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Comment: Re:better than rushing steaming piles of shit. (Score 1) 180

by 3247 (#48950607) Attached to: George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Compare that to Terry Pratchett: 22 Discworld novels in the same timeframe, all in the same universe, all hanging together, including hanging together with the previous 18 novels he had written over the previous 13 years.

And full of contradictions.

The effort to write a single consistent story is not O(n), after all. Even if it's only O(n log n), Martin wins:

22 * 300 log 300 =~ 16000
1 * 6000 * log 6000 =~ 22500

Comment: Re:where is the controversy? (Score 1) 642

by 3247 (#46712221) Attached to: Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Where is the controversy? If someone says the earth is the center of the universe, either they are dumb, or very conceited and really mean they are the center of the universe, but don't want to offend the rest of us. Oh wait, I get it now...

Relativity actually says that the Earth is in fact the centre of the universe, from Earth's perspective. It's exactly age of universe times speed of light from the borders of the Universe. That does not mean that Earth is special, however. The same is true for any other place in the universe.

Darwin is right.

Comment: Re:False advertising. (Score 1) 273

by 3247 (#46443793) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

Trouble with this is the carriers won't be able to run national ads with their pricing. Instead the price will have to be concealed until you're about to sign up. Some states (Nevada) you pay around 7%, whereas others (I think NY?) it's 25%. I'm still trying to figure out why the government finds it necessary to make a cell phone so expensive to have, even if your income is shit.

They could still run nationwide ads with the net price but quote the correct amount before you sign up.

Comment: Re:TPB legit? (Score 2) 97

by 3247 (#46243933) Attached to: Hyperlinking Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules

IMO, you can argue either way:

  • The Pirate Bay does not host any content but just links to content hosted elsewhere. It does not make the content available to a new public.
  • The content hosted elsewhere is not readily accessible to the public without the torrents (or "deep" links). By hosting torrents (or "deep" links), the Pirate Bay enables the public to access the content. Thus, the Pirate Bay does make the content available to a new public.
  • The Pirate Bay helps seeders to make the content available to the public. They are an accessory to the copyright infringement of others.

Comment: Re:Skim software (Score 1) 731

by 3247 (#46217151) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Well the target problem happened because someone managed to install skimming software on all of the computers. If the security of your checkout system is compromised then can't you just skim the pin number instead of trying to forge the signature?

The card terminal (with card reader and PIN entry) is usually a separate unit that is audited against security requirements of the financial institutions. While that does not mean it can't be hacked at all, it makes hacking much harder.

Comment: Re:Bad ruling (Score 1) 261

by 3247 (#46210411) Attached to: German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

Ignoring the fact that you didn't read or understand the ruling, typical EULAs have to be accepted for the purchase to be completed. Assuming you go to a store the order is either: You hand over the money. You get the DVD. You start the installer. You read and accept the EULA. The contract is done.

No, not according to German law. German law basically interprets clicking "I accept" as "F*** you, I just want to use the software I already paid for".

Comment: Re:Bad ruling (Score 1) 261

by 3247 (#46210387) Attached to: German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

Licenseing is explicitly handled differently, but it has to be clearly noticeable that the underlying contract is a licensing contract and not a sales contract.

In the European Union, if you "buy" a software license online, it is not handled differently. According to the Court of Justice of the EU, the "the downloading of a copy of a computer program and the conclusion of a user licence agreement for that copy form an indivisible whole" (Judgement of 3 July 2012, C128/11, para. 44).

Comment: Re:Bahahahahaha (Score 1) 192

by 3247 (#45668659) Attached to: Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn

It should tell you something when mearly going to a website and viewing something can make you a criminal. It's not like torrenting where you can argue that by downloading, you're also uploading to others; they just went to a site and pressed play.

German courts kann tell the difference. No joking, that's what happened.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990

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