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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

alexo Re:doesn't matter (173 comments)

Unless the law will include criminal penalties it's of no value.

It's interesting how laws made to limit non-government workers *always* have the criminal penalties, and laws that are made to limit government workers always conveniently forget that part. When we start jailing people who break laws like this we'll start making headway.

This. A 1000 times this!

7 hours ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

alexo Re:Who cares? (228 comments)

The settlement terms of my lawsuit against EA included that they're supposed to inform UPFRONT of the SecuROM DRM.

If they're no longer doing that, I've got standing to sue the fuck out of them again.

Please do so.

yesterday
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

alexo Re:Anybody know? (228 comments)

No, SecuROM does not damage a computer in any way.

SecuROM Frequently Asked Questions

So, if the a copy of SecuRom installed on my machine does any of the things that the FAQ specifically claims it does not, can I bring charges against the company under the unlawful computer access act (or however it is called)?

yesterday
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

alexo Re: Like China och USSR (500 comments)

Israel have detente with two of their neighbors...

Is this how you define signed peace agreements?

2 days ago
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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

alexo Re:Dismantle DHS (190 comments)

Created under GWB, and the left hated it, extended under BHO, and the left goes silent. I'm trying to figure out at what point does principle gets put aside for politics?

You don't have any Left to speak of, there's Right and Even-More-Right.

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

alexo Re:let me correct that for you. (613 comments)

This is a bunch of numbers.
how exactly are you "working to eliminate [living in scarcity] in America"?

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

alexo Re:let me correct that for you. (613 comments)

So communism and socialism is a religion?

The theoretical socioeconomic systems, not really.
The actual attempts at implementation (Stalinism, Maoism, etc.), very much so.

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

alexo Re:let me correct that for you. (613 comments)

And that's something I'm working to eliminate in America.

Please elaborate.

about a week ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

alexo Re:Don't ask; I'm not telling ... (383 comments)

You should have offered to help.
For $200/hour + expenses.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

alexo Re:Not a fine for negative review, but for stupidi (424 comments)

Would you remove your appendix yourself ? Don't go in court without a lawyer, specially when the other part has one. That's a stupid move.

In most civilized countries, the government covers the cost of removing your appendix.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

alexo Re:So... (424 comments)

Justice cannot exist the law is so convoluted that a if a third party professional is required to help you understand it. Then it just becomes a competition to find out which professional is most cunning, rather than who is legally in the right.

If the judge is prejudiced against you for choosing not to use a lawyer, it's just a protection racket where everyone involved in law is scratching each others' backs.

Please mod parent up.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

alexo Re: Livin' in the USA (424 comments)

isn't that exactly what happens here? the blogger had no lawyer and lost.

And that's why people hate lawyers.
They perpetuate a system that requires you to purchase justice. The more you pay, the more you get.
The actual facts and circumstances do not matter.

''Henry VI,'' Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73

about two weeks ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

alexo Re:interesting times... (221 comments)

he says "but in reality it just hasn't happened. so we end up with segregated competitions"

My point is why is it a foregone conclusion that we end up with segregated competitions. Why can't we have integrated competitions and the woman just lose because they can't compete.

For the same reason we have weight categories in weightlifting and combat sports, the paralympics, etc.

When you were in grade school, did the 1st-graders compete against the 6th-graders?

about a month ago
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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

alexo Re:In violation of many Data Treaties (170 comments)

The Canadian government has a loophole, the notwithstanding clause, to allow them to violate your constitutional rights.

Yes, they do.

However, seven of the ten provinces and two of the three territories have never used the power of override; nor has the federal parliament.
And while there have been a small number of abortive attempts to use it, all of them have either failed to materialize, were revoked, or proven to be unnecessary (as the respective laws were in line with the charter).

On the other hand, the USofA government lacks such a loophole yet continually violates the constitutional rights of the populace, with full complicity of the judiciary.

Which one do you prefer?

about a month ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

alexo Re:Disclaimer? (346 comments)

But if the email goes to someone who isn't a selfish, hostile asshat like you are, they will do as asked (emphasis mine) and delete the email. Don't assume that everyone is like you.

Let me answer for the OP.

When I get an email that was obviously not meant to be sent to me, and did not include any disclaimers, I will usually send a reply point out the mistake. If I'm in a good mood and have some free time, I could even try to deduce what the intended address should have been and include it in my reply.

If that email included a disclaimer, POLITELY PHRASED as a REQUEST (featuring words like "please" and "thank you"), I will usually do my best to comply because, hey, I'm a generally nice guy.

If, on the other hand, the disclaimer used DEMANDING or THREATENING language, or trying to assert non-existing legal rights, fuck them. Being a "hostile asshat" to bullies is a virtue.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

alexo Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

At one point the Catholic church didn't exist, then suddenly it did.

It's a miracle!

about a month ago
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FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

alexo Re:What the hell is wrong with the FAA? (199 comments)

In the United States, the original intent of the law as passed trumps somebody's later interpretation.

