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Comment: Re:Already been done. (Score 1) 214

by lymond01 (#47449061) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

What they found, as I recall, was that there was no impact because people spend roughly the same amount on entertainment regardless of how much they pirate, it was simply that they were spending it in different areas. Someone who was pirating films, for instance, would still spend their entertainment budget but might do so on books or music or video games instead of films.

I might be misunderstanding, but unless you're talking about tax collection or those few corporations that have a hand in books,movies, and video games, I don't think that, as a movie producer, I'd be all that excited about someone watching my movie without paying, regardless if they paid for Diablo 3. That's kind of an odd argument to make.

I respect the fact that people work hard to make movies/music/games/books/paintings/etc and the best way to compensate them is with money. One could certainly argue that the amount someone gets paid to do certain things -- like Robert Downey making millions for one movie -- could be adjusted. However the "free market" seems to think it's fine -- if we didn't pay him millions, he couldn't afford that million dollar home on the coast that was so tragically lost to helicopter-borne missile fire....

Comment: Re:If people would fight their tickets... (Score 1) 286

Similar experience. Judge made it clear to everyone that your options were:

Guilty: feel free to explain.
Not Guilty: Choose a date for your court appearance and don't forget to bring witnesses, evidence, lawyer (or have on appointed), etc.

I was doing 80 MPH on an empty freeway but it was 15 MPH over the limit. Of course I was guilty. But it was on the way to the airport where I was out of the country for 2 months so when the fine came via mail, then the collection agencies got involved...well, when I got back to 10 letters and a dozen voice messages, I just paid the collection agency not knowing any better (Hint: Never pay the collection agency -- deal with the police). When I finally got to court I said I'm guilty and here's why I was late paying. The judge cut my ticket in half, had the collection agency pay me back. Still had points on my license.

Another thing about standing before a judge. Try not to be an asshat. People try to stare the bailiff and judge down, be surly, etc. The judge isn't an administrative form. While bound by laws, the sentence is up to him. Be polite, joke around, whatever -- but try not to be a jerk unless he gives you cause, as he's the guy who's deciding whether to say "Thanks for being clear and honest, fine reduced to $30" or "Plaintiff will pay full fee".

Comment: Revolution? (Score 1) 121

by lymond01 (#46868887) Attached to: Yahoo To Produce Sci-Fi Streaming Sitcom

There are a few shows out but it's mostly post-apocalyptic stuff: Revolution's premise falls into that realm even if the writing is hit and miss. Hard science fiction a la Red Mars (book) is rare on TV. Warp drives and wormholes have some theory behind them but saying they are futuristic is a bit of a leap -- they still exist as fiction only.

Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 2) 818

by lymond01 (#46764615) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

You lift the limits on campaign spending, declare that corporations have the right of political speech and are now surprised that the rich people have all the say?

I will remind you that even the summary suggests the average American has near zero say in lifting anything in terms of American policy. I'd also like to suggest that people find it easier to be angry at losing than making an effort to win. Directly related somehow.

Comment: To learn? (Score 1) 281

by lymond01 (#46506243) Attached to: Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

I realize that a job is generally critical to one's future, and whether you develop the education in college or by yourself is largely irrelevant. You earn money however you feel you can: start your own business, get hired by another company, or swindle your friends and family.

I don't think college should be considered a vocational school. You go there to broaden and deepen, to expose yourself to new ideas and information, to open yourself up to new things and new people. You go there to be fascinated. You shouldn't go there and expect a job afterwards, at least not one based on your degree. Without deeper learning, without more perspective, people are always less that what they might have become. This is what higher education and its environs are for.

It's too expensive. I have no argument there.

Comment: Summary? (Score 4, Interesting) 2219

by lymond01 (#46181733) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

With all the "fuck beta" posts leading all the other comment sections, it was interesting to hear from various folks who provided constructive feedback in this post. From the "fuck beta" posts, I thought the problem was Microsoft shilling, user data collection, invasion of privacy, and a host of other matters that would antagonize the Slashdot base.

