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The Fall of Traditional Entertainment Conglomerates

biscon Re:Oh really? (204 comments)

oh and don't even get me started on crap like "Defying gravity".. Let's recreate a typical american highschool drama, with jocks and cheerleaders but in space. Oh and stuff a lot of god/spirituality in it while ye at it, as not to alienate all the stupid people who think its just as valid as science.

about 4 years ago

The Fall of Traditional Entertainment Conglomerates

biscon Oh really? (204 comments)

I thought SGU failed because of all the crying and thoughtful country music sequences that apparently all scifi must have after the BSG remake. Felicity in space. Because geeks just love shows about who's into who and all that crap.

about 4 years ago

RIAA's Elementary School Copyright Curriculum

biscon Re:Okay, You Have the Floor (507 comments)

doesn't this essentially mean that fair use is in the eye of the beholder? (and thus a game of lawyer vs lawyer). I mean if you brought a fair use case before 10 different courts are you sure that 7-10 of them would come out the same way?

more than 5 years ago

RIAA's Elementary School Copyright Curriculum

biscon didn't they? (507 comments)

As they are directly benefiting from the Unions so even if they try to teach both sides it makes it seem that Unions will benefit the Underclass at a slight expense to the upperclass, Created such advancements such as Minimum Wage, Weekends and Holidays.

uhm didn't they?. I acknowledge that unions come with their own set of problems regarding corruption etc but here in the EU at least we have the unions to thank for minimum wage and weekends (back in the day people only got sunday off because they had to go to church). Why are americans so afraid of unions? I mean big business have their own organisations looking out for their interests, why not the workers? Do you really think you would be better off, if workers never organized and made demands of their employer?

more than 5 years ago

Ireland Criminalizes Blasphemy

biscon mod parent down (1376 comments)

There is evidence of creation all around us and there is much evidence that can be plausibly linked to an intelligent creator. [citation needed]

On another note, how can you be seemingly intelligent and believe in that ID crap? I accept that intelligent people can believe in god, but ID and young earth creationism? Puuhleeze

more than 5 years ago

British Men Jailed For Online Hate Crimes

biscon whats the crime in hate crime? (778 comments)

is it the act of hating someone due to their racial background or sexual orientation which is illegal? or just running your mouth about it?. if its the former its thought crime and if its the latter its censorship. I don't believe in hate crime, not because I am a racist or a homofob its just that laws like that tend to be abused. Besides I like living in a free society where the government doesn't get to decide what I can legally think.

more than 5 years ago

The Technology of Neuromancer After 25 Years

biscon Excellent interview thanks (203 comments)

This quote in particular grabbed my attention:

Gibson winces at the term "information superhighway" ("a nasty piece of buzzword engineering"), but has good things to say about the Internet: "I'm not a user, but I'm a big fan. I like the idea that it's extra-national, and no one particularly owns it. My concern now is whether it can be dismantled by corporate interests who want something more structured so they can sell us stuff - or whether there's some innate urge toward freedom inherent in the technology that will keep it evolving."

Seems a bit like the current "quest for control and censorship" we hear about every week here, as well as the net neutrality controversy.

more than 5 years ago

Could We Beam Broadband Internet Into Iran?

biscon FUCK YEAH!! (541 comments)

Reading this thread I somehow got reminded of this:


Once again America is trying to make the world a better place. It hasn't always worked out all that well for you.
One one hand: communication should be a basic human right, so what could probably go wrong?. On the other hand the Iraqis didn't much like Saddam, but many of them sure as hell didn't like it either when our tanks started patrolling their streets.
I'm comparing apples to oranges here and im only considering recent history. Just remember the world isn't black and white, but shades of grey.
Sure the Iranians seems pissed about the election fraud, but that doesn't guarantee they are ready for the "western world makeover" either (like the one you gave the Japanese).
Perhaps they really do prefer living in a barbaric society with laws based on religion, made up by some batshit insane clergy. Perhaps they just want their vote to count.
Personally I think helping them out with communication sounds like a great idea (not considering whether its technically possible or not). Just a word of warning from a smug european ;)

more than 5 years ago

The Copyrightability of Twitter Posts

biscon Please for the love of god (183 comments)

Why are we even discussing this? no of course you can't copyright 140 characters in a specific sequence and of course I can write the same line everywhere I please, without giving a crap about what the original author thinks or having to pay him. Why you ask? because its frakkin' common sense. Slashdotters usually agree on not wanting to end up living in a police state, brought forth by the endless new IP legislation. By discussing and thus taken seriously that 140 chars, what amounts to a sentence, you're not doing yourself or the rest of us a favour. Its ridiculous and the courts should dismiss such claims outright.

more than 5 years ago

New Medical Disorder Linked To Gaming

biscon Other gaming related disease include (224 comments)

Personally I've suffered from:

NWN-elbow (due to bad camera control)
BF-headache (using a substandard headset way to many hours)

Heard about:

Counterhand (swelling on the hand due to excessive counterstrike playing)
Everquest-acne (sitting at home playing an mmo and eating way to much junkfood all the times does that to most people)

more than 5 years ago

ICANN Loses Control of Its Own Domain Names

biscon Serves them right (61 comments)

ICANNhazdomainznamezzplz *insert picture of retarted looking cat getting beat up with a model m keyboard*

more than 6 years ago


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