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Cooks Source Magazine Apologizes — Sort Of

jesdynf Re:Have a little pity on the magazine (290 comments)

Additionally, if I think that *AA studies vastly overstate the effects of 'piracy' or that the awards given by some lawsuits are excessive and well beyond the damage done, it doesn't mean that I condone infringement.

I do... or rather, I don't recognize the concept of infringement. Copyright is *For Limited Times*, a balance between my interests and the interest of the creators. What we've got isn't balanced and isn't limited, and I haven't signed on to it. I could still be robbed or imprisoned if I'm caught violating it, but it doesn't merit the respect or deference a *law* does, merely the wary acknowledgement that a tool of your enemies can harm you.

If you don't like that, go come up with some real laws instead of jawing about "theft". I was guaranteed created works would enter the public domain -- what we have is theft from *me*.

(I suppose that in a country with sensible copyrights what this guy did was pretty douchey. But that isn't here.)

more than 3 years ago
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Arizona Backs Off Its Speed Camera Program

jesdynf I Could Support Cameras (513 comments)

Quite easily. All you need is one simple change -- decouple enforcement from revenue.

If I get a ticket because some worthless hamlet dropped the speed limit 10mph to rake in the dough? That's... that's just not acceptable. If I get a ticket because the officer feels that writing me a ticket is the best possible use of his limited time, that's sort of a different story, now innit? And if that municipality is running the cameras as an expense, I'd be more inclined to think that maybe the cameras are doing something useful if they feel that strongly about it.

I'd have a lot more respect for local governments if they just burned whatever fines they collected. Don't turn it over to the state or federal level, that still puts you in quota-land. Just erase it.

(Some people would say that this would mean higher taxes. This is of course incorrect; you would simple pay more money when your taxes are due and less money at all the other times cash is extracted from you for the municipality's profit.)

more than 4 years ago
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What If They Turned Off the Internet?

jesdynf Re:(And now with more Pants!) (511 comments)

I might, actually. It's not the sort of thing I'd notice -- one or two feeds dropping one or two entries isn't something I could detect -- but I've had trouble with Pipes not giving new data before, especially while I was developing my filters.

more than 4 years ago
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What If They Turned Off the Internet?

jesdynf Re:(And now with more Pants!) (511 comments)

Well, I just use Google Reader, and Yahoo Pipes to massage the feed a little. Google Reader can't really filter the way I'd like -- Pipes is a really innovative interface.

more than 4 years ago
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What If They Turned Off the Internet?

jesdynf Re:(And now with more Pants!) (511 comments)

If it started with "Roland Whatshisface writes" I missed it for a very good reason. I don't suppose you've got a link to that article handy?

more than 4 years ago
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What If They Turned Off the Internet?

jesdynf Re:(And now with more Pants!) (511 comments)

I use a Yahoo Pipe to filter the Slashdot RSS feed -- Idle and the amazing Roland are stripped. If I'm reading this, it wasn't in Idle.

I can't really complain if I clicked on the link and posted a comment... that said, I want this Cracked list off my lawn.

more than 4 years ago
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What If They Turned Off the Internet?

jesdynf Maybe I'd Be Capable... (511 comments)

... of doing a goddamn crossword again. My *shortcuts* have shortcuts to Google. How the hell am I supposed to resist the sum total of all human knowledge when I'm stuck with "42D: 1972 Red Sox shortstop (8 letters)" and all I've got is a tentative P crossing through the second space?

more than 4 years ago
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Team Aims To Create Pure Evil AI

jesdynf Wait... (527 comments)

A young man?

more than 5 years ago
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Ad Block Plus Filter Maintainer "rick752" Dies At 56

jesdynf Re:Devil's Advocate (385 comments)

I've never used AdBlock — I just use NoScript. I'm not blocking based on content, I'm just enforcing tighter security on my computer.

It cleanly kneecaps admonger arguments — static ads (I also disable animated gifs) and text ads display just fine, but you don't have my permission to run Flash, Java, or JavaScript on my system. And strangely enough, NoScript's control is finely-grained enough to give a site general permission to execute content without also granting access to skeevyads.cx and other bastions of consumer rights.

(And I'd use NoScript even if it did none of those things, because the act of *not loading a PDF by default* has saved me hours and hours of dodging lockups and crashes.)

more than 5 years ago
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More Than Coding Errors Behind Bad Software

jesdynf Re:cheap shot (726 comments)

ACs, as a general rule, should not attempt to dictate fact without citeable proof.

Thanks.

more than 5 years ago
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Blind Man Navigates Obstacle Maze Unaided

jesdynf Re:Sighted Persons Unable to Navigate TFA (191 comments)

Alright, you. I use this phrase vary sparingly -- but, I did indeed Laugh Out Loud. So there you go.

more than 5 years ago
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Electrode Implant Gives Mute Man a (Synthesized) Voice

jesdynf Bah. Irrelevant. (58 comments)

Vowels are worth nothing.

Consonants are worth $500.

more than 5 years ago
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Mind Control Delusions and the Web

jesdynf Re:Okay doctor, how about this... (631 comments)

Voting and legislating according to the guidelines set forth in *Leviticus* is not a harmless individual eccentricity and I see no reason to treat it as one. These people have GUNS.

(Would be nice if they honored the First, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendments with the same fervor as the Second.)

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

jesdynf Re:The party of big government (3709 comments)

Well, it's not that I'm unwilling to do so, and your assessment of FreeRepublic is both correct and not news to me, but I just... don't know where to find one.

I'm pretty sure Slashdot itself has the highest percentage of non-insane libertarians on the web.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

jesdynf Re:The party of big government (3709 comments)

I didn't say I expected them to be better. I've got *hopes* -- Obama might well be able to deliver. I'd be delighted if it happens. But I talked about changing the *Republican* party to better suit me.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

jesdynf Re:Assassination (3709 comments)

The keyboard commandos at FreeRepublic are trying to psych each other into doing it right now.

Lots of whining about Marxism and how "they" are coming for us, with a liberal dash of racism and lots of allusions to the "tree of liberty" and those fluids most favorable to its growth.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

jesdynf Re:The party of big government (3709 comments)

I've voted Libertarian in the two elections prior to this one; I live in Texas, so it's not like non-Republican votes count anyways.

This year? The best way to advance the libertarian agenda? I voted for the Democrat. Straight ticket, in fact.

Torture? Indefinite detention? This is how we do things in America, is it?

Here's the whole thing in a nutshell -- I can win an argument about money. I can't win an argument about what God told you to do, and I'm mad that I have to even try. "God says it's the right thing to do" caused all this garbage. The proper response to 9/11 was $500 in cabin door locks and a *memo to the pilots* explaining how certain critical assumptions we made were flawed. Everything else is exactly what the American-educated bin Laden expected and in fact desired. Mission accomplished, O spiritual warrior. And the Republican party as a whole gets tarred with this brush because they didn't step up to defend the Constitution of our nation.

I've deliberately done what I can to force the Republican Party to fracture and squeeze out either the godnuts or the socially liberal. Then maybe I can vote for economic conservatism without lumping it in with votes for totemic spirits. I'll deal with four or eight years of bad financial decisions because even if the far right wingnuts are correct, I'd STILL rather starve than torture and kill for Jesus.

(So far I've been (apparently) banned on RedState and been banned on FreeRepublic. You'd think they'd be more sensitive to Constitutional issues, especially among people historically voting libertarian.)

more than 5 years ago
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Palin E-mail Hacker Indicted

jesdynf How strange! (846 comments)

My understanding was that illegally wiretapping American citizens carried neither fine nor penalty.

more than 5 years ago

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The Dark Side of Accountability?

jesdynf jesdynf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jesdynf (42915) writes "I saw an LA Times story — a restaurant manager donated $100 to support California's anti-gay Proposition 8; eventually, her name surfaced on donor lists, and her business is in the process of collapsing. This affair has The Internet written all over it — wide distribution of donor lists, with someone zeroing in on the lady's name, rapid (and snowballing) online communication about the topic, coordination of response... I haven't seen it discussed to my satisfaction, so I throw the question to the floor — is the internet working as designed? Is what we're seeing here a bug or a feature? Nobody accuses the protesters of lies or violence; the writer took the position that he didn't approve of the protests, but I'm not sure I understand why."
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Concise Windows Vista Poll

jesdynf jesdynf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jesdynf (42915) writes ""Deploy and support Windows Vista on six thousand systems, or I'll shoot you in the leg."
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. What's my deductible?
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