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Comment: Re:Negotiating when desperate (Score 2) 498

Sure. But I think a response to that is to accept what you have to and then keep going. If you take a lowball wage just to make the rent, don't sit there for years waiting for things to magically get better. Use that new position as your fallback, and keep looking, because now you're not in the position where you're forced to say yes.

Comment: Re:Consumption's up (Score 2) 137

by Quirkz (#49791515) Attached to: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites

I agree with you. That's why, as an author, I chose for my ebooks not to have any DRM. I'd rather someone who enjoyed my book lend it to a friend or family member and have them also enjoy it than not buy because of the DRM.

Frankly, I also don't really care how many individual readers download one of my books for their own enjoyment, especially if they take a moment to post a review or recommend it to someone else. That's darn near close enough to payment as far as I'm concerned. I do draw the line at anyone trying to resell my work as theirs, and there's definitely some discomfort at places like those in the article that might be profiting by giving away what isn't theirs to give.

Comment: Re:dont' engage it with people there? (Score 1) 390

This feature is of course a necessity for the coming zombie apocalypse. Imagine if you were trying to make a getaway, and a single zombie could stop your car by lurching in front of it. Something like that could single-handedly doom the straggling remainders of humanity.

Comment: Re:Wrong (Score 1) 496

by Quirkz (#49743211) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

Think about it some more. There is a place near the south pole where the effective circumference of the earth at that latitude is exactly one mile. So if you started one mile north of that spot you could go south, make the circle, and head north, and be back in the same place.

Then, as the GP says, there's an infinite number, because there's also a spot where the effective circumference is half a mile, a third mile, a quarter mile, etc., where you're just doing more laps around the same ring when you head west, before heading north.

Comment: Not sure (Score 3, Interesting) 361

by Quirkz (#49692681) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

I realize this analysis is about "popular" music, so this may not entirely fit. But last year I listened to one of those Great Courses sets on "How to Listen to and Understand Great Music" and really changed what I've been listening to, which now includes quite a bit of concert music (baroque, classical, etc.) that I never really appreciated before. Am I an outlier that I'm picking up something new just as I turn 40, or does this not count because it's not pop music, and old fogies are supposed to drift into listening to this ancient stuff anyway?

I'd say I've also picked up a lot of new material recently because of Pandora, but I'll admit most of that is older music, where it's a genre/style I liked, but I somehow missed some of the artists from that era who are similar to ones I already liked.

Comment: Re:But... (Score 1) 244

While I'm dumbfounded by repeated arguments that there can't be any business model other than "selling a hammer" I also don't agree that 70 years is a reasonable span for royalties. A decade or two? Sure. That's a pretty good span for getting your money back from a creation. But by the time a work of art has spanned a generation, let alone two or three, it really ought to be open to the public to make use of it. Without getting too specific about where to draw the line, it seems to me like a decent rule of thumb that if something existed before you were born, by the time you're a fully grown adult it ought to be available for use in your own art without continuing to pay royalties.

Comment: Re:Same in the UK (Score 1) 190

by Quirkz (#49642627) Attached to: No Justice For Victims of Identity Theft

That runs slightly counter to an experience I had, which was similar but not quite the same. Someone opened an eBay account using my name and address and a fake credit card, but it wasn't my card. They bought just a couple of things, totaling less than $200. I've had collection agencies contact me a couple of times about it on behalf of eBay, who was clearly looking to recoup that relatively small loss. Not sure if they've got different policies in England as opposed to the US, or what else might have caused them to pursue my case but not yours.

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