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Comment: Self defeating comment (Score 1) 214

My favorite bit of this is the "rest of the world moves on to take the lead..." (emphasis mine). Who are they taking it from? Oh... I see.

BTW I feel perfectly fine posting this from an American perspective as the poster decided to deride Americans. I personally feel all nations are alike and we are all citizens of the world. But you awakened an inner nationalism.

Comment: Re:not really sales, just the first sale (Score 1) 490

by roninmagus (#46586141) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
After reading that whole blurb, I think this is the more plausible explanation. It isn't the movie companies limiting netflix, it's netflix limiting itself. They pay a certain price for those DVDs which become theirs to rent as they wish, but streaming (with no physical media to own) costs a license fee per stream.

Comment: Bitcoin (Score 5, Insightful) 263

by roninmagus (#46476033) Attached to: Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse
I'm all for what bitcoin is trying to achieve. But this is just a news story about an exchange which didn't know what it was doing, trading in a currency that hasn't been fully proven, operating in an unknown capacity from somewhere in Japan, and without any oversight at all. That's like millions of people asking my buddy Joe who lives in a trailer to hang onto their money for them. Oh no, bad decisions were made?

Comment: Re:States Rights (Score 3, Insightful) 665

by roninmagus (#46220413) Attached to: South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards
Yes, it should be their prerogative. That's part of the basic foundation of our government, and was choen as the best method of government by intelligent people who had lived under tyrannical absolutes.

As always, if you disagree with your state's laws, you can attempt to push a vote to change them or move to another state. That sounds dismissive, but it's good that it's an available option. If the law is national and therefore pushed from above, you have no way to get out from under it save moving to another country. Moving to another country is probably not appealing or easy.

Comment: amounts (Score 1) 544

by roninmagus (#46085865) Attached to: Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching
"The amounts involved are not discussed" because this is a non-story. I spent (served time?) 12 Years in a Tennessee school in a highly populated area and creationism was not taught at all. This article intends to imply that us backwards rednecks are teachin' the chillrens 'bout Jesus, and that simply isn't happening to the statewide scale this fancy map displays.

Comment: Re:Ain't skeered (Score 2) 218

by roninmagus (#45555961) Attached to: Unpublished J. D. Salinger Stories Leaked On Bittorrent Site
LOL, parent just said "Hey J.D., love your stuff buddy. So much so that I'll pick up anything new as soon as it becomes available. Oh, but you had a plan that you set in motion for when that material would be available? Well fuck that, because I'm downloading that shit, because fuck you."

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