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Errant Bard

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    Insane precursor of bad business
  • Birthday 05/29/1977

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  1. Errant Bard

    U.S. Politics: Next-ennials vs stamps

    Ok, but who gets to decide the suspicion is reasonable? You? I know you seem to have mind-reading powers, so often are you explaining to your interlocutor what they are REALLY saying, but other people need an authority to pass a judgment based on proofs to know the truth.
  2. Though it's also where the Anonymous movement took root.. it can be linked with occupy wall street, if I remember correctly. The cesspit is not homogeneous, but anonymity and lack of moderation will draw out speech usually repressed, which will draw in assholes with loathsome worldviews, and impressionable minds can be influenced in a bad way, but it would not be correct to think those forums have any cohesion or even one representative that can defend the actions of one user or another.
  3. I am unconvinced by this. It's the same reasoning used for electric cars: they are green as long as you do not consider the energy production (even solar power uses petrol to build the panels, and we are even almost out of sand...), what the resources for the hardware are (rare earth minig is... not green) and what happens to the item once it reaches its obsolescence time (a tablet/reader will go to the bin I'd say 100x faster than a book, and while the book is bio-degradable and almost totally recyclable, tablets/readers are not) ETA: fun fact from http://science.time.com/2013/08/14/power-drain-the-digital-cloud-is-using-more-energy-than-you-think/
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    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    Uh, because Mythology is awesome? I loved my greek mythology books, isn't that enough?
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    European Union Copy Rights Article 13

    BS, they may be misguided and subject to the influence of big lobbies, but they're not worse than a smaller, weaker government forgoing regulations in favour of unbridled capitalism.
  6. Huh, actually, if you use the same business model for both "digital media" and the objects you list, the same problems can arise; to illustrate: 1) You "buy" access to a book at your local private library. Library then decides to ban that book (a more common occurence than you'd think)... you just have your item "remotely deleted" 2) You decide to store your digital item at home like you'd do for a book or cd, instead of trusting your library. Library decides to ban your item. You still have your digital media, like you still have your book. bonus point: your house burns, your CDs and books and digital data just got locally deleted. You can however still get most of your digital media back, as copies are available remotely at no cost.
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    European Union Copy Rights Article 13

    This is so going to backfire. Sad, but the GAFAM/BATX will surely be the ones selling content-id recognition services, platforms not wanting to deal with that will simply disable user generated content, or more likely emigrate outside EU. Meanwhile, rich organisations will be able to sue anyone they want shut down, on copyright grounds ( their targets don't have money to fight them, even if wrongly sued) Also art 11, in an attempt to save an outdated press model, will shackle the press to the platforms willing to pay them instead of dropping them, while at the same time potentially sinking actual documented works, including sourced journalism, blogs, or, heh, wikipedia. Welp, good bye european internet, good bye european free press on internet, goodbye small internet players, you're now slaves to the big commercial platforms, or you're fleeing. And when the deplorables in Brussel notice that they blew it, no doubt they will clamour for some more restrictions, China-like, no doubt. What a bunch of tossers. Maybe the (not so) United Kingdom will be able to seize that opportunity after the hard Brexit, though.
  8. Linking what this guy says with abortion is frankly desingenuous, as abortion is always about removing a foetus from a woman's body, foetus that cannot live or grow by itself, and that's a pretty big difference with a newborn. Furthermore, this line of argumentation centers the reasoning on the idea of killing a viable autonomous being, when the point is for women to do what they want with their body.
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    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    Oh, I have no problem with cynicism, like in The First Law & sequels, it's just that here the world validates that worldview while at the same time having a field day making Caine the only good big man, and links all that not so subtly to our present. Thanks for the heads up, I'll be giving this a pass.
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    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    About that series, I read Heroes Die and I still feel uncomfortable about the libertarian, socially conservative, anti (strawmen)"elite" and global takedown of goodness as a lie (extreme cynicism if you will) vibe it gave off. Is that a wrong impression, is it contradicted by sequels?
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    UK Politics: This Country is Going to the Moggs

    Nothing is better than boring and previsible for a manager. He is probably also sick of driving on smooth roads and plans to change for a dirt track with pigeon holes and rocks sometime next year, this everyone guy, isn't he?
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    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    I don't think the crimes are ever more than background in that series. It's like saying you have little interest in who killed Jon Connington in AGOT, it's not the point. At least for me the interest was in the supernatural growth of PC Grant and the meshing of supernatural and mundane in modern London. For my money, in the same vein, Mieville's Kraken was better on all fronts this being said.
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    Participation Trophies Are A Good Thing

    I participated in a few judo competition when I was around 10. I still have the medals somewhere, I think. If I try to slip back into my young self thinking, I feel I would have considered such participation trophy meaningless, what mattered was winning, it was not getting a trinket (heh, I once cried when I placed third, when getting the medal. the shame. not sure competition was for me.) Gosh, thinking about it, I had one or two cups that are probably rusting somewhere in a junkyard by now. Anyway, what I really hung to were my belts. they meant something, about me, and everyone got one, though not the same colours. That's the best participation tokens. Rewards are meaningless if they have no meaning. Or so I feel, but no harm done when you give free tote bags for coming.