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The shoe is dangling

iminplaya Re:moof (19 comments)

...sleazy playa's...

Gee!! Thanks a lot!

more than 4 years ago
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Will Adobe Sue Apple Over Flash?

iminplaya Re:I'm conflicted (980 comments)

Don't hate the playa..

Yes, please don't.. There's good in him. I felt it.

more than 4 years ago
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I couldn't post to any form on Slashdot

iminplaya Re:Welcome back! (8 comments)

The red zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the white zone.

No, the white zone is for loading of passengers and there is no stopping in a RED zone.

more than 4 years ago
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Openmoko Phone Not Dead After All

iminplaya Last post! (101 comments)

You've been a wonderful crowd. Thanks

more than 5 years ago
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FCC Seeks To Improve US Broadband Access

iminplaya First (161 comments)

Demand that all service providers act as common carriers, or "dumb pipes", if you will. To insure access for everybody, the basic infrastructure must be managed by a publicly accountable entity, the government, just like the roads. And these "roads" must accept all kinds of traffic. No tiering, no filtering, none of that. The "last mile" can be leased out to those who will accept these conditions. We need consumer protection with real teeth. They won't do it unless they hear from us. So speak up, and speak LOUD. I am formulating my letter at this very moment. To those of you who want to leave it up to the market, I respectfully remind you of the AM stereo debacle, and American cell phone service.

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense Is Worse than Bush

iminplaya Re:RTFS?? (904 comments)

My position is that you have no right to tell a person where he can be simply because of the misfortune of his place of birth! It's no different than racism, sexism, or any other of those things. It's Jim Crow on a grand scale. And it doesn't matter if you watch FOX or not. I do sometimes. So I can tell you that you are merely echoing their tiresome bullshit.

Peace!

more than 5 years ago
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Why I can't get health insurance

iminplaya Re:Your society is unwilling to pay the price (34 comments)

Likely- they already charge pregnant women..

That sucks! In that case they should price it like cargo...by the pound. And that would give good incentive for some to go on a diet :-)

Well, in natural law- most siamese twins didn't make it to the age of reason...

That's what I was thinking. It is a mutation of sorts, and mutants rarely survive.

But based on the success often of medical intervention to separate such twins, I'd treat them as two people.

Okay, but they are two equals. I doubt very much one could call for the other to be killed or "aborted". Though sometimes that is necessary for the other to survive.

Not if she's being forced into it due to being unable to care for the child...

Well, she can always check into the ER :-), give birth, and run off...The "force" to abort is still an internal decision.

It would be better for the species to replace the economic system with something just and merciful.

Exactly. So do that and the abortion rate will plummet to almost zero. Again, deal with the cause. And if the economy is actually forcing women to abort. Then the economy is the worse of the two. In fact it wouldn't be "abortion". Medically, it would be a miscarriage, literally, and figuratively(of justice).

True, but economics has nothing to do with nature, and everything to do with greed.

Oopsy-daisy...At this point in our evolution, we are still every bit as natural as the weeds growing in your back yard. There's not a thing we have done that couldn't be clearly be illustrated on the Animal Planet. It looks all fancy and stuff, but the motivators are just as primitive as what's in single cell bacteria. We are complex, not different.

more than 5 years ago
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Data Centers Work To Reduce Water Usage

iminplaya Re:Idea (225 comments)

Exactly! The water is going nowhere. There's just as much now as there was 4.5 billion years ago. And there's plenty of it bubbling up from deep underground we haven't even touched. Christ! We pipe oil 800 miles across Alaska. Do they mean to say we can't do the same for ocean water? In fact I thought it might be one of the reasons to just float the damn things, or better yet sink 'em so they are surrounded by nice cool water. As always, it's about the damn money.

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense Is Worse than Bush

iminplaya Re:RTFS?? (904 comments)

Well then, time for single payer insurance. It's long over due anyway. The rest of your crap is nothing but FOX talking points that know nothing of nature and how it works.

Over 1/3 of California inmates are in for violations against prohibition. Deal with that before complaining about where they come from.

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense Is Worse than Bush

iminplaya Re:RTFS?? (904 comments)

You have illegals raiding your refrigerator?

Hey! What are you doing in there?
This is a Westinghouse, isn't it?
Yeah, so what?
Well, I'm just westing..

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense Is Worse than Bush

iminplaya Re:RTFS?? (904 comments)

No, it's not.

