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20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

gandhi_2 Re:Not quite a monopoly (97 comments)

Ahh, so since we have screwed up once, we have no choice but to simply keep screwing up?

Your local municipalities, school districts, counties, and states will do anything to grow their castles. That I see you granting your government more power and authority for the sake of netflix access shows that your vote can be bought with the simple promise of convenience. You are just what your local bureaucrat is hoping for.

about three weeks ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

gandhi_2 Re:Africanized swans: (432 comments)

Oh jeeze.. you're right. And worse: swans aren't deterred by water!

about three weeks ago
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20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

gandhi_2 Re:Not quite a monopoly (97 comments)

not when the other two companies are forced to subsidize their competition.

but hey, as long as local bueracrats can build castles.

about three weeks ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

gandhi_2 Re:Why? (109 comments)

It's almost like they are a... communist country.

about 1 month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

gandhi_2 Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Should you take picture of the front and back of your credit and debit cards?

Rarely a month goes by without someone's debit card pic getting retweeted 1000 times.

Some stuff is private. You don't need to make a record of it.

I didn't say it was their fault. I said that the conventional societal wisdom, as puritanical as it may sound, of "don't take picture of cum all over your face" would have probably served some people well.

about a month ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

gandhi_2 perfect timing. (265 comments)

amazing this article is posted on the same day as 3 0days for MS products.
one of which has been known for over a month, and will soon have a logo.

about a month ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

gandhi_2 this could be solved by defining "internet access" (149 comments)

if someone is selling "internet access" at x throughput rate.... that should mean something.
if someone wants to sell http-only access, fine. But you can't call it "internet access".

about a month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

gandhi_2 Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

The thrill of eating too much candy, playing in the street, and sharing needles has always been there. There is nothing new here but the general laziness of the populace in enforcing standards or taking personal responsibility. Religion, social mores, and scare-the-kids cautionary tales may be entirely made up and arbitrary, but it got mankind all the way from cavemen to what we have today.

If you are fine with your kids doing crazy shit, sit back and sigh that you are powerless against the need to be a cool parent.

There is a world of difference between someone getting a nude photo of you without your knowing in a place where you have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and what we are talking about here today.

If some stalker had gotten the photos through a crack in the curtains, yeah.... a pure don't-blame-the-victim scenario. What we are talking about here? Not that scenario.

about a month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

gandhi_2 Re:So we can't call anyone stupid anymore (622 comments)

Don't you think people SHOULD be able to walk around inside the lion exhibit at the zoo?
The blame for the crime is on the mugger, rapist, account cracker, etc.
The blame for being stupid, in some cases, is on the victim. Life is hard. It's harder if you're stupid.
I know we aren't supposed to talk about the girl in the skirt, but what would YOUR advice really be to YOUR daughter or son regarding sexual assault, mugging, or lion-exhibit safety?

about a month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

gandhi_2 Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Too much bullshit going on.

My advice to my son or daughter would be the same regarding photos of semen all over their faces: if you don't want people to see those photos, don't take those photos. Do not allow those photos to be taken. Do not allow them to exist.

I don't remember all this bullshit when it was Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, or even Kim Kardashian.

about a month ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

gandhi_2 Re:Oh hey, consumers! (191 comments)

I'm going to be naming all my deadman switches "heartbeat" now. (:

about a month and a half ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

gandhi_2 Re:Not sure about this. (195 comments)

Riiiiighhhhht....

because we ALL know that bit torrent's REAL pupose is to download Ubuntu Server iso's and Libre Office insta... GET FUCKING SERIOUS!

about 2 months ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

gandhi_2 Re:Not sure about this. (195 comments)

performance cars are marketed in ways that make it clear that they are intending for them to be driven in excess of posted speed limits.
closed circuit course. professional driver. unreadable text

arresting someone because they produce a product that can be used illegally? first off, "they" get to make anything illegal even if they don't technically have the power. then they will interpret the laws however they want. and now, prosecute people who even enable the breaking of arbitrary laws. gun, alcohol, car, knife, baseball bat, and spray paint makers should worry about the implications.

in fact, electronics tinkerers, makers of kits like arduinos, 3d printers, and about a billion other groups should be concerned with governments who grant themselves infinite power. "stalkers"... so like pedophiles and terrorists, a group we can invoke whenever we wanna get shit done.

about 2 months ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

gandhi_2 Re:You want to bet? (299 comments)

the best part? you are forced to fund your own attacker for as long as they feel like attacking.

about 2 months ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

gandhi_2 Re:You want to bet? (299 comments)

I will take a country bumpkin in a any emergency, including a fire, over any metro hipster you can find clutching apple products in coffee shops.

about 2 months ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

gandhi_2 Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

freedom of the press?
how about just freedom?

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

gandhi_2 Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Kill?

Maybe I missed the part of the article where the car explodes if you are late.

Grave bodily injury? If the car doesn't start? You must be talking about some obvious every-day occurrence like escaping zombies or a North Korean Infantry body wave. Much less-often for sure as when someone wants to run to the local store for some milk.

The alternative MIGHT be to not lend money to people with bad credit scores. Would THAT be better? Or you want your cake and eat it too, right? Laws forcing banks to lend to people who don't pay back so well, and laws forcing banks to suck it up when they don't get paid back. Because fuck banks, we can get more votes from people who don't like paying bills and want free cars.

People lining up for free shit, and voting for whoever keeps the free shit coming... you don't call THEM sheep. Of course, call the rest of US sheep.

