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Comment: Re:Appears to be Fake (Score 1) 37 37

Console ad-ons have rarely had much success, which makes me doubt that that either company was ever very serious about launching the product. If they were serious about it they would probably ultimately have launched a standalone console that could play both CD and cartridges instead of a CD ad-on for the SNES.

Except Nintendo did launch a CD ad-on that they developed initially with Sony and then put out with Phillips.

Comment: Re:Once Again (Score 1) 138 138

It works just if you removed taxes on work and income and replaced them completely with taxes on property. It is logical that this will cause people to behave in ways that are suboptimal for society as a whole.

So you're telling me that it's optimal for society as a whole for my roommate to pay no taxes because he doesn't own property? That doesn't make sense...

Comment: Re:linux hard to install and use for desktop users (Score 1) 171 171

1999 called and wants its meme back. Seriously, have you actually used any modern Linux distros? Hey, good news, it has gotten so easy to install and use, you don't even need to install it! Download any of a dozen LiveCD / DVD / BRD / Thumbdrive versions, burn it to the appropriate media, and reboot. Bam! You have a fully functional modern OS at your fingertips. Give it a try, and if you don't like it, it comes with a 100% money back guarantee.

Seriously, even Gentoo (notorious for having one of the more complex installs) has a graphical installer as of somewhere near 5 years ago. I don't understand where the original poster is coming from...

Comment: Re:Nice defense of Musk but wrong... (Score 1) 316 316

A railgun LITERALLY cannot put something into orbit. It can do suborbital trajectories, and it can theoretically do escape trajectories, but orbits are impossible. You end up with an apogee of however high, and a perigee of SEA LEVEL. Bare minimum, you need a rocket to raise your perigee above the atmosphere. And since the ram pressure during launch would be so tremendous, in practice I doubt a railgun can be built that breaches the Karman line with a worthwhile load.

Skylon is a very, very high-risk proposal. An air-breathing rocket needs to maximize the amount of time it spends in the atmosphere, thus it follows a much more depressed trajectory, thus reaching far, far higher speeds while still in the atmosphere, and the end result is that the thermal load placed on the craft is tremendous. And because Skylon burns LH2, it's an extremely bulky vessel as well, which exacerbates the problem.

SpaceX is following a calculated path. The first-gen rocket was tiny, and completely conventional. The second-gen rocket used a conventional layout, conventional fuel, conventional combustion cycle, but it did everything extremely well. It has the highest thrust-to-weight ratio of any rocket, and the highest specific impulse of any gas-generator LOX+RP1 rocket. They've been slowly pushing towards first-stage reusability, which gets you 90% of the benefits of SSTO, with none of the drawbacks. Their planned third-gen rocket is absolutely massive, uses a cutting-edge combustion cycle, and burns an innovative fuel. They aren't instantly revolutionizing the field, but they're on track to do it.

Comment: Re:The event speaks for itself (Score 2) 316 316

What alternatives are there?

Railguns (or any other sort of ground-based propulsion) physically cannot put something into orbit, and practically speaking, they can only provide a moderate boost. You'd still need at least a full rocket stage, possibly two, to actually get to orbit.

Ground-based laser propulsion might work, but it's never been tested at scale. And if there is a catastrophic failure, it will be on the ground-based components, not the vessel. In other words, the big explosion will be on the ground instead of the air.

Air-breathing rockets are even more dangerous than traditional ones, since they spend more time in the atmosphere at extreme speeds and temperatures.

Electric rockets (ion engines of various types) don't have the thrust to break out of Earth's gravity.

Nuclear thermal rockets might work, but they won't be much safer IMO.

The problem ultimately boils down to "it takes too much energy to get to space". You're going from at best 400-something m/s to Mach 20+. That takes a lot of energy, and so we have to use very energetic means to do so.

Comment: Re:How many times? (Score 2) 389 389

That is fucking ridiculous (not saying it's illegal, just ridiculous). The DJ paid fees to be able to play the music, and they expect the restaurant to also pay fees?

I stopped reading after this because you didn't follow the link or read the text. The DJ paid the same fee you do for a CD. Period. End of story. (S)He may have paid for the PA equipment as well. That has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that someone is using this for entertainment in his place of business as a way to encourage more business.

[Having now taken the moment to read your piss poor analogy, let me throw a more apt one at you]

It's more like if I write a book and then someone creates a movie from that book, should I have a right to proceeds from the movie? According to your analogy, I should just get nothing because the movie studio bought a single copy of my book, even though now, billions could have my story out there and, to many of them, a book that a movie they've seen isn't worth reading, so I shouldn't make money off of them.

I don't for a second believe that the DJ actually paid the fees, in fact, it seems the owner merely assumed (s)he did. And even if (s)he did, (s)he did so for performance within (her/)his own venue, as it's how (her/)his business has to be run. A restaurant owner who ignores this cost of doing business should get sued. The sad part is, it appears that this particular situation only came about because this owner refuses to be educated on his responsibilities and decided that settling didn't make sense. Hell, it seems like he didn't even seek out legal advice.

Comment: Re:How many times? (Score 5, Informative) 389 389

Unfortunately it's the responsibility of the venue to clear those licenses, not the DJ or other musicians. As ASCAP points out on their FAQS:

Some people mistakenly assume that musicians and entertainers must obtain licenses to perform copyrighted music or that businesses where music is performed can shift their responsibility to musicians or entertainers. The law says all who participate in, or are responsible for, performances of music are legally responsible. Since it is the business owner who obtains the ultimate benefit from the performance, it is the business owner who obtains the license. Music license fees are one of the many costs of doing business.

it's not the musicians, it's the business. Same reason (or should be, but often isn't) business owners charge a cover when music is being played in the venue (although, often times said cover is also paid to the musicians themselves).

Comment: Re:Capitalist logic (Score 1) 389 389

"How many times do they want to get paid for the stupid music?"

Dunno. How many times do you want to get paid for serving the same stupid meals?

Sure, we all hate the MAFIAA, but it's rather odd how you feel capitalism is suddenly a one-way street.

Not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison.. Each new meal requires new material, each play of a song does not.

If the DJ did indeed pay a fee to play said songs, then I don't see why another should be paid by the restaurant owner.

Odds are rather good that the DJ did not pay the fee that is associated with entertaining an audience. Most DJs are unaware that's any different from buying the CD itself.

The fact that he probably even advertised (not made clear FTA) that there was a DJ playing makes the restaurant far more culpable as an "entertainment" venue than merely a restaurant. As many other posters have pointed out, this was used as a form of entertainment and should be treated as such. I don't necessarily like the tactics, nor necessarily agree with the sum, but at least, for a change, the musician gets a solid chunk of it.

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