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BetaNet Sues Everyone For Remote SW Activation

dorque_wrench Re:Marshall, TX (227 comments)

I wonder how much it would cost for technology corporations to simply buy up all the land in the district and effectively evict the entire population.

I like the way you think.

more than 4 years ago
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Angry AT&T Customers May Disrupt Service

dorque_wrench Re:Should be (572 comments)

All hail TWC!

more than 4 years ago
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Angry AT&T Customers May Disrupt Service

dorque_wrench Re:Not the best idea (572 comments)

Sorry that this might not be anti-corporate enough, but Operation Chokehold really isn't a great idea.

Agreed. Besides, I'm pretty sure a large, well-documented, attempted DDOS just makes things easier for the requisite criminal charges and civil lawsuits...

more than 4 years ago
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Murderer With "Aggression Genes" Gets Reduced Sentence

dorque_wrench Uh, hello? (507 comments)

Even before the gene results, dude only got 9 years for killing someone???

about 5 years ago
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10/GUI — an Interface For Multi-Touch Input

dorque_wrench Re:I can has? (344 comments)

You don't have to look at a keyboard to type.

more than 5 years ago
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10/GUI — an Interface For Multi-Touch Input

dorque_wrench I can has? (344 comments)

I like it. I want it. I just wish the keyboard was part of the touch interface, rather than a separate peripheral.

more than 5 years ago
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FBI Bringing Biometric Photo Scanning To North Carolina, Via DMV

dorque_wrench Re:Corporations vs. government (221 comments)

Not mentioning the 40 millions with no coverage at all.

Citation needed.

Several studies estimate the number of uninsured Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 47 million Americans, or 20 percent of the population under the age of 65, were without health insurance in 2008, their latest data available.

more than 5 years ago
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FBI Bringing Biometric Photo Scanning To North Carolina, Via DMV

dorque_wrench Re:Corporations vs. government (221 comments)

A particular example [anncoulter.com]:

You expect me to take something posted on Ann Coulter's website as fact???

(Why does my keyboard spontaneously ignite every time I type her name?)

Next. USPS sucks and can't pay for itself — needs billions of "bailouts" every [dmnews.com] once in a while — including right now [federaltimes.com].

Who hasn't received a bailout in the last year?

more than 5 years ago
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100 Years of Copyright Hysteria

dorque_wrench Re:Sousa had a point (280 comments)

Yes, but the live performance is when you find out you've been duped by studio tricks. ;)

But, on the flip-side, there are singers who are done a disservice by the studio, people like Neko Case, who has a voice so big that it just doesn't seem to be able to be fully captured by a recording.

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Won't Punish Lawyer For Anti-RIAA Blogging

dorque_wrench Re:Overstated, not completely false, though. (160 comments)

Here, Defendant’s counsel should be sanctioned for forcing Plaintiffs to take many unnecessary steps to obtain basic information, for making misleading statements, and for making baseless discovery objections and frivolous motions which he posted on his anti-recording industry blog. Specifically, as demonstrated above, Defendant’s counsel consistently forced Plaintiffs to seek Court intervention for routine discovery requests and engaged in a pattern of filing frivolous motions. For example, Plaintiffs were forced to seek the Court’s assistance to inspect Defendant’s computer, to serve deposition subpoenas on basic fact witnesses like Woody Raymond, Junior Lindor, and Yannick Raymond-Wright, and to compel Defendant and her son to produce the missing hard drive. As the Court held, each of these requests was a good faith effort to uncover evidence of copyright infringement. Similarly, Defendant’s counsel filed frivolous motions seeking, among other things, to preclude evidence (Doc. No. 69), to exclude Plaintiffs’ expert’s testimony (Doc. No. 165), and to compel production of a proprietary contract with MediaSentry (Doc. Nos. 62 and 201). [...]

So basically they wanted him to be sanctioned for aggressively defending his client, i.e. doing his frakking jaaaaahb. Priceless.

more than 5 years ago
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FBI Bringing Biometric Photo Scanning To North Carolina, Via DMV

dorque_wrench Re:Corporations vs. government (221 comments)

Public schools, USPS, and highways are enough...

You were giving positive examples here, right?

more than 5 years ago
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100 Years of Copyright Hysteria

dorque_wrench Re:Copyrights are going to be forgotten (280 comments)

If you're a 80's music fan, then you already have everything you need ;-)

No genre is complete until it's suffered a revival. So the 80's should be done by next year. ;)

more than 5 years ago
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100 Years of Copyright Hysteria

dorque_wrench Sousa had a point (280 comments)

"Singing will no longer be a fine accomplishment; vocal exercises so important a factor in the curriculum of physical culture will be out of vogue. Then what of the national throat? Will it not weaken?"

Have you heard the "quality" of "singers" we've (over-)produced in the last 10 years??? Pick an episode, any episode, of Saturday Night Live from the last 10 years. NO ONE sounds live the way they sound on recording. I know what you're thinking: Beyonce. Fine. You're right. Pick another one. Can you?

more than 5 years ago
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100 Years of Copyright Hysteria

dorque_wrench Re:Copyrights are going to be forgotten (280 comments)

Once they grow up, copyrights will have virtually no meaning for the average person in society.

Until the RIAA demands compensation to the tune of $2,500 per song. And you forget, America has more lawyers than any other nation in the world. It's not like they are going to tell the **IAs to stop suing people named "Doe" who can't possibly afford to pay multi-thousand dollar judgments. That's taking away billable hours, you insensitive clod!

more than 5 years ago
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How often do you reboot your primary computer?

dorque_wrench Re:Primary? (596 comments)

So, if you have 2 macs, and the other 99% of your computers are Linux, then you must have about 135 computers, for that number to be close to accurate.

Sounds like a rounding error to me.

more than 5 years ago
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$2 Billion For Broadband Cut From Stimulus Bill

dorque_wrench WTF? (658 comments)

That was all the best stuff! And why does education (especially higher ed) always get the axe first?

more than 5 years ago
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Astronaut Loses Tools While Performing an EVA

dorque_wrench Re:Advertisment (445 comments)

"New, from the company that brought you Soap-On-A-Rope, we are proud to present our latest product line for extra-terrestrial encounters of the maintenance kind... - Hammer-On-A-Rope! - Screwdriver-On-A-Rope! - Chisel-On-A-Rope! - Rope-On-A-Rope!"

This technology was invented by Shampoo.

about 6 years ago
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Googling Security

dorque_wrench Re:Aspirin? (142 comments)

Are they saying that aspirin is so simple and helpful that Big Pharma never would have allowed it on the market or would have it tied up in all sorts of patents? But the comparison makes it sound like aspirin is harmful, seeing as Google is portrayed as more powerful than we would have let happen if we knew the future in advance.

And who would have stopped Google from doing what they did? That's like saying "If people knew what Microsoft would become, they would have stopped it." Huh? If people knew who John Wayne Gacy would become they would have stopped him except they couldn't because they didn't know.

OK, so the aspirin analogy is flawed. I think what the author is really trying to say was best explained in Dante's Peak: "If you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, it immediately jumps out. However, if you put that same frog in a pot of room-temperature water and then slowly heat it, the poor, dumb thing will remain in the water even as it is cooked to death."

about 6 years ago

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