It seems that the actual issues are more practical:
- Comment section doesn't have most of the features
- Javascript is a problem for some people

It seems like both of these just require more coding time. For my two cents, the site has a little too much white space. I realize clean looks with lots of white space is the going design, but I think there's not the right balance currently and it makes the site difficult to take in. Slightly smaller font, slightly less line spacing. Everywhere. Make it tighter.

The stories all seem normal enough: black holes, at least one Apple story a day, freedom of communication, etc etc. Users are correct in saying Slashdot is not a news site, it's a debate site. The most important content on the site are the comments. I feel that's just a matter of time.

I also feel like no one is going to read my 6 page post which would only be half a page without the idea that someone is supposed to write with a red pen between above each line of my words. And after previewing, it looks like I have 10 line breaks between paragraphs...hopefully submission fixes that.

Comment: Re:Reducing spin to make game more interesting (Score 1) 64

by lymond01 (#46091443) Attached to: Smart Racquets Could Transform Tennis

Players are always pushing the limits of the equipment. They string their racquets loosely, fewer crosses, with string that grips the ball more. The extra spin generated is used to generate 100 MPH forehand shots, and balls that rotate at over 3000 RPMs, generating crazy kicks upwards, outwards, etc. Players could just use the new racquet designs to make points last longer and they often do -- but that extra control they get from the spin factor allows them to do things with their bodies and ball older racquets could never do. I'm not sure it's a more athletic game than of old, but it's definitely more acrobatic.

Comment: Re:Should be legal, with caveat (Score 1) 961

by lymond01 (#45528349) Attached to: Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

Seems an easy fix would be to just have a point where the government takes over the bill. If that patient reaches a particular state (such as Adams' father) and the family and perhaps living will agrees to not continue support, it's on the government to pick up the bill.

That being said, this should not be about money. Bringing that into the conversation is depressing.

Comment: Overvalued? (Score 2) 143

by lymond01 (#45459293) Attached to: How Snapchat Could March Startups Right Off the Cliff, Lemming-Style

I'd like to see the numbers on ad revenue/data selling revenue for these services. I have a hard time believing that instagram, with its miniature, completely ignorable ads, would ever truly be worth $5 billion. This is what is terrible about "value" these days -- it is turbulent. Houses are bouncing back -- our house gained $100K in one year. Do I think it's worth that much? Not at all...but a lot of people do, so there it goes for no other reason than many people think it should be worth more. Price of wood, stucco, tile hasn't gone up 50% that I know of...

I suppose it's not advertisement so much as selling the information from the userbase to other clients. Those are the dollar amounts I'd like to see -- not so much what ads are directly bringing in, but what other companies are buying access to. "Hmm...Instagram user ou812 has a linked Facebook account under David Lee Roth with lots of pictures of banjos, cows, and hair replacement techniques. We can sell his info to [insert companies here] for $X."

Or something.

Comment: Re:Enders Game was ok (Score 1) 732

by lymond01 (#45370091) Attached to: Movie Review: <em>Ender's Game</em>

Depending on your goal, most great books don't rely on their genre to tell a story. The genre is the backdrop to the characters, plot, drama, etc. Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov was a detective mystery set in a futuristic world. Arguably the same could be said of the movie Blade Runner. The Sci-fi elements lend interest and may even have direct involvement in the plot, but the story is generally about people's interactions.

Ender's Game is still a great book in my opinion because it delivers emotion, describes strategy, and is genuinely interesting at a bunch of levels. The movie needed to be an hour longer, have less adults, more battle room, and more character interaction.

Comment: No (Score 1) 726

by lymond01 (#45364029) Attached to: Critics Reassess <em>Starship Troopers</em> As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

So I read and loved the book. I watched the movie have a go at satire and military-industrial complex mockery. I can see how anyone who hadn't read the book would not catch it.

It's a horrible film. It's even worse for naming itself after the book. And, kind of like Ender's Game, it removed all the good parts while keeping vague track of the plot.

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