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When Libertarians Attack Free Software

ssintercept Karma Burning Friday (944 comments)

Libertarianism is basically the Marxism of the Right. If Marxism is the delusion that one can run society purely on altruism and collectivism, then libertarianism is the mirror-image delusion that one can run it purely on selfishness and individualism. Society in fact requires both individualism and collectivism, both selfishness and altruism, to function. Like Marxism, libertarianism offers the fraudulent intellectual security of a complete a priori account of the political good without the effort of empirical investigation. Like Marxism, it aspires, overtly or covertly, to reduce social life to economics. And like Marxism, it has its historical myths and a genius for making its followers feel like an elect unbound by the moral rules of their society.

And to ensure the "-1 Flamebait"...

Government is the Great Satan. All Evil comes from Government, and all Good from the Market, according to the Ayatollah Rand.

more than 5 years ago

Large Hadron Collider Scientist Arrested For al-Qaeda Ties

ssintercept Re:better safe than sorry (245 comments)

only affect Infidels; you know, those who would not buy Al-Qaeda gear

Is that anything like Mormon's Magic Underwear?


more than 5 years ago

Senate To Reconsider Wiretap Immunity

ssintercept Re:Proof once again... (222 comments)

Personally, I say, legalise it, tax it like booze and cigarettes. Turn it from a cash drain to a cash cow.

i agree. why would the government cut itself off from a huge revenue source. isnt pot in the top 5 of cash crops?

as to the first part about cops under pressure, i really dont agree. cops have a lot of leeway in enforcing law. the police were just at my apartment an hour ago for me to view a photo line up of some crack heads who robbed my buildings super. in plain view were two one hitters, a 2 foot glass bong and a pipe. we all just looked at them, then each other and smiled. i went on with the line up and they thanked me and left.

as long as you are not a pain in the ass and acting a fool, they will leave you alone. if your a dick or lying about shit, they will fuck you silly. this isnt an isolated incident, when i lived in chicago, the cops could care less about a couple of grams of weed or a pipe.

the best way to NOT get arrested is to remember cops are someones brother, sister, father or mother. dont act all indignant or self righteous and they will cut you some slack. if your an ax wielding psycho killer YMMV.

more than 4 years ago

Soviets Built a Doomsday Machine; It's Still Alive

ssintercept Re:Didn't they watch Dr. Strangelove? (638 comments)

President Merkin Muffley: But this is absolute madness, Ambassador! Why should you *build* such a thing?
Ambassador de Sadesky: There were those of us who fought against it, but in the end we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. At the same time our people grumbled for more nylons and washing machines. Our doomsday scheme cost us just a small fraction of what we had been spending on defense in a single year. The deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a doomsday gap.
President Merkin Muffley: This is preposterous. I've never approved of anything like that.
Ambassador de Sadesky: Our source was the New York Times.

more than 5 years ago

Facebook Will Shut Down Beacon To Settle Lawsuit

ssintercept Re:What a great fiction! (101 comments)

while i do not know if slashdot posts are monitored, NOVA (PBS) had an interesting documentary called -> 'The Spy Factory'.
for the truly lazy -> http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/spyfactory/program.html
here is a short synopsis -> http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/spyfactory/about.html
the most telling part is:
"NOVA follows the trail of just one typical e-mail sent from Asia to the U.S. Streaming as pulses of light into a fiber-optic cable, it travels across the Pacific Ocean, coming ashore in California, and finally reaching an AT&T facility in San Francisco, where the cable is split and the data sent to a secret NSA monitoring room on the floor below. This enables the NSA to intercept not only most Asian e-mail messages but also the entire U.S. internal Internet traffic."

more than 5 years ago

FCC Probing Apple, AT&T Rejection of Google Voice

ssintercept Re:How is this even a fucking question? (204 comments)

Apple has an *exclusive* agreement with AT&T. Google Voice competes with AT&T...exclusive agreements allow for the elimination of competition. Abuses are guaranteed by the very nature of the Apple/AT&T relationship....whether or not the abuse exists...are we going to disallow exclusive agreements between...manufacturers or not?

Are there really any...[people]...out there that honestly expect Apple to not act in their, and their business partners best interests?

i guess ATT and Apple now have an exclusive deal with slashdot for mod points.


another interesting and insightful comment that brings real questions to the discussion modded down...for what?

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Says "Don't Expect DRMed Music To Work Forever"

ssintercept terminal parapraxis (749 comments)

who stale my wilco albums.

should read as
who stole my wilco albums.

i hope those guys dont read the slashdots...

