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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

an image that has been rasterized at 3840x2400 & then interpolated down & displayed on a 15" 2880x1800 retina screen

When you're doing graphics work (note that I didn't say photo editing), your graphics are being rasterized at your *display* resolution. If that's not the native resolution of the panel, or some resolution that divides cleanly into that resolution, then yes, there is interpolation, and if your work requires pixel-perfect accuracy (a lot of clients want that and will zoom in and attack your work with a ruler to make sure they're getting it -- on the upside, you can charge for it), that display has become useless. And even if we do limit it to photo editing as your description implies, you still have no clue what's actually happening. Am I cramming the whole image onto the screen (as you implied) or am I zooming to 1:1 to fit as many *actual* pixels of the image onto the screen as possible? In the first case, you're right, it doesn't matter; in the second, well, ... I've already explained, in this paragraph, why the display is useless except at two specific resolutions.

but mine don't give me super telescopic vision the way you claim to have with yours.

And now you're just being an ass, that much is clear. Good day, sir.

Righto, you just led with the equivalent of "I don't hit women" leaving out "but I do make sure my wife stays in line".

Actually... I can't pass this one up... it's actually more akin to leading with "I beat my wife" and leaving out "but only when she threatens me with a loaded gun pointed at my head". To be clear, *my position* is that I don't carry my 17" places I don't need to carry it, and you've just admitted that this position hasn't changed; you inferred, incorrectly, that this had *anything* to do with weight, when the reality is that it has to do with limiting my exposure to potential data theft by preferring to carry a machine that doesn't contain all of my financials and personal info when I don't need to. You can keep insisting that this is not a valid reason to leave the machine at home or tethered to my desk at work and, instead, carry another machine (that the machine is physically smaller is a factor of cost, not weight) that doesn't contain that data, but insistence does not make you right.

your incoherency & refusal to admit that your any part of position is wrong (ex: your aftermarket SATA drive is clearly slower than the recent rMBP's PCI flash)

Oh? It's not my fault you didn't catch up on the entire thread before posting.

You believe that you're always right, any who disagree with you must be wrong so instances where you've been proven wrong fall into your blind spot so they can be safely ignored.

See above. This does, however, seem to quantify you fairly well, piping up about what someone who does graphics work needs in a display (which is *very* different from what your average user, gamer, or even someone doing video work, needs) when you clearly have no clue, then refusing to listen to sound explanations of why this is the case. Perhaps you'd find my posts more coherent if you actually read them with an open mind, rather than a staunch belief that what works for you must work for everyone else.

Go back to using Windows, you're a bad fit with the Mac crowd

I married a Mac fanatic, I work for a Mac-centric company, and my two best friends are Mac nuts; and all of that is going quite well. I'd say I'm a damn good fit for that crowd. I'm not a part of it, though; I want a UNIX system with a well-supported UI; that's the crowd I'm in, and I'm loving it, thank you. I also never left Windows; I use it *a lot* for testing. Oh, I also use Linux, when it's the right tool for the job. I don't evangelize any platform, which is what you're doing here.

Peace be with you, friend.

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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

I should have put this in the same post, but it was getting long...

I'll continue to use my rMBP which I've discovered doesn't have the defects you think it does

That's fine. The machine works for you. However, the best Apple can do right now is a 15" machine with a *marginally* faster CPU, the same amount of RAM (yes, despite Apple's documentation, late 2011 MBPs can handle 16GB of RAM), and (thank you for prompting me to look at the disk performance of the current models, my previous benchmark was from 2012) a disk that's about 80% faster, but much smaller (unless I opt for the $500 upgrade). For a full list of my complaints on that front, see here and realize that the defects I see in Apple's current offering are more numerous than you seem to think. And no, your opinion isn't going to fix them, but 32GB of RAM and a physically larger display might.

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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

The difference between using the retina display at it's native 2880x1800 or pushing it to an interpolated 1920x1200 is invisible without a magnifying glass so your main objection is not justified.

