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Comment: Mostly a gimmick I think. (Score 1) 147

by Simulant (#49704789) Attached to: Mechanical 'Clicky' Keyboards Still Have Followers (Video)

I started with mechanical keyboards and barely noticed when they all disappeared. I liked them well enough but there is no way I'm spending $100.00+ on a keyboard for nostalgia or some imperceptible gaming edge. Certainly not when I spill a beer in my keyboard every few months. Perhaps if I were a coder or writer who actually typed all day...

Comment: I put less effort into it for sure but.... (Score 1) 361

by Simulant (#49693703) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?
Grew up on Casey Kasem
First album purchase was the Saturday Night Fever sound track
Spent high school/college listening to Rock/Metal AND New Wave/Post Punk
Brief Grunge fling in the 90s, then ELECTRONICA, mainly Trip-Hop/Downtempo/Trance/ProgHouse. Electronica remains my favorite genre.
Lately I'm all over the place... World (Reggae, Flamenco, Samba, etc..)NOLA Jazz & Blue Grass get a lot of play plus, and still, a bit of all of the above.

I listen to music less frequently than I used to but to a huge variety of music and a couple of live shows a year.
    Pushing 50... Haven't bought a proper album in 20 years but I do splash out for some of my favorite (non-millionaire) artists every now & then. I try to buy as close to the source as possible, preferably from their own website. I don't use streaming sites unless I'm hosting a party & being lazy.

I do hate most of the radio, but more because of commercials & DJs than the music. While my daughter's pop is frequently grating., I even like myself a catchy Katy Perry tune every now and then.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 302

As if there's a significantly lucrative market for silent films these days.

Freaking capitalists.... Because money is the only reason to do anything. You are like the religious people who believe that morality would not exist without god except that it's "incentive would not exist without monetary gain".

What really happens is this: Whom ever owns the copyright sits on those films and does nothing because there is no monetary incentive. The film buff(s) who would donate their time to restore and archive the work are sued if when they try.

Comment: Re:They should be doing the opposite (Score 3, Insightful) 309

Most everything is derivative. It's not possible to be uninfluenced by copyrighted material.

Also, how is it remotely fair that the IP owners can perpetually reap income from work that was performed even 10 years ago let alone 70? Most of us get paid once for the work we do. Are the IP owners (not necessarily even the creators...) so much more deserving than the rest of us? Fuck everything about this system. IP does not exist. It's a figment of our collective imagination. I'm all for fair play but perpetual IP protection is not it.

Comment: Re:"Drama of mental illness" (Score 4, Informative) 353

It's a UK article and the author seems to have found a source:
"Official figures confirm the picture she paints, with emergency admissions to child psychiatric wards doubling in four years, and those young adults hospitalised for self-harm up by 70 per cent in a decade."

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." -- Albert Einstein