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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Rick in China Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (178 comments)

I feel for you man, good luck with the transfer. Their reach is far and wide, though, so you'd better hope the transfer lands you in another area of the world :D

4 hours ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Rick in China Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (178 comments)

I'm not pro-either side's corporate bullshit. But this is a specific case in point about the Koch brothers and *their* evil deeds. They are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public. I'm not making any statement here about the left being better, or worse, or the same - I'm commenting on this specific issue, on Net Neutrality and the fact that by deceiving the public, the Koch Brothers and other corporations end up victorious - and appearing to be on the 'right' side of the public, no pun intended. In fact, when PEOPLE -- not corporate shills -- are educated on the subject and asked what they think, I don't think any legitimate poll/collection of opinions has any reasonable weight behind allowing the corporate megagiants to continue to try to fuck other people hard for their own personal gain, but rather to allow the government to step in in this specific case and prevent the monopolies from getting away with what they're attempting here: controlling and taxing the shit out of the internet to the detriment of other services and individual's experiences when accessing information.

2 days ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Rick in China Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (178 comments)

Um.... I have 100mbit fiber to my apartment. It costs me about $25usd per month - fully unlimited traffic, no DMCA notices - ever, and includes IPTV with too many channels/movies (mostly Chinese, however).

I pay very little in taxes/fees, to boot. Thanks, corporate shill #108277.

2 days ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Rick in China Re:Curious (178 comments)

If there is some statistic that the majority of the population can look at without understanding how it got that way - and it indicates support for the decision, then the decision seems more legitimate than if it receives no statistical support but was made anyways.. ie. easier to defend from a political/court of public opinion perspective.

2 days ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Rick in China I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making statements (178 comments)

If there's ever a time - it's times like this. Koch brothers' evil and the bullshit associations they support, typically lobbying for the opposite of what their names indicate (ie. "America" or "US" or "Family" combined with "Freedom" or "Prosperity" or "Commitment" or some other similar term) and the public would be greatly served by having these organisations dismantled, only, the people need some help -- the lack of transparency and lack of media coverage of these types of incidents means the majority, whose votes 'could' count, are too often taken for a ride.

2 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Rick in China Re:Valid release (158 comments)

I think that it's more about whether her release allowed the portions she appeared in to be dubbed over or not, and whether dubbing with different lines is allowed or not. I don't know the details, but it seems her claim is that "but ended up in a five-second scene in which her voice was dubbed over so her character asked if Muhammad was a child molester." If she read the script, and that's what it said, that's one thing.....if she read it out and thought it meant something else...but if she played some role, then these words were inserted over as if she had spoken them, I'd imagine that's another.

It would be super deceptive in my opinion to get actors in roles, then have them "saying" all sorts of craziness, and expect to be able to get away with it. If she did say those words or her release allowed the film to use her in this sort of way, then I would assume she has no real grounds.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Rick in China Re:Check your math. (872 comments)

What? Your argument started off by saying, essentially, no it's not just 1 it's 149 locations this morning... I would like to see links to that, not links from 2006 about 'jihadi support' or whatever nonsense you're trying to inject into the thread.

Here's some additional information, ie. busting your obvious bullshit and towing of the line, with facts:

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/mart...

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Rick in China Re:Don't worry guys... (872 comments)

One guy with a gun in a cafe equates to "followers" of "Islam"?

Since when did a guy or a couple guys creating havoc turn into terrorism? You're the result of the current state of media. Any lone person who self-associates with any muslim state or islamic religion and acts aggressively suddenly becomes a terrorist, rather than a run of the mill criminal.

4 days ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

Rick in China Time to openly admit... (184 comments)

That we don't know a whole lot about weather, and meteorology has a long way to go - the complexity and variables that influence any sort of valid prediction make it hard for scientists to say "look at my track record for prediction" and appear any more accurate than a monkey pushing random buttons.

4 days ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

Rick in China Re:So, lets say... (216 comments)

You really think anyone that doesn't work for the movie/music industry is going to be voting in favour of this kind of political fluff talk?

