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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

nurb432 Re: Can we please cann these companies what they (280 comments)

That is called running a business.

And we cant have that now can we. Unless you can pay off the legislature to protect your business.

This country was created on little ventures like this, squelching them due to others paying to keep them out of the market seals our fate as a nation.

2 days ago

Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

nurb432 Who cares if its legal? (211 comments)

If you have the technology to go mine an asteroid, i dont think any country on this planet will be able to take it from you. And if they try, just "accidentally" drop some of what you mined on them.

3 days ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

nurb432 Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (528 comments)

They may take issue with some things that you do or say but that's not the same thing as being overtly hostile.

Most of them take issue with our very way of life. We are 'too free' for them. They use the UN as a back door way, via treaties, to try to bring us to their level.

But then, your call for nuking of the place doesn't exactly paint you as a particularly smart individual, so you probably still wont get this.

it would have got rid of the problem once and for all. If you haven't noticed, anytime you leave 'survivors' in war, it comes back to bite you in the ass, eventually.,

4 days ago

New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

nurb432 Re:If yellow stone blows (121 comments)

While i agree most everything would die out, i still think that we as a species would make it 10 years or so. ( this is approx ) Locally of course that wouldn't be the case and you would see mass death, but i think a few would hang on a while using some extreme methods.

Could we make it long enough for things to improve then slowly repopulate/rebuild? There is always a chance, but not a great one.

This of course assumes we are not already colonizing mars or something, with the ability to come back at some point. Then at least the concept of mankind would survive.

4 days ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

nurb432 Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (528 comments)

If America had just allowed free trade with Cuba the inflow of US culture into the country would've long turned it into a pro-US state

There is no evidence to support this. Its just your belief. History shows that few countries are 'usa friendly' just because we send money to them. As a rule, most countries with differing political and social polices tend to be hostile to us, regardless of our fiscal polices with them.

Tho i agree it was short sighted, we should have simply leveled the place and took over the land for our own use ( after the radiation had cleared ). Let them serve as an example for future generations.

4 days ago

Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

nurb432 yes its new (160 comments)

Us Android users get the feature 'back'.. ( yes i know technically none of us really had the feature. It was a loophole that Google didnt bother to close, until recently.

5 days ago

Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

nurb432 Finally.. (160 comments)

I still dont understand why they gave this feature to iOS users instead of *their own platform*

Having relied on 3rd party voip products until they cut off XMPP, this is good.

5 days ago

Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

nurb432 Cant stop them (307 comments)

Moves like this will just drive them underground, where its harder to stop.

about a week ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

nurb432 Kink-Air (811 comments)

Tho perhaps a limited market base ( unless its japan... ), just tie people to hanging 'meat' hooks from the ceiling. Charge extra even...

Pack them in like sardines. If they have to rub against each other to fit, all the better.

about a week ago

FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

nurb432 Re:I understand the FAA's position... (222 comments)

I only know that it both scares me and pisses me off that the government can do whatever it wants

Would be a more accurate statement.

about two weeks ago

DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

nurb432 Cool (354 comments)

Now we have GPL Trolls...

Not saying the GPL doesn't have its place, but in a case where you accept direct submissions from others, i think the BSD licensing model would have been safer..

about two weeks ago

Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

nurb432 Papers and self incrimination (206 comments)

I dont see how an implant would be treated any different than a cell phone, or a diary.

Privacy, unless they get a warrant.

about two weeks ago

The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

nurb432 civilian applications? (322 comments)

Who cares if it ever filters down to civilian use ( and it will anyway )? I am getting sick and tired of all the "PC" pansys out there, who have no clue what it takes to stay safe and secure. the ONLY reason you are even here complaining is due to the military. And that military *requires* technology.

Its as bad as the 60s, 'lets throw flowers at tanks' nonsense. If you cant repel attackers and destroy enemies, you are eradicated instead. If you dont keep advancing military tech, you fall behind and lose.