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Says "Don't Expect DRMed Music To Work Forever"

ssintercept Re:keep your customers coming back (749 comments)

i think they do care and that it is their business model. my records (LPs/vinyl) didnt last forever (scratched/ broken/warped in the back seat of my car), so i bought them on tape(8track/cassette). tape player(s) ate those. i bought cd's versions of all my albums when that format came out. again they got scratched, ex girlfriend stole them or whatever. then, through the magic of PCs i could back them up. i could burn that disc over and over and over again. i could even burn a copy for that evil bitch GF who stale my wilco albums. i just cut those fuckers (read as- music industry) out of the loop and out of a huge source of income.

more than 5 years ago

Real-World Consequences of Social Networking Posts

ssintercept Re:it was only a matter of time (451 comments)

as quoted in the the Sun-Times article Jeffrey Michael, one of the owners of Horizon, as saying, "We're a sue first, ask questions later kind of an organization."

more than 5 years ago

DHS Pathogen Lab To Be Built In "Tornado Alley"

ssintercept Re:"Hey, I know!" (275 comments)

well, if they want it on the mainland, Wyoming has the smallest population. the Big Dick Cheney would be on hand to waterboard any suspected traitors to the fatherland or Al Qaidas types (sp?) roaming around (like the turbans wouldnt stand out or anything).

but seriously, these decisions are better left to those fat cats in Washington because they know how to govern for the people, by the people, irregardless of party affiliation.

plus, think of all those jobs- construction, security (think Blackwater or Xe or whatever they are calling themselves this week), scientists (mediocre ones not snapped up by private corporations), the boon for the local housing market, FEMA could get into the action with a staging area (just in case). tourism would probably spike with all the looky loos and what not. why are you guys so paranoid about a high risk enterprise like this? as if the Feds dont know what they are doing.

so really this is about stimulating the economy. who wouldnt want to be the lucky recipient of such a well thought out gift to the american people, with the economy sputtering because it cant handle a couple percentage points of flux.

it is GOOD for everyone involved.

sleep tight Kansas, and may Jesus hold you in the palm of his hand.

more than 5 years ago

Temperature Data Wants To Be Free

ssintercept Re:This sort of thing would make anyone suspicious (489 comments)

i dont know if we have an unusual trend or not either. maybe it is a natural cycle is the way i am leaning, from the stuff i have seen. with that in mind i am no scientist and you could call me a 'joe twelve-pack'.
personally, i don't care for all the granola munching moonbeam lovin' tree huggers and there carbon credit save the earth crap. the earth has survived worse things than what we humans can throw at it. as a species here, are time is limited on the grand scale of things.
no, i am not a global warming denier. i believe it is a real. we do have some pretty concrete evidence of how warm the earth was 65 - 90 mya. i have no idea about gas diffusion and all that fancy stuff. however, 0ver 65 mya dinosaurs were frolicking in a tropical climate 300 miles from the north pole.


the following linkus thingie has references to co2 levels and there probable cause.


now, before we all get our panties in a bunch and shout out about continental drift in what not, i have a couple of scientific looking maps for you.


and you have to scroll down half way for the map on this one, the article also talks about the ocean-cycles too


and if you really want a good laugh, watch penn & tellers episode on recycling for some insight on the carbon credit scamola.
i dont know how anyone has a frame of reference on whether the weather/temperature today is unusual when you have 4.5 billion years of data to examine for trends.
i think we should just shift the calender to accommodate the later start of summer and winter.
al gore is a tool.

more than 5 years ago

AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan

ssintercept Re:Before we act too hastily.. (342 comments)

Finally, ATT sucks. Track their employees leaving the stores and beat the shit out of them, then vandalize their vehicles. Fuck man, it's obvious that they're a front for government spying. When their medical bills are greater than their paychecks and government stipends, the domestic spying will end.

finally, a rational, well thought out comment that is on topic and offers a solution.

there is nothing more to add to this discussion.

more than 5 years ago

Bing Users' Click-Through Rate 55% Higher Than Google Users'

ssintercept Re:What a surprise (268 comments)

i tried "boobs"- not only did bing show me more boobs, but there was a greater variety.
i just scrolled down and they just kept coming...

big ones
little ones
flapjack style
silicone sweater meats
even mocha swirl jugs...
it was a multi-ethnic soiree of bazoombas
and a couple of acts of fellatio for good measure.

bing wins tits up!
of course this was purely scientific and should not be tried at home.

