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Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

Thaelon fucking lawyers (488 comments)

Am I the only one that is starting to think that everything wrong with society is caused by lawyers and their owners?

(Congress is 51% lawyers.)

about 10 months ago
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AMD Intentionally Added Artificial Limitations To Their HDMI Adapters

Thaelon Re:Why? (256 comments)

I'll allow this.

about 10 months ago
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AMD Intentionally Added Artificial Limitations To Their HDMI Adapters

Thaelon Re:Why? (256 comments)

Then why didn't they say something?

Because greedy scumbag (lawyer)s.

The longer and harder I look at (particularly American) society, the more I think that a bunch of paper tiger (lawyers) are the front line that corrupt society for their benefit, and the benefit of their plutocrat owners. Maybe this isn't new, but it needs to end. And the only thing I think has any power to end it are brilliant guys like Snowden coupled with the Internet which circumvents the plutarchy's media oligopolies.

Don't let lawyers make up new ways for their masters to assert ownership over unownable things.

Intellectual Property is a farce indistinguishable from imaginary property. We didn't let any other kids get away with that bullshit when we were kids, why would we let them now?

If a tech company starts inventing ways to "protect" the rights of rich assholes, stop buying their stuff until the company goes the fuck under and is replaced by some honest pirates.

about 10 months ago
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US Intel Agencies To Build Superconducting Computer

Thaelon Re:US Intel Agencies Should Forfeit Their Toys (73 comments)

The founding fathers intended that the freedoms assigned by the Bill of Rights not be superseded by technology, bureaucracy, plutarchy, or dictatorship.

1 year,14 days
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US Intel Agencies To Build Superconducting Computer

Thaelon US Intel Agencies Should Forfeit Their Toys (73 comments)

They violated the bill of rights with their toys. They should be taken away, and the children who did it punished.

1 year,14 days
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Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Halts USD Withdrawals

Thaelon put a dent in some banking transaction processing (173 comments)

Anyone can transfer Bitcoins anywhere for free and that could put a dent in some banking transaction processing fees.

In other words, it's a lot more efficient and cuts out the now unnecessary plethora of middlemen.

Welcome to the future!

I'd would short sell stocks in banks & credit card processors if you're dumb enough to still have any. It may not be bitcoin, but it will be a digital distributed currency that kills the banks.

If it weren't for the continuous and ongoing bailouts they would have already collapsed and they are going to do so.

about a year ago
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

Thaelon TI-85/TI-86 (623 comments)

When I was 15 or so I didn't have a PC, so I programmed my TI-85. Then after loading some assembler games onto it that disabled its screensaver and breaking it, I got a TI-86. I wrote a two-player tic-tac-toe game (no computer player), a Chemistry program, a base-10 to binary converter that supported arbitrary length numbers (built in converter was way faster but overflowed on I think 16-bit numbers), oh and a Physics program.

I even sold a copy of the Chemistry program in High School. So technically I was a professional programmer (got paid for doing it, right?) by 17.

I'm now have a BS in Computer Science and I've been a programmer ~8 years specializing most recently in Java.

about a year ago
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The Biggest Financial Fraud of All Time

Thaelon Avoidable (470 comments)

All of this could have been avoided if we changed out monetary system to one that doesn't rely on these parasitic banks not only controlling the quantity of currency available, but profiting on it through the age old practice of usury. All of our money is based on debt which directly profits the banks. Sovereign countries should control their currencies, not a private industry with a huge conflict of interest. Money should be created by spending it into existence to pay for public goods, services, and infrastructure, not created as debt owed to banks who then collect interest on it. The whole system is rigged in their favor and history has shown time and time again that they will manipulate entire countries' economies simply to increase their own personal profits. The fact that we continue to tolerate this monetary system blows my mind. Right now, banks rule countries through their economies, which is monumentally fucked up.

about a year and a half ago
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We The People Petition Signature Requirement Bumped To 100,000

Thaelon Re:IOW, we're making it harder get a response... (337 comments)

One man's nonsense petition is another man's heartfelt position. This is the core reason for the freedom of speech. Not silencing dissenting voices - particularly minority dissenting voices - is crucial to maintaining democratic distance from fascism.

about a year and a half ago
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We The People Petition Signature Requirement Bumped To 100,000

Thaelon Re:IOW, we're making it harder get a response... (337 comments)

The USA is a plutocracy disguised as a constitutional republic sold to the proletariat as a democracy.

about a year and a half ago
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US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

Thaelon Re:Yawn (656 comments)

Copyright is 90% for the benefit of lawyers. Congress is 51% lawyers by volume. This is not a coincidence.

about a year and a half ago
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US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

Thaelon Re:Remember Rudy? (656 comments)

Let's not kid ourselves. They weren't after him for downloading articles. They were after him because of his work on demandprogress.org, rootstrikers and other political activism. As with the dubious accusations (not charges) against Assange, the charges over Schwartz' alleged crimes were trumped up to stop him from doing what he obviously considered important work: political activism challenging the status quo.

about a year and a half ago
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If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Thaelon Re:tech is a fairly broad category (660 comments)

Which sounds great until you realize that the cost of living in the SF Bay area is significantly higher than most parts of the US except NYC.

