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Comment Re:democratic elections (Score 1) 406

Not voting is also a vote. When there is no real difference between the candidates offered, how do you protest?

Everyone I know who doesn't vote says this. Corporate media says it's apathy, so your vote doesn't count! You're voting for the status quo. And corporate media says that a vote for a third party candidate is a wasted vote.

You, or if not you then some of your friends or family smoke marijuana. Voting for someone who wants your cousin jailed for growing a plant is far worse than a wasted vote, and the Republicans and Democrats are both prohibitionist parties. If you're conservative, vote Libertarian. If you;re liberal than vote Green. Liberal and Green are votes for "none of the above". Not going to the polls means you're fine with how things are.

"If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice" -- Rush.

Careful, there are a few right wing loonies around here. You should point out that the quote was from the Canadian band Rush's lyrics. Or put on your asbestos suit.

Comment Re:Wow, just wow. (Score 2) 406

Even though neither moderation or editing what shows up on your own site is censorship, I agree completely, that's how you should moderate and is how I moderate. After all, "overrated" is just a polite way of saying "-1, brain-dead stupid" when it doesn't mean "not bad but it doesn't deserve a +4."

I don't care what people do on the websites they own. If there are too many trolls and not enough reasoned discussion I leave. If it looks like they're editing, I'll leave. If the site annoys me, I leave.

As to goatse, I don't follow shortened URLs any more.

The AC above said I should browse at -1, why? I've seen few comments at -1 that are worth seeing. If I want to read one, I can. But even as fast as I read I can't finish the internet and it's senseless to browse at -1 unless I'm moderating.

Comment Re:Wow, just wow. (Score -1, Troll) 406

Really? How about the idea that having a bunch of lame-ass mooches, trolls, and flamers causing nothing but drama increases the stress level of developers and causes them to abandon projects entirely?

And that excuses censorship? Pretty damned cowardly, if you ask me. Stress levels is an excuse for censorship?

The projects don't complete or get kicked way back on deadline waiting for someone else to pick them up, learn the code, learn to extend it, and finish it off. If they ever do, since those same lame-ass trolls and flamers are waiting to pounce again.

That's just pathetic. If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Nobody's irreplaceable. If it gets behind schedule it gets behind schedule. Nobody's life is on the line here.

OR, the lame-ass trolls need to grow up.

Yes, they should. They annoy me, too. Let me know if you ever figure out a way to make that happen.

Look, I get it. You're 14, you live in your parents' basement, and to you swearing is only nominally less exciting than a furtive glimpse at a pair of tits. You think it makes you sound grown up.

I'm 61 years old. I was in South East Asia in the USAF at the end of the Vietnam war. Your reading comprehension isn't too good, did you miss the part where I ran a popular Quake site from my crib, since according to you I was an infant? Do you realize how stupid that makes you look?

But there's a right way and a wrong way to phrase things, a right way and a wrong way to handle conflict, and a right and wrong way to deal with drama.

When someone advocates censorship, the only rational response is FUCK OFF AND DIE. That's exactly what profanity is for, to demonstrate beyond all doubt that this kind of shit pisses you off. The fact that an open source guy advocates censorship pisses me off. It wouldn't have bothered me if it had come from a Microsoft or Apple employee, I'd have thought it was hilarious.

I ran self-censorship when I had that web site, until the very end when some of the same crap spewed from an opinion on one of the bigger sites saying the same as this. I thought "wait a minute, this isn't a children's site." There was vulgarity afterwords, albeit in moderation. The same when I started my /. account (a fourteen year old with a five digit UID?), although I didn't comment much. Same with K5 before it died some time after I left.

You would not like my journals, the characters are "colorful" for lack of a better word.

"I don't like censorship, darn it" just doesn't cut it. Even FUCK CENSORSHIP AND THE HORSE IT RODE IN ON is too mild.

Hell, the reason I never made the jump to using Linux on the desktop was my own experiences trying to set up a Mythbox in my living room; because I didn't have the exact hardware that one of the developers had, asked for some help, got shouted at "RTFM you fucking loser" over and over again when the documentation was crap and had no relevance to the situation I was asking about... screw it.

I've heard that story before, but never experienced it myself when I was learning Linux at the turn of the century. Maybe things have changed since then, but obviously people shouldn't act like that. I don't like what they do and wonder if maybe they're really enemies of open source (MS shills; MS hates "open sores" and called it a cancer), but everyone has the right to be a jerk, and nobody has a right to not be offended.

