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Comment: What is needed.... (Score 1) 1091

by Mage66 (#39428813) Attached to: Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

Linux needs to stop being a laboratory.

Linux needs to have a UI that regular people want, not what some programmers want.

Linspire had the right idea. Make Linux look and work like what people are used to.

There can be one distribution that looks and works like Windows, including WINE. And, another that looks and works like MacOS X.

These should be packaged and sold in stores, with tech support. As well as bundled with hardware.

There can still be all the current distributions with their different UIs for the Power-users.

But if you want to sell Linux to desktop users (who don't care about the 'coolness' of Linux) it simply has to run the software they need to run, in a way they're familiar with.

People are going to have to give up the egotistical stand that says Linux shouldn't work like Windows.

If a car manufacturer made their cars as different from other cars as Linux is from other OSes, they'd have very few sales too.

Comment: Re:Load of Crap (Score 1) 115

by Mage66 (#38913581) Attached to: DC Comics Prevails In Batmobile Copyright Dispute

To DC, it's stealing money. From them.

If you've never authored a work and had it pirated (I have and bought a copy of my work on eBay, expecting it to be a genuine copy and received a Xeroxed manual and a copied disk.), you don't know what it's like.

DC is within it's rights to enforce their copyright on the car. They have to, because after decades of wrangling, they got all the ownership issues sorted out and have been releasing toy cars and models.

In order to have a license to sell to toy and model companies, they have to defend it in all arenas.

Comment: Re:Load of Crap (Score 1) 115

by Mage66 (#38912025) Attached to: DC Comics Prevails In Batmobile Copyright Dispute

Since there IS a licensed Batmobile maker, your post is wrong.

http://www.fiberglassfreaks.com/

There is a limited market for Batmobile replicas. And every car Towle sells means one less sale by the licensee.

So yes, DC is being damaged. They lose the per-car licensing fee from each car sold by a non-licensee.

Comment: Re:Fan Props too? (Score 1) 115

by Mage66 (#38909665) Attached to: DC Comics Prevails In Batmobile Copyright Dispute

You're exaggerating. Paramount did "sue" ALL the producers of fan made merchandise

A "Cease and Desist" letter isn't a lawsuit.

And Star Trek is far from dead. The sequel to the 2009 movie is currently filming, and several fan based shows are in production.

Star Trek: Phase II is about to release "The Child." Based on a script written for the aborted second series in 1979. The script was adapted for a TNG episode, but this will be as originally conceived and directed by Jon Povil who wrote it.

Comment: Re:Fan Props too? (Score 1) 115

by Mage66 (#38908909) Attached to: DC Comics Prevails In Batmobile Copyright Dispute

Paramount served every maker of replica Star Trek Props with Cease and Desist orders in the mid 90's.

Even Richard Coyle who was negotiating in good faith for a license, and Paramount denied. Richard made many of the props used in the Star Trek movies.

Today, fans can make their own replicas. There are several companies with licenses to make replica props.

And there are still several garage kit companies selling kits of various qualities and accuracy that just fly under the radar.

Comment: Towle doesn't have a license... (Score 1) 115

by Mage66 (#38908839) Attached to: DC Comics Prevails In Batmobile Copyright Dispute

DC Comics licensed one guy named Mark Racop to build these cars.

Mark Towle however, made the prototype for the licensed Speed Racer Mach V that was sold some time back (based on a Corvette chassis.)

Mark Towle does great work, his cars are really top notch!

But, unfortunately DC Comics believes there's only room for one licensee for Batmobiles in the market.

Making replica Futuras would be a great idea. But, that would be a very tiny market, even compared with Batmobiles.

Towle does good work, many famous people own his cars.

Comment: Re:We're no danger to the Galaxy... (Score 0) 534

by Mage66 (#37139966) Attached to: What If Aliens Came To Save the Galaxy From Mankind?

I hear your planet exiles it's Enviro-wackos to interstellar space.

In fact, we got this guy who adopted the Earth name
"Al Gore" who is from your planet. Can you take him with you on your way out?

And don't let the asteroid belt hit you in your thrusters as you accelerate to a significant portion of C!

Comment: We're no danger to the Galaxy... (Score 5, Insightful) 534

by Mage66 (#37139786) Attached to: What If Aliens Came To Save the Galaxy From Mankind?

At our technological level, we pose no danger to anything off this planet.

It would be like saying you'll sterilize a grain of sand to protect the planet.

Such a silly scenario...

If we ever develop interstellar travel that is fast, cheap and practical, maybe then this scenario starts to have legs.

Comment: Re:Global Warming alarmists (Score 3, Insightful) 473

by Mage66 (#36477538) Attached to: No, We're Not Headed For a New Ice Age

Not going to happen. We've seen about a tenth of a degree warming in the first half of the 20th Century (now reversed), that occurred LONG before the rise of automobiles and factories adding CO2 to the atmosphere.

Every prediction I've read about how much temperature change that the draconian measures would reverse are similarly in fractions of a degree over a period of a century.

Human activity just isn't affecting the climate all that greatly.

Any predictions of climate change on the level of several degrees is just scare-mongering.

It's not supportable based on what we've observed thus far. In fact atmospheric CO2 concentrations have increased by about 8 percent or so since the mid-1990s. According to climate alarmists, this should have caused measurable global warming. But none has been observed.

Human activity may indeed affect global climate, but it's like pouring a thimbleful of dye into a swimming pool.

Comment: Re:The data shows... (Score 0) 473

by Mage66 (#36477436) Attached to: No, We're Not Headed For a New Ice Age

Sorry, but I trust my sources. Like Dr. Roy Spencer and others.

His data is based on much more accurate satellite data, not tree rings, or meteorological stations placed inside heat islands like cities.

You might want to investigate that, as well as the Center for Climate Research at East Anglia University.

Data is only as good as the sources. And the data set you showed me has a lot of bias in it.

I trust satellite data much more.

Do let me know when you'll stop attacking me personally, and start discussing this subject intelligently?

And, applying critical thinking skills would be wonderful!

Comment: Re:The data shows... (Score 1) 473

by Mage66 (#36477344) Attached to: No, We're Not Headed For a New Ice Age

I said that because that's what the facts say.

What you have posted is unsupported hearsay.

I've told you where to find some of the data. You obviously are ignoring it, as you are getting a lot more mileage out of calling me a liar.

That's not how adult, intelligent people have a discussion.

And they are the people I take the time to produce data for.

All others are welcome to do their own research.

Comment: Re:The data shows... (Score 1) 473

by Mage66 (#36477252) Attached to: No, We're Not Headed For a New Ice Age

Since I googled to verify the data is still there, and it is...

I can only assume the whole point of your replies is to troll this thread.

I've long learned not to get into pissing matches with people who are either too intellectually dishonest, or too lazy to go look up easily found facts.

Find someone else to pester.

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