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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

macraig Re:Viable Replacement? (240 comments)

I found myself in a similar questionable situation once, and afraid.org helped me block/undo that subdomain when I explained my suspicion. They're responsive. Also, I dunno if it's default but you can be notified of each subdomain request and require explicit approval; that is how I learned of the questionable one in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

macraig Re:Viable Replacement? (240 comments)

Been using afraid.org for years after dyndns.org cancelled my account because I bitched at them about something stupid/selfish they did. Apparently stupid/selfish is par for the course with those people, so I'm glad I was an early emigre.

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

macraig Now please apply this math... (392 comments)

... to the task of trying to rescue or repopulate species right here on planet Earth, and then use that as the most objective argument ever for why they should never become "endangered" in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

macraig Re:Bad law... (232 comments)

It's funny to me that you used the same map to support my argument that another guy last night had used to try to discredit it! My response is regrettably also similar: it's a map of PERCEIVED corruption, which does not always correlate with actual corruption.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

macraig Re:Which is why Apple does product placement (232 comments)

And as you imply this is precisely why using an "educational" video that includes Apple product placement - however accidental - to instruct jurors in a legal case where Apple is a litigant is just WRONG.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

macraig Re:Bad law... (232 comments)

No, I wasn't talking theory. I was talking about what actually happens and has happened. It's just a demonstrable as your "practice". And yes, I called you stupid because you were being stupid, and I explained why in a fashion that should be obvious to anyone with a passing grasp of history and human psychology. The fact that you refuse to be critical enough to recognize it reaffirms that you're being stupid. Stop it and perhaps you'll no longer be stupid.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

macraig Re:Bad law... (232 comments)

Corruption PERCEPTIONS Index 2013

My god, what a psychological retard you are.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

macraig Re:Bad law... (232 comments)

Do you honestly believe that makes American sociopaths "more corrupt" than the sociopaths confined inside any other arbitrary national border? It's a matter of OPPORTUNITY, stupid, not a demonstration of a greater degree of corruption than anyone/anywhere else. Do you honestly believe that sociopaths in any other nation, given the same situational opportunity that American sociopaths enjoy now, would refrain from doing exactly what their American brothers are doing now?

about three weeks ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

macraig Re:Bad law... (232 comments)

The AC's comment was not so narrowly confined, was it? He took a specific narrow example of stupidity/greed/corruption and made a homeopathic attempt to generalize it.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

macraig Re:Bad law... (232 comments)

If this video were the ONLY possible means of educating the jurors about the patent system, you might have a constructive point. It's nevertheless "leading" or whatever to portray any Apple product in a positive light with respect to patents, in the process of a trial having specifically to do with a patent dispute involving Apple products. Are you really this ignorant of how the (average) human mind actually works and processes stimuli, to think that such portrayal of any same-branded products could not possibly have an adverse effect on how people judge the matter at hand? Samsung's objection is very relevant. Another means to educate the jurors - one that does not include any references at all to either litigant's products - should be chosen.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

macraig Re:Bad law... (232 comments)

I like the way you single out North Americans, as if they indeed are somehow more corrupt than Europeans or Africans or South Americans or Asians or Australians. Time for a reality check, dude.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

macraig Re:Fine, get rid of POTS, give us Net Neutrality (449 comments)

The problem with your suggestion is that, like every other American, you have no fucking idea what true network neutrality looks like or how to implement it. What you would ask for, and if you got it what the rest of us would then have to endure, would NOT be network neutrality. One election cycle is all it would take to whisk away the facade and return us to business as usual.

about three weeks ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

macraig Re:Conrast this manipulative attention-seeker... (172 comments)

Yes. If he steps outta line there, the parents in attendance will dismember and eat him alive. That's if the kids don't sic their robots on him first (pun intended).

about three weeks ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

macraig Conrast this manipulative attention-seeker... (172 comments)