Really?

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

Rick in China Re:So, lets say... (216 comments)

Are you implying that phone companies don't have the capability to record or analyze phone calls?

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

Rick in China So, lets say... (216 comments)

I initiate a hack via social engineering over the telephone. I get ahold of some passwords and information which allows me to access super secret data, and leak it. I suppose the phone company is at fault, also?

What kind of nonsense. Politicians should not directly talk about IT related issues - but rather, allow some representative who isn't ridiculously uninformed to do so on their behalf, save them lots of face.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Rick in China Re:Most bizarre logic fart ever .. (488 comments)

"Most bizarre logic fart I've ever seen on an online forum in ages"

Clearly someone who doesn't understand game theory in any way whatsoever.

about two weeks ago
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Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

Rick in China Re:Authentic? (70 comments)

*sigh* Yes, because that's the same thing.

It's rather easy to identify fake anything, for the most part, in China.. unless you're some street-dumb newb who just walks off a plane and is SHOCKED that they copy software for sale on street corners.

about three weeks ago
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Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

Rick in China Recognize the crisis in US Big Pharma... (70 comments)

Come on - doesn't this emphasize the crisis in US pharma that is so easily ignored? Canada creates a highly viable experimental vaccine for a very dangerous and scary virus, and US pharmaceuticals seek to pwn it up in their own market. The rest of the world wont be fucked by the Canadian government - they'll make it readily available...because the rest of the world doesn't suffer from getting fucked on pricing by the US pharma lobby and policies around it.

When I arrived in China, I was shocked at how cheap US pharmaceuticals were (authentic ones, not fake ones, of course). Why? They don't have the ability of collusion in the market place and the funny thing is: the free(er) market on pharmaceuticals means lots of competitive and chemically identical or near-identical in the functional sense products all over the market, so the ridiculous pricing schemes that work in the US simply don't work here. Free market indeed, it's funny when the market is far freer in a politically communist nation, and so many Americans point to China and say "COMMUNISSSTTTSSSS"!

I was also amused when I walked into a hospital, got an x-ray, took the x-rays home, and it cost me about $12 including a brief consult all in - and about 30 minutes of my time.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Rick in China Re:Justice denied (1128 comments)

Oh? Punching is attempted murder? If that even happened -- the only statements of any aggression on the behalf of the deceased comes from the cop, who just so happens to have a very strong motive for making such statements.

Odd. I don't see assault being tried as attempted murder very often. I guess bar brawls are full of murderers, according to you. I'm sure when someone shows up at your door asking for help, you see that as a threat (especially if their black), and pull out your gun to protect your home as well, right? Get ahold of yourself you fucking nutcase.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Rick in China Re:Justice denied (1128 comments)

Two different things: what you said was, he got what he deserved -- he was a petty thief. If the circumstance you have just fleshed out is the actual circumstance, it's a lot more justified than implying that someone who has done some ridiculously minor crime like petty theft deserves to be executed on the street. You can easily paint any scenario you want to suit a justification, though, so paint away.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Rick in China Re:Justice denied (1128 comments)

Yes, petty thievery demands execution. Spot on, mate! Spot on!

What do you say we do with the swarthy cads who cross the road without even having the decency to use a crosswalk, guv'nuh?

about three weeks ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

Rick in China Twitter may be right, even though... (154 comments)

Twitter itself is becoming an advertising / corporate platform, perhaps not the social media magnate it once was. I'd argue that, if Glass is dead, so is twitter - or at least heading that way, and that perhaps while their assessment holds true, maybe they need to rethink their own business model.

about a month ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Rick in China Re:Open-source Seeds....kill Big Ag (377 comments)

It's not programmed for one generation - it degrades, though, with successive generations, ultimately meaning if you want to have reasonable yields, you need fresh seeds. The biggest problem is that to plant normal seeds after switching to GMO, farmers typically need to wait ~7yrs. For many farmers, that's financially impossible - so they're even more locked into buying new seeds annually.

about a month ago

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