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Did Netcraft Confirm It? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895031)

I won't believe until it's confirmed!

-Nick

connection reset by peer (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895035)

pwned

Frosty piss... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895037)

...right on his grave.

Rot in hell, you son of a bitch.

Re:Frosty piss... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895061)

Just use a urinal for a tombstone!

mod parent up (5, Insightful)

Travoltus (110240) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895187)

He should have been hung as an enemy of our rights as Americans.

I know some people that were sued by the MPAA under his regime, who didn't have any pirated movies, and who were nearly ruined by legal expenses.

I don't care about angry MPAA fans and their mod points, he deserves a long line of people waiting to piss on his grave for the laws he and the RIAA have inflicted upon an unwilling majority of citizens in this country.

It's been ages since I've been to a movie because of him.

It's all anime for me now.

Not a dime to the MPAA-affiliated studios until the DMCA is shot down and buried for good.

Re:mod parent up (-1, Flamebait)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895297)

I know some people that were sued by the MPAA under his regime, who didn't have any pirated movies, and who were nearly ruined by legal expenses.


Really? Name one.

Re:mod parent up (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895327)

yes right because your going to have the follow through to double check those names.

Re:mod parent up (-1, Troll)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895443)

yes right because your going to have the follow through to double check those names.


No, because you don't know anyone.

Everyone who was accosted by the RIAA/MPAA who DIDN'T have the money to fight a protracted legal battle has been given an attorney for free. E.g. the 12 year old downloader. Everyone who DID have the money hasn't run into problems because they had the money (and knew what they were getting into beforehand).

All you're basically saying in your OP is "I have no clue how the legal system works, but I'm going to rant so I can get some free Slashdot karma".

Re:mod parent up (1, Offtopic)

fotbr (855184) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895557)

BZZZT, wrong.

You don't get court provided attorneys for civil matters, which is what a lawsuit is.

Re:mod parent up (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895379)

Really? Name one.
Prove that it hasn't happened.

Fag.

You can't prove a negative (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895565)

Prove that it hasn't happened.

You can't prove a nonexistence except by exhaustion.

Fag.

Cigarette? What in the article linked the stroke that took Mr. Valenti's life to smoking?

Re:Frosty piss... (2, Interesting)

psaunders (1069392) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895473)

That's funny, even with comment filtering set to level 5, this one still gets through...and +5 informative, no less. Informative how? Maybe it's a glitch in the /. mod system...

Now let's be nice (4, Funny)

sterno (16320) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895491)

The man's dead, show some respect. Let's have a moment of silence in his honor. Oh... wait, my moment of silence is actually encrypted using DRM that I lost the license key for. I'd reverse engineer it but I don't want to get in trouble...

Good (2, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895045)

Or, at least, it's a good start.

Re:Good (5, Insightful)

paganizer (566360) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895095)

I don't think thats fair; take a look at the man's bio on wikipedia, he was at one time a valuable member of the human race, and flew 51 combat missions as the pilot of a B-25 during WWII.
It wasn't until he got into politics that he turned evil, and after all, didn't we forgive Darth Vader at the end?

Re:Good (4, Insightful)

ZachPruckowski (918562) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895207)

Darth Vader did something at the end to earn our forgiveness. As far as I can tell, Jack Valenti didn't kill the Emperor.

Darth Vader tossed the Emperor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895221)

Valenti WAS the Emperor.

Re:Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895233)

His dumbass probably bombed 50 concentration camps.

Re:Good (1, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895239)

Ya know, you're right. Saddam was a good guy too. All that evil he did, let's just ignore that for a moment.. he brought democracy to Iraq long before Bush and Halliburton (who are also not all that bad, so long as you ignore the evil) and besides, he only did all that evil stuff cause that's the way politics are in the middle east. And he gave all those great speeches at his trial which we were prohibited from hearing cause, ya know, he might say stuff so evil it pops our ears or something.

He's dead now, we should feel bad.

Re:Good (1)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895283)

Okay, so he wasn't actively evil his entire life (that we know of). Hell, maybe he was eating puppies when he wasn't flying a plane back then. Or maybe he only developed a taste for puppy meat later in life. We may never know.

