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RIAA MediaSentry, Dead In US, Is Alive In Australia

apathy maybe Stupid replies ignoring the point. (305 comments)

As expected, there are a large number of replies by people who didn't even bother to read the summary. (Or, have poor reading comprehension, or even both, I guess.)

The submitter is not the same as the student.

Anyway, the point is, MediaSentry is still "alive", and still sending out automated messages.

Now it seems that the student admitted to downloading the file ("as a result of me downloading Angels and Demons"), which sort of screws over any real complaint they may have had.

Personally, I think it's disgusting that the manager paid any attention to the "generic copyright infringement email" at all. Seriously, if I were in that situation, I would delete the email and forget about it.

I wonder, who is MediaSentry acting for in this situation? Does that company know that MediaSentry is doing this? Do MediaSentry have the right to sue on behalf of that company?

And, is MediaSentry keeping track of these emails and watching for responses?

more than 5 years ago

Remote Kill Flags Surface In Kindle

apathy maybe Re:Off Topic: Re:Is there a "money back" flag? (630 comments)

Want to argue? Go to the link I provided.

Needless to say though, for the vast majority of folks in the USA (using one of the more extreme examples here, applies everywhere else as well), it is required that you get a job to survive. Not working simply isn't an option.

Now clearly tech is not required to survive, however, it is required for a modern lifestyle. Saying, "but you can live without it", is similar to saying, "if you don't like this country, why don't you leave?". Millions of people try that every year (refugees, economic migrants etc.), and funny thing, the 'better' places keep trying to turn them back. (Britain doesn't have such strict immigration rules for the fun of it.)

So, where should I go that would accept me and is acceptable to me?

(Oh, and the "invisible hand" of the market is bullshit. Wanna argue that? Go to RevLeft.)

more than 5 years ago

Remote Kill Flags Surface In Kindle

apathy maybe Off Topic: Re:Is there a "money back" flag? (630 comments)

No it doesn't. That's like saying, "getting a job to stay alive is an endorcement of US capitalism, even though the only other options are starving or illegal activity (which can result in very nasty side affects)".

As for the quote, it's from the Unix fortune cookie program. Do a search, you can find it in lots of places.

The point is though, that just because I use tech, doesn't mean I support or endorse capitalism, the state, or any other damn thing associated with the production of the tech. Sure, maybe the "Western" should be dropped. I'll take that into consideration.

If you want to discuss this further, feel free to head over to RevLeft, make an account, and start a thread (in the Opposing Ideologies section at a guess, unless you are a leftist of some sort). Oh, that's a referrer link, I don't get anything from that except knowing how many people signed up because of it. If you really don't like it, just remove it. (I only mention that 'cause some person got uppity once.)

more than 5 years ago

Remote Kill Flags Surface In Kindle

apathy maybe Is there a "money back" flag? (630 comments)

Unless (and even if) this is made clear to the consumer before they bye the product, I'm sure that there would be a good case of "defective product", which would mean, money back.

Of course, you don't get to keep your "Kindle", but you do get to keep your sanity.


I expect the following to start happening sooner or later:
* Someone write make a "Kindle emulator";
* Someone will pass out "hardware security bypass" designs (modding)

Oh, and I also expect a law suit sooner or later.

more than 5 years ago

European Union Asks US To Free ICANN

apathy maybe Re:The UN is more than just the security council (503 comments)

Heh, thanks, I just posted before I read this.

I also mentioned the ITU and UPU (formally IPU), both of which might be good entities for running ICANN.

more than 5 years ago

European Union Asks US To Free ICANN

apathy maybe Re:Uh, no (503 comments)

Is the ITU considered to be part of the UN by you?

I personally think they would do a good job...

What about the UPU (formally IPU)?

Both are older than the UN (being established in the 18th Century), but, both are part of the UN system now. Oh, and what about the IAEA? FAO? ILO? WMO? All these are part of the UN as well. I think they seemed to have worked out reasonably well, though, of course, not perfect.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that the UN is only the politicised bits.

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

apathy maybe Re:Will anything really change? (1656 comments)

If they can't agree, then they don't need the fucking law.

