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Comment: Re:Trading Freedom for Security? (Score 2) 264

I'd mod you up if I could, that's a pretty good description and pretty much sums up my thoughts. Its a non-conspiracy of people with their own agendas, failings and short-sightedness.

I think the bit you missed though is that the problems arise when they _are_ powerful. My failings affect myself and my immediate family, theirs affect millions of people.

+ - Posting football goals on Vine is illegal, say England's Premier League.->

Submitted by JonnyCalcutta
JonnyCalcutta (524825) writes "The football Premier League in England are warning about posting goals on online services such as Vine and Twitter. The claim is that posting these clips is 'illegal under copyright laws' (not forgetting the billions payed by media companies for games' rights). I'm automatically dubious about blanket statements from rights holders already known to push the truth, especially concerning such short clips, but I don't know enough about copyright law to understand the implications fully. Is it illegal and what can they actually do about it? Does adding commentary give the uploader any rights to post?"
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Comment: Re:Blame the Players, not the Game (Score 3, Interesting) 127

by JonnyCalcutta (#47490393) Attached to: Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

Couldn't agree more. Some of my best memories are from playing RPGs as a teen / early adult. And like the other posters above that didn't prevent me from having the more normal and less respectable teen fun (drinking / smoking / partying / hanging round street corners / martial arts / football / movies). On the other hand, when the RPG campaign was rocking I wasn't adverse to skipping a party to keep the gaming going - it was that good.

If someone thinks people should be skipping RPGs because its not studying maths or inventing new water filters for the third world then they are the ones with the unhealthy view, IMHO.

Comment: Re:Must vote remain underlings (Score 0, Troll) 151

by JonnyCalcutta (#47447729) Attached to: Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

So far, the best reason for a yes vote is because the "West Lothian Question" is blatantly unfair and undemocratic, but since it goes in Scotland's favour, I've not heard a peep out of that crowd about it.

Bleh. If that's all you know about it I'd keep quiet and stick to your areas of competence.

Comment: Re:Premature much (Score 1) 302

by JonnyCalcutta (#46839699) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

This. I bought a fairly cheap Samsung b&w laser printer a few years ago after wasting fortunes on ink for a colour inkjet that was used a few times a year. What with cleaning cycles and ink just drying up it felt like it was costing me a cartridge per print. Now after around 3 years it has cost me a total of £25 for one replacement toner cartridge (plus the original sub-£100 cost for the printer with original cartridge). Lack of colour has never been an issue as like you and others I just outsource any colour printing to the local store.

Comment: Re:My son does fine with both (Score 1) 355

by JonnyCalcutta (#46777151) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

As a parent of two boys I see this the opposite way. I see restaurants and driving as good times to interact with my children (with them nailed in place) and also for them to learn how to entertain themselves and to learn appropriate behaviour. As far as I'm concerned the use of technology as a general pacifier is much more of a problem than anything else - I'd quite like my children to have some kind of attention span before technology inevitably takes it away.

I'm not suggesting we're luddites or saints though - my kids still watch too much TV and play too much Minecraft but I think of them as entertainment devices and not off switches for children.

As another poster suggested - your vows will be like so much dust in the wind once you have a real kid running about, forming its own personality (e.g. talking back / having tantrums) so I believe you just have to do your best to hold on to (a little bit) of your core beliefs, be flexible and let kids be kids. And don't listen to strangers with advice.

All the best with the little one.

Comment: Re:An illusion (Score 1) 194

I've often wondered something similar myself (but I was too lazy to become a physicist). What if the universe is infinite and inflation is simply the result of a 'local' (e.g. at least a 15 billion light year radius) eddy in the flow of infinite space/time.

If you want to know bring some marijuana.

One man's constant is another man's variable. -- A.J. Perlis