Shows what you know...

It's starry-eyed Utopianism, the most destructive form of idiocy.

Yes and the crap that the "realists" have wrought upon us is pure genius.

Pull the other one, Einstein.

more than 5 years ago
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Why I can't get health insurance

iminplaya Re:Your society is unwilling to pay the price (34 comments)

So to you, siamese twins are one person, despite the two brains?

Heh, I would be interested to see if an airline would charge two tickets. I suppose it would depend on whether they* could fit into one seat. What if one committed murder. Should the other suffer the same sentence? How would this work in a death penalty case? Or two brains, one penis. Can there be two wives? You present a good question. I wouldn't know who on earth is qualified to answer. How does natural law, or any of the holy books handle it?

*I sense a glitch in the matrix.

I'd be fine with that if it weren't for the economic forcing of women to abort.

Why would the economy matter? The choice is still hers. And she's making it using using available data. And also, in this case, what's more detrimental to the species as a whole? The economy, or the abortion? If mom has the baby, and both die, is that better than her aborting this one so she can have more in the future when she is more able to care for it? This is the way nature handles the problem, isn't it?

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Lawyer Calls YouTube ContentID Worse Than DMCA

iminplaya Re:Alternative? (219 comments)

If you really want to post videos yourself, you can always host them yourself.

Oh! That's rich. Maybe you might want to read the TOS you have with your provider. And I'm sure we all have enough upstream bandwidth to handle the traffic.

more than 5 years ago
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Multiple Fiber Cuts In San Francisco Area

iminplaya Re:Why our infrastructure is vulnerable (368 comments)

Too mcuh open, ungaurded land.

Oh please! No more fences..We gotta tear down the ones we have. Go microwave if you have to. And lay more cable in a neural fashion to give true redundancy.

What's all these little red dotted lines beneath your quote there? :-)

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense Is Worse than Bush

iminplaya Re:RTFS?? (904 comments)

The entire credit based economy is a ponzi scheme, but it is within that framework that I'm speaking. For it to grow, the population has to grow with it. Truth be told, the entire thing has to be ripped down, and the borders too. They only serve to keep the slaves on the plantation. A person has at least the same rights to roam freely about as a moose. If they can't bring the food home, then they must be able to go where the food is. Seems pretty basic to me.

more than 5 years ago
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EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense Is Worse than Bush

iminplaya Re:RTFS?? (904 comments)

My point is that you will need people to continue to pay into social security since Americans aren't having enough kids. Best to get these people on the payroll to avoid a breakdown. As for the person I responded to, he/she will find that once they start getting a serious income, they tend to vote more conservatively. And they too will hate the new immigrants that come in after them.

more than 5 years ago
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Why I can't get health insurance

iminplaya Re:Your society is unwilling to pay the price (34 comments)

So sorry, I should have put this in:

Go to the person's info page and click "Change your relationship with...", which should be just beneath the bio, up on the right hand side of the page...My time is short, so you may want to hold off.

more than 5 years ago
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Why I can't get health insurance

iminplaya Re:Your society is unwilling to pay the price (34 comments)

Because a living, breathing baby deserves all the same rights as any other living, breathing person. But the big difference between a baby and a fetus is the physical separation from the mother. It might be genetically separate, but it has to be physically separate for it to count. Until it is born, the mother is the only rightful arbitrator. If I wanted to get really pithy about it, I would insist that you are not a person until you reach sexual maturity and can live on your own. There are times that I don't believe it's that far off base when I consider how badly society treats the living in comparison to the unborn and the deceased.

more than 5 years ago
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Why I can't get health insurance

iminplaya Re:Your society is unwilling to pay the price (34 comments)

You don't have to.. talking is good enough.
(sappy blubbering)
You're one of the coolest cats around here. I appreciate the time you take to talk with this goofball.
(/sappy blubbering)

more than 5 years ago
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The Importance of Star Trek Knowledge on Future Generations

iminplaya Re:Since... (25 comments)

You should have eased her in with the Mary Tyler Moore show until she's a little older

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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Marketing DPI to Internet Service Providers

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes ""In an era when subscriber acquisition rates are declining, the focus of service providers is on increasing profitability and competitiveness, which are largely dependent upon gaining visibility into and control over the events and transactions on their networks. In fact, network activity is a valuable resource that can be exploited to produce measurable business value by the savvy service providers that have the expertise and technology to extract that value from it."