When you're doing graphics work, you often find yourself looking *that* closely at your display. Clearly, you've never done any real graphics-intensive work, or you'd fully understand where I'm coming from. Enjoy your crisp text, that's what the hiDPI resolutions on the retina displays are meant to provide; it's not my fault you don't understand the implementation of the technology you are using, what it does, and what its limitations are and how those limitations affect certain use-cases where precision is paramount. You can't see the difference because the difference doesn't matter to you; I'm not faulting you for that, but I'm also not going to argue that the difference *does* matter to people it matters to.

It is more fatiguing working on my 24" 1980x1200 screens where pixels are visible than on the the 15".

If the pixels on your display are visible, you're sitting too close to it. Personally, I wear glasses when staring at a monitor, so I can probably bring mine a little closer than you can before I have that problem. My eyes are odd, one focuses +0.25 diopters and the other focuses -0.25 diopters, both eventually correcting themselves over time, so if I'm working on multiple displays (typically 3) at very slightly differing distances, I have to wear what most people would consider "dizzy" glasses or suffer a massive migraine within an hour or so.

Drawing conclusions from statements is actually fairly reliable, but not from people who change their position. I won't make the mistake of trying to infer anything from you in the future.

When did I change my position? I did not. I did, however, clarify that position. You can insist, all you want, that I don't carry my 17" everywhere due to its size and weight, but insistence doesn't make you correct. I've given you the reasons for that, and it has nothing to do with weight.

It's dangerous to infer the motives of others who you do not know personally, because any such inferences will be based on your own preferences and experiences, which necessarily do differ from theirs; since you don't know them personally, you don't even have the slightest basis by which to compensate for this. Of course, we all do it, so I'm not judging you for that; however, when someone clarifies their reasoning, there is never a situation in which you are right to argue that; you are not them, you are not in their head, and you clearly don't know that person well enough to understand their reasoning, or you wouldn't have incorrectly inferred it in the first place.

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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

Yes, you can *use* the display at that resolution; however, yes, it does certainly make a difference. Perhaps not for text, or vectors drawn by retina-aware applications, because the hiDPI subsystem will still render those at the native resolution, simply adjusting their sizes to scale; but for raster graphics, it most certainly does matter. With a raster, you either scale up by a multiple of the original or you lose sharpness. Why? Because when you scale up by a multiple (say 2:1, which is how hiDPI native scales), 1 pixel simply becomes 4, 2 in each direction; effectively, your pixels become bigger, but they don't change color or placement at all. The moment you start interpolating and antialiasing your output, you no longer have a display fit for graphics work.

If that's what you're using it for, then your resolution choices on a 2880x1800 display are, as I stated, 2880x1800 or 1440x1900. For everyday use, yea, fine, fuck it, run it at any damn resolution you want. If all you care about is the text on the screen, it'll still render at the native 2880x1800, size adjusted to match the hiDPI resolution of your choice.

And I never said the 17" was barely luggable, I simply said I have a smaller machine for travel. Before I had that and, in fact, before I had this 17" MBP, I used (and still have) a slightly larger, twice as heavy 17" PC as my primary machine. I lugged that fucker around with me *everywhere* I needed a computer without complaint. The 17" MBP is *light years* more luggable than that; I just see no need to take the machine that holds a decent amount of my personal data out in public, to potentially unsecure or unsafe locations where it may be stolen, so I take the smaller, cheaper, slightly less capable, but also devoid of personal data, machine with me instead. In a sense, though, I guess you're right; the weight of the potential data goldmine someone would find in this 17" MBP does weigh heavily enough so as to make it unluggable.

TL;DR: Don't infer people's reasons for things; you'll almost always be wrong.

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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

BronsCon Re:I had to look up the AARC (314 comments)

Someone mod this guy up... he worked HARD for that joke!

