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Automated DMCA Takedown Notices Request Censorship of Legitimate Sites

HTH NE1 Re:If the rules were balanced (192 comments)

Automated law enforcement? Don't we have dozens of examples from popular fiction showing why that's a bad idea?

"No one escapes the Manhunters"?

about 2 years ago

NASA Satellite Measurements Show Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Melt

HTH NE1 Re:Enjoy massive crop failures and lowland floodin (411 comments)

Adapt or die.

"Bye-bye, California. Hello, new West Coast. My West Coast. Costa Del Lex. Luthorville. Marina del Lex. Otisburg... Otisburg?"

more than 2 years ago

NASA Satellite Measurements Show Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Melt

HTH NE1 Re:I'm not going to panic just yet... (411 comments)

this is believed to happen every 150 years or so

"I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren't there." -- The Doctor

more than 2 years ago

Australian Gamers Finally Get an R-18+ Category

HTH NE1 Re:I bet now (69 comments)

Just like how ESRB Ao-rated games are listed on XBL, PSN, etc. in the US today. Oh, wait: the console makers don't allow any Ao-rated games to be played on their hardware in the US.

Plus the console makers can excuse themselves by saying they were never designed for the R-18+ rating and opt not to push an update to recognize and thus enable their play, to preserve their family-friendly image.

more than 2 years ago

Smearing Toddler Reputations Via Internet: Free Speech Or Extortion?

HTH NE1 Obligatory Grammar Lesson (213 comments)

reserving domain names for one of her target's 3 year old daughter.

One of the three... daughters... who are old... that the target... adopted... a year ago?

That is a very ugly and incorrect phrase. First, "3-year-old" needs hyphens when used as an adjective for "daughter". Also, leading with "one of" leads the reader into thinking something in there is going to be plural: either "daughters" (if the target had more than one 3-year-old daughter) or, more likely, "targets", which would form the possessive "targets' " (apostrophe trails the s iff the -s suffix signifies a plural). And mixing prepositional possessive phrases with bare possessives is just asking for parsing trouble.

That link-text is more readable as:

reserving domain names for the 3-year-old daughter of one of her targets.

or, the less likely:

reserving domain names for one of the 3-year-old daughters of her target.

that the target had twin girls, or, if even less likely hyphenation error was misconstrued:

reserving domain names for one of the three year-old daughters of her target.

suggesting the target had triplets, each being one year of age.

Whoever edited that submission needs remedial study.

more than 2 years ago

Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

HTH NE1 Immature Alien Marital Artists (481 comments)

Immature Alien Martial Artists
Immature Alien Martial Artists
Immature Alien Martial Artists
Cash in on a franchise, with sexplosions.

about 2 years ago

The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math

HTH NE1 Re:Boycott (311 comments)

To me, there's clearly a connection between piracy and privacy, and not just the obvious that you want your piracy to be secret to avoid prosecution, but that some piracy is motivated in remaining a private person, especially in the face of corporations and their associations that seek to make you not, for their own benefit.

They want to find those consumers with low standards and meet, not exceed them, with as little effort as possible.

In an information economy, a cash sale is considered a loss.

about 2 years ago

The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math

HTH NE1 Re:Boycott (311 comments)

With digital goods, the supply is infinite, trying to artificially limit it is ridiculous and just results in someone else stepping up to cater to that demand.


about 2 years ago

Detecting Chess Cheats Taxes Computers

HTH NE1 Re:Cage Matches! (159 comments)

Check their pockets and make them play in a giant Faraday cage!

Neutrino subdermal communicators?

"The Klute offers a draw!"

more than 2 years ago

Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

HTH NE1 Re:There's this little problem with Ender's Game (1054 comments)

Hello, children. Hello. Here is this morning's story. Are you ready? Then we'll begin.

One day, Ricky the magic pixie went to visit Daisy Bumble in her tumble-down cottage. He found her in the bedroom. Roughly, he grabbed her heavy shoulders, pulling her down onto the bed and ripping off her--

Old Nick the sea captain was a rough, tough, jolly sort of fellow. He loved the life of the sea, and he loved to hang out down by the pier, where the men dressed as ladies--

Rumpletweezer ran the dinky-tinky shop in the foot of the magic oak tree by the wobbly dum-dum bush in the shade of the magic glade down in Dingly Dell. Here he sold contraceptives and--

Discipline... naked... "with a melon"?

more than 2 years ago

Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

HTH NE1 Re:Good Ole Southern Cackalacky (1054 comments)

Wasn't there a lot of child nudity in Ender's Game?

It's not a picture book. Any child nudity you saw while reading it (or listening to it in audiobook form or otherwise having it read to you) you produced yourself in your own mind.

more than 2 years ago

Stealthy Pen Test Unit Plugs Directly Into 110 VAC Socket (Video)

HTH NE1 Re:Where's the Line? (74 comments)

So you would need a patsy to plug it in or physical access.

That would be easier if it doubled as a USB charger.

more than 2 years ago

Are Rich People Less Moral?

HTH NE1 Re:Equality of the law (1040 comments)

It's often paraphrased: "One law, for rich and poor alike, which prohibits them equally from stealing bread or sleeping under bridges."

more than 2 years ago

Apple Threatens To Pull Siri Clone From App Store

HTH NE1 Cylon (251 comments)

With Evi's single eye bouncing left and right while she processes the question, I asked, "Are you a Cylon?" Evi responded, "I don't know, I'm afraid." So apparently she's a sleeper agent like Boomer.

more than 2 years ago

Brain Implants Can Detect What Patients Hear

HTH NE1 Re:Look out! (75 comments)

It's just a (wire)tap on the head.

more than 2 years ago

Southwest Airlines iPhone App Unencrypted, Vulnerable To Eavesdroppers

HTH NE1 WarGames (139 comments)

All right, Miss Mack. You're confirmed on Southwest's flight 114 leaving Chicago's O'Hare Airport at 8.15am on 18 August. Do we need a rental car? No.

more than 2 years ago

Canadian Govt To Introduce Massive Internet Surveillance Law

HTH NE1 Re:To stop child pornographers and organized crime (215 comments)

The easiest way for them to do this is to adopt another legal fallacy: like corporations are people, encryption is a munition, money is speech, the national "border" is 200 miles thick (100 miles to each side), and DRM is effective protection, declare the Internet as a public space and you can surveil with impunity.

(Acknowledged, those are US official legal fallacies and this is about Canada.)

more than 2 years ago

Canadian Govt To Introduce Massive Internet Surveillance Law

HTH NE1 Re:Thin Veil (215 comments)

Rose Tyler: So, what is it? What's wrong?
The Doctor: Don't know, some kind of signal drawing the TARDIS off course.
Rose Tyler: Where are we?
The Doctor: Earth, Utah, North America. About half a mile underground.
Rose Tyler: And... when are we?
The Doctor: 2012.
Rose Tyler: God, that's so close. So I should be... 26.

Adam Mitchell: This is Mr. van Statten.
Rose Tyler: And who is he when he's not at home?
Adam Mitchell: Mr. van Statten owns the Internet.
Rose Tyler: Don't be stupid, no one owns the Internet.
Henry van Statten: And let's just keep the whole world thinking that way, right kids?

Henry van Statten: So, the next President. What do you think? Republican or Democrat?
Diana Goddard: Democrat, Sir.
Henry van Statten: For what reason?
Diana Goddard: They're... just so funny, Sir?

more than 2 years ago


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