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H.R. Giger Returns To the Alien Franchise

contra_mundi Re:Once again proving my theory (144 comments)

I understand the financial aspect of the film, but that doesn't help me getting bored out of my skull sitting through the samey movies.

more than 3 years ago

UK Gov't Wants To Block Internet Porn By Default

contra_mundi Oh wow. (642 comments)

Is there a better example of the slippery slope associated with any censorship?

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

contra_mundi Re:I Don't Like Amazon's Decision, But: (641 comments)

What I find objectionable about this is not the lack of incest, with which you dance around the issue masterfully btw, but the fact that Amazon deletes already bought material from users' devices.

Since you seem to be fond of food stores, I'll offer this analogy: This is not like a store deciding to not offer Twinkies anymore. Instead it's like a store deciding to forcefully stomach pump all the people who bought Twinkies from the store in the past.

more than 3 years ago

Doubling of CO2 Not So Tragic After All?

contra_mundi Mod parent up! (747 comments)

AC makes an excellent point.

more than 3 years ago

BendDesk Merges Computer, Monitor and Desk

contra_mundi Re:Fugly (152 comments)

Yeah, it needs to be pretty to prove a concept.

more than 3 years ago

The Pirate Bay Co-Founder Starting P2P-DNS

contra_mundi Re:Been Tried... (309 comments)

Flying was also tried time and a time again, but eventually humans flew.

more than 3 years ago

Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming

contra_mundi If I was a Comcast customer ... (548 comments)

And not looking for alternatives right now, I'd be mighty ashamed of myself.

more than 3 years ago

Computer Glitch Leaves Some Australians Without Cash

contra_mundi Re:They deserve any late fees they get? (195 comments)

Perhaps they funnel the money to a seperate saving account and then use the money left over in their salary account as they need/please?
And sometimes those saving accounts only allow so many withdrawals within a timeframe.

more than 3 years ago

Attachmate To Retain Novell Unix Copyrights

contra_mundi Re:We gotta buy them. (77 comments)

Though I am a long time Microsoft basher (with very good reason) I have to totally disagree with you. A small company with nothing to lose run by a moron (SCO anyone?) is much more likely to try the kind of Hail Mary that any such attempt would constitute. Microsoft, while wrong in many ways, is not that phenomenally stupid. They actually have something to lose, and would be going up against Google, Motorola, HP, IBM, and thousands of other companies single handedly, and even they can't t weather the ill will such a stupid move would garner circa 2011. If it gets in the hands of another Darl McBride, it is still a non-issue, because they are guaranteed to lose, whether you think it is because we are right (which we are of course), or because big money talks. Any way you slice it, worrying about said trademark and who owns it is tantamount to complete foolishness.

On the other hand, it would make a perfect "nuke", if you will, to strike back at multiple competitors for Microsoft to use when the end is drawing near.

more than 3 years ago

Traffic Jams In Your Brain

contra_mundi Pseudoscience? (250 comments)

How about 357 * 289 being hard is because 7 is the average size of the short term memory, and you need to remember more numbers than that to arrive at 103,173?

more than 3 years ago

AT&T Wireless Data Still Growing At 1000%

contra_mundi Re:Crap title (137 comments)

Can I get that in football fields or Libraries of Congress?

more than 3 years ago

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old

contra_mundi Re:Vid offline new link (1135 comments)

DCMA used for censorship?

With no penalty for frivolous claims, there's nothing stopping it.

more than 3 years ago

Failed MMO APB To Be Resurrected As Free-To-Play Game

contra_mundi APB? (90 comments)

That's the name? Just random letters?

From the looks of the actual game, I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Patents Bad Gift Protection

contra_mundi How about... (210 comments)

How about a bad patent protection instead?

more than 3 years ago

Worker Rights Extend To Facebook, Says NLRB

contra_mundi +5 Insightful! (340 comments)

I hate people who don't share my point of view too. :)

Perhaps you only define freedom of speech as a legal term (and only in the US legal system and only as it appears in the constitution) but you cannot deny that the concept is much bigger than that. Society can restrict freedom of speech in unlegislated ways.

more than 3 years ago

Worker Rights Extend To Facebook, Says NLRB

contra_mundi Re:Freedom of speech... (340 comments)

Is that a rhetorical question? Can you clarify your position?

I guess it's good to think about it before you say it, whatever it is.

Are you implying that not all speech should be protected?
If that's case, I'd say that the best possible scenario exists somewhere in the middle: No shouting fire frivolously and no banning people from a country because of a drunken letter.

more than 3 years ago

Worker Rights Extend To Facebook, Says NLRB

contra_mundi Re:Freedom of speech... (340 comments)

Since when does state tyranny have anything to do with continuing a private relationship with someone who publicly trashes you?

Both situations have a worker (or citizen) negatively affected by a large and powerful entity, which the worker (citizen) is a part of, because of what the worker (citizen) has said.

Regarding "private" relations: You don't think it would be a freedom of speech issue if, for example, you bashed Scientology out in public and as a consequence the Church of Scientology sent people to harass you and tried to make you look like a terrorist in the eyes of FBI (which has happened)?

more than 3 years ago

Worker Rights Extend To Facebook, Says NLRB

contra_mundi Freedom of speech... (340 comments)

With that logic, North Korea has freedom of speech.

"You can say/write whatever you want...just be ready to accept the consequences."

The consequence just happens to be capital punishment or forced labor for years.

more than 3 years ago

Telstra Violating the GPL?

contra_mundi On the flip side... (197 comments)

What would happen if we ignored GPL violations?

I posit that GPL would no longer remain relevant at all and the end result would be far more welcome to "the FUDists" than what we have now.

more than 3 years ago


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