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Fighting For Downloaders' Hearts and Minds

Chris Acheson Acceptable dissent (325 comments)

there are plenty, even among the young, who can be eloquent about why they believe illegal downloading is not wrong. These can include everything from what they see as the unacceptable "control freakery" of DRM and regional coding, to overcharging and exploitation of the very artists the music industry claims to protect.

"Principled opposition to copyright itself" is, of course, left out of their range of acceptable dissent.

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Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

Chris Acheson Re:two ways to solve the tax "scam" (1505 comments)

To be clear, I'm not all that fond of the idea of the idea of just replacing government-funded professional cops with privately-funded professional cops. I do see the latter as an improvement over the former, but I prefer a more participatory approach that breaks down the distinction between "people who provide security" and "people who need security". Something like an armed neighborhood watch for basic patrol stuff, with professionals undertaking only the more specialized roles (detectives, etc).

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Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

Chris Acheson Re:two ways to solve the tax "scam" (1505 comments)

nobody here seems to be calling for that;

I am. Taxation is theft, and should be abolished.

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Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

Chris Acheson Re:two ways to solve the tax "scam" (1505 comments)

What's the matter? Can't fathom the idea of providing and/or purchasing your own security? You need other people to pay for it for you?

Sounds like socialism to me.

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The Biggest Cults In Tech

Chris Acheson Re:Cult #1 (397 comments)

Precisely.

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The Biggest Cults In Tech

Chris Acheson Re:Cult #1 (397 comments)

Windows isn't a cult.

It's a religion.

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Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

Chris Acheson Re:w00t! (1505 comments)

These states produce a high standard of living. That's worthwhile.

Just like how cockroaches produce civilization.

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Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

Chris Acheson Re:two ways to solve the tax "scam" (1505 comments)

Why would we want to pay for those things?

As far as I'm concerned, if the government can afford to pay soldiers and cops to do their bidding, taxes are still too high.

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Think-Tank Warns of Internet "Brownouts" Starting Next Year

Chris Acheson Re:why would a computer "jitter and freeze" (445 comments)

Ah, but there is a difference between a democracy and a stock corporation.

There are many differences:

1) If you don't like how a stock corporation conducts itself, you're free to dump their stock and refuse to do business with them. A democracy, on the other hand, will cheerfully commit horrible atrocities in your name and on your dime, whether you like it or not.

2) If you try to compete with a stock corporation, you may or may not be financially successful, depending on the circumstances. However, if you try to compete with a democracy (for example, in the areas of security provision, delivery of first-class mail, issuance of currency, etc.), you will be forcefully shut down.

3) The agents of a democracy can do whatever they like to you, usually without consequence. Between police and military forces, they murder thousands of innocent people per year, with no more than an "oops, our bad", and usually not even that. The agents of a typical stock corporation, on the other hand, are held to a roughly similar standard of behavior as the rest of us.

I could go on, but hopefully you get the idea.

Plus, how does the power to regulate make the government a monopoly? It's derived in law, not in bank account. If the government took on the project itself and refused to allow competition, you might have a point. But we have the opposite situation here: monopoly status is indirectly or directly conferred upon otherwise normal companies, as is done with the USPS, and people are saying, why bother "regulating" if it just results in special treatment and handouts? Why not actually regulate, so that there is some semblance of competition, which is supposed to be a main benefit of privatization?

A government is a monopoly, by definition. As long as a government exists, it will be disproportionately influenced by those who control large amounts of capital, and will provide them with special privileges at the expense of the rest of us. In terms of regulation, that means it's going to regulate in such a manner as to provide monopoly-level profits to its favored parties, intervening against them only where needed to keep the system stable.

The general public are akin to cattle, with the government and big business cooperating in order to milk us most efficiently. Our interests are secondary to this. The solution, then, lies not in calling for more (or "better") regulation, but in abolishing the government entirely.

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Think-Tank Warns of Internet "Brownouts" Starting Next Year

Chris Acheson Re:why would a computer "jitter and freeze" (445 comments)

The world isn't exactly lacking "social democracies" that are indeed supposed to work that way, yet they still act as instruments of class exploitation.

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Think-Tank Warns of Internet "Brownouts" Starting Next Year

Chris Acheson Re:why would a computer "jitter and freeze" (445 comments)

If we had a completely unregulated economy with no government like some Rush Limbaugh fantasy, we would end up with a situation where one company could easily seize control of a market and using its size and anti-competitive practices to destroy anyone else who would try to compete.

Not so much.

Government is the only thing that can step into stop that.

So in order to protect ourselves from monopolies, we need to support a really, really big monopoly? And that really, really big monopoly is going to act in the interests of people with no significant amount of money or political influence, rather than in the interests of rich, savvy, well-connected businessmen?

When have things ever worked that way?

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RIAA Brief Attacks Free Software Foundation

Chris Acheson Re:"anti-recording industry website" (554 comments)

Without copyright, there'd be no proprietary software, by definition. The competition would then be between FOSS and closed-source "freeware", with FOSS having a clear competitive advantage.

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South Park Creators Given Signed Photo of Saddam Hussein

Chris Acheson The hell? (1297 comments)

Get this Little Green Footballs bullshit out of here.

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Microsoft Open Sources ASP.NET MVC

Chris Acheson Re:Typical (227 comments)

The MS-PL is a Free Software license, according to the FSF. It's just not compatible with the GPL.

There are multiple "shared source" licenses, some Free, others not: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_source

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How Do I Make My Netbook More Manly?

Chris Acheson Re:Stickers... (993 comments)

(though she's switched to macs now).

Oh man, I feel your pain.

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Wii System Menu 4.0 Released

Chris Acheson Re:Sigh (94 comments)

I don't own a TV, you insensitive clod.

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Favorite on-screen calculator?

Chris Acheson Re:Octave (776 comments)

Octave here, too. I even install it on Windows machines that I'm forced to use, though it seems to start up much more slowly than it does in Linux.

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NY Bill Proposes Tax Credit for Open Source Developers

Chris Acheson Re:How to prevent abuse? (111 comments)

Looks like the mods think you're genuine. ;-)

more than 5 years ago

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