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Kim Dotcom Demands Access To Seized Property To Defend Himself

commodore6502 Re:Another key disclosure case (236 comments)

It's pretty damn obvious.
Nature gave me this body which includes my mouth. I may use that body in any fashion I choose. That includes, among other things, the right to speak. AND the right to not speak (hence Arizona v. Miranda rights). No government may overrule the bodily rights that Nature has given me.

more than 2 years ago

Google Launches Search By Image

commodore6502 Stalking made easier (109 comments)

Get a photo of some cute girl or guy. Drag it to google. And soon you'll have dozens of photos & if you're lucky, a name and address. (I suspect this is not what google intended, but oh well.)

more than 3 years ago

Unlocked iPhones in US For $649

commodore6502 Do you really save money? (334 comments)

$199 + 24 months * $40/month == $1160
$649 + 24 months * $25/month == $1249

No not really.
Oh well.
This is why I still use a VirginMobile phone. The phone was free and the service is cheap ($0 a month plus fees -or- $25 unlimited). Of course it's no iPhone but I'm okay with that.

more than 3 years ago

John Linnell of They Might Be Giants Talks Tech

commodore6502 TRS-80 was the #1 computer of late 70s (111 comments)

I'm not surprised he used a TRS-80 as his "first". It was the best-selling computer of 1978, 79 and 80*.

"If you went back to that time and told yourself, âoeIn thirty years, weâ(TM)re going to be distributing all of our music through this device,â what would you think?" - John Linnell says he would not be surprised. At the time, people were already recording songs on their Ataris, Commodores, and Amigas and distributing them via the BBS and Usenet.

>>>John Linnell's first PC, the Macintosh Plus (1986).

IMHO he would have been better-off buying an Atari ST or Amiga. Like Andy Warhol and Disney Animation did. The Mac Plus wasn't very strong for video or sound.

*1981-82 was Atari 400/800
*1983-86 was Commodore 64
*1987 onward was IBM PC and clones

more than 3 years ago

Apple Eases Rules For Subscription Apps

commodore6502 Apple == 90s Microsoft? (109 comments)

I used to hate the unscrupulous tactics MS used during the late 80s through the year 2000, so I bought Commodore and Apple computers instead. And now I see Apple copying many of those tactics. Kinda sad.

So boycott MS.
Boycott apple.
What's left?

more than 3 years ago

UK Government Seeking To Expand Scope of 'Voluntary' Website Blocking

commodore6502 Hello tyranny (75 comments)

"Internet filtering across the public estate is essential. We want to ensure that users in schools, libraries, colleges and Immigration Removal Centres are unable to access unlawful material." - Yeah but if I WANT to access unlawful material, like nude women, orgies, how-to-build-a-home-riffle, and other shit the government disapproves of? It's called FREEDOM jackasses in parliament.

more than 3 years ago

Dutch To Introduce Net Neutrality By Law

commodore6502 Re:Wonderful. (228 comments)

>>>It was never the "land of the free to use other people's property the way I want."

Except these ISPs were granted (1) use of government-owned roads and right-of-ways plus (2) monopolies. Examples: Comcast, cox, verizon. The government can regulate these ISPs for either of those 2 reasons:

1 - Because government regulates everything that runs on, or under the roads.
2 - Because government regulates monopolies like the Power company, phone company, natural gas company, and water/sewer company. The internet monopoly is no different.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Prevents 23,322 Filesharing Does From Being Sued For Now

commodore6502 Goodbye Red Flag law (199 comments)

Does==John Does

- It is my sincere hope that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act goes to the same hellhole as the "red flag laws" that required drivers of horseless carriages (cars) to be led by a pedestrian, waving a red flag or carrying a lantern.

Hopefully the repeal won't take 30 years again. Hopefully enough citizens will get pissed-off about receiving $5000 extortion letters (or million-dollar lawsuits) and demand the DMCA get nullified.

more than 3 years ago

Advocacy Group Files FCC Complaint Over Verizon Tethering Ban

commodore6502 Go Get 'Em! (190 comments)

Nail the Verizon Monopoly* to the wall. I'm tired of being forced to choose between Verizon and Verizon for my plain-old telephone service. Then go after Comcast, Cox, Cablevision, and time-warner while you're at it, Mr. FCC.

* The monopoly is not in wireless, but wired services, but
I still think the FCC should tear-apart this company like they did with ATT back in the 70s.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Compromised, Again

commodore6502 Re:I wonder if the hackers would stop.. (452 comments)

>>>Is it lost on everybody that these hacks are doing more damage to current Sony customers

Not if the customer data is erased after it is downloaded. Son'ys reputation is harmed (and hopefully they go bankrupt), while the customers suffer no ill effects since their Info was never released.

more than 3 years ago

Internet Explorer Use Slips Below 55%

commodore6502 And the geeks cheer! (104 comments)


It's amazing though how many still cling to Internet Explorer, even after you tell them, "But websites can see everything you do. Explorer, especially versions 6 and 7, has no privacy." One forum poster at AVscience replied, "I don't care I'll keep using IE anyway and _____ your firefox recommendation." Ummm... oookay. Just trying to help you secure your PC there, buddy.

