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RIAA, MPAA Recruit MasterCard As Internet Police

ShadowFalls Re:Money = Speech (421 comments)

Well, if you are using a credit and not a debit card you are not entitled as such. Since the money you are spending is theirs not yours, they have the rights to do with it as they please.

more than 3 years ago

Pirate Bay Defendant Aims For Sweden's Supreme Court

ShadowFalls Re:Supression is futile (98 comments)

I know. To relate to another crime such as murder. If a person instructs someone to more easily and effectively use a firearm, does that person then become an accessory to murder because they helped the person to better use it? What about Google? Are they an accessory to murder if someone uses Google maps to find directions to the person who they intend to kill?

Never thought it was a crime to give someone directions... Next time someone asks me for directions, I will just have to tell them I cannot help them for risk of incarceration.

more than 3 years ago

Man Sues Rockstar Saying GTA:SA Is Based On His Life

ShadowFalls Re:hot coffee (124 comments)

I didn't realize credit card numbers are considered cheat codes now. I will remember that.

more than 3 years ago

Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect To See World

ShadowFalls Re:Was anyone surprised about the privacy bit? (124 comments)

It looks like the book/movie might come true after all. A bunch of robots controlled remotely will seek total domination. Though I am sure the US military is thinking about ways to incorporate such technology for drones. Someone waving a gun? The drone can detect that and it takes them out. Who needs soldiers to storm buildings anymore? A battlefield with nothing but machines is a scary thought really.

more than 3 years ago

MPAA Dismisses COICA Free Speech Concerns

ShadowFalls Re:You can't steal from corporations (300 comments)

Wouldn't that then imply that stockholders would then be responsible for any laws the company breaks? Or is it only ok to be protected by law and not punishable by it? Because ignorance of a crime doesn't ofcourse remove you from punishment. How many go to jail when they are in possession of stolen property and have no idea it was in fact stolen? Same with not knowing about the crimes of a company that you have a partial ownership of. You do have a right to be heard when you own stock after all. It all comes down to those responsible. But unless the one making the decisions has a controlling stake in that company, they cannot be said to "own" said company. Only partial ownership would apply.

more than 3 years ago

Wikipedia Could Block 67 Million Verizon Customers

ShadowFalls Re:Why would Verizon care? (481 comments)

Just talk to Verizon. See if you can work out a solution for Verizon to take action against the select few. If they don't want to assist, just blanket ban all people from Verizon and tell everyone who gets blocked via a message that their ISP didn't want to cooperate. Other option is to remove anonymous editing (which is bad anyways) and not allow any Verizon customers to make edits. Sad part is this won't stop assholes from being assholes. They will just use a proxy, or a wireless hot spot.

more than 2 years ago

Jammie Thomas Hit With $1.5 Million Verdict

ShadowFalls Re:Outside of the design of the system (764 comments)

Adding to this. There is no proof of distribution. If you cannot prove that a single song was downloaded from the defendant except by someone acting in favor of the plaintiff, there is no way to prove damages in fact occurred.

more than 3 years ago

Cook's Magazine Claims Web Is Public Domain

ShadowFalls Re:copyright is not compatible with internet (565 comments)

There is one thing about taking the content and listing it in the magazine, there is another about claiming it as your own. Cook's Magazine only used the public domain defense when they were confronted. Before that, they were happily going along acting like they were the ones who came up with all the stuff. They would have saved much grief if they actually gave props to the people it was due and referenced where they got said material...

more than 3 years ago

Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor

ShadowFalls Truth just in (478 comments)

Mary the mother of Jesus was a snake.

more than 3 years ago

Harry Potter Blamed For India's Disappearing Owls

ShadowFalls Rats (252 comments)

Imagine if they started to emulate Harry Potter's friend in NYC. Sounds like a public service to me. Sure someone right now is thinking of a way to use it a tax write-off.

more than 3 years ago

Supreme Court Hears Violent Video Game Case Tomorrow

ShadowFalls Re:Parenting (342 comments)

Hmm... Giving a damn... Sounds like a great, new parenting technique! You should write a book!

more than 3 years ago

Adobe Warns of Critical Flash Bug, Already Being Exploited

ShadowFalls Re:Abode Is The Weakest Link (244 comments)

