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Comment Re:It might be good but it won't be MST3K (Score 1) 49

Who among the majority of the old tyme Slashdot posters wouldn't jump at the chance to be on MST3K. Oswalt in his way is one of us; one of the geeky crowd who came of age in the late 80s or early 90s and watched stuff like MsT3K and Kids In The Hall, and get jokes about 80s hair bands. Everything I've seen Oswalt do since he made it big with King of Queens and Young Adult (where a geek actually gets to hop in the sack with Charlize Theron) has been in two categories; 1. paycheck, and 2. 'cause I got lots of money and can do cool shit!

Comment Re:It might be good but it won't be MST3K (Score 1) 49

I think he just likes to work on interesting projects, and has enough big paycheck projects in the pipe that he can afford to work on some second tier stuff just for fun.

I'm actually pretty interested to see how he does at this. He's a major movie fanatic and a pretty good comedian and writer to boot, so I think his credentials as far as mocking bad films goes is pretty high. He's the king of cultural references, so I think, all things being equal, the reboot might have a chance.

Comment Re:Devs continue to develop for these gimped thing (Score 1, Insightful) 132

Oh please, that strawman was debunked ages ago, its no different than the *.A.A claiming that piracy cost them more than the GDP of the planet! All one has to do is look at the incredible mountains of cash valve is generating without putting out new AAA titles in years to see PC gaming is a HUGE money maker and that users do not mind DRM if its not intrusive always online horseshit like UbiSuck.

No lets cut through the bullshit, shall we? The REAL reason that you see so many developing for consoles is that console users are easy to fuck and fuck hard, end of story. They can keep the prices jacked for FAR longer on consoles because they do not have to deal with a free market, with consoles they have a captive monopoly so they are the only game in town. With PC you have Steam and GOG and the Humble Bundles and Origin and UbiPlay and Greeman Gaming and Amazon, with PCs the users have a huge market to shop from and endless titles going back 30+ years so they don't have to put up with the "take it and like it" bullshit. Check a new title 3 weeks after release, where is it cheaper? PC. 3 months? PC, 6 months, a year, 2 years? PC, PC, and PC, simply because if you don't compete? You ain't getting that money.

So don't give us the party line bullshit, its because of money alright, its because they can royally fuck console users and they have no choice but to bend over and take it.

Comment Re:Summary is so broken (Score -1, Troll) 132

Are the console OSes really so primitive that they cannot handle these things without dedicated cores? Because I have an 8 core and despite the OS having much more to do i have zero effort doing any of the above while playing games and running plenty of background tasks. Considering the hardware of both consoles is really nothing more than an HTPC it seems kinda ridiculous that it cannot perform basic tasks that PCs have been able to do quite easily for ages with hardware that powerful.

Maybe somebody that actually works console dev can chime in with the inside scoop, how primitive are the OSes on these things?

Comment Re:AMD (Score 0) 197

AMD socket AM1, end of story. We're talking a quad core with Radeon graphics for $50 and you can get AM1 boards for $30. Slap in a 4GB stick, the cheapest case with PSU you can find (because the chip maxes out at 25w so any PSU will do) and a cheap HDD and voila! You have a pretty powerful HTPC or office box for sub $150, sub $130 if you shopped around.

Comment Re:Translation: People are Getting Desperate (Score 3, Informative) 247

I have done some freelancing, and there is also the non-billable work that happens, for example, when your invoice is rejected, or your contract is found to have errors, etc. That may not be your fault at all, and can be an incredible time sink, while you are not getting paid trying to fix someone else's mistake.

Comment Translation: People are Getting Desperate (Score 5, Insightful) 247

People who are working six jobs at once are unlikely to feel secure about their financial and social position. The people I actually know in the "gig economy" are doing it out of some combination of insecurity and desperation. If this is really the future, look for extreme political instability in our country.

Comment Re:What is with these space law professors? (Score 1) 211

There are good reasons to argue that the 2015 SPACE Act is consistent with the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.

Assigning ownership certainly looks like an act of sovereignty to me. After all presumably the USA would try and enforce the property rights that it had given. If there are laws that allow the USA to requisition private property this would seem to further exacerbate the issue.

    While this might be an attempt to set CIL it fails in and of itself as it is one nations law. If they actually where interested in that they should have got an agreement with other nations. A treaty between other nations might come from this, and therefore from one point of view being successful, but it might be quite different if just to show not being under the USAs thumb.

    Of course another option is that other nations just pass there own laws with the result of different people claim different rights on the same thing. After all it would be just as valid for another nation to make its own incompatible law. An extreme example is that it could just assign random mineral rights to individuals and as far as I can see that would be just as valid as the USA's law.

In other cases, other nations have adopted US law as a template for their laws. If enough countries do this, you have CIL. This is part of the intention here.

Think a little about how this might play out. I, a citizen of one country, send a spaceship to asteroid X and start doing stuff. As long as I am there, you (a citizen of another country) are not allowed to interfere with my operations. Now, interfere can mean a lot of things (is it interfering to land 100 m away? How about 100 km away?), and that will have to be worked out, but the principle seems pretty clear - and that is true whether I am doing geology or astronomy or mining unobtanium. You don't have the right to interfere with my spacecraft going on to Mars, or back to Earth, or wherever, either, whether it is carrying unobtanium or not. All of this seems quite settled under the 67 OST. Also quite clear is that, once I leave, you are free to step in and do your own thing too. (Now, I may leave behind monitors or something, and again, what it means to interfere with them will have to be worked out, but, again, all of this seems quite settled in principle under the OST.) So, I do not have "mineral rights," just a right to operate.

All of that seems to be clear whether I am doing commercial work, or science, or something else. And, if I bring stuff back, it is also quite clear (I would argue clearly CIL) that the country whose flag I am under gets to decide what's done with that stuff. They can say I own it, it belongs to "the Crown" or the people, I have to pay tax, or whatever - that's up to to the national government. That's also quite settled under the OST.

One thing national governments can't do is say "You now own the Moon" (or Ceres or wherever). I.e., they cannot "assign random mineral rights" (or, at least, expect to have other countries abide by that). Note that this is one thing that the 2015 SPACE Act does not do.

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