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Comment: They already are... (Score 1) 141

As much as i dislike facebok... they did nothing wrong here.

pondering the effects of their site.
testing it
publishing results

great - hopefully the insane backlash wont stop them showing future tests publicly.

if you dont want FB to find out theeffects of their site on you... don't use it.

Comment: Re:Change human nature first and good luck with th (Score 1) 60

by Chozabu (#46937085) Attached to: Open Source Program To Give Voters More Active Role In Government
Sure - that is a big problem with "Direct Democracy"
The idea of "Liquid Democracy" is that people can select representatives in various different areas (and they can select sub-representatives, etc)

At least that's my take on it, and what I am implementing in a distributed F2F manner as a plugin for RetroShare dubbed "Mesh Democracy": or straight to a screenshot

Comment: I am one of those people.... (Score 1) 263

by Chozabu (#46067105) Attached to: Cameron's IP Advisor: Throw Persistent Copyright Infringers In Jail
Right over here. I made "Wheelz" for android. Put it up on Demonoid (great torrent site now killed by murica) and my sales *doubled*.

some stats:
free (supported by ingames ads) downloads ~4million
pirated: ~400,000
paid: ~20,000

I got a disproportionately high reward. copyright did not help - it's to stop people from copying for free - which people were doing and seeming to increase my sales in the process. To be frank - the system is mad, if copyright terms were closer to ~5 years

A Much better model than copyright is kinda obvious. Collect enough money to do the job in advance - it's getting even easier these days. We could do with a decent "OpenStarter" - Like kickstarter but more democratic - resulting on only FOSS, and without taking such a cut (0% cut with a p2p openstarter).

Problem is - many people make money off copyright think stuff like "yes, this is wrong, but I like money, and it is socially acceptable - so lets keep it this way!" There is also alot of thought along the lines of "Wow, I've earnd loads of money! I must be amazing - look at all the stupid people working hard for less reward" and many more streams of thought along similar lines.

Minimal copyright has some merit - our system today has evolved to increase disparity in wealth and get the majority to work for the gain of a few, thanking them for it at the same time. A much more advanced system to get people to do your bidding than directly threatining them (which happens too).

Comment: Re:Where's the evidence ? (Score 1) 196

by Chozabu (#45043221) Attached to: More Evidence That Piracy Can Increase Sales

It's pure anicdote - but I made a somewhat popular little android called "Wheelz" - the day I put it up on demonoid (and TPB) my sales, and ad-supported downloads doubled.

Quoting myself:
"As an aside – more than 20x as many people have downloaded the full version of my game Wheelz (from TPB or other “piracy” websites) rather than bought it. And yet as I see it, it has never been stolen! In fact I would go as far as to say it has never even been infringed! And that’s because I uploaded it, giving my permission for other to download the full version for free, shortly after putting it on the android market for a profit.

Why? Well – why not? Popular games will be pirated anyway (no amount of DRM will stop that – although it is likely to destroy any enjoyment the game previously offered), there’s no stopping that. I thought it may lower my sales, but was a nice ethical thing to do

What happened? My sales doubled! and I received thousands of kind messages!"

I suspect, often someone downloads the free full version from demonoid, shows it to their friends, and on of them buys it.

Comment: Re:Sound (Score 1) 56

by Chozabu (#39362555) Attached to: Watch How the Moon Was Formed

I can't help but wonder... why am I watching a NASA video where the crater's falling on the moon makes sound in a vacuum?

I know it's artistic license and all, but aren't videos like this reserved for nerds, who actually care about things like accuracy?

Just press the Mute button if it bothers you =P

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