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Comment So wait... what? (Score 2) 63

The firms, which included Microsoft, HBO Europe, Sony Music and Twentieth Century Fox, estimated that the financial damage amounted to 5.7m Czech Crowns (£148,000). But the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which represented Microsoft, acknowledged that Jakub could not pay that sum. Instead, the companies said they would be happy to receive only a small payment and his co-operation in the production of the video. In order for the firms' promise not to sue to be valid, they said, the video would have to be viewed at least 200,000 times within two months of its publication this week.

How will not getting 200,000 views enable him to be more able to pay the amount he is said to owe, exactly? If the whole point of cooperating with them and making the video was to reduce his damages, apparently on the basis that he supposedly would not be able to afford the damages in the first place, it seems entirely pointless to threaten to come back and sue him for just as much if it doesn't reach a particular view count.

That said, this story is probably high-profile enough that he will probably get the requisite number of views anyway.

Comment Re:often ahead in the wrong direction, certainly d (Score 4, Interesting) 424

In some ways certainly they are "ahead" - California isn't shy about trying out new new things, or to put it another way "imposing more and more mandates on its citizens without any way of knowing how it will work out". Sometimes it works out well, sometimes it blows up in their face.

Oh, please. You could be in Kentucky or West Virginia, where the Koch brothers are experimenting with the laws.

Overall, we can see what all the experimentation in California, the willingness to jump off ledges no-one has previously tested, has done to California's economy over the last 30 years. Some people -like- California despite the economic and other problems.

Yeah, I would hate to live somewhere where jobs are plentiful, where the government is running a surplus ... wait, what economic problems?

Comment Re:This is a nonsequitur (Score 1) 424

You asked why it should be irrelevant, and I posited a reply.... that this is not sufficient to make the matter irrelevant to some people in your opinion is entirely beside the point. Why did you bother to ask the question when you were going to dismiss an answer that you didn't personally happen to agree with?

Comment Re:This is a nonsequitur (Score 1) 424

Then explain to me why the average person's most frequent use of their vehicle is irrelevant.

Because when other use-cases really exist, even though they are much less frequent, one ends up either having to own two cars, one of which hardly gets used, or they end up having to deal with renting one. The former isn't typically seen as cost effective by many (and in some cases isn't even viable on account of a lack of parking), and the latter is staggeringly inconvenient compared to just owning the car.

Comment Re:This is a nonsequitur (Score 1) 424

It's only when they think they need to drive to go on vacation that it matters.

Or if you didn't fill up/recharge last night because you forgot or what have you, and can't make it to work in the morning on what you have. With a gasoline car, it amounts to a brief five minutes of additional time on the way to work to fill up and you are good to go... with no need to think about it for several days.

Comment Re:Gorbachev's off the cuff comment I heard live (Score 2) 178

I think all the players knew that, by the early 80's, the Cold War would never be fought with guns (except by proxy), but rather by the manipulation of spheres of influence and politics. In chess, you never actually take the king; rather you maneuver the opponent into an untenable position. To some degree, you might call the Cold War one of the most civilized contests in human history, and certainly one of the most cerebral.

Comment There's another piece (Score 1) 136

In addition to the already described points of "Black Friday" turning into "Black Week", and Amazon apps dinging us when there's a new deal we can swipe-left or swipe-right, the stores painted themselves into a bit of a corner - "up to 80% off!"...that thing that no one wants, ever. The things that are actually wanted are only 5% off. The $200 laptops...each store only gets three of them, so if you're dediated enough to be one of the first three in line, you might be lucky enough to get one, but stores stopped shipping reasonable quantities of doorbuster deals, so anyone who got up early and didn't get what they came for started saying "screw this" after the first few rounds of disappointment, finally coming to the realization that spending $20 more and having it shipped to them from Amazon was an infinitely better gamble than spending four hours freezing outside.

Black Friday used to be the day where it was possible to get actually good deals, but it got distilled until there was nothing left.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga