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Comment: Re:Whole areas of art and music (Score 2) 227

by kamapuaa (#49173431) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

But what you're saying would be equivalent to somebody else making their own show where kids turn into ninjas and attack warriors, not just somebody making their own Power Rangers mini-movie.

Similarly, there's a difference between being inspired by a band, and just re-doing their song without permission.

Comment: It does, but not the point (Score 0) 227

by kamapuaa (#49173297) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

It is protected by copyright, and calling it satire is obviously bullshit.

Usually companies let fan-works slide, and as long as your fan-film or fan-fiction or geeky video is just done for fun, why shouldn't the company allow it? It's just building good will and it's a super-fan only thing that doesn't really change what most people think of the brand. They still have legal rights to disallow it, but they choose not to.

This video, with recognizable stars and lots of money put into it and professional purposes (it seems to be a kind of work to put on the director's resume) went too far. I'm not at all surprised they aren't happy with it, and legally and ethically they have every right to get it off of the youtubes.

Comment: One man's personal anecdote (Score 2) 237

by kamapuaa (#49100659) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan

If one person's personal bad experience with T-Mobile is news, than perhaps it's newsworthy that I use T-Mobile and am completely happy with it. Recently I switched to the two lines unlimited data with Hotspot for $100, it's great. My wife and I use a lot of data and there's no throttling or any problems at all, and the hotspot works well (we both have problems with internet sometimes not being available at work).

It works great in other countries, it's free to use data in Mexico (but with 3g) and in Asia (or anywhere, really) you could call people over wifi just like a normal phone.

The only problem is that reception in hilly forest areas of the Bay Area is sometimes spotty, often with no data. AT&T is better at that.

Comment: Re:Guy is a moron. (Score 1) 127

by kamapuaa (#49093001) Attached to: Fedcoin Rising?

Speaking Empirically:

1) People thought bitcoin was anonymous, and therefore a good way to buy drugs/steroids. If people didn't believe this, other people wouldn't have to constantly be pointing out that Bitcoin isn't anoynmous. Nobody points out that American Express isn't anonymous, because it's COMPLETELY FUCKING OBVIOUS. Even Ross Ulbricht apparently didn't think through how traceable bitcoin is.

2) There isn't a company that is able to block/refund payment to drug dealers/steroid users. Once the money is transferred, it's as good as cash.

3) There is a fair amount of self-sustaining hype about bitcoin, where people just get one or two as a fun investment, or they're curious to check out what all the talk is about.

Give me a fucking break. You really list "17 year olds can use it!" as your first reason why it's popular? Children are not the driving force behind crypto-currencies.

Comment: Re:Speculated at for over a year (Score 2) 331

by kamapuaa (#48975897) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM

Dividends go to people who own the stock. All your talk of insiders here doesn't really make any sense. If they decide IBM will no longer be profitable and it makes sense just to liquidate the company and have every last cent go into dividends, it still wouldn't benefit insiders, it would benefit stockholders, the owners of the company (and of course IBM is widely held). Bully for them.

Comment: Re:Lack of corruption (Score 2) 495

WTF? Of all the anti-US drivel on slashdot, this is some of the stupidest. Tipping is custom, not corruption. It isn't for the right to get access to government service, it's something done in private businesses.

Two party system is wonderful. Take a look at the recent election Greece, where the far left party forms a nonsensical coalition of the far-left and far right. Or in England, where party that received the most support is kept out of power by a similar coalition.

And the economy of Europe is being pulled up by Northern/European counties? Have you read a paper in the last year or two? Europe's economy is in the shitter and going down.

Is the US not getting things done? It has the highest rate of worker productivity, the economy is growing, it has the largest manufacturing economy in the world by a large margin, top colleges are basically all US, Nobel prize winners are more US than elsewhere, government patent filings are mostly US, and the US has won the world series for like 20 years in a row. The lack of government subsidizing of ethernet to some bumfuck exurb is just a sign that the US doesn't treat broadband as an inherent right of being a citizen, and personally I would agree.

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn