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Comment: Out of date info (Score 3, Informative) 128

by ZephyrXero (#44329019) Attached to: J.K. Rowling Should Try the Voting Algorithm
She did not purposefully release that this was her pseudonym, so kind of a bad example. There have been numerous news posts today about how she's mad at the PR firm that leaked the info...

+ - Humans Have a Tender Spot for Robots->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "New research out of Germany suggests that humans look at robots as being more than just soulless pieces of hardware. In one study, nearly all the 40 (human) participants who watched a violent video of a robotic dinosaur being tortured reacted with distress. In the second study, which employed functional magnetic resonance imaging, participants were shown videos of both robots and humans being treated affectionately and then cruelly. Study subjects had virtually identical neural activation patterns in the limbic brain when robots were treated with affection as when the humans were. They also responded with similar levels of distress to the abuse videos Ultimately, this type of research can teach scientists how to build robots that we can more fully identify with and even deeply trust with tasks such as preparing our food and teaching our children."
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+ - Amazon Debuts Mixed Bag of Original Comedy Pilots->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Amazon sent out a press release over the weekend announcing that the pilots for their original shows 'held 8 spots on the list of 10 most streamed Amazon VOD episodes.' So blogger and entertainment junkie Peter Smith decided to spend a couple of hours seeing if they were worth watching. He managed to sit through 4 of the 8 comedy shows and found a mixed bag — one a clear miss, two meh, and one he'd like to see turned into a series. Have you watched any of the pilots? What did you think?"
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Comment: Bottom up governance (Score 1) 694

I looked at your party's site, and I see one glaring thing missing for you to have my support. I'd like to see a focus on true grass roots, distributed, bottom up government be a concentrated goal. A move toward direct democracy, participatory politics and proportional representation. Obviously this is a big, complex topic that would probably take many decades to transition to, but any progress toward it would be good IMO. Power should flow up from the people, not down from the White House.

Secondly, I think it would also fit in well with the rest of your agenda to make a concentrated effort in promoting mutualist organizations like cooperatives and other employee/member owned business models. Put in place incentives that push for them to replace the capitalist corporatism we have today. For true freedom we need democracy in the work place, not just the goverment.

Until then, I'll stick with the Green Party.

Comment: Re:Netflix is one of the places where DRM makes se (Score 1) 394

by ZephyrXero (#43463063) Attached to: Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM
God damn it...this is why I haven't commented on Slashdot for the past 5 years >_<
Fine...let's play your game...

What is the middle ground? Either you have DRM or you don't. How is it anything other than binary? I guess you could have exceptionally obnoxious forms (like the recent Sims game), but it is pretty much binary.

So, now you've made it clear you either did not even read my original post or most certainly did not comprehend it. The whole point is this: DRM on things you have purchased = Bad. DRM on things you rent = perfectly fine and reasonable.

Yes in that a conclusion reached by a series of arguments backed up with personal experience is extremism. I happen to agree with RMS because I have previously purchased encumbered things and I can no longer use them despite paying good money for a completely legal copy. This has now happened a number of times to me, with various sorts of different DRM. At this point I'd feel that throwing good money after bad is a form of madness (inability to learn from experience) than anything else.

Once again, we're NOT talking about things you have purchased! That IS bad...but that's not what we're frakking talking about here >_<

You are basically advocating the polar opposite: so by your definition that is also extremism.

No, if I was advocating the polar opposite, I'd be advocating that any and all things should have DRM! Because it's just awesome! (that was sarcasm, since apparently you need everything spelled out for you)

Well, if anything you have at least done the service for me today in remembering how pathetic this community is for when you actually want to have a discussion rather than iconoclasts spouting off the same repetitive bullshit. Slashdot comments might as well be a thread on 4chan it still seems. Thanks...

Comment: Re:Netflix is one of the places where DRM makes se (Score 1) 394

by ZephyrXero (#43462035) Attached to: Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM
Well, this is how you ended your "argument"...

You may support defective by design software because it happens to suppor the small subset of things that you happen to do with it, but do not pretend that is is reasonable or lets people do all the reasonable things they want. There is no technical difference between a reasonable copy for reasonable purposes and an illegal copy for nefarious ones. That is why DRM is always, without exception, bad.

So, I'm pretty sure I did read you right. Your words make it sound like you're pretty hardcore in believing this to be a binary issue, with no option for a middle ground. Pretty much the definition of extremism. That and the use of Stallman's old "defective by design" rhetoric. So, I think we're done here...or at least I am.

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