Comment Re:It's PR (Score 1) 163

For fucks' sake, guys, do you two work for Apple or Microsoft? Every big corporation is evil, but when they do good is not the time to bash them, no matter what their real motives are.

If you don't work for Apple or MS, grow the fuck up. Sheesh. Dumb kids... the enemy of my enemy is my friend. If they're not against you they're for you.

Comment Wow, just wow. (Score 0, Troll) 406

I read it. Pretty lame, and I've been using KDE for ten years (skipped 4, it sucked). There wasn't one rational reason stated why censorship is a good thing, just WAAH!! OMG, TROLLS AND FLAMERS!

I can't agree with a single thing he said in the article. If you get even the tiniest bit of recognition you're going to have that. From 1998 to 2002 I had a fairly popular Quake site that was popular enough that every mega site wanted to host me. Yeah, I got hate mail, but not much, and so fucking what anyway? 95% of the mail was YOU ROCK, DUDE!!

This guy needs to grow up and grow a pair. Haters don't hurt open source, and BTW, I HATE GNOME!

Comment There is no dark side of the moon (Score 1) 7

As a matter of fact, it's all dark.

Information Security? Privacy? Firewalls? Secure Internet Connections? ISS? Passwords? Hackers? Encryption? White House, for God's sake?? MSNBC, bet, AOL, AOL TOS, CIS? JAVA, Active X?? Tools????? Sheesh, everybody on slashdot is a terrorist, I guess.

Steve Case? Just googled, I wonder why the NSA is so paranoid about AOL, are they Iranian spooks or something?

I just emailed the list to Patty, I wonder if I'll see black helicopters now?

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 463

I wish I could find a link to the story, but a few years ago a book publisher commissioned a study to see how much in sales he was losing to piracy. Since it takes a few weeks for pirate versions of books to show up, they looked at sales figures to see how much sales dropped when the pirate version was available. The researchers and publisher were amazed to discover that rather than a drop in sales, there was a spike in sales!

Corey Doctorow credits his status as a best selling author to the fact that he puts his ebooks on boingboing for free.

Of course there will be a few folks like your friend, but study after study has shown that music pirates spend a lot more money on music than non-pirates. No study except some commissioned by the RIAA or MPAA has shown loss in sales caused by piracy.

DRM often causes me to pirate. I'll buy a DVD and after fifteen minutes of unskippable piracy warnings and trailers I'll get a torrent started to get a non-cripppled version of it.

The irony of DRM is that it's never stopped a single pirate, but it's driven customers to piracy because the pirate version is usually just better.

Pirating software is just plain stupid, you're begging to be pwned. Music, movies, and books are safe, though.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 463

Sony did lot's of bad things in the past indeed, but they're are under the new leadership(Kaz Hirai) since Q1 last year and since them they've been doing quite a lot great things.

Maybe, but they've been screwing over their customers for a decade and the new guy has a LONG way to go before his company is the least bit trustworthy. Trust must be earned.

I'm curious, why did you put that apostrophe in the third quoted word?

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2, Insightful) 463

I found this story puzzling, I would have expected Sony to do this rather than Microsoft. The fight against "piracy" is the fight against indie media, since the indies use the internet to get the word out and the mainstream monsters don't need it.

Nobody ever lost a dime to noncommercial infringement, but many great artists have starved from obscurity (very good example being Van Gogh, who only sold one painting for ten bucks in today's money, to his brother, to pay a debt). The fight against "piracy" is a fight against their indie competition, who DO cost them sales; fifty bucks I give Indie A is fifty bucks I don't have to give to MAFAA B.

Before CD burners and the internet the creator was dependent on publishers, but publishers are no longer needed. Publishers hate and fear the internet, with good reason.

Since Sony has publishing arms and MS doesn't this is really weird. Maybe MS is deliberately trying to kill the ex-box like it did FoxPro? It would make sense if Sony did it, but not Microsoft.

This pisses me off, as a former Sony victim I want that company to die horribly. Come on, Sony, follow Microsoft's lead and let Nintendo have the game business!

Submission + - EU websites track users without warning, against own rules (euractiv.com)

Sam Lowry writes: European institutions are tracking users of their web sites, in breach of the EU's own data protection rules. The fact has been confirmed by Europe’s data protection watchdog, in an interview with EurActiv, while Brussels is reviewing privacy legislation to tackle the abuse.

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