Murder is wrong, I'm sure you could find more then 60% of the population to vote on that, with at least 50% of those voting that, yes, murder is wrong.

You maybe happy to be a sheep, and get fleeced... But I would rather keep my wooly coat, and not see my young ones taken off to the market, not see my friends and family slaughtered for meat.

You may think, "it won't happen to me", and it might not. But it happens to too many people as it is.

Stop the fleecing, fuck government.


If voting changed anything, it would be illegal.

There's no government, like no government.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

about 6 years ago

Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

apathy maybe Re:Will anything really change? (1656 comments)

How about you just stop electing people? Why do you need a fucking "big brother" to look after you anyway? I am an adult. I am responsible for my self. I don't need a government telling me I should wear a seat belt, not take drugs etc.

How about (if you want a government at all), you have a look at demarchy (see also Demarchy; random selection of decision makers)? Or heck, with present technology, everyone could vote on everything! Of course, you would have to introduce a quorum, maybe at least 60% of people have to actually vote for anything to pass. Then if people don't care, well, who needs more laws anyway?

Basically, this man, he won't change anything.

At the end of the day, you still have rich people who screw over poor people. Poor people who screw over poor people. Politicians who screw over everyone (and bend over backwards for donations from rich people and corporations).

Basically, for all you people who think that this new fellow is going to be "different", tell me in four years time whether you still have to go to fucking work nearly every day of the week (for the vast majority who do). Heck, I would guess at least half of the things he promised aren't even possible without the Congress, and they aren't different, even if you think this man is.

Big deal. You got a "black" fellow as president. When you are you going to abolish the outdated presidential system? That would be real change worth having.

about 6 years ago

I'd rather measure my days by means of ...

apathy maybe Re:speaking about the time... (534 comments)

Err, 1970 yes?

I guess my not know that could be counted as an epoch fail?

about 6 years ago

I'd rather measure my days by means of ...

apathy maybe Re:speaking about the time... (534 comments)

1234567890 seconds since when?

Are you still counting from when some bishop said that some god figure was born? And as we understand it, actually the bishop got the figure wrong by at least a couple of years, because he counted the reign of some Roman emperor wrongly.

Why not count from the death of the king during the French Revolution? Or the adoption of the metric system (the introduction of rationalism and simplicity to measurement)?


As to how I like to measure time, by the passing of the days, the movement of the sun, other stars and the moon. Fuck accurate measurement for time for daily life.

(Unless there is something on the telle, but what with the Internet and downloading shows ...)

about 6 years ago

Researcher Says Social Networks Link Terrorists

apathy maybe Re:Quick! Stop all forms of communication! (212 comments)

Dra åt helvete, jag hatar dig.

(For those not in the know, the Danes once controlled most of Scandinavia. And they must never forget that they were once an imperialist power. They must therefore tread softly when talking to other people. Even though it was years and years ago. It still counts. Bloody imperialists. (I'm not making this up, there is still a guilt complex among some Danes about this.))

about 6 years ago

How Do You Manage Your SD Card Library?

apathy maybe Seriously, obvious answers abound. (485 comments)

Other people have various solutions, label them, have only one per device (which isn't a solution much of the time anyway), don't share them among the family etc.

But you have the solution in your very question: Something to hold them all.

I don't use SD personally (though my next camera will be using SD, as Linux based devices can read them, unlike XD cards). My camera is an Olympus, a few years old now. The camera before that was also an Olympus. One of the best things that came with my camera was a little plastic thingy that holds six XD cards. It's great, I've got four cards, and only one can be in the camera at anyone time (obviously). Being able to carry so many cards, without worrying about them (being so small), especially when I won't be near a computer for a while, is wonderful.

Even if you don't get a plastic or leather thingy that will specifically hold SD cards, it shouldn't be hard to find something.

Anyway, a quick websearch turns up for example,

about 6 years ago

Image of Popeye Enters Public Domain In the EU

apathy maybe Re:Poopie the sailor person (229 comments)

I fail to see how having copyright extend 75 years past the death of the artist encourages said artist to produce anything either before or after they die.