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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

I'm with you as one who actually uses a mac as intended. Pretty much any time I'm in front of it, at least 12GB of the 16GB of RAM in the machine is in use, and at least 2 of the 8 logical CPU cores are pegged, if not more; on not-rare occasions, I see 8 pegged cores and a ton of swapping as 16GB isn't really enough (though it's the max for this machine) for some of what I'm doing, which, of course, leads to a very non-responsive system. Budget woes and the unavailability if better-spec'd portables dictate that I have to make do, however. I could get a new rMBP with a marginally faster CPU and marginally slower SSD, which would actually make the situation worse as I can't get one with more than 16GB of RAM and, thus, would still swap... to a slower disk. Oh, and I don't have $3200 to drop on, essentially, a downgrade; and yes, to maintain the same amount of storage as my current MBP, I would have to upgrade the SSD size (the upside being that *all* of that 1TB would be SSD, but I really wouldn't see any benefit from moving bulk media storage off of a spinning disk).

Sadly, my current MBP is the last portable Apple made that I find interesting. If I could get an rMBP with 32 or 64GB of RAM, that might change. A Mac Pro would be nice, but falls outside of my budget and would be much less useful when traveling, as my internet connection (and, indeed, the best I can get where I live) doesn't have decent enough upstream to allow me to interact effectively with the applications I would use it for, when remote.

The 17" models were a niche when Apple stopped selling them, yes; however, so was every other model they sold at the time. Now that Apple has clout with an demographic that's a bit more savvy than broke college kids who want to look cool, they could sell a 17" model to a much wider audience. Part of the allure to the larger models is the ability to cool a faster CPU more effectively and allow for more hardware configuration options; it's not all about screen size. There is a reason the 13" model comes standard with half as much RAM and you can't order it with the same speed CPU you can put in a 15"; and a 17" would allow for a yet faster CPU, possibly a second drive bay (alternately filling that area with more battery), and maybe a couple RAM slots to augment the on-board 16GB.

As someone who uses their machine to its potential, I'm certain you understand this, so this post is more directed at others who may read it than it is at you.

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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

Since light emanating from one point loses brightness exponentially as it spreads to cover an area, the backlight of a larger screen will draw exponentially more power than the backlight of a smaller screen, for the same given brightness. The bigger your screen gets, the more the ration of backlight power to panel power skews toward the backlight, so you can't really say a 3820x2160 display will always draw more power than a 1920x1080 display; it may be true at the panel level, but what use is the panel without the backlight? And no panel is drawing 120W by itself, period.

While a panel with 4x as many pixels can be expected to draw roughly *up to* 4x as much current, the switching voltage of each individual pixel drops as the pixels become smaller, so the wattage of the panel does not scale linearly with resolution, but it does scale with size. Since the brightness requirements of the backlight scale exponentially with size, a larger screen quickly begins to draw more power than a smaller screen, even if the smaller screen packs more pixels.

I'm sure I've made some factual error, here, and welcome someone who actually has an EE degree to step in and correct me; however, I'm certain I've gotten the basics correct.

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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

BronsCon Re:Good luck with that (314 comments)

Music ... at eleven!

Fuck yeah! I love Spinal Tap!

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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

Considering that I make full use of the 1920x1200 resolution of my 17" MBP (and often have 2 external displays connected, on top of that) and already wear glasses, any retina display I use will likely be run at a hiDPI resolution, bringing that 15" display down to an effective 1440x900 (just with smoother text), a loss I'm not willing to accept. The aftermarket SSD I installed blows away the SSDs currently used in the rMBP line, so I'd be taking a step down, there, as well. As for weight; I don't carry my 17" long distances; from my couch to my desk in my home office is something like 30 feet, maybe 120 feet to my car (and it's in a backpack for that trip) and another 120 feet (still in the backpack) to my desk at work.

Anywhere else I need a computer, I bring my 15" (which has the same effective resolution as a 15" retina model in hiDPI, by the way) and the extra 1.1lb it has on the retina model doesn't bother me; I don't work out, but I also prefer not to let my muscles atrophy. Due to its lower resolution, that machine sees much lighter and more occasional use, so I just couldn't bring myself to spend the extra for the retina model, and I don't regret not doing it.

