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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

inode_buddha Re:Lord, save us from corporatists (338 comments)

FFS where's the "like" button when I need one? Sire, your post just made my day, I thought I was the only one who thought that way...

about 2 months ago
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Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used To Snoop On US Computers

inode_buddha hey you CleanPC fucker (135 comments)

deal with it

about 3 months ago
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Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used To Snoop On US Computers

inode_buddha Re:Zee Germans (135 comments)

jellomizer is jeiiomizer and is crapflooding this topic for some reason.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Confessions

inode_buddha Re:a corporation (234 comments)

Wouldn't it be nice if there was 5 different cable lines hanging on the poles outside, or on my house? Meanwhile back here in the land of Reality...

about 3 months ago
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A Router-Based Dev Board That Isn't a Router

inode_buddha Use it for a computer (54 comments)

First thing I would do is hook up a screen, keyboard, and pointing device and use it for a computer. Imagine.. a Beowulf cluster of these!

about 3 months ago
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Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

inode_buddha Free Market (97 comments)

It's the Free Market (TM) at work, doing God's Work (TM)! Why do yuo hate America!?!?!?

about 3 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

inode_buddha Practical question (753 comments)

Practical question: how do you plan to tip strippers? I don't think they appreciate coins in the hooch...

about 4 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

inode_buddha Re:No. (502 comments)

Dr. Sbaitso doesn't live onboard, though. You need a standalone sb card to tell him anything you want, anything at all...

about 4 months ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

inode_buddha Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

I was around when they passed the seat belt laws. This is exactly what happened. Ditto for the daytime running lights and airbags. The premiums *never* went down.

about 4 months ago
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WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

inode_buddha I'm just going to re-quote this for emphasis: (222 comments)

I'm just going to re-quote this for emphasis:

The development of global finance rules under the guise of âtradeâ(TM) was the brainchild of senior executives of AIG, American Express, Citicorp and Merrill Lynch in the late 1970s. Their role, and subsequently a broader lobby called the Financial Leaders Group, is well documented. The former director of the WTOâ(TM)s services division himself acknowledged in 1997 that: âWithout the enormous pressure generated by the American financial services sector, particularly companies like American Express and Citicorp, there would have been no services agreementâ(TM).16

As the lobby evolved it was still led from Wall Street, but expanded to include the major insurance and banking institutions, investment banks and auxiliary financial services providers, from funds managers to credit-rating agencies and even the news agency Reuters. They were later joined by the e-finance and electronic payments industry, which includes credit, stored value and loyalty cards, ATM management, and payment systems operators like PayPal.

The industry lobbyists have also set the demands for financial services in TISA. The Chairman of the Board of the US Coalition of Service Industries is the Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group at Citi. When the industryâ(TM)s demands, as expressed in the consultation on TISA conducted by the US Trade Representative in 2013, are matched against the leaked text it becomes clear that they stand to get most of what they asked for. Extracts from their submissions are listed at the end of this document.

Why is it OK for for private businesses to negotiate worldwide treaties, but not let citizens have any say in the treaty? They are both private entities, not the government. But somehow, the financial sector is given special privilege in this regard.

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about 4 months ago
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WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

inode_buddha keeping the heat on (222 comments)

This thing is bad. It completely bypasses all the traditional controls of democracy. The people will have no say in it even tho its their money and lives. We need to keep the heat on this kind of thing just like SOPA only much, much more.... some good analysis and commentary over at Naked Capitalism these guys tell it like it is. Basically its looking like a global corporatocracy.

about 4 months ago
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Google To Close Its American Moto X Factory

inode_buddha Re:remove Health Care from jobs and then labor cos (154 comments)

In the early 1990s, I remember the mass layoffs in that recession being blamed on "the lazy US worker" compared to the stereotypical [1] Japanese worker who was touted as someone who would give his or her life for the firm he worked for.

[1]: Yes, stereotypical.

I remember hearing the same thing during the Carter administration. Its nothing new. What *is* new is that we now realize that maybe the Japanese didn't wreck the US economy all by themselves - instead our own 1%-ers did. The Japs were just a handy scapegoat to deflect the blame - "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!" -style of distraction.

about 4 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

inode_buddha Re:Brought to you by: (288 comments)

What broke things is called "Free Trade" IMHO. You know, NAFTA, GATT, the TPP... and the list goes on. The USA does not have import restrictions like most other countries, and now its worrkers are being forced to compete with rather low global wages. We do not have reciprocal agreements. Notice how manufacturing has been almost completely killed in this country? Its no accident, it was done on purpose by those who hate paying for labor. Who do you think paid for the lobbyists behind these free trade agreements? Who got rich off the situation? Hint, it wasn't mom-n-pop and Main Street.

about 5 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

inode_buddha Re: Motivated rejection of science (661 comments)

And at that point you cross the line from science into ideology.

about 6 months ago
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DOJ Requests More Power To Hack Remote Computers

inode_buddha Banksters (76 comments)

Maybe they should request the power to put a few bankers in jail, like they did in Enron. You know, and actually *do their job*

about 6 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

inode_buddha Wookie christmas (457 comments)

Missing option: Wookie christmas.

