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Comment: Re:Actually.. (Score 1) 171

by 0100010001010011 (#48669845) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

You might want to use a different example for your first one:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has 7.0/10 on IMDB (after 5 years), got an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, 66 on MetaCritic (with an average user score of 7.6),

It was a good movie.

"This is the End" was also pretty good with a 6.9/83%/67/7.1 (respectively).

Comment: Re:I'll play the Grinch (Score 1) 51

by sjames (#48669193) Attached to: The History of the NORAD/Microsoft and Google Santa Trackers

So to translate, "other than a perfectly valid and rational reason that I'd rather not consider, can you tell me a rational and logical reason?"

But as to the question, every culture has a mythos that (hopefully) reminds it's members of their values and provides for a commonality and a sense of belonging. Naturally, children tend to take it all literally. Why spoil their fun Mr. Grinch?

Comment: Re:Violence against police ... (Score 1) 307

by sjames (#48668337) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

Look on the right hand side. There's an awful lot of those 'exceptions'. Way too many. And way too many are later found blameless and put right back out there to do it again.

That needs to stop. It's not all cops, but it's enough of them that it's eroding the public trust. That, in turn will cause more violence against cops as regular citizens begin to fear for their own safety when they encounter police. With all those 'exceptions', is it REALLY unbelievable if a citizen attacks a cop and says he did it because he was in fear of his life? If the cops really want to be safer out there, they need to make certain that the idea of a cop attacking a citizen unprovoked or way out of proportion to provocation is laughable.

Comment: Re:The Drive used to have "Deep Tracks" (Score 1) 7

by mcgrew (#48666529) Attached to: A mild rant

FM is now an analog/digital mix. They broadcast the analog channel with two digital channels piggybacked on the signal. They don't call it digital, they call it "High Def".

And if they're too broke to pay the fees, they must have trouble selling ads. KSHE has no problem, but they're probably the most popular station in St Louis.

Comment: Re:Other art forms that contain music (Score 1) 621

by mcgrew (#48666499) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

I certainly agree that copyright lengths are way too long, and that the extreme lengths hinder creative expression. I ran across it with Random Scribblings; I had to change Dork Side of the Moon, reducing the lyrics of the two songs to "fair use" snippets, since I can find no way to contact Roger Waters for usage permission. That album is four decades old and should not be under copyright.

You are right, copyright is supposed to encourage creators so their work will belong to everyone after the copyright lapses. How is anyone supposed to get Hendrix or Cocker to perform again?

It does add challenges to creativity.

Comment: Re:Alternatives (Score 1) 79

by sjames (#48665497) Attached to: Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

On the technical side, they have the ability to control what load a single customer can put on the shared bandwidth. They tell the cable modem and router behind it where the gateway is. They can share the last mile by each provider renting a slice of the (virtual) connection between CO and customer and can recognize their customers by MAC address to give them the correct GW.

The rest is a matter of business. The local government could buy them out. They could be legally split like AT&T. They could simply be informed that they are now in the wholesale last mile bandwidth business if they want to stay in town at all. Note that at that point if they decide they'd rather leave they would end up abandoning the cables amps, etc anyway since it would cost more than it's worth to save it. The town would just need to re-construct the head ends.

Comment: Re:Clickbaiting Bullshit Works (Score 4, Insightful) 199

by ShieldW0lf (#48664941) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Doesn't anyone else see that it's immoral to press, entice or implore a woman to sacrifice her child bearing years so she can fix your computer, or to let other people do so?

Didn't the article about how Facebook is funding freezing womens eggs wake anyone's eyes up to just how fucked up we've become?

Is that what you want for your daughter? Sure as hell isn't what I want for mine.

If that's what you're going to use your power for, you shouldn't have it.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 0) 157

by sjames (#48664739) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

Just leave a mouse out of the package laying around in a targeted office. Eventually, someone will need or want the mouse and plug it in for you.

It's less sure and could take a while compared to plugging it in yourself, but it makes the person who gets infected want to keep quiet and even if they figure out where the mouse came from (unlikely), you have plausible deniability.

Comment: Re:I never have understood (Score 2, Interesting) 250

by ShieldW0lf (#48663839) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Read up on Henry Kissinger. His conspiracy with the Saudi's created the situation, which really amounted to theft on a global scale by the US.

The war in Iraq happened mostly because they were going to start selling oil for Euro's.

In a nutshell, the reason the world has a fetish for the US dollar is that every time someone offers to sell energy for anything else, the US bomb the shit out of them.

You think we like accepting your funny money in exchange for real world goods, knowing that it will never be redeemed for real world good from the US, but will instead be passed around like a cheque that never gets cashed?

We don't.

"No job too big; no fee too big!" -- Dr. Peter Venkman, "Ghost-busters"