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Dutch Court Lifts PlayStation 3 Seizure Order

bit01 Re:Bluray is a mistake (95 comments)

Sorry, but that's not quite good enough a distinction.

It is actually. Your kids would not have an unbelievable feigned ignorance over a period of years, or even days, over basic facts. e.g. pretending that the economic network effect does not exist or that both closed and open source have both good and bad developers, even when those simple facts have been stated in obvious fashion. Your kids may be biased but they are not willfully ignorant.

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Anonymous company communication is unethical and can and should be highly illegal. Company legal structures require accountability.

more than 3 years ago
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Dutch Court Lifts PlayStation 3 Seizure Order

bit01 Re:Bluray is a mistake (95 comments)

So how exactly does your theory distinguish between "shills" and people who hold less hostile views of Microsoft of their own volition?

Normal people don't give two shits about any particular company. Shills on the other hand are so bigoted it's funny and are almost completely incapable of coping with alternative points of view. In particular they have a perpetual and unbelievable feigned ignorance of anything that doesn't happen to agree with their propaganda.

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Anonymous company communication is unethical and can and should be highly illegal. Company legal structures require accountability.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft, Google Sue Troll Who Sued 397 Companies

bit01 Re:Let the inventor pay (176 comments)

The alternative is that you come up with something, a rich guy sees or hears what it is, the rich guy screws you over because he doesn't need the loan to patent the thing.

As opposed to the current systen where the rich guy has a thicket of patents ready to block you from doing anything useful. Patents are a weapon that anybody can use, rich guys have more of them, and patents don't change the balance of power at all, just escalate the damage.

The superficial thinking of patent proponents is just incredible. Not to mention the endless spamming of naive view points to drown out much more sophisticated alternative points of view. The PP post has been spammed on slashdot for years. Tto this day patent proponents still pretend the sophisticated view points that many slashdotters have from years of discussing this topic don't exist.

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Has the Least Patentable Unit reached zero yet?

more than 3 years ago
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Sony's War On Makers, Hackers, and Innovators

bit01 Re:I sort of understand... (317 comments)

Just because theft leads you to enjoy a product later on doesn't mean your still not stealing.

Fanatics like you who can't cope with even the simplest discussion about what ownership is and is not, and thus what theft is and is not, are either barefaced liars or delusional. Which are you?

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Anonymous company communication is unethical and can and should be highly illegal. Company legal structures require accountability.

more than 3 years ago
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Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME

bit01 Re:Flamebait (374 comments)

but why such the hate lately?

There appears to be an astroturf campaign going on. Multiple hysterical slashdot story submissions and numerous idiotically "fake angry" posts suggest somebody is trying to spam mud at Canonical hoping some of it will stick.

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There are many corporate shills on social media sites like slashdot fraudulently misrepresenting company propaganda as objective third party opinion. Make these scums' life hell.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony's War On Makers, Hackers, and Innovators

bit01 Re:I sort of understand... (317 comments)

That's not really a justification.

It is actually. Those kids are harming no one and they are better off. The world is a better place. Really.

Uptight content "owners" need to get their head around that fact. The amount of broken law making being done in the name of "controlling" those harmless kids is a travesty of the democratic process.

Content "owners" need to understand what "ownership" is; simply the right given to them by we the people to control most, though not all, uses of some object or entity.

e.g. Owning some real estate allows you, with planning permission, build a house on it and restrict access to others but, depending on the country or area, doesn't give you the right to build a shop in a residential zone or dig a big hole endangering neighboring structures. These seem reasonable restrictions on this particular style of physical object.

The concept of "ownership" maps fairly well to the physical restriction that only one person can use a physical object at a time but when it comes to non-physical entities there is very little that's natural about "ownership." "Ownership" of non-physical entities is a very messy concept with no clear definition or boundaries. Vendors are able to "sell" copies of bits and give only very restricted access to those bits while still calling it a sale. First sale doctrine and free speech just some of the many traditional rights that vendors are trampling all over with DRM and broken law at the moment.

Personally, I'd like to see "intellectual property" law that recognizes that artificial scarcity is an artificial, harmful construct that should be structured and kept to the bare minimum necessary to encourage people to create. Copyright terms should be drastically reduced (e.g. 7 years) and not apply when something is DRM'ed. There should be many exceptions for socially useful activities (e.g. education, third world, the poor, reverse engineering for compatibility). Contravention of such laws should be a misdemeanor only. Patents should be very restricted and require significant proof that it took a lot of time and effort to research, not develop, something. etc.

