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Comment: Re:ASCAP and BMI (Score 1) 218

by q4Fry (#49471519) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

Seems like the same sort of thing would be easy here. Just find one of the stations often used for sampling and bribe them to give you a few percent more plays, resulting in a big increase in royalties.

With respect to radio, paying DJs to play your songs more was deemed illegal 50ish years ago. I suppose if you're already calling it "bribing," legality is not a primary concern.

Comment: Re:Rush hour unlikely to disappear (Score 1) 477

The cars still take up physical space and the safety margins required won't be drastically less then they are now.

Anecdote: A Korean I knew extolled the United State's interstate system. He says that the cars owned in South Korea would (and do, on holidays) take up an appreciable fraction of the country's total highway road surface.

Comment: Re:bah (Score 1) 261

by q4Fry (#49423561) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Good Work Environment For Developers and IT?
I was fine with the nerf guns until it was clear that some people could not handle basic self-control. It was one thing to have nerf fights after hours or anywhere but the work areas, but that seems to be impossible for some of my coworkers. Every single developer complained to management, and the nerf guns went away.

There are still other diversions, but nerf was the only distracting one**. We've managed to avoid acquiring table-tennis/foosball tables.

** Also, that one time a football landed on someone's desk during the World Cup.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 1) 194

by q4Fry (#49171539) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications
Perhaps I misunderstood you. I thought you were advocating against secret balloting, so that one could trace the vote of each person to that person. That could lead to your neighbors threatening you for voting for the wrong lizard when they go look up your vote. Were you saying something else?

Comment: Re:Dead in the water (Score 1) 96

by q4Fry (#49165507) Attached to: Valve and HTC Reveal "Vive" SteamVR Headset
I am going to echo you, and add one other point: Valve claims their product lets you move in a 15' x 15' area. Whatever hand tracking system they use needs to work with you where you go in that area, and presumably also if you turn around. If NimbleVR (Oculus's acquisition) or another hand tracking solution can't do that, it wouldn't have been helpful to Valve anyway.

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