... with another 68-year-old guy I know who lives well-off in Palo Alto. Instead of indulging himself like this circus freak, he volunteers at children's FIRST robotics competitions and such. I don't know how he made his successful living before he retired; he could have been a drug lord for all I know, but if so he's certainly atoning for it now. This useless meat sack by comparison is still taking while giving nothing back.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

macraig Re:machinations (229 comments)

Are you saying that Chris Christy is machinima? Move over Max Headroom, that's really good shit! Where's the Kickstarter for their next digital marionette?

about a month ago
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Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits In Frustration With Bureaucracy

macraig hard for very large organizations to be efficient (172 comments)

And yet, in spite of your accurate assessment, there are still legions of dogmatic libertarians and "conservatives" who resolutely insist that Big Government is inefficient and evil but Big Business is saintly and svelte and can efficiently solve all the world's problems where those inefficiently evil governments are doomed to fail.

To those dogmatists I ask a simple question: when have you ever seen a business who customer base was exactly the size of the entire United States population? Or asked another way, if we scaled your eternally efficient business up to the size of the networking nightmare required to serve such a huge clientele such a diverse array of products and services, would your business still be more efficient?

about a month ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

macraig Re:Diane McWhorter? (479 comments)

Ummmm... just a thought: Google?

about a month ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

macraig Let's get this straight, Diane... (479 comments)

... we don't glorify hackers, we glorify good people doing good things that benefit the common good. It just so happens that some of those people accomplish that goal by hacking.

about a month ago
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NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company

macraig Why (126 comments)

Just WHY?

about a month and a half ago

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Can TOS force binding arbitration?

macraig macraig writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macraig writes "I received an e-mail update from AT&T Internet Services today, notifying me of changes to the Terms of Service (TOS). The first change, and the one which concerns me, is this:

  • Arbitration Agreement. We have added language that requires customer disputes with AT&T regarding AT&T Internet Services to be submitted to binding arbitration or small claims court. Arbitration is less formal than a lawsuit in court and often faster. In addition, AT&T will pay for all costs of arbitration, no matter who wins, as long as your claim is not frivolous.

(By publicly quoting this e-mail, I'm sure I'll burn in Hell, or at least get dragged into court by AT&T for copyright infringement.)

Is this legally defensible language? Can they, after the fact of a contract, slip in language that actually limits the legal recourses which might otherwise be available to the other party, such as a traditional suit in full court or a class action lawsuit? Would any court actually uphold or defend such language? If so, might this be the defining moment when AT&T customers like myself should consider getting the heck outta Dodge and taking our Internet dollars somewhere else?"

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Phoenix launches for Mars after delayed launch

macraig macraig writes  |  more than 6 years ago

macraig writes "Somebody should report on the launch of Phoenix early this morning. I'm not bothering to submit a real article because I know better than to expect anything I submit to be approved. Somebody who groks the politics of article submission should do it, though...."
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macraig macraig writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macraig writes "On the heels of the Patricia Dunn et al scandal at HP comes an article titled "Staying undercover on the Internet" as part of the November 2006 issue of HP's Technology at Work e-mail newsletter. The newsletter summarizes the article: "When you surf the Web, you leave behind a trail of information about you and your online activities — and this can be misused. Fortunately, you can stay undercover and protect your privacy".

Perhaps HP should have released an advance copy of this article to the reporters and others whose privacy it violated? Can a corporation that authors articles that seem to demonstrate concern for consumer privacy, on the one hand, but wantonly violates privacy when it suits its internal purposes, on the other, really be trusted to hold our privacy in suitably high regard?"
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macraig macraig writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macraig writes "As reported in Yahoo! News, yesterday Brazilian scientists and geologists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced their discovery that the Amazon River once flowed in reverse of its current direction, during the middle Cretaceous Period. When the land mass that became South America separated from what we now know as Africa, a mountainous ridge was formed along the eastern coast of the new continent, causing rainfall to drain west because the Andes range had not yet formed."

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