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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

taustin Re:Can't DRM or Root Kit Vinyl (278 comments)

The fine print on the record sleeve outlines your license agreement (that you agreed to by opening the sleeve), which says that you will not make unauthorized copies or sell the record to anyone who will.

You are apparently unfamiliar with the first sale doctrine. Such "license agreements" date back at least a century (when book publishers tried similar things to keep people from selling used books), and have been shot down by the courts pretty much every single time.

about three weeks ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

taustin Re: And also cannot... (755 comments)

I believe the dispute was mainly of the distribution of money.

Which is to say, just like most other church schisms.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

taustin Re:And also cannot... (755 comments)

If you agree, publicly, that the vast majority of theists aren't wingnuts, sure.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

taustin Re:And also cannot... (755 comments)

You seem to be have some kind of demonic picture in your head about what an atheist is.

If I do, it's because that's what I see from pretty much everyone who calls themselves an atheist. I can only comment on what I see.

Simply not believing in a deity does not magically transform everyone into a cunt, you know.

Perhaps you're confusing cause and effect. Maybe being a cunt magically transforms you in to an atheist.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

taustin Re:The idea or concept of god... (755 comments)

Which is not the same thing as denying they exist. My question stands.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

taustin Re:And also cannot... (755 comments)

Do you feel manly when you make fun of people on the internet? Does it make your dog horny to see you so masculine and shit?

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

taustin Re:And also cannot... (755 comments)

I'm not Christian. Never claimed to be. So stop lying about what other people have said. Atheists seem to do that a lot. Just like the wingnuts at the other end of the spectrum. Honestly, I can't tell them apart. Since I can't be bothered to take either seriously enough to actually listen to their drivel.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

taustin Re:And also cannot... (755 comments)

There is a recognized atheist church in the United States. Tax exemptions and everything. In fact, they've recently had a schism, so technically, there's two atheist churches. At least.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

taustin Re:The idea or concept of god... (755 comments)

... violates how language works, when one defines a concept in language it's drawn from the environment, there is no "god" to point to in our environment. If I say house I can point to it, if I say car, I can point to it. The same cannot be said for god.

I'm curious. Are you saying that you can point to, say, love, beauty, or freedom? Or are you saying that they don't exist?

What a sad, empty life it would be, to live in a world without abstract concepts.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

taustin Re:And also cannot... (755 comments)

And they say atheists can't be fundamentalist extremist asshole, too.

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

taustin Re:Idiot Alert x2 (386 comments)

Well, at least it wasn't Bennett Hasselton.

about a month ago
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Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

taustin Re:Liability? (90 comments)

Yeah, and I'd totally be able to afford and prevail in a legal battle with Google.

That's the biggest reason to have insurance. That way, you don't have to deal with it, your insurance company will. And they will fight tooth and nail because Google has very deep pockets.

about a month ago
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Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

taustin Re:controls (90 comments)

And while they may, indeed, somebody be able to get rid of them, it won't be for a generation or more, and that has far more to do with insurance and liability than safety.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

taustin Re:What is the problem here? (137 comments)

The order isn't against any person or entity in Ireland. It is against a US company, and US employees, who can access the data from their desks in the US. Under US law, it is certainly a valid order. Under Irish law, it is not. There is a conflict that the US prosecutor (and judge) do not want to (or can't, under current law) address. No matter what Microsoft does, they will break the law somewhere.

This is a surprisingly (for the source) thoughtful account of things so far, and explains the reasoning behind the order.

I doubt you will bother to ready it, and likely won't understand it if you do, and certainly won't care, but there it is.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

taustin Re:A matter of procedure... (137 comments)

There are provisions that the Irish government has apparently said would be the right way to go. But the US courts are a lot more lax on standards of probably cause, apparently, and for reasons unknown, prosecutors do not want to show their cards to the Irish courts.

about a month ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

taustin Re:The best gift? (113 comments)

He's a blowhard who takes himself far, far more seriously than anyone else does. And has no off switch.

He desperately wants to matter. And doesn't.

about a month and a half ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

taustin Re:The best gift? (113 comments)

I've never taken him seriously because the first time I ever heard of him was when he was running his web site with instructions on how to bypass parental filtering software. Mind you, nothing wrong with that, but he whined like a little girl when that web site got blocked by the very software he was trying to help people defeat.

Like a little girl.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

taustin Re:Extradition (192 comments)

There actually is a treaty that would allow prosecutors to go to a Irish court and get a search warrant. Why they haven't done so, nobody knows (though I suspect the standards of probable cause are stricter in Ireland).

about a month and a half ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

taustin Re:Spanish taxis drivers against: public buses (280 comments)

Given the unemployment (about 25%), and some generally fucked up bankruptcy laws (you can't bankrupt a mortgage, for instance, no matter how underwater you are), Spain has some pretty serious problem, and it shows.

However, it's not a very good comparison to, well, anywhere else in the world.

about a month and a half ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

taustin Re:Insurance? (280 comments)

But not commercial drivers licenses, or vehicle registration. And their insurance will hang them out to dry when they have a police report that says the driver was operating an illegal taxi service without the proper license. And US states, at least, are increasingly enacting regulations specifically to classify Uber and similar services as a livery service, which is a commercial use, This requires commercial license, as noted above.

Also, apparently, Uber's insurance only covers the passengers, pedestrians, and the other guy's vehicle. Not the Uber drivers's vehicle, which still isn't covered by their own personal insurance while they are driving for a livery service. And Uber's insurance only applies if their driver is at fault. If you get in an accident with an uninsured driver (and about 25% of California's drivers are, last I heard) who is at fault, you can sue the other guy for money he'll never, ever have, but neither Uber's nor their driver's insurance will ever give you a penny.

Insurance is the biggest gotcha on this kind of service. The most likely risk to bite you in the ass. And if it does, odds are, you're bankrupt, at best. Enjoy your cheap, illegal taxi ride, there, butch.

about a month and a half ago

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