Develop, test then deploy the damned things, as many as we need. Now.

Mod me down if you must, but you know its the truth.

about two weeks ago

Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

nurb432 xmpp exists today. (174 comments)

Why reinvent the wheel, again?

about two weeks ago

New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

nurb432 If yellow stone blows (121 comments)

How many miles away you are and how much ash you get will be the least of your concerns.

Once the ash cloud encompasses the globe, we all freeze/starve to death within 10 years anyway. Unless someone comes up with a way to clean the air out before its too late, then how far away you are will matter..

about two weeks ago

Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

nurb432 "complained about the service" (336 comments)

Then dont use it. Pretty simple. There is no law that says you have to use any cloud service, so if you dont trust/like them, dont use them. And dont bitch about it when you choose to do so.

about two weeks ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

nurb432 Payback (463 comments)

Check this cops bank account.. Did RIAA happen to make a 'healthy' deposit to his "defense fund"?

Not saying all cops are bad of course, but reading non-emergency content while driving down the road is irresponsible and he should be held responsible.. Taking out ex-Napster management due to an accident, smells fishy.

about two weeks ago

Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

nurb432 Re:Why is it not trivial? (155 comments)

Ya, i figured that out, a bit too late.

about two weeks ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

nurb432 Routine work email (463 comments)

While *driving* ? WTF?

about two weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

nurb432 Sure, why not. (542 comments)

If they dont want to be with the rest of us, fine by me. "High speed Internet" is not a basic human right, its a choice. No more than having koolaid is a human right.

about two weeks ago



Kubuntu Sells Out

nurb432 nurb432 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nurb432 (527695) writes "From the latest news at, it appears that now they have a large enough userbase they are forking out a commercial only version and are going to turn their backs on the community. Sound familiar anyone? ( Red *cough*cough* ).

The actual news release: Kubuntu-KDE4 Hardy Alpha is here. There will be two editions of Kubuntu with the 8.04 release, a commercially supported KDE 3 edition and a community supported KDE 4 edition. We recommend the KDE 4 edition to those who want to try this exciting new desktop version and can put up with some missing features."



My Sig

nurb432 nurb432 writes  |  about 5 years ago

Since i keep getting asked all the time, here is the purpose of my signature:

It is to make a person think.

To think about how relative labels are such as 'patriot' and 'dissident', or even 'terrorist'. It all depends on which side of the line you are on, and who won the battle.

Much as George Washington was considered a dissident terrorist to the British, we won so he's a hero to us. Booth, on the other hand was on the losing side so he's considered a assassin. Was willing to die for what he felt was an enemy of his country, and his act would have been considered heroic, if the south had won.

Im not saying i do or don't support what he did, but his actions do serve as a good vehicle for what i was trying to point out.


Fair use of copyrighted content

nurb432 nurb432 writes  |  about 10 years ago

While this is from a post I made on a slightly different topic, I believe this could be an important question to consider during all these attempts at the entertainment industry to sue its customers into oblivion...The concept should be brought up to the judge if a case EVER gets to court:

This is going under the fact that its still 100% legal to time-shift media for personal use, which of course is subject to change in the future if congress gets it way..

The rest of this discussion is based on the above, and that NO commercial gain is involved, that Its all 'freely' shared...

1 - It would be legal for person A to record show A.

2 - Its also legal for person B to record show A.

3 - If user C slept thru show, he still had a right to record it.

4 - Why cant user B give C his recorded copy.. ( for free ) since C has a right to record the same show.

Taking this to its logical conclusion, why cant user D, which is across the country that was at work that day get copy from user C?

The copy that is being spread around is not the original quality, as its been compressed and/or recorded from the TV/radio. So its not the same quality as going out and purchasing it from the store? It is the same 'version' that all users have a right to record for their own personal use.

This would also be the same issue for MP3 songs, if they were *ever* on the radio, then its no different if you share them in a *lossy* format to other people that had the *right* to record it themselves, again for their personal use..