Eventually, someone will release a 3840x2160 or 3840x2800 17" laptop with decent specs and a decent case, keyboard, and trackpad and, unless that someone is Apple, that will likely be among the last days I use an Apple machine.

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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

I don't know about that... My nice 47" TV draws 210W at maximum, powering a 47" 120hz panel, a CPU (smart TV), TV tuner, image processor and stream decoder, and 2 channels of 20 watt nominal (10watt RMS) audio. The only part of that I can account for in numbers is the audio amplifier, which is probably something around 80% (being generous) efficiency... 20W x 2 channels / .8 = 50 watts, leaving 160 for everything else. In use and streaming a video, the unit (according to my Kill-A-Watt) actually draws 172W, which means all components except the audio amp (which we determined to be a 50W load) are sharing the remaining 122W.

Additionally, I have a less-nice 36" TV that draws 64W in total (5W for audio), and the following 3 higher-end monitors: a 25" that draws 31W (6W for audio), a 23" that draws 35W (no audio), and a 22" that draws 36W (no audio).

Add to that, my current 17" MBP has a very nice (if perhaps a bit too blue before calibration) panel that sucks down only a handful of watts (the entire system can run with all cores pegged and pushing the GPU to its limits, on 85W and still charge the battery).

How do you figure a 17" panel is going to draw more current than a 47"? Am I missing something?

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

Mismatch traces carrying parallel signals in a system with tight timing tolerances and get back to me. I never said what you're claiming, but congrats on the degree.

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

A 17" retina... driven properly (the crap performance is the result of driving them at voltages that are below-spec or near the low end of the spec for a given panel)... and, being 17", plenty of room for the battery to support it all... maybe a 2nd hard drive bay (I ripped out my DVD drive and stuck the original HDD in a caddy that fills that space, and installed an SSD... I'd love to have a similar setup next time around, as well)... otherwise similar specs to the high-end 15" rMBP model... that would be my ideal laptop right now.

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

Or, maybe, "design" as in how the PCBs are laid out and the various component are interconnected. Yes, this matters, and yes, Apple does this.

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

Don't even get me started on Apple's phone offerings... complete and utter garbage IMO. The iPad, on the other hand, sees much more use than the Android device I finally realized I wasn't actually using and gave to my wife the other day. That and my MBP, I absolutely love; I just wish they still made 17" MBPs, as this one's getting a little long in the tooth, though it still suits my needs just fine, for now.

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

Precisely. Spoken just like I used to say it before I inherited the one I'm typing on now.

Same CPUs? Yes. Same RAM? Yes. Same chipsets? Mostly. Same build quality? No. While I have seen Apple put out some real garbage, it's rare; in general, their build quality is on par with, or better than, most manufacturers' high-end, similarly-priced systems.

I say that as I'm glancing over at my VAIO Z-Series, which has similar specs to my MBP from around the same time, and cost a couple hundred less. A fair trade for being twice as thick, twice as heavy, and made of plastic; it maybe should have weighed in at a few hundred $$ less for that.

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

MY experience with their PSUs is the exact opposite. My wife caught the cable of her MBP's PSU in the mechanism of our recliner and shorted it out no less than 3 times. I am now using that MBP and I use that very same PSU (having repaired the cable each time) 9 hours a day, 5 days a week, at my desk at work. This is a late 2011 MBP and the factory original PSU I'm talking about.

Regarding the PMU issues, she encountered such issues with this machine shortly after each incident with the recliner. I've encountered exactly zero in the past 2 years in which I've been using the machine; but, then, I haven't shorted it out, either.

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

17"...

They sell 17" MBPs?

Please, please tell me they started selling them again!

The late 2011 model I'm typing this on, the last 17" model they produced, really could use a refresh.

