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Comment I don't know if all fans will accept it (Score 1) 68 68

I bet half the fans will accept a much smaller amount of inexplicable error, and half will demand a smaller amount of explicable error. They may go so far as to pick colors to help identify their preferred choice, and possibly even associate an animal or ethnicity with their selection.

Comment Re:Here's the problem (Score 1) 250 250

"We reserve the authority to restrict distribution and sue you if you don't follow our requirements" How do you do that? With a license.

How do you enforce said license? With copyright law.

I recall someone saying that companies can be wary of a 'bare license'. They prefer to have a purchase contract accompany a commercial software license, which elaborates inter-party financial or other penalties for violation, rather than relying on local and federal laws for enforcement.

I couldn't find the original reference, but this document describes some of the legal and situational differences between a bare license and one accompanied by a contract.

Comment Re:Here's the article text (it's slashdotted) (Score 1) 446 446

It’s unclear how much of the AshleyMadison user account data has been posted online. For now, it appears the hackers have published a relatively small percentage of AshleyMadison user account data and are planning to publish more for each day the company stays online.

Python already did it.

Comment Re: No it is not (Score 1) 351 351

Modern advertising and PR learned quite a bit from the propaganda on both sides during WW2. It chooses music and images to elicit specific emotions such as feeling that something is missing in your life, or you're too fat, or that with this product people will like you. Have you noticed the recent uptick in television advertisements featuring veterans that have absolutely nothing to do with veterans?

"Oh thank God! She made it home in one piece, and her dog missed her so much. Now go buy whatever-the-fuck dogfood we're selling or you don't support our troops!"

Huh -- the only thing I got from those commercials was, "Wow, that dog missed her so much it would probably be happy eating old shoes for the rest of its life if she's around. We should probably stop sending troops out on more than one deployment."

Economists state their GNP growth projections to the nearest tenth of a percentage point to prove they have a sense of humor. -- Edgar R. Fiedler