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Comment: Re:Nicely Written Brief (Score 1) 525

by Croakus (#31202552) Attached to: Tenenbaum's Final Brief — $675K Award Too High

They deserve to be recompensed for their work, the same way anyone else does for any more tangible work, and with similar amounts of money for similar amounts of effort,

Than we agree. Thanks, it's good to know I have a friend out there.

Everything else you said was assumption, but I'll let that slide.

Comment: Re:Nicely Written Brief (Score 1) 525

by Croakus (#31201268) Attached to: Tenenbaum's Final Brief — $675K Award Too High

By taking it are you intending to permanently deprive the owner?

You are in fact depriving them of just reward for the years of hard work it took to create that art, as well as re-reimbursement for the money they spent to create the recording.

Attempting to disguise your theft with semantics only makes you appear less intelligent.

Comment: How to determine if you're a thief ... (Score 0, Troll) 525

by Croakus (#31199092) Attached to: Tenenbaum's Final Brief — $675K Award Too High

Seems like this concept has gotten fuzzy. I hope this simple three step Q and A clears things up for everyone.

1) Do you now have something that you didn't have a minute ago?
Examples might include cars, sneakers, or perhaps an MP3 audio file of a song and the enjoyment that you experience when you listen to that song.

2) Is this thing the product of someone else's hard work and financial investment?
Examples might include the years of heart ache and hard work that a songwriter puts into his craft in order to create something that enriches other people's lives. It might also include the years of rejection sweat and tears that go into a performer's craft.

3) Does the creator make, or hope to make their living by selling this thing? If so, did you take it without paying?
Examples might include a farmer who expects to be paid for the corn he grows, but you went out in the field and cut some yourself. Or a songwriter who only makes 4 cents off each sale of his song, but you downloaded it from Limewire instead of paying 99 cents on iTunes before driving down to Starbucks where you paid $4 for a cup of coffee.

If you answered "yes" to all three questions then you have stolen something that you were not permitted to take.

Comment: Re:Nicely Written Brief (Score 1) 525

by Croakus (#31199048) Attached to: Tenenbaum's Final Brief — $675K Award Too High

I hope this clears things up for you:

How to determine if you have stolen something.

1) Do you now have something that you didn't have a minute ago?
Examples might include cars, sneakers, or perhaps an MP3 audio file of a song and the enjoyment that you experience when you listen to that song.

2) Is this thing the product of someone else's hard work and financial investment?
Examples might include the years of heart ache and hard work that a songwriter puts into his craft in order to create something that enriches other people's lives. It might also include the years of rejection sweat and tears that go into a performer's craft.

3) Does the creator make, or hope to make their living by selling this thing? If so, did you take it without paying?
Examples might include a farmer who expects to be paid for the corn he grows, but you went out in the field and cut some yourself. Or a songwriter who only makes 4 cents off each sale of his song, but you downloaded it from Limewire instead of paying 99 cents on iTunes before driving down to Starbucks where you paid $4 for a cup of coffee.

If you answered "yes" to all three questions then you have stolen something that you were not permitted to take.

Comment: So it's better to hold back the brightest? (Score 1) 425

by Croakus (#31190618) Attached to: New Plan Lets Top HS Students Graduate 2 Years Early

Anyone who thinks this is a bad idea and that everyone should be forced to stay until they turn 18 simply because of some imagined "emotional trauma" they might suffer has NO BUSINESS TEACHING CHILDREN! Some kids are simply smarter than others and some develop much faster. It would be a crime to hold them back and effectively punish them for being smarter and achieving more.

The only thing you get by holding back intelligent people is a bunch of extremely intelligent anti-social people who are frustrated and don't give a shit. I know first hand.

+ - Google's Buzz 1 Day Old and Already in Trouble->

Submitted by Croakus
Croakus (663556) writes "Looks like the automatic follow feature of Google Buzz is creating some privacy problems for people. Can you imagine your wife asking, "why is your ex-girlfriend linked to your Buzz account?" Yea, that wouldn't go well ... FTA, "At issue is a feature that compiles a list of the Gmail contacts who users most frequently e-mail or chat with. Buzz automatically starts following these people and makes the list public, meaning strangers can see who Buzz users have been in contact with.""
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+ - In literature, is it plagiarism or sampling?-> 2

Submitted by ardent99
ardent99 (1087547) writes "According to the New York Times today, Helene Hegemann's first book, has been moving up the best-seller list in Germany and is a finalist for a major book prize. While originally this was notable because Hegemann is only 17 and this is her first book, and so earned her praise as a prodigy, what's interesting now about this story is that she has been caught plagiarizing many passages in the book. Amazingly, she has not denied it, but instead claims there is nothing wrong with it. She claims that she is part of a new generation that has grown up with mixing and sampling in all media, including music and art, and this is legitimate in modern culture. Have we entered a new era where plagiarism is not just tolerated, but seen as normal? Is this the ultimate in cynicism, or simply a brash attempt at getting away with something now that she's been caught? Is her claim to legitimacy compromised by the fact that she only admitted it after it was discovered by someone else? And finally, if it is not acceptable in literature, is this reason to rethink the legitimacy of musical sampling?"
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Comment: Re:See! (Score 1) 278

by Croakus (#31115118) Attached to: Warner To End Free Streaming of Its Content

If that were true and streaming services actually made a profit then the last thing they would do is pull out. It's a simple business decision; if something doesn't turn a profit you stop doing it.

To put it another way; would you invest $100,000 in something that only pays out a few hundred? Lady Gaga did:
http://paidcontent.org/article/419-fair-dos-a-million-spotify-streams-earned-gaga-167/

You can't run a business like that. Sooner or later they will turn off the lights, your employees will get tired of their pay checks bouncing and your mortgage company will foreclose on you.

So if you consider wanting to make enough to at least pay your bills "greed," color me greedy.

Comment: Re:See! (Score 1) 278

by Croakus (#31115060) Attached to: Warner To End Free Streaming of Its Content

Close, but not exactly. The real problem is that when a song plays on a streaming system it plays to a very limited audience. Usually just one person. Bottom line is, it pays a heck of a lot less.

The simple fact is, record labels are just businesses exactly like any other. They market a product and make enough money off the sale of it to pay their bills. If they were making money off streaming you can be damn sure they would continue with it regardless of who has control.

They're leaving because they aren't making a profit. Simple as that.

Seriously guys, I know you like to think everything in the world is a big horrible conspiracy against you personally but they're just trying to keep their doors open and make sure their employees pay checks don't bounce.

+ - Why can't Space Station become Planetary Explorer 2

Submitted by
bmullan
bmullan writes "I've been wondering why the ISS (International Space Station) couldn't be modified to become an inter-planetary exploration vehicle.
ISS is huge and offers extremely good living/working quarters for Astronauts who might be on a mission to say Mars.

Because its in space and weightless (yes it does have mass tho)... it would seem that adding some form of engines to it along with required guidance equipment etc
it could make an awesome spaceship for earth.

Its size and amenities would sure make the multi-year voyage to/back from Mars much more doable for humans.
They could even dock some kind of Mars lander on the ISS during the trip then after arrival in orbit around Mars detach the lander for actual on planet exploration
then use the lander to return to the ISS and finally the voyage back to earth.

I'm not with NASA but I can't see any reason this couldn't be done other than the $$ involved.

comments?"

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