* Posts by Desidero

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Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

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Re: Bill Hicks..

Yes, the no-name down-market Hicks Shit is definitely more personable than the high cost Brand Shit, more flexible, durable, even re-usable. I saw Hicks shit once, and it was one of the funniest things I ever saw (he probably had a similar impression, as I was balanced between stalls with my bulging eyes sticking over the opening that was barely big enough to squeeze my head through). Laughing, dancing turds doing impersonations of the Rockettes (but with cigarettes in their ummm... mouthlike orifices) and little snippets of Springtime for Hitler (if you've never seen poop-laden lederhosen short-shorts, well, it was a treat, almost as good as their floater sailboat skipper routine) - slicker than whale shit in an ice floe, as Robin Williams used to say.

As for influence, I'd have to disagree - sadly, these turds could barely make their way in show business - no knack for the glad handing, back slapping side of the business (if you can imagine), and while they made a noted mark in the short run, they were gradually pushed aside for more economical, eco-friendly turdlets and the trend towards efficiency supermodels - American Big Lots' influence, you know, along with those special Chinese container ships that can stack up big ol' logs like firewood. The curmudgeonly might say the Hicks' spawn were the more talented, and certainly cuter, but you can't fight progress nor City Hall - sadly, Hicks' shit went the way of the buffalo once strewn across the prairies of the great wide open.

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Re: The Hicks particle

Yeah, I knew Jesus when he was still alive, before the "32 club" - much edgier & more unhinged. Now you get all these fanbois & goils into some post-mortem trip, t-shirts and all that Che Guevera or Bob Fucking Marley hippie gloss to make him mainstream - few know he was more comfortable as a skinhead Oi Boy (sans Doc Martins - insane to wear those kind of boots around the Dead Sea unless you're IDF). And I all but expected when the gospels came out, they were gonna cut his cross-and-fellatio act, instead focusing on the limp "turn the other cheek" stuff - hey, that was just when he was cutting his teeth on the borsch circuit in Judea's version of the Catskills - fat old ladies wearing cocktail dresses 3 sizes too small and he's gotta make 'em think he's the friendly kid next door. The real Jesus could curse like a true sailor on a 3-day shoreleave - even that swine rushing into the pond thing - he thought it was just a mischievous larf, better than tapping mailboxes, and then he gets all these promoters around going "Brilliant, effin' brilliant - now the wild geese". Fucking posers and bloodsuckers.

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'Private' biz Xiaomi sets up Communist Party exec committee

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WTF?

Xiaomi the way to go home....

Xiaomi the way go home...

I'm tired and I want a mobile set

I had a committee meeting just an hour ago

And it's still not ended yet

Marketing by committee -

meeting quotas by 130% since 1949.

Let a thousand ringtones boom,

the great beep forward

The Long (smart) Watch...

Velly Telly of U,

Mao's Little Red (non-Mac) Book

Don't mind us -

We're just helping Capitalism

with a Chinese face

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How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

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Re: Suffering artists

Art is a job. Sadly, kids mowing yards get paid a few bucks an hour, while artists are seen as philanthropists giving what they do for free or dirt unlivable wages. It's not that they're "owed a living" or that there's "oversupply" - it's that the cash register and front door for artists are intentionally left open. When they call 911, well, that only applies to banks and record labels - individuals just look like Flavor Flav twitching on the pavement.

But don't worry - this is the future of all software programming as well, except there you might presume an oversupply. In any case, hardware makes money; software is free; wetware is decomposing as we speak.

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Re: No cracking needed

Talk to Fabrice Bellard, a certified genius and founder of ffmpeg under a pseudonym to avoid RIAA or others suing him. Whether ffmpeg re-created Fraunhofer's work or just sounded good enough, I believe it was the main force in turning MP3 into the lossy format of choice (being used in VLC and mplayer and then, well, everything).

