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  • Ted Cruz Doubles Down On Misunderstanding The Internet & Net Neutrality, As Republican Engineers Call Him Out For Ignorance

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 17 Nov, 2014 @ 10:39am

    Re: A moment of sanity!

    It seems absurd to me that you feel Obama deserves no trust whatsoever and you'll continue liking Cruz. You gotta be clueless to not recognize both as sleazy politicians.

    And I don't know where you think competition comes from, but it doesn't just magically appear and grand scales as soon as you deregulate things.

  • Ted Cruz Doubles Down On Misunderstanding The Internet & Net Neutrality, As Republican Engineers Call Him Out For Ignorance

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 17 Nov, 2014 @ 10:31am

    That's why recognizing your OWN bias is so important

    The primary reason science is so powerful is because it wards off the biases we have personally. The first thing you should think when you recognize that you dealt with bad IRS and VA experiences is that you are SO extremely biased that you probably have an EXTREMELY far off from reality judgment of things.

    Policy and even claims about the nature of things should not be accepted by such biased personal anecdotes.

    That's the first thing to deal with here.

    Your conclusion about everything-the-government-does is completely nonsense. You have not got a good sample, an objective study. Your judgment is as careless as saying that you got mugged by some black guys on two different occassions, so all African Americans are violent criminals.

    The government touched what became our National Park system. That's crap? Or turning to crap? What utter nonsense.

    Note: I'm not saying anything disputing your personal experience with the IRS and VA. I'm not even saying that it wasn't typical. Perhaps the IRS is generally horrible. But you are part of the problem here if you use certain bad examples and then accept wholecloth the Republican campaign message of knee-jerk anti-government sentiment.

  • If You're Going To Complain About Spotify Payments, At Least Understand A Little Economics First

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 11 Nov, 2014 @ 01:21pm

    Re: Stop calling sharing "piracy"

    Here's how powerful the propaganda is:

    You wrote "Giving consumers lawful affordable options for listening to what they want when they want it in a convenient format reduces piracy."

    Now read it truthfully: "Giving consumers lawful affordable options for listening to what they want when they want it in a convenient format reduces SHARING."

  • If You're Going To Complain About Spotify Payments, At Least Understand A Little Economics First

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 11 Nov, 2014 @ 01:20pm

    Stop calling sharing "piracy"

    It's not like anyone is going to think Techdirt is on the RIAA side either way. Drop the bullshit propaganda. Don't support the war on sharing. This is not about theft or attacking ships.

  • One Of The NSA's Biggest Critics In The Senate May Lose His Seat

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 22 Oct, 2014 @ 09:32pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    This post describes the basic moral essence of sociopathy.

  • What's So Bad About Making Money Off Fan Fiction?

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 06 Oct, 2014 @ 09:50am

    Why link to outdated license??

    Please change the "Share-Alike" license to link to the full version 4.0 International: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

    Why the heck would you link to an outdated version 2.5??

    Otherwise, superb article, thanks!

  • New UK Copyright Exception Allows Mashups — But Only If Judges Think They Are Funny

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 02 Oct, 2014 @ 09:02pm

    Re: Re:

    The MAD Magazine ruling, the original Supreme Court precedent on parody does NOT say that the satire has to poke fun at the work itself. Your statements about US fair use are simply incorrect.

  • Tom Lehrer, Culture And Copyright After Death

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 17 Apr, 2014 @ 08:25am

    Re: No, Mr. Lehrer was the first to make his OWN label

    He didn't work with record labels. They wouldn't touch him, and so his has the significance of having been perhaps the first artist to create his own record label.

    The other issues are real about extended family etc.

  • King Cries Trademark Over The Banner Saga

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 25 Jan, 2014 @ 11:58am

    Sounds like a bunch of lawyers cheating everyone

    This sounds like some lawyers figuring out bullshit things to do to get the company to pay them.

  • DailyDirt: Dysfunctional Capitalism

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 18 Dec, 2013 @ 05:08pm


    Super to see actual questioning of these things in relative mainstream. Our society accepts far too many claims about economics without question. Capitalism is not something to be revered or given deference. What we want is progress and innovation. Capitalism can go to hell if it isn't doing the best job for us.

  • Ridiculous: Why Is Any Country Supporting Locking In Life + 70 Copyright Term Protection?

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 06 Dec, 2013 @ 01:33pm

    Re: I got this one covered! -- Because The Rich want it!

    Someone said there are two OOTB's? This comment isn't junk, it's accurate.

  • Sweden Insists On Fire Alarms On Hotel Made Of Ice

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 21 Nov, 2013 @ 06:35pm


    Shame on you for being more of a computer than a human. Check out https://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_using_our_practical_wisdom.html

    The answer is obviously that someone should have just had the wisdom to make an exception knowing full well that an exception in this case would not be a precedent for any other exception arguments.

  • People Happily Sign Petition Supporting The 'Orwellian Police State Based On Nazi Germany'

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 24 Oct, 2013 @ 08:23am

    I wanna see the people who didn't sign

    Surely some people reacted, I wanna see how that went

  • Craigslist Sues Craigstruck, Who Offers To Settle The Lawsuit Over A Football Bet

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 26 Sep, 2013 @ 11:20pm

    Craig Struck??

  • President Obama Says He Learns What NSA Is Doing From The Press, Then Goes To NSA For Details

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 06 Sep, 2013 @ 03:46pm

    Re: "allegations"

    Is this good or bad? Do you think this is more like denial or more like admission that the accusations are of serious wrong-doing?

  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Abolish The NSA And Give Snowden A Parade

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 19 Aug, 2013 @ 09:38pm

    Are you just some completely dogmatic anarcho-capitalist??

    The idea that someone with true integrity like Kucinich could be completely dismissed indicates merely that you have not learned to be open-minded. Given you agree on this, maybe you could learn that with effort to see other's views, you'll find that some of them make sense. You shouldn't agree with him or anyone automatically on everything either, but if you've been that judgmental about Kucinich or his views? Well, I hope you take this as a lesson to check yourself and listen more and don't make up your mind in advance.

  • Copyright Lawyers vs Patent Lawyers Smackdown: And The Winner Is…

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 13 Aug, 2013 @ 12:30pm

    Journal normal use = learning, patent use = legal

    The use of a journal article for the purpose of filing a patent is a totally transformative USE compared to the normal purpose of journal articles. It didn't transform the article itself, that's not the point.

  • Awesome Stuff: Have A Cool Drink This Weekend

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 16 Jun, 2013 @ 06:53pm


    This is a broken system. They get their funding up-front from people who are already paying, the community paid already. There's no justice patenting this! We need to get rid of this patent nonsense. And Techdirt shouldn't be promoting that people fund new patents.

  • Pianist Storms Off Stage, Claims Fans Filming His Performance Mean Record Labels Won't Give Him A Contract

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 15 Jun, 2013 @ 07:15am

    The problem is competition

    YouTube is hurting music careers because there is MORE music. It's better business to provide something really scarce. The problem is that good music isn't scarce now. This pianist wants most music recordings and videos destroyed because then he would be more in demand.

  • A Framework For Copyright Reform

    Aaron Wolf ( profile ), 20 May, 2013 @ 08:44am

    Stop calling readers and fans "consumers" !

    Mike, you went so far as to criticize the term "users" but then went on to use the far worse term "consumers"

    "Every creator is also a consumer of content" NO. "content" is a problematic word itself, but if we accept that physical metaphor, the content is NOT consumed here!

    Reading and copying etc. do NOT consume things!!!

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