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

TrollstonButterbeans He probably could have planned, ironically! (104 comments)

"You can't plan for stuff like that."

He had $65 million in cash. If he had invested the $65 million in land in New Zealand (or a good portion of the $65 million), the US couldn't have taken his assets.

So actually, he could have planned.

A foreign government can't take your land.

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

TrollstonButterbeans Hindsight is always 20/$65 m (104 comments)

I think what he actually regrets is not having the $65 million.

7 hours ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

TrollstonButterbeans Re:I don't blame WalMart Employees (284 comments)

If you are looking for a hefty paycheck, and your plan is to be a cashier or a shelf-stocker at Walmart you are a fool.

If you want to make $50,000 a year as a cashier or shelf-stocker, good luck with that!

4 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

TrollstonButterbeans Re:I don't blame WalMart Employees (284 comments)

People with your attitude is why some companies like to hire Mexicans for labor jobs and Indians for technical jobs.

Because as a rule of thumb, they appreciate their job.

4 days ago
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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

TrollstonButterbeans Um, stupid dude, have a hint for you (135 comments)

Uh --- newbie fella --- if you have the budget, everything has always been open source.

Ultimately, everything is assembly language and this means everything is open source and the US government sure has the budget.

With a single kind of exception, but being a newbie fella, you'd never guess ...

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

TrollstonButterbeans Re:As any developer worth their salt knows (260 comments)

You are violating the API established for sentence formation I established which has a strict format of:

Sentence (Optional A As Indefinite Article, N as noun, V as verb, Optional B As Indefinite Article, Optional C As Adjective, Optional N2 As Noun)

Please refrain from posting using the API I established. Also refrain from using math such as X = Y + Z.

Thank you in advance, Mr. How Sad This Actually Is Going To The Supreme Court DOT COM guy.

If API are copyright, I claim ownership of the API Name-Address-City-State-ZIP too.

about two weeks ago
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Worldwide Aaron Swartz Day Memorial Hackathons This Weekend

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Generic smear #15377: "He's rich!" (76 comments)

Where did I say he was a common criminal?

Your need to fabricate what I said is weak. If you have something worth saying that is both a valid point and stands on its own, you wouldn't need to fabricate a quote.

about two weeks ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

TrollstonButterbeans Re:No link? (250 comments)

Humans tend to blame things they do not like as the source of a problem. Whether or not it makes any sense at all.

Video games probably have reduced crime substantially, the opposite would be the bored kids of the 1950s having no entertainment options.

about two weeks ago
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Worldwide Aaron Swartz Day Memorial Hackathons This Weekend

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Generic smear #15377: "He's rich!" (76 comments)

I don't have any opinion at all about the specifics.

I dislike cowards. Especially suicide over trivial circumstances.

My heroes are ones that overcome adversity. Not ones that cry over themselves and then take their own lives, for no legitimate reason because they engaged in a legally frowned-on behavior one time too many.

about two weeks ago
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Worldwide Aaron Swartz Day Memorial Hackathons This Weekend

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Ideally (76 comments)

And thank you for the interesting conversation.

about two weeks ago
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Worldwide Aaron Swartz Day Memorial Hackathons This Weekend

TrollstonButterbeans He put himself in the situation (76 comments)

He put himself in the situation. And he got caught. It wasn't the first time he did it either. Prosecutors are always big-time jerks --- it is part of the job description.

If anything, the problem is hackers are usually caught up in a very juvenile culture where they decide right and wrong are decided by their social circle and social approval.

Self-pity in adults is the first sign of evil. And the opposite of being an adult. Adults make their own choices.

Self-pity is the concept that you don't create your own circumstances and a rejection of responsibility. He had the world on a silver-platter even if he did a little jail time.

Faced with the choice of growing into an adult and acknowledging there is a world outside his social circle that does not approve of his behavior, he did the childish thing and rejected this and committed suicide.

Nothing noble about this. Not one bit.

about two weeks ago
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Worldwide Aaron Swartz Day Memorial Hackathons This Weekend

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Ideally (76 comments)

This.

He could have spent 6 months in jail in a low security prison.

He wasn't Robin Hood, just immature. Instead of spending 6 months in a low-security prison, he killed himself.

Fair or not fair, he didn't accept the consequences of his actions.

All-in-all, a pretty poor reason to commit suicide.

And this guy was fortunate enough to go to HARVARD. This guy got to live a dream and had wealthy parents.

about two weeks ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Buy The Damn Car (271 comments)

Car loans are secured loans. Even people with bad credit can get a car loan through a bank. Banks love car loans to people with bad credit because they can charge 25.9% interest.

One scummy company can't put you beyond the ability to get a car loan.

To be in "Buy here, Pay here" territory, you have to have an absolutely abysmal credit score in the 400s by seriously not honoring your debts with many places over a decent period of time.

Someone just doesn't magically get a 400-499 credit score. And one company screwing you over can't do it.

about two weeks ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

TrollstonButterbeans Buy The Damn Car (271 comments)

If you want the rights of ownership, buy the freaking car or have a non-"dog-shit" credit score and be able to get a loan from a bank.

This guy DID NOT own the car.

He was making payments on it with a "Buy Here, Pay Here" lender --- these people finance high risk loans no one else will do and have restrictive terms as a result.

There was so offense against anyone's rights here.

He had horrific credit so had to do "Buy Here, Pay Here" --- which is better than "having to hoof it".

If you want full property rights, you need to actually purchase the property.

about two weeks ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

TrollstonButterbeans Good luck with that! (185 comments)

A: Top performers usually leave because they are top performers.

Know the sun will rise does not give one a means to prevent it. Nor death or taxes or progress. It has never been hard to predict top performers leaving.

B: Sabah says, "we're surprised how accurately we can predict someone will leave a job." Never, ever buy prediction software from a place that is surprised with the result. Quality prediction is the result of hard work and statistical analysis, results should almost NEVER come as a surprise to anyone working in the field statistics or data-modelling. This is one field where "surprise" is a sign of incompetence.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

TrollstonButterbeans Who are the numbnuts modding this ignoramus up? (200 comments)

All large companies do this. From Google to Proctor & Gamble to Microsoft. Microsoft takes much of their revenue in Reno, Nevada to avoid taxes in Washingon.

Tax havens exist from the Cayman Islands and beyond --- Ireland until recently.

Any jackass modding the above ignoramous up is doing so on being completely gullible and is a complete shit-fer-brains.

Amazon would be incompetent to not attempt to avoid taxes.

And the above ignoramous no doubt works for a company whose companies strive to avoid taxes --- you cannot compete in the economy by offering more expensive products than the competition --- not in a global market.

about three weeks ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

TrollstonButterbeans I thought the DMCA is American Law (389 comments)

How does American Law apply to Europeans and people in Germany --- or do US companies carry the American flag with them when they provide services in Europe and such?

about three weeks ago
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The Fight Over the EFF's Secure Messaging Scoreboard

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Don't buy American. (63 comments)

I was going to mention Linus Torvalds living here. Damn. Opportunities reduced by increment of 1.

about three weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

TrollstonButterbeans Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

Sound logic ++ The observation the "strict constructionists" made it worth reading. The law should be interpreted literally. Additionally, the prosecutors didn't ask for 20 years --- just one year.

about three weeks ago

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