I see Opera rose from approximately 1% to 3%. Yay.
Netscape(!) still holds a 3/4% share.
And Mozilla/Seamonkey is only 1/50 of a percent. Not so great. :-|

more than 3 years ago

Google Incrementally Dropping Support For Older Browsers

commodore6502 Why Firefox 3.5? (353 comments)

Dropping IE7 and S3 makes sense, but why FF3.5? It isn't that old. It was "born" less than two years ago, and EOL has not arrived yet.

more than 3 years ago

Skype Protocol Has Been Reverse Engineered

commodore6502 Microsoft Office is not an open platform either (231 comments)

And yet we have several programs that can read/write to Office files. It seems the same could be done with MS Skype - call it OpenSkype or LibreSkype.

The only problem is the potential to be sued for theft-of-service (making calls w/o paying).

more than 3 years ago

Embed a Video, Go To Jail?

commodore6502 Good - arrest me (314 comments)

I'd be happy to appear on every radio and TV show discussing the out-of-control government which arrested me because I linked infringing "Sanctuary" episodes from youtube to my facebook page. It's time to Inform the public about what kind of tyranny they are living.

So go ahead and arrest me.
I'll be happy to fight back.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Nixes iPad Giveaways

commodore6502 The CD Companies tried to do this (388 comments)

In 2001 they were sued by the US DOJ for restraint-of-trade, price fixing, and forming an illegal cartel.

So go ahead Apple. I look forward to seeing you get the same treatment the record companies received. Especially now that the US Congress is investigating you. Not a smart move.

more than 3 years ago

Doom Ported To the Web

commodore6502 Every platform? (248 comments)

"versions of Doom have subsequently been released for the following systems: DOS, Microsoft Windows, Commodore Amiga, QNX, Irix, NEXTSTEP, Linux, Apple Macintosh, Super NES, Sega 32X, Sony PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, iPhone OS, Symbian OS, RISC OS, Atari Jaguar, Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64, Tapwave (1) Does this work on Dialup connections?

(2) "Zodiac, 3DO, Xbox as a feature of Doom 3: Limited Edition, Xbox 360 on Xbox Live Arcade, and the PS3." - wikipedia

No Commodore 64.
Or Sega Genesis? That last one is a surprise since the Amiga version should be able to run on the Genesis with some simple modification.

more than 3 years ago

Pentagon Says Cyberattacks Can Count As Act of War

commodore6502 Spying == act of war? (282 comments)

Wow. The Pentagon workers are really reaching. Maybe if the cyberattack blacked-out the entire coast, but simply hacking and downloading files is not an "act of war" deserving we go-off and nuck China.

Jeez. It's just a modern form of spying, which has existed for centuries.

more than 3 years ago

Google Deprecates Translation API

commodore6502 Bad cloud! Bad! (95 comments)

Of what value is using cloud apps if companies can just make them disappear practically overnight? I'm disappointed since I use Translate a lot, and soon it will be gone. :-| Good thing I didn't lose any documents, but it could happen.

more than 3 years ago

Finnish Record Labels Want To Block Pirate Bay

commodore6502 legal online market is impossible w/ piratebay (144 comments)

iTunes seems to be doing just fine, even though piratebay and other illegal sites exist. The record companies should stop being wimps, man-up, and create a legal site for purchasing $1 singles. Stop the whining,

more than 3 years ago

China Alleged To Use Prisoners In Lucrative Internet Gaming

commodore6502 I would have volunteered (313 comments)

"Rather than dig dirt and break rocks, how about I play games 16 hours a day? You'll make more money that way."

more than 3 years ago



Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism

commodore6502 commodore6502 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

commodore6502 (1981532) writes "Science News Magazine and the American Medical Association reports on the results of a recent study. 47 participants had pairs of Samsung cell phones strapped to their heads, one on each side. The phone on the left ear was turned off, while the one on the right received a 50-minute recorded message. This phone was kept muted so that the subject didn’t know which phone was on, and also to prevent stimulation of the brain’s hearing center.

A few minutes after the call, a PET scan revealed that brain regions next to the working phone had higher levels of glucose metabolism. “The human brain is sensitive to the electromagnetic radiation that is emitted from cell phones,” says study coauthor Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, MD. The increase in brain metabolism observed in the experiment may be an underestimate, because cell phones emit more radiation when a person is talking."

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Verizon Imposes Limit on top 5%

commodore6502 commodore6502 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

commodore6502 (1981532) writes "

If you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5 percent of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand.

So, if the company happens to find you in the top 5% of users on the Verizon data network, they will put a limiter on your account for the remainder of the current month AND the following month. You are digitally grounded for over a month! This is similar to what Comcast had been doing when they banned their top 5% of users for one month's time, until the FCC stepped-in and clarified that Comcast may not do that."
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