Posts by Rich Lock

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to UglyTruth,

    The problem is that the US doctrine of fair use is not part of NZ law, so whether or not the act of copying data is illegal depends on which legal jurisdiction you are under. Since NZ gets so much US video which pushes the idea that copying is theft, the idea that copying is unlawful has made it’s way into the public consciousness here.

    And once again, when challenged on an issue, you alter your initial positon to try to pretend that what you said wasn't actually what you meant.

    You said: "Copying data is not unlawful."

    That's a blanket statement that is so straightforwardly difficult to interpret in any other way that I'm having trouble actually thinking of a way in which it could be paraphrased or simplified. It also happens to be simply not true, in literally hundreds of different scenarios. Copyright law not to your taste? How about contract law? Or copying data relating to an online credit card transaction without authorisation?

    Your standard pattern is showing that there's not a lot of point trying to debate with you, whether in good faith or not.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2419 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to WH,

    Sometimes you people act like real wankers.

    We prefer to be called 'people of compulsory masturbatory habits' these days, thanks.

    But that aside, I'm not exactly sure what you're suggesting, in terms of how 'us people' should be modifying our behaviour. UT raised a line of argument and a conclusion that was conclusively shot down on a number of occasions by a number of commentators, at least one of whom is the proud owner of a nice shiny certificate with 'philosophy degree' written on it, and so has at least a passing knowledge of what they're talking about. These challenges caused multiple changes in his/her baseline posiiton, to the point where at least one commentator simply couldn't understand the point they were getting at anymore, it was tangled in so many knots.

    All laced through with an underlying 'I know more than you ignorant dupes, enough to burst your complacent bubbles. You may queue to kiss my enlightened arse', as Joe has pointed out.

    Are you suggesting that everyone here continue to extend patience and the most impeccable of good manners, with nary a hint of exasperation, ad infinitum?

    How would that work with someone like 'James', on the Christchurch stories thread?

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2419 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    It's kind of entertaining, in a 'knife-to-a-gunfight' sort of a way.

    Although I suspect the knife in this case is more of a spork.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to izogi,

    If he knows stuff then he should just say it, IMHO, instead of getting so theatrical and vendettive.

    I'm no fan of KDC, but I think it should be borne in mind that the man is effectively fighting for his life. If he wasn't wealthy, he would almost certainly be rotting behind bars in the US by now. What we think is 'best' and what he wants to do to try to ensure his own survival are sometimes aligned, but we don't have the skin in the game that he does.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to UglyTruth,

    Copying data is not unlawful.

    Have you heard of copyright law? Or does that not form part of the legal world of 1840 which you inhabit?

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    NOT THE BEES!

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to izogi,

    Do Stuff writers get incentives for page loads?

    It's far easier than doing any real work. That's incentive enough.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    As mentioned on another thread, they're busy transcribing the irrelevant witterings of Judith Collins' sister. Good job guys! Much easier than real journalism! Is it time for lunch yet?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to tussock,

    money

    Which is why Mr Dotcom has been such an interesting wild card. Not of 'the right', but plenty of cash. A single card won't make a winning hand, but it's shaken up the pack, so to speak.

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  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to DeepRed,

    Related:


    And this:

    [It’s] about people who were worth less and who were no longer necessary, as maybe 10 or 15% of my country is no longer necessary to the operation of the economy. It was about them trying to solve, for lack of a better term, an existential crisis. In their irrelevance, their economic irrelevance, they were nonetheless still on the ground occupying this place called Baltimore and they were going to have to endure somehow.

    That’s the great horror show. What are we going to do with all these people that we’ve managed to marginalise? It was kind of interesting when it was only race, when you could do this on the basis of people’s racial fears and it was just the black and brown people in American cities who had the higher rates of unemployment and the higher rates of addiction and were marginalised and had the shitty school systems and the lack of opportunity.

    And kind of interesting in this last recession to see the economy shrug and start to throw white middle-class people into the same boat

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