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Comment: Re:Umm, no... (Score 1) 449

by barthrh2 (#36270462) Attached to: Flight 447 'Black Box' Decoded

I think that you need more than the artificial horizon. You can have your nose above the horizon yet still be descending; for example, that's what you'd see when landing. However, I do agree that there surely must be a group of instruments (artificial horizon, attitude indicator, altimeter) that would clue you in on the situation.

Comment: Re:What's wrong? (Score 1) 214

by barthrh2 (#34159078) Attached to: Analyzing Amazon's E-Book Loan Agreement

I never said that not giving someone money inflicts harm -- *unless you would have otherwise done so*. Let me also quote myself "Without a doubt, a percentage of people who pirate a product would have purchased it if the "free" option weren't available". I agree the economic impact to the owner is zero when someone who pirates something would otherwise not have bought it. However, this just isn't the case. In many cases, the pirate would have purchased the item they took for no cost. You cannot argue (sanely) that this isn't true and does not represent a true loss to the property owner.

Reaching further, you could argue that even if they didn't want what they pirated, they would have bought something else instead; however, because they received substitute entertainment at no cost they don't need to purchase their preferred product. In this more extreme case, it's not the person whose craft is pirated who suffers, but someone else entirely. For example, if I pirate enough movies or music that I have enough content to keep me busy, it's far less likely I'll go out and buy the movie/CD I wanted but wasn't able to find for "free". Conversely, if I can't pirate anything, odds are that sooner or later I'm going to pay for something rather than live in silence.

Comment: Re:What's wrong? (Score 2, Insightful) 214

by barthrh2 (#34155684) Attached to: Analyzing Amazon's E-Book Loan Agreement

You're presuming that everyone who pirated the product would not have purchased it otherwise. If that were true, you'd be right. But it's not true... Without a doubt, a percentage of people who pirate a product would have purchased it if the "free" option weren't available. This necessarily means that there is in fact a cost -- an opportunity cost -- due to the loss of revenue.

The argument of industry that one download = one lost sale is incorrect, but so is your pro-piracy argument. The fact that something can be duplicated without a cost has nothing to do with the fact that it has value to those who developed it and equally to those who pay money to enjoy it.

Should you eventually work as a software developer, perhaps a day of downsizing may come where revenues can no longer support staffing levels. Or perhaps the economic success of version 1 cannot support the development of version 2. Maybe the reason for this will be a bad product or a poor salesforce, but it could just as easily be piracy.

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Govt To Bomb Guam With Frozen Mice To Kill Snakes 229

Posted by samzenpus
from the rodent-rain dept.
rhettb writes "In a spectacularly creative effort to rid Guam of the brown tree snake, an invasive species which has ravaged local wildlife and angered local residents, the US Department of Agriculture is planning to 'bomb' the island's rainforests with dead frozen mice laced with acetaminophen. While it might not seem difficult to purge an island of snakes, the snake's habit of dwelling high in the rainforest canopy has so far thwarted efforts to rid the island of the pest. Eradicating the snake is a priority because it triggers more than 100 power outages a year at a cost of $1-4 million and has driven at least 6 local bird species to extinction."
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Unseen Moon Landing Video Released 212

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the nice-soundstage dept.
bazzalunatic writes "Digitally remastered footage of the moon landing, including high-quality and brighter images of Neil Armstrong stepping off the ladder will be shown for the first time ever to the general public at an awards ceremony in Sydney, Australia. The magnetic data tapes seem to have all been lost — erased — by NASA, so all that's left are VHS recordings, which have been restored, giving the best-ever film of the whole moon landing. The publicity over this seems to be pushing NASA into releasing the whole 3-hour recording."

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