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British Men Jailed For Online Hate Crimes

Klistvud Re:whats the crime in hate crime? (778 comments)

Besides I like living in a free society where the government doesn't get to decide what I can legally think.

Oh, a Martian? You're obviously not familiar with some of our customs. You see, when we earthlings say you're entitled to free speech, what we actually mean is: as long as your speech doesn't offend our bigoted ears. If you feel that this law-enforced discrimination is no better than racism, sexism, or homophobia - keep that feeling to yourself, because asserting that *laws may actually be discriminating* will get you jailed in no time! That's because we earthlings honestly believe that to really understand the "freedom" of speech you should contemplate it from behind bars.

more than 5 years ago
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Free Wi-Fi For the Residents of Venice, Italy

Klistvud Re:Very cool. (153 comments)

Remember to take your cash too. Next, they'll start charging non-residents for drinking water from public fountains. Or, for sitting on park benches.

more than 5 years ago
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Exchange Rates Spell High Prices for Windows 7 In the EU

Klistvud Re:Fine (548 comments)

A modest proposal: they should just further ramp up their EU prices (say, to 1.000.000 EUR per copy of Win7) and lower their US prices (say, to 1 $). They should do likewise for *all* US products. This approach would (1) fairly reflect the true value of US products and (2) be as effective as boycotting them, *without being rude*.

more than 5 years ago
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35,000-Year-Old Flute Is Oldest Music Instrument Ever Found

Klistvud Re:Flute (139 comments)

Yeah, it's incomplete. It should say: Apparently, the instrument has never been allowed to play music, as it was not RIAA-approved. The maker's skeleton found nearby without pelvis: obviously had his ass sued off.

more than 5 years ago
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On the Humble Default

Klistvud Re:Anonymous Coward (339 comments)

Cars should be designed so as to run right smack in the middle of the road by default, unless the user changes the default -- to accomplish which, a reasonably complex procedure should be put in place, in order to avoid accidental/unwanted changes to the sane defaults.

Alternatively, cars could be produced to run on the right side of the road, whereas trucks could be produced to run on the left side by default.

That would avoid the localization problems mentioned in the above post. Similar solutions could be provided for other localization problems (for example: by default, in place of light switches, there should be two live wires protruding from the wall, leaving it to the user to change that default configuration). And so on.

more than 5 years ago
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On the Humble Default

Klistvud Re:It's not my fault (339 comments)

This race-to-the-first-post is getting tiresome. The Admins should modify their software: by default, every first post should be deleted, so that the 2nd post becomes 1st. Then, the 1st post should be deleted, so that the 2nd post becomes 1st. Then, the 1st post should be deleted, so that the 2nd post becomes 1st. Then...

That would simplify SlashDot and make it more user-friendly, making AJAX and other complex technologies virtually obsolete.

more than 5 years ago
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Minn. Supreme Court Upholds City's Right To Build Own Network

Klistvud Re:Free markets (252 comments)

Trouble is, I'm sure there's some bit of our tax money being used to make this failnet.

That's *exactly* why the telco has taken this to the supreme court. They were concerned about the taxpayers' money!

more than 5 years ago
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NIH Spends $400K To Figure Out Why Men Don't Like Condoms

Klistvud Re:Easy Answer (844 comments)

$423,500? They must be joking. They'll never get any firm results unless they come up with some hard, pulsating cash.

more than 5 years ago
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ASCAP Wants To Be Paid When Your Phone Rings

Klistvud Re:RIAA (461 comments)

Geez, I should stop whistling popular tunes to myself while in public areas. Bad, bad habit! Some RIAA or ASCAP jerk may overhear me and sell me into slavery to the Third World. On the other hand, there I'll be allowed to whistle at least!

more than 5 years ago
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Concrete Comparisons of Theora Vs. Mpeg-4

Klistvud Re:Help me out, please (325 comments)

You must PAY to use a patented format, such as jpeg or mp3 or mpeg-4. In practice, the maker of your DVD player or your video camera, or the company making the software or ripping CDs, or your content provider, will have paid that "tax" in advance -- from your pocket, of course. That way, everything gets a bit more expensive than it should be. Players, cameras, computers, software, everything is encumbered with this "tax".

It also means that, if the patent holder decides to prosecute us users tomorrow (just as RIAA is doing today) and they find a jpg, or mp3, or mpeg-4 file on your computer that was obtained without paying for the royalties, using patent-circumventing means -- which roughly comprises ALL free software and many OSS phones/players/PDAs -- they may sue your ass off. That's why license matters.

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Concrete Comparisons of Theora Vs. Mpeg-4

Klistvud I thought Theora was GPL-ed? (325 comments)

If I were to choose between a proprietary, obfuscated, possibly patent-encumbered format and an open, free, community-geared format, I'd always choose the latter, without all that nitpicking about performance and technicalities. In the end, it all boils down to whose interests you want to support -- those of a patent holder who's gonna charge you every single time you watch a video, or your own.

On the other hand, consumers are strange and bewilderingly uninformed creatures. They rarely choose what's in their best interest (as shown by the mp3/ogg controversy, by the wide acceptance of DRM-ed content, and so on).

more than 5 years ago
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Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much?

Klistvud Re:The real question is. (542 comments)

nor does he refer to any change to the linux desktop in specific.

