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There's a guy on YouTube asking a question about a thing I am passionate about, and I could easily give him the information he's looking for. Unfortunately, he does not have contact info online. One would have to sign up for youtube or twitter or facebook.

Passionate or not, I will not jump through these hoops to answer a simple question.

It's AOL all over again.

And, while I'm at it: GEMA vs. YouTube (in German). GEMA is complaining that YouTube is meeeeaaaan to them by writing "cannot show because of GEMA" on vids blocked in Germany. The linked article gives some background and a "brought that on yourself."

While that gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling of Schadenfreude, this doesn't: Bayrischer Rundfunk stellt Space Night ein wegen, na, ratet mal. ETA Feb 20th: Doch nicht: BR-Space Night koppelt GEMA-Modul ab.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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Why the hell am I discussing poverty and privilege with a bunch of morons on a board where I shouldn't even be?

I'm going to bed now.
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If Facebook tells you differently, it's because they are not reading their mail.

Just to spread the word:

http://deannahoak.com/2010/10/18/fake-facebook-profiles-featuring-china-mieville/
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I cannot comment on this without creating a google account, which I do not plan on doing.

So I'll just sit here and bang my head on the desk.
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Every time I type as much as one letter into the search field, a bunch of possible search terms comes up hiding the search field box. As I type looking on the screen, not at the keyboard, those are incredibly distracting. Which means that I have to hit "escape" after *every* *single* *fucking* *letter* of my search term.

Am going to use a different search engine.
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As I've been doing some exercise now I have started to look around for what people are writing, and occasionally crunch some numbers. Which is not good for my blood pressure. (Although, what is not good for one's blood pressure in general is probably good for mine, because mine needs some raising.)

Cut for exercise, weight and fail which might really spoil a person's day )

Related: Why Everything's Harder Than You Think.
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Poe's law says, Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing. (found at Urban Dictionary, discussed in depth at Rational Wiki, lots of examples at TV Tropes.)

This it not new -- more than twenty years ago I heard a satirist mock the very same effect, that one day's parody was next days politics -- but it has been brought to a new high (low?) by the Conservative Bible Project (keep the brain bleach ready if you follow that link, you might need it). If this was parody it would be over the top, still, how can it not be parody? (via slacktivist).

I'll go with the Lolcatbible here: And if pplz photoshpz the Heliez Bibul, the Ceiling Cat takes pplz's cheezburger away, k? Unless there is some severe taking away of cheeseburgers seen, the whole project will make a good data point for scepticism.
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[livejournal.com profile] bellatrys has found a truly remarkable singluarity of stupid on the internet which will likely make you grasp for the bleeprin while howling with laughter.

Background is the current US health care debate:
People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.
The words, they fail me. I can haz cat macros?

ETA: They noticed, and pulled it down. Doesn't matter. [livejournal.com profile] bellatrys has a screencap.

ETA2: A comment in the Guardian, quoting Hawking.
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(well, Dreamwidth, to be exact, but it overlaps)

Jonathan Tweet (Ars Magica, Sorcerer's Crusade) makes a total ass out of himself on his LJ by a) believing in evo psych gender essentialism, and b) using it to explain why so few women play role playing games.


Fail



The guy has clearly spent too much time designing character classes and now believes that everyone is born into one.

Well. He does kind of apologize and says he has never before realised that some boys only gaming groups behave badly towards girls who want to play. Remember, this is the guy who wrote for White Wolf. Which had fucking essays on this fucking topic in their fucking magazine in fucking 1994.

The German word for this is "merkbefreit".

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] jhkim dissects in more detail.
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Via my friends list: over the last few days Amazon.com removed the sales rankings from various gay themed books

See more at Copperbadge's LJ, and at [livejournal.com profile] rm's place here, with follow-up.

I haven't noticed it yet on amazon.de (I checked the short list given by [livejournal.com profile] xtricks), and a bunch of books I could think of, and only one was not sales-ranked. I'm keeping an eye on it.

One one hand, wtf sales ranks? OTOH, wehret den Anfängen.

ETA: Have written letter. It's painfully formal and stilted. Going to send it tomorrow. Ideally spiced with some examples that make sense from my buying history.

ETA II:
This is kind of interesting: Meta-Trolls?
Pandagon, with a lot of writers affected by the fail closely connected, discusses the Meta-troll theory. This includes explanation of what sales rank does, which I did not know.

ETA III:
Have sent mail. Even if amazon has fallen victim to trollery or a technical SNAFU, something is wrong here and I dislike getting no clarification from them. Now I hope they fix it and apologize, because amazon has always worked very well for me and I would regret following up on my mail by actually finding someone else to buy from.

ETA IV:
According to internet gossip, amazon says the French did it. I'm tired of internet gossip at this point. I'll read some slash instead.

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