I strongly prefer the original, having seen it in theater in 1978. Everything after that has only ruined it.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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Patent troll sues US gov't for interfering with its business

inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  about 10 months ago

inode_buddha (576844) writes "According to El Reg — MPHJ Technology, one of the most notorious patent trolls in America, has filed a lawsuit against the US Federal Trade Commission, claiming that the agency's attempts to interfere with its business are in violation of its constitutional rights.
The obscurely named MPHJ is a patent-assertion entity that demands royalties of about $1,000 per employee from companies that own networked scanners with a "scan to email" function.
By its own admission, MPHJ has so far sent letters to about 16,000 businesses, warning them that their use of such scanners is in violation of its patents.
Links to the case are in the article, for the armchair lawyers and ex-groklawers..."

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Darth Vader is still unpaid

inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  about 2 years ago

inode_buddha writes "In a case of Hollywood accounting at its finest, it seems that David Prowse is still not getting any residuals from his role as Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi. The film has grossed nearly half a billion on a production budget of 32.5 million. Says David, "I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we’ve got nothing to send you. Now here we’re talking about one of the biggest releases of all time.”"
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AIG contemplates suing US Gov't

inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  about 2 years ago

inode_buddha writes "After completing its bailout rescue and paying back the money with interest, AIG is considering suing the US Government for doing so. The reasons why? Among other things, the 14% interest rate paid to the government, and also "The lawsuit does not argue that government help was not needed. It contends that the onerous nature of the rescue — the taking of what became a 92 percent stake in the company, the deal’s high interest rates and the funneling of billions to the insurer’s Wall Street clients — deprived shareholders of tens of billions of dollars and violated the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits the taking of private property for “public use, without just compensation.” The former CEO and current major shareholder said:
“The government has been saying, ‘We’re your friend, we owned and controlled you and we let you go.’ But A.I.G. doesn’t owe loyalty to the government,” a person close to Mr. Greenberg said. “It owes loyalty to its shareholders.”

The lawyer representing him is none other than David Boies of SCO fame."

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High Court Rejects Corporate Campaign Spending Limits

inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 2 years ago

inode_buddha (576844) writes "The Supreme Court reaffirmed its two-year-old decision relaxing limits on corporate campaign spending. The justices reversed a Montana court ruling upholding state restrictions. Its interesting how anybody who doesn't toe the wall street party line is a "liberal"."
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Microsoft Buys Netscape In AOL Patent Deal

inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 2 years ago

inode_buddha (576844) writes "It's part of the $1 billion AOL patent deal, and it's something that would have made many minds explode back in the 1990s. It still makes my mind explode today. Marc Andreesen points out that MS now has a significant chunk of the old Netscape. What are the ramifications for Mozilla?"
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Justices Approve Strip-Searches for Any Offense

inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 2 years ago

inode_buddha (576844) writes "The Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 that people arrested for any offense, however minor, may be forced to strip before being jailed even if no reasonable suspicion of contraband exists.

TFA has an amazing case of a man who was detained due to incorrect information, leading to the suit at hand."

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FTC attorney joins Microsoft

inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 2 years ago

inode_buddha (576844) writes "This Wall Street Journal blurb notes that a senior attorney who led several antitrust investigations against Google has been hired by Microsoft. The article is behind a paywall but it does say that his new job will be the same at Microsoft, namely, he will continue fighting on Microsoft's behalf in front of the FTC.

I find it interesting how this was published in a very quiet way, buried behind a paywall right before a weekend."

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Murdoch disses White House over SOPA

inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 2 years ago

inode_buddha (576844) writes "According to this article at El Reg, Rupert Murdoch is not happy with Obama's comments on SOPA. He seems to think that Obama is being swayed by lobbyists and campaign contributions. Bear in mind that Murdoch owns several media outlets that are directly affected by the legislation, including FOX news."
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Groklaw archived at Library of Congress

inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

inode_buddha (576844) writes "Groklaw has just received an invitation to be archived in the Library of Congress. In true FOSS style, PJ has decided to ask all the contributors and commenters if they wish to be included, since commenters own the copyrights on their comments. So far, the answer seems to be "yes". Even for Anonymous Cowards. It's a great honor for Groklaw, but one wonders how many AC's there are, or would Congress think that they are all one person?"
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SCO files for Bankruptcy

inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 7 years ago

inode_buddha writes "SCO Group has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chap. 11. Groklaw has the late-breaking news. This means they whill try to re-organize and continue business, but nobody is sure what will happen to the legal cases."
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inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 7 years ago

inode_buddha writes "Microsoft is accusing IBM of a large-scale campaign to limit users choices in Office formats. The article goes on to explain that IBM is pushing ODF via several standards bodies, while Microsoft tries to fast-track OOXML through the ECMA.

