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Filter Vendor Agrees Aussie Censorship Can't Work As Promised

remmelt See Texas (143 comments)

> One doubts that a bona fide medical textbook of paediatric medicine would ever be judged indecent.

One doubts that a regular, scientific textbook that describes the theory of evolution would ever be judged controversial. In 2010.

more than 4 years ago
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The Worst Apple Products of All Time

remmelt Re:how about all of them? (469 comments)

And still posting their biggest profit while the economy is crumbling around us.

Seems like their marketing department is the best product they have... it's working fine indeed.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Replace FileVault With EncFS

remmelt Re:Answer (65 comments)

The biggest drawback of that is that Time Machine only works when you are logged out. Also, the "galaxy" interface does not work, but I consider that less of an issue.

The entire point of Time Machine is that it makes hourly incremental backups as you work. Logging out every hour as a penalty for wanting an encrypted home folder is not very seamless.

more than 4 years ago
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BioShock 2 Released

remmelt Corporate Translation Services 2000 (209 comments)

Translating:

"Fuck you. Fuck you and the horse you rode in on. Fuck your mother, your father, your dog and your cat. Fuck your house. Fuck your job. Fuck your car, fuck your computer, fuck your gaming habit. Fuck you for buying our games. We hate you and we feel superior to you in every way conceivable. Also, we don't trust you.

Because, you know, we felt that was better for you guys all around."

more than 4 years ago
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Ursula Le Guin's Petition Against Google Books

remmelt Re:Absolutely! (473 comments)

How many writers still sell their books more than 14 years after they're first published?

more than 4 years ago
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US Youth Have Serious Mental Health Issues

remmelt Re:Meta-diagnoses (818 comments)

Same thing with the anti-depressants which are distributed like candy. Of course now that we've begun to call mental illness a "disease" it works great for the pharmaceutical companies to sell their crap. Medication for a disease, right. But mostly it's just a wrecked mental state, how can you call that disease?

How are you, Tom Cruise?

more than 4 years ago
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Whatever Happened To Second Life?

remmelt Re:Ignorant (209 comments)

> The writer of this sloppy piece did a quick dash and look, almost willfully avoiding putting in the most minimal effort it would take to really find out what's there

He "lived inside SL" for a week, albeit three years ago. You can hardly call that a quick dash and look.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Consumers To Pay For Online Piracy

remmelt Re:Summary is Wrong and Dumb (300 comments)

I don't know if you're just nitpicking, but try to see it this way.

- the recording industry lobbied for this bill
- the government passes the bill (not yet, but hypothetically)
- the bill forces raised cost for internet providers
- the cost will be passed on to customers

How is this different from a tax? And your use of scare quotes around tax makes it even more right: it definitely is a "tax".

The point is, if there would not be a recording industry or powerful lobby, this law would not have been proposed. The only reason that the recording industry is trying to get bills like this passed is because they're not making a profit like they're used to. They're not making that profit because they lost the easy (government supported!) monopoly on distribution. They lost it because the internet made it easy to copy material. The entire point of the story is that because the recording industries did not update their business model, they're not making the profit which they feel they're entitled to.

Sure, you and I know this. Slashdot knows this. Over here, it's like preaching to the choir, but you'll be amazed at how many people think that the RIAAs of this world are decent and right, while downloading the latest Britney from the Piratebay.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox 3.5 Now the Most Popular Browser Worldwide

remmelt Re:IE6? Really? (422 comments)

Or my client could pay me 'money' to create these alternate versions you speak of.

more than 4 years ago
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Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac

remmelt So? (398 comments)

What's the problem? You can buy a netbook from any number of manufacturers. If a "Mac user" really wants a netbook, he can get one as well. He could even put OSX on it, although not legally. If these Mac users really really want an Apple Mac, they've probably weighed the pros and the cons and found that the Mac has more benefits for them that make it worth lugging around a larger piece of hardware.

So, what's the exact problem? There are so many people whining about what Apple is and is not selling them, I just don't get it. Apple is doing terrific even though the economy is in a major slump. I think they're on to something.

more than 4 years ago
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The Trial of Terry Childs Begins

remmelt Re:All admins (502 comments)

Except when they still ass rape you for killing their system. Yes, this happens. You're the admin, you're responsible! Sucks to be you! Sure, you have some bullshit in writing, but who cares? Go look for another job! Oh, you want to sue us now? Go right ahead, see who has the deeper pockets.

Either way, you lose.

more than 4 years ago
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Broadband Rights & the Killer App of 1900

remmelt Re:Such a strained argument is hardly necessary (565 comments)

Why? The internet is many-to-many, but that includes one-to-many. So what if the public can talk back? Either the tv-sites are going to do something with the feedback (interactive gameshow?) or they're not going to offer a service that permits backtalk.

What's more, the internet routes around damage. TV signals don't, or at least not as easily. Given enough servers (host @ Google?) the internet is a far better way to deliver disaster updates, from a technical point of view.

What's the problem?

more than 4 years ago
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Newspapers Face the Prisoner's Dilemma With Google

remmelt Re:What? (290 comments)

...while Google's search engine 'prevents them from making decent money online... There is only one way that newspapers can break out of the prison...

Or they could find other ways to make money with news online in this new century. Looking at the Netherlands, nu.nl (Dutch online newspaper, started out as a news aggregator, employs its own journalists now) is doing fine. Bailing out of Google is bad for traffic, even if Bing would start to see more users. If there's something that newspapers do not want, it's less traffic to their sites. So, if they're not stupid, they'd find some other way to make money and just stay listed in the Google index (and with Bing and all the others).

That's a big "if", though.

more than 4 years ago
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Software Piracy At the Workplace?

remmelt For shame (1006 comments)

That's rich. First you disregard the correct terms the law has set for copyright infringement and theft of property, then you admonish people for not obeying that same law. All without the use of proper punctuation!

more than 4 years ago
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Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House

remmelt Re:What's in it? (1698 comments)

> ultimately that will screw poor people who don't have money to buy it.

You mean HEALTHY poor people.

more than 4 years ago

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