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Comment Re:Handy guide to licenses (Score 1) 480

GPL and BSD are both free as in speech, but the question is "for who?"

GPL maximizes freedom for the users -- nothing can take away their control over the code running on their computer.

BSD maximizes freedom for developers -- they can do whatever they want with it, including close it up and sell it.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 1) 211

Hey dumbass, maybe it's true that "it's almost never RICO," but the key word is "almost" and this case actually could fit the definition.

From your own goddamn link:

To win, a plaintiff would have to prove (1) conduct, (2) of an enterprise, (3) through a pattern, (4) of racketeering activity called "predicate acts," (5) causing injury to the plaintiffâ(TM)s "business or property."

  • (1) the executives and management of Getty Images, Inc. manage the enterprise Getty Images, Inc. Obviously.
  • (2) Getty Images, Inc. is an enterprise. That's what the "Inc." part in the name means, so again -- obviously.
  • (3) Other people in this thread have mentioned Morel v. Getty, and a site on which I read about that case (that I can't be bothered to cite; deal with it) listed several other previous instances of Getty Images, Inc.'s similar conduct. That's a pattern.
  • (4) Getty Images, Inc. is extorting payment from innocent people based on bogus claims of copyright infringement. Extortion is "racketeering activity" as defined in 18 U.S. Code ss. 1961 (1) A.
  • (5) The racketeering is causing damage to Highsmith's professional reputation, which is part of her "business or property." It's also costing her money, which is obviously property.

So there you go: RICO Act violations. QED, asshole!

Comment Re:uMatrix or RequestPolicy Continued (Score 2) 183

Care to offer up the advantages/reasons for RequestPolicy Continued rather then RequestPolicy?

RequestPolicy Continued is under active development, while the original RequestPolicy has been abandoned by its author.

Also, RequestPolicy Continued allows you to block or unblock several domains at once without having to exit the menu and reload the page each time.

Comment Re: Make Corrupt sites Disappear (Score 1) 126

That's a neat idea! However, I'm a little dismayed that you think users need to be "allowed" to do this or that there "should be" a right to do it, instead of realizing that users don't need anybody's permission and that right already exists and always has existed.

All we need is easy-to-use software to implement it. I think building that kind of functionality into things like Web of Trust and YaCy (if they don't implement it already) is a good place to start.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 4, Interesting) 211

RICO? Who did they conspire with? What organization are they a part of?

Allegedly, the executives of Getty Images, Inc., who directed their subordinates to engage in criminal intimidation and racketeering based on false claims of copyright, are part of the criminal organization Getty Images, Inc.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 2) 211

Since they did this for commercial purposes, what should happen is criminal prosecution.

Maybe charge them not only with criminal copyright infringement, but RICO Act violations too if it turns out to be part of a pattern (which OverlordQ's allusion upthread to a "previous lawsuit" implies there might be).

Comment Re:The basest, vilest (Score 2) 1005

Trump: "Oh yeah, let's just support the terrorists by pretending they don't exist."

Headline on CNN 20 minutes later: "Trump Supports Ignoring Terrorism"

The stupid part is that ignoring terrorists is what we actually should be doing! Freaking out about terrorism is the only thing that makes it effective.

Comment Re:You made the bed. Now sleep in it. (Score 4, Informative) 353

The problem is that areas had record cold this past winter, and "deniers" get slammed for correlating a weather event to global climate change

Record cold can be evidence for global warming. The key is to understand what "warming" actually is: adding energy to the system. Consider a glass of water. What happens when you add energy to it by shaking it? The answer is, it sloshes around -- the maximum height of the water surface gets higher, and the minimum height gets lower. Or consider the refrigeration thermodynamic cycle: one part of the system gets colder even though the total energy of the system is increasing.

That's not to say that record cold is always evidence of global warming, or indeed that it could never be evidence of an oncoming ice age. I'm just pointing out that the issue is more complicated than "record cold = cooling" or "record heat = heating" considered in isolation. We only know that record heat actually is evidence for heating because it's been observed as part of a larger pattern and was predicted by climate models and such (i.e., all the actual science that climatologists do that a Fox News sound bite is inadequate to explain).

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