Comparing salaries without accounting for cost of living is extremely misleading.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe

Thaelon Re:In Other News.. (133 comments)

We also have the most of it. Though tanks and rifles are practically irrelevant. We live on a water planet. Therefore its the Navy this is of the most concern, and we have eight Nimitz class aircraft carriers complete with, I assume, long range fighters, not to mention drones, with presumably medium to long range missiles in addition to their support fleets.

One of those floating fortresses can easily subdue most countries entire military without the use of ground forces. Though there are really only a handful of countries that could mount significant resistance.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe

Thaelon Re:In Other News.. (133 comments)

The Soviet Union lacked the Internet to circumvent authoritarian propaganda. This is going to happen much, much quicker.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe

Thaelon Re:In Other News.. (133 comments)

You are correct, but make no mistake, the reason the US will do whatever they feel like is because they have the world's most formidable military by a large margin. Which basically makes it the world's largest terrorist organization. What else do you call it when you have the biggest stick on the planet and the mere threat of it is enough to make other countries do as you please? It is textbook terrorism.

And you know that it is a totalitarian regime when millions of its citizens are out of work, homeless, starving, lacking medical care, etc, yet reducing the budget doublethink-named "Department of Defense" (complete with eight, going on 11 Nimitz class "floating fortresses") is never even considered. Hell, they would rather cut social reinvestment programs like fucking healthcare first!

The whole "but they cannot be a totalitarian regime because the government is controlled by two competing political parties" simply doesn't hold either. Both parties are largely funded by the same plutocracy. They cooperate on everything that benefits the plutocracy (tax cuts for the rich, bank bailout etc, taking on more national debt), and stall on everything that benefits the proletariat (healthcare reform, socialized medicine etc). Hell, the presidential debates have been jointly run by the two supposedly opposed parties for decades - which explains why you did not see the Green Party or Libertarian parties even represented at the 2012 Presidential debates, in fact, Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate was arrested and detained without due process by the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service for the political crime of trying to attend the debates for the political office she legally running for!

Do I even need to mention the NSA's Total Information program? The open mockery of the 4th Amendment that is the Transportation Security Administration? Or the Department of Homeland Security whose very existence ought to be redundant given that we already have an oversized military, a national guard, and a police force?

This country is so fucked, and the collapse is coming. It simply is not sustainable as is.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers: PATRIOT Act Can 'Obtain' Data In Europe

Thaelon Re:Bullshit (133 comments)

Essentially the only choice is to treat American owned companies as if they're agents of a hostile, totalitarian state

As if?

about a year and a half ago
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Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

Thaelon Re:Romney & Obama - Do they support pat down? (652 comments)

The choice between Democrat and Republican is not freedom, but a box to contain you.

Both support these measures.

Both support more spending on the War Department (I refuse to call it by its doublethink name.)

Both oppose ending marijuana prohibition.

Both endorsed and passed the NDAA.

Both support the TSA's existence.

So which one will you choose? It is no different than our ridiculous telecom oligopoly. Sure you can choose, between three equivalently shitty, abusive options.

Choosing between provided options is not freedom, it's multiple choice where no answer is freedom.

about 2 years ago
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Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

Thaelon Re:What is sad here (652 comments)

Hear, hear!

about 2 years ago

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Nine Inch Nails Releases New Album Partially Free

Thaelon Thaelon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thaelon (250687) writes "Now that the band Nine Inch Nails has divested itself of it's record label they're putting their money where their mouth is and releasing their newest album online. There are five acquisition options. The totally free — free as in beer download — is only the first nine songs. The $5 includes all 36 songs and a PDF available for immediate download. The $10 version includes all songs immediately via download and "two audio CDs in a six panel digipak package with a 16 page booklet." About what you'd expect from a store purchased CD, only a lot cheaper. The best part? All of the downloads are DRM free. There are also two much more expensive options, that all include a great deal more. Read the full story here."

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