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Yes, Apple takes your first 3 months and you have to hope you have any pay coming after month 3 - most hit singles fade pretty quickly, so most artists would get squat.

Kudos to Taylor Swift.

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AssangeTM says Sweden squibbed on promised interview

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Re: I still don't get it

I'd guess no one at the top would want to be seen as Obama's poodle, and a minor kerfluffle over the torture of British nationals - http://www.theguardian.com/law/2012/oct/19/torture-uk-britain-blood-government - didn't go so well last time. Whereas Sweden's just one of those free love, unaffiliated socialist states - who could accuse *them* of untoward business?

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He's not quite hiding - everyone knows where he is.

He is protecting himself - not everyone has benign intentions - surprisingly I'm sure not even Uncle Sam.

However, aside from taking a shit, most things I do these days are planned at least a week in advance. Microsoft and Google have given us digital calendars to handle the heavy lifting, and airlines even reward us by giving us less than extortionary prices by booking a week or more ahead.

In any case, this standoff has been in place several years, and if there was an agreement in March to finally do an interview and the prosecutor waited until last week to finally ask for a time this week, that's certainly presumptious and incompetent - yes, a diplomatic unit or the country itself might want to prepare good and well to prevent any unfortunate fallout from such a heated and high-profile situation. I'm sure it doesn't affect Assange, but his keepers have their considerations, and Ms. Judge/Jury/&Executioner could at least help them plan the hanging properly (even those are booked ahead of time to fly in extra seats and dignitaries - except for Hussein's of course, but we were in a hurry)

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Perhaps she'd heard Assange was into fast hookups - 1 week seems like an eternity in that case.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: Bit Sneaky. Reprinting That Particular Article During Dabbsy's Absence

Oh, we can do that as well - start with the gut rot and move to the rotgut - put a little shine on the complexion.

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Re: Bit Sneaky. Reprinting That Particular Article During Dabbsy's Absence

Gramaphone as in Grandma/Grams - you gotta get the southern vibe just to go there. but don't worry, she can drink you under the table with corn whiskey while cobbling up a nice helping of cobbler. Put that in your corn cob pipe.

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Re: Bit Sneaky. Reprinting That Particular Article During Dabbsy's Absence

William Faulkner was a die-hard fan of Jack Daniels and wrote more erudite and indecipherable prose than James Joyce could even phantasize about. So piss off with that misplaced elitist whiskey zeal and understand it's the hallucinatory experience *PLUS* the smacking of lips & loving slurge down the gullet that leaves us enthralled with whatever we're partaking, and while "your mileage may vary", undoubtedly longer miles still win. (and yes, a guy who writes about taking granny's coffin across miles of flooded back-running tributaries as the corpse rots inside along with the irredeemable ugly cruelty of the Snopes clan is certainly dear to my queer fascinations, along with "A Rose for Emily" which might as well have been the inspiration for Psycho). BTW, Keef the Richards was also seen to sport a fifth or two of JD in his time, and I think he's even beknighted. Stick that in your gramaphone.

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Why did Snowden swipe 900k+ US DoD files? (Or so Uncle Sam claims)

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Re: A large Quantity of documents...

I have a speed-reading course to recommend you - read War & Peace in 3.5 minutes tops, the 2014 Congressional record in a longish bathroom break, the CIA code of honor in 1.7 seconds...

If we're going to stay on top of all these leaks, we better step up our game - through speedlearning!!! (Postage may apply)

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Re: I know I'm in a minority on here

I don't care about "jumped up tech".

I do care about the insinuation that people knew what was going on. It's become clear in the last 2 years that even Congress didn't know what was going on, and that the CIA/FBI/NSA & GCHQ when convenient play a shell game and pass the soap, with none of the accountability that was legislated taking hold.

