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Feds To Remotely Uninstall Bot From Some PCs

clydemaxwell Re:That's ok (211 comments)

"i say we need a law"
"let me do what i want to your PC; i know better than you do"

i don't care if you mark me flamebait. go to hell.

more than 3 years ago
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Feds To Remotely Uninstall Bot From Some PCs

clydemaxwell Re:That's ok (211 comments)

Just gonna chime in here that getting some irritating unwanted messages in your inbox hardly warrants anything like what you're recommending.
I don't know what it is about penis enlargement advertisements that make people throw out common sense and respect for others out the window.

"Nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure"

more than 3 years ago
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Minnesota School Issues iPad 2 To Every Student

clydemaxwell Re:Record the Teacher (456 comments)

The quintessential billionaire college kid is a sort of idiot; he holds very few practical skills and has not even learned the technical end of his business very well (facebook being a horrible, horrible example of web design or architecture).
I'm gonna say that he's not a great example of why college is unnecessary.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

clydemaxwell Re:Good for US economy (617 comments)

It's the principle that if you're a US business or citizen, selling to US citizens or business, you can't get away with illegal behaviour by just shifting the illegal part of the process to another country.

and GM, for example, is not doing that. They are not picking parts suppliers with renegade copies of excel on their PCs specifically to avoid anything. It is simply not an issue and not their concern, and it shouldn't be. Only microsoft should be concerned with companies who pirate from microsoft. Mandating that the rest of us ensure that people aren't stealing from microsoft is wrong.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

clydemaxwell Re:Good for US economy (617 comments)

do not make this preference known too widely -- US banks are required by law not to do business with individuals, businesses or countries with known boycotts of israel

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

clydemaxwell Re:Good for US economy (617 comments)

I love that you provide a theoretical scenario for what is a practical problem. If people were going to set up these 'pure proxy companies' to get around buying microsoft products, they would already be doing so. This is not a hypothetical.
It would not be a significant savings, and if software savings were the sole motivating factor clearly these companies would turn to open source. instead, it is clear that they are quite willing to pay for their properly licensed software products.

Finally, you missed the crux of the issue, which is that one company is being blamed for what another one has done, totally regardless of whether the buying company has any idea that the piracy is taking place. How should GM prevent this, demand software audits of all their parts manufacturer partners prior to purchase?

Microsoft cannot enforce its 'intellectual property' rights on countries that don't believe in them (or don't enforce them well). So they seek to punish US companies instead. And you say this is good for our economy!

more than 3 years ago
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How Big Data Justifies Mining Your Social Data

clydemaxwell Re:"Ownership of information" is quite clear. (102 comments)

i don't own my credit card number. i know it, and i have a reason to jealously prevent others from knowing it, but none of this constitutes 'ownership', which can't apply to information.
once it becomes known to you (legally or otherwise) i can't say you've stolen it. or that if you posted it on the web, that every viewer also stole it. since information is not a physical quantity, it cannot be possessed, only 'known'.

more than 3 years ago
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In-Depth Look At HTML5

clydemaxwell Re:The truth is (150 comments)

"I want to sell a better codec, but it's impossible because Google gives away mediocre ones."

this is outrageous. if there's no market, you don't have a viable business. that is no-one's fault. you seem to imply we shouldn't give things away because they'll hurt the market for expensive alternatives, which is so fundamentally bullshit it makes my brain hurt.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do Seeders Profit From BitTorrent?

clydemaxwell Re:Really? (195 comments)

how do you cite personal experience? I have been an IRC sharer for well over a decade now and I have not been paid a dime. I also seed all my torrents (Even going so far as to pay for a seedbox to do so)

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Italian Police Seize Blog Over 'Kill Berlusconi' Satire

clydemaxwell Re:Is the US any better? (214 comments)

I thought for sure this was a WKUK reference, but then none of the replies seem to acknowledge that... maybe I was wrong?

more than 3 years ago
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Is an Internet Kill Switch Feasible In the US?

clydemaxwell Re:And what would this accomplish? (339 comments)

Purposely breaking the Internet is pretty hard.

no, it's not. the government can tell every ISP to shut down. or to stop routing. hell, even to stop providing DNS service would kill the internet for most.

the internet can only route around black holes that aren't widespread, and only when it can still route. routing is an action that can be stopped, as proved in egypt.

more than 3 years ago
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Hackers Penetrate Nasdaq Computer Networks

clydemaxwell Re:False flag? (106 comments)

the crux of that issue is that we don't want ISPs to be treated as 'private networks'. We want them treated somewhat akin to common carriers, with regulation. It is important to note that the constitution guarantees rights for citizens, not corporations. I don't want any corporations to have rights.

more than 3 years ago
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Nook Color Is Now a $250 Honeycomb Tablet

clydemaxwell Re:So... (105 comments)

This was a jerk comment, in which you revel in being a small-worlder. Most people would be a little ashamed their egocentric view had caused them to overlook the rest of the whole planet.

more than 3 years ago
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Designer Tweets Egyptian Riots Due to His New Line Coming Out

clydemaxwell Re:The /. crowd is no better (142 comments)

Clever assholes are not really worth any more than your average variety.

more than 3 years ago
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Usage Based Billing In Canada To Be Rescinded

clydemaxwell Re:Right on! (364 comments)

I feel this is a good time to mention the American bias that operating with the intent to profit is naturally seen as a positive.
There are other intents, and things more important than profit.

This is the crux of the recent healthcare debacle, that the more socialist minded believe healthcare for everyone is more important than profit for companies.

more than 3 years ago
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Designer Tweets Egyptian Riots Due to His New Line Coming Out

clydemaxwell Re:The /. crowd is no better (142 comments)

I agree. I couldn't care less about the joke, and his only Cairo reference being joke just makes him an ass. Nothing special about that.
But tagging it so that he can have advertising to anyone reading about the situation in Egypt is just low, even for a profiteer.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Nominates RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

clydemaxwell Re:Don't worry big media, the fix is in (463 comments)

OK, I know this is late, but I'll reply anyway:
The problem with Sarah Palin is that she is dumb. No, really. Politically, she's about on par with any redneck republican, with about as much thought put into her beliefs. That's not the problem. The problem is she's dumb -- she's worse at public speaking than GW Bush was, and she's lauded for attempting. 40% of people thought she was ready for the presidency in 2008. By sheer virtue of being a public figure, that number will rise by 2012. When people who don't value intelligence can be praised for that as a virtue, we have a serious problem. People who have the kind of backwards beliefs Palin does should not be taken seriously as public officials or contenders for our highest office. Our backwater members should not be allowed to represent our country to the world or make the sort of decisions that a president must make.
So Palin's beliefs aren't as extreme as some I've seen -- she wants to shoot terrorists and deer, she thinks she's an international diplomat because she made it through charm school and lives in Alaska (which as she reminded us, is quite near Russia). She thinks liberals are evil and Obama set up death panels as if this were Logan's Run. But people take her seriously, and that's why we're so alarmed.

more than 3 years ago
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Domestic Use of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement

clydemaxwell Re:Texas Budget shortfall for 2011 (299 comments)

again, I maintain those rights.
I may break an NDA, I may do drugs and refuse a drug test
I just might get fired for it, which is not in the jurisdiction of the law.

more than 3 years ago
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Domestic Use of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement

clydemaxwell Re:Texas Budget shortfall for 2011 (299 comments)

my rights continue onto my employers parking lot, i am unsure what makes you think otherwise.

my boss may fire me for breaking corporate policy regarding firearms, but he can't *arrest* me for it. there's a significant difference.

more than 3 years ago

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