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Comment The VB of databases (Score 1) 278 278

...VB was, before Java, extraordinarily successful. There's no reason to believe that if MySQL went away, mindshare would go to more powerful or more capable solutions, when ease and speed were what sold people on MySQL. People would more likely end up with SQLite then with PostgreSQL.

Comment Re:Coming Problems (Score 1) 232 232

Bay's latest crapfest made enough money to buy a country. If there was a Bay for 3D, there'd be a bigger drive for 3D. I'm not happy about that, but it's the reality. (I like 3D, on occasion, such as with the Pixar films, and Coraline... I'd much, MUCH prefer higher frame rates, though.)

Comment Re:This is a simple decision for me. (Score 1) 232 232

Paper only works when you have two simultaneous images and they're polarized differently. That's unlikely to be in any home 3d system, 'cause it basically requires two tvs be built into one unit: it's expensive. It'll be shutter-type glasses, or nothing, till they figure out some entirely other tech.

Comment (Score 1) 221 221 the way to go, in general. Monoprice has dirt cheap, excellent cables in any color you could want. They're the anti-Monster cable. That Amazon link to a four-cent cable is a company making money on the shipping cost, though still cheap compared to an HDMI cable you'd buy at a store.

Comment It's with many, many others on a DVD... (Score 1) 987 987 other words, even if it's been pulled down 1,000 times, there's a good chance nobody wanted your specific book.

I really believe there's nothing, ultimately, to be done about the masses distributing copies of, well, everything. On the other hand, freely distributed doesn't mean not paid for: plenty of folks who saw Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long blog did so where there was advertising, or bought the DVD (I did). The last Harry Potter book was available online before release, and did that really affect sales in any way?

Some folks won't pay. Wouldn't have. Some would have, but they won't if they can avoid it. In any case, there's no way to stop them. Stopping the search engines assumes that a solution could be found that wouldn't be worked around: don't be silly. This is the way it is.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 615 615

"No, you cannot. Just like you need permission to make a copy, you need a version to make a derivative work. This is true even if you use one copy to produce one derivative copy."

Take a book you've bought, write notes in it, highlight it, cross some things out. You have every legal right to do those things to the copy you own.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)