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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Ralph Wiggam Re:Few of us have inside and outside legal counsel (139 comments)

There are plenty of files that I'm legally allowed to access but you aren't.

Sure. And nobody sends DMCA takedown requests for those files.

3 hours ago
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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Ralph Wiggam Re:Ross Perot is awesome! (116 comments)

It's a common belief, but it's not true. In exit polls, when Perot voters were asked who they would have voted for if Perot wasn't on the ballot, they were split nearly 50/50.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1992#Analysis

yesterday
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Ralph Wiggam Re:If it helps: (84 comments)

How? I've been on Facebook for years and haven't seen anything like that.

The only thing my friends can do is tag me in pictures, which can be easily disabled or individually untagged.

yesterday
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Ralph Wiggam Re:If it helps: (84 comments)

How can Facebook get personal information that you don't voluntarily share with it?

yesterday
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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Ralph Wiggam Re:Few of us have inside and outside legal counsel (139 comments)

What's happening here is that Kim is making a statement for the record, which is actually a lie, and it's being amplified and rebroadcast by the masses of asses, like slashdot editors.

Of course it's a lie. Megaupload's entire business plan was based on a perceived loophole in the DMCA takedown process that didn't exist.

If two users uploaded the same file to Megaupload, they stored it on their servers once and provided different links to those two users. If a movie studio filed a DMCA takedown notice and provided one of those links, Megaupload would disable just the link mentioned and leave any other links to that file active. The DMCA says that once you're aware that a file is infringing, you have to stop distributing that file. You can disagree with the DMCA as a law and a treaty, but it does not take a lawyer to realize that Megaupload was blatantly violating it.

The thing that really got Megaupload in trouble was incentivizing piracy. They had an affiliate program that would pay people cash if the files they uploaded were downloaded a lot. Which gets more downloads, Dr. Who fan fiction or a copy of the latest X-Men movie? Management was completely aware of what was going on because they discuss it in emails. By paying people to upload pirated material, that's a conspiracy.

yesterday
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Ralph Wiggam Re: Where do you fill up? (280 comments)

Keep in mind, being able to fuel up at home in an electric car means you'll save significant time not driving out of your way to get to fueling stations.

I've driven a Nissan Leaf for about a year and a half now. Never having to stop at a gas station is amazing.

I don't understand how in the world these big companies are betting huge on Hydrogen. It just makes no sense.

2 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

Ralph Wiggam Re:Well of course (319 comments)

There is evidence that Smoot-Hawley Tariff at least made the Great Depression worse.

Something we all should have learned from Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

2 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Ralph Wiggam Re:Never happen (323 comments)

Oh look, someone on Slashdot who has absolutely no knowledge of economics, but thinks they do. You hardly ever see that.

4 days ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

Ralph Wiggam Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

Once you retire from public office any money you have left over becomes yours.

Who told you that? You should probably stop listening to people who are lying to you.

5 days ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

Ralph Wiggam Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

And, given his dislike for America

I've seen this from various nutballs like yourself and I'm curious. Why do you think he ran for President? Because he was actively trying to sabotage the country? With what motive?

5 days ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

Ralph Wiggam Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

Why would Obama care about lobbyist money? As of two weeks ago, he's been freed of all political consequences to any of his actions. He can finally do what he thinks is right.

5 days ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Ralph Wiggam Re:Sounds reasonable (242 comments)

If the USA had really wanted Assange, the easy way to have gotten him would have been to extradite him from the UK while he was living there freely.

Your completely obvious logic has no place here. On Slashdot, everything has to be a vast shadowy conspiracy.

5 days ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

Ralph Wiggam Re:But the case hasn't even started! (119 comments)

This is the real answer. And more specifically, they don't trust their employees with access to thousands of dollars of cash.

about a week ago
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More Tor .Onion Sites May Get Digital Certificates Soon

Ralph Wiggam Re:Why not use Verizon as your ISP as well (52 comments)

If you want to get your message out to social media get a friend in a less repressive country to post on your behalf.

You don't see any problems with that plan?

about three weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

Ralph Wiggam Re:Not smart (219 comments)

they got Slik Road 1.0 the site but not anything like a customer registry or order history.

That's not true. The FBI had full admin access to Silk Road 1.0 for several months before they shut it down. People around the world were arrested.

Most of the Google results are this new 2.0 arrest. Here are some articles about sellers from SR1.0 getting arrested.

http://www.law360.com/articles/479177/8-more-silk-road-arrests-reported-in-us-europe
http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/silk-road-merchant-arrested-over-sale-drugs-guns-cash-n35691
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-09-05/news/bs-md-silk-road-sentencing-20140905_1_dread-pirate-roberts-ross-william-ulbricht-jacob-theodore-george-iv

There's another reason why selling drugs online is a bad idea. After SR1.0 got shut down, there were a bunch of forum posts from people who had been fronted large amounts of drugs to sell online. The drugs had been sent out, and then the resulting bitcoins got seized by the Feds. Now they owed very unpleasant people huge amounts of money that they didn't have.

about three weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

Ralph Wiggam Not smart (219 comments)

Who is still using these sites after all of the Silk Road 1.0 arrests? You have to be pretty dumb to risk your freedom on some stranger's computer security skills.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

Ralph Wiggam Re: Positive spin (170 comments)

But even better, do you have any reason to think this is not going on?

Do you have any reason to believe that the government is not secretly controlled by the Pod People? They say they're not, but that's exactly what Pod People would say.

I base my opinions on facts and evidence. You base your opinions on how well they fit into your existing worldview.

And none of those links have anything to do with your original statement.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

Ralph Wiggam Re: Positive spin (170 comments)

They lie about everything and it's impossible to prove anything.

The root post says that the NSA had vulnerabilities put into iOS and Windows. That's very provable.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

Ralph Wiggam Re:Positive spin (170 comments)

Chemicals shells from the 80s have been found several times. It was pretty clear that he had chemical weapons in the 80s because he used them against the Kurds and Iranian soldiers.

There has been zero evidence that Iraq was involved in any banned weapons programs after the mid 90s- which is what George W. Bush told us.

about three weeks ago

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