"In just one of many examples, DPI manufacturer Allot describes how its DPI product "enables service providers to project potential revenues and profits from setting up a tiered service infrastructure" and allows providers to "reduce the performance of applications with negative influence on revenues..."

"DPI-enabled discrimination will reduce consumer choice and diminish the innovation at the edges that makes the Internet valuable. No short-term benefit can outweigh these long-term harms.""
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Crack vs. Powder

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "Sentencing commission ponders extra jail time for proxy users

"Pursuant to the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008 (which wound up passing in September as a component of the Former Vice President Protection Act...), the Commission's recommended penalties are supposed to take into account "the level of sophistication and planning" involved in a computer crime. Someone who makes use of "special skills" or "sophisticated means" to break the law gets their offense bumped by two "levels" of severity (out of a total of 43) when it comes time for sentencing. Though a complex table determines exactly what that means in a specific case, in general an increase of two levels seems to be worth an additional four to six months in prison...

A proposed amendment to the commission's guidelines would lump in proxy servers and anonymizers with such tactics:

In a scheme involving computers, using any technology or software to conceal the identity or geographic location of the perpetrator ordinarily indicates sophisticated means...

...if the Commission does decide to define all anonymizing tools as scary "sophisticated means" by default, I modestly propose that they follow their cinematic inspiration all the way, and sentence convicted hackers to be dropped from helicopters by ponytailed martial artists. If we don't stop them now, after all, the only result can be Global Thermonuclear War.""
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Hallelujah! He has seen the light!

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya writes " Key backer's change of heart endangers Aussie 'Net filtering

"Australia's controversial plan to implement a mandatory ISP filtering system may crash into a big brick wall after a backer effectively changed teams. Senator Nick Xenophon was previously in favor of a system that would run all citizens' Internet connections through a filter for "illegal" content because it might have also blocked access to online gambling sites. As more and more concerns about the workability of the ambitious plan have been raised, however, he has decided that there are too many unanswered questions and now says he will move to block any legislation that comes through...

"[T]he more evidence that's come out, the more questions there are on this," Xenophon told the newspaper. "I'm very skeptical that the Government is going down the best path on this. I commend their intentions but I think the implementation of this could almost be counter-productive and I think the money could be better spent."

In addition to Xenophon's decision to stop supporting the filtering legislation, an independent poll of Australian citizens conducted by Galaxy showed that only five percent of Australians actually want ISPs to be responsible for controlling access to content, and only four percent want the government to hold the reins to such a system. A different survey by Netspace found that only 6.3 percent of those surveyed agreed with the proposed policies."

Man, I love the internet and dig the cat's name."
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Poetic Justice Indeed

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "What's the worst thing that could happen to a band that is adamantly pro-DRM and anti-filesharing? Having an unreleased album leaked all over the Internet, of course, and by one of the Big Four labels to boot. U2's upcoming album, No Line on the Horizon, is slated for release on March 3, but it's already available on numerous filesharing sites and P2P networks thanks to the accidental posting of the album by Universal's Australian branch.

U2 has traditionally been so paranoid about early, unauthorized leaks that it has set up secret "listening parties"--no cell phones allowed--for industry insiders instead of simply sending out copies for review. All of these measures are not only inconvenient for the band and industry folk, they're also (obviously) not working when leaks like this can happen with the accidental press of a button. And, the more you fight people's ability to listen to your music the way they want, the more pleasure they'll take in illegally downloading your yet-to-be-released album when it pops up on BitTorrent. Emphasis mine...Damn tootin'"
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Bands bypass iTunes with iPhone apps

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes ""What's a good way to release your entire back catalog of music to a large audience without having to deal with the bureaucratic red tape of the record labels and the iTunes Store? Release it yourself through the App Store, of course. The album-as-an-iPhone-app method has been experimented with by some bands already, but the Presidents of the United States of America (yes, the guys behind the "Peaches" song) have gone all out, selling its entire discography through the App Store in hopes of engaging fans in ways they couldn't through the iTunes Store alone.

The music, however, is not actually contained within the application itself; instead, it is streamed to the app from a server, requiring the user to be connected to a network of some kind (iPhone users on the cell or WiFi network, iPod touch users on WiFi) in order to access the media.

