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Comment: Pay vs. Pirate (Score 5, Informative) 437 437

So, they don't want people paying for their service? They would rather see people pirate the movies for free?

The entire media industry is getting more and more ridiculous by the day. Income is income, especially when it comes to the type of people they're targeting (i.e. the tech savvy). If I were a big hollywood studio licensing my works to Netflix, which I am not, I wouldn't care about stupid country restrictions. If there are people out there that want to see my works, and are willing to pay for it in this day in age, that's a great sign.

I only recently read an article about 2014 being the worst collective year for the box office in recent history. Reading the massive amount of comments following the article, the aggregate reasoning for this was insane pricing at movie theatres (including tickets and snacks), and poor quality of movies. Everything is either a remake or a "safe" formulaic film.

To put this entire comment into context, I'm from Australia where we get the raw end of every deal. We often get films months after they get released in the 'States for no reason, we pay more for music, TV and film than most of the world, we have "pay TV" (what Americans would call Cable) that have horrible bundles forcing you into 1 channel you want and 20 channels you don't.

The faster the big studios, MPAA/RIAA, and distributors realise that people always get what they want, and they just need to re-arrange their outdated models so they can get a slice of the pie, the better. I don't see that happening soon though.

Comment: Re:OK let's get something straight here - (Score 2, Informative) 211 211

"If you're tagged in a photo, you can exercise your privacy controls over it."

I take exception to this. Why should I ever have to interact with Facebook in the first place? It is entirely possible to tag someone's name into a photo that does not have a Facebook account.

My heart is warmed by the fact that kids are now moving away from Facebook and going back to private messaging like iMessage, Whatsapp, etc., to get away from compromising situations.

Comment: Re:Sooo.... (Score 2) 603 603

Lest we forget that all firearms legislation has its roots in oppressing minorities. The problem is that the oppression has become democratized. Listen to the lyrics of rap groups like Public Enemy. 20 years ago they were speaking to a very specific audience; now their words have more universal appeal.

Comment: Re:Isn't this what the Taiwanese believe as well? (Score 3) 262 262

"My wife was born in Taiwan. She and anyone in her family gets extremely angry if you refer to them as "Chinese," despite being ethnically Chinese, speaking Mandarin, etc."

My dad's wife is from Taiwan and is exactly the opposite. Although I never asked what she thought about Taiwan being a part of China.

Comment: Re:I think... (Score 1) 530 530

My cats and dog know exactly when to eat and line up to get snacks. Those are all entropic measurements and knowing your circadian/metabolic rhythms. If you know your body well enough, you'll feel its different states and you can call it a time, but it's still boils down to entropy.

Comment: Re:I think... (Score 2) 530 530

That's entropy, not time.

It's very possible that the development of language in humans sort of locked us into the concept of time. For further reading, some of which sounds insane, look into pigeons and their homing instincts to see how other animals aren't necessarily perceiving time in the way that we do.

Comment: How does this compare to the way Israel does it? (Score 1) 437 437

I've always heard about Israeli-style airport security being top notch. That's to say that they apply a level of intelligence, instead of blindly molesting passengers. Can anyone comment on how this methodology compares to the way they do it in Israel? Thanks!

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts. -- Albert Einstein