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Comment: Re:The Good/Bad of Kickstarter (Score 5, Insightful) 113 113

Kickstarter isn't an investment. It is funding a product that isn't on the market and, if successful, is then delivered to you. There's a bit of risk -- the product may or may not be as good as described and you will likely never receive it on schedule. But I've participated in a dozen of these and on the most part am very pleased with what I receive.

Comment: Re:Yay (Score 2, Insightful) 2987 2987

The overlooked word is 'countries' which is significantly different than city or state. Gun crimes would likely decrease if the entire country were locked down. Given the porous borders of cities and states in America, strict gun laws in one area would only have a minimal effect.

Comment: Re:Here's a better idea. (Score 1) 184 184

Would the back yard really be the best place? If disaster struck that might potentially result in more widespread contamination... even if a small percentage of reactors along the fault line or in a hurricane's path were to fail, this would still encompass a larger area compared to some power plant in a remote location.

Comment: Re:so you lot are promoting ip theft now ? (Score 2) 359 359

Thank you for your adding your experience. Look, I am not strictly against downloading / copying music. I do it sometimes and if the music is great then I will gladly pay for a CD or go to a concert. I understand the alternative revenue streams. But I know many people who only download -- they don't go to any concerts, don't even throw in a dollar for one measly MP3. And it bothers me when they wonder afterwards why the band sends out a newsletter about being broke and breaking up or when they 'sell out'.

Comment: Re:Labels and Pop Culture (Score 1) 134 134

I don't see anything pretentious about it. They call themselves 'hackers' as opposed to painters or writers or photographers. NYC Resistor offers a shared communal workspace, I suspect the label is necessary to inform prospective participants of their modus operandi. On a side note, is it such a bad thing for creativity in the "industrial arts" to be popular? Save the judgement for the hipsters.

Comment: Re:How Is This a Good Thing? (Score 3, Insightful) 150 150

Maybe free as in liberating rather than price? I don't mean to threadcrap but I thought Google's intent was to take books that basically nobody have access to anymore and making them available. What use is a previously free work that nobody can read? Ideally, publishers should take the initiative to make all out-of-print, rare, orphaned books available.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin