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Comment: DVDs.. are dead. I'm calling it. (Score 1) 350

by butchersong (#47509543) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same
I wouldn't watch a movie I thought I might enjoy in standard def... I realize you're in a bit of a bind when netflix doesn't have rights to stream a movie you want to watch but I would seek out other sources (apple, vudu). It isn't necessarily "ethical" but perhaps do a search for couchpotato howto. Doesn't justify it but the more content is pirated the more content providers should feel pressured to make their stuff available in a method consumers want.

Comment: Re:Big Deal (Score 1) 261

Nations are sovereign but they are not immortal. Sometimes they fall and sometimes they are taken. It is certainly a position worth discussing that Iraq was wrong or a mistake. Remember that the same Iraqi regime forced us to war to defend Kuwait and the region at great expense and some loss of life some years before and only a cease fire was ever declared. One that Sadam repeated violated. I don't think Sadam had a right for us not to hold him accountable in some way but we sacraficed more than was gained in the invasion. That is certain both from our and the Iraqi peoples perspective.. The neocon position in the US would be that our withdrawl was the mistake and that we should have created stong economic and political ties and maintained a presence in the country the whole point being to create a stablizing force in the region. I'm not sure I buy that though I certainly don't understand why we left Iraq its chemical weapons and radioactive materials. We should have destroyed or shipped that content out prior to leaving. Now.. yay that material is in the hands of ISIS.

Comment: Re:Big Deal (Score 1) 261

The fact that at best they might be no more or less competent than any other organization is the best point you could make against them having too much influence though given their structure many myself included would argue even that level of compentency. Why must we consolidate the power of every nation in the world into one organization? Does that really seem like a good idea? At the moment the UN is basically a place for countries to natter on to one another and that is fine, there is a place for that but to cede a portion of sovereignty to the UN? No thanks. They can issue declarations and findings with no teeth to back them up, maybe spark some conversation... good for them but to give them too much credibility is dangerous. I much prefer many individual nations each answerable to its on citizenry. Some nations will misbehave some won't but at least you don't have a single point of failure.

Comment: A butterfly flaps its wings... (Score 1, Interesting) 278

by butchersong (#47470143) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..
I don't think there is much debate that we impact the climate by some amount but even I have serious doubts as to how much of an impact we might have when it comes to CO2 and if it is in fact all that negative. The models keep predicting catastrophic scenarios and they keep not happening... I'd be lying if I said I was really all that concerned about a 1 degree change that can be said to "mostly" be attributable to global warming or "climate change". I just don't care and don't follow it. Too many alarmist predictions about tipping points that haven't come to pass. Pollution in general is something I care about but that is a separate discussion.

Comment: Re:Artificial (Score 1) 238

by butchersong (#47466423) Attached to: Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+
Pretty much that. I can understand the ACs position but I guess I consider youtube to be a less formal environment. I like the idea of certain settings linking to my true identity and others allowing me a little anonymity. Pushing me into the spotlight for all my interactions in google owned properties just got to feel too intrusive and uncomfortable to me... especially as those properties expand and continue to make up more and more of my online life.

Comment: Re:Youtube Comments (Score 1) 238

by butchersong (#47462793) Attached to: Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+
Agreed. I use my real name on G+ and never had a problem with that. I enjoy the conversations and try to think out my posts and be polite in my replies. Of course not everyone is but I've found the lack on anonymity contributed to a rather unique and convivial environment. Now, it completely pissed me off when they tried to force me to do the same on Youtube. I always tried to be polite on youtube as well but I don't want my real name linked to every obnoxious video I watch and comment on. Love it for G+, haven't used youtube comments since they tried to enforce the same policy.

Comment: Reviews next (Score 1) 238

by butchersong (#47462727) Attached to: Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+
Maybe next they can begin allowing you to post reviews anonymously again from your main account. I use google+ quite a bit and post using my full name but I don't want a restaurant I frequent or my tire change place to see my full name in my reviews. I haven't posted a review since the removal of public facing anonymity.

Comment: Re:Should probably be locked up (Score 1) 185

by butchersong (#47377731) Attached to: Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online
He was definatley working himself up to live his fantasies and he definately should have been convicted for misuse of the law enforcement database and anything else that could have stuck. Conspiracy to kidnap and murder.. they almost had enough for that but even given that he talked about his intent and purchased implements for a kill that probably shouldn't be enough to convict. Misleading slashdot headline though. This guy was almost certainly preparing for a kill and actively hunting he just hadn't settled on a target yet.

Comment: Re:watches? (Score 1) 242

by butchersong (#47363809) Attached to: Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch
I have to agree. Trying to make a wearable device pretend to be something it isn't and conform to a 19th and 20th century form factor seems silly. I know it sounds a little nerdy but a small unobtrusive 16:9 flexible display on the bottom of your forearm would be a better solution than a watch. Maybe a small near invisible projector HUD display for people who wear glasses. There's lots of cool wearable stuff you could do and do stylishly... I just don't get these pretend watches that are never going to look right on half the population with smaller wrists.

Comment: Re:His choices... (Score 3, Insightful) 194

by butchersong (#47351501) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy
That is one of the reasons I hate DAs and prosecutors in general. They will pursue charges they know are completely unreasonable compared to the offense for no other reason than scare the hell out of someone making them face their lives being ruined if they attempt to state a case for their innocence in court. They bully people into plea deals every day. This should be illegal. If they are not prosecuting the crime in good faith they have no business representing the publich in such a powerful role.

Comment: Re:Wrong decision (Score 1) 484

by butchersong (#47318335) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service
You'd basically be arguing then that it is impossible to legally do this over the internet or in fact to store anything for a user that they have a right to on the net. It's not like anyone allocates a unique physical machine anymore. Everything is virtualized and of course they have multiple users using the same switches and the packets are traveling over shared fiber and wire... Aereo transcoded every customer's stream separately though I imagine the same hardware handled the transcoding of all those streams. If you say that isn't legal though then what about Amazon Web Services ( )? They are a cloud solution that is used for transcoding in the same way.

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