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Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 407

by phorm (#47731311) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Commercial gain does change this picture somewhat. My only counter is that jail-time also imposes a burden on society, whereas a fine that wipes out any profit from the infringement + imposes enough of an additional penalty would probably have worked well enough, and saved the cost of housing this idiot in a cell.

Comment: Re:Not my kind of person. (Score 1) 407

by phorm (#47731253) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

The financial advisor ruins people's lives by abusing a position of trust he's been given. He's also reaping the benefits of his crime and living high on the hog. Often enough, those that have enabled the advisor to run rampant manage to spew a bunch of B.S. excuses about how "shocked" they were and are unaffected.

Meanwhile, the guy who recorded in a theatre is an idiot, but he hasn't ruined anyone's life and hasn't really benefited financially from his act. A significant (but not ruinous) fine would accomplish plenty in terms of penalty. The corporations have also successfully lobbied to have what was once a civil offence which could be resolved between two groups (see: lawsuit) into a criminal act.

Comment: Blocking exit nodes (Score 1) 113

by phorm (#47731073) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

As it stands right now, it is SOP for an admin to block all exit nodes at the incoming router, the IP stack on the machine, the web server, and the application

And there's plenty of reasons to do so. There's a reason that companies have firewalls that block outgoing connections as well as incoming. Or would you rather they allowed traffic from anonymous internet sources to route through their networks?

Home users are a different story, but I don't see why most corps would want to allow TOR. They have enough issues securing their networks as it is (see: UPS breach).

Comment: Re:Most of the failures never would've made it. (Score 1) 29

by phorm (#47723351) Attached to: How Game Developers Turn Kickstarter Failure Into Success

OCRemix initially made a kickstarter for an FFVI music remix. Initially they ran into legal issues with Squaresoft, but apparently sorted that out and then successfully funded the second incarnation.

If a third-party can successfully garner funds and create a prototype, I wonder how many of the big entities would be willing to license such projects for a cut of the profits at the end?

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 150

by phorm (#47720629) Attached to: China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

This is what used to happen in the West, when companies were similarly unrestrained by legislation

Maple Leaf Meats. Deepwater Horizon. Exxon Valdez. Mount Polly Mine. Tepco.

I'd say that the East and the West do a fairly shitty job of enforcing regulation. You can have all the legislation you want but lack of enforcement or monitoring = fail. The West would like to point fingers at China but frankly we've been chasing profits at the expense of health+safety just as much.

Comment: Re:Why is this Google's problem? (Score 1) 155

by phorm (#47716027) Attached to: Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Well, it certainly wouldn't be a DCMA complaint, unless you've got the copyright on small members (or signs to small members, perhaps)?

Most likely it would be considered a form of harassment, possibly libel.

In the case of a search engine and to some extent a torrent index though, it's more like "There are signs located in the men's bathroom on fifth avenue, as well as in the back alley on third that say Jones_Supa has a small johnston"

Comment: Re:I suggest Kickstarter (Score 1) 690

by phorm (#47715971) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

And autoCAD, and MS Project. Visio. Exchange... and that proprietary application that's really popular with X.

Linux isn't really fighting against usability (yes, it does have some issues there), it's fighting against an entrenched user-base whose needs are tied to existing software. Porting Adobe might help for some, but there are still plenty of other things out there.

In the same vein, though, for a lot of users it's more than enough. It's got email, web browsing /w flash/java support (facebook and games), word-processor, spreadsheet, some basic games, and now even some stuff on Steam. Getting Adobe moved over would help add to that, but I'd imagine that if Steam ever gets their Steambox out there with a killer title (another Left 4 Dead, Half Life, etc variant would probably do it), then adoption will increase quite nicely as well.

Comment: Re:Kickstarter Goals? (Score 1) 98

Maybe females were less likely to attempt kickstarting stupid things like booby apps etc, or their projects are more meaningful to a given audience. Remember, not every kickstarter is a geek toy etc, there are a lot of projects with a more personal/direct aim that may be able to easily solicit funds from a targeted audience.

Then again, some dude managed to kickstart making potato salad for a ton of cash, so it seems there are still plenty of people out there to fund stupid projects too.

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