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Comment: Re:Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (Score 3, Interesting) 309

by SydShamino (#47918883) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Per Apple, this album is your own stuff. Let's flash back 20 years...

Assume you've told your maid service to always bring in the mail. One day, a U2 album arrive, unsolicited, in the mail, and the maid puts it on your CD rack.

Whether you paid for it or asked for it is irrelevant; once it shows up in your account/mailbox it was placed where it goes by your instructions.

Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 4, Insightful) 149

At least the tax breaks for Tesla make more sense than the ones for the film industry. States continuously try to attract film and television through massive incentive programs, but they only work if the state has one of the best packages at the time of filming a particular film or season.

Texas had a good package for a while, and things were filmed here. Other states got better, and shooting moved to places like Louisiana. Right now Georgia has a great package and things like The Walking Dead and Archer are shot there, but don't for a moment think The Walking Dead wouldn't move to Louisiana or Arkansas or northern California if the incentives changed.

It's much more difficult for Tesla to move their factory, since they'll have extensive immovable infrastructure costs. The film industry is used to packing up every 6-26 weeks as films or seasons end.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 2) 275

by SydShamino (#47876055) Attached to: California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Even KlearGear's lawyer can't hide his scumminess from his public statements.

>> "Ironically, if Mr. Palmer [consumer] had simply approach[ed] Kleargear first last fall and requested a stay to finance their new furnace — we would have worked with him," Mathieu [shitty company's lawyer] wrote. "We are human beings. Instead he has chosen a public forum."

Yeah, and be sure to ask your mugger if he can hold off a minute, so you can buy your lunch before he steals your credit card.

Comment: Re:This is what the US has become (Score 2) 137

by SydShamino (#47843423) Attached to: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

The first recordings that included Mickey Mouse should be in the public domain at this point, yes, but there's no reason whatsoever why Mickey Mouse as a trademark couldn't and shouldn't remain valid in the fields for which it has been registered, if it remains in use. Trademarks != copyrights.

Comment: Re:More like 3000-4000 (Score 2) 97

by SydShamino (#47834445) Attached to: Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

Modern cloth diapers, while expensive, are very easy to use, and contain waste as well as disposable diapers. They pay for themselves in a reasonably short time and prevent all of this landfill waste.

Our daughter was premature, and we used disposables until she was large enough to move into the "one size" BumGenius diapers we got from our registry. I think we have ~20 of them, which means about $340 spent and a 3ish day supply without laundry. When we're done with them, though, we can resell them - yes, they have resale value.

The alternative we would be using is $0.21 each, so we'll break even after 245 or so days. Larger disposable diapers are more expensive so the savings will grow with time, not shrink, and the cloth ones are very adjustable.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 145

by SydShamino (#47830041) Attached to: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

My domain contact email is my work email, not the one on my domain, because if the hosting service has problems and the domain is down I want to be able to move to a new service (this has happened). I wouldn't trust a third party email to this either - Yahoo closed lots of unused accounts last year and Google or anyone else could do the same. My work email I check daily and has been stable for more than a decade.

And yet - were I to get fired or quit, I could forget to switch, or miss a reminder email before I log in and fix it.

So while yeah, losing access to your own domain is dumb, have a little sympathy. It's not 100% trivial to keep on top of this.

Comment: Re:17K buys your soul (Score 1) 75

by SydShamino (#47829957) Attached to: Intellectual Ventures Sheds At Least Part of Its "Patent Troll" Reputation

If I had an idea for something that was okay, not earth changing, but it was in a field I wasn't an expert in (or was just too boring to bother), I'd happily take $17k from anyone who would hand it to me. I got I think $800 from my employer for my patent, which was obviously what I agreed to when I was hired but puts $17k in perspective.

Something I think conservatives know well, but other leanings don't always grasp, is that it's a good thing to take money from your opponents. That's why I don't buy from companies and people I disagree with, but I would happily sell to them.

Comment: Re:Seems good to me. (Score 2) 146

by SydShamino (#47779197) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession

I'd do it as mandatory triple pay for anyone working on a secular U.S. holiday: Memorial, Labor, Thanksgiving. The only people who need to be working are police and emergency services, and we can pay enough in taxes to cover this.

I know, some people want to work on holidays, and some businesses want to be open. But it's too easy to coerce an employee who doesn't work into working, so laws that mandate "employees can't be punished for refusing to work" are harder to enforce than those that mandate "triple pay if they work, whether they wanted too or not".

I suspect Walgreens and CVS and a few gas stations would stay open on those days, but most everywhere else would close. That's okay.

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.

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