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Comment: Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (Score 1) 563

I don't think you can compare the two. Radio play is a degraded, time limited, copy that takes effort to replicate. If you like what you hear there are plenty of incentives to buy your a copy that will suffer from none of these limitations. A copied MP3, on the other hand, is available always, pristine and effortless. Once it is available for free there are no limitations to it and no further incentive to buy a copy.

Comment: Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (Score 3, Insightful) 563

Totally. Because U2 are your typical, just about getting by, rock band.

U2 don't have to sell another album, ever, to remain multi-millionaires. They could give away their work for nothing for the rest of their lives, and still be richer than 99.99% of the planet. They are not, in any way, a template for other musicians.


Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch 111

Posted by samzenpus
from the almost-there dept.
First time accepted submitter rinka writes India's Mars Orbiter Mission, known as Mangalyaan, has made some progress since we last discussed it. The mission is on target and has completed 95% of its journey. It will reach its destination before the end of the month. Scientists will undertake a "challenging task" on September 24 when they will restart the onboard liquid engine, which has been in sleep mode for nearly ten months, for a critical maneuver of the spacecraft.

Comment: Re:All this fuss... (Score 1) 307

by gsslay (#47850835) Attached to: Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

So your argument goes; because "normal" people get stomped on, famous people should get stomped on too. That'll teach them a lesson in what it's like to be normal. Let's not aspire to make things better for anyone, just equally crap.

I'd prefer this approach; famous people make this a big deal, so maybe things will get done that'll help prevent it happening to anyone in future. Including "normal" people. We are not going to put a stop to this ever happening, but that doesn't means we shouldn't try. If it takes a famous people kicking up a fuss to achieve this, then so be it.

Comment: Re:Insane (Score 1) 88

by gsslay (#47833387) Attached to: Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids

No, children are not idiots. They are children. That means they lack experience in all things in life. They can be easily mislead (either by design or accident) to do things that an adult wouldn't without appreciating the consequences. Because they know no better.

Unless you want to spend your time familiarising yourself with every app your children use, down to the detail, then you need to trust (your word) the app to play fair and not exploit (either by design or accident) your children's naivety.

That is what this about. Trust in Google and the app makers to get this right was misplaced, it turns out.

Comment: Re:I'm starting to wonder... (Score 1) 182

by gsslay (#47824285) Attached to: Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

Someone would die from it because it has escalated to a game of one-upmanship where people add extra bits.

Like using nitrogen. Or gasoline. Or massive ice cubes. Or while at driving a speeding car. Or in a swimming pool shackled to a sack of concrete.

You get the idea. People think that somehow it's not dangerous or idiotic because it's for charity.

Comment: Going to Battle (Score 1) 85

From the article;

"I went to battle at the telescope to try and get this detection," Faherty says. "I wanted to put war paint under my eyes and wear a bandanna, because I knew this was not going to be an easy thing to do."

Who said astronomy was dull? There has to be a TV series to had here. Action Astronomer wields her mighty War Telescope!

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...