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Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 5, Informative) 267

by Sowelu (#49182733) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

The Starship Troopers movie doesn't much resemble the book because it wasn't based on the book. No, literally, it was a totally standalone work that was written from the ground up as terrible B-movie schlock, and someone pointed out that it had a passing they licensed the name for marketing, changed a couple characters and locations, that's it. Heinlein's estate didn't care that it was completely different because he's dead and it's free money.

The original title was Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine.

Comment: Re:Yeah.... (Score 2) 103

It's arbitrary as far as an individual business is concerned, and that business doesn't necessarily have any control, insight or predictive ability over why it happens. If Google changes their rules and screws over 5% of businesses in order to make more money--even after you factor in the loss of business to Google because of its poor practices--then of course it will do so. Government is at least theoretically obligated not to do that.

Comment: Re:Thought it was already the norm abroad (Score 2) 173

by Sowelu (#49174281) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?

Is that really different from US toll bridges and toll roads? Here in Washington we have the GoodToGo pass, which you load up with money and is automatically debited when you trigger a sensor...and if you're sane, you set it up to automatically pull from your bank account whenever it drops below a certain number. Hell, it's hard to set it up without that system. It loads it $30 at a time, which reduces expense for the transit authority (I assume) because there's less bank transactions.

Comment: Re:Characters can be trademarked (Score 1) 251

by Sowelu (#49174199) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

What about Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, which is an actual fan work (and IMO surprisingly good)? It's funny in that it twists the characters into something different, but parody is not the *purpose* of the work as far as I can tell, especially because it's long as hell. It stands on its own as a creative effort, but the world and characters are derived from the original. Which sounds...actually pretty similar to this short, if this short was extended into a series.

The fact that the Power Rangers thing is short leans in its favor as being created just to poke fun at the original, but if you keep going with it (like Methods of Rationality did), I don't see how you can keep saying each subsequent episode is still a parody of the original work.

IANAL either, obv.

Comment: Re:Yeah.... (Score 3, Insightful) 103

If you get tired of Google, you "quit using it"?

Try that as a business. If Google arbitrarily decides that you no longer show up on search lists, or even that you no longer show up on a map--your business basically ends, unless all your business comes from the sidewalk.

Comment: Well someone has to do it (Score 5, Insightful) 347

by Sowelu (#49141515) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

Business can't plan or talk to customers or have any strategy whatsoever without at least some estimate...that's just the real world. If devs don't give estimates, managers have to make estimates. If managers don't make estimates, business makes estimates. You want devs to do the estimating.

Comment: Re:So much for the 2nd Amendment (Score 1) 317

by Sowelu (#49123143) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine

You're close. You don't have a legal right to receive their service, but they do have a legal obligation to provide the service, because they are a common carrier. In exchange for legal considerations that the government grants them, they agree to certain terms of the government' "serve everyone".

But yeah, they also have some severe restrictions on what they're not allowed to carry, and they err way on the side of caution. If you told them "this is a block of lead, and I plan to melt it for bullets", they may well refuse, and by some legal interpretations they might *have* to.

Disclaimer: "These opinions are my own, though for a small fee they be yours too." -- Dave Haynie