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

by fan777 (#44126603) Attached to: Kick-started Remake of Leisure Suit Larry Now On Sale
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:Here's a better idea. (Score 1) 184

by fan777 (#42245733) Attached to: US Nuclear Industry Plans "Rescue Wagon" To Avert Meltdowns
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

by fan777 (#41140685) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Launches Free VPN
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

by fan777 (#35943794) Attached to: NYC Resistor: DIY Hackers Doing Awesome Things
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

by fan777 (#29383835) Attached to: Google Offers Scanned Books To Rival Stores
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.

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