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Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 302

However, if it's in the public domain, there is no monetary incentive to locate, digitize, and restore such a film.

If done right, there could be. The copyright on those particular prints has expired, but a decent (not necessarily excellent) restoration with (for example) some annotations could be eligible for copyright again.

Comment Re:When you are inside the box ... (Score 1) 289

What "doctrine" do you think the pledge of allegiance "indoctrinates" students with?

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America"
That's some fascism right there.

"and to the Republic for which it stands"
I don't have much of a problem with this part.

"one Nation under God"
This is the part I have the most trouble with and what most people probably are referring to when they talk about the indoctrination.

"indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
None of which seems to be true.

Comment Re:Good, it's the worst mistake in the PS3 (Score 1) 276

Took them less then that,

Sure. LBP came out when the PS3 was less than two years old.

uncharted 2 was magnificent looking in all areas.

Erm, what? Slamming a glossy look on everything does not make it look magnificent. Also, if you know where to look, you can use the crappy clipping to look around corners; they should have spent more time on that, and less time on forcing stupid camera angles on the player.

Comment Re:I am not worried about it (Score 1) 1367

Yes, we had a very warm summer in april-june, then autumn started around the end of june and it's been one of the longest autumns ever. Still no sight of winter, although we're supposed to get some this week. Maybe.

Actually, Winter gave Spring and Summer a miss and went straight on into Autumn.

June wasn't warm, and we had 3-4 months of more or less continuous rain since. I usually like the rain, but not an entire summer of it.

Comment Re:Sloppy Programming. (Score 1) 879

Since there seems to be so much crappily-written Windows software like this, it seems like MS should have put a compatibility mode into Vista/7 wherein it fakes out the application, making it think it's being installed on an XP machine with admin rights, but in reality it's in its own little sandbox.

What, like XP Mode?

Comment Re:It's the studios (Score 2) 464

I used to work at a local cinema. Although I was never privy to any real financial information, I used to hear some things.

How can studios mandate ticket prices?

IIRC, they did not mandate ticket prices. They charged a (fixed) rental fee for the film itself, plus either a percentage of the ticket sales or a fixed $ amount per ticket. The percentage or amount would be higher in the first few weeks. I think the rule of thumb in the theater was something like this: ticket sales have to pay for the film rent, the projectors, building maintenance, etc., and concession sales have to pay for everybody's salaries and profits. If the rent went up, ticket prices would have to be raised.

Isn't that illegal price fixing? Normally a manufacturer of a product can dictate minimum *advertised* price, but not minimum sale price. Do the rules differ for movies?

If the cinema wants to sell tickets at a loss, the distributor won't stop them, so long as they get their money.

Comment Re:Terry Childs was NOT an IT pro (Score 1) 230

Even though they might get a lesser sentence, they have historically been held just as responsible. There is such a thing as moral obligations. If you do not agree with a certain order you (should) have the right to be a conscientious objector.

Yes, you should. When you are faced with this kind of moral dilemma however, you usually don't have the option. Well, you could sacrifice yourself, I suppose...

The Nuremberg trials obviously codified this: "The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him".

Which indicates that the person following orders will always remain somewhat responsible, not necessarily just as responsible.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga