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  • May 7th, 2021 @ 9:49am

    Re: competition

    They don't need to. I recently purchased a perfectly good PC for $25 at a local thrift shop. They had a whole wall of 'em. They aren't Ryzen or RTX, but they'll run office stuff just fine. If you can afford $15/mo for internet then you can probably afford $25-$50 for a PC that should last at least two or three years.

    And the government itself already provides food at least through food stamps, although you are correct that the government isn't setting retail prices there. However, the government also hasn't given grocery stores billions of dollars in grants specifically intended to provide access to low income or otherwise under-served communities, so it's also about time that they actually start asking for some return on those investments...

  • Apr 22nd, 2021 @ 3:09pm

    Re: Re: Customers?

    "The other thing that is idiotic is why are there goddamn electronics in a fooken shake machine? Like, at all."

    Because otherwise you've gotta train the employees how to properly operate the thing. Much easier to train the electronics. Plus it keeps the employees less secure when the job is basic enough that they could be instantly replaced by any stoned teenager off the street.

  • Mar 5th, 2021 @ 1:40pm

    Fucking fantastic...

    So, our nation's top law enforcement officials can neither confirm nor deny that they were involved in behavior that was at the very least extremely unethical, if not outright criminal.

    Yeah...even if they didn't do it, the fact that they can't give a straight 'no' is extremely concerning...or at least it ought to be in any nation whose laws actually mean anything...

  • Dec 9th, 2020 @ 3:55am

    Re: Re:

    I called, emailed, and then typed up a letter and mailed it.

  • Dec 8th, 2020 @ 4:27pm

    CASE Act?

    Good. Veto that fucker so they can't use it to sneak the CASE Act into law. And if that requires cutting off our bloated military budget for a short while...what's the problem, exactly?

    I mean I get it, Trump is a moron, but even a broken clock is right twice a day, right?

  • Nov 12th, 2020 @ 10:36am


    Stop fuckin trolling. That's basically the only thing the Human Cheeto ever got right! WHO's absurd denial of the existence of Taiwan started long before the US left. Stop inventing "facts" just because you think they'll support your "team". This shit is not a goddamn sport, there are peoples' fucking lives at stake...

  • Sep 14th, 2020 @ 4:16pm


    Hmm...there's a link on that page to report "suspected fraud". The claims that these are counterfeit Apple products seems pretty damn fraudulent to me...

  • Sep 12th, 2020 @ 5:06am

    They sure aren't going retro..

    No way is Gamestop going to go retro and focus on older consoles. As far as I can tell they seem to deliberately try to stay out of that market. Sure, they'll sell whatever they get in trade-ins, but have you ever tried to buy any specific older hardware from them? Every time I've looked, even for stuff just one generation old, even for stuff that's still being manufactured, whether it's controllers or games or consoles, you've gotta search every Gamestop in the city and hope you get lucky. You might end up driving two hours just to find a single controller...or you could just buy it on Newegg. I bet they're already trying to get all the PS4 inventory out of their stores....

  • Aug 12th, 2020 @ 6:34pm


    " OK, let me see if I got this straight. Website copy-licenses content from one source that was created by another source, sets up a useragent file to request another entity to publicise it for download by anybody, then sues their publicity agent for ... doing too good a job?"

    Sounds a bit like a movie studio suing Blockbuster for having a movie night where they pick a random rental off the shelf and project it on the wall in their parking lot for $5 a ticket. And they would absolutely get sued for doing that if they didn't pay for the proper license. Even though the studios did agree to let Blockbuster help them get those movies to more people, that doesn't mean they can do it any way they want. You can't just pass someone else's content off as your own, even if you HAVE been asked to help publicize it. Which is exactly what Google did here...the only reason they got away with it is because the person they lifted it from doesn't legally own it either.

  • Aug 12th, 2020 @ 2:07pm

    Re: Re: Hey judge... Is it a derivative work, though?

    Yeah, the judge seems to be saying that if it was a derivative work, Genius would be guilty of copyright violations themselves, because they don't have a license to create derivative works. It's not even that it doesn't matter -- Genius themselves shouldn't want their own argument to be true, or they'd be liable to be sued by every artist or label whose lyrics they watermarked.

    But when the judge starts with "Even accepting the argument..." that's a pretty good hint that they don't accept that argument...

  • Aug 12th, 2020 @ 1:59pm

    Re: Re: One copyright, many documents

    Yeah, I wonder why Genius didn't go that route to begin with...they do have a lot of minor labels and independent artists that they seem to work pretty closely with, and several artists who do post their own lyrics directly to Genius and seem have some kind of official partnerships (I'll occasionally see artists posting photos of themselves working at the Genius offices...or at least I did pre-COVID)...I very much doubt that these generic major lyrics licenses cover everything that Genius hosts already. But Google might be smart enough to make sure they only copy lyrics for tracks that they have a license for?

  • Aug 12th, 2020 @ 12:20pm

    One copyright, many documents

    So how exactly does one copyright/license cover potentially dozens of different sets of lyrics? Wouldn't the lyrics license only cover fully accurate transcriptions? Can I just submit the text of a book, say it's the lyrics to some Beyonce track, and it's magically covered? Because apparently Google can just lift anything from Genius and THAT'S magically covered...?