In a way, this method is almost the beginning of the iTunes subscription model, except controlled entirely by the bands..."


Yep, that's a light there at the end of this tunnel. But let's see if the RIAA doesn't pressure Apple to reject these apps. I'm sure they'll make up some kind of infringement case against them."
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Boeing to Rein in Dreamliner Outsourcing

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "Boeing, beset by repeated snarls that have delayed commercial deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner into early 2010, is rethinking the global outsourcing model that critics say has caused much of the nearly two-year holdup. The company is making plans to bring more work back in-house.

In mounting its outsourcing effort, Boeing "might have gone a couple thousand engineers too far," says Richard Aboulafia, vice-president at the Teal Group, an aviation consulting firm in Fairfax, Va.

And the executives, chastened by the missteps, appear to be readying suppliers for the likelihood they will lose some work, perhaps in production as well as in engineering design. Engineering Vice-President Mike Denton has suggested that the company is hammering out details about the changes with suppliers, whose contracts would likely have to be recast if changes are extensive. "Our engineers and production workers are basically correcting the problems that should have never come to us in the first place--problems that are the result of the partners really not being done," Denton said in a company podcast in the fall, as reported by the Web site Air Transport Intelligence. "We will probably do more of the design and even some of the major production for the next new airplanes ourselves as opposed to having it all out with the partners.""
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W.Va. voters say machines are switching votes

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "Three Putnam County voters say electronic voting machines changed their votes from Democrats to Republicans when they cast early ballots last week.

This is the second West Virginia county where voters have reported this problem. Last week, three voters in Jackson County told The Charleston Gazette their electronic vote for "Barack Obama" kept flipping to "John McCain".

Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood said on Saturday that he is upset there are "so many negative stories out there and not enough positive ones. We want people to vote. People need to know the facts...

Wood said, "Voting machines are very reliable. I hate the fact that stories like this are printed. It makes everybody get scared."

I would think so..."
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McCain/Palin campaign and bogus DMCA takedowns

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "Concerns about DMCA takedown abuse and fair use aren't limited to Lawrence Lessig, the EFF, and Free Press--John McCain and Sarah Palin are going all mavericky on the issue as well. Yesterday, their campaign sent a letter to YouTube complaining about rightsholders (especially news organizations) that filed illegitimate DMCA takedown notices and managed to have important campaign clips pulled at crucial times.

The letter opens by talking about how important YouTube has been for the campaign's efforts to get out copies of commercials, speeches, etc., but notes that the site's usefulness is being curtailed by "overreaching copyright claims."

But "despite the complete lack of merit" to the claims, the videos were pulled as per YouTube's policy.

The campaign can file a counternotice, of course, and YouTube will eventually put the videos back up (at this point, if a rightsholder still believes the takedown request was valid, he or she can sue the creator of the video). But this process doesn't move at either "Internet speed" or "campaign speed," and having crucial attack videos down for days at a time is apparently hurting the campaign.

The letter is yet more evidence of why human judgment--not just automated filtering or scanning--is crucial in such cases.

It's refreshing to see mainstream politicians (or at least their operatives and lawyers) speaking up for fair use and showing an understanding of the problems caused by overly-aggressive systems for flagging possible violations. Perhaps when those at the highest levels of government--not just the mothers of dancing toddlers--understand the problems here, a better copyright balance can be struck."
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China set to trump US in manufacturing

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "China is set to overtake the United States next year as the world's largest producer of manufactured goods, four years earlier than expected, as a result of the rapidly weakening U.S. economy. The great leap is revealed in forecasts for the Financial Times by Global Insight, an economics consultancy based in Boston. According to the estimates, next year China will account for 17% of manufacturing value-added output, while the United States will make 16%. In 2007, the United States was still easily in the top slot and accounted for a fifth of the total. China was second, with 13.2%. The expected change will end more than a 100 years of U.S. dominance. It returns China to a position it occupied, according to economic historians, for 1,800 years, up to about 1840, when Britain became the world's biggest manufacturer after its Industrial Revolution."
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TSA Snafu Grounds Nine Planes at O'Hare Field

