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Comment Re:The Worst Hollow Copyright Claim: (Score 2) 70

The point of copyright is to have a long enough period to encourage people to make their own works.

I'm going to nit pick this, but don't take it personally because I think you get it, but the overwhelming majority don't. Whenever people say/write this I think they believe its the exclusivity itself that is the motivator for artists to create works. I totally reject this idea. Read this sampling of how musicians feel about online "piracy."

My take away from it are that the artists either don't care or are encouraged by it. To them, their art is an experience. It's either the experience of going to a show to witness a live performance, or like Jack Black's comment, holding the vinyl and seeing the album art in its bigger than life glory and reading all the extras in the album notes. No amount of copying is going to stop people from going to live shows, and no amount of copying can hurt real album sales. The recording industry got cheap and lazy and shot themselves on the foot when they reduced themselves to being the packagers of only 1s and 0s.

Its the old guys that are attempting to live off the residuals and the royalties of stuff they did 20, 30, 40 years ago that dislike it so much. I took Prince's comment as "Shit, if I can't make my % on sales, I am going to have to get off my ass and work again."

And now, to my point, I argue that it's "for limited Times" which serves as the motivator for artists to create. That copyright expires is the most important part in the copyright clause. If I write a book or two, win success roulette, and maybe get a movie deal which nets me enough money for me to be more than comfortable for the rest of my life, my children's lives, and most of my children's children's lives, why would me or my children work? Pure greed, more money? Greed doesn't make for good art.

I'm getting off the path now, but its the same story with healthcare in America. The people were tricked by the leeches to believe that the cause of excessively high healthcare costs (insurance) is the solution . The problem with copyright / being able to create new works is that copyright lasts too long.

Comment Re: wrong (Score 1) 385

Nullification is a term that means that states could reject or nullify a law passed by Congress if they do not like the law. Think about it for a minute.

Isn't that how we avoided national id's? Being from Washington state, I can tell you that's how we and Colorado have recreational marijuana sales. The federal government is rarely benign nor correct. Sure you can point to things like civil rights being dictated to the states from the federal government, but they have always had to be fought for and usually paid for in blood in spite of the federal government.

Comment Re:cost? (Score 5, Insightful) 165

I personally think Elon Musk is overhyped. I argue that the SpaceX cofounder, Tom Mueller, was more important that Elon Musk. If Mueller had the money, he could have founded SpaceX.

Overhyped or not, at least the man is using his money to move humanity forward towards the future we as children believed we would have been a part of by adulthood. The United States government would rather waste it on fighting undeclared wars around the globe than invest in good science. The other 1% would rather "fight" malaria, buy up entertainment companies, or let it sit in offshore accounts or floating around in the stock market where in reality its not doing anything productive.

If more of the 1% were like Musk, society would be much better off.

Comment Re:A change in diet - from what? (Score 1) 588

Watch this guy's talk. It was a real eye opener for me. We've been taught since the 80's that fat and cholesterol is bad. But the overwhelming failure of this idea has done more harm over the last 30 years and instead of blaming the failure of the theory, we've been blaming ourselves. He brings up CDC charts on how obesity as grown in the US over the last 30 years after the fat=bad theory was accepted as fact, and its just damning.

I saw a link to this from a slashdotter on another story and after I watched it, I was sold. I got up off my butt, threw away all the cereals and breads in the house and went full bore. I started at 6'-0" 220lbs and lost the extra 20 the first month. I've plateaued since then, but despite my weight staying the same, I am still getting noticeably leaner in my legs, arms, and face. I believe this coincides with this study where participants on the LCHF diet gained more lean muscle mass despite no increase in exercise.

My wife hasn't been so lucky. She couldn't last a day being carb restricted. She is definitely addicted to carbs. She has to have pop/soda. Low carb dishes that I make that I find tasty and flavorful (after all they are full of fat) she doesn't eat much of because she says they lack flavor. She always has to supplement her lack of eating the meal proper with a sugary treat. Its very sad for me to watch because she was able to stop smoking cold turkey.

Comment Re:Seattle PD turned theirs back on (Score 1) 59

...but is turned back on by the feds at will.

Quite interesting. Especially since San Jose's was purchased with a federal grant. Quick google search brings up an article that Dept of Homeland Security payed for Seattle's, too, and is handing out free money for other police departments to make similar purchases.

Comment Don't need an old PC (Score 1) 176

I have all those games (except tribes... don't have linux tribes) plus a few extra like Railroad Tycoon 2 and Neverwinter Nights running native and great on my Athlon 64 X2 6000+ on Debian Jessie 64-bit. There are a few howtos to get the old libraries you need. Then to run them for best compatibility, have them run on 1 cpu with the frequency locked to something like 1ghz. Runs great, runs native. The only downside from the windows versions is you don't get EAX effects.

If you want to run the old software on old hardware, work on building a "dos box" with parts from the appropriate era. I currently have an older P2 machine with an AWE64 and a voodoo3 I am enjoying dos games on. Its been fun buying games of GOG and throwing them on there. Been thinking about putting an old Linux distribution on it. I have a Corel Linux disc I was thinking about running. I also had OPENSTEP on there for a day or two before I had the sound card.

Comment Re:Don't see why not. (Score 1) 290

I've worked with a few Chinese. When we've gotten comfortable with each other enough to be non-pc they've said

When westerners discover a new animal, they look at it in amazement and want to make it their pet. When Chinese discover a new animal, we try to think of the best way to cook it.

Comment Re:Get rid of gold acct for Netflix (Score 1) 227

What is the HDMI input used for? I might be wrong (don't own one), but I thought that's what it was for.

I believe its just a pass through. Lets say your TV only has one HDMI input, you can plug your xbone into the tv, and then your homebrew steam machine into the xbone HDMI port and not have to swap cables or get a switch box.

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