    I have seen a few instances where people submitted lyrics to completely different tracks on Genius, in addition to the usual arguments about the correct interpretation of a particular line...I know that wasn't part of this suit exactly but how is that handled? If it's not the correct lyrics, it can't be copyright by the musician/label because it isn't their work, so wouldn't that copyright still be held by the transcriber (who, by the ToS, licenses it to Genius alone)?

  • Jul 22nd, 2020 @ 12:32pm

    Re: 'If people know I'm a liar they might not hire me!'

    "You also got to love how his excuses shoot each other in the back, as the dupes he hired to represent him try to both argue that he keeps making 'mistakes' because he lacks experience and that those 'mistakes' should be overlooked because he's just filing so many cases, something which I guess requires no legal expertise nor adds any?"

    Settlements don't add court experience, nor do cases that are dropped before going to court when a settlement offer is refused. How many of those cases he files actually go anywhere? That might explain how he can still be lacking experience...

  • Jul 15th, 2020 @ 1:20pm


    As you correctly point out, the problem here is the GOP. They don't control the whole country though, and in the parts they do control they're literally killing off their strongest block of supporters. The problem will solve itself if it has to...

    But blue states are generally doing much better. Here in the northeast (RI in my case) we're seeing lower transmission rates than most of Europe as far as I can tell. Those idiots in Florida and Arizona are getting exactly what they voted for -- rule by the Church of the Almighty Dollar.

  • Jun 19th, 2020 @ 1:27pm


    Yeah...they routinely ignore the "qualified" part of "qualified immunity"...

  • May 23rd, 2020 @ 8:22am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Don't minimize the problems

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/abbott-test-still-misses-many-covid-cases-nyu-study-says/ar-B B142fy9

    Here's another fun fact -- the tests that are giving the most massive amounts of false positives are the same ones they're using at the White House! At least there's a silver lining there... ;)

  • May 21st, 2020 @ 12:47pm

    Glad I'm a 90s kid...

    So glad I was born early enough that I had the right make this decision for myself. I do know some people who are quite cautious about staying off of social media, to the point of wearing masks to parties and events so they don't have to worry about being in the background of some photo. I think that's a bit excessive, but I also think it's pretty obscene to take that right away from someone, particularly while they're still a minor.

    And while grandmas displaying pictures is pretty normal, kids not wanting to have their photos displayed is ALSO a completely normal thing. We were lucky that those photos were usually physical, so you could sneak them out of the frame and destroy them. My brother and I used to do that after our mom insisted there was nothing wrong with having nude photos of us hanging in the front hallway. You can't do that if they're posted to Facebook, and the whole damn world can see it. So it's nice to see that at least some kids today still do have options.

  • May 21st, 2020 @ 12:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Verification?

    Sure you could do geofencing or time boundaries or other methods to cut down that data...but it's not mentioned exactly what that would be and how it would work. You could also just upload the GPS coordinates of everywhere you've been. Those are all different systems than what is described above, which all sacrifice privacy and security for convenience. Can you get away with a bit of that without any real harm? Probably. But that's a different system, and we have no data on how that would be implemented.

    And I do need to see each number more than once to make a comparison, unless I'm telling the server exactly which numbers I've seen and when. If I don't store the data, then someone I met today might have been in last week's list, so I need the full two weeks of data every night. If I do store the data, then that's potentially a gig or two per day for two weeks that I've gotta store. Also, two weeks is an average. I've seen some doctors stating that the incubation period can in some cases be as long as a month. So we probably don't want to limit tracing efforts to only two weeks.

    Storing hashes might help a little, you can maybe reduce the memory requirements by half...but if you go much further than that I think you're going to start having collisions, so you'll have to start checking in with the server to see if those matches are actually valid, and once again you've started sending a bunch of data back to the server beyond the specifications given above.

    So the given plan is potentially infeasible for a lot of users, and there are no plans to address that, so nobody can say what kind of system we might end up with if they have to start hacking in solutions to these issues...but it won't be what they've described so far.

  • May 21st, 2020 @ 11:52am

    Re: Re: Don't minimize the problems

    We can't manufacture tests fast enough for that. And the tests that we CAN manufacture are currently showing false negative rates as high as 50%. We do NOT want people going back outside right now just because one test said they were OK. Even if this system was working perfectly right now, if you get an alert, you need to quarantine, even after you test negative.

  • May 21st, 2020 @ 10:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Verification?

    So...the phone doesn't need to store the data, and it can reduce the volume transmitted by...storing the data? You need either a few gigs transmitted or a few gigs stored, you can do one or the other and not both, but you need at least one. Probably you want to have ways of doing both, because neither option is going to work for everyone.

    I don't think it really matters if you're going clubbing every night. You need to transmit the IDs of everyone infected, not the IDs of people they were in contact with. Of course going clubbing every night might increase the transmission rate, but it's not directly increasing the number of IDs to be transmitted. Now, if you manage to isolate yourself pretty well, there's a possibility you can reduce the volume by not transmitting keys that you were using when nobody was around -- this assumes that the key exchange is an exchange rather than a broadcast though, if it's a broadcast you have no way of knowing who received it or when. And broadcast would seem to be more reliable. But if it is an exchange, you can distribute only the keys which were actually exchanged with someone. However...people who live with family or a spouse or roommates, or even some people who live alone in apartments and things, are going to be recording contacts all the time. And it's a random number, so your phone shouldn't have any way of knowing that this is the same contact over and over again. So for some reasonably large percentage of the people, I think you will have to broadcast nearly every single one of those codes, for every day that they might be contagious.

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