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "Nine American Eagle airplanes were grounded Tuesday after a TSA inspector, conducting an overnight security check, used sensitive instrument probes to climb onto the parked aircraft at Chicago's O'Hare Airport... At least forty regional commuter flights were delayed throughout the day, according to American Airlines. The TSA agent, as part of spot inspection of aircraft security, climbed onto the parked aircraft using control sensors mounted on the fuselage as handholds, according to a TSA official in Chicago, Elio Montenegro. "Our inspector was following routine procedure for securing the aircraft that were on the tarmac," Montenegro told ABCNews.com. Here's a somewhat more less "polished" take on the story."
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Japan Demands Probe Into Cause of Nano Flameouts

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes ""Several incidents of iPod nanos bursting into flames have created consumer jitters in gadget-happy Japan. Apple is downplaying the problem, pointing out that no major injuries or damage have been reported. The problem is due to defective batteries, the company said, and only a tiny percentage of the devices have caught on fire."

I like that. Only a "tiny percentage"... Is anybody beginning to understand why I would prefer that these devices not be allowed on airplanes?"
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Stone Age mass graves reveal green Sahara

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "One of the driest deserts in the world, the Saharan Tenere Desert, hosted at least two flourishing lakeside populations during the Stone Age, a discovery of the largest graveyard from the era reveals. The archaeological site in Niger, called Gobero, was discovered by Paul Sereno at the University of Chicago, during a dinosaur-hunting expedition. It had been used as a burial site by two very different populations during the millennia when the Sahara was lush. "The first people who used the Gobero cemetery were Kiffian, hunter-gatherers who grew up to two metres tall," says Elena Garcea of the University of Cassino in Italy and one of the scientists on the team. The large stature of the Kiffian suggests that food was plentiful during their time in Gobero, 10,000 to 8,000 years ago...All traces of the Kiffian vanish abruptly around 8,000 years ago, when the Sahara became very dry for a thousand years. When the rains returned, a different population, the Tenerians, who were of a shorter and more gracile build, based themselves at this site. Bones and artefacts dated to the Tenerian episode suggest that these people herded cattle and hunted fish and wildlife with tools that required less physical strength than those of the Kiffian. "The most amazing find so far is a grave with a female and two children hugging each other. They were carefully arranged in this position. This strongly indicated they had spiritual beliefs and cared for their dead," says Garcea.

Research Article"
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Columbus debunker sets sights on Leonardo da Vinci

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of machines are uncannily similar to Chinese originals and were undoubtedly derived from them, a British amateur historian says in a newly-published book.
Gavin Menzies sparked headlines across the globe in 2002 with the claim that Chinese sailors reached America 70 years before Christopher Columbus.
Now he says a Chinese fleet brought encyclopedias of technology undiscovered by the West to Italy in 1434, laying the foundation for the engineering marvels such as flying machines later drawn by Italian polymath Leonardo.
"Everything known to the Chinese by the year 1430 was brought to Venice," said Menzies, a retired Royal Navy submarine commander, in an interview at his north London home.
From Venice, a Chinese ambassador went to Florence and presented the material to Pope Eugenius IV, Menzies says.
"I argue in the book that this was the spark that really ignited the renaissance and that Leonardo and (Italian astronomer) Galileo built on what was brought to them by the Chinese.
"Leonardo basically redrew everything in three dimensions, which made a vast improvement."
If accepted, the claim would force an "agonizing reappraisal of the Eurocentric view of history", Menzies says in his book "1434: The Year A Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed To Italy and Ignited The Renaissance"."
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Yahoo Music going dark, taking keys with it

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  about 6 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "The bad dream of DRM continues. Yahoo e-mailed its Yahoo! Music Store customers yesterday, telling them it will be closing for good — and the company will take its DRM license key servers offline on September 30, 2008. Sure, it's bad news and yet another example of the sheer lobotomized brain-deadness that has characterized music DRM, but the reaction of most music fans will be: "Yahoo had an online music store?"... DRM makes things harder for legal users; it creates hassles that illegal users won't deal with; it (often) prevents cross-platform compatibility and movement between devices. In what possible world was that a good strategy for building up the nascent digital download market? The only possible rationales could be 1) to control piracy (which, obviously, it has had no effect on, thanks to the CD and the fact that most DRM is broken) or 2) to nickel-and-dime consumers into accepting a new pay-for-use regime that sees moving tracks from CD to computer to MP3 player as a "privilege" to be monetized. What we really need to do is just — you know what? Why bother. We've been down this road so many times before that everyone knows their lines by heart."
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Good News, Everybody

