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Microsoft Patents OS Shutdown

KwKSilver Re:BillG hated the concept! (404 comments)

What kind of a jackass sells an OS designed to be unable to share data with other OS's?

Someone who believes, "What's mine is mine, and what yours is mine, too!" In other words, control-freaks like Gates, Ballmer, and Jobs. YMMV.

more than 3 years ago

New Jaguar XJ Suffers Blue Screen of Death

KwKSilver Re:Why? (301 comments)

I still don't get it - why cars need so much software?

To drive up the price and profit margins. Silly goose.

more than 3 years ago

Rupert Murdoch Claims To Own the 'Sky' In 'Skype'

KwKSilver mais oui! (186 comments)

very good. for non-speakers of French, merde means crap.

more than 3 years ago

Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" Frozen

KwKSilver Re:Debian? (202 comments)

Use sid. First install sqeeeze, then add the sid (unstable ) repositories, # apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade. Have fun. Don't bother whining to sid developers if you break your system. You could also try Sidux, based largely on Sid with such testing as is necessary. Don't use anything but apt-get to install packages or dist-upgrade; Sidux doesn't support any other package management system. Oh and you should be in init 3 to dist-upgrade. Works well. Sis is sid though, and sometimes things break ... just like in *buntu.

more than 3 years ago

ASCAP Refuses To Debate Lessig

KwKSilver ASCrAP delenda est! (183 comments)

Sic semper tyrannis ... and pathological liars. (With apologies to both Cato and Brutus for using their noble words to refer to pond scum. :-/)

about 4 years ago

Court Takes Away Some of the Public Domain

KwKSilver Re:The RIAA are not people (431 comments)

how does that shake out?

I suspect it will go in whatever manner the RIAA instructs their puppet congresscritters to make it go.

Oh do you mean making copyright eternal; destruction of the existing public domain by nullifying it and giving what has been in it to the RIAA, MPAA, and publishing houses? You are probably right. Bye bye Byron, Caesar, Shakespeare, et al.

more than 4 years ago

Restraining Order On Commercial Spyware Lifted

KwKSilver duh (97 comments)

Do the authorities care so little for the average citizen? If they despise us so much, why don't they just allow phishing scams? Embezzlement? Ponzi scams?

The authorities "care" for the average citizen is roughly 0.000. Who says the don't allow scams, embezzlement and Ponzi schemes. Isn't all that what blew up the economy a couple of years ago?

more than 4 years ago

Sony Update Bricks Playstations

KwKSilver Likely Sony Response (510 comments)

Most of our customers don't even know what bricks and doorstops are. Why should they care if we turn their boxes into them?

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Caves To Publishers On eBook Pricing

KwKSilver More Media BS (236 comments)

Fuck e-books; fuck e-book readers, including, but not limited to the Kindle, the iFad, & all the others I've not heard of. May they all go belly up, bankrupt and take the crooked publishers with 'em. Why anyone would want a crippled computer to read crippled books which can be stolen back by the "publisher" on any whim, "Just because we felt like it ... Buzz off, Sucker!" completely escapes me. Preposterous.

more than 4 years ago

European Parliament Declaring War Against ACTA

KwKSilver Progress?! (307 comments)

Funny that you think that a services-only economy is progress. Really? Suppose China refuses to export anything to the US? The shelves at Wal-Mart are gonna get real bare, real fast.

more than 4 years ago

Court Rules Photo of Memorial Violates Copyright

KwKSilver Re:Guess it was never ours (426 comments)

Fine. It should be destroyed, and replaced by a concrete block explaining why the memorial is gone and who to blame it on: the sculptor and his lawyer. Maybe Mr. Gaylord and his lawyer should should consider moving his sorry ass to North Korea. Of course they'd never want to live there. But they cheerfully spit on the veterans the memorial was supposed to honor.

more than 4 years ago

Court Rules Photo of Memorial Violates Copyright

KwKSilver Time to de-fund law schools? (426 comments)

Lawyers make obscenities like this possible--commonplace, it seems. If it is his goddamned piece of "art" he needs to fetch the crap up and get it off the public land--or to start paying rent on the public property where his "sacred IP" is being displayed now for free. If he can't come get it or pay the rent, then it should be destroyed at his expense. The greedy bastard should also be forced to disgorge the fee he was paid with interest . Fuck all these wannabe "artistes" who want to be worshiped forever for one third-rate "work." Fuck the laywers, too. Is it time to stop funding law schools?

more than 4 years ago

EU Privacy Chief Says ACTA Violates European Law

KwKSilver Non-negotiable (136 comments)

It is being done as an executive trade agreement of some kind here in the US, or more accurately the CSA [Corporate States of America]. This has been going on since Bush II. Congressional approval not needed. Any attempt to amend it is expected to be greeted with an "It's all or nothing!" claim. Good luck fixing this fascist wet-dream. What the corporate sultans fail to realize is that it can eventually be used against them, but that is another story.

more than 4 years ago

EU Privacy Chief Says ACTA Violates European Law

KwKSilver Civil now (136 comments)

It may be civil now, but the proposed ACTA guidelines call for criminal enforcement with prison terms. think about it prison terms for downloading some crappy song. And if that's not bad/absurd enough, it takes all the burden off the media cartel and puts the cost squarely on our backs.

more than 4 years ago

AU Gov't Still Wants ISPs To Solve Illegal Downloads

KwKSilver Re:this is simple (218 comments)

Alternatively, the media kartels could just quit producing digital content. Why should the rest of the world be denied use of the net, when they could stop this by keeping THEIR movies on film and THEIR music on vinyl. Then the rest of us could produce our own digital images, movies, and music and the kartels could pirate us. However, they want to have their cake and eat it, too ... and your cake ... and my cake ...

more than 4 years ago

AU Gov't Still Wants ISPs To Solve Illegal Downloads

KwKSilver Jail for Downloads? See ACTA (218 comments)

You seriously want to put people in jail for copyright infringement? So, someone downloads a 0.99$USD song illegally and you make a government waste thousands of dollars for this person?

Not him, but ACTA will do this. Interesting thing about ACTA is that the Kopyright Kartel Kompanies blame the secrecy on govermnents, and they blame one another. When kids start drawing prison terms for downloading 99-cent songs, the Kartel will claim they didn't want it and governments will claim they didn't want it, either. So kids will go to jail for 99-cent downloads ... because nobody wants it. From Michael Geist's summary of the October 2008 negotiations here

Day one focuses on criminal enforcement. The U.S. and Japan supply draft text of the criminal enforcement provisions. The proposal would extend criminal enforcement to both (1) cases of a commercial nature; and (2) cases involving significant willful copyright and trademark infringement even where there is no direct or indirect motivation of financial gain. The treaty would require each country to establish a laundry list of penalties - including imprisonment - sufficient to deter future acts of infringement (specific language is "include sentences of imprisonment as well as monetary fines ..."

Ain't that grand? Nobody wants it, but it's coming. But its all a secret because nobody wants it to be secret either. Liars.

more than 4 years ago

UK Gov't Says "No Evidence" IE Is Less Secure

KwKSilver Re:IE (on Windows) is safer than Firefox (342 comments)

Interesting. How do you suppose that will work out for people who can't figure out how to change their homepage? (But do click on e-mail links entitled, "Naked Pictures of ... Whoever")

more than 4 years ago


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