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Comment Re:I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 63

Yeah, let's just ignore that little crash in '99 and 2000

What crash would that be? Unemployment was under 5% in 1999 and kept falling until 2001 (graph). Yes, it was bad if you were in the tech sector. More of a market correction than a crash. <Cue Crocodile Dundee> Now, 2008, THAT was a crash!

So, who benefited from that "boom"? The very same people that are benefiting from this one, and it ain't us.

Indeed, which is why I'm voting Sanders.

Comment Re:I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 63

Here's an amusing thought: Trump has threatened to run as a third party candidate if the Republicans are mean to him, Bloomberg said if Trump, Sanders, or Cruz were nominated he could jump in. So it could be a four way race; Trump, Sanders, Bloomberg, and Cruz. I don't think that's ever happened before.

Comment I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 63

Bush and Christie hitting one-time Senator Rubio out on lack of experience when Bush's Texas governor brother took the white house in peacetime with a balanced budget and in a boom and left with two wars, the worst economy since the Great Depression, and history's largest deficit. Then a one term Illinois Senator took that and is leaving office with low unemployment, a lower deficit, and a good economy. They're nuts.

Not that Rubio is any more sane.

Comment Re:Sexual Assault (Score 0) 504

Fair enough; if you're so hung up on this issue that Cortana won't let you treat her in some kind of perverse way, then you are under no obligation whatsoever to use her as a virtual assistant.

But don't then sit around wondering why people like me judge you as being of poor character. And before you reply, "I don't care what you think of my character," again, such is your prerogative. But then, you probably also have no idea if I'm your boss (or future potential boss), your loan officer, the person evaluating your college application, your potential friend, a possible future customer of your services, etc. If you're willing to live with the consequences of doing so, then by all means, please feel free to use as slutty a virtual assistant as your tastes desire.

Comment What is your goal? (Score 2) 267

Is it to trade with people using XYZ-coin? Then use XYZ-coin.

Is it to speculate? Sorry, nobody can predict the future. A few centuries ago Tulips were all the rage, but we all know what happened to them.

Is it market goods and services to XYZ-coin speculators? Then go with XYZ-coin so you can be part of "their community"?

Is it to promote features like anonymity/privacy or free-as-in-freedom that are probably better in XYZ-coin than in traditional currencies? Then pick any one that meets your "base criteria" in these areas: Bitcoin not good enough for a particular metric you are looking for? Then name the specific feature that BitCoin doesn't provide (or doesn't provide well enough for your needs) and ask Slashdot for help finding an XYZcoin that does.

Submission + - Bethesda To Unleash The Hounds Of Hell On May 13th, Doom Release Date Confirmed (

MojoKid writes: Bethesda and id Software are in the process rebooting the Doom franchise and it seems like it's been in development for ages. When we last visited the upcoming Doom remake, Bethesda had posted a giblet-filled trailer which showed some pretty impressive gameplay visuals, killer hand-to-hand combat and plenty of head stomping. Today, Bethesda clued gamers in on something that Doom fans have been anticipating for years, an actual release date.">Mark your calendars for May 13th, because that's when Doom will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and of course, the PC platform. Bethesda also dropped a new">campaign trailer for you to ogle.

Comment Commercial-grade copiers will always exist (Score 1) 105

Even if (hypothetically) the industry got a lockdown on all TVs and recording devices so the only devices that could display or record video had to obey the industries rules, you would STILL have the "analog hole."

It's technically possible (but not cheap) to make a sensor as big as a TV that has enough resolution to record every TV pixel faster than the pixel is changing.

Add a little computing power to take care of "bleed over" from neighboring pixels and a well-endowed copy-shop could make a full-resolution copy of anything that can be displayed on their TV or monitor.

Once a copy of a high-demand film is made and distributed to more than a few customers, it will leak to the free-as-in-beer (read: no more revenue for the pirates who funded the initial copying) places on the intertubes.

The best way for the industry to deter that level of well-funded piracy is to make everything available for home viewing worldwide at the same time, and in all formats that consumers want at the same time, and at a price that consumers can reasonably afford. Some publishers are already doing this. Doing this will dry up the piracy market for those who can't get titles in the formats they want when they want it.

Yes, there will still be piracy by those too cheap to pay reasonable prices for content, and there will be piracy by those who have copies of stuff just for the sake of having copies of stuff but probably won't ever watch it, but those groups aren't the ones that would be buying the videos on the open market in the first place, so the industry won't be losing much revenue.

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