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Comment Re:Altruism = "Sticking it to the man"? (Score 1) 633

One has an obvious improving effect on the lives of people, the other is an optional extra that people like to have but which can be supplemented with alternatives (including versions that are legitimately acquired). I'll let you decide which is the hospital and which is the BitTorrented content.

It's like saying donating a banquet to 1000+ homeless people for a month is the same as not finishing all of your meal in a restaurant - there's some similarities in terms of food and availability, but one has a huge and important benefit, the other is related but not important in the grand scheme of things.

Comment Re:Does anyone actually use it legitimately? (Score 1) 968

Caps lock: Yep, it gets used for long blocks of capitalised text (particularly those in SQL statements and those that also mix in numbers so that the 3 doesn't become £ bu accident)

Scroll lock: Yep, every day. Double scroll lock and up/down switches my KVM from the dev machine to the work machine.

I've not used Numlock or Pause/Break for ages, though.

Comment Re:I like the double-standards that BBC reveals (Score 1) 1060

You mean Wikileaks (a private organisation with high ideals about how it can improve the world, which should be accountable to anyone it affects through its actions) and the US Government (a democratic nation that has high ideals about how it can improve the world and is supposed to be accountable to its people as well as anyone it affects through its actions)? They're not quite on the same scale, but if WikiLeaks want openness and want to leak non-whistleblowing information then it only seems right that they're also open and share everything as well.

Comment Re:I like the double-standards that BBC reveals (Score 1) 1060

If America bullies a nation into doing something not in its best interest with financial or military (or any other) might then that is fair enough for exposure - it is interfering in the internal affairs of a foreign nation. A distinction needs to be made between that and general petitioning/bargaining/politics, though.

Whether various world leaders are thin skinned, party-animals or otherwise annoying does not need to be released and can only antagonise situations. Disclosing that kind of information is just a call of "look at me - we've got non-critical but titillating stuff that the press will love even if it is of no whistle-blowing significance whatsoever".

Do you go into every negotiation at work or in commerce and say "well, I think you're [insert derision here], but lets talk about [insert thing to be agreed]"? No, because even if you don't like someone then you keep it professional and let the agreement be based on the agreement.

Comment Re:Altruism = "Sticking it to the man"? (Score 1) 633

Yeah, the only altruistic part seems to be "because I can" or "because it'll encourage people to share even more stuff so that I have more choice of stuff to illegally copy in future", neither of which is exactly altruistic. They might like to portray it as altruistic, but it is rather self-centred.

Also, most of them won't be motivated by financial gain, but they are motivated by a lack of financial loss. The majority of file sharers probably illegally copy games and music because they "can't afford" to buy the game and so just take it because they can (there is no physical barrier/loss/presence that can be detected or otherwise make it *feel* like a crime compared to shop lifting). That way they get to enjoy the product and not pay for it either. Kerching!

Comment Re:I like the double-standards that BBC reveals (Score 1) 1060

Does the list of important sites have anything to do with war crimes and other events of dubious legality that shouldn't be covered up? Does the world benefit from knowing what the Americans internally think of various politicians?

It isn't just about uncovering shameful/illegal things that the governments would rather people know about but that they probably shouldn't have done anyway. It is about being "open and honest" - seemingly to an unnecessary extend, based on some of the leaks. Not revealing the control centres is not open and honest, and therefore seems a bit hypocritical.

Viol8 hit the nail on the head.

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