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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

therealkevinkretz travel restrictions != aid delivery restrictions (231 comments)

What an oversimplified analogy. Limiting certain people's travel from Western African countries doesn't mean limiting aid to those places.

yesterday
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

therealkevinkretz Re: Moo (150 comments)

First, to be clear: It's illegal to distribute a tool primarily intended to circumvent DRM only if it "has limited commercially significant other uses or is marketed for the anti-circumvention purpose".

And yeah, I agree that it's stupid.

about three weeks ago
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

therealkevinkretz Re: Moo (150 comments)

It is not illegal (in the US) to circumvent copy protection (DRM) if it's not for the primary purpose of violating copyright.

about three weeks ago
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

therealkevinkretz Re: Moo (150 comments)

Isn't converting legitimately owned content from one medium to another covered under fair use?

about three weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

therealkevinkretz the solution: (651 comments)

Ban "Assault Lathes"!

about a month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

therealkevinkretz Re:"stashes its cash" (365 comments)

There's a difference between actually generating revenue in a place (say, selling copies of Office) and using your "shuffling" and "loopholes" to make revenue end up somewhere else on paper. Whatever your preconceptions, it's clear that the US tax policy is different than nearly every other country. When $ can't be brought into the US without penalty, less will be spent/invested here.

There is another bunch of idiots who think in terms of " 'not confiscating more lawfully earned/obtained money from people' is synonymous with 'putting more money into [their] hands' "

about a month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

therealkevinkretz "stashes its cash" (365 comments)

Only the US charges income tax on profits from foreign subsidiaries which have already been taxed abroad. Besides being unfair, such a disincentive to bring the money into the US obviously discourages the spending and employing here that could be done with it.

about a month ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

therealkevinkretz Jeez. (1262 comments)

I think this over-the-top PC trend is mostly shallow self-crongratulatory (or self-flagellating) mental masturbation - and the groups engaging in it are in their own feedback loop, in frenzied agreement with each other. It's like blaming domestic volence on old silent movies where the good guy saves the woman ties to the railroad tracks.

BUT

Threats and intimidation are wholly unacceptable responses to pretty much *any* idea or (non-violent) opinion or position. Such a response to something that might seem shallow and silly is not only unacceptable, but has the unintended consequence of giving credibility to the silliness.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

therealkevinkretz Multiple iPhones? (182 comments)

Why not just give them multiple SIM cards?

about 2 months ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

therealkevinkretz Not "Koch-backed" (531 comments)

RTFA - there's no association with the Koch boogeymen other than that the president of the "astroturf group" used to work for a group which did have Koch ties.

The author of the article expressly states that he doesn't know who funds the group. Its title is inaccurate and irresponsible.

about 2 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

therealkevinkretz Re:Free market (257 comments)

Perfect: Adam Smith supports a flat tax ("The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state"). Do you?

about 2 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

therealkevinkretz Re:Free market (257 comments)

I'm more against government having unaccountable powers (which this is a good example of) than I am ultra-pro-capitalism.

about 2 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

therealkevinkretz Re:Free market (257 comments)

bought-and-paid-for politicians using the law to favor their friends isn't "the free market"

about 2 months ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

therealkevinkretz Why not Audi? (317 comments)

My Audi does this. Why isn't the VW Group on the defendants list?

about 3 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

therealkevinkretz Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

Still works for me

about 3 months ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

therealkevinkretz Re: Tits and swords (153 comments)

You had me at "tits and swords". Actually, you had me at "tits".

about 4 months ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

therealkevinkretz Re: Speculation... (455 comments)

Coercive laws forbidding direct sale to consumers and requiring they be sokd through dealerships is the *opposite* of capitalism.

about 4 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

therealkevinkretz Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

No, I'm suggesting one should adhere to the same standard he asks of someone with whom he disagrees. And your claim was made precisely in support of the argument that gun ownership has been declining.

Which, BTW, is incorrect. Not only is ownership not declining, but new purchases are increasing. So gun ownership is not only increasing but accelerating.

http://www.washingtontimes.com...

about 5 months ago
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Priceline To Buy OpenTable For $2.6 Billion

therealkevinkretz Re:What "ass"tounding value (43 comments)

"it works without a network connection"?

Funny then how reservation informatoin about my friend's restaurants aren't available when they lack internet connectivity.

about 5 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

therealkevinkretz Re:Somewhere in my mind... (337 comments)

*They* know the difference. Most people, hearing QoS described, wouldn't.

about 5 months ago

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