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Comment: Re:They deserve praise (Score 3, Insightful) 144

by Bruinwar (#47965509) Attached to: The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Don't get me wrong, I hate the MAFIAA as much as the next guy, but people seem to forget about following the money.

Music is one beast that can thrive from independant distribution and marketing. It's relatively cheap to build your own recording studio and make a name for yourself on facebook.

Movies on the other hand, do take years and millions to make. The money comes up-front from a studio and the studio hopes (expects?) to make money off of ticket sales, merchandise, DVD/Blu-Ray, etc... Yes, there are independant film makers out there, but without those box-office sales, we wouldn't have Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, or a slew of the other CGI-dependant movies with big-name actors/actresses.

Would anybody mind sharing how we can get to this eutopian world where every multi-billion dollar produced movie can be made free to the unwashed masses? It's not like a movie can tour the countryside and get money from concert sales...

Make a kick-ass movie, I will likely buy a ticket. Make a decent movie, one that I really want to see but not at current ticket prices, I will wait for it a while. But not forever. If it does not show up on Netflix I might rent it, burn it, then watch it at my convenience, then toss the disk. If I really want to see it & missed it at the flicks due to time constraints, I will download it. If the entertainment industry wants me to pay, make it convenient, let me watch it how & when I want to, & keep the price point reasonable. $6.99 for On Demand is too much as I can rent it for less. They can make money this way, but they might have to let go of their old business models.

Comment: Re:define "customer" (Score 1) 290

by Bruinwar (#47888327) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

from what i understand of the definition of "customer", a "customer" means "someone who is paying for a service". here, there's no payment involved, therefore there is no contract of sale. i would imagine that it's fairly safe to say that we're most definitely *not* quotes customers of google quotes.

if on the other hand these individuals are actually _paying_ google for service and are not receiving a response, _then_ i could understand.

Google Play Music. $9.99 a month. I'm sure some people, including Germans, pay for it.

Comment: Re:Love my Pro (Score 2) 337

by Bruinwar (#47646651) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?
I use it much the same as the Android tablet I used to use. The keyboard helps also but is certainly not the reason I like it so much. It's FAST! That is why I love it. No more tap tap tap fuckmeyoupieceofshitadroidLOAD! Plus I don't have to be forced into using bullshit mobile sites that are difficult to deal with & have no option to "view full site". IMO most apps (iOS/Android) are useless, the full web site is usually much better. The Surface Pro also runs my employer's Cisco VPN client, useful for logging directly on to my machine at work when some light stuff needs to be done.

Comment: Love my Pro (Score -1, Troll) 337

by Bruinwar (#47645927) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?
Just wanna say, I love my Surface Pro. Cost me $450 about a year ago & bought a keyboard through Amazon for $45. Rarely do I even bother to turn on my desktop as it's really only useful for gaming & work which I do very little of in the summer. Windows 8.1? What is all the fuss about it? I boot to my desktop & it works pretty much like Windows 7. What is with all the hate?

Comment: Re:40 and done (Score 2) 710

by Bruinwar (#47313959) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy
OK will do! Stay far away that is. Yep, I work with people like you. Likely start late, long lunch, then wonder usually quite loudly, why others want to leave on time. I start quite early, get things done before the interruptions start. Leaving on time is my goal. You want me to work late, pay me. I'm sick of unpaid OT. It never got me anywhere.

Comment: Patriot Act II? (Score 2) 164

by Bruinwar (#47281333) Attached to: US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA
Are not a lot of these people the same people that helped pass the Patriot Act? So now they are attempting to de-fund the Patriot Act? Did we not debate this right here on slashdot way back when that the Patriot Act would unleash all this surveillance? Why not just pass the Patriot Act II & make it illegal again? Better yet, how about a vote to repeal the Patriot Act?

Comment: Re:Contrived example (Score 1) 1040

by Bruinwar (#47155757) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
In a not so contrived example: my current employer is a manufacturing company. For us, wages matter little to none when it comes to automation. It's all in the volume of the product. If & when volume hits a certain number, we automate. Automation is a major capital investment that always saves money over time, if there is the volume. Manual lines can't keep up anyhow. Our manufacturing plants (located in NC, TEX, & CA) pay much higher than minimum wage & provide a nice benefit package.

Comment: Who hires workers they don't need? (Score 5, Insightful) 1040

by Bruinwar (#47153715) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
What business hires employees they don't need? If you lay people off because the minimum wage is raised, who takes over the work those people did? You can spread around some of it to other employees but that only goes so far. Every single place I've ever worked at had just enough or usually less than enough people to do what needed to be done. Productivity has never been higher in the U.S.

OK so some businesses will not be able to either give up some profit or raise prices to accommodate the higher wages... they go belly up. But then whatever services they provided will be unavailable & someone will jump in & fill that gap. It's hard to believe the claims of job losses tied to the minimum wage.

Comment: Same thing other video games (Score 1) 103

by Bruinwar (#46765793) Attached to: Your <em>StarCraft II</em> Potential Peaked At Age 24
In my experience, 24 is the peak & it's downhill from there. However, for the talented, it's a very slow decline. Back in my Quake, then Quake 2 gaming days doing league play & setting up matches, it seemed to me that the 20-22 year old players ruled. I was 38 at the time. I could compete with them until we got into the top 10 teams. Then I just set up the matches & coached haha. Quake 3 was the end of it for me really, but then I got sucked into MMOs by my wife & lost what little skills I had left.

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