I am alive today, right now, and can not imagine the world 75 years after I die. Why should such a distant future (at least 75 years into the future, and hopefully many more), affect my decision making process now regarding creating new art work?

Surely I should be creating art work now to benefit myself right now? (Or more likely for most of the good artists, they would be producing stuff anyway.)

Having a long copyright does nothing to benefit artists, but only parasites and other scum.

Some websites with arguments against copyright

about 6 years ago

Image of Popeye Enters Public Domain In the EU

apathy maybe Re:Poopie the sailor person (229 comments)

Except that I very much doubt that the name is copyrighted, or else everyone should be getting into trouble when they write it down. Wikipedia wouldn't be able to have an article about Popeye etc. etc.

Now the name might be a trademark, which is something which doesn't expire (unless not defended, or unless it becomes generic).

Dear folks, please don't use the term "intellectual property" at all. Trademarks are quite different to copyrights, which are very different to patents. They are all covered under different laws, and of those three, I believe that only copyright is international.

(Oh, and a great example of long copyright encouraging dead artists to keep producing yes?)

about 6 years ago

Tech Firms Oppose Union Organizing

apathy maybe Re:UAW (715 comments)

Oh, and the company that pays them wouldn't drop them like that if it suited the bottom line?

The days of respecting and being loyal to the company have long gone, because the company doesn't respect, and certainly isn't loyal to, you.

The union, on the other hand, will tend to be loyal to their members, will fight for their rights, and so on. (Unions aren't perfect, but under a capitalism system, they are often better than nothing.)


More generally, it amazes me that so many "free market" types hate unions. But they don't have any trouble with corporations and so on colluding to keep wages down.

That's the trouble with those who want a perfectly free capitalist market (a contradiction in terms). The want to give all the power to the bosses, and screw the workers, even when joining together in a union is good for the workers interests. They don't like unions because they don't really want a free market, they want a bosses market.

Fuck that.

more than 6 years ago

This Is the Way the World Ends

apathy maybe Too late, it's gone. (394 comments)

According to the International Earth-Destruction Advisory Board, the current "Earth-Destruction Alert Level" is "RED". Which means that the Earth has been destroyed.
A quote from the FAQ:

My baby's in there!

Your baby has most likely been destroyed.


Anyway, for you deluded fools who think the Earth is still around, take head of this warning:

The Earth is built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of iron. It has taken more devastating asteroid hits in its lifetime than you've had hot dinners, and lo, it still orbits merrily. So my first piece of advice to you, dear would-be Earth-destroyer, is: do NOT think this will be easy.

Obviously it's a little out of date now, 'cause those rascals at CERN managed the job, but still...

I note that the fools from the article don't actually want to destroy the Earth (well maybe one or two of the scenarios might break it apart or something), otherwise they would have come up with some scenarios like:

  • Annihilated by an equivalent quantity of antimatter
  • Cooked in a solar oven
  • Meticulously and systematically deconstructed

(Quote and methods from How to destroy the Earth.)

Fools, I'll show them all!

more than 6 years ago

Firefox 2.0 Update To Remove Phishing Detection

apathy maybe Re:A security update that reduces security (351 comments)

Is "phishing detection" security? Or does it just provide a false sense of security?

To quote myself (from <http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1030947&cid=25776933>, strong added):

Because blacklists don't work. Want to not get phished? Simple instructions that even the most computerphobic person can understand:

When you want to go to the website of your bank, credit union etc., type in what you see on the printed material you have in front of you! (Alternatively, for the more computer literate folks, create a bookmark/favourite after having typed in the address from the printed material from your bank. And only access it via that link.)

Never trust a link via an email, never trust a link from another website, not even if the address looks the same. (Character encoding, bad eyes and other things can make two strings look the same, even when they aren't.)

Basically, "phishing detection" is a flawed approach to the problem, and the best solution (as with most computer security issues), is user education. Considering that banks already have a "captive" audience (the audience has to read the material provided by the bank before being able to connect), they have a great opportunity to provide education to users.