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  about 6 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "Ulysses is not dead yet."
"ESA issued a statement in February saying that, as Ulysses' radioisotope thermoelectric generators were running out of power, the spacecraft would likely die some time this year. The actual death blow to the spacecraft was likely to be the freezing of hydrazine fuel in a cold spot in a fuel line. Mission controllers found creative ways to prevent the freezing, but the solution was not a long-term one, and ESA had a ceremonial send-off and wrap-up of the mission in mid-June, announcing that the spacecraft would be shut down on July 1. However, it now appears that announcement was premature. ESA issued a statement on July 3 titled "Ulysses hanging on valiantly." And on Wednesday, the following email was sent by Ulysses mission operations manager Nigel Angold to the Ulysses community, indicating that Ulysses' voyage could actually continue for some time."
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Study Links Lead Poisoning and Criminal Behavior

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes ""Lead is a toxic metal that damages the nervous system when ingested or inhaled. It is present throughout the environment because of its widespread use in the past in paint, solder for water pipes, and gasoline. In this new study, the researchers investigate the association between actual measurements of prenatal and childhood blood lead concentrations and criminal arrests in early adulthood to get a clearer idea about whether early lead exposure is associated with subsequent violent behavior."
On a more personal note, I would also like to point out the benefits and advantages of peer-reviewed open access journals."
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It was 40 years ago

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iminplaya (723125) writes "'1967: The first human-to-human heart transplant is performed. The operation is a success, but the patient dies after complications set in.
South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard, who prepared for this day by performing a number of experimental heart transplants involving dogs, led a 30-member surgical team in implanting the heart of a young woman into 53-year-old Louis Washkansky, a Cape Town grocer suffering from diabetes and incurable heart disease.'"

Journals

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Shit! I hope my phone still works..

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 4 years ago

What's the matter? You look like you just saw a ghost..

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The time has come for us to say sayonara

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

My heart will always be yours for eternity
I knew some time we'd have to say sayonara
So promise that...
Uhh, Colonel, fair is fair. If I nail Hotlips and punch Hawkeye, can I go home?
I'll remember our romance until the day that I die
I'll see your face in the moon and stars in the sky...

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The Social Function of Sexual Suppression

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

If one studies the history of sexual suppression one finds that it does not exist in the early stages of culture formation. Therefore, it cannot be the prerequisite of culture. Rather, it appears at a relatively late stage of culture, at the time of the development of authoritarian patriarchy and of class distinctions. At that stage, the sexual interests of all begin to serve the profit interests of a minority. This process has assumed a solid organizational form in the institutions of patriarchal marriage and patriarchal family. With the suppression of sexuality the emotions undergo a change: a sex-negating religion begins to develop which gradually builds up its own sex-political organization, the church in all its forms, which has no other goal than that of eradicating sexual pleasure. This has its sociological reason in the exploitation of human work which sets in at this stage.
    In order to understand this, we must study that social institution in which the economic and the sex-economic situation of patriarchal society are interlaced. Without a study of this institution, a comprehension of the sexual economy and of the ideology of patriarchy is impossible. Character-analytic investigation of people of any age, nationality or social stratum, shows that the interlacing of the socio economic with the sexual structure, as well as the structural reproduction of society, takes place in the first four or five years of life, and in the authoritarian family. The church only continues this function later on. In this way the authoritarian state develops its enormous interest in the authoritarian family: the family is the factory of its structure and ideology.
    We have found the institutions in which the economic and the sexual interests of the authoritarian system meet. We have to ask ourselves how this comes about. This question is also answered by character-analysis, provided one does not exclude such questions from character-analytic investigation. Suppression of the natural sexuality in the child, particularly of its genital sexuality, makes the child apprehensive, shy, obedient, afraid of authority, "good" and "adjusted" in the authoritarian sense; it paralyzes the rebellious forces because any rebellion is laden with anxiety; it produces, by inhibiting sexual curiosity and sexual thinking in the child, a general inhibition of thinking and of critical faculties. In brief, the goal of sexual suppression is that of producing an individual who is adjusted to the authoritarian order and who will submit to it in spite of all misery and degradation. At first, the child has to adjust to the structure of the authoritarian miniature state, the family; this makes it capable of later subordination to the general authoritarian system. The formation of the authoritarian structure takes place through the anchoring of sexual inhibition and sexual anxiety.

