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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Psyborgue Re:Apparently regulation is "socialist" (312 comments)

In Paris, after using the local taxis several times, and after experiencing the horrifically rude drivers. I swore them off in favor of Uber. Now, France is trying to do the same thing as Germany (at the behest of the existing monopoly of asshole taxis). What you're witnessing here is the preservation of a state granted monopoly on sub-par service, not any real protection of the consumer. Personally, I prefer Uber's system when higher rated drivers get priority and users rate their rides to one where I have no choice, one where the state had made the decision for me (with predictably bad results). After all, what is the incentive to be a nice guy to your customers if they have no choice in choosing you.

about a month and a half ago
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Psyborgue Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (81 comments)

Small scale piracy, yes, but not large scale. The scene dudes at that time just compressed the audio assets using lossy compression and/or removed the videos entirely. They then wrote their own installers to decompress the assets. Maybe 5 games or more on a CD-R using this technique. I used to buy them in Romania for about 5-10 USD a piece from street vendors.

about 3 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Psyborgue Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

You're incredibly naive if you think that there is a society or a species that is inherently altruistic. Our survival required being selfish and this is the basis of our evolution as a species. Even other species, such as wolves, will fight over resources. The strong survive. The weak die. Countless generations of this have resulted in who we are and it is completely futile to fight it. Greed is in our nature and it is to our collective benefit that we acknowledge this "unfortunate" fact and take advantage of it. Capitalism is the only system that does. The rest only pretend to deliver equality while in reality setting the stage for inevitable tyranny. There is a reason a strong central state doesn't work. It's comprised of people who are greedy. No matter how altruistic they pretend to be, it is in their nature to maintain that power and dominate others. Power doesn't corrupt, it just allows us to express the inner person we all are but wish we weren't. It's better this power be restricted, which is why a constitutional republic, governed by law rather than humanity, will always be superior to those moral busybodies who claim themselves to have our best interest in heart.

about 3 months ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

Psyborgue Re:Well, duh... (210 comments)

Even requesting that of incorrect data is unreasonable. Who is to determine truth? Only the courts can do that.

about 3 months ago
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Alienware Swaps SteamOS For Windows

Psyborgue Re:Use linux to get less freedom? (173 comments)

As far as I understand, Valve says you can install from other sources. Also, not all Steam games have DRM. Quite a few actually don't have any protection at all. Steam is primarily a distribution service. It's the game developers who demand the DRM.

about 4 months ago
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Watch Dogs Released, DRM Troubles

Psyborgue Re:UF***D (123 comments)

See for yourself. Portal as well. It may be a newer change, but I think It has worked like this for a while.

about 5 months ago
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Watch Dogs Released, DRM Troubles

Psyborgue Re:UF***D (123 comments)

Believe it or not, Half Life 2 and episodes are DRM free and can be run without Steam. Lots of steam games don't have DRM. Steam is simply a distrobution platform that provides optional DRM that actually works pretty well. On top of all this, Steam's family sharing even lets you share your games with family and friends. The only games that don't work with family sharing are those with additional DRM on top, like Uplay, GFWL, Rockstar, etc. because they require a secondary login and the key can only be registered to one account.

about 5 months ago
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FBI Need Potheads To Fight Cybercrime

Psyborgue Re:Drunk (319 comments)

It used to be fairly common to have a couple drinks at lunch.

Still is in many countries outside the US, especially in Europe. My husband works for a major IT company in France and they often have drinks with lunch. On friday they have company provided champagne (and other drinks).

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Psyborgue Re: I beg to differ. (370 comments)

Very true. I wonder how many fake Europeans will be taking advantage of this. I mean if all it takes is sending takedown request and there is no real penalty for false ones... We've seen what happened with the DMCA.

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Psyborgue Re: I beg to differ. (370 comments)

As far as I know, there is a US law that already allows companies to refuse foreign court orders that would conflict with the first amendment. I'm not sure on the specifics of how that would factor in here. Time will tell, I suppose.

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Psyborgue Re: I beg to differ. (370 comments)

I can't imagine Google complying if that's the case. My feeling is they'll restrict viewing for European IPs and that will be compliance enough.

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Psyborgue Re:This feels backward (370 comments)

If I change my /etc/hosts to point slashdot to localhost, i suppose I could punch the IP in the browser, therefore it's not blocked, just obscured? If you can't find information, it might as well not exist.

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Psyborgue Re:Comply with the law (370 comments)

This is going to get abused so much it will either be enforced automatically (like DMCA) leading to a useless European internet, or Google will just throw their hands up and refuse to comply. This is even worse than the DMCA. At least dmca allows a counter-notice to be filed.

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Psyborgue Re:Google should up the ante (370 comments)

Or just post a handy option to "Search on US servers".

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Psyborgue Re:I beg to differ. (370 comments)

A woman actually tried to do that with a site I put up. It didn't work. I didn't even bother hiring a lawyer for the dispute her case was so weak.

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Psyborgue Re: I beg to differ. (370 comments)

Said this the other day when I heard about the ruling. I happen to live in France and if I start noticing this happening, i'm going to pay for a decent US based VPN. I shouldn't have to do that just to fucking Google something without censorship.

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Psyborgue Re:You are missing the point (370 comments)

But that would afford a publisher due process! That's a fascist American idea.

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Psyborgue Re:You are missing the point (370 comments)

You sure Google has the resources? We're talking about potentially millions of takedown requests, each of which has to be reviewed in depth by hand.

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Psyborgue Re:You are missing the point (370 comments)

Another solution is for Google to do what they did in China: notify people if search results have been removed. If they have the balls, they could even direct them ways to get around the block (vpn/proxy).

about 5 months ago
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EU Court of Justice Paves Way For "Right To Be Forgotten" Online

Psyborgue Re:Mario Costeja González (199 comments)

I'd say when the government stops people from seeing your content, that qualifies. Consequences would be a civil lawsuit or just being called an asshole.

about 5 months ago

Submissions

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Harvard Psych. Denies Addiction Disease Theory

Psyborgue Psyborgue writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Psyborgue writes "Since Alcoholics Anonymous was founded, a debate has raged on as to whether addiction is a disease outside of a person's control requiring divine intervention, or whether it is within a person's power to control or end their usage. A recent book written by Harvard's Gene M. Heyman suggests, like other books before him such as Stanton Peele's "Diseasing of America" and Jeffery Schaler's "Addiction is a Choice" that addiction is in fact a choice."
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Journals

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Well fudge... first journal entry...

Psyborgue Psyborgue writes  |  about 11 years ago

Well as usual, Linux is my topic oc conversation... i just saw an article online written by some asshole laywer that is defending SCOking crack. http://news.com.com/2008-7344_3-5082037.html
More bullshit from an organisation that seems hell-bent not on winning their suit, but on destroying linux's image in the public eye... Well that is typical of capitalists when they aren't making money. They bring out the lawyers and scream MOMMYMOMMYMOMMY it's no fair.... i'm doing bad...

Considering the state of this country that i live in (USA), i am seriously wondering how many people are at least passively considering a revolution. Corporations rule us. Our government has become a whore, putting out to anybody with cash. That whore used to be pretty but now she is old and fully defiled. I can see little to no honesty left... nuf said

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