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Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Who watches the watchers (195 comments)

Just to mention two of your three objections to my comment are in fact objections to ideologies (and are hence the same objection), so we're in agreement there, and third I never said greed was the best of all possible motivations. However, if I may quote the great jester of our time, Terry Pratchett:

"A thumb pressed against two fingers, and the lean figure of Dr Cruces, head tutor, looming over the startled boys.

"We do not murder," he said. It was a soft voice; the doctor never raised his voice, but he had a way of giving it the pitch and spin that could make it be heard through a hurricane.

"We do not execute. We do not massacre. We never, you may be very certain, we never torture. We have no truck with crimes of passion or hatred or pointless gain. We do not do it for a delight in inhumation, or to feed some secret inner need, or for petty advantage, or for some cause or belief; I tell you, gentlemen, that all these reasons are in the highest degree suspect. Look into the face of a man who will kill you for a belief and your nostrils will snuff up the scent of abomination. Hear a speech declaring a holy war and, I assure you, your ears should catch the clink of evil's scales and the dragging of its monstrous tail over the purity of the language.

"No, we do it for the money.

And, because we above all must know the value of a human life, we do it for a great deal of money.

There can be few cleaner motives, so shorn of all pretense.

Nil mortifi, sine lucre. Remember. No killing without payment."

He paused for a moment.

"And always give a receipt," he added. "

7 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:paper...pencil (106 comments)

Hmm, the problem I find is that when notes start getting too copious it can be difficult or almost impossible to find a particular bit that you were looking for, especially stretching over years. If pen and paper notebooks came with an automated search function I'd be happy!

8 hours ago
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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Don't be ridiculous (144 comments)

I'm surprised we haven't already started to see reasonably large scale sten gun manufacture by criminal groups - easy to make and powerful. Especially in places like the UK where it's much more difficult to get firearms.

11 hours ago
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Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Who watches the watchers (195 comments)

I'm not sure why there's all this hand wringing over corporate influence on the political process, I'd much prefer corporations having a say than some of the more powerful ideological interests that influence politicians.

I say this because corporations are basically greedy.

Greed doesn't care about your skin colour, your gender, your nationality, greed isn't interested in reframing the social dialogue in order to deconstruct gender roles that are constantly evolving anyway, greed won't murder you or drive you out of a job because you think the wrong way or hold the wrong opinion. All greed cares about is its own self interests. I trust greed, I know what it is and what it wants, and I can reasonably reliably predict what it's going to do next. Greed is in fact the great equaliser that is the holy grail of most progressive politics.

I mean putative corporate dystopias can hardly hold a candle to some of the actual real life ideological dystopias which have existed.

And so I don't get worried about corporations influencing governments. As long as they're kept at one anothers' throats (capitalism) things are working more or less the way they should.

11 hours ago
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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

Intrepid imaginaut Re:"Llets you find?" (144 comments)

I'm starting to think the increasingly shitty summaries are some form of cry for help.

Of course I haven't actually read the summary so I wouldn't know.

yesterday
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Don't worry Americans... (373 comments)

Thick and rich as soup in a pub on the shores of Galway bay my friend, the only way Guinness was ever meant to be served. I wouldn't touch the tinned stuff with someone else's.

yesterday
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Intrepid imaginaut Re:do they have a progressive view? (328 comments)

Ah, you appear to be confusing "people interested in high tech" with "fanatical zealots of a dualistic ideology". One of these is actually progressive, the other is not.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:What now? 1 billion! (279 comments)

I'd be very happy with an open source equivalent to Publisher 98 to be honest. I know there are alternatives but they don't have the useability and functionality of good old Publisher.

3 days ago
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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Lets organize a boycott .. (202 comments)

I haven't weighed in on the Eich thing yet because I couldn't quite put my finger on what exactly was giving me an uncomfortableness about it. I support gay marriage, I'd question why anyone would be insane enough to actually want to get married, but if they want it why not.