They could even have a short quiz before they allowed their customers to get online access to their accounts. Perhaps questions like:

  • Will your bank ever email you regarding problems with your account? (No.)
  • Should you ever give your online password to anyone? (No.)
  • How should you access the banks website? (Answer given above.)

And subsequently ask one of these questions each login ...
Of course, if the bank thinks that the answers above should be different, maybe it's time to move to a different bank.

Combined with a security token, this should cut down on most phishing.

(And actually, no bank I have ever used has known my email, I just refuse to give it to them (No I don't have an email address.).)

more than 6 years ago

Grey Lines Mar MacBook Air Displays

apathy maybe tag: appleispants (288 comments)

tag: appleispants

'Cause apple is pants.

Anyway, it sounds like a clear case of bad hardware, and thus should be replaced. Obviously still in the warranty period, 'cause the items are barely a few months old.

Though, actually, the article talks about updating firmware. Odd.

Actually, the entire article doesn't say much at all.

more than 6 years ago

James Boyle's New Book Under CC License

apathy maybe Re:James Boyle's New Book Under CC License (80 comments)

If I'm releasing stuff, I'm not about to use a creative commons licence because of that (and others) issue.

But, most of the people who use these CC licences would not actually read the licence text. They would not know what the restrictions they are placing!

more than 6 years ago

James Boyle's New Book Under CC License

apathy maybe Re:James Boyle's New Book Under CC License (80 comments)

Err WTF? Somehow I managed to post anonymously without meaning to.

That post up there, the one with "Copyright apathy maybe" is mine.

more than 6 years ago



Filter advocates need to check their facts

apathy maybe apathy maybe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

apathy maybe writes "Mark Newton has an opinion piece on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation website on the proposed ISP level, Internet filter plan for Australia.

In my observation, it's obvious that the debate has polarised into two camps. One of them is largely populated by people who know what they're talking about and who mostly oppose the ALP's censorship plan;

Entitled Filter advocates need to check their facts, he goes on to describe some of the factual errors by the proponents, including Senator Conroy (who says that Sweden, the UK, Canada and New Zealand all have similar systems already in place)."



Why I have no friends and no foes.

apathy maybe apathy maybe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I've just removed all the people I had listed as friends and foes. Why? Simple. Slashdot is big, really big. While there are a few names that I recognise and pay attention to (both 'friends' and 'foes'), there is no way of knowing if that is reciprocal.

Because Slashdot is big, most comments are drowned.

Anyway, I have no attachment to any of my 'friends' or 'foes', except for what little information I have gleaned from their posts. That isn't enough for me to consider them either friends or foes.

I have a journal entry about using signatures (a just as valid methodology as any other when you don't know anyone) to decide whether to go friend or foe, but this isn't really valid. After all, they change. Etc.


Mod points and Anonymous Cowards.

apathy maybe apathy maybe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

See for example
What we have is an anonymous user who made a stupid comment. They got modded offtopic, even though the comment had relevance to the article (vaguely). It was then modded underrated (a bit stupid if you ask me).

Then another anonymous user made a comment about wasting mod points. Modded offtopic.

The question is, will the third anonymous post also be modded down?

Stay tuned. Mods wasting good mod points on Anonymous users. (If you're just going to waste them, give them to me and I'll make *good* use of them.)

Edit: I just realised I can edit things. Here is another example of stupidity.


And here is one I didn't participate in ... (nor the others of course...)

Honestly, I don't participate in this...

An off-topic comment gets modded troll.
Question is, will the following two comments also get modded down? Or just ignored?

Stupid racists.



apathy maybe apathy maybe writes  |  more than 9 years ago

For your infomation I place people on my foes list who have signatures I don't like. Actually I also place people who has signatures that I agree with but have problems with.

example : "Food not Bombs is a nice platitude but it breaks down when you notice that the Bombees are usually well fed"

The problem I have with this signature is that it is like saying that charities are a nice platitude, but it breaks down when you notice that the volunteers are usually well clothed/feed/etc. I participate in Food not Bombs, as do many others I know. One reason we are well feed is that we dumpster dive (skipping for UK readers). We are living the philosphy of reducing waste, by eating what would otherwise be taken to a landfill. What is wrong with that?

Smash the state!

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