Marcie Wheeler has pointed out numerous times how they play these rules, how they even refuse to implement directives for a decade with no repercussions. And of course they string out FOIAs for years and even directly lie to judges and Inspector Generals and Congressfolk, and yet the only ones who ever go to jail are... whistleblowers!!! Amazing how someone can brutally murder someone outside their job can go unpunished, but someone who reports that murder is hurting national security. They manage to say that these illegal activities are "rogue" and "unauthorized" yet reporting these supposedly rare and unsanctioned acts - whether the murder or the direct violation of privacy on a massive scale - is wrong because those rogue unsanctioned acts are confidential? If a CIA agent bludgeoned her husband to death, is that still a state secret for some reason? Why then all these other violations of CIA rules?

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Spaniards get that cinking feeling

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Cue up "The Ketchup Song", the best homage to Spanish-bastardized English evuh.

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Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible

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Carrying around a keyboard dock as a spare battery just in case? No thanks - Bluetooth that lasts 85 hours is fine with me (that's how my iPad keyboard works), and I have a reasonably 5000mAh palm-sized charger for $20 if I'm worried about tablet running out.

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Who's the big Swiss bunch that wants to take Sir Jony's lunch? It's... SWATCH!

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Headmaster

" lead by consumer electronics giants... " - AAARRGGGHHHH - "lead" is a heavy element, "led" is past-tense of the verb "lead", as well as the first term in a long-defunct heavy metal band's name.

Even the NY Times can't keep this simple mistake off its pages - why oh why? Its [sic] a crying shame. Even now, someone's adding "your" as smartphone/blog-synonymous to "you are" in the Funk & Wagnalls' guide to speed butchering the language. Who'd of [sic] thunk it?

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Use your Apple gizmos only for good, says Tim Cook

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Before the iPhone, mobile phones lacked compassion - key on Steve's path to enlightenment. Into the Dharma we go...

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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It's a shame to kill a Mockingcow.

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

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Re: the television next year and the automobile by 2020

They'll be competing with Monsanto in genetically modified grains by the end of the decade, mark my words (then forget them): iSpray - proprietary solution to keep down bugs and lock in farmers. Will replicate to neighboring farmers to result in added licensing fees.

Similarly will develop a portable nuclear power plant, iNuke. No user maintainable parts inside, known for great power life, uranium pellets only available at AppleStore.

Focused on 2025, Apple will launch its own basketball team guaranteed to make a huge profit, though whether it's a good team or not will be the subject of much bickering, since the team will only play in its own special league rather than those icky publicly viewed matches.

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Facebook 'fesses up to running an ideological echo chamber

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I only read The Reg because everyone here agrees with me. Vote me up, fellas!

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No, really, that 12.9-inch MaxiPad is totally on the way now

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It's Apple's entry into planned obsolescence/disposable technology.

Like a hockey puck & perhaps its namesake, you throw away after 3 periods.

Not sure where the author got Apple's success lines, but iPad, iPod and probably Mac desktop have all taken a dive of late (we don't see desktop figures broken out anymore, but certainly the server is gone and desktop upgrades are far between - MacPro?). What about Mac mini? AppleTV?

More hype please.

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MAID to order: Inside Facebook's cold-storage data ziggurats

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Re: Perfect for medical image data

Disk Archive already sells the ALTO off-the-shelf for petabyte spun-down near-online storage (<10secs), focused mostly on video & large image. And yes, they avoid RAID.

Not sure if they've addressed the, ahem... 1 Terabyte "cat" photos which seems a bit too close for say comfort or propriety.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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"Beats" is copyrighted, and Apple's already restricted non-native binaries. Plus, OpenBSD under iOS already has cron.

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Re: The Apple logo is an apple...

"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" of course . And of course we androids are robots - probably hard to make Harrison Ford or Rutger Bauer recognizable as an icon much less get rights.

(my "smart phone" inserted "we" all on its own - maybe trying to tell me something)

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If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware still on top?

