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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

jedidiah Re:The day the music and freedom died. (117 comments)

Mickey Mouse is a trademark.

That's a different kettle of fish. That's the problem with everything getting thrown together as "intellectual property". It muddles together things with very different requirements and considerations.

Abuses and backlash will be inappriately applied.

11 hours ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

jedidiah Re: Who? (534 comments)

Unless you've ever interacted with the cops you really have no reason to say anything about anything. Many people have this romantic idealized notion of the cops (or FBI) giving a f*ck when they usually do not.

One troll threatening another on the Internet is probably not enough to get them interested.

These people have important things to do and they have their careers to think about. They aren't going to waste their time chasing their tails over every random piece of bullsh*t. Sorry, but YOU and your problem are probably not important enough for them.

A threat against a school is probably something that they are more interested in. Better collar. More interesting media potential.

yesterday
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

jedidiah Re:Media blackout (534 comments)

No. It looks like a coward backed down as soon as things got interesting. She fancies herself as some sort of activist but as soon as things "got real", she ran away like a frightened child.

She's just like the trolls that everyone is supposed to be so afraid of.

yesterday
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

jedidiah Re:Media blackout (534 comments)

The "corruption" angle of this is far more pervasive than just games or game reviews. It was an interesting coincidence that a Jewish reporter in Israel was complaining about media corruption from a different angle when this story was being broken.

Her perspective was that inconvenient facts and stories are not published. Things that don't support the dogma that your editors want to push are suppressed. Reality doesn't matter. The media wants to push it's view of things and "the news" is really just a work of fiction. Anything that doesn't support the narrative they want to present is ignored.

I'm not sure if it's shared ideology driven by the state of journalism academia or if it's mainly more crass corporate considerations but there's a definite group think at work.

Professional journalism at this point can be at best described as a form of political propaganda.

yesterday
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

jedidiah Re:Most Unbiased Slashdot Gamergate Article (534 comments)

If you troll all of your customers, don't be surprised if you end up with a few wing nuts going off the deep end.

The "journalism" response to this entire affair has been shameless pandering to some notion of political correctness and shameless exploitation of the situation. That's been true pretty much across the entire media spectrum starting with the very first set of trolling click-bait articles generated by the gaming and tech press.

Anyone that disagrees is branded as some sort of anti-feminist misogynistic scum who's opinions don't matter.

It's a perfect example of the "liberal media" that tea baggers like to whine about. The dogma behind the narrative is more important than anything else.

yesterday
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

jedidiah Re:Who? (534 comments)

Being a victim requires actual harm. What actual harm does a threat from some chickenshit web troll really do you?

If anything, the so-called victims here are happily basking in the glow of the spotlight happy to be the center of attention.

The real victims are people that have bought into all of this nonsense and have had the view of their own real world warped by it. There's the real psychological harm.

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

jedidiah Re:Actually (571 comments)

South Korea is really the only reason we are pulling our punches with these guys or even care.

2 days ago
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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

jedidiah Re:How? (83 comments)

Those require certain filesystem attributes to be set regardless of what the name on the file is.

On the other hand, if your OS and user shell and email application simply avoid the equivalent of "bash you-don't-know-where-I-came-from.zip", you easily avoid a lot of this nonsense.

You would never consider taking random things you find on the floor or street and putting them in your mouth, but that's exactly what some "modern" software does.

2 days ago
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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

jedidiah Re:How? (83 comments)

> I've received dozens of these. All via hijacked SMTP hosts.

Any time I see one of these I examine the headers and invariably it is some end user desktop running off of a dynamic IP from some ISP.

2 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

jedidiah Re:Water it down (208 comments)

It could also improve the general state of CS knowledge. If people are less ignorant or frightened of technology then that is not a bad thing. Not all CS education has to be directed at code monkeys.

3 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

jedidiah Re:Sorry, poor Appalachian white boys (208 comments)

Most racism is less blatant any more. There are no "whites only" signs and blatant discrimination can get you sued. A lot of the problems of the "oppressed" are self inflicted and are the lingering effects of institutional discrimination that for the most part is now banned.

Of course any true egalitarian should object when blatant discrimination is practiced. It doesn't matter what the lame excuse is.

You either believe in equality or you don't.

3 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

jedidiah Re:Confused. (208 comments)

There are differnences in PEOPLE. Usually these differences cut across conventional "seggregation" lines. There may or may not be different distributions of characteristics in genders or races. A lot of this stuff is just nonsense cultural baggage.

It has to do more with indoctrination than actual characteristics and again the "geeks" are the tail end of the problem and the least relevant "perpetrators".

3 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

jedidiah Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

...and just who is going to enforce any action against the parties that Sony wants to stop here?

Without the government, none of Sony's threats have any teeth.

5 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

jedidiah Re:Hope they keep Stallman off the stand... (173 comments)

RMS only commissioned the license. He did not create it. The lawyer that actually drafted the license would likely be a much better "witness" assuming that such things would even be considered in this case.

Amicus briefs are likely the only means of being seen or heard in a case like this.

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

jedidiah Re: Don't worry guys... (875 comments)

Learn? Learn? LEARN?

Crack open a book sometime. Islam has been trying to take over the rest of the world pretty much since the day it was founded. Liberal fantasies about Western colonialism are flatly contradicted by the entire rest of history. From Charlemange to Dracula the rest of the world was actively under siege.

This is just the next chapter in a very long history that's not pretty if you actually bother to pay attention to it.

Being able to ignore their oil really wouldn't change the situation all that much.

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

jedidiah Re:NO DRM! (433 comments)

Everything else has DRM.

The only way you can think that "DRM has disappeared" is if you are still living in 1998 and think that music is the only kind of media file under consideration.

Also, "services" contain DRM. They're specifically engineered to disallow copying. They are kind of nothing but DRM and they seem to be the current wave of the future in music.

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

jedidiah Re:Sounds Better? (433 comments)

Hell, I was done with vinyl when it was still the in thing originally. It's a terribly inconvenient format. I was happy to have an alternative (tape).

Having avoided it in the past I am fascinated to see people fawn all over it now as if it's the hot new thing.

Although the format was better for cover art...

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

jedidiah Re:Sounds Better? (433 comments)

If you can't tell game from livestock then you have no tastebuds.

"Organic" when it applies to animals can be a bit trickier since it also relates to how the animals live and are treated and this can impact things other than just taste.

about a week ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

jedidiah Re:They're a resource, not a "problem". (307 comments)

You could certainly trim bits out of a theoretical CS program in order to favor more useful humanities courses. It would not harm the discipline to treat it more like a proper branch of engineering and include communications and management requirements would help in that regard.

Programs in some places already do that.

about a week ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

jedidiah Re: In other words, ... (307 comments)

Perhaps there's something to the pervasive media narrative about Silicon Valley after all. Not only do they have no ability to relate to the non-asian and non-white crowd but they also have no ability to relate to whites that aren't rich enough for east coast boarding schools either.

I have plenty of anecdotal data points that would contradict their race based criteria. That likely comes from not living the life of privelege that they imagine I have.

Or perhaps this is just what you get when you let liberal bleeding heart SJWs run amok.

about a week ago

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InternetGambling Verboten! EU objects.

jedidiah jedidiah writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jedidiah (1196) writes "It seems that the US is not the only country that likes to "legislate morality" and whatnot. Germany and Sweden have now gotten in trouble for taking steps to outlaw online gambling. This has caused a ruckus in the EU since these laws might not be consistent with EU law overall. Did the Europeans saddle themselves with their own version of the ICC here? I guess "states rights" is not just for the US anymore. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/31/sweden_germany_eu_gambling/"
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