I know we're supposed to find good things to say about people when they die, but when the guy has been basically evil for his entire public life, that makes things difficult. Ted Kaczynski wasn't always a serial bomber, but we don't spend a lot of time celebrating his life either.

Re:Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895351)

Ted Kaczynski was at least a mathematics professor, the man had brains and talent, and published some papers. He happened to go crazy. Jack Valenti? Well, let's see...we've got accounts of several hundred thousand counts of invasion of privacy, fraud, entrapment, and if you spun it properly outright treason (there have been state secrets leaked because of RIAA doings, they just haven't come into the public eye (yet)), as well as very likely two murders (they were in fact mentioned on the BBC *once* before they made that disappear...do a bit of digging and you should find 'em. I really ought to have written those names down), done in his name. Most, if not every single one, of these accounts are true. Hell, you could call the lobbying they did to get the DMCA passed treasonous. Just keep going and you could get a shoot-on-sight passed for every **AA exec, you just need the power.

That's the trick. Money, power...there's no democracy in America, the common man is worthless.

Re:Good (1, Troll)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895363)

Ted Kaczynski wasn't always a serial bomber, but we don't spend a lot of time celebrating his life either
At least teddy gave us IED training...

Re:Good (1, Insightful)

dsanfte (443781) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895553)

Fine. I mourn the Jack Valenti of the 1940s. I piss on the Jack Valenti of the 80s, 90s, and '00s.

Good-Dig dong the poster is dead. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895171)

Hmmm. I wonder if I can get QuantumG to give the eulogy at my funeral?

---
Funny that my captcha is "forgive".

I disagree (5, Insightful)

JemVai777 (411658) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895215)

While Jack was quite the luddite in his waning years, he was instrumental in replacing the movie industry's repressive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Production_Code [slashdot.org] ">Hays Code [no sex, nudity, excessive violence, etc.] with the less-evil MPAA classification system. He also opposed the "clean DVD" proposal which would've seen sanitised versions of films -- a dangerous idea, if there ever was one.

Not all of us are pure evil, and Jack has to be applauded for moving the industry in the right direction. I only hope his successor is a forward-thinking visionary.

Re:I disagree (1)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895405)

The Production Code was indeed evil, but the current ratings system is just as evil. While the current system does not actually prohibit certain types of movies from being made, it is far more insidious in that it will effectively bury movies based on arbitrary and secret criteria enforced by an anonymous group of people. The appeals board is staffed by agents of the largest movie studios. The whole thing is a travesty.

A functional ratings board that worked transparently would have been good. The secretive cabal Valenti put in place is not.

Bye bye, Jack. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895049)


May Satan put you in a screening room with nothing but heavily blocked and poorly encoded DivX movies playing 24x7xInfinity.

Rest in Peace, sweet prince.

Re:Bye bye, Jack. (3, Funny)

plover (150551) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895425)

Screening nothing but Adam Sandler movies. After all, he's not there for the entertainment.

He will be missed (1)

paganizer (566360) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895051)

He will be missed... better the enemy you know, than the unknown that will rise to take his place.
I think that's about all my Karma will allow me to say.

Re:He will be missed (1)

pilgrim23 (716938) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895209)

Jack never saw a paradigm that he couldn't miss, or at least mis- understand...

oh and ...Bright Blessings ;)

Good riddence (4, Informative)

schwit1 (797399) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895081)

"If you want to have a backup of a movie you should go out and purchase another copy of that movie." "The VCR is akin to the Boston Strangler." - Jack Valenti

Re:Good riddence (1)

Gulik (179693) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895139)

Gah. I think they should plant him twelve feet deep, just to be safe.

Re:Good riddence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895245)

Nah. Fire that shit into the sun. I wish they could've done it while he was alive.

Re:Good riddence (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895369)

Ya really think there's a chance of him coming back?

Cause if watching every episode of Angel at least 10 times (yes, even the crappy 5th season) has taught me anything, it's that you need to quarter the body and bury the parts seperately.

Re:Good riddence (5, Funny)

BandwidthHog (257320) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895497)

Nah, just bury him face down.

