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Comment And then.. (Score 1) 311

Hate speech next, not what you'd consider to be hate speech, but what the gov't drones or worse, some company the hired to do the list, considers to be hate speech.

Don't like the way the Israeli's are treating the Palestinians? There's a good chance that many websites discussing Palestine will be flagged as anti-Semite and blocked (never mind that Palestinians are also Semites).

Won't happen? It's already happening, GiffGaff, a mobile phone + data service blocked sites ( and wikipedia psilocybin desktop site!!!) and said I have to prove I'm 18 to access them. They say they have a legal requirement to do this?!?!

Comment Re:Fuck bluray (Score 2) 106

Keys for discs can be revoked if I'm reading the last line of this section correctly:

Software players get revoked from time to time as their keys get discovered.

Hardware players can be revoked just by putting a newer disc in the player, the player updates its firmware from the disc and effectively commits suicide.

Comment Fuck bluray (Score 4, Insightful) 106

I'm glad not to have a Bluray drive or any bluray discs. Every disc and drive bought supports software patents many which are of course of dubious validity. And that money supports further draconian DRM and more bribes to the congresses of the world. Not to mention both drives and discs can be bricked by new discs, firmware updates, internet checks etc. Part of the reason I never bought into this junk is because you can never be sure the 'content protection path' is going to work with your hardware. It's just not worth it.

Comment F**king obvious (Score 1) 52

This is not an invention, it's simply doing something, there's nothing whatsoever clever about it.

An invention is supposed to be a non-obvious (to those in the relevant profession) way of getting something done. This clearly does not meet that criteria.

Post also applies to most other software patents.

Comment Re:Apple (Score 1, Interesting) 608

people already have gmail accounts and Google makes it painless

Gmail in browser on android: unusable, mobile version: all features stripped out, desktop version: doesn't work because the stupid compose email box insists on moving itself off-screen.

Android email app and gmail app: both suck bad, lacking in features and never f**king remember or offer email addresses which I have emailed 10 times already.

Gmail on android It is not 'painless' to use it is an awful nightmare to make emails with (Galaxy Note 2).

Comment Re:IOU != Money (Score 1) 396

Look up the history of money, the first notes where in fact IOUs for various things including gold, those IOUs then got traded and became money.

Some of those IOUs could have actually been for pigs.

Read from here onwards:

Money IS IOUs, it has no other value.

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