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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Schmorgluck Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (683 comments)

Yep, sexism from the very beginning, with a side of slut-shaming. You nailed the issue pretty well.

5 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Schmorgluck Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (683 comments)

For instance, Zoe Quinn here, ruined an actual event for female programmers trying to make games, because she didn't get her payoff.

Nope, she didn't. The actual events surrounding the Fine Young Capitalists scam are well-documented.

5 days ago
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Philae May Have Grazed Crater Rim

Schmorgluck Re:Almost made it ... (48 comments)

Plus, a landing on a non-cartographied object. All things considered, it's still amazing.

about 2 months ago
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EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030

Schmorgluck Re:Theory vs reality? (172 comments)

Fracking reduces CO2 emissions? Sounds quite counter-intuitive to me.

about 3 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Schmorgluck Re:Just proves the point (1262 comments)

If you had brains, you wouldn't use "of" as a verb.

about 5 months ago
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US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

Schmorgluck Re:Deleted (108 comments)

Woosh!

about 7 months ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

Schmorgluck Re:Neutrality (335 comments)

Warren Buffet.

about 10 months ago
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EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

Schmorgluck Re:Taxing is not going to fix the problem (470 comments)

A much better and more practical idea would be a modest surcharge (5 cents/bag or whatever) which you then get back when you turn them in for recycling (which would be required in every store, not just at recycling centers).

Leclerc stores, in France, have been doing exactly that for nearly 20 years now. 0.07€ for a small bag and 0.15€ for a large. They are not super-sturdy but not bad. They also have more expensive ones, including thermal bags, also refundable.

about a year ago
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Digital Taste Interface

Schmorgluck Re:Nonsense (47 comments)

I may have basically glanced at the summary. I stopped paying close attention after the first sentence mentionned only four tastes. My bad.

about a year ago
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Digital Taste Interface

Schmorgluck Re:Nonsense (47 comments)

Plus, they don't even mention the umami taste. This totally smells and tastes like overhyped bullshit.

about a year ago
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Egyptian Authorities Detain French "Spy" Bird Found With Tracker

Schmorgluck Re:It's not a coup. (110 comments)

If it's a French bird, maybe a rooster in disguise? Mmmh, we may be up to something, here...

about a year ago
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John Scalzi's Redshirts Wins Hugo Award for Best Novel

Schmorgluck Re:Sci-Fi? (112 comments)

Joke aside, with the success of Game of Thrones, people tend to overlook Martin's sci-fi works, which are good, too.

about a year ago
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Companies Petition Congress To Reform 'Business Method' Patent Process

Schmorgluck Re:You see! (78 comments)

Yeah, but it can be argued that a company is an information system, in which the people making the decisions do so according to the informations delivered by the system, informations that are filtered on several levels based largely on what is specifically useful to the company as a whole. It's not that clear-cut.

about a year and a half ago
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9th Circuit Court Elevates Celebrity Privacy Rights Over Video Game Portrayals

Schmorgluck Re:Pay or not to pay, that is the qq. (207 comments)

I agree with the sentiment of your post, but oh boy do you mix up three totally unrelated notions: right to one's own image, trademarks, and unauthorized derivative works.

about a year and a half ago
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9th Circuit Court Elevates Celebrity Privacy Rights Over Video Game Portrayals

Schmorgluck Re:Right for privacy!? au contraire (207 comments)

I know I'm nitpicking, but it's more the notion of satire than that of parody that apply here.

about a year and a half ago
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9th Circuit Court Elevates Celebrity Privacy Rights Over Video Game Portrayals

Schmorgluck Re:Solution to the problem (207 comments)

should of

You fail.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks: Get a Visit From the Feds

Schmorgluck Re:So no-one should ever investigate anything (923 comments)

Plus, I hear there are plenty of nice trekking places in South Korea, and some people simply prefer backpacks to suitcases when travelling, which makes the combination of "backpack" and "South Korea" practically a non-information.

about a year and a half ago

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Users can sue for violation of the GPL, states a F

Schmorgluck Schmorgluck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Schmorgluck writes "Paris' Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the AFPA (an education organization), in a lawsuit against the company Edu4, for the latter's refusal to give the sources of the version of VNC installed on the computers they delivered to the AFPA in an equipment contract, thus violating the GNU General Public Licence.

This is the first lawsuit of this kind in France, and its outcome sets an interesting precedent. Even though France, as a civil law country, doesn't grant as much law-making power to its judge as common law countries do (no strict stare decisis), precedents still play a significant role in how judges interpret the law (if only as references), and may, given sufficient decisions following a common reasoning, lead to something more binding.

By this decision, the court aknowledged (and in doing so somewhat officialized) that the user of copylefted products can actually have a valid case for suing a provider that doesn't comply to the copyleft licence, which means that a copyleft license can actually give rights to users.

Granted, it's only France in this case, and I'd prefer this decision to be made statutory (which is quite difficult to imagine with current French government), but hey, baby steps, right?"

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Church of Scientology escapes dissolution in Franc

Schmorgluck Schmorgluck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Schmorgluck (1293264) writes "Blunder or manipulation?
A change in law aimed at simplifying penal law reguarding legal persons effectively (and irreversibly) prevented the two scientologist organizations prosecuted in France from being dissolved for fraud. The change in law was purpotedly a technical change in law to make it less convoluted without altering the way it works but, as unnoticed by lawmakers, it actually ruled out the option of dissolving a legal person as a sentence for fraud, which was previously possible.
The whole lawsuit went on and then when the prosecutor required dissolution, it's been pointed out it wasn't legally possible, which seemingly no one noticed before. I'm not one to go easily into conspiracy theories, but when Scientology is involved I don't rule it out. This made me think of a remarkable Slashdot article, Next Year's Laws, Now Out In Beta!. This change in law should have been reviewed closely. It hasn't. Well, shit!
And I can't even decide which would be worse: if it's indeed the result of a manipulation, or if it's just a blunder?"

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French "three-strikes" principle unconstit

Schmorgluck Schmorgluck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Schmorgluck writes "French Constitutional Council just censored the repressive part ("three strikes and you're out") of recent French law "Création et Internet" (a.k.a "Loi Hadopi"), ruling it as unconstitutional.

The council based its decision on the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (no less!), specifically its articles XI (freedom of expression) and IX (presumtion of innocence), to state that only a judge, after due process, could impose the cutting of an Internet connection, while the law granted this power to an administrative entity with no actual status of judicial authority."

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