more than 5 years ago

Bing Users' Click-Through Rate 55% Higher Than Google Users'

ssintercept Re:What a surprise (268 comments)

so..i am not the only one.
i thought of that stupid 'chandler bing' character from that insufferable 'friends' show...

more than 5 years ago

Is Jupiter Earth's Cosmic Protector?

ssintercept Re:He ain't Heavy, He's Jupiter (222 comments)

sorry to reply to my own post -
that is a link to a short video-Jupiter: Earth's Shield

more than 5 years ago

Is Jupiter Earth's Cosmic Protector?

ssintercept He ain't Heavy, He's Jupiter (222 comments)

i was under the impression that Jupiter was our protector, isn't that prevalent theory in science today? didn't Carl Sagan talk about this in Cosmos?
unless drugs have totally fried my brain- isn't Jupiter's mass (gravitational pull) what causes the huge asteroid field between Mars and Jupiter?
i had better dust off those Cosmos tapes and find my bong...

more than 5 years ago

Linus Calls Microsoft Hatred "a Disease"

ssintercept live from the Ha-Ha hut (634 comments)

that's some funny shit. sprayed a gin and tonic on my display.

you have made my week end good sir.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Exec Says, "You'll Miss Vista"

ssintercept Re:Really Now (273 comments)

hey - i got a buddy who swears that ME was the best and wants me to install it on his new shiny laptop.
laughed in his face. on second thought i should have.
he's a tool.

more than 4 years ago

Ireland Criminalizes Blasphemy

ssintercept Re:It's so very odd..... (1376 comments)

in the US you have a buttload of rights. however, the one right you don't have is not to be offended. someone who reacts with violence to someone else's words has bigger problems. for instance, anger control, self esteem issues, etc...

this bunch of "cool kids" are obviously not too cool if they are harassing another. that has nothing to do with free speech.

why turn the other cheek.

more than 5 years ago



Chicago City Council approves solar plant

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ssintercept writes "The Chicago City Council approved a 25 year land lease to Exelon Corp. and SunPower Corp. yesterday, to build a 40 acre solar power plant on the polluted and vacant International Harvester plant, in Chicago's South side West Pullman neighborhood. Brian Granahan, a spokesman for Environment Illinois, told the Daily Herald. "This has gotten a lot of support to both get rid of an eyesore and expand renewable energy." The project is expected to create 200 jobs from the construction, although once the plant is operating, only one full-time worker will be employed there. Although Chicago is behind other major cities in terms of renewable energy, is it beneficial to the city, other than a in a 'I feel good that we are saving the planet' way? source http://chicagoist.com/2009/07/30/city_council_approves_land_lease_fo.php"
Link to Original Source

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ssintercept writes "A "Geek Squad" tech support guy making a house call in Southern This story was gleaned from the Raw Feed...California's City of Industry (near Los Angeles) was caught using his camera phone to video the daughter of a customer while she was IN THE SHOWER. The geek in question, named Hao Kuo Chi, used the customer's bathroom before fixing a broken PC. He left his camera phone on "record" in the bathroom. One of the two girls who lives in the house (a minor) took a shower. When she saw the phone, she told her sister, who grabbed the removable flash card and RAN TO THE NEAREST VERIZON STORE to see the video Hao Kuo Chi had recorded. They called the Sheriff, and the rest is history (especially Hao Kuo Chi's job and freedom — he's facing two counts of invasion of privacy, and one count of child molestation). link to story- http://www.therawfeed.com/2007/04/geek-squad-tech- caught-taping-girl-in.html"



ubisoft uses crack...then ships it to customers

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 6 years ago story stolen from techdirt - Ubisoft, one of the larger video gaming companies out there, has a somewhat troubled history of overburdening its games with awful DRM<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20060331/1549225.shtml>. And, as with most DRM systems, the people it tends to hurt most are the legitimate purchasers who somehow run afoul of whatever DRM rules are in place. In this case, the Ubisoft game Rainbow Six: Vegas2 (R6V2) had some DRM that would check to see if the physical media (CD-ROM) was in the drive before it would let you play. Unfortunately, Ubisoft also offered the game as a download via IGN's Direct2Drive store. They had set it up so this would work even without the actual CD, but a recent patch didn't take that into account, and broke the game for anyone who had purchased it via D2D.