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I was left pondering whether that monkey could actually wig out if he'd been lobotomized, and if the crack actually cut through the stupor, shouldn't it be considered "good"? The Reg has become quite the site for contemplating life's deepest meanings... through your nose.

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Give Jay-Z's Tidal tune stream thing a chance, says indie label boss

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Re: saturation...

A lot of music from 40 years ago sounds horribly dated. There's always room for updated sound, and always room for a better melody, groove, wall of sound or occasionally an intelligent lyric might sneak through ( but poetry is a major casualty in today's market).

If things get too poppy, a new Throbbing Gristle or Einstuerzende Neubaten will come along to destroy. The music biz does invoke its own grim reapers.

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Re: The only money in music...

Simon Cowell keeps people glued to the TV for unknown acts - roughly akin to Don Kirschner in the 60's. Whether I like most of the acts, it encourages people to make their own music rather than sampling or listening to archaic Beatles and U2 mp3's. Sure, I'd rather they played instruments too, but most these days can't be bothered with heavy lifting and practice.

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Gwyneth Paltrow flubs $29 food stamp dare, swallows pride instead

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Re: eat this

I thought Soylent Hummus was people? Should be cheaper than lime and kale, as life is cheap in the inner city. At least I think that's been the bent of cheap subsistence payouts.

Update: certainly she's not eating plain "Soylent Green" which is standard fare for standard folks. Soylent Hummus is *exotic* people, suitable for an actress of her caliber.

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Re: eat this

I thought Soylent Hummus was people? Should be cheaper than lime and kale, as life is cheap in the inner city. At least I think that's been the bent of cheap subsistence payouts.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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""The shooting scene is contained and we do not believe it is related to terrorism" - WTF? I suppose it's only "terrorism" if brown-skinned prayer-rug people are involved? Someone call Merriam & Webster, got an update to make.

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Re: Politicizing technology

See - Hillary Derangement Syndrome's got you as well.

Jump the shark from an offsite email server to approving of Islamic State.

Have a lovely sharkety day.

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Politicizing technology

More to the point,

1) Karl Rove & cronies illegally used private email to plan & cover up the political firing of 70 attorneys, with the Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' knowledge. No one charged or censured.

2) Republican aides in Congress hacked into the Democrats' file store and kept this little advantage secret for some time... No one charged or censured.

3) The NSA was (illegally) tapping into Congressional emails to find out what they were saying about... the NSA. No one charged or censured.

Hillary is accused of using her email to... something. like not commit hara-kiri in front of a witch-hunt committee on Benghazi*, or anything else that Hillary Derangement Syndrome demands.

*The Benghazi witch-hunt was started to look into why the Administration didn't see a terrorist link in Benghazi, even though the 1st day and ever-after, Susan Rice said the protest had been co-opted by armed extremists & that despite initially no indication of it being pre-planned or external Al Qaeda involvement, *we still don't know, still being investigated*

In a sane world, checks on misuse of technology would be a good idea. In a politicized braindead & vindictive world, it's just fodder for petty tyrants. Points to Hillary. Screw 'em.

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CIA re-orgs to build cyber-snooping into all investigations

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Emptywheel

The ever insightful Marcie Wheeler weighs in:

https://www.emptywheel.net/2015/03/07/in-2015-cia-will-proactively-respond-to-the-digital-revolution/

Key is "who's going to read all this cyberdata once you fired all your translators/language experts to hire cyber experts?" ok, she didn't quite say it like that - close. In any case, expect nice looking graphs and Powerpoints.

Missing was Brennan's top-secret directive #5, "Hold more meetings."

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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Re: I can't pronounce it...

Sorry, but /ž/ is more like the j in French "bon jour".

Shortened version is smažak, not smazak.

Skipping the tartar sauce makes for incomplete fried cheese - i.e. it's required.

Edam is the normal one; hermelin/camembert is more yuppie & strange, too soft (sometimes made with a slice of ham inside) and will really harsh a hangover, which of course is when you're likely to eat smaženy syr.

