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Comment: Re:This is not news... (Score 1) 328 328

How about I come by your home and leave a brick on the floor, is it really so hard to just put it in the trash if you don't want it? The point is, it is a theft of your time and effort.

And if you aren't allowed into their home, you can just toss it through a window.

Comment: Re:Nobody has a right to a market (Score 1) 50 50

If you operate a movie theatre, you can't check passports on the door and only allow citizens of a specific country to enter.

True, but you can be pretty certain that someone coming in to your movie theater is physically located in your country. It's also a reasonable assumption that it's legal for them to be there.

You can't stop someone sending physical media across borders, although the north koreans keep trying.

Maybe you can't achieve perfect enforcement, but I would guess that every country in the world has laws about what physical items can be brought into or sent out from that country.

Refusing to sell content to someone based on their location or nationality should be illegal as it's discrimination. Similarly, trying to carve the world up into arbitrary areas so you can enforce exclusive distributors in each area is anti-competitive and should also be illegal.

I agree that that's a great ideal. The problem is, under who's jurisdiction? For example, the United States has very little control over what companies do in other countries (openly, anyway; I'm sure there's plenty of military and economic threats being passed around back channels), nor can the United States force companies from other countries to sell in the United States. You would need either an international treaty, which the media companies would never allow, or a world government with this kind of authority, which the UN is unlikely to get any time soon.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 98 98

I certainly wasn't trying to argue that the prices 20 years ago or the relative decrease in price since then was in any way connected to copyright infringement. I only meant to point out that the relative price for a new game has gone down. Exactly why that has happened, I don't really know.

Comment: Re:TNSTAAFL (Score 1) 272 272

Exactly. Assuming that Sprint is a rational actor in the market, there are two possibilities*:

1. Sprint makes a profit from offering things like extra warranties, either directly, by selling the accessories for a higher price, or indirectly, by gaining customers that they otherwise wouldn't gain. If Sprint is making a profit, then they would continue offering these benefits and continue making a profit.

2. Sprint is losing money from offering these benefits. In this case, it would be a net gain in profit to stop offering these benefits.

Note that Net Neutrality regulations and false advertising laws do not appear anywhere in the math.

* I'll ignore the possibility that Sprint is breaking exactly even on it.

Comment: Re:Easy ... use watch+gestures for authentication (Score 1) 124 124

Would be fun to observe people waving their hands in complex patterns detected by a built-in watch motion sensor to unlock things.

Wow, I think you just implemented wizard spells with a somatic component. Add in voice recognition and the need to have your phone with you, and you've got verbal and material components too.

Comment: Re:maybe robots can fly the drones (Score 1) 298 298

When I do a Google search for "Pacifist Enlistment Options" I get nothing back. Please help me out and point me to where I can enlist but specify that I don't want to be subject to orders that will help kill people.

If by "enlist" you mean becoming an enlisted soldier, then you probably don't have much choice in the matter. If you just mean joining the military, then if you have a college degree in some science or engineering field, you can become an officer and work at someplace like a Navy research lab. There probably isn't much need for computer scientists or physicists in Afghanistan, so you most likely won't be deployed to a combat zone.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350