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Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide

slyguy135 Re:Have some shame (589 comments)

Very interesting response, but I just want to point out that Primo Levi also eventually committed suicide...

about a year and a half ago

Why Is Wikipedia So Ugly?

slyguy135 Isn't Wikipedia licensed under a CC licence? (370 comments)

So anyone can go ahead and make a "beautiful" version of Wikipedia, right?

What's that? Oh, the curious sound of crickets mixed with tumbleweed.

(But I do wish it was much easier to correct very minor mistakes, like typos, just by clicking on the text to make it editable, like the descriptions under [one's own] Flickr photos).

more than 2 years ago

BT Promises 300Mbps FTTP By 2012

slyguy135 Re:So what? Hong Kong has this already (121 comments)

I'm not saying the whole of England should have this (although see a nearby comment about how they do this in the Netherlands even in rural places), but I'm pointing out it's feasible technologically and there's no excuse why city centres don't have this yet.

more than 2 years ago

BT Promises 300Mbps FTTP By 2012

slyguy135 Re:So what? Hong Kong has this already (121 comments)

I knew someone would say this...

I'm sure some parts of NYC must be as dense as my area in HK, and even in London there are very wealthy areas which could easily afford this.

The trial will be in *Kesgrave*, for goodness' sake! Why!? I lived in the UK for decades and had never heard of it!

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Spying Devices Installed On Hong Kong Cars

slyguy135 Re:the source... (171 comments)

100% correct, and exactly what I was going to write.

Isn't HK great? ;)

more than 3 years ago

Open Source After 12 Years

slyguy135 Re:Free sharing far pre-dates RMS (174 comments)

The catalyst was actually The Copyright Act of 1976 which brought software under the copyright regime, and Stallman's travails at the AI Lab at MIT with Symbolics. A good source is the well-written and fascinating, and particularly Chapter 9 (

more than 3 years ago

Apple Forces Steve Jobs Action Figure Off eBay

slyguy135 Re:"Celebrity"? (233 comments)

"Let me make the argument another way. Say your wife is sleeping with another man. Obviously, they are having an affair. However, you never agreed to such things, and never endorsed them. You can't sue for breach of contract, as that's not how marriage works. Such a thing is obviously wrong and unethical. Thus, there is a law intended to prevent such things."

A car analogy is also needed but I'll let someone else do that.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Forces Steve Jobs Action Figure Off eBay

slyguy135 Re:Normal and good (233 comments)

> Some of the comments on TFA are completely off the deep end, and I (foolishly) hope we don't end up with the same.

And then you join them in the very next paragraph!

more than 3 years ago

Google Warning Gmail Users On Spying From China

slyguy135 Re:China shouldn't have been allowed to join the W (215 comments)

This idea that China is a super-villain and the US is a superhero is based off of myth, nationalism and ignorance,


we are no better than the Chinese.

Wrong (and hence a non sequitur as a bonus).

more than 3 years ago

The Effect of Snake Oil Security

slyguy135 Re:It's the OS, stupid (110 comments)

> That is of course assuming the increased number of users using alternative OSes do not do stupid shit like run as root or change login users to have root level access.

Which was grandfather's point. [My ol' gramps always was a smart one].

about 4 years ago

Avoiding GM Foods? Monsanto Says You're Overly Fussy

slyguy135 Re:2 words for Monsanto... (835 comments)

[citation needed], otherwise it just looks like extreme FUD to a neutral observer, e.g. me.

more than 4 years ago

GNU Emacs Switches From CVS To Bazaar

slyguy135 Re:Cathedral & the Bazaar? Irony? (198 comments)

I thought you wrote "Emacs development was of the Cathedral style, but that changed with the switch from RMS to CVS" and nodded along happily...

(I will say 10 "Hail Stallmans" tonight to repent).

more than 4 years ago

Insurance Won't Cover Smartphones, When Pricey Alternatives Exist

slyguy135 Idea (419 comments)

So accept the more expensive machine, sell it, and buy an iphone or whatever it is you want. Profit?!?! (Something like that, right?)

about 5 years ago


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