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Japan Bans Use of Web Sites in Elections

Gogl Re:definitely not! (190 comments)

And the 60 year old is going to be an intelligent voter? They're not going to blindly vote for any asshole who promises "morality" and "the good old days"?

Face it, all ages of voters have the potential to be (and often are) stupid. Frankly, I've talked to some pretty damn thoughtful 12 year olds. I'm not saying that newborns should vote, but 18 sure as hell is an arbitrary line in the sand. Some people grow up before then, and some never do.

more than 7 years ago



Gogl Gogl writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gogl writes "With RIAA (read: Sony et al.) "pre-litigation" threats looming, Stanford has decided to (warning, PDF) pass the costs down to the students "who are jeopardizing the Stanford network by using it as platform to steal songs, movies, TV shows, video games, books and software." DMCA violations will result in a network disconnection, with reconnection costing $100 the first time, $500 the second, and $1000 the third. Stands in pretty sharp contrast to the stance taken by the Harvard law professor discussed here earlier."



The Journal is Dead, Long Live the Journal

Gogl Gogl writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Seriously though, yeah. Although the fact that I didn't write in this thing for awhile, and didn't get involved in the various friends community and write in other peoples journals, and yeah, that is all pretty indicative of what I'm saying here, but I figured I'd make it official: this journal is pretty dead. I *may* still write in it very occasionally, but that's it.

This is largely because I finally succeeded in installing a dynamic-blog-like thing on this one shell of mine. The site is up at:


I'll probably be updating it pretty regularly, and what's more it's intended to be a total-free-expression-community thing, so whether you know who I am or not, you're more than welcome to join in the chaos that is the Proletariat Network. Or something.

And that is all...


The beauty of procrastination

Gogl Gogl writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Okay, so I'm procrastinating at the moment, whee.

First off, two trivial things:

1) Having /. as my background is sort of convenient, but it does make start up time a lot bigger (I just booted, not because of any computer issue, but because I accidentally hit the master switch for my room and turned off all my outlets in one fell swoop).

2) In the near future I do intend to actually explore other people's journals and build a friends list and partake in the journal community and such. Honest. It's on my todo list. Just give me a sec.

And now for a not so trivial thing:

Okay, courtesy of my new Slashdot-as-desktop setup, I've been a lot more in touch with the news (not the Slashdot news, the *real* news over at Google news, as I can get there in one convenient click from my custom Slashbox), and yeah... it looks like war with Iraq is getting to be pretty inevitable. This latest incident of Saddam basically thumbing his nose at the UN gives Dubya just the rhetoric he needs to preach war. Already protests have sprung up in some places, mostly in Britain and such, but the IMF protesters in DC (at least one of whom I know, whee) apparently also protested war with Iraq, marching on Cheney's house.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is simple: do whatever you can. Yes, you're just an individual, so am I, but you still count. If there is a protest locally, go to it. Write letters to senators and such. Make yourself be heard.

This is, of course, assuming that you're against the war, which I very much hope you are. I generally try to be objective, but right now I am far too impatient/lazy to explain my logic here, suffice it to say that I can see absolutely no good reason to go to war with Iraq, and I believe such a course of action would actually have quite negative effects. In any case, if you disagree with me so be it, and if you think you can provide any sort of reason for disagreeing with me feel free to try. But yeah...

Not a lot else to say. Boo to war with Iraq. The only shot we have is if we make it clear to Bush that he does *not* have public support on this. Even then it might still happen, but probably not...


"This is required"

Gogl Gogl writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well, seeing as how I've sort-of decided that this is sort-of some sort of semi-"blog" (even though I've grown to despise the word, sort-of), I suppose I should do something blog-like and post a bunch of random trivialities.

The subject is two pronged. First off, what I'm doing is, in a sense, "required" of a blog or blog-like thing (the random trivialities). Second off, I was amused to discover that Slashcode felt it necessary to inform the user that the subject field is required (indeed, it says "This is required" above it).

That aside, I'm sort of scared. /. has been my start page for awhile, which is bad enough, but just today... yes, I made /. my desktop. I perfectly sized it so all my icons are on the left side, Trillian is on the right, and /. is in the middle. Of course the page itself is customized, got rid of all the excess graphics so it loads quick, customized the Slashboxes (including of course the custom Slashbox), and etc. If you wish to see the horror, here's a screenshot:


Anyway, hrmmmm another triviality... oh yes, this will only be funny to you if you've had the misfortunate of taking CSC171-172 at the University of Rochester, but...


And yes, I'm aware I'm posting all the urls as plain old text, not bothering with HTML formatting or anything. That's because I'm lazy.

Well, hrmmm, a lot of blogs list the music they're listening to, right? Well, I'm listening to "Black, Brown, and Beige" by Duke Ellington. As for "My Mood", it is whatever it is. I'll have to get back to you all on that. Not that there is anyone I'm getting back to in the first place, because aside from the one anonymous quasi-humor quasi-troll that responded to my first woeful journal entry, I doubt anyone is reading this. But we shall see...

Oh, and if you are reading this and you don't have an account here at /., just post anonymously, in case you found this in the link I put in my AIM profile or something... or don't post at all, or whatever...


Okay then

Gogl Gogl writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Wow, so I was totally unaware of this fact, but now that they've changed the interface a bit, it appears that I have a couple of fans (literally just a couple, 4), and one "freak". Heh. Seems appropriate.

In any case, yeah.... I don't have a lot to say but that, and to see if any of them (or if anybody else) happens to find this and post in it for some reason.

EDIT: Okay, so I've decided that I'm going to use this journal as some sort of pseudo-blog or something, I'm not really sure yet. We'll see how stuff works out, I suppose...

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