By the time he digs all the way to daylight, hell come up just in time to terrorize China’s thriving movie industry.

C'mon (5, Insightful)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895083)

There's no point in acting like most of us liked him, even a little. We don't have to celebrate his death, but we also don't have to pretend he wasn't a douche.

Re:C'mon (4, Insightful)

The_Wilschon (782534) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895211)

We don't have to celebrate his death, but we also don't have to pretend he wasn't a douche.
First comment I've read that didn't repulse me... Most people are celebrating his death, and that's just a little bit sick.

Re:C'mon (0, Troll)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895349)

What's wrong with celebrating the death of your enemy?

Honestly.

I don't understand.

Does the concept of death scare you so much that you don't like to think about it at all?

Do you think the gods will get angry at us and strike us down too?

Or is it that if you were an evil bastard who would sell his own grandmother for the right price, you would prefer people who abhore that behaviour to not celebrate your death?

Re:C'mon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895411)

Everyone else gets a sainthood at their funeral nowadays (if not before), no matter how pathetic their life, or how evil, or how twisted or worse, hypocritical. If they are famous you can bet the Pope will canonize them at some point, usually within 5 years.

Modern celebration of life is as meaningless as having none at all, so it makes no difference.

Re:C'mon (3, Insightful)

xenocide2 (231786) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895429)

Because in an better world, you don't have to fight your enemies to the death.

Re:C'mon (0)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895537)

Well, in the real world, you have to wait for people who are good at their job to die before they are replaced by someone who is, hopefully, not as good.

Or, ya know, catch them in some kind of scandal.

Re:C'mon (1)

lordvalrole (886029) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895223)

Screw that! I am celebrating! The guy was an asshat and some people just need to go away. Now we just need the head of the mpaa right now to just go away. I put anyone working for the MPAA especially this guy as an evil bastard that need to die. Anyways, just my 2 cents

No, you're the ass-hat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895507)

"During World War II, he was a pilot in the United States Army Air Corps, where he obtained the rank of lieutenant, flew 51 combat missions as the pilot-commander of a B-25 attack bomber and received four decorations."

"Valenti accepted a new job in 2004 as president of Friends of the Global Fight, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria."

Yeah, sounds like a complete ass-hat.
Let's hope someone judges your life on one issue and one issue alone.
Let alone an issue that relates to something as earth shattering as fucking entertainment.

"put anyone working for the MPAA especially this guy as an evil bastard that need to die. "

No, no one deserves to die. Not especially for something as trivial as what they are doing.
But hey, go back to your little self-involved world where someone who disagrees with you on an issue deserves to die. Me, I'll be out in the real world where that shit doesn't matter. Go dance around your living room with your burned copy of whatever piece of trash DVD you want to watch claiming such a great victory for humanity; riding the world of such "evil" as you put it.

But let it be known that YOU are the real problem. Yes, you. Using the word "evil" to describe something like this trivializes things that are truly evil, like your attitude, where entertainment is more valuable than someone's life.

Fuck off.

"Anyways, just my 2 cents."

And that's just about what your comments are worth -- nothing.

C'mon just give a little bile. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895321)

I'm not interested in what our reaction says about him. But more about what it says about us. Jack is beyond living with our words, but we're not.

Re:C'mon (1)

renegadesx (977007) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895377)

Well I am throwing a party at my place (BYOB) in celebration

Bring the champange, and charge it to his wifes tab

Re:C'mon (1, Troll)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895389)

There's no point in acting like most of us liked him, even a little. We don't have to celebrate his death, but we also don't have to pretend he wasn't a douche.


We don't have to celebrate his death... But I would certainly go to a party celebrating it if there was one to attend! Seriously, I would love to see a bunch of parties in really poor taste spring up all over the country this weekend. It'd be a nice way to let the people who want to follow in his footsteps know what we are willing to think of them. If anybody thows a Jack Valenti is Dead party in Boulder/Denver this weekend, be sure to email me.

Re:C'mon (5, Insightful)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895399)

We don't have to celebrate his death, but we also don't have to pretend he wasn't a douche.