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re:And now.. (417 comments)

The Secret Service was involved and his crime spree crossed state lines. He'll be going to one of the good ones.

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

BronsCon Re: Wow ... (417 comments)

The fee the merchant pays goes to their card processor; the fee their card processor pays goes to Visa, MasterCard, or whatever card company. The fees and interest you pay go to your bank.

3 days ago

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Should John Seek Overtime Pay or Insist on Maintaining His Current Arrangement?

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  about 8 months ago

BronsCon (927697) writes "A friend of mine recently came to me for advice regarding how to handle a situation with his employer. I advised him to contact an attorney, because any advice I could provide would likely be poor. But, his situation has made me curious; so I'd like to describe it here and pose the same question to the Slashdot community.

My friend, we'll call him John, has been working for a California-based company for several years in a position covered by IWC Article 4 (PDF warning, sorry) under the assumption that he was exempt from sections 3-12 (which includes the section relating to overtime pay); he recently decided to read over the law, as well as the exemption that could possibly apply to him, the Professional Exemption and the Employee in the Computer Software Field exemption, and discovered that given the current terms of his employment, he is in fact not exempt from any provision of Article 4. He also believes that his employer sincerely mistook his position as exempt and does not wish to punish them for what he believes to be an honest mistake.

For the duration of his employ, John has more or less been allowed to come and go as he pleases and has received frequent commendation for the level of work he puts out, so it would appear that his loose schedule has been beneficial for all involved, up to now. What prompted him to review the IWC documents was a sudden insistence from his boss that he was not working reasonable hours because "every other salaried position requires 50-60hr workweeks".

Here's the rub; he does not want to pursue the unpaid overtime, because this would bankrupt the company and put him out of a job, and he is worried that suing his employer may well make him unemployable. He simply either wants things to continue on as they have been, foregoing overtime pay in exchange for a high degree of freedom in his working schedule (which typically equates to coming in between 8:00 and 8:20 rather than at 8:00 sharp, taking 20-30min breaks rather than 10min, taking an occasional long lunch, and typically staying 30-90min later than most of his coworkers to make up for all of it, as well as working weekends to get things done that didn't get done during the week), or adjusting the working relationship into full compliance with IWC Article 4.

John's development work is largely done solo, he is always present for meetings, which are not held regularly, and his work is frequently completed ahead of schedule and under budget. There are no team members twiddling their thumbs while John is out getting coffee or walking off a heavy lunch before returning to the office.

I'm curious to see how Slashdot's advice will align with John's lawyer's advice, as well as what John will actually do in his situation. So, Slashdot, what would you do?"
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55.000+ Twitter usernames and passwords leaked

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BronsCon writes "Today anonymous hackers leaked more than 55.000 hacked twitter accounts username and password through Pastebin. It was very shocking to see such a massive number of Twitter accounts are hacked. Also celebrity accounts are hacked. Links to all 5 pastebin pages of credentials are included in the article, so you can search for yours."
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Steve Jobs Dead at 55

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BronsCon writes "Jobs, 55, has been instrumental in turning Apple into the dominant producer of portable music players, a leader in the smart phone business and, with the iPad, the inventor of a new category of modern tablet computers. Today, Apple announced that he has passed away, shortly after resigning as CEO of the company and the day following the announcment of the iPhone 4s"
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One Free Website For Every City

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BronsCon writes "San Francisco Bay Area based web design/development firm Gutensite is giving away one Free Pro website to one person or organization in every city, world-wide. By creating a regular Free Lite site with the promo code "MYCITY" you will be eligible to win the prize, a free upgrade to the Webmaster package for one year, a $420 value.

The first sites have a higher chance of winning (see rules for details). But even if you don't win the Grand Prize, everyone will still get to keep their free site, or get 25% off the first full 3 months if they eventually decide to upgrade to a Pro site."

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BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BronsCon writes "Who/What is your favorite...


US President
Game Console
CPU
OS
Joke
Slashdot Editor


If you don't get the gag, please don't vote. Thank you."

