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Comment: Re:"Ur" (Score 4, Informative) 194 194

Are you being stupid on purpose or what?

"Ur" is a fairly common way to represent an origin or prototypical item of a set, as in a "ur-language" would be the mother tongue from which other languages spring. It seem to be being used in this context to mean more "all-encompassing", or a back to roots type thing, but the meaning still applies.

Why am I responding to an AC troll....

Comment: Re:Pitiful (Score 1) 230 230

It's already on the InterWebs and just a matter of time before it's everywhere.

Except that it's not on the torrents yet:

The only people we know for sure who have the movie are Sony (who aren't releasing it) and the hackers (who definitely aren't releasing it)

Comment: Re:gotta be Bennett (Score 5, Insightful) 162 162

Seriously. I don't normally complain about the crap that gets posted from the same sources over and over that's just trash, but these Bennett posts are awful garbage. This is not your personal blog! No one cares what you think!

And this idea is stupid as well. It looks like he thought "Hey, lots of sites have moderation systems, why not twitter" and then realized that it, like all moderation systems, would have some problems. How does that rate a whole discussion?

Is there a chrome extension that blocks slashdot stories with "Bennett Haselton" yet?

Comment: Re:What a shame (Score 4, Insightful) 189 189

Duhh. Neither does the artist make any money.

So? The copy doesn't mean that downloader would have ever given any money to the artist if that was the only way to obtain the file, they might (probably) would have just gotten something else for free instead (or be willing to pay a lower, but not offered in the marketplace, rate). That's why we have all these new methods of paying artists like donations (pay what you want), kickstarter (like for the latest Zach Braff movie), indiegogo, etc. (as well as the traditional methods like t-shirts and swag and concerts, seeing the movie in the theater for the theater experience)

These are inherently ephemeral goods; there is no real world resource loss. Whether they get paid once or a billion times, the amount of work has not changed. Even if they never get paid, like plenty of artists who work their whole lives at their craft and never even make rent money.

If you can't make money doing what you are doing, then do something else.

Comment: Re:What a shame (Score 5, Interesting) 189 189

Well, you are still taking the copy without paying for it. That copy still carries a value even when the plain act of copying does not involve any manufacturing costs. I can't believe how tough concept this often is for slashdotters.

I can't believe you still don't get it. Taking that copy causes NO loss of resources to the artist, the resources being used are by the sharer and the downloader. The artist didn't lose anything.

That the artist didn't get paid for that copy is irrelevant. That's just a failure in their business model. I can't charge you for every time you download and read this comment, even if I wanted to.

The thing you keep missing is that the artist (or record company, or estate or whatever) DOES NOT deserve to get paid for every single copy of their song, forever and ever. If you aren't making enough money doing what you are doing, then do something else.

Comment: Re:Why do people still pay money for basic softwar (Score 1) 522 522

Well other than the lack of outline mode. Which , annoyingly apple's Pages dropped recently too.

And which I have *no idea* how to find on the new fangled ribbon interface thing in modern Office either :(

You go to the "View" tab (the last one) and it's button number four.

Just FYI :)

I use outline mode all the time. (And I also like the Ribbon, which makes me a heretic around here.)

"Intelligence without character is a dangerous thing." -- G. Steinem