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Comment: Re:They're finishing off Nokia (Score 1) 272

by kamapuaa (#47483389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

You're making shit up. What he actually said is "we will continue to innovate and grow our fan base with Xbox while also creating additive business value for Microsoft,"

Sure he's cancelling the XBox Original TV Shows idea, but in all honest that idea was incredibly stupid and really added nothing to 99.99% of XBox users.

Comment: Re:I'm not an anti sharing nazi... (Score 1) 214

by kamapuaa (#47449761) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

Even if they don't, how long is the turnover? Any person could download it from another site and then put it up on Piratebay 5 minutes later. And with a popular movie like Transformers, with tens of thousands of seeders, surely that's what happens. It's not like there's blu-ray screeners on other sites and piratebay is lagging 3 weeks behind.

Comment: Re:I'm not an anti sharing nazi... (Score 3, Informative) 214

by kamapuaa (#47449481) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

No they don't. That was sort-of true 3 years ago. Pirated content of current releases is from camcorder recordings. For instance that's all that's available for Transformers. Picture quality is generally shit. This still from the top-rated download may look OK, but in reality as a movie I find them pretty much unwatchable. And that's better than most camcorder recordings -Transformers was very popular around the world, and has been out for a while already, so better camcorder recordings are available.

Yeah I'm able to believe bootlegs are a slight positive, because anybody who wants to see the actual thing enough to suffer through a low-quality bootleg is going to want to go and see the movie in a theater.

Of course where bootlegs hurt the studios is in Blu-Ray recordings, where easily-available, free, high quality versions of the movie compete with the same thing that is not free. There is no economic method for not-free to compete with free. Just legal threats and an appeal to morals.

One exception is after the Oscar nominations in February or so, where review screeners are bootlegged, and some art movies may still be playing in the theaters.

Comment: Re:IETF next (Score 1) 311

by kamapuaa (#47428329) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

How does that justify posting her nudes? What were you trying to accomplish? You can understand that it comes off as "I disagree with her about something, so here is a personal attack where I post her nudez on the Internet." Very childish and not really part of any argument. It's just being an asshole.

Perhaps anonymity is a good thing. Perhaps tor is great. A mean-spirited personal attack isn't the way to support it. It undermines your argument, because it's tempting to believe that anybody who does such an asshole move must be wrong.

Comment: Re:IETF next (Score 0) 311

by kamapuaa (#47422543) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

What the fuck? Do you call rape victims sluts and publicly humiliate them? Even if you think her lawsuits are misguided and quixotic, she was clearly wronged, and her lawsuits are a legitimate attempt at getting legal justice. Getting back at her by posting her nudes to a discussion forum shows how juvenile and idiotic many tor supporters are.

If Tor is a great way to distribute stolen nudes, sell drugs, launder money, etc., then perhaps it should be blocked. What's the benefit? China blocks it, it seems to be entirely useful to people who want to get up to no good.

Comment: Re:Slashdot degrades further and further (Score 1) 209

But it's true, right? If a cheap Dell off-the-shelf computer was far better than the current generation, that would definitely show how terrible the current consoles are. Instead, you need to spend maybe $800 minimum, you probably want to build the computer yourself and therefor need to have the time and the knowledge to build the computer yourself and then deal with any potential issues...

It's not really a story that you can do better than a console if you're willing to put in a larger amount of money, time, and expertise.

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.