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

gandhi_2 Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Not being given a car is the same as slavery?

How far we have come.

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

gandhi_2 Re:Oh good (907 comments)

yes.

access to tax-subsidized, single-payer, webste-brokered, government enforced, individual mandate, high-quality automobiles is a basic human right!

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

gandhi_2 Re:Uhhh (907 comments)

the car doesn't belong to the driver, it belongs to whoever holds title.

about 2 months ago

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Anthropology as a non-science?

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "There has been a battle brewing in the anthropology world over how to define itself. FTFA:

Anthropologists have been thrown into turmoil about the nature and future of their profession after a decision by the American Anthropological Association at its recent annual meeting to strip the word “science” from a statement of its long-range plan.
The decision has reopened a long-simmering tension between researchers in science-based anthropological disciplines — including archaeologists, physical anthropologists and some cultural anthropologists — and members of the profession who study race, ethnicity and gender and see themselves as advocates for native peoples or human rights.

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Jesus, the Desciples, and Portion Control

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "Comparing 52 artist's renditions of "The Last Supper" spanning the last 1000 years, a pair of sibling scholars found that:
Entrees increased by 70%, bread by 23%, and plate size by 65.6%.
The results were published in the International Journal of Obesity."

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Apple sues HTC over patents

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "From Business Insider:

Apple today filed a lawsuit against mobile devices maker HTC. The suit claims infringement of 20 patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture, and hardware.

It looks like the Nexus One, and other HTC phones, may have hit too close to home for Steve Jobs. Maybe adding multitouch to the Nexus One pushed Apple over the edge?

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Adobe CTO: HTML5 Video is "back to the dark ages".

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, in a blog post berating Apple's decision not to support Flash on the iPad, addresses the idea that HTML5 video might compete with Flash video. The best part is when he uses "open" to mean "using Flash(R)":

We strongly believe the Web should remain an open environment with consistent access to content and applications regardless of your viewing device.

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Full body scanners violate child porn laws.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "The Guardian has a story about an ongoing legal battle over the use of full body scanners in the UK. The Protection of Children Act 1978, includes provisions in which it is illegal to create an indecent image or a "pseudo-image" of a child....which a full body scanner does."
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Personal data on 131k Army Guard troops lost.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "

Approximately 131,000 current and former Army National Guard members could be affected by a recent data loss, which occurred when a personal laptop owned by an Army Guard contractor was stolen.

The stolen laptop contained personal information on Soldiers enrolled in the Army National Guard Bonus and Incentives Program. The type of data includes names, Social Security Numbers, incentive payment amounts and payment dates.

Those 131k troops could probably tell you: unless deadly force was used to "steal" it, it wasn't stolen. Someone just left it unsecured."
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Obama's give Queen of England preloaded ipod

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "The NY Daily News is running a story about transfer of media licenses across nation-state boundaries.

Supposedly, President Obama generously gave the Queen of England a pre-loaded iPod that includes video footage of her 2007 visit to the U.S. and songs made popular on Broadway".

"Her Majesty's Royal iPod gift was stocked with 40 tunes from popular Broadway productions, including West Side Story, My Fair Lady and South Pacific."

Which is weird...I didn't think West Side Story was public domain yet. When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way..."
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Sun in talks to be acquired by IBM.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "Sun Microsystems soared in European trading after a report that it was in talks to be acquired by I.B.M.

The Wall Street Journal, quoting "people familiar with the matter," reported Wednesday that International Business Machines was in talks to buy the company for at least $6.5 billion in cash, a premium of more than 100 percent over the company's closing share price Tuesday. Officials of Sun and IBM could not immediately be reached for comment. Story here."

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TradeComet suing Google for anti-competitiveness.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "The NY Times is running a story that TradeComet.com, which runs SourceTool.com, is suing Google for anti-competitive acts and using its monopoly position to harm competitors. It seems TradeComet alleges that Google unfairly charged them more money for advertisement when Google figured out that TradeComet was a competitor.

So goes the article:

A small Web site operator filed an antitrust suit against Google on Tuesday, accusing it of unfairly manipulating its advertising system to harm a potential competitor. Skip to next paragraph Related Times Topics: Google Inc.

TradeComet.com, which operates a site called SourceTool.com, a vertical search engine for those seeking business products and services, accused Google of raising the advertising rates it charged the company after it realized that SourceTool was a potential competitor.

TradeComet also said that Google entered into an anticompetitive agreement with Business.com, a SourceTool rival, which despite having a similar business model was offered more favorable advertising terms.

Google fired back, explaining that with a really long straw, it drinks TradeComet's milkshake."
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Another suppression of a negative online review.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "As per the SF Chronicle's website,

In a case that could chill free speech online, a San Francisco chiropractor has sued a local artist over negative reviews published on Yelp, the popular Web site that rates businesses.

It seems that a Chiropractor didn't like his review... a C&D, a revision, and some arguments later: it goes to court.

In a quote that would make Stalin proud, Attorney Aaron Moris states:

There needs to be some sort of blowback against unfettered speech.

Wonderful."
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Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "The NYT is reporting that some studies published in Nature are detailing how most Biofuels release more atmospheric carbon than conventional fossil fuels:

Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these "green" fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded. The benefits of biofuels have come under increasing attack in recent months, as scientists took a closer look at the global environmental cost of their production. These latest studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, are likely to add to the controversy.

www.nytimes.com "

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