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Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

mjtaylor24601 Re:"Free Market" religion (182 comments)

A truly free market by definition is responsive to the majority (will) of the people. If the people like "A" over "B" in a free market, that is what they invest/buy/suggest/endorse etc.

Not necessarily true. A free market solution might disproportionately benefit the very wealthy for example. That's not a priori bad, but it would certainly be a stretch to call it representing the will of the majority of the people.

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

mjtaylor24601 Re:Hypocrites, liars and communists. (441 comments)

I don't tell others what they should or should not do

Literally 6 words earlier

Stop telling "us" what to do and make definitive changes yourselves.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

mjtaylor24601 Re: This makes sense nomatter your politik (202 comments)

To argue you'd have to think...

<homersimpson>Ah, Lisa, the whole reason we have elected officials is so we don't have to think all the time</homersimpson>

about two weeks ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

mjtaylor24601 Re:This makes sense nomatter your politik (202 comments)

So people who always agree with the Anointed One are thoughtful, but people who always disagree with Him are thoughtless. Got it. Your use of logic and reason are truly inspirational. Carry on, AC.

In fairness that's a strawman. The AC never claimed that people who always agree with "the Anointed One" are thoughtful. He merely claimed that a specific person who, by their own admission, is against anything Obama is for without even needing to think about it is thoughtless. And IMHO that's kind of hard to argue with.

about two weeks ago
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Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

mjtaylor24601 Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (145 comments)

Ah, so it's just your friends and / or loved ones that spend on their time on the internet looking at stuff with absolutely no intellectual, cultural or artistic merit. Feel free to carry on being smug then.

about a month ago
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Twitter Bug Locks Out Many Users

mjtaylor24601 Re:Who really gives a shit about twit-ter? (69 comments)

Twitter is as useless as all the rest of the "social" "media" crap out there. It's a massive waste of your time.

Exactly! Why can't all those people using twitter do something constructive with their time? You know, like posting smug AC comments on Slashdot.

about 1 month ago
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Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

mjtaylor24601 Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (145 comments)

I'm confused. If every content page where these oh-so-terrible ads are being displayed is full of such obvious crap why are you visiting them in the first place? Or, if you're not visiting those pages, why do you give a $#%^@ what ads they do or don't show? Seems to me that it shouldn't be effecting you at all.

about a month ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

mjtaylor24601 Re: There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1051 comments)

Why do I get flu symptoms whenever I get the flu shot?

Because the flu shot contains antigens from the influenza virus which can trigger a reaction in your immune system similar to that of contracting the actual virus.

Why does the CDC claim that vaccines do not prevent the illness?

Because no vaccine is 100% effective and they don't want to get sued by litigious idiots that don't understand math.

Why should I allow a foreign object to penetrante my body without my consent?

For the same reason you're not allowed to drive your car on a public street as fast as you feel like: because it makes you a danger to those around you.

Are the ingredients in these vaccines safe?

Yes.

Why are there no longterm studies in the effects of vaccines, if there are what are these effects on humans?

lmgtfy

Where is all the money going from vaccine revenues?

Where do the revenues from anything go? To the people that manufacture and sell the stuff. Just because the company that makes seat belts turns a profit doesn't necessarily make seat belts a scam.

Anything else you'd like to know?

about a month and a half ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

mjtaylor24601 Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

I haven't specifically seen it mentioned one way or the other but I have to imagine that there is. Why bother making the fee compulsory if you're going to allow people to just turn around and charge a fee of $0? Surely the lawmakers must have seen that one coming.

about a month and a half ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

mjtaylor24601 Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

Assuming the summary is correct (I know, I know), the legislation doesn't require payment by Google, it only allows the original publisher to collect payment from Google. If the small publishers want to have links to their sites show up in Google News without Google paying them, all they would have to do is send a letter to Google granting them permission. It would be up to each publisher to decide which way they want to go.

From what I've read the Spanish law specifically does not allow publishers to opt out.

"If you are a digital editor that publishes with a copyleft license, like myself, and you minimally understand how the internet actually works, you cannot decide to not charge Google News. It is compulsory. More than a right it is an obligation. Therefore, Google cannot exclude sites requiring payment from Google News. It would still need to pay for those it includes, even if they do not want to be compensated."

about a month and a half ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

mjtaylor24601 Re:Diaspora appliance (88 comments)

I think that we need to fundamentally change the web so that Google and Facebook share their profits with us. They are after all making profits by selling your data. Now obviously they do lots of complicated analysis which is where a lot of the value added is but the raw resource is your data. You should be compensated for it.

You are being compensated just not monetarily. You get free access to search engines and social networking sites.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

mjtaylor24601 Re: Yeah right (308 comments)

Why should they be forced to lease it at less than optimal rates to a competitor? They built the network. It's their capital. No, that is an unacceptable infringement of economic liberty and property rights.

Why should I be forced to allow ATT to run cables for their network across my property? ATT wants to claim that it's their network and they should be free to do whatever they want with it? Fine, no more legal right-of-ways for you. You want to bury cables on my property? Pay me rent.

about 3 months ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Bust, Eyes Turn To 'Untouchable' Decentralized Market

mjtaylor24601 Re:This is missing one of Silk Road's major featur (108 comments)

Old Testament allows men to have female children as brides, so does Islam, so do the Vedic religions.

The old testament also allows for stoning people for being "a stubborn and rebellious son". That does not, to my mind, make it a good idea.

about 3 months ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Bust, Eyes Turn To 'Untouchable' Decentralized Market

mjtaylor24601 Re:Look on the bright side ... (108 comments)

that is why we have dmca safe harbor laws the one good part of the dmca. its why gmail isn't shutdown for facilitating drug sales as well

I could be wrong but I think the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act only applies to copyright infringement. It's not a blanket protection against all criminal acts.

about 3 months ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

mjtaylor24601 Re:Wait wait wait .... (553 comments)

What I'm trying to get at is that employers - as a group represented in the media - are schizophrenic or at least do not know what the fuck they want.

Yeah, it's almost as if "employers" referred to some vast group of different people with different goals and motivations...

about 3 months ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

mjtaylor24601 Re:I would never give Google or anyone else my cel (74 comments)

Yes you're correct. I didn't over Tor. Perhaps I misunderstood that signing up over Tor was a requirement.

GGP: "I would never give Google or anyone else my cell phone number"
GP: "You cant sign up without giving them your number anymore."
Me: "Yes you can."

I have not tested it but I'm entirely willing to believe that account creation over Tor is more difficult.

about 4 months ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

mjtaylor24601 Re:I would never give Google or anyone else my cel (74 comments)

You cant sign up without giving them your number anymore.

That's just not true. I just tested this and I was able to create a new Gmail account without specifying either a phone number or an alternate email address. Go try it yourself. There's a phone number field on the form but it's not mandatory.

about 4 months ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

mjtaylor24601 Re:And that's a good thing (74 comments)

This is obviously a harmful security feature. It locks people out of their accounts by assuming that they always have access to a cell phone.

Yeah if they'd been thinking at all they would have made this an optional feature that you're under no obligation to use....oh wait they totally did that. *eye roll*

Or did you never want to be able to travel abroad?

You can also print out a list of codes ahead of time to take with you when travelling abroad if you so desire. But...you know...don't let the facts get in the way of your rant.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

mjtaylor24601 Re:I have an idea (174 comments)

...or you could do it yourself, BASH is open source.

Maybe the GP is not a programmer and is thus not able to do it himself. Open source is great but it's not a magic panacea.

I suppose he could hire someone to do it for him but complaining on /. is just way easier ;-)

about 4 months ago

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