Artificial scarcity blocks billions of peoples' free speech and drastically limits the spread and use of ideas so that a very small number can have an increased profit. That's not right.

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Copyright rewards distributors (copiers) far more than creators.

more than 3 years ago
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Australian Court Gives Green Light To Disconnect Pirates

bit01 Re:The full judgement (131 comments)

Interesting how I've seen this news on so many sites, and they all report it with overwhelmingly positive headlines

Many of those websites are not exactly unbiased.

That's been a problem with the entire "intellectual property" discussion; main stream media with extreme vested interests framing the debate (e.g. Don't think of an elephant). Not to mention compromising democracy in general for their own profit.

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Like software, "intellectual property" law is a product of the mind, and can be anything we want it to be. Let's get it right.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

bit01 Re:Free software (778 comments)

Hi MR FOSSie! ...

And the rest of your post goes downhill from there. You haven't responded substantively to anything I've said; just content free emotionally loaded words trying to distract the reader. You're not an honest broker. Ever thought of getting a real job and contributing to the community rather than being a parasite? You might earn less money but you'll be richer in the things that matter.

I didn't make those numbers up friend

I'm your friend? That's just sad.

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Adopt an astroturfer. Make their life hell.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

bit01 Re:Free software (778 comments)

with the nasty mods coming from zealots that stick their heads in the sand

Actually the zealot here is you who can't cope with alternate points of view. Time for you to grow up I think.

Linux supporters are well aware of the numbers and desktop challenges. The fact that you like to pretend things like android don't exist, that embedded linux is not everywhere, that preinstalls and the economic network effect are not the main reasons Windows is common, that an Ubuntu install disk doesn't work as well as a Windows install disk if the user hasn't been FUD'ed, that for naive users the linux GUI is as easy/difficult to use as the windows GUI and that server sales numbers equate with all server numbers etc. shows you are a dishonest broker worse than the people you are attempting to accuse.

M$ marketing is attempting to keep a bandwagon effect going by claiming that windows is the be all and all and that people will be using it until the end of time with no reason to consider alternatives. Quite simply, that's bullshit.

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Paid marketers are the worst zealots.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

bit01 Re:Free software (778 comments)

I find it sickening, personally, that the parent's post has been downmodded,

Oh gosh, crocodile tears! Get a life, you obviously need one.

simply because bratty Linux zealots can't take the truth.

Actually, the brat and zealot here is you. Grow up please. Either that or you're a shill fraudulently misrepresenting yourself as a third party. "hairyfeet"'s post is deliberately trying to deceive the reader by misrepresenting paid installations (sales) as all installations. That's dishonest and typical of the alleycat ethics of the M$ marketing department. The world would be a better place if they grew a pair and stopped engaging in wholesale misrepresentation and fraud.

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Paid marketers are the worst zealots.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

bit01 Re:Free software (778 comments)

See? Others can use that tactic too. Your low UID doesn't make you less of a troll. It just makes you someone who should have known better by now.

Hairyfeet is engaging is extremely biased commercial propaganda by quoting sales rather than numbers. He is deliberately trying to deceive the reader. Just because he is using "polite" words doesn't mean he is not being extremely rude. He is also probably engaging in fraud for commercial gain ie. astroturf.

As such he is a first class arsehole and you are an arsehole by by attempting to support such mendacity with misdirection. You both deserve all the flack you get.

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There are many corporate shills on social media sites like slashdot fraudulently misrepresenting company propaganda as objective third party opinion. Make these scums' life hell.

more than 3 years ago
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Has the Second Dotcom Bubble Started?

bit01 Re:Picard Facepalm (298 comments)

I actually LIKE well-targeted ads,

You mean it's useful to 2 people in 10,000 rather than 1 person in 10,000? Don't make us laugh. The cost/benefit ratio isn't even remotely there.

because they connect me with a company which provides goods or services for which I have a need, and thus they save me time and effort.

Yeah, like doing a web search is hard.

You are a fool. Anybody who uses paid propaganda to make purchasing decisions is being a fool.

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Anonymous company communication is unethical and can and should be highly illegal. Company legal structures require accountability.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Asks USPTO To Reexamine Four Oracle Patents

bit01 Re:Obvious things (122 comments)

I don't see the fundamental difference between the arrangement of cogs, springs and rods (say), and the arrangement of conditionals and loops.

Artificial scarcity anyone? One is copyable/usable by 6,900,000,000+ people at little or no cost. The other isn't.

