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Comment Re:Dude needs to learn what censorship is. (Score 5, Insightful) 539

the ads are the reason we are able to enjoy the freedom of free content. By blocking the ads, you are essentially stealing the content.

I wondered how long it would be before some idiot threw this one out.

Since you are obviously clueless, let me explain how it works. I connect to your site and request you to transmit a webpage to me. If you willingly send that page, I cannot be accused of stealing because I don't look at the entire thing. In fact, I revel in the fact that I block your ads. I am astonished at how bad the experience can be when you do not block. When I am asked to look at somebody's computer, the FIRST thing I do is install an adblocker. I have NEVER had anyone ask me to remove it.

Comment Re:errr... (Score 1) 113

a more proximate cause is Yellow Cab losing an $8 million accident liability suit by a passenger who is now paralyzed. [...] So much for the medallion cab argument that they offer superior liability coverage.

Ehem, you did notice that the first and last sentence contradict each other? If they had to pay out $8 mio. then obviously they do offer liability coverage, otherwise the cab driver and/or his insurance would have paid.

No it doesn't. It is an unsecured debt on their bankruptcy petition. Therefore, it HAS NOT BEEN PAID. If they had adequate insurance coverage, they would not be listing it on their debts.

Comment Re:Chapter 11 != Bankruptcy (Score 1) 113

Wrong. Just wrong...

Chapter 11 is a restructuring of debt. Debts must be paid and the creditors must agree on the restructuring, or else the company is forced into Chapter 7, which is liquidation. In liquidation, employee salaries are considered a priority debt. Pension payments for the past 180 days are also priority debts. Unsecured debt and stockholders are the ones that are mostly fucked. They are at the ass end of the line of creditors.

Don't confuse Chapter 11 bankruptcy with Chapter 13 personal bankruptcy.

Comment Re:"You my room 10:30. You 10:45..and bring a frie (Score 1) 174

I always though Rickman's over-the-top cartoonish portrayal of the Sheriff ruined that movie. It was like having a Disney sidekick. Of course, Costner's lackluster performance of Robin wasn't helping. Other than that one role, I thought Rickman's other work was "brilliant." God I hate using that term as much as the Brits hate "Awesome."

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 1) 349

My understanding of the situation is that the heirs have a very tenuous thread hanging onto their interpretation of the required renewal of the copyright. I expect if that is true, CBS will squash them to make an example out of them. Whatever the case, until the parties all bring their paperwork to the table and we see what the license agreements actually say, I wouldn't be betting on anybody to win.

Comment Re:renewal fees are needed so we don't orphan work (Score 1) 349

renewal fees are needed so we don't the DMCA issues with orphan works / Abandonware that in some cases are not even sold any more but can't be put out for people to use.

Amen! And the renewal fees should increase over time since the work was copyrighted. If it's not profitable enough to pay for a renewal, it should be in the public domain. That will put a quick end to these "submarine" copyrights.

Comment Re:wah wah wah clickbait (Score 1) 400

[...] Empire, which is still clearly the best of the lot

Empire is the least cringeworthy of all the movies for sure. There are some bad moments, but overall the best acting and dialog. However, my biggest complaint with the movie is that I felt like there was no real "complete" story. There was no central story arc. No common story thread to tie all the loose pieces together. No catharsis or resolution. It is just character development during which "some stuff happens" with a side story to introduce Yoda. Even that part was screwy with the nonsensical Darth Vader cave bit. What made it memorable was the dialog. It is very quotable.

And the Empire really didn't strike back. It was pretty weak if they did. The rebels lost a temporary hideout/safehouse (before they could even unpack their shit and finish setting up camp) but they escaped pretty much unscathed despite facing an overwhelming armed force. Only Han suffered a bit, but yet survived for some reason. Why would the Empire allow him to survive but still be totally brutal and ruthless to the inhabitants of Alderaan, Oncle Owen, Auth Beru, Ben Kenobi, Captain Needa, and others? I guess consistency and continuity is not George's strong suit.

Comment Re:Liberal Fascism (Score 2) 556

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

- C.S. Lewis

Comment Re: What is Yahoo ? (Score 4, Interesting) 129

I used Yahoo when they were top dog as my primary search engine back in the day. They were the big guys then. Unfortunately, they were the first to jump whole hog onto the pop-up/pop-under bandwagon. That was before browser plugin and built-in pop-up blockers had been created. Every click regenerated a new pop-up. Their site instantly became unusable. (Remember X-10, anyone?)

It took me less than 24 hours and I found this new relatively unknown search engine called Google, people had been talking about which had a nice clean interface and NO POP-UPS. I changed my homepage and never looked back. Yahoo shot themselves in the foot and gave Google a serious foothold in the market they owned. When they became a "portal", I knew they were done. They damaged their brand, fell behind in technology and eventually became an also-ran.

Comment Re:He already has ... (Score 1) 83

Count me in the Joel camp. I wanted to like MST3K after Joel left, but I thought it wasn't as funny. Mike just didn't have a delivery I thought was as good. I lost interest and hadn't watched for some time when it was cancelled.

But this does bring up a question. If Joel was so unhappy and had to leave to "pursue other opportunities," why has he spent the rest of his life trying to do the same thing he walked away from? Twenty years later and he's trying to resurrect the project he abandoned.

Comment Re: Using your advertised space != Abuse (Score 1) 330

Of course you can. Businesses change their terms of service all the time. You're not entitled to endlessly exploit any business that has set unprofitable terms, so needs to change policies.

That is not in question. The question is should companies that knowingly advertise a product or service be obligated to pay a penalty for changing said product or service after the customer has paid for it. As I recall, Office 365 was a subscription up for up to four years. I am fine with Microsoft's terms of service allowing changes as long as they offer a full refund of any unused portion of the subscription. Offering to allow the customer to disagree with the changes and only giving them the option of cancelling the service, forfeiting any payment, is pure bullshit.

Comment Re:Don't answer your phone (Score 1) 216

Yes they DO leave voicemails, while still following FCC/CRTC guidelines. Its called careful wording.

Source: Someone who runs a national Collection Agency Automated Dialer

Some careful wording... They leave a message telling you who the call is for and telling you to hang up if it is not for you. They wait a few seconds and begin their spiel about owing them money. I figure it's just a matter of time until someone takes them to court for violating the rules.

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