371 posts • joined Friday 17th July 2009 20:22 GMT
Wow. The UK is getting rid of FM radio? Seriously?
I could get behind the switch over to digital TV, but FM radio? What's the point? Sure it might be better, but think of all the cars out there with suddenly useless radios. It's not like you can get a set-top box for your car.
Interesting facts, now, as in 2013, is the time when the lowest percentage of human beings are in bondage ever.
Now for the depressing part, it's also the time of the greatest raw number of slaves in human history. Almost thirty million, and that's a conservative estimate, only counting 'recognised' slaves, such as sex slaves and those in enforced servitude.
And they claim slavery is dead...
Typical. It seems like the Content Mafia is intent on shooting themselves in the foot. They fail to see that a fair copyright regime, not the current monster that is in place, will help them more than hurt them, and that by clinging to the idea of expanding at all costs they are simply making more and more enemies. The more they tighten their grip the more people will rebel.
I'm sorry but what kind of nutter changes his name to 'human' and what government agency let him?
Seems like democracy to me, people want something (in this case a website banned), people get their way.
Re: re: hate for ID
Oh please, services and companies ask for ID all the time. Don't just go saying "This is Britain, we're free". Stop living in the 19th century.
A national ID that is mandated to be accepted as valid ID would do nothing but make life easier for people.
I honestly don't get the full on hate for 'ID cards'. Honestly I'd love if Australia brought out a Federal ID card. I recently became legally blind and had to hand in my drivers licence... coz you know can't drive anymore.
Trust me, you really, really, miss having access to the defacto ID card that is a drivers licence. Passports just aren't as easy to carry around (if you've got a current one, which I don't), and other ID is hit and miss if it will be accepted, and even when it is it's generally not worth as 'much' as a drivers licence.
Try opening a bank account recently without a drivers licence? It's hellish.
I can understand people not wanting to have a mandatory ID scheme in place, especially those that grew up under dictatorships, but honestly an optional government recognised ID would be worth it's weight in gold. Hell they could even offer one that had all your different government 'permits' (drivers, truck, firearms, etc.) all on the same card.
Interesting, not a story I'd expect to hear coming out of the states, one of the Nordic countries with their focus on teaching useful skills to inmates maybe, but not the 'tough on crime' Americans.
Oh but that would require the United States to understand hypocrisy... something they've failed to do since the birth of their nation.
I'm not holding out much hope.
Shocker, people don't like being ignored... who would have guessed?
But seriously too many people spend far too much time diddling their phones. Slow down people, it wont kill you if you aren't jacked into a 24/7 stream of information.
Why shouldn't people be free to make private tapes?
I'll tell you a secret that I've discovered after many years of life... people are vindictive jerks. There are enough horror stories about 'revenge porn', leaked nudes, etc. out and about for people to maybe exercise some restraint and think "hmm maybe I shouldn't make a video of myself engaging in a sexual act with this person I've known for a few months".
Look, if you don't want a sex tape of yourself on the 'net... don't make one in the first bloody place.
Terrible law. Terrible.
I'm sure Apple is all for it of course, because it means second hand stores would lose a major source of supply (people selling their old gadgets).
I can't wait for the idiots to crawl out of the woodwork screaming "MERICA INVENTED THE INTERNETS!!! IT'S OURS!!! GET OFF IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT!!!" with more spelling mistakes of course.
Nevermind that when 99% of people online think of the "Internet" they are actually thinking about the World Wide Web which was invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British man, while working in Switzerland, who like a 'dirty commie' refused to patent his invention...
But never mind that of course.
And I thought PETA had the market cornered on own goals. I mean seriously what a bunch of idiots.
I'm a firm believe that the so-called "War on Drugs" is nothing but a massive waste of money and the problem would be better tackled by legalising the less harmful drugs (pot for example) and taxing the ever loving hell out of it, while putting money into treatment programs and focusing on the more destructive drugs and those that sell them(heroin, meth, etc).
From a practical perspective it makes sense, you free up resources to handle the really dangerous stuff at the same time as you introduce a new revenue stream (something more than a few countries desperately need) to pay for treatment programs.
But threatening police isn't a way to do it, it anti-productive and makes the job of the sane people working slowly, within the system, to legalise some drugs all the harder.
Disclaimer: I haven't smoked pot or taken any illegal substances in the last fifteen years.
How can you create a great organization of people and be that mean a person?
Ford Motor Company, founded by Henry Ford, aka a racist jew hating dick.
General Electric, founded by Thomas Edison, if you don't know how much of a jerk this guy was I despair.
I could go on all day...
Re: May work if pople want high quality
High end people will always buy legit media to support yhe high end hardware they have bought
Ha! You don't know some of the people I know then. I know people on $200-300k a year who have massive pirate movie/music/game collections and wouldn't purchase a DVD if it was 1 cent.
When will they learn... There are people out there in the wilds of the web that see any security system as a challenge, a big bunch of them don't care about piracy or anything of the like, they just want to beat it. Honestly it's like big business enjoys waving a red flag at the cryptogeek bull.
Of course everyone using Tor is a sex offender, terrorist, or international criminal! Why would a law abiding citizen care about the government reading their communications... It's not like supposedly democratic governments are using flying killbots to execute their own citizens without regard to due process...
More tactics that the SS and KGB would approve of by the 'freedom loving' American police.
