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Comment: Make it convenient for me and I will pay (Score 5, Insightful) 251

by sandytaru (#48565739) Attached to: Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down
I think another reason TPB isn't as necessary as it used to be is because the convenience gap it filled has slowly been replaced by paid services, in many instances. Getting an entire season of a TV show used to involve hunting down disks or even VHS tapes, a lot of waiting, a lot of headache, and the cost - when a pirated torrent of the same thing could be had in a few hours. Even renting a movie involved going outside. What if you didn't want to leave the house - or couldn't?

With the rise of on-demand services like Netflix/Hulu/all their friends, and the availability of most content for a reasonable cost, the laziness factor for torrenting is not as prevalent. For $2 and basically no effort I can buy a streaming movie off Amazon and watch it on my PS3. If I wanted to pirate it now, I'd save $2 but it would not necessarily be any easier or faster.

Same also applies for music. I pirated a lot of MP3s a long time ago because the songs were not readily available on CD or anywhere else (usually because of regional licensing bullshit.) These days, I can pay a dollar to whichever music service of my choice that carries the song, and have the MP3 without having to buy the whole album.

There will be other services along the lines of TPB, but they're more likely to stock 3D makerbot blueprints than they are cheaply available mainstream media in the future.

Comment: Re:Spending too much, reserves good, SW improves c (Score 5, Interesting) 274

by sandytaru (#48506735) Attached to: A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?
An example of what they've done would be the recent Monuments project. They built a back end, complete with a Google maps API interface, to tell you exactly where they needed photos of which historic monuments, in relation to a given ZIP code. Based on that, I learned there was 200 year old farm house about a half a mile from my office, and I spent a productive lunch break driving over there and photographing it. Their website handled the upload, licensing, and then distributed the new photo to the Commons as well as the Monuments project. There were no errors during this entire process which means the entire thing was rigorously tested and properly coded. It was a painless user experience, if a bit dry because of the spartan aesthetics of Wikimedia, but my "generated content" was incorporated seamlessly into their project in about five minutes. That's good website engineering.

Comment: Re:virus eradication and the ability to write code (Score 2) 561

by sandytaru (#48426721) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon
The difference is, most of the coders kind of know how to approach virus removal - it's just a lot easier to ask Help Desk to do it since they've probably got a machine dedicated to it (we called ours "Benchy the Nurse Box" - it had multiple malware removal programs on it and the only other thing it did besides nuke viruses was play the radio.)

Although the message about not sharing USBs between sick machines is a good one in this book. MANY professionals haven't figured that one out yet.

Comment: Re:It's what some GG people SAY it's about (Score 1) 474

See, this is what I'm talking about. Brianna who? I have no idea who this person is. You're unintentionally giving her the attention you claim that these folks are trying to get for themselves. I deliberately omit the names of the indie game developer that started this all, and the feminist critic, because WHO they are doesn't matter if GG is really about journalistic integrity in regards to video games. I don't give a flying fig about their personal lives or their supposed sin - I am interested in their bodies of work as it pertains to "ethics in journalism."

Start bashing IGN and Kotaku, they're the real culprits here.

Comment: It's what some GG people SAY it's about (Score 1) 474

And I 100% agree. This kind of game review culture is toxic.

But any time someone in GG begins naming the names of the indie game developer and the feminist critic, this argument falls down. Either it's about ethics in journalism, or it's about two women who did stuff you don't like. Neither of the women are journalists.

Comment: The other side of the coin (Score 1) 204

by sandytaru (#48379687) Attached to: Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy
It's also difficult to work under a boss who is not only smarter than you, but also smarter than those above them too. Brilliant people have no trouble understanding the technical aspects in addition to the managerial aspects. What they do have issues with is setting the right expectations for their subordinates, and letting go of their perfectionism in light of realistic expectations of average human capabilities. My current boss will go far in his career, but my secret hope is that he might get promoted out from under his current boss and I'll be shifted to someone else who is perhaps less brilliant.... but also easier to work with as a result.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 219

by sandytaru (#48377581) Attached to: Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks
This is a good point. Microsoft also offers a lot of its nicer software for free to students. Back when I was finishing my master's degree, I had access to everything except the core Office 2013 products (Word, Excel, etc.) I got Project, Access, Visio, Visual Studio, and a free copy of Windows 8.

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.