What is sad is how much resources Flash loves to use. I have an older laptop that can't play a Flash game with graphics equal to the SNES without it using up 99% of the processing power, meanwhile I can play PC games with actual 3D graphics... Wouldn't be so bad if the Flash games didn't lag like crazy too... Once Adobe releases Flash 11, everyone will probably need at least a quad core processor just to use flash content at half speed.

more than 3 years ago

DC Internet Voting Trial Attacked 2 Different Ways

ShadowFalls Re:Facts don't matter (123 comments)

I suppose you could have the system print out the vote and only allow one print per ID. That can lead to some technical concerns. Also the question of whether or not that vote submitted, was altered in any way before it was print out due to the system already being compromised. I don't really see how you can have perfect voting system, whether it is electronic or not. They all have their own sort of failures.

more than 3 years ago

What Tech Should Be In a Fifth-Grade Classroom?

ShadowFalls Re:So happy to be seeing the responses here... (325 comments)

I think the education process is the most important part. Over the years is seems the teachers have lost the interest in caring about how their students are doing. Or they just assign work and leave them be unless a student asks for help. In case of my education, most of it was self taught. Teachers proved to be unhelpful, and merely just dispensed work and tests. Majority of the students didn't do very well because they had parents sometimes working two or more jobs and they just could not teach themselves.

So as a person to teacher, make sure you aren't leaving your students behind. And don't just bury them with work either. The most important part of the education process is to keep the student engaged. Boring them with repetitive tasks and useless facts only makes it harder for them to learn. If they aren't doing well, be supportive and try to determine why this is so. Sometimes giving a damn does do wonders in the classroom.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Pays Couple $1.7m For 1 Acre Plot

ShadowFalls Re:For Those Curious (215 comments)

Ofcourse the article mentioned that the land was needed for part of... Which probably means Apple probably already have bought all the other land and needed that one remaining piece for their jigsaw puzzle that will become their new data center. My guess is the couple knew this and held out to get as much as they could from them. Smart decision really.

more than 3 years ago

Copyrights and CD-Rs Endanger Audio History

ShadowFalls Re:CD-Rs seem to last in my experience (202 comments)

I dunno, maybe our fortune cookies are just more fortunate? I can pop in an old backup from the days of Windows ME (also known as Meh Edition) and it works just fine. I just tend to have difficulty with ones that are scratched like crazy from the days of unreliable scratchy CD-Rom drives. Perhaps it is more about the general treatment they receive or the weather conditions? Though I do agree with most who say how unreliable floppy disks are. The newer they are, the less reliable they seem to be.

more than 3 years ago

Microwave Map of Entire Moon Revealed

ShadowFalls Re:What? (82 comments)

I wonder if they had to flip the Moon over halfway during the process... I know I can't get good results when I forget.

more than 3 years ago

UK ISPs To Pay 25% of Copyright Enforcement Costs

ShadowFalls Re:What do UKers think? (255 comments)

I don't think copyright should last any longer than 25 years or until the death of the creator. Whichever is longer. I don't believe people should be getting enriched long after the original creator has died. Copyright wasn't originally intended for that, It was intended to protect people from getting their work stolen, usually by large companies.

I also don't think ISPs should be included in the cost here. They aren't the ones with something to protect yet the cost is being thrown to them. Ofcourse as a business they will just pass it onto customers, so in the end it is just a tax on customers by corporations. I am sure there is going to be a lot of hush hush going on, but I bet people will start getting enraged when they find out they are paying to be spied upon.

The minister of communications must be an idiot if he actually believes what he says. This would actually benefit the creative economy? You know... them going after some of the people who aren't paying customers to begin with. Ofcourse there is the other side of the market they risk alienating as well. The people who download and later make a purchase because they liked it. They might become afraid to download something and then not purchase something, therefore reducing profits. What will they blame when that happens? As you mentioned before there is another useful group as well. The ones too poor to afford it but able to provide good word about it. Word of mouth and online reviews can go a long way to increase sales when a product is good. Corporations can't seem to factor that into their profit estimates, but somehow can make up imaginary losses. Many people these days don't tend to buy something on a whim. They realize there is just too much garbage out there and have usually been screwed at least once before.

more than 3 years ago

Google Engineer Spied On Teen Users

ShadowFalls Re:Did Google do enough? (338 comments)

Google could initiate said prosecution still if he used the data to commit a crime. They for sure have grounds for a civil case.

more than 3 years ago


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