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We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:Really, Slashdot? (Score 1) 230

by Translation Error (#49180203) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
I agree there should have been more positive options, such as already using one or definitely planning to use one.

As for why we tend to be conservative about certain types of new technology, it's because we've seen how many times products and services focus on their primary function and attracting users while not paying enough attention to the tedious and difficult things like security, privacy, and rigorous testing. Do you think we aren't interested in new technology, convenience, and cool concepts? Of course we are. We just don't trust that it will be implemented safely and with sufficient consideration for potential problems. Because we've paid attention to what's happened in the past.

Comment: Re:What is Parody? (Score 1) 255

by Translation Error (#49174415) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use
What makes you think fan fiction has any sort of fair use protection? The creators of the original works generally just don't care about it (or may even like it).

And just because a derivative work is entertaining, that doesn't mean it's a parody. If it isn't a spoof or a commentary on the original work, largely through irony and satire, it isn't parody. Changing the genre or style isn't enough. In fact, being similar in feel to the Galactica reboot, which certainly wasn't a parody, doesn't argue well for this piece being one.

As for the rights holders being assholes who hoard their properties, they may have valid reasons. Maybe they're considering making their own more grown up version of Power Rangers. Or maybe they want to maintain a kid-friendly image of these characters, and a video that ranks high on search engines is a much bigger threat to that than an assorted mess of fan fiction.

Comment: Re:Videos for future moments (Score 1) 698

You can also include some more generic moments, like 'I support you,' 'I know you're going through a difficult time, but it'll get better and I love you,' etc..
You might want to include several 'shocking news reaction' videos where you do spit takes.
Oh, and whatever you do, make sure you never say anything like, "I was just talking to your mother..." when recording these.

(Yes, I'm making light of a serious situation, but sometimes that's the healthiest thing to do.)

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928