So, what does Ubisoft do? It releases a patch that isn't actually a "patch" but a well known crack that it downloaded off the internet. As TorrentFreak points out at the link <http://torrentfreak.com/ubisofts-no-cd-answer-to-drm-080718/> , according to the way companies like Ubisoft look at things, it "stole" someone else's code and passed it off as its own. And, of course, there's the somewhat delicious irony that it didn't just "steal" any code for its own use, but the very code that companies like Ubisoft insist is evil, immoral and illegal. Except, of course, when Ubisoft is in desperate need of it, apparently. from techdirt- <http://techdirt.com/articles/20080718/1117121722.shtml>


Kryptonite found in serbia

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 7 years ago from the BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6584229.stm Kryptonite is no longer just the stuff of fiction feared by caped superheroes. A new mineral matching its unique chemistry - as described in the film Superman Returns - has been identified in a mine in Serbia. According to movie and comic-book storylines, kryptonite is supposed to sap Superman's powers whenever he is exposed to its large green crystals. The real mineral is white and harmless, says Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum. "I'm afraid it's not green and it doesn't glow either - although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange," he told BBC News.


Have a video wallpaper for any version of Windows

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 7 years ago http://vistarewired.com/2007/03/08/dreamscene-on-any-computer/
Sure, you are not actually going to get Dreamscene for your PC but it doesn't matter if you're going to get the same effect right? This is exactly what VLC Player can do for you. You might or might not have heard of this program but it is a free video player that eliminates the need to download many different codecs as it already recognizes a large number of them. VLC has a built-in feature that allows you to play videos as your wallpaper. Dreamscene is only available for Windows Vista Ultimate users, but with this method, it can be made available for anyone with a copy of Windows or MacOS X Tiger. If you have a Mac, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Before we begin, please note that VLC is still not fully compatible with Windows Vista. Although this tutorial has worked for the majority of users who have tried it, it may not work for you. But before giving up, I recommend you view the updates I have made at the bottom of the post regarding problems and some of the comments I have made. Hope you enjoy this tutorial. 1) Download the latest version of VLC Player here. 2) Open your video file, right click, and choose wallpaper. You can find some great videos to use here: Winmatrix SkyTimeLapse Corbis Motion Microsoft WMV HD 3) Next step If you do not see the wallpaper option then proceed to: Settings > Preferences > Video > Output Modules > Direct X. Once you get here, check the Advanced Options box in the bottom right hand corner. The advanced options will appear. Check Enable Wallpaper Mode. Now when you right click on your videos, you should be able to see a Wallpaper option.


Satan spotted on I-15 fleeing Salt Lake City

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 7 years ago Salt Lake Tribune - Satan on I-15

Satan on I-15 Public Forum Letter Article Last Updated: 04/14/2007 01:37:01 PM MDT My family and I were driving home from my cousin's house after enjoying a nice holiday meal, when my wife and I saw a beat-up old van with the Utah license plate "666." Here it was on Easter Sunday, the one day that truly represents what Christianity is all about, an


N.C. State is Fighting the RIAA

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 7 years ago The Recording Industry Association of America has upped its campaign against N.C. State students downloading music with 23 lawsuits.(1) Originally, the RIAA was only sending letters regarding a settlement students could pay to avoid legal action. However, the organization has now sent lawsuits to 37 who elected not to settle. Student Legal Services, led by Pam Gerace, can't stress enough that students who are caught up with the RIAA have support and can fight the charges.(2) It's apparent, based on the amount of attention the University gets from the RIAA, that we are one of its main targets, and this is something we all must fight. We realize that students who engage in music piracy have done something illegal, and neither Student Legal Services nor the Technician advocates for it. However, Student Legal Services does want to make sure students are treated fairly. It is imperative that the University community makes it clear that the RIAA can't shove us around with its deep pockets, and the opposition starts with the accused -- students. If you are one of the targets of the RIAA, contact Student Legal Services immediately. Do not settle and do not attack this by yourself. The more money and victories the RIAA scrapes up from NCSU, the more it will continue to come after us.


Gunman kills 30 in rampage at Virginia university

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 7 years ago Gunman kills 30 in rampage at Virginia university - International Herald Tribune: "At least 30 people were killed and 29 were wounded Monday at Virginia Tech University in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history and one of the worst anywhere."

shortly after a frantic call for help to the campus police 911 center, state and local police, along with heavily armed SWAT Assault Teams swarmed the campus.
the first shooting reportedly occurred about 7:15 a.m. on the fourth floor of a large residence hall, Ambler Johnston. students refer to it as "Animal House."
freshman, Aimee Kanode, told the AP that "They had us under lockdown," and when "They temporarily lifted the lockdown. The gunman shot again."
the assault continued two hours later across campus, @ Norris Hall. Between the attacks - a matter that has raised immediate question - why the campus was not secured?
later, a jerky cellphone video taken by student, Jamal Albarghouti, aired on CNN, the sound of gunshots can clearly heard, after a closer-sounding shot, Albarghouti can be heard saying, "Whoa!"


