fear-mongering. Because I think it could possibly be so, then it must be. China couldn't possibly be behaving this way, because if it were so then I'd have to re-question some of my core beliefs.

Comment Re:I remember when... (Score 1, Insightful) 134

So, you just made some shit up and tried to pin it on him? And that got +4 Interesting? WTF we are just making shit up now? It is depressing how many people simply refuse to believe that there might be nice places in the world where live nice people. They just can't get the idea through their minds - everybody in the world must be just like them, there cannot possibly be any diversity.

Comment Re:Definitions. (Score 1) 457

Withdrawn unilaterally from several of the Geneva conventions...which ones would those be? The convention of 1949 or which one? We do know, right, that the Geneva convention only applies to uniformed combatants of a national armed force, right? Right? The proper response to an uniformed militant who doesn't represent a nation - someone like a Taliban - is, under the Geneva convention, immediate battlefield execution. No really.

Comment Phone phreaks: driven by need (Score 1) 64

I remember a time when in-state long distance was 50 cents a minute while out-of-state was 20-30 cents a minute. Some federal law or something. Which sucked, because everything I wanted to do was in-state. Enter phone phreaking! Make all your calls for free, from any phone in the country. There was a period of about eight years where I never paid for a phone call, ever. It was convenient as I ended up doing a lot of traveling and at the end I was making hour-long international phone calls originating overseas without worrying about a thing.

What killed it? The cost of long distance fell through the floor. It's been a while since cell networks let you call nationwide for the same price as local calls. Even direct-dialing international calls from my cell phone is a reasonable price.

Plus, SS7. Seriously, fuck SS7.

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