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Man Emails AT&T's CEO, Gets Threatened With C&D Order

omega_dk Re:In related news... (306 comments)

Not his senator, actually. He's from PA and the senator was from KY. (Not that that makes it any less ridiculous)

more than 4 years ago
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Android Rootkit Is Just a Phone Call Away

omega_dk Re:Anti Virus? (190 comments)

No, it works. On a 4 it's accepted, then later pulled for a random reason.

more than 4 years ago
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Talk of an Apple Search Engine To Thwart Google

omega_dk Re:Not a chance in hell (276 comments)

The IT staff spends as much time supporting 10 macs as they do a hundred PCs (linux and windows).

Aaaaand another wall of text people can safely ignore.

more than 4 years ago
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Jobcentre Apologizes For Anti-Jedi Discrimination

omega_dk Re:He could have fixed it with a wave of the hand (615 comments)

It's probably because you said 'i.e., Islam' rather than the more generally targeted 'e.g., Islam'

i.e. (id est), after all, is a specifier. It takes a general term, and qualifies it, i.e., provides the specific example you're talking about.

e.g. (exempli gratia), on the other hand, merely provides an example for clarification. A Free-as-in-beer example, as it were. It does not eliminate other options from being considered, merely specifies one option that qualifies.

Therefore, when you're saying that Jediism makes more sense than [another religion] i.e., Islam, what you're actually saying is that specifically, Islam makes less sense than Jediism, while Jediism makes less sense than the rest of the religions.

If instead, you were to say that Jediism were to make more sense than [other religions], e.g., Islam, then you would be saying that Jediism makes more sense than religion in general, which is much less combative, especially since all the Abrahamic religions pretty much boil down to the same thing when you get down to the core beliefs, and so specifying one of them as being less sensible than a religion whereby a person may gain power over the very nature of physics through deft control of mutualistic symbiotes infesting our cells makes little to no sense.

Also, if I'm not mistaken it's established in the expanded universe that one cannot be a Jedi Knight until one has created their own lightsaber (specifically, I'm pretty sure that is established in I, Jedi). Why would a purported follower of Jediism claim to be a knight if he hasn't undertaken that task yet?

more than 3 years ago
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Court Rules Photo of Memorial Violates Copyright

omega_dk Re:A slap in the face to all American veterans. (426 comments)

If the work was created by a government contractor, then by the very law that grants copyrights the work is not copyrightable and is in the public domain. I have no clue if that applies in this case, and am too lazy to look it up, but copyright law very specifically does not apply copyright to creative works contracted by the government.

Also: Judging by the fact that the case was ruled pro-artist, my guess is this was not a contracted piece of work.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Sets Censorship Precedent In India

omega_dk Re:Why? (245 comments)

So you understand JSM's argument perfectly then! Good thing we live in a culture that allows dissenting opinions to be expressed, and so, through your dissent, you could come to a perfect understanding of what JSM was trying to say.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Backs New Launcher and Bigger NASA Budget

omega_dk Re:MORE FUNDS?! (391 comments)

I believe in this case it was someone alluding to the assassination of McCain and then trailing off...

more than 4 years ago
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Engaging With Climate Skeptics

omega_dk Re:You know, this is another problem I have (822 comments)

You seem to be conveniently forgetting the actions of the Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.

One example for your personal edification: http://articles.latimes.com/2009/aug/25/nation/na-climate-trial25

There are more examples of businesses doing similar things - they know that with any (and I do mean *ANY*) theory in science, if you don't need to present an alternative, you can always find holes in the theory and ram those holes through to be the only thing anyone talks about.

A non-climate related example would be people saying we haven't witnessed macroevolution in a lab, so how can we be sure that it exists? Of course, anyone versed in the field will say, "Well, we have witnessed macroevolution among single-celled organisms, and it's unreasonable to expect us to have lab evidence of a process that takes hundreds of generations for multi-celled creatures, where hundreds of generations could take decades."

Of course, to evolution skeptics (or those paid to oppose evolution), this is not nearly good enough. Nothing says a priori that macroevolution on a unicellular scale extends to multicellular organisms, much like nothing says a priori that microevolution on a multicellular scale extends to macroevolution. Scientifically, of course, we are united on macroevolution occurring, and have moved onto discussing its mechanisms, history, etc.

I guess what I'm saying is, if we can't get people to agree that macroevolution exists despite the overwhelming, irrefutable evidence that it does, how can we get people to agree on something with even greater societal impact based on (by necessity) much less data?

more than 4 years ago
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Murdoch-Microsoft Deal In the Works

omega_dk Re:Lowered expectations (468 comments)

You jest, but you should try watching Youtube on my MSN-provided DSL. How they can provide consistent 1MBps downloads of windows updates but be unable to completely cache a 2 minute Youtube clip after I walk away from the computer for 3 minutes will forever be beyond my limits of comprehension.

more than 4 years ago
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Los Angeles Goes Google Apps With Microsoft Cash

omega_dk Re:Monopoly position to overcharge for their softw (266 comments)

1) I never said we've had a free market since then. I said we've chosen competitive markets over free markets.

2) Read Brian's posts. He is using free market as a synonym for unregulated markets, so I used competitive markets as a counter to that.

more than 4 years ago
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Los Angeles Goes Google Apps With Microsoft Cash

omega_dk Re:Monopoly position to overcharge for their softw (266 comments)

When did we give them the 'right' to a free market?

Or, to put it another way, when did we give them the right to remove *our* right to a competitive market?

This 'we, as a society' are the people of the United States who decided in the early 1900s to enact anti-trust laws, after seeing what lack of competition did to OUR (not their) economy.

Similarly, you are free to exercise your right to live in a non-competitive market by moving. If you want to enjoy the benefits of living in a competitive market, you have to agree to live with the restrictions that places on you.

Also, if you're saying a free market doesn't have rights violated, you're forgetting that it only protects you from the Government violating your rights. The government does not have a monopoly on that, and so I welcome their restricting the ability of others to violate my rights.

more than 4 years ago
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Los Angeles Goes Google Apps With Microsoft Cash

omega_dk Re:Monopoly position to overcharge for their softw (266 comments)

So it's right for those with power to abuse it? Because that's the point of Antitrust - we as a society have decided that we value a competitive market more than a free market, so we took steps towards that. We have economic evidence that competitive markets are better for both consumers, corporations, and innovation than free markets. You are assuming that free = better, and therefore free = right. I see no evidence you're giving that that is correct.

more than 4 years ago
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Los Angeles Goes Google Apps With Microsoft Cash

omega_dk Re:Monopoly position to overcharge for their softw (266 comments)

You're right. Similarly, if Microsoft doesn't want to agree to the terms of doing business in the United States, where we require businesses to not behave in anti-competitive behaviour, they are perfectly free to take their business elsewhere.

more than 4 years ago
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Legal War For WA State Sunshine Law

omega_dk Re:Turn the tables (1364 comments)

I don't see any problem with posting the names of people who signed a petition to legalize gay marriage, and don't see it as a privacy violation as it is entirely opt-in.

I also don't see how it would be a non-issue if roles were reversed - no one is forcing anyone to sign a petition. Signing a petition is an inherently public act - a petition starts, 'We, the undersigned," and as such the undersigned should have an expectation that their name will be viewed on the list. Sometimes, that viewing will have consequences.

more than 4 years ago
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Legal War For WA State Sunshine Law

omega_dk Re:Turn the tables (1364 comments)

But then you don't have the same rights as a straight woman! She's allowed to marry a man, why can't you?

more than 4 years ago
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Legal War For WA State Sunshine Law

omega_dk Re:Turn the tables (1364 comments)

Since the dawn of time, the family, consisting of a husband and his property has been the fundamental unit of society.

I, for one, am glad that we altered the whole structure of that civilization - why not this one?

more than 4 years ago
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Modern Games and Technology Challenging ESRB's Effectiveness

omega_dk Re:Why is that "unfortunate"? (136 comments)

The game publishers will *never* get rid of the ESRB voluntarily. The ESRB is the only thing holding back the spectre of government-mandated ratings, which I can assure you will not be as company-friendly as their voluntary system.

more than 4 years ago
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Judge Won't Punish Lawyer For Anti-RIAA Blogging

omega_dk Re:Yay for Ray (160 comments)

Methinks you either greatly overestimate the number of songs that were prevented from being entered into the public domain, underestimated the number of songs in the public domain/that would still be under copyright had he won, or completely misunderstand the Eldred case.

more than 4 years ago

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