Disgusting. How is shutting down your own company 'criminal' anyway? Or is it because they couldn't use their forced access to spy on Snowden that pissed them off?
Reminds me of Telco here in Australia that sent me a threatening letter over 70 cents. Yes, I under paid my final bill on a mobile account by 70 blood cents. I couldn't believe it, I honestly thought it was a prank, but none of my friends would admit to it, it wasn't until I got the second letter threatening to send it to a debt collection agency that I rang them and asked "are you bloody serious?". I paid them and made a note to never purchase from that company ever again, people that stupid don't need my money.
Telco behaving stupidly? Say it isn't so!
Honestly I've seen stuff like this before, and it just ticks me off, they really need to pull their heads in.
Re: Seems pretty switched on to me
Yeah I read that and thought "err... this man finished university (he's a teacher so he must have) and doesn't know this?"... any system designed by human beings has the capacity to be corrupted.
"individualism" is a dangerous ideology now is it?
Headmaster needs a quick slap upside the head.
Ugg. They claim the rights to the initials NSA? Really... Really? Bloody hell...
I can actually understand the logic behind protecting the seal, but the initials?...
Can we pay someone to lock him in a mental ward instead?
Yeah and they are also illegal as hell (at least where I live)... One cinema wanted to jam mobiles and got into a fair bit of trouble over it.
So law abiding citizens are being punished because of the actions of criminals? Yeah that's right... NOT.
I'm all for mobile signal blocking (god only knows why they didn't do it before hand) in prisons, but banning tiny phones because of one segment of the population is just nuts.
Honestly there are a lot of places I would accept blank mobile phone jamming, it needs to be made easier to legally do.
Maybe leave open one channel for 'approve' phones for people with demonstrable need (doctors on call for example), but they need to prove it to get their phone working in jamming zones.
America the land where a man exposing the crimes of others gets 35 years, yet the people who ruined tens of millions of lives the world over with their out and out [b]fraud[/b] don't serve a day inside...
I wonder how the yanks would feel if some Russian or Chinese company wanted to take high res photos of their capitols...
Brace man, and I applaud him.
But wouldn't his comments be taken as breeching the gag order? I'm sure the
Gestapo FBI is already on it's way to have a chat.
Americans... Here in Australia it would elicit a laugh, hell we had a hit movie called 'Wog Boy' and no-one bitched about it.
I really fail to see the difference between Iran spying it's people's email and the yanks monitoring mine...
Re: I agree with your premise as well....as a naturalized american.
I think the US needs to focus on fixing our own house and leave the others to do the same. We do not/should not want to be the worlds babysitter and the world should not want us to wipe their noses.
Err.. Most of us DO have our 'houses' in order, we don't spy on tens of millions of private citizens of other nations, our governments need... ya know WARRANTS to spy on our own citizens.
How about you freaking yanks get your noses OUT of our private affairs huh? How about you deal with your shitty third world hellhole, you gun crime, homelessness, shitty healthcare, and other bollocks first.
Where the HELL do you get off looking into the private information of Australians, British, French, Germans, etc.
And you wonder why the rest of the world hates you...
You know what really shits me about all those polls and their results? It's all about how yanks feel about their government spying on other yanks... What about the rest of the freaking world? They were spying on citizens of their closest allies and we're just suppose to accept that bullshit?
What a moron... really into the 'American' principles of freedom and democracy isn't he? How dare sovereign nations consider offering sanctuary to people... oh right anyone who is 'against' the US is 'evil'.
Typical political hypocrisy... I'm honestly amazed they didn't charge with his treason, as defined by the U.S Constitution that's "giving aid or comfort to the enemy" and we all know that politicians consider The People to be The Enemy now.
I honestly don't get the big deal, I own a copy of it, it's something everyone with an interest in history and politics should read, alongside The Prince, 1984, A Brave New World, Farenheit 451, etc.
Oh and if you want a good laugh consider this: All those Neo-Nazis who buy the book? The German state of Bavaria owns the rights to the book (until 2015, when it goes into the public domain) and all the royalties collected go to charity, including Jewish groups.
It depends on the information but I can definitely understand withholding information from services not hosted in Australia. Things like Google Docs were I store notes, half finished story ideas, and stuff like that I really don't care who whose law it's subject too, but stuff like medical records, financial records, etc. I definitely want to be subject to Australian law and regulation only.
I don't think it's unreasonable either. Leaving aside all the NSA stuff, I really don't want private companies having the ability to share my information amongst themselves.
Exceptionally well written!
It's a crying shame when a nation that once a guiding light of freedom and liberty has lost it's way. When I was in school we were taught about the influence of the American constitution on our very own Australian constitution, and it was held up as one of the land mark documents of history... to see such a nation behaving in ways more reminiscent of Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany is just sad.
I saw it last night and while there was a lot of hype, it was still an interesting watch. There was some American dude on there saying we 'need to hit back!', of course he works for a private company selling 'offensive cyber weapons' so I'll take that with a grain of salt... but what do we steal? Most everything China has is stuff they've got from western companies!
It sounds great... if it only effects 'trolls'... but what happens if someone who is actually in the right ends up on the bad side of this law, and from the way it's worded I could see that happening with ease.
Honestly I'm not sure if it's intended to be a scam or not. Oh it's definitely a scam, it will fold in it on itself, there is zero chance this will work, but the question is do the people in charge know this, or are they dreamers?
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