Mod parent up, way up. First sane comment for this article. Sometimes /. comments manage to give me the creeps... so, you're all dancing arround his grave because he didn't want you to enjoy your movies the way you see fit? Grow up. Seriously.

My condolences to his friends and family, if any manages to read these lines.

Odd thing to note (4, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895111)

Why did the media leave out the part about someone driving a wooden stake through his heart?

Until I see that footage, I'm not going to believe tha...

(Hold on - someone's at the door.)

AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH.....

Re:Odd thing to note (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895219)

Actually, there is footage, but we aren't legally allowed to view it.

Re:Odd thing to note (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895375)

You know, this is the second time this week, that I find out about a person dying and someone is making a comment about driving a wooden stake through their heart. [newsru.com] - the linked article is about the first president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin [newsru.com] , who died on the 23rd of April. [wikipedia.org]

The linked article talks about the Communist Party in the Russian Duma refusing to observe a minute of silence and one of the members, Communist Michael Zapolev also suggested that a wooden stake should be driven through Yeltsin's chest (the guy was hard to kill, he faced death a few times in his life and until the two days ago managed to live through it.)

Personally I feel that Yeltsin made many mistakes, including privatization of national resources that could not be fairly privatized, because they were developed by the entire country, however he never even tried to silence the media, who were quite hateful towards him, unlike Putin is doing right now. The guy might have just been the first and the last truly Democratic President of Russia. The Communist Party was forbidden by Yeltsin and a Communist leader, Zuganov lost to Yeltsin in elections in 96. I think the Communist Party has done more damage to the people of the former USSR than fascists did in the WWII, so I am with Yeltsin on that one, but the new Communist Party members seem to be vengeful little brats, many of them licked Yeltsin's ass while he was in power, and being little sluts that they are it is no surprise they behave like this today.

Back to the topic, I don't think it makes you a great person to make hateful remark about a dead individual based on his politics alone, you are making it personal.

Re:Odd thing to note (4, Insightful)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895483)

I don't think it makes you a great person to make hateful remark about a dead individual based on his politics alone, you are making it personal.

Politics is personal. It's personal when someone can lose his house, car, etc. because a political lobby got copyright expanded in both scope and duration. It's personal when a cartel's desire for more profits makes criminal the free use of our computing equipment. Friend, there's not much more personal than having your freedoms taken away for the sake of someone else's business model.

So you're right - what I posted does not make me a great person. But Jack Valenti couldn't have made it much more personal if he tried.

Twofo = GNAA (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895137)

Re:Twofo = GNAA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895311)

Ok Slashdot, I'll tell you my first incest experience. It was about 2 years ago; I was 18 and my sister was 16 (and a half). We had a cousin staying at our house for the summer and she was either 16 or 17. Got along great with the cousin, but not so great with the sister. She felt she should have the run of the house since I was about to move out to college and I thought she was a bitch. This caused conflict.

Anyway, the parents were at work, I was chilling in my room, and the two girls were sunbathing/swimming outside. I had nothing for my sister at this point, but my cousin was a different matter. From an objective standpoint, she's good looking. She's the big athlete in the family so the body is pretty good as well. here [tinyurl.com] is a photo, face hidden of course.

Here's where things get crazy. I'm building up jack material on my cousin, but I can't stop looking at my sister. Cousin is hot, but my sister has a RACK. Her boobs look like they wanna bust out of the bikini. So I start storing images of her as well. It feels a little sick at first, but that just makes things more exciting.

I want a closer look, so I go outside to the pool and say that I'm going to bust into the booze cabinet and to come inside if they want any. They think it's a great idea and follow me in. They get wasted pretty fast, but I only have a couple drinks. It gets to the point where they're basically passed out on the floor, wearing skimpy bikinis, and I'm sitting there with a raging hard on. So I make the decision.

I run to the basement to grab a camcorder and set it up in the den where we are. Just then, my grandpa busts through the door, tears off my pants, and fucks me in the ass. He's wearing a cowboy hat. Once he unloads, he runs back out of the house and yells, "I have the weirding way!"

rest in peace (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895143)

Ahh, poor Jack. A nice guy who liked movies but didn't have a clue about how other people enjoyed them in the 21st century.