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Talk about it

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  about 6 years ago

Recently, I was flamed for making a "joke" of HIV (see below).

Said by an AC: I recommend a guerrilla trademark war: we simply need to decide what STD now gets the street name of "scrabble".

Said by me: HIV. It's about as active as scrabble and gets just about as much attention from the general populace. A ton of people have it but nobody really talks about it anymore.

Said by another AC: Why don't you grow a FUCKING brain cell. You are a fucking moron for taking something as serious as HIV and turning into the latest joke on slashdot. There are people who are FUCKING DYING because of HIV and I'm sure that none of them find you funny. I'm also sure you would stop laughing if you had an HIV test come back positive.

Said by me: Should I fax it to you, or is a simple scan and email enough?
I was actually going for insightful, rather than funny. A ton of people have HIV but nobody really talks about it. Just like Scrabble.
P.S. -- Who's the moron now?

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In all fairness, he's right, I don't have HIV. Dumb luck on his part.

Lord knows I've had some close calls; an ex fiancé who contracted it from a guy she cheated on me with and a girl I dated for a while who called me a few months after we broke up, insisting that I get tested. Dumb luck on my part.

Assigning the nickname 'Scrabble' to HIV might be the best thing to happen to it. If it gets people talking about it, if it raises awareness, beyond using it as an insult, it's a good thing.

If it raises awareness among corporations that, when they take something dear to us, we will take something dear to them in exchange ("Let's hang out with Kevin, he has Scrabble!" becomes "Don't sleep with Kevin, he has Scrabble!"), it is a good thing. But only if it's true.

I have a "FUCKING brain cell". In fact, I have many of them. Enough to realize that anything that gets people talking about an important issue is a good thing. Enough to realize that only a complete moron would flame someone for pointing out a problem such as people not talking about such an issue.

I stand proudly by the positions I take. I feel that, if something is not worth saying, it's not worth taking the time to say; if it is worth saying, it's worth taking credit for having said it.

Let it be known that I truly feel compassion for anyone who has Scrabble; the board game, or the illness.

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Our problem.

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  about 6 years ago

I recently posted this in a discussion here on /. and decided it beneficial to all that I make it more accessible by placing it here, in my journal, as well.

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Here's the (general US population's) problem, as I see it.

Copyright was created to ensure that artists (I do consider coding to be an art-form) had an opportunity to earn income from their work before it could be freely copied or any derivatives could be made of it.

This led to fewer creative works being created in a given time frame than before, as most works are derivative of existing works. The best stories are those which expand on what we already know, right?

The government and pseudo-fascist corporations have begun to realize three things. First, that we, view copyright, in its current state, as a problem. Second, that they make a ton of money by exploiting the current state of the copyright system. Third, that by allowing us access to any creative means, they are allowing us the resources to overcome the current copyright system.

Thus, the ever-increasing system of restricting creativity, until it is illegal to express any thought contrary to their view of being paid for every peak and valley of every sound and light wave that we receive, which could have possibly originated from one of their exploited works.

Look through my post history. I don't typically post this kind of conspiracy-theorist drivel. I feel strongly enough about this issue in particular, however, that I will not sit idly and watch what little remaining freedom we have in this once great country be stolen from us, just as our once great wealth has been.

Now is the time to act. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not next month. Not when Bush is replaced by the next pseudo-democratic-republican leader and you realize they're lying, too.

Now.

Before we lose the ability to create.

The terrorists don't have to fight anymore. We're doing it to ourselves.

We vote our freedom away by electing officials who have a proven track record of deception. We spend our freedom away by buying from companies who restrict how we can use our (or their, depending who you ask) products. We give our freedom away by continuing to do business with corporations who ship jobs and, with those jobs, our economic strength, to other countries, while many on our own soil can not find employment.

We routinely sell our freedom to the highest bidder and can do nothing but cry in disappointment when they never pay out.

Right now. This is the only time we have. Act.

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