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Comment: Re:Had a realization (Score 1) 210

by flyingsquid (#48480685) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released
My take on Abrams is that he isn't the right guy to do Star Wars. Based on what I've seen from his Star Trek movies, his approach to storytelling is too intellectual- he's interested in complex storylines and clever plot twists. That's not what Star Wars is about. Star Wars is a modern fairy tail/myth/epic with lots of action and character-driven drama, but not much in the way of clever plot twists. Okay, I will give you the Luke I am Your Father bit, and the Now Witness the Power of this Fully Armed and Operational Death Star bit. But mostly, it's about plucky heroes and the odd scoundrel fighting black-clad villains and rescuing princesses, swordfighting and magic and spaceships and aliens. It's not about the head, it's about the heart, it's about feelings, and none of Abrams work has ever struck me as having the kind of soul needed to tell this sort of story. I guess I could sum it up by saying... I've got a bad feeling about this.

Comment: Re:It was an almost impossible case to prosecute (Score 1) 1088

by Rakarra (#48465489) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Here, the prosecutor didn't even ask for charges, meaning you had no one who was adverse to the cop.

Prosecutors know what they can try. They don't try every possible case; some cases aren't winnable. If the prosecution looks at the evidence that was gathered and says "it doesn't look like we have much to go on here," then what would be the point of going through with a trial? For fun? To drag victims' families and the defendants through it?

If the prosecution says they have a case, and the defence says "he's right, we're F-ed," then you start seeing things like quick plea deals, just plain guilty pleas.

It's only when the prosecution and the defence both think they can win or at least get something major out of a trial, that's when you a see a trial. Otherwise there's really not much point.

Comment: Re:And that is the biggest issue (Score 1) 1088

by Rakarra (#48464045) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

And should be confronted by society. Contrary to popular belief, the Police is still a civilian force. No special rules or exemptions should apply,

As a private citizen, I am not allowed to tackle a guy on the street, hand-cuff him, throw him in my truck, and drive him to the nearest police station, even if I suspect he might have committed a crime.

Yes, police powers are just that, for the police.

Comment: Re:He definitely did know and understand the risk. (Score 1) 143

by Rakarra (#48463937) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Actually, a grand majority of DRM is ineffective; it gets cracked almost immediately, and therefore anyone with a slight amount of knowledge can apply the cracks.

It confirms something I've long known: DRM only really inconveniences non-infringers. Warez kids and movie bootleggers have ways around it. Your average person at home trying to figure out how to space-shift his blu-ray so it plays in his car media center for the kids will not.

Comment: Re:Wrong risk ... (Score 1) 143

by Rakarra (#48463907) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Oh, almost forgot: and if you say that the DMCA is a US law and doesn't affect people in other countries... well, you'd be absolutely right that the DMCA itself is only a US law. However, it is requirement, an implementation of WIPO treaties which all mentioned companies have agreed to.

Comment: Re:Wrong risk ... (Score 1) 143

by Rakarra (#48463889) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Even if you can predict that no rules/laws will apply, how can you reasonably plan for that contingency? What would those plans look like? Should KDC have given up business and become a survivalist?

Except that in this case the law was very plain and it was obvious that it was being violated. I may not like the DMCA, but it doesn't take a legal brainiac to know that refusing to comply with take-down requests (what Kim's was doing with his links vs files argument) will lead to greater legal retaliation.

Comment: Re:It was an almost impossible case to prosecute (Score 1) 1088

by Rakarra (#48463811) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

That means the same thing. You just used more words to say it.

No, it's not the same thing, there's a distinction between the two, and our justice system is built upon that distinction.

Not guilty does not mean innocent. This is not a binary, there are more than two options. It's an admission that we do not try to prove innocence in trial, we try to prove guilt, or we fail to prove guilt.

That's why defendants are not forced to testify -- they are not under any obligation to prove their innocence, and in the US it's considered legally and morally wrong to require someone to prove himself guilty.

Comment: Re:It was an almost impossible case to prosecute (Score 1) 1088

by Rakarra (#48463773) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

No, no you wouldn't. You would only know what the prosecution and defense could find and present. Nothing more, nothing less.

Which, at least, is an adversarial system.

Of course it's an adversarial system. It always has been, and always should be. There are two sides in a dispute. Each side is not impartial, the goal is to let each partial side make its case while an impartial third party (judge, jurors) decides which side has made its case the best.

Comment: Re:News at 11 (Score 1) 1088

by Rakarra (#48463751) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

It's almost like they have no reason to be mad at all. I mean, officer kills a black kid, news at 11. All thugs deserve what they get, am i rite?

OH WAIT. You mean this isn't 4-chan? People should actually be outraged about this?

Maybe, maybe not. If a thug attacks an officer in his car and tries to grab his gun, maybe he DOES deserve what he gets, am i rite?

Comment: Re:The "Protesters" (Score 1) 1088

by Rakarra (#48463619) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Regardless of everything else, a man under cover of authority has shot and killed an unarmed teenager. Again. Some would consider this a serious crime. Some would even think there should be repurcussions as a result of killing another person. Yesterday evening we learned there will be no criminal charges. How did we think this was going to turn out?

You can't consider that there might have been justification for this?

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