Probably mozzarella works in place of Edam, but goat cheese? yuck. Of course I wouldn't put tartar on goat cheese either.

Boiled potatoes are the norm (without skins, please), but street stands typically offer fries (hranolky, or basically "potatoes in shape of little geometrical prisms") and a tasteless bun to stuff the cheese in.

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

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Re: I'm wondering

Please, "crispy Pi"

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FBI-baiter Barrett Brown gets five years in chokey plus $890,000 fine

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Re: Desidero

Hardly sanctifying - first I think government messes with everyone, from tasing 13-year-olds for not listening to their Mums and old ladies for not getting out of a baseball game seat or not signing a ticket. Second, as Swartz notes, depression is highly prevalent - I imagine % is higher among people with run-ins with the law. So every time the gov tries to intimidate a suspect, they may have 50% chance of messing with someone who's depressed or psychologically unbalanced. They know this when they try to entrap stupid kids into doing "terrorist acts" that they would have never carried out unless someone undercover organized it, brought the chemicals/weapons, drove them to the site, etc. - otherwise they would have stayed on their couch doing another bong-hit or going to rally and screaming "hey-ho, hey-ho, X has got to go" and then going home to do another bong-hit.

Third, I know the sentencing criteria is arbitrary and typically max sentences are not what's given - but this game of roulette favors the prosecutors, not the accused - a hanging judge in Texas can send a mentally retarded man to die, another in DC will send a reporter to jail because DoJ wanted to prove a point and then let prosecutors lie in court without repercussions or in this case a single public URL linked to gets multiplied to a count per credit card number found on the site. How much will a depressed intimidated suspect on a tilted playing field resist even if they think their position is entirely justified or willing to take a reasonable but not "cruel & unusual"? (though "unusual" is no longer operative).

Look at "abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances", which government regularly does with protesters. Or the paid (bribed) absurd extension of 80-100 year copyrights that Swartz was fighting?

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Re: Desidero Club Fed

Handling two in one, 1) he already signed an agreement that he can work in jail (just not make money on what he's sentenced for), and 2) yeah, he already has streetcred, which is the opposite of having his head so far up the government arse it hurts. Maybe you were thinking "streetcrud".

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Stratfor may be wannabe - their talk about assassinations and such is probably pure DC bluff - but Endgame Systems seems to have been selling Zero Day exploit subscriptions for $2.5 million a year. That's a lot of cash for what one would guess is a sanctioned illegal hacking program - Anonymous' big mistake seems to be working too cheap and for the wrong customer(s) - forget moral equivalence, there ain't much in the way of morals here.

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Re: 100 years for "concealing laptops"?

From the Vice article:

Keep in mind, Barrett is facing a 45-year sentence under one indictment that alleges he shared a link to illegally obtained, hacked information. In contrast, the individual actually found guilty of hacking the data is serving a sentence of ten years.

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Re: 100 years for "concealing laptops"?

Wired explains the tougher sentencing:

http://www.wired.com/2015/01/barrett-brown-sentenced-5-years-prison-connection-stratfor-hack/

The judge, however, pushed back on the government’s attempt to increase Brown’s sentence in this way and decided to postpone sentencing until he could review all of the arguments thoroughly.

“In all the trials I’ve been a part of … and they’re all complex cases … I’ve never seen a judge take a time-out to issue his sentence,” Ghappour said on the eve of today’s sentencing in a phone interview. The move gave him hope that the judge was taking extra care to get the sentencing right and not be unduly swayed by the government’s forceful arguments. That proved not to be the case today, however, when it appeared that the judge had indeed been persuaded by prosecutors. The judge reportedly indicated that he believed linking to the file containing stolen credit card numbers was the same as trafficking in stolen data. The judge reportedly concluded that linking to the data was a form of aiding the Stratfor hackers and therefore part of the conspiracy.