At least two recent presidents strongly disagree.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

alexo Re:Priorities (132 comments)

Oh, lookie, an anonymous coward got her panties in a bunch.

Firstly, Mozilla's business model is not my problem. It was their decision to give out Firefox for free.

Secondly, if Mozilla apparently wants people to use their browser, they should be thanking me for pointing out how to make it more popular. If they don't, they're on the right track. Not my problem, though.

Thirdly, there are alternatives. So far I still have a slight preference for FF, but my usage of Chrome is rising and even IE11 is proving to be usable.

Fourthly, while I regularly donate to projects that I find useful, I always do it after the fact, knowing that my money will go toward making the product more useful. So far Mozilla hasn't given me any indication that that would be the case. Until that changes, Mozilla will not see a red cent from me. Aris, on the other hand...

Lastly, grow up.

about a month ago

Submissions

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Conservatives Commitment to Internet Surveillance

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "Dr. Michael Geist writes that Canada's Conservatives committed to pass "lawful access" legislation that would fundamentally reshape the Internet in Canada within the new Parliament's first 100 days if they win a majority.

The legislation includes new laws that would establish massive Internet surveillance requirements and the potential disclosure of personal information without court oversight.

The proposed bills were never debated in parliament nor subjected to committee hearings, yet the Conservatives election platform promises to bundle all the crime and justice bills into a single omnibus bill and to pass it within a new Parliament's first 100 days.

With the elections looming, it is time to fight for your rights."

Link to Original Source
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Speak Out on Bill C-32

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "Dr. Michael Geist, a law professor and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, writes in his blog that the Bill C-32 Legislative Committee is accepting briefs on the controversial "Copyright Modernization Act" (a.k.a the Canadian DMCA) until the end of January 2011.

The Committee has set the following parameters for input: In order for briefs on Bill C-32 to be considered by the Committee in a timely fashion, the document should be submitted to the Committee's mailbox at CC32@parl.gc.ca by the end of January, 2011. A brief which is longer than 5 pages should be accompanied by a 1 page executive summary and in any event should not exceed 10 pages in length.

The article also contains Dr. Geist's suggestions on the possible modifications that will make this bill less skewed against consumers.

Write early, only 5 days left."

Link to Original Source
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Canadian-Iranian Blogger Sentenced to 19.5 Years

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "CNN reports that an Iranian court has sentenced Hossein Derakhshan, the so-called "blogfather" of Iran, to 19.5 years in prison.

Derakhshan, a 35-year-old Canadian-Iranian blogger and activist, was "convicted of cooperating with enemy states, making propaganda against the Islamic system of government, promoting small anti-revolutionary groups, managing obscene web sites and insulting Islamic sanctities".

Slashdot mentioned Derakhshan in an article about Iranian bloggers back in 2006."

Link to Original Source
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Anti-frustration software for Windows

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "Soluto, an Israeli start-up, aims to solve one of the problems that plagues all computer users: poor computer performance. As its first service, the company is offering a free (as in beer) program that analyzes the boot process and identifies applications and processes that may be removed or delayed to speed up Windows' start-up. To find the source of the slowdowns, Soluto uses a statistical approach, "The PC Genome", which they describe as "a huge knowledgebase of PC frustration data, built automatically through the usage of Soluto software. Its objective and statistical information, gathered and analyzed by Soluto, is also editable by the community."

See writeups by the New York Times, ZDNet and Geeks are sexy."

Link to Original Source
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Nominate best Slashdot sigs

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "Some readers may disagree but to me, the user signatures are an integral part of Slashdot discussions, often providing additional perspective about the posters' opinions.
However, sigs are not normally considered a part of the discussion and commenting on them is liable to get you moderated "off topic". Likewise, sig moderation is not provided.

Maybe it's time to acknowledge and celebrate the lowly sig.
Please nominate the best (and worst) Slashdot sigs of 2007.
Which ones did you find the funniest? The most insightful? Trollish?

Let the quoting begin."
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alexo alexo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "President Bush will sign the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (a.k.a bill S.3930) into law today. Among its provisions, the bill supports the formerly secret CIA interrogation program, authorizes the permanent detention and torture (as defined by the Geneva Conventions) of anyone based solely on the decision of the President and suspends the writ of habeas corpus for detainees.
According to CBC news, the UK has already demanded and received an exemption for its citizens. Canada has not."

Journals

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Cellebrating the Slashdot sig

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Here's my latest submission attempt:

Some readers may disagree but to me, the user signatures are an integral part of Slashdot discussions, often providing additional perspective about the posters' opinions.
However, sigs are not normally considered a part of the discussion and commenting on them is liable to get you moderated "off topic". Likewise, sig moderation is not provided.

Maybe it's time to acknowledge and celebrate the lowly sig.
Please nominate the best (and worst) Slashdot sigs of 2007.
Which ones did you find the funniest? The most insightful? Trollish?

Let the quoting begin.

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Canadian witch hunt claims victim

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Here's an article I submitted on Dec 1, 2004.
It was rejected (like the rest of my submissions) so I'm reposting it here.

