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Comment: Re:Nobody has the right not to be offended. (Score 1) 1134

by Rande (#47828105) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Get back to me when you've managed to codify 'common sense' into law. Or do you want to punish people who break unwritten laws based on what is held only in your head?
If you've manage to code 'common sense' into a machine, then I think the Nobel Committee wants to have a word with you.

Comment: Real Address? (Score 2) 113

by Rande (#47495235) Attached to: Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

What, you put your actual address in there? Why? No one I care about would use the Whois to contact me by snail mail. And if actual authorities need to find me, then they can subpoena my billing address (or maybe, y'know, just email me and set up an appointment?)
I think mine is currently set to some hotel in Uzbeckistan. Next renewal I think I'll set it to a Yurt in Mongolia.

Comment: Re:Isn't this classic anti-trust fodder (Score 2) 211

by Rande (#47117451) Attached to: Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Except there's nothing stopping the publishers from opening up their own website to sell ebooks.
The barrier to entry isn't that high.
Offer them for less than Amazon, with a good user experience and people will flock to it.
ie. Pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap.

Or are you saying that Amazon has forced them into 'Most favoured nation' clauses where they aren't allowed to sell for lower than Amazon? (Like Apple did, which _was_ anticompetitive)

Comment: As a reader... (Score 1) 405

I think Amazon&Kindle is great for finding authors, especially self-published authors that I'd never have found otherwise. Or even new books from authors I do like - because I'm not going to sign up to 100 newsletters to find out when the next book is.
Sure, quite a bit of self-published stuff is dross, but the 10% sample feature (usually) allows me to weed them out.
I can understand that other people may have different points of view and find the occasional typo, grammatical error or bad typesetting upsettings.
But OTOH, self-pub is often less than 50% of the price of a traditional book, and when you read ~150 books a year, that makes a difference.

Comment: Re:Use confiscated drugs (Score 1) 483

by Rande (#47081883) Attached to: Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

It would be hard to find a modern citizen without psychological problems who could stomach a guillotine.

...So use a guy with mental problems? Maybe even an inmate. Or does the idea of a person enjoying their job make you feel weird?

(Note that I'm generally against the death penalty due to the large numbers of posthumous pardons. But if a convict chooses to die, I'm not against assisted suicide.)

Comment: Lack of Commentary (Score 1) 477

by Rande (#46928729) Attached to: Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

The commentary tracks are the only reason that I buy DVD/BDs. It means that I'll at least watch it twice.
They aren't included in pirate rips. ...and more and more often they aren't included any more on the optical formats either, because "commentary doesn't sell discs' apparently.
While I can't say 'No Commentary, no Sale", it's a _very_ high priority as to whether I'll pay more than GBP5 for a disc.

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