amerika uber alles

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 7 years ago The Bush administration asked Congress on Friday to allow monitoring of more foreigners in the United States during intelligence investigations. The plan is among several proposed changes, which have been in the works for more than a year, that go to the heart of a major U.S. surveillance law.
The administration says the changes are intended to help the government deal with national security threats better by updating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to bring it into line with rapid changes in communications technology.
The administration also wants new provisions to ease surveillance of people suspected of spreading weapons of mass destruction internationally. And the administration wants to allow government lawyers to decide whether a FISA court order is needed for electronic eavesdropping based on the target of the monitoring, not the mode of communication or the location where the surveillance is being conducted.
One effect of such a change would be that the National Security Agency would have the authority to monitor foreigners without seeking court approval, even if the surveillance is conducted by tapping phones and e-mail accounts in the United States.
Most often used by the FBI and the NSA, the 1978 FISA law has been updated several times since it was passed, including in 2001 to allow government access to certain business records. Among other tools available now, the government can break into homes, hotel rooms and cars to install hidden cameras and listening devices, as well as search drawers, luggage or computer hard drives.


Chicago's run for the Ring/s

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 7 years ago being a chicagoan, i am very glad to hear that the city of the big shoulders (aka the windy city/ chicago) is in the race for the 2016 olympiad...Chicago has seen off Los Angeles to become the US Olympic Committee's chosen venue for the 2016 Summer Games. Chicago, which has never staged an Olympics, joins several other cities hoping to be handed the Olympic flame after London in 2012.

Madrid, Prague, Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo may be joined by Azerbaijan and Qatar in the candidates' list. n 1904, Chicago was the first city in the United States chosen by the IOC to host a summer Olympics, but the Games were switched to St Louis.


microsoft espionage and the war on piracy

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 7 years ago i am very aware of the war on rampant piracy in south east asia and russia but this story hits close to home, i frequent the forum and seek answers to my PC interests/ questions/woes, etc...thehotfix is a great resource for all computer users not just ubergeeks or microsoft 'spies' as alleged by one forum member. this opposing view amongst the anti-MS rhetoric was lambasted: --" You idiots all flame Microsoft for protecting their intellectual property, yet you forget that you're the thieves stealing the software developed by them. You can't flame them and then enjoy using their software (and your vulturous behaviour clearly indicates that you do)." -- one piracy apologist said " STFU J***C. No wonder we have spies here around And no, who says we realy enjoy MS's software?? Sometimes it's just plain oops. And MS dont give a oops and only thinks about security. We have our reasons for being pirates..." --and-- "You can say that but there's a huge difference between the hotfix and Microsoft. Maybe where the thieves but in my opinion I'm only stealing back from a company that has a worldwide monopoly and is charging ridicules prices for a single license. I have several systems for which I had to buy more than one OS license, who's the thief here?? So don't talk to me about idiots and my/our behavior, just wake up!!!" and finally an accomplice waded into the fray: -- "I gave richard access to my account to access the private Beta to leak onto the web. I have already contacted Microsoft appologised and they have termminated my access to the beta. Please stop bothering Richard Any complaints/hate mail queries ect. can be sent to Jordan@diggvista.com" --and it seems that he is congradulated for his irresponsible act with this comment -- "nice one jordan, thts real cool wot u did! [biggrin.gif] Hopefuly M$ will drop it, hav they said nething else to u app from removing u from the beta program?" i would have thought that there would have been some admonishment for bringing the heat onto thehotfix. and in all fairness the poster who manned up for the incident seemed remorseful and truly dismayed at losing his beta testing status. i respect him for being personally accountable. it seems to me that the trait for being accountable for your actions is missing in many people lately. and i would love to leave you with the most insightful post in this piracy issue: In Soviet Russia, betas leak you!


eight core mac pro

ssintercept ssintercept writes  |  more than 7 years ago Double your cores and increase your performance by as little as three to seven percent. Are Apple's hardware or software engineers to blame? NOOOOOOOO! the blame lies at the feet of the rebel Mac.heads! they were too busy fighting darth gates and defending the economic policies of obi wan iJoba in the Forum Flame Wars. too bad apple pulled of all those developers to finish work on the super cool iphone. faulty by design is a phrase that comes to mind...set phasers to flame! --sarcasm is cathartic--

http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2007/04/14/new-eight-core-mac-pro-performance-mixed-bag will auto-link a URL

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