Now if you do a bit-copy of a CD/DVD then distribute that, or if it's an unreleased copy ( such as still in theaters, or a screener ) then of course this analogy doesn't apply.. but I'm not talking of those cases...

This also makes the assumption that the original 'broadcast' was not 'subscriber only', or all 4 users were subscribers to the same service.

So I guess it boils down to, what is wrong legally with this analogy, and why is the 'industry' allowed to continue to harass their customers for doing what is currently LEGAL for us to do?


Constitutional Admendment: Article [II.]

nurb432 nurb432 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

"------ What part of "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" do you not understand ----"

For those of you uninformed that believe I take that out of context to 'push my agenda' here is the entire amendment, in its entirety:

"Article [II.]
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. "

Furthermore, by the very intent of the constitution, it was designed from the beginning to protect the rights and freedoms of the individual, and to limit the power of the soon to be enacted government.

How one can 'improperly take things out of context' when the very component I quoted was directly discussing individual rights is totally ludicrous.

The amendment's only goal was to ensure the rights of the individual citizen to acquire and retain the weapons needed to defend itself against a tyrannical government.

This does not mean that you have to be part of the professional army, nor are the rights of this amendment extended to the government. It is just the opposite.

The militia, as stated in the amendment, by its very definition consists of private citizens, and exempts the governmental army. The very people the amendment is designed to help protect against.

Nor does it, as many anti-freedom groups like to claim, give the rights of the government to 'regulate' the citizens. 'Regulate' in the context of the time of the framers, did not mean restrict.. it meant train.. So it only expands on the idea that the private citizen has the right to possess and train with their arms.

Anyone that doesn't understand these rather simple facts is either sorely misinformed or have their own anti American agenda to push, and are no longer going to be part of my ongoing discussing to defend my rights with. Thus the reason for this entry in my journal, as I'm tired of arguing with closed simple minded people that don't understand what freedom is, nor what it takes to gain and retain it. People that as far as I'm concerned are not American, and treasonous at their core, and don't deserve ANY of the rights or freedoms our fore-founders had to fight for, and sacrifice for, to achieve.


Constitutional Rights and Liberties

nurb432 nurb432 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

We the people.. Perhaps the 3 most lucid words in the most important document in history.

A document written BY the people, FOR the people.. To finally put in black and white the inalienable rights, freedoms and liberties of all people, and perhaps more importantly the inalienable restrictions to be placed on any government to protect those rights liberties and freedoms of the PEOPLE.

This includes ALL rights, not just one or two that is conveniently picked out of the list that you personally approve of. And if you don't like this concept of personal freedom and rights, or aren't willing to be eternally vigilant in fighting for them, as our forefathers were, then you can leave. You are not welcome here.

By nature a simple document, designed to be timeless, and applicable to any point in time, be it 1776 or 2776, and anyone that attempts to mutate this framework should be tried and convicted of treason.

While this has happened many times over the years, even to the very document itself ( such as the 21st amendment for example ) it does not make it appropriate or right, nor is the slow progression towards a socialist state.

Yes i said socialist, not fascist. I believe we are heading towards socialism. While it may not be absolute and black and white, the control extended over the US commerce, and the re-distribution of wealth via obscene tax rates puts the government in virtual control of all industry and funds. This is what I consider socialism, with of course all the reduction of rights and privacy and independence of its citizens that go along with that sort of government.

You may argue that unless the government truly owns the commerce we have something other then a socialist system, but if the same result if the same, what is the difference?

You may also argue that the various rights and liberties discussed in the constitution ( and its attached bill of rights ) are not absolute and should be changed over time to reflect current times". But you are wrong, and totally misunderstand the INTENT of the framers.. ( although you would be correct in that the modern interpretation of the document, is that our current government feels that it changeable at a whim )

Thanks for taking the time to read this

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