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Looks like someone got grumpy and resorted to thumbs downs - perhaps a nap would have done better. Meanwhile here's part of what the EFF had to say:

This raises uncomfortable similarities to the disturbing saga of Aaron Swartz, who ultimately committed suicide after facing the threat of years in federal prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA"). While the substantive criminal charges and motivations between Brown and Swartz may have been different, they present a clear view of just how powerful and uncomfortable the scrutiny of federal law enforcement can be. At a time when the White House is seeking to increase penalties under the CFAA, these cases highlight just how intense federal law enforcement power can be and calls for caution before we expand already harsh criminal laws.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/eff-statement-barrett-brown-sentencing

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Re: It's political life, Jim, but not as we know it.

BTW, the link I put up here might be illegal - if you follow it, you could be bunking with Barrett Brown. Or me. Or both. What foul deed did that Tim Berners-Lee create with that dratted URL, the modern rogue's key to unlawfulness. Click bait may be the next jail bait. "but judge, she didn't look 15/classified"

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Re: Club Fed

I only see him being brash to fucktards, especially government officials abusing power - that might get him protection and streetcred in the Big House.

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Let's see, his big crimes were

a) linking to a URL that was already published,

b) pointing out that the government had referred companies to private internet dicks who could take down a legit journalist,

c) hiding his laptop when the feds came, and

d) publishing a hysterical threatening Youtube in response to them threatening his mother with jail.

If he only had a badge or was on the government payroll, all of this would be dismissed because 1) oops, made a mistake - chokehold a tad too long, thought the suspect was armed, 2) shhhhh, shhhhhh - terror and all that.

But I'm sure you'll get kudos and mod points for "it's always been like that, suck it up" and "those darned script kiddies, always on my lawn" comments, being the adult in the room. Hope you can comment on the Risen/Sterling case and explain to us youngsters how we're all safer if we gin up a war with Iran under false pretenses, us being so starry-eyed and clinging to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington notions of how government should behave.

In a thinking system, point b would be enough to drop most charges and focus on the exposed government malfeasance. Instead, the US lets the FBI complainant summarize the evidence in court rather than the judge and jury listening to the evidence - http://www.vice.com/read/heres-what-happened-at-barrett-browns-gag-hearing-yesterday - you rule, dudes - that's how to fast-track a rush to conviction.

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Re: It's political life, Jim, but not as we know it.

Digby does a nice job of summarizing this horrid case:

http://digbysblog.blogspot.cz/2015/01/scary.html

worth following her links, which include more on Stratfor trying to stay out of the public eye (while deep in the public money), and Brown's rather interesting final statement (he apparently overestimated the ability of the judge to be able to walk and chew bubblegum)

Guess destroying journalists for government money is legit public work now - if only they didn't outsource it all, alas - it'd be so much easier to just apply for a regular civil service job or run say for President. And lying in court is okay as long as you're on the gov payroll. We have terror and all that to worry about, can't go wobbly...

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CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

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CIA = Covered Its Ass (or "Convinced it's Innocent Always")

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Music fans FUME over PJ Harvey ticket CHAOS as Somerset House site buckles

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Re: that would ruin the fun..

And I swear the lede photo from Shawn of the Dead wasn't up there when I posted this comment... did I invoke the spirit of the doomed and wasted? Is this like The Craft for teens to doddlers?

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Re: PJ Harvey ?

Forget downvoting - I'll just point out the absurdity that Happy, Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, All Down the Line, You Can't Always Get What You Want and Wild Horses are all part of your "post-relevance" period. And of course in this documentary by Jean-Luc Godard of Sympathy for the Devil - "find Brian" is like "Where's Waldo". [it also shows how much work it can be to turn a crappy little idea into a great song]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hksl3fr3hEA

Now go hang your head in shame.

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Re: Don't Know What The Fuss Is

Maybe she was out engaging the audience while you were expecting singing. Different strokes, different folks.

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