Microsoft seems to feel that the competition is unfair, according to TFA at El Reg, including quotes from a letter at MS InterOp. Pot, meet Kettle?"

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Way overdue update

inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OK, I'm well into my 40's now. Yeah, time marched on. Moved 3x and retired. Managed to cram SuSE-11.2 onto a P2-466 mHz box with 5 gigs of disk. Still got the old SMP Pentium pros and a few Alpha boxes.

Still at it, complete with natalie portman and hot grits, go figure. Broadband is nice tho. My last journal entry was on dialup.

Trying to figure out the new metamod system.

Kids are in college now. Time for a new GF, its been 15 years. Car and house are paid for anyway.

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inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  about 11 years ago 'Nother b-day rapidly approaching, gonna be 36 yrs. W00t! (sorta). There's _way_ too much shit going on; most of the guys at work are new now, but they might have to lay off again. I plan to be elsewhere by then cuz unemployed holidays suck. Thinking to go west or to the Pacific. It doesn't help that my entire industry got outsourced 20 yrs ago. getting older still: I remember when Dad was engineering prof. at the Uni Illinois, champaign-urbana. (bout 1972) He turned 36, and had time on the school's 4070 mainframe. I had a ball learning punch cards. the idea of abstraction to a series of symbols was fascinating. Cooking up a new version of SteigenLinux, the old site is just embarassing now. The landlord just asked me to leave, so that'll delay things a bit. Playing with the 2.6-test kernels lately, its gonna rock. No I don't care a hoot bout the SCO thing either. I read the stuff but I'm not worried.

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inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Back from vacation, gotta go to work tomorrow. Weird how everybody I know has the same gripes about work, even in totally different fields.

Cool that 2.6 is in testing. I see AC has his own patch set started already. This should be good, if 2.5 was any indication. Makes me wonder where Con would go with it...

Cool, Linus and AKPM are at OSDL now. Also, the SGI stuff is giving me a serious hard-on. Now all I need is a few more $$$...

Called upon to moderate again, but kind of tired ATM. I'll prolly take it easy instead. Weird how vacations can wear you out; did you ever try to drive 1000 miles with a 4-year old? It sure makes work seem irrelevant...

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inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Moderation is kinda weird; this group is a *lot* looser than the "traditional" Usenet groups I'm used to. For instance, *nothing* is assumed, not a common interest, background, or anything else. Hence, I take it seriously when I have to moderate, and I take it all with a grain of salt when I get moderated. Meta-moderation is even harder.

On a similar note, it's cool when I get a story accepted (rarely). Mainly, the context is all-important, and there are as many different contexts as there are slashdot users it seems.
Often the meaning that I intended gets mangled beyond recognition, and the follow-up posts are even more mangled. Once again, joy with a grain of salt. All of it is educational and enlightening; discretion and judgement are required tho; being dispassionate is the rule of the day.

Overall, I'd rather be editing (with maybe a script to catch dupes), but it's OK that maybe I should hold off on that kinda thing for now. Regardless, I'd *always* rather be posting and participating.

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inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Wrote in a question to Kevin Mitnick today. Waited 8 years to see if there was a similar-thinking soul. I hope he gets it, it's not even close to all that I would ask in a similar vein, but I think it's the kind of thing he would go for. Everyone else seems to be asking "How do you hope to get up to speed?"

I'm asking "Do you think humanity is any different because of their technologies? Is it better? Worse? Why or why not?"

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inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Mixed reviews to "India Rising" story (posted by Timothy as "YRO: Speaking out for Free Software in India") along with a few mis-understandings... overall, I'm pleased because at least it looks like it got people to think and read/write. Need to find a way to avoid the mis-understandings in the future, except for the obvious trolls, sloppy readers, and the generally trashed. Very pleased that a few Indians posted thoughtfully after carefully reading.

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inode_buddha inode_buddha writes  |  more than 11 years ago

A story I submitted finally got accepted... go figure. Makes my day, actually; less work than moderating, and I always appreciate good writing and thinking, even if I had to blog most of it. It keeps life interesting when you can deal with people on the other side of the world *right now*

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