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Comment: Re:Magnetic Field? (Score 1) 136 136

In order to be abled to say "a small step for a man ... etc" you have to be abled to walk. If we don't know how to set foot on another planet in our own neighbourhood, how should we accomplish this light years away, after hundreds or even thousands of years of travel?

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

I think the main problem movie studios face is sheer logistics. Its not evil-dom, and perhaps only a small grain of it. Think about it: you have produced a movie, and don't know how successful it will be. Do you want to manufacture millions of DVDs in vain, or only tens of thousands? These are all costs you have to bear, I guess. With every new movie being its own financial risk, its hard to release a movie world-wide without cost problems. Next are the cinemas. I guess the australian cinema companies are quite accustomed to having a pre-ordered list of successful films from the US releases. If there is an unsuccessful one, they can cancel shows. This adoption in small steps is what google is doing too for play store app updates.

English has 1.8 billion speakers. You can't target them all, in cinemas across the world, in one day. Yes, perhaps you have fast enough internet to rsync a 4k HD 3D movie to thousands of cinemas. But explain sending their intellectual property they have worked their assess of for the last months or years over the internet, the "spooky place" with the pirates, to a movie label.

But I agree, they can be a lot less fucked up.

Comment: Re:Ahm Mo Call (Score 1) 214 214

What I wonder: why are the patent numbers so great these days? I mean I understand it for software, where you basically put a patent marker on every for loop of your program, just because USPTO doesn't care, or can't care because patent number is so high, and you make sure applications are highly obfuscated. But why are "real life" hardware patents so numerous? Do they micro-patent everything too?

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

There is a difference. Content is consumed for the "informational" content it has, while bread is bought to eat its substance. While I think a 25 year limit after creator death is a good copyright term, the content creators still need something they can live off. You don't need to block geoblock-circumvention services for that I think.

Comment: Re:Good luck ... (Score 1) 107 107

And even then your security can be compromised by anybody who can stick an usb stick into your server at the datacenter, or has physical access by other means. Therefore, you can't just chose some datacenter where you put down your server and this is it, you have to chose one thats guarded with video surveillance, and proper protocols. And even then, a data compromise can be maximum detected, but stopping is even harder. Also you have to trust the people guarding your server. What if they get an NSL? but of course, if the NSA really sends an NSL requesting specifically your data, then you are fucked already, and they usually use other methods I guess. So the only data protection advantage you get from setting up your own server in a datacenter, is that NSA will most likely be too lazy to grab your data. I guess they have collective VPS programs already.

Comment: Re:Do not... (Score 2) 289 289

But facebook wants to become one. If they could decide, there wouldn't be any news websites, every story would be shared over facebook.
Having private companies providing a public service works quite well at many places. Take media and twitter as example. At other places (broadband ISPs in the US) it sucks like hell.

The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill. -- Robert Heller