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CoS Bigwig Likens Wikipedia Ban to Nazis' Yellow Star Decree

Hertne You know... (567 comments)

I remember saying very close to the same thing quite a number of times to various people when I was... 10?

more than 5 years ago

ACLU Sues Penn Prosecutor For Empty Threat of Child Porn

Hertne Re:Probation? (590 comments)

On the subject of blackmail, I finally figured it out

Could the DA possibly be feeling guilty of something and looking for a way to repent?

Off topic from parent thread: There should be no substantial evidence that there ever was any child pornography in the first place. If there was, then I demand that everyone (Including the DA and any school officials) that viewed it also have a a case filed against them for viewing child pornography.

Child porn should be like playgrounds. (alright, maybe a bad example...) As a child, you play on them, but once you get older you grow out of them and move on to bigger things. Most of the time. The end result of the creepy guys that don't are usually the same anyhow.

more than 5 years ago

Australian ISP Argues For BitTorrent Users

Hertne Re:Why are these considered a "good" to begin with (207 comments)

In my mind, there are goods and there are services.

The movie/music industry is providing me with a service, entertainment. That is what I pay for after all, entertainment. I don't go to the theatre in the hopes of receiving something that I can take home and use or show off to others.

more than 5 years ago

Study Suggests Crabs Can Feel Pain

Hertne Re:Required reading (628 comments)

*pet* Hush now, it's alright.
  It was only the steam escaping from under the lid, don't cry.

more than 5 years ago

Australian ISP Argues For BitTorrent Users

Hertne Why are these considered a "good" to begin with? (207 comments)

Just a quick thought,

Copyrights can only be applied to goods, I believe, right? If this is the case, then why is IP of this nature even copyrighted to begin with?

It would, in my eyes, seem to be more of a service than anything. By purchasing a legal copy of a movie online to download, I'm receiving nothing physical for what I payed for. It's not a good.
  I am, however, being provided with the service of entertainment.

Can services be copyrighted?

If I were to go down the street, find a street performer and start to copy him (See: Eurotrip, silver "robot"), and other people were to start paying me, would that be considered copyright infringement? Can he copyright his "act" to begin with?

Maybe I misunderstand something, but this seems messed up to begin with...

more than 5 years ago

Solar Power Pre-Deployment To Afghanistan?

Hertne "With price not being much of a concern..." (184 comments)

Money may not be much of a concern, but what about time and skill?

I had family overseas recently and had the same thought, but didn't have as much money to spend. I decided to go the DIY route and made one of these Solarize your backpack and power all your gizmos

It's handy because it's lightweight and can be strapped (as the description says) to nearly any backpack, including most military ones, or taken off and set up somewhere stationary.

It also adds more of a personal touch to the whole idea. Buying something nice and expensive for a soldier is nice, but I've often times heard from them that having something personally made (even if it's a letter) is worth gold over there as well. Reminds 'em of home and all, y'know?

If you know how (or know someone that does) I would recommend making one of these.

more than 5 years ago

A Surveillance Camera On Every Chicago Street Corner?

Hertne Re:The cameras do nothing (311 comments)

If you want crime to drop, give people a decent education, a decent job, and decent opportunity not to join a gang.

Give? Whatever happened to "earn"?

If you want crime to drop, give people the chance of a great education, the opportunity for a decent job, and those alone should be incentive enough not to join a gang.

While an education is something that ever human being should strive to achieve, the right to an education isn't something that needs to be earned.

more than 5 years ago

Dating Site For Nerds

Hertne Re:Could I find someone who understands... (4 comments)

... how I can forget to eat for a day or so doing web design ...

Phew... glad to know I'm not the only one that has this problem.

more than 5 years ago

February 13th, UNIX Time Will Reach 1234567890

Hertne Can you imagine (376 comments)

Can you imagine my disappointment:

coffee:/home/fire# perl -e 'print scalar localtime(1123581321),"\n";'
Tue Aug 9 05:55:21 2005


more than 5 years ago

How many hours do you REALLY work each day?

Hertne Re:I said 11-12... (252 comments)

The students have it just as bad sometimes. I attend one of the "high tech high" schools and not only go to school for 7 hours, come home and do academic homework for another hour and a half, and generally work on my lab (Network Systems Technology Prep.) homework (Business Professionals of America, SkillsUSA, College Tech Prep Showcase competitions) for another two and a half hours, then if I'm up to it I'll do some freelance programming for a little bit of cash out of the whole ordeal.

That's assuming, of course, that I haven't been "assigned" some "extra credit" work (ex: going through my instructors state curriculum for examples as to why popular security software such as nmap and ethereal/wireshark should be taught in a Network Systems class in the use of diagnostics).

You're right on the summer thing though, it's nice.

more than 5 years ago

Universal Broadband Plan Calls For $44 Billion

Hertne Re:Not understanding and lashing out is l33t (414 comments)

I completely agree with you that there are many youth out there that could greatly benefit from having high speed internet access (hell, any access at all in some places!).

The only problem I have with the whole idea, is that for every young adult that will contribute in any way, there will be three that w1ll b3 74lk1ng l1k3 7h15.

more than 6 years ago

Universal Broadband Plan Calls For $44 Billion

Hertne Re:A deal with the devil? I hope not. (414 comments)

In a utopian society, this would work great. Unfortunately, utopia is a mark that the U.S. falls far short of.

Snooping of network traffic on an ISP level would be far easier than examining mail on a post office level.

It may be my tinfoil hat on a little too tight, but if you ask me, putting something as authoritative as a government in a position such as this, censorship and snooping is going to be an imminent.

In my opinion, it's a man in the middle waiting to happen.

more than 6 years ago

If I must catch a disease, I'd rather catch it via ...

Hertne Re:Treatability & Offspring Factors (511 comments)

Quite honestly, that was my entire reasoning behind choosing "Genetics - not my fault".

I figure, if I'm taking someone with me.

more than 6 years ago

PlayStation Home Beta Opens to the Public

Hertne In other words, (206 comments)

"It's not alienating, it's easy to identify with, and the socialising and advertising are entirely in context. But you're left pondering the inevitable question: why would you want to spend any time here?"

it's like Myspace. Let's see if the same model works more than once.

more than 6 years ago

Astronomers Dissect a Supermassive Black Hole

Hertne And yet... (77 comments)

the article makes absolutely no mention of glaciers melting in the dead of night.

more than 6 years ago

New iPhone Apps Help Drivers Beat Speed Traps

Hertne This is officer 419... (330 comments)

my iPhone has me listed as being here. I'm going to move up the street a couple miles.

On a side note, could these be considered illegal in certain places, classified as a radar radar detector

more than 6 years ago

Can You Be Denied the Right To Support OSS?

Hertne Quick note... (212 comments)

Legitimate + Fair != Legal

more than 6 years ago

Oblong's g-speak Brings "Minority Report" Interface To Life

Hertne Re:Not impressive at all (221 comments)

New Linux users and experienced Mac users are saying things like, "actually, I just use the terminal to do such-and-such a task; it's faster that way."

I can see why. Most people that are experienced enough to know what a terminal is, much less how to use one, have seen graphic demos such as this at one time or another.

People know that computers can do things and make those things getting done look fancy. The thing is, now a lot of those bells and whistles have lost their "new" value. Now people are more interested in getting things done quickly, and more often than not using a terminal does get things done quicker.

more than 6 years ago


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