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Comment Re:That's ok (Score 1) 211

Just gonna chime in here that getting some irritating unwanted messages in your inbox hardly warrants anything like what you're recommending.
I don't know what it is about penis enlargement advertisements that make people throw out common sense and respect for others out the window.

"Nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure"

Comment Re:Record the Teacher (Score 1) 456

The quintessential billionaire college kid is a sort of idiot; he holds very few practical skills and has not even learned the technical end of his business very well (facebook being a horrible, horrible example of web design or architecture).
I'm gonna say that he's not a great example of why college is unnecessary.

Comment Re:Good for US economy (Score 1) 617

It's the principle that if you're a US business or citizen, selling to US citizens or business, you can't get away with illegal behaviour by just shifting the illegal part of the process to another country.

and GM, for example, is not doing that. They are not picking parts suppliers with renegade copies of excel on their PCs specifically to avoid anything. It is simply not an issue and not their concern, and it shouldn't be. Only microsoft should be concerned with companies who pirate from microsoft. Mandating that the rest of us ensure that people aren't stealing from microsoft is wrong.

Comment Re:Good for US economy (Score 1) 617

I love that you provide a theoretical scenario for what is a practical problem. If people were going to set up these 'pure proxy companies' to get around buying microsoft products, they would already be doing so. This is not a hypothetical.
It would not be a significant savings, and if software savings were the sole motivating factor clearly these companies would turn to open source. instead, it is clear that they are quite willing to pay for their properly licensed software products.

Finally, you missed the crux of the issue, which is that one company is being blamed for what another one has done, totally regardless of whether the buying company has any idea that the piracy is taking place. How should GM prevent this, demand software audits of all their parts manufacturer partners prior to purchase?

Microsoft cannot enforce its 'intellectual property' rights on countries that don't believe in them (or don't enforce them well). So they seek to punish US companies instead. And you say this is good for our economy!

Comment Re:"Ownership of information" is quite clear. (Score 1) 102

i don't own my credit card number. i know it, and i have a reason to jealously prevent others from knowing it, but none of this constitutes 'ownership', which can't apply to information.
once it becomes known to you (legally or otherwise) i can't say you've stolen it. or that if you posted it on the web, that every viewer also stole it. since information is not a physical quantity, it cannot be possessed, only 'known'.

Comment Re:The truth is (Score 1) 150

"I want to sell a better codec, but it's impossible because Google gives away mediocre ones."

this is outrageous. if there's no market, you don't have a viable business. that is no-one's fault. you seem to imply we shouldn't give things away because they'll hurt the market for expensive alternatives, which is so fundamentally bullshit it makes my brain hurt.

Comment Re:And what would this accomplish? (Score 1) 339

Purposely breaking the Internet is pretty hard.

no, it's not. the government can tell every ISP to shut down. or to stop routing. hell, even to stop providing DNS service would kill the internet for most.

the internet can only route around black holes that aren't widespread, and only when it can still route. routing is an action that can be stopped, as proved in egypt.

Comment Re:False flag? (Score 1) 106

the crux of that issue is that we don't want ISPs to be treated as 'private networks'. We want them treated somewhat akin to common carriers, with regulation. It is important to note that the constitution guarantees rights for citizens, not corporations. I don't want any corporations to have rights.

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