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Comment First things first. (Score 4, Interesting) 806

The first thing I need to do is hire an accountant so I know how much I actually have. If I do anything else first, I have a feeling a significant portion of the fortune would be gone before I have any kind of understanding of what my tax burden is, and I'd fuck myself right back to poverty.

Next thing I do (after buying a house, of course) is start studying accountancy, because if I've learned anything from reading the news the past several years, it's that NOBODY can be trusted with that many zeroes.

After that, I've got friends who need help, and who deserve it much more than I do. I want to see them happy. Then I can start worrying about businesses and philanthropy and shit like that.

Comment Re:Of course Asian students were ignored. (Score 1) 184

That's a bit different, as standardized testing in its current form is one of the major issues. Have you seen what they're doing with them these days? It's horseshit. A public school education is literally worse than nothing at this point.

Comment This is stupid. (Score 3, Interesting) 119

Different genres work differently. They use time in different ways. Sometimes, especially with MMOs, they heavily encourage focus on one of them, without giving you very much that can be cross-applied to others. If this is happening with FPS, for example, it's only because of the recent trend of wedging in progression mechanics whether they belong or not. There are still plenty of FPS where the core gameplay, out of the box, is similar enough that being good in one of them will mean you're good in another, which means the sunk cost fallacy doesn't happen.

Another genre that completely trashes this argument is RPGs, whichever letter you put in front of them. People play those to see story, characters, and setting. It wouldn't even make sense to play only one. That'd be like saying there's no such thing as a sci-fi fan; only people who like the Foundation series or Hitchhiker's Guide.

Comment Re: What problem? (Score 2) 213

Thank you. People arguing against this seem to have completely missed my point. The reason I say that "Google has no basis to refuse payment" is that there is no way in which they stand to profit from discouraging people from this behavior, which is what refusing to pay people who do it does.

They are the ones who instituted the convention that, if your video is popular, you get money. The natural consequence is that people do lazy things to attempt to become a popular channel. If it works, so long as it's legal, it's bullshit for Google to renege on that deal, because they're ultimately making money off videos you post whether or not they give you a cut.

Comment Re: What problem? (Score 3, Interesting) 213

If the video you post is, for whatever reason, popular enough that it could bring in ad revenue that makes it profitable vs. not continuing to host and distribute it, there is absolutely no basis for them to refuse to pay you. The reason you generally can't make money on stuff in the public domain isn't because you're not allowed to, it's because anybody can use that same thing and put in exactly as much effort as you did.

TotalBiscuit could post a public domain video, and it could make a shitload of money, because lots of people already follow him. You could post it, and your grandmother might notice. This is absolutely no different from when shows and movies that are in the public domain are rebroadcasted by cable companies. The content doesn't really have any monetary value; the distribution channel does.

If Google really wanted, for whatever reason, (I think that's a dickheaded motive, honestly) to prevent people using their services from profiting from public domain works, then what they should do is create their own public domain channel, and heavily weight it in search results for anything the collected works are relevant to. I wouldn't even be all that mad if they did; it'd make public domain material more visible and accessible to people who wish to repurpose it for transformative works.

Comment Re:Just what I need (Score 5, Insightful) 111

I just read the Kickstarter page, and if they actually deliver on what they're saying this thing is, it's actually way more useful and interesting to most people than the raspi. "The world's first $9 computer" sounds idiotic at first, because you know better, but it actually is the world's first $9 "what most people think of when you say 'computer' that is actually end-luser functional out of the box." Describing it as a tablet without the tablet stuff is weird; it's more like a desktop from several years ago, only it goes in your pocket instead of being comparatively stupid huge and ungainly netbook. It's got a bunch of different ways to connect to various input and output, so you pretty much just throw it on a desk wherever you happen to be and just go to town.

Of course, this is massively unlikely to have the impact it deserves. Everyone's already got smartphones, which we already spent way more on and are prettier, even though you have to do all kinds of dumb shit to them to give them functionality as flexible as this thing does. It's mostly interesting if you imagine it as something they pulled out of an alternate history. Like, if things had been just a little more like cyberpunk than they already are, maybe your mom would've given you one of these when you were ten and people on your decker forum would make fun of you for using it.

Comment Let me just translate this... (Score 5, Insightful) 58

Hub by Premier Inn in London is pitching itself as the stolen identity store of the future, using technology to make losing your savings in a city easier and simpler. Security holes, security holes, ad-supported security holes and even the ability to bring your own security holes are just some of the innovations used. A custom app is used to waste some of your money on purpose, waste the rest of it by mistake, and can even waste a significant portion of it for no perceived benefit.

Comment Re: They aren't revolutionizing shit. (Score 3, Insightful) 397

And they also frequently struggle with malnutrition. Because a vegan diet that is actually complete is unquestionably harder and more expensive than a non-vegan one. It is something you can only really reliably do in a first world country, where it is therefore an infuriatingly hypocritical exercise of privilege.

"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all other causes combined." -- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_