Well, I, for one, migrated from KDE to Gnome precisely because of this "innovate at any cost" philosophy in KDE. KDE4 was introduced far too soon in the major distros and even promoted to the "default" Desktop Environment in some of them, while still being horribly buggy and crashing all the time. The haste to make the GNU/Linux desktop look cool just made it look bad.

If I could sort of understand this innovation hype while I was a Windows user (novelty sells), I really wish GNU/Linux developers would slow down "innovation for innovation's sake", and invest their energies in making things work smoothly first. Personally, I'd be more than happy with a Desktop Environment that was, say, 5 years old, without bells, whistles, or Compiz, but was *maintained* well -- nay, maintained *aggressively* -- in order to have almost every bug squashed. The only time I'm glad to see innovation is when it's related to new devices/hardware support.

That's just my opinion, of course.

more than 5 years ago
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Kindle, Zune DRM Restrictions Coming Into Focus

Klistvud Re:When Will the Average Consumer Learn? (311 comments)

you're purchasing a "license" and a "service" not a product

Good point! You're purchasing nothing more than a "permit to listen". I wouldn't even go as far as suggesting to buy it once: better wait until they come up with a "product" -- "permits" are usually not worth the paper they're written on... But, hey, these are paperless, so let me guess how much must THEY be worth?

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Kindle, Zune DRM Restrictions Coming Into Focus

Klistvud Re:When Will the Average Consumer Learn? (311 comments)

Decades ago I had close to 3,000 LP's. To preserve them from wear, I copied many of them to blank cassette tapes (which, IIRC, included a special overprice to cover "copyright damages" incurred by taping music). Then the CD arrived, with allegedly better sound, so I re-purchased many of the albums in CD format. After that, downloadable DRM-ed music came out. Hmm, that would be like re-purchasing the same music for the (counting the "copyright tax" on cassette tapes) FOURTH TIME OVER??? I said no, thanks. I prefer to buy CD's and convert them to ogg/mp3 myself. I'll never buy a DRM-ed piece NO MATTER how perfectly DRM is implemented. Does this make me a consumer that has learned or...?

more than 5 years ago
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How RIAA Case Should Have Played Out

Klistvud Re:I think you have it backwards (296 comments)

I'm not arguing for Ray or against him, it just makes me think: if the rule of law has been overridden in specific cases (such as possibly in the said trial, or in certain interrogations of terrorist suspects that have supposedly taken place, or, more prominently, in the case of the Guantanamo prisoners) -- can it still be called "rule of law" at all? Or, to put it the other way round: how many such exceptions to "due process" must occur before the "rule of law" should stop being called that? It's a lot like those girls who take it in the mouth and in the ass and elsewhere -- but never in the pussy, so that they can go on calling themselves technically "virgins".

more than 5 years ago
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Where does a geek find a social life?

Klistvud Re:Yoga and bars (10 comments)

Don't know about yoga, but bars are OK. You actually don't need friends for that, I go to bars by myself all the time. Over time, you get used to it, particularly if you stick to the same bars. At first, you can just sit there and drink, and subsequently you may try to approach a girl, particularly if she's been eyeing you a lot. Remember: genuine (not fake) interest about her life will get every girl talking eagerly to you in bare minutes.

Another great venue is online dating - just by putting your profile on dating sites and the like will get ladies to send you mails. Just be honest with your profile, and try to sound interesting/funny. And some photos are a must, of course.

more than 5 years ago
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Best Handset For Freedom?

Klistvud Re:Open source smart phone (232 comments)

A good point! And not to forget that the best encryption is achieved by pressing the OFF button and leaving it at that. Surpassed only by the act of removing the battery altogether... ;)

more than 5 years ago
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Best Handset For Freedom?

Klistvud Re:There's only one obvious choice... (232 comments)

Exactly! Moreover, there is always the possibility of the government simply SCRAMBLING or even SWITCHING OFF all cells (or WiFi spots, or Internet providers...) on their territory. They could always fall back on some sort of military grade communications, satellites or the like, whereas we, ordinary citizens, could not.

That makes me think that this is a legislative, not a technological problem. We should pressure the powers that be to let us participate in law-making through public polls or plebiscites. The legal system as it is is extremely obsolete and is expressly made by anyone BUT the people, for anyone BUT the people. THAT'S the front we should be fighting on, methinks.

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Doctorow Says Google & Amazon Stifle Progress

Klistvud Culture PRE-DATES market, Cory! (162 comments)

The original article is just an oh-so-typical piece of American thinking, wherein money and market are the ultimate movers of everything.

Of course, if your concept of culture stops at Coke, Pop Music and Hollywood, this may hold true. If it extends to encompass Homer, Beethoven, Boole, Sartre, or Australian aboriginal art, however, you'll have to admit there is no direct correspondence between cultural "value" and market "price". The CULTURAL value of Picasso is NOT the price of his painting as sold at the latest auction.

Culture will go on existing even after all the Googles, Amazons, Wall Streets and Doctorows have perished.

more than 5 years ago
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Liberal Party of Canada Comes Out In Support of Net Neutrality

Klistvud Re:Is BitTorrent a "legitimate software applicatio (142 comments)

Is a car a "legitimate hardware appliance"? It CAN be used to kill people, you know... Not to mention airplanes...

more than 5 years ago

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Who is this Cowardon posting all over the place?

Klistvud Klistvud writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Klistvud (1574615) writes "Dear Editors, Are you planning to update the site software in order to put a space between the "Coward" and the "on" in a foreseeable future? We poor anal retentives are very much annoyed with this issue (or is it a "feature")?"

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