Canadian witch hunt claims victim (YRO)

Injusticebusters reports the suicide of James LeCraw from Toronto who, on April 16, 2003, was publicly outed by the police as a suspect of child-porn possession as part of "Operation Snowball" that purports to "name and shame" suspected Pedophiles.

Although after a 5-month investigation the charges against were completely withdrawn, LeCraw was never cleared from the stigma of being associated with such a horrific crime and on on July 19th this year he killed himself.

Given the implications of the case, I find it strange that the only other reference I could find on the internet is a report by CBC Radio reporter Kellie Hudson (scroll down to The Current: Part 3).

Are we going to experience a wave of McCarthyism in Canada?

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Guilty until proven innocent

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 10 years ago

CBC News has an article on the Criminal Property Forfeiture Act, introduced by the government of Manitoba (currently run by the New Democratic Party).

The legislation would let police seize the homes, cars, cash and other property of any person, as long as police could persuade a judge that the individual is a member of a criminal organization.
The onus would then be on the suspected gang member to prove the assets were earned through legitimate income and not the proceeds of crime.

The Manitoba bill is civil in nature and requires a judge to rule based on a balance of probabilities - a lesser burden of proof.

Supposedly, New York's Nassau County, New Jersey and Ireland have already implemented similar laws.

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World Computer Chess Championship

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 10 years ago

From 22 to 30 November 2003, the world's best chess software will be put to the test in a multimedia environment in the Dom im Berg. The world champion will be determined according to ICGA (International Computer Games Association) statutes in an eleven-round computer chess tournament in Graz. Clear favourite is a chip called "Brutus", programmed by Chrilly Donninger from Austria.

Under the title "Chess003" Graz will see the world's best chess programmes playing against each other according to the ICGA rules in the Dom im Berg. This World Computer Chess Championship will feature new media, video walls, broadcasting of all games in the Internet and presentation on site.

Further Events will be held in Graz: 1st European Youth Chess Championship, Styrian Open, Austrian Team Chess Championship, Advances in Computer Games Conference (ICGA), Computer Olympiad (ICGA).

More information is available on the ICGA at Graz 2003 and the 8th Computer Olympiad sites.

Interestingly, the list of participants is missing some of the highest ranking programs such as Fritz, Hieracs, The King and Chess Tiger.

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Plextor launches the fastet DVD recorder

alexo alexo writes  |  about 11 years ago

CDRInfo has a piece about Plextor's new dual format DVD recorder.

The PX-708A (ATAPI) and PX-708UF (USB2 and FireWire) write and rewrite at a speed 8x and 4x with DVD plus, and 4x and 2x with DVD minus respectively. The recorders read DVD-ROMs at 12x, read and write CDs at 40x and rewrie them at 24x.

This story is also posted to cdfreaks.

8x DVD+R means that you will be able to burn 4.7GB of data in less than 10 minutes! I guess that the "plus" format scores another one...

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FY 2004 budget

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 11 years ago

While commenting on the space shuttle program critique, I found a link to the US FY 2004 budget.

Quite interesting to see what are the priorities of the world's only superpower.

Also, take a look here.

Update:
A lot of info about US budget here.

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No more submissions

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Update: Check the following journal for rejected submissions.

I give up. After 7 rejected stories (100%) I got the message and will not waste my time on submitting anymore.

Here are your recent submissions to Slashdot, and their status within the system:

2002-04-19 02:48:53 eBay censors discussion boards (articles,censorship) (rejected)
2002-10-01 15:25:27 Canadian proposed "copying tax" slammed in (articles,news) (rejected)
2002-10-29 18:39:27 J2EE vs .NET Application Server Performance Benchm (yro,news) (rejected)
2003-01-16 18:54:17 Viewing porn sites will get you arrested (yro,news) (rejected)
2003-01-23 15:06:34 Save the free programming resources from thefreeco (developers,programming) (rejected)
2003-05-09 22:20:55 Good computer hardware review sites (askslashdot,hardware) (rejected)
2003-05-11 16:42:58 Everyday life tracked by society's prying eye (yro,privacy) (rejected)
Summary:
rejected (7)

I know that "grousing about rejected submissions" is counterproductive but sometimes I feel that my submissions just get forwarded to an autorejector.

FAQ says:
Slashdot gets hundreds of submissions every day. Every day our authors go through these submissions, and try to select the most interesting, timely, and relevant ones to post to the homepage. There are probably as many reasons for stories to get rejected as there are stories, but here are some of the more common ones:

* Badly worded subjects

Look OK to me. OK, there was one "misclick" and a story got marked as "yro" when it wasn't.

* Broken or missing URLs

Nope.

* Confusing or hysterical sounding writeup

Nope. Factual al the way.

* It might be an old story

Nope, all fresh at the time of submission (48h max).

* It might just be a busy day and we've already posted enough stories

Maybe. Nothing I can do about it.

* Someone already submitted your story

Nope. Checked.

Your story just might not be interesting!

Hmmm... Check for yourself.

Anyway, I'm done.

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