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Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 3, Informative) 348

by Pope (#47946113) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

But, in a world where everyone is selling 256K and 320K tracks, I'd rather get my music in a lossless format and convert down to VBR MP3.

LMAO. AAC is already VBR, at 256k from the iTunes store. So you want a lossless track so that you can convert it to lossy anyway, rather than getting a lossy track in the first place with no extra steps needed. Brilliant.

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 218

by Kythe (#47944969) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other
I believe you are right when it comes to having an ability to override baser instincts with long-term concerns. However, I do believe humans consistently underestimate how much evolved behaviors play a part in our lives. The most salient example, of course, is the "tabula rasa" belief system that one encounters from time to time (in my experience, particularly among activists who see hypotheses of behaviors having a genetic origin as threatening to attempts to modify those behaviors).

Some researchers have, in fact, argued that altruism, empathy, etc. - behaviors that inherently involve longer-term goals from a selfish point-of-view - are also evolved traits. Which traits are expressed most strongly in a given person is probably itself a combination of nature and nurture...

Comment: Re:International Copyright (Score 1) 172

by Pope (#47919283) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

This is what I always here, same with Anime. But I don't understand why this is hard.

Anime is a whole other matter. Japanese media companies are insanely risk-averse. If they know they can guarantee a sell-out run of 20,000 BD units at 6,000 Yen a piece for Anime X in Japan only, that's all they'll do. Won't run 25,000 units and hope for selling 23,000 at full retail.

Keeping with this, they also charge an arm and a leg to foreign companies to want to translate and distribute outside Japan. Since media costs are lower in, say, the USA, they worry that Japanese fans will wait until the cheaper foreign discs come out, since they'll all have the Japanese language tracks anyway.

Everything else you mention has to do with pre-existing agreements.

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