The Mass Psychology of Fascism(pdf) p.25

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If I was(okay...were) a pirate

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I could stand close to Caesar and rule the world. Actually, he would stand close to me, or stand down if he wants to live. It's the pirates who are the real rulers of the planet. These are men with no need for nations who roam freely throughout the world, and create and destroy them on a whim. This is how your world works today. It has always been that way.

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Fascism, morons! Can you define it??

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

..."fascism" is the basic emotional attitude of man in authoritarian society, with its machine civilization and its mechanistic-mystical view of life. It is the mechanistic-mystical character of man in our times which creates fascist parties, and not vice versa.

Even today, as a result of fallacious political thinking, fascism is still being considered a specific national characteristic of the Republicans or the Democrats. The stubborn persistence of this fallacy is due to the fear of recognizing the truth: fascism is an international phenomenon which permeates all organizations of human society in all nations. This conclusion is confirmed by the international events of the past countless years.

I took personal liberties with the quote. Screw you if you don't like it.

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Right off the bat, straight up, in black and white

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

...the antisocial element in the human structure, is a secondary result of the repression of primary biological impulses...

You would think that so called rational human beings would be able to grasp that most basic concept. Rational they might be, but they hide it pretty good. Or they hear their call of the wild from their fellow maniacs.

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What the government should be saying:

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

"If you can walk into the unemployment or welfare office, then we got a job for you." Show them how to work a ditch witch or a back hoe, or whatever and give them a map and send them out.

What the government IS saying, in the other room:
"Here ya go, man. Thanks for your support... Use the side door"

And to our little redneck friends out there, if you hate the republicans, it means you love the democrats. Ain't that right?

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RG...

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

You are a burnt out light bulb. I already wrote it up on the squawk sheet, and you will be replaced when we get on the ground. In the meantime, I hope the crew can ignore you long enough to get us down in one piece. You are a buffoon who can do nothing more than exploit and excite animal instincts. Your degree of success is only due to our low state of evolution. That will dwindle over time. Enjoy your fame. May it be brief. And your life long.

While god is your copilot, we'll be much safer taking the train.

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Reagan

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

He imprisoned the people to free the market.

Conservative == Prisons and Barracks. Very erotic. Turns em on
Liberal == Hospitals and Schools

Conservative == Judges and Generals. They just luuuv mens in uniform
Liberal == Doctors and Teachers

Conservative == Self loathing closeted homos who condemn the regular ones
Liberal == Fuck like dogs in the street. It's freedom, baby, yeah!

Conservative == Worships the father
Liberal == loves the mother.. Say no more. Say no more

Narcissist == pudge
Nihilist == moi?

Republican == Mo money! Mo money! Mo money!
Democrat == Mo money! Mo money! Mo money!

How's that for hot boiling lead?

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How can you shoot women or children?

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Easy! Ya just don't lead 'em so much! Ain't war hell?

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Heh, You know what would be really cool?

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

If Slashdot search actually worked...

Well, I'll be... It actually does work, if you go here

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Freedom of speech gets smacked down again

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

in the name of god

Western governments and a broad alliance of activist groups have voiced dismay about the religious defamation text, which adds to recent efforts to broaden the concept of human rights to protect communities of believers rather than individuals.

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And who wants to force you to buy insurance?

iminplaya iminplaya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Who else? Hillary's golden goose. And this is another payment to her for dropping the nomination attempt. Makes me think she's actually the acting president. And why do they want it? For the benefit of the market, of course. It's certainly not for any of ours. I suppose the Wall Street guys are drooling over this. More free government money, only this time it comes straight from us. We need to throw the money changers out of the temple. There's only one fair way of doing this, but it hardly seems likely. Without our right to health, where's our right to life? Oh, yeah that's only for those who aren't actually alive yet. Fuck the living, right?

RG, you might be right. If this goes down, it would make this the worse president AND congress EVAR. Plenty of republicans are behind this. Mo money Mo money Mo money. Of course if they were to legalize the evil weed, it would go a long way towards mitigating that. Pretty safe bet that won't happen without a hail of bullets. Prohibition is big business. And the business of America is business. And they're ready to nuke the planet to protect it.

UPDATE: Here's a beaut(Butte?)..."Insurance works because policyholders pay into their plans when healthy, and have their medical bills paid when they are sick," Oh, do tell, Senator Baucus. Hmmm, let's see...Ah yes...Very elightening, but not at all surprising.

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