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Comment Cams come from minimum wage cinema employees, duh (Score 1) 279

If you pay someone 7 dollars an hour to sweep popcorn, and that someone owns a tripod.. that someone has uniquely private access to a theater... private enough that they can run a sound cable from the projection booth to said tripod.

Give that same employee access to night vision goggles, and you will prevent no piracy at all.

I mean, how bullet-proof is any plan that involves compelling a bunch of minimum wage employees to ensure that 1 billion in profits isn't whittled down to 999 million in profits? (not that there is any proof piracy actually costs studios money)

Comment Watch this crazy man speak about this very problem (Score 4, Insightful) 684

John F Kennedy perfectly told the world WHY we should do hard things.
We do them not because they are easy, but because they are hard

We need to dare to dream. We need to do hard things. If not, then what the hell are we fighting for? What are we doing? Every society worth remembering, every great nation in history did things that were impossible. We can't stop doing that. We can't stop dreaming, or we will die. We will deserve to die.

Comment Easy, just stop procrastinating (Score 5, Insightful) 125

You are falling victim to a classic problem. You don't want to do the actual work, so instead you focus on instrumentation and environment. The fact that you are asking these questions is proof that the "virtual desktop" mania you have embarked on is more of a hindrance than a help.

I mean, procrastination is half the fun, but don't fool yourself.

Comment Re: Universal Apocalyptic truth (Score 1) 1291

not their commute path, they deserve good roads, it is all the freeloading "other" people who don't. it is always "other" people who want to take their money and pour it into public works. How many retired republicans refuse medicare/social security? How many vote to actively stop entitlements to everyone but themselves?

there is no logic. there is only "we need smaller government for everyone else"

Comment Universal Apocalyptic truth (Score 5, Insightful) 1291

It doesn't take 7 billion people to feed, clothe, shelter, and even communicate with 7 billion people.

So what do we do? We are TOO efficient for everyone to earn a living. So do we just murder the people who are not "needed?" Do we let them starve? Do we have massive unnecessary works to employ the unemployable? I am all for suggestions, but when society doesn't really need as many workers as it has, you have to either change the idea of work, or kill off some of the workers.

Comment Re:uh no (Score 5, Informative) 1291

What do you propose? The death penalty for neck tattoos?

No matter how you cut it we will ALWAYS pay for those who won't work. Either we will pay as crime victims, or as supporters of their children who are in foster care/receive nutrition programs, need section 8 housing, etc etc. Or we will pay to dispose of their dead body when they die of neglect. Somehow those who will not work will cost you money no matter how you vote.

I, for one, would love to prevent desperation, crime, and abuse by paying losers to sit at home playing xbox and smoking weed staying out of my way and off of the streets..

desperate people do desperate things.

Comment The US can't even do healthcare like a g8 nation (Score 1) 1291

I like the idea of a basic income, removing artificial scarcity that creates both billionaires and kids who go to bed hungry is generally a reasonable thing to do. But lets be serious, we are 200 years away from that kind of thinking.

As Americans we can't even get past the idea that it is the compassionate and responsible thing to do to give free insulin to a child or pull a rotted tooth from a homeless person's mouth before it kills them.

I am all for progressive thinking, but we need to start with providing for the common defense (against the common cold). Like every other industrialized nation in the world.

Comment Simple malware test (Score 2) 165

Here is the test: Does the software do anything that I want it to do? Did I install it or did I have a choice in installing it (a real choice, not a tricky dialog box). And finally, the true test... if someone UNINSTALLED or stopped this software from functioning, would I actively try to re-enable it.
If it doesn't meet these criteria, then it is spyware, crapware, malware, or junk, and should be classified as malicious. This includes almost all programs and web pages. This is Sturgeon's law, 90% of everything is crap. But in computer science you can take it one step farther. 90% of everything is crap, and 90% of the stuff that is worthwhile is designed to keep away the crap.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton