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Comment: I agree and disagree (Score 4, Interesting) 181

I love Steve. He's freaking ridiculous. I've known him for a few years. That being said, he's a niche at best. I've never agreed that he is the mainstay, nor that his mentality is even remotely standard for the industry, but I love the way he goes. He's literally never taken "points" (percentage points) as a producer of a song/album. He sees it as he gets paid out right for it and that's that. I love that about this guy!

I can't say I agree that his mentality of musicians not holding copyright is normal or correct, but I respect the guy and love seeing him and his articles/arguments.

Comment: Re:outrageous (Score 0) 361

by aitikin (#49802143) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Still we're talking non-violent crimes... Compare this to the money laundering schemes many major American banks have been fined for... But in which no criminal persecution took place.

So where does selling a fake passport to a murderer or a rapist come in on your scale of "non-violent crimes"? I'm not saying that the stupid regulations about the banks aren't as screwed up or moreso, I'm just saying that there's plenty of things going on beyond the sale of those drugs that seem to be the only thing anyone cares about.

Comment: Re:Shipping costs (Score 1) 107

by aitikin (#49777891) Attached to: Hot Topic To Buy ThinkGeek Parent Company Geeknet

It should be about $3 or less.

It costs more than that to ship a pack of guitar strings (I work in music retail shipping equipment all across the US). USPS is the cheapest and that costs $3.00 plus $0.95 for insurance. FedEx and UPS come in at around $11 to ship (including insurance) halfway across the country, and that's at our discounted rates. I literally lose money every time someone orders a pack of strings through me.

Companies that ship stuff like that for free are using them as loss leaders in hopes that you'll come back and buy something big from them that they can recoup the shipping costs and make a profit. I would bet that USB PacMan light comes in at around 10-15 pts of margin, so once they pay the credit card fees, if you weren't shipping it, they'd be making a whopping $5 gross profit. Again, that's gross profit. Even if they have a whole bunch of robots that handle literally every step they can, net profit on a piece like that (after you pay shipping) can't be much more than $2, and I'm probably guessing high.

Comment: Re:As usual... (Score 1) 379

by aitikin (#49747051) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

This does make things a little more fuzzy. I wouldn't be surprised if a local professional photographer was already given an exclusive contract to sell photos. I doubt that vendors can just attend an event and sell something like hot dogs for instance without some kind of agreement.

That would mean the school would have to notify EVERY attendee with a camera that they are not allowed to sell photos due to an exclusivity contract. The only reason the student is in the wrong is if he were notified that such an arrangement exists and therefore he cannot sell them. Even then, I doubt such an arrangement is enforceable.

Comment: Re:As usual... (Score 1) 379

by aitikin (#49746565) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

As usual you are only hearing PART of the story. The real story is that this guy was selling the photos. And he was using school provided equipment. And he wasn't paying taxes.

Now you know the REST of the story.

I'd like your source for this. Why does it matter that he wasn't paying taxes? Did he sign a contract saying that he could not use school equipment for private profit? None of the information you've provided* changes the fact that he holds the copyrights.

*"provided" in this case indicating that you have stated it as fact with no supporting evidence.

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776

by aitikin (#49677203) Attached to: Worker Fired For Disabling GPS App That Tracked Her 24 Hours a Day

Being a civil suit, she doesn't even have to convince a majority - just 9 of the 12 jurors.

I do not think that word means what you think it means...

Oh it means what they said. Civil suits only require a simple majority of the jurors to agree with you. Criminal Juries must be 100%, civil juries only require more votes for one side than the other.

A majority would be any number greater than 6 (AKA anything more than 50%), not 9 of the 12 jurors (75%)...

Comment: Re:run constantly on her COMPANY ISSUED iPhone (Score 1) 776

I can't see where it says that in the article but I can see

FTA:

A Central California woman claims she was fired after uninstalling an app that her employer required her to run constantly on her company issued iPhone —an app that tracked her every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

emphasis mine.

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776

It was her phone. Why would she do that?

Where do you see that it was her phone? TFA reads:

A Central California woman claims she was fired after uninstalling an app that her employer required her to run constantly on her company issued iPhone—an app that tracked her every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Being a civil suit, she doesn't even have to convince a majority - just 9 of the 12 jurors.

I do not think that word means what you think it means...

Comment: Re:Agreed but there is a point (Score 2) 341

by aitikin (#49524293) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

There is also something particular to Chicken Pox which makes the vaccine even less desirable: length of immunity. If you actually catch Chicken Pox you get immunity for life. However if you vaccinate against it you need to continuously remember to get boosters - I believe currently every 10 or 20 years - otherwise your immunity may lapse. What is bad about this is that Chicken Pox for adults is known as Shingles which is far nastier than Chicken Pox. So in this case taking the vaccine to protect against a very mild childhood disease may lead to an increased chance of a more serious disease later in life...unless you set a 20 year alarm so you never forget a booster shot!

You're full of shit too. You speak as though getting chickenpox will prevent shingles which it won't and there's other things that you have claimed that I find to be...less than accurate but don't have the time to find sources so I won't claim them.

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