The onus is on any patent proponent to show why billions of people should be blocked from using an idea, their free speech, to give a small number of people additional profit, for every single area of technology. Not for anybody else to prove that patents are not applicable.

Patents are a damaging, unnatural monopoly and by default should not exist unless there is compelling, scientific evidence, not anecdotes, that patents actually help rather than hinder in every single area of technology where they may be applied.

Particularly since there are vast swathes of ideas that have no patent protection and those areas of technology work just fine. Everything from cooking recipes to math to locating businesses to business organization to artistic ideas to political ideas to ...

The whole patent edifice is based on handwaving about what it means to say two ideas are the same or different (fundamental to deciding whether something is original or not). They can't even cope with the difference between inventing new words and inventing new ideas. The PTO's depth of thinking is atrocious.

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"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's New Plan For Keeping the Internet Safe

bit01 Re:The Burden Is On Consumers... (302 comments)

just like most problems with the operating system are actually human error.

No, most problems are due to poor OS design. As in not designing it for their target audience.

The best OS currently on the market is Windows 7.

No, the best consumer OS on the market is probably the Ipad. Millions, naive and expert, are using it who have all but given up on Windows ever being designed properly. The number of glitches in the Windows user interface is ridiculous, everything from icons acting in about 6 different ways when clicked on depending on which part of the desktop they happen to be sitting on to slow interactivity to your own silly argument trying to equate complexity with sophistication.

A good rule of thumb is to only bash a company for a product line when the latest product in the series isn't clearly the best current choice in that arena.

Only if it's a free upgrade and they haven't had decades to fix their problems, security or otherwise.

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Adopt an astroturfer. Make their life hell.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's New Plan For Keeping the Internet Safe

bit01 Re:99% of the time (302 comments)

It is the consumer/user error.

It's producer error. As in not designing the their software for their target audience. Software is soft, it can be anything we it to be, but shills and mediocre programmers continue to blame everybody but themselves for the mess.

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Adopt an astroturfer. Make their life hell.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's New Plan For Keeping the Internet Safe

bit01 Re:This is why we can't have nice things. (302 comments)

Why Windows 7 sells to 300 million users and takes a 23% market share.

Yep, it's easy to that when you have alley cat ethics and a naive captive market.

True free markets depend on informed actors and actual competition. Because of the economic network effect, and the complexity of software, the M$Windows market, security or otherwise, is neither.

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Adopt an astroturfer. Make their life hell.

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Microsoft's New Plan For Keeping the Internet Safe

bit01 Re:Bad moderation, bad (302 comments)

but you are entitled to your opinion.

Anonymous paid propaganda is not an opinion. I live for the day when the law catches up with these lowlifes. Fraudulently feigning perpetual ignorance for years and endlessly spamming simplistic propaganda to drown out more sophisticated debate.

Propaganda has only a tenuous relationship with the truth and is designed to manipulate to increase their profit and not to inform. In addition shills seem to be fond of creating manipulative analogies that have little relationship to reality or their true opinions. Probably regard themselves as "creatives" when they are the exact opposite - vandals.

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Adopt an astroturfer. Make their life hell.

more than 3 years ago
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E-Book Lending Stands Up To Corporate Mongering

bit01 Re:Only buy PDF, ePUB or another open standard (259 comments)

-if there were no pirates to begin with, we wouldn't have DRM.

Don't be silly. DRM has little to do with piracy and everything to do with maximizing the revenue stream. Pirates who would not have paid are irrelevant.

Do I understand why companies feel they must spend resources trying to stop people from stealing their stuff? Yes.

"Must"? Don't make us laugh. DRM is simply a means to manipulate what would otherwise be a free the market, that's all.

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Don't be fooled, slashdot has many lying astroturfers fraudulently misrepresenting company propaganda as third party opinion. FUD too.

more than 3 years ago
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Virus Shuts Down Australian Ambulance Dispatch Service

bit01 Re:If.... (222 comments)

Who do they call for support?

Troll.

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Paid marketers are the worst zealots.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Offers H.264 Plug-in For Google Chrome

bit01 Re:Missing the point (332 comments)

There are no royalties on internal use of H.264 video.

There are costs to everyone. It's just hidden in the cost of device and media purchase and the lack of free/open competition, that's all.

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It's wrong that an intellectual property creator should not be rewarded for their work.
It's equally wrong that an IP creator should be rewarded too many times for the one piece of work, for exactly the same reasons.
Reform IP law and stop the M$/RIAA abuse.

more than 3 years ago

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