Rest in peace Jack.

(In heaven, there's no copyright law to violate. Everything is P2P. For reals!)

RIP Jack Valenti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895159)

Truly an American icon.

RIP Mr. Valenti (2, Insightful)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895183)

Jack Valenti may have been a pro-copyright lobbyists that we all despise, but he was still a human being that had done more in his life for his beliefs than we can only hope to achieve. I send condolences to his friends and family.

Re:RIP Mr. Valenti (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895259)

>>that had done more in his life for his beliefs

His belief was that fair use should be outlawed because it interfered with corporate profits and you're praising him for that?

I understand it's crass to speak ill of the dead, but Valenti wasn't a terribly nice guy.

Re:RIP Mr. Valenti (1)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895361)

"His belief was that fair use should be outlawed because it interfered with corporate profits and you're praising him for that?

I understand it's crass to speak ill of the dead, but Valenti wasn't a terribly nice guy.
"

What have you done for your beliefs? I'm not praising him for what he has done and many people don't agree with them. I'm praising him for his conviction. I wish everyone had that same dedication for their beliefs, then there wouldn't be the discussion about 'fair use' and IP issues.

Re:RIP Mr. Valenti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895463)

Why, despite the evidence, do you persist in assuming good faith about what he did? I think he was a very good lawyer. I don't think he believed half the stuff he said or acted in advocacy of. I do think he was a bad person for what he acted in advocacy of and how he did it. There is more to life than the fat paycheck. Or is there?

Re:RIP Mr. Valenti (1)

The13thSin (1092867) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895465)

"What have you done for your beliefs? I'm not praising him for what he has done and many people don't agree with them. I'm praising him for his conviction. I wish everyone had that same dedication for their beliefs, then there wouldn't be the discussion about 'fair use' and IP issues."

Though it's a nice sentiment, and I agree some people should act more and talk less, it's also a bit of a rediculous notion: "I wish everyone had that same dedication ..."? If that were true you'd have a million lawsuits a day and 100 million people trying to be president... As sad as it sounds, any democracy needs sheep... let's just try to keep those sheep well-informed...

Re:RIP Mr. Valenti (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895531)

"I'm praising him for his conviction."

Hitler had conviction too.

Re:RIP Mr. Valenti (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895353)

but he was still a human being that had done more in his life for his beliefs than we can only hope to achieve.

You could say the same thing about Hitler. Obviously Jack Valenti was nowhere near that level of evil, but he was still a moron who made the world a worse place. So fuck 'em. Good riddance.

Re:RIP Mr. Valenti (1)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895529)

"Obviously Jack Valenti was nowhere near that level of evil, but he was still a moron who made the world a worse place.

I don't agree with anything Valenti did while lobbying copy-right laws, but I do admire his conviction. I just wish others like you and I would have the same vigor and dedication against those IP laws. He did (albeit bad) do a lot.

His friends and family have my condolences.

Hey, there, ladies and gents (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895217)

I know this man wasn't exactly our mascot, but can we please not celebrate the death of another human being?

I'm not asking for a moment of silence or anything. I'm just saying that the man deserves some dignity. He was misguided, at least, but he was a human being.

Re:Hey, there, ladies and gents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895277)

says who?

.torrent? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895241)

.torrent?

Rest in Hell, Jack (4, Funny)

Rupan (723469) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895257)

I'll be sending your wife and children burned copies of my DVD collection to include in your casket. May you be infuriated by them for eternity.

Re:Rest in Hell, Jack (2, Funny)

plover (150551) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895495)

As long as they're all MPAA-certified-genuine DVDs, his body will be at peace because you already paid for them.

Now, if you were to send him copies of your movies, or better yet, copies of your friends' movies, we might want to attach magnets to his body, mount coils in the coffin, and use the spinning to generate enough electricity to power The Pirate Bay for the next year.

Even though (5, Insightful)

Brian Cohen (1027542) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895279)

Even though he lobbied for the the DMCA and is a proponent of DRM, he did however start the rating system which replaced the much more militant Hays Code, allowing movies to be less censored.