What burns about the whole affair is that the relevant parties had their say, the people voted, and that should be that. Instead we've got vengeance seeking from those in favour of gay marriage, making lists, hunting people down and persecuting them by whatever means are available. In other words, McCarthyism.

Fuck that.

about a week ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Funny (689 comments)

I didn't say it was.

about a week ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Is something being casually elided here? (431 comments)

Honestly you can hardly blame them, I finally read the summary on the last story after posting a half dozen comments and found that a link I'd spent five minutes googling was the first link up there. Scanning quickly over the other comments I found that three other people had "discovered" this same link and been modded up for it.

Once I figure out how to make relevant comments without even reading the other comments I will truly be a max level slashdotter.

about a week ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Is this a propaganda piece? (431 comments)

I'm losing track, is it the Koch brothers or cultural Marxism which are doing the rounds on youtube as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man today?

about a week ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Funny (689 comments)

I fail to see how you fail to see what I was responding to, specifically "You're missing the real picture. GNOME is running out of money because they spent it on stupid outreach programs for women and "trans-women"". This does appear to be the case. The rest of the comment is indeed misogynistic and irritating.

about a week ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Intrepid imaginaut Re:No thanks (167 comments)

I'd have gone the opposite direction, rather than the lame Geordi LaForge effort, make it an ostentatious monocle, cyberpunk or even steampunk style. Offer a variety of skins to suit the early adopter market (mostly nerds) and bling that tech out.

about a week ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Intrepid imaginaut Re:Funny (689 comments)

As charming as your characterisation of /.s membership is, I'm more interested in whether or not there is any truth to the assertion that Gnome's funding was eaten up by outreach programmes. I managed to track down this article, so there does seem to be a certain amount of legitimacy to the claim.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:McGuffey's 4th New Eclectic Reader:"The Colonis (733 comments)

Yeah I agree with this. I think it was Zimbabwe (?) where they threw out the white farmers and gave the farms to people who just didn't know anything about it, and as a result the agricultural sector basically collapsed. There's a whole lot of skill to farming.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:I Disagree... (733 comments)

That seems a bit oversimplified. Just because there's a link between autocratic societies and war/stagnation doesn't neccessarily mean that super redundancy is much better. Some things work best when lots of resources are focused on them, and having a strong executive can be very effective if the roles also come with accountability, which is of course where autocrats and many politicians fall down.

about a week ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

Intrepid imaginaut Re:The Revolution will not be Tweeted (76 comments)

In order for a protest movement to be effective it needs to convince people who make decisions that it is effective. It needn't actually be disruptive, just give the impression that it is. I think a carefully targeted online protest can be quite powerful as long as people believe it's powerful. That means appearances in the mainstream media, mentions at weekly meetings, that sort of thing. Petitions at the petition site are just viewed as a pressure valve by those in power.

about a week ago

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Female gamers who have had enough of politics

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  about 10 months ago

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) writes "An online RPG convention called ConTessa for female gamers who just want to game is being set up by Stacy Dellorfano, who writes: "The idea for ConTessa came about in late 2012 when I started craving for a space for myself where I could just be a gamer without having to constantly talk about being a woman who games, or constantly being expected to comment on every piece of artwork or game or political gender discussion that came up. It became so bad that I rarely got asked to actually talk about the actual games and gaming and frequently got asked to talk about anything involving gender politics.

I thought it would be nice to build a convention where women could set aside the gender politics for a few days and just enjoy being gamers.""

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Annonymous targets Irish websites over SOPA

Intrepid imaginaut Intrepid imaginaut writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Intrepid imaginaut writes "It appears that anonymous has launched a widespread DDOS attack on numerous Irish government websites in the past few hours, taking down justice.ie and finance.gov.ie in an effort to attract attention to a piece of SOPA-like legislation that is being rushed through by Sean Sherlock. A Twitter account affiliated to the Swedish arm of Anonymous said the timing of the attack, when the websites would not be in heavy demand, was a “wake up – warning shot”."
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