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Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 448

by anyGould (#48767967) Attached to: Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

Of course, if the Knitting Channel isn't profitable, it'll just get rolled back with the Crochet channel and they'll share programming.

Let's face it - the world would be a better place if Discovery, NatGeo, and History (to name three that group nicely) just took their *good* shows and had a single Science Channel, instead of having three channels full of filler.

I've been off-cord for almost five years, and I'm only occasionally thinking of getting an OTA antenna. But Christmas at the in-laws really did reinforce that most days, there is *nothing* on.

Comment: Re:And that's still too long (Score 1) 328

I'll agree with point 1 - if you like the work, pay for it. (I do make an exception for works that I can't find for sale for whatever reason. If you can't be arsed to put a copy up for sale, Disney, don't bitch when everyone finds a copy on their own.)

Point 2 is where you lose me - they already have inherited the fruits of the writing - assuming Mom & Dad didn't spend all that money up front. And a world where there's no tax or limitation on inheritance is a world that creates "trust fund babies" - kids who are rich, will continue to be rich, and they became rich by the hard work of being born to someone rich. It always strikes me as notable that the defenders of copyright only worry about the recent stuff. Disney will fight to the death to keep the Mouse in copyright, but happily steals much older public domain sources for free. What would the world look like if someone was still collecting royalties on Shakespeare? Or even James Bond and Sherlock Holmes?

Comment: Re:Imagine that! (Score 1) 29

If the cops actually have to do their JOB to get the job done, they aren't so eager to infringe on your rights.

I'll be charitable and say that perhaps because everyone wants to point at "X people charged in $CRIME_OF_DAY ring" headlines, it simply isn't enough of a win for cops to spend the extra time on those cases?

Comment: Re:America, land of the free... (Score 1) 720

by anyGould (#48549419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

. I have seen people get rejected for reckless driving and DUI as being able to travel and drive to remote facilities was required, let alone a rash of misdemeanors and a felony off the road.

This opens up a good point - I'm all in favor of taking criminal history into account, so long as we're talking relevant history.

Take your example - if I'm hiring you to drive in the company car, then DUI (and worse, reckless driving) are relevant crimes. But if the job was "show up, sit in cubicle, keep servers running", without driving as part of the job? Then what do I care?

Comment: Re:Of course not! (Score 1) 125

by anyGould (#48451379) Attached to: 2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

Which girl was the positive portrayal? The ditsy airhead who fell in love with an obvious creep about 20 seconds after meeting him, or the ice queen bitch who shut everyone out of her life and went on to live alone in an ice castle. Lucky that ice cutter (prince) guy was there to help the ditsy one or they never would have even made it to the castle.

Sure, these princesses aren't as completely helpless as a whole bunch of other Disney princesses, but they're certainly also not empowered woman providing a good role model.

Honestly, I'll take the fact that they have actual personalities and motivations as a good start. They do stuff, at least. (Yes, vaguely stupid stuff, but apparently Brave didn't do so well, so we're not ready to ditch the mandatory romantic plot just yet. Pity).

(Still impressed they didn't go with the "ice guy hooks up with ice powers lady"..) Disney might be learning...

Comment: Re:Sexist? (Score 1) 125

by anyGould (#48451321) Attached to: 2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

Have you ever talked to a little girl? Saying that having to Frozen characters involved might interest more little girls is not sexism, it's the most common of sense.

Off the cuff, I'd say if you were going to get my kid into coding, Minecraft would be the better angle. Not only more directly connected (code this, get that in your Favorite Game of all time), it's gender-neutral *and* probably better correlation. (Just gonna guess the Minecraft-programmer overlap is a bit wider than the princess-programmer, based on my daughter's circle of friends).

Even for Disney, I'd have picked Vanellope Von Schweetz (from Wreck-It Ralph). Bit more connectivity there.

Comment: Re: I'm quite surprised it wasn't (Score 1) 523

by anyGould (#48435361) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

I thought it was pretty ridiculous to bet 10 years and more than a billions dollars on simple solar panels.

Well, it depends what you're after. I think we're all a bit spoiled from the Mars Rovers who just kept going long past their best-before date.

They got the probe there, they got it down, they got the data. Yes, it would have been nice to keep it running longer, but I wonder at what point we move from "mission critical" to "nice to have".

Comment: Re:To be expected (Score 1) 473

by anyGould (#48433993) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Yes, but how much more would it make if all those private servers were monetized?

No doubt Microsoft won't be able to resist the urge to find out.

They already know - Minecraft offers paid servers - Minecraft Realms. If you don't want the time/hassle of doing your own maintenance, throw them a few bucks a month and they set up a server for you.

Comment: Re:Land of the Free (Score 1) 231

by anyGould (#48351447) Attached to: Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

Sure you can. Next time you're at a theatre, stand up and yell "Fire" at the top of your lungs. Easy.

What you're confusing is the act of speech with the consequences of it - you'll get in trouble for creating a disturbance, or the injuries you caused when people stampeded over each other to get out of the room. But there's no-one standing there with a sniper rifle.

Comment: Re:how is this news (Score 2) 357

by anyGould (#48287841) Attached to: MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

Perhaps they shouldn't have forked out for a pair of glasses they knew were banned from movie theaters?

And then we can ban service dogs from restaurants, because blind people shouldn't have got a dog they knew were banned from restaurants.

Really - do people even bother recording movies at the theatre anymore? And what are they going to do when hearing aids eventually get Bluetooth or some other method of recording?

Comment: Re:Small Government Mandate (Score 1) 142

Yep. Remember her premise was that only the weak needed socialism and welfare, and that it was evil. I would respect her a lot more if she hadn't shown her hypocrisy at the end, and had accepted her end (and obvious failure to take care of herself according to her libertarian principles.

(For comparison, consider if Ghandi had raised an army in his later years. Kinda ruins the point of non-violent resistance, yes?)

Comment: Re:You have it wrong. (Score 1) 323

by anyGould (#48171775) Attached to: Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

No more ridiculous than blaming the parents, who were at work at the time, for what their kid was doing in the school.

Except that the school *did* tell the parents. (Probably while telling them that their kid is suspended.) And the parents grounded their little bundle-of-joy for a week, so obviously they agree at some level that their kid's a little shit.

Where they dropped the ball is that Little Timmy didn't have to go over to this kid's house and apologize to her face. Not to mention checking to make damned sure that the site was down. If Timmy had sprayed graffiti all over a house, you wouldn't ground him, but figure "nah, he doesn't need to actually clean it up", right?

Comment: Re:Straw Man (Score 1) 622

by anyGould (#48142203) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

My advice to my son or daughter would be the same regarding photos of semen all over their faces: if you don't want people to see those photos, don't take those photos. Do not allow those photos to be taken. Do not allow them to exist.

Do you also advice them not to get a credit card, because fraud could happen? "If you don't want people to steal your credit card info, don't get a credit card. Do not allow them to take your info. Do not allow it to exist."

If I steal your car, is it your fault for buying a car? You could have chosen not to have a car, after all.

What if the photos exist in non-digital form (y'know, the old fashioned way). If your son or daughter is robbed and the photos are stolen from their apartment, is it still their fault?

That's the fallacy - forget hacking. These people were robbed, and the robbers are now flaunting their ill-gotten gains. It's no different then getting robbed, and then the crooks taking ads out in the paper showing pictures of all your underwear with snarky comments attached.

Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while.