...wrong Jack died (1)

Mewtwo (878960) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895293)

I just glanced over the topic title really quickly and saw "Jack" and "dead" and was really hoping that it was Jack Thompson.

Re:...wrong Jack died (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895437)


And I thought it was about lonely necrophiliacs.

Re:...wrong Jack died (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895559)

i hoped it was Bauer

Perhaps it is time to stop and think. (3, Insightful)

shaitand (626655) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895299)

If you are a part of the RIAA and/or MPAA copyright regimes. Do you want to end like Hitler, Castro, or Valenti with large numbers of people celebrating your death? I don't mean in a HAHA way either. I wanted to be respectful and not to spit on the graves of the dead but I couldn't help but smile when I saw this headline.

Re:Perhaps it is time to stop and think. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895459)

Actually, I'm a bit appalled at the complete lack of respect I am seeing in these comments! Are you all 12 year olds? Please! Comparing him to DICTATORS who are responsible for millions of people's death? C'mon.

Grow up. Give the man some respect. He was a person.

Assholes.

Perhaps it's time for YOU to think? (3, Insightful)

nebenfun (530284) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895471)

Are you seriously lumping Hitler, Castro and Valenti together?
REALLY?

Will the textbooks five hundred years from now speak of the great 20th century tyrants and mention Hitler, Stalin, Castro and Jack "PG-13" Valenti?

How would that work? Hitler murdered his millions....Stalin murdered his tens of millions....Valenti was a tool of the MAFIAA....

Re:Perhaps it is time to stop and think. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895479)

Now if only someone had the balls to do us a favor with the Decider and his sidekick.

Re:Perhaps it is time to stop and think. (2, Insightful)

mrbluze (1034940) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895485)

I'm always looking for a good reason to open a bottle of beer, and thanks to Slashdot, I can open two bottles of beer today! Hip Hip Hooray!

Can we be civil? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895305)

Can we try to maintain a sense of perspective in the comments on this event? He might not have been the nicest man in the world, and he might have been misguided in many ways. But there is no excuse for reveling in his death.

In the grand scheme of things, even horribly misguided and abused copyright law pales in significance next to issues of life and death.

The world where everyone wishes death on everyone who has wronged them is an uncivilized and barbaric world that none of us truly would want to live in.

Can we keep that in mind and can we try to maintain some civility about this man's death?

Thank you.

Re:Can we be civil? (4, Funny)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895493)

In an earlier time, Jack Valenti would have been a lord buying favours from the king.

The people would have lived in fear of his insanity.

Thankfully a knight might have challenged Jack and killed him in combat.

In the modern world we just have to wait for old age (or scandel) and hope the next guy to pay off the powers that be will be less effective.

Don't ruin the hope.

Re:Can we be civil? (1)

module0000 (882745) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895523)

Wow, you're completely wrong AC. $$$ = life and death in this country. Wake up, move out of your parents house, and dream of enough $$$ to afford the net connection to talk to us, in the real world.

I'm so relieved! (2, Insightful)

nebenfun (530284) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895391)

I was worried that the /. community would go overboard in their artificial hate for a man they never met or knew.
I'm glad we save our energy to tackle real problems like world hunger, war, government encroachment, etc...

Let's not be disrespectful... (4, Insightful)

catbutt (469582) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895453)

A human being died. Show some compassion.

Oh who am I kidding. He was an asshole.

Good Riddance (0, Troll)

stinerman (812158) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895515)

At times like these, I wish there was a hell so people like Jack Valenti could be sent to it.

Time to buy a DVD burner (1)

zcat_NZ (267672) | more than 6 years ago | (#18895543)

Seriously, I promised myself I wouldn't get a DVD player until Valenti was dead. My wife went out and bought one anyway (about the time he retired, fair enough) so I guess I should go buy a DVD burner instead to celebrate.

I was planning to use up some of my mod points on this thread, but all the "piss on his grave" comments are already at +5. So much love for the man...

I LOVE JACK VALENTI ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#18895545)

because Jesus said to "love your enemies."
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