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Comment: Re:Stone Age diet ? he wants to live all 20 years? (Score 1) 439

by sh00z (#48659773) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Isn't HGH illegal unless it's prescribed by a doctor for a specific medical condition? This sounds like a [at best] "I paid a doctor a bunch of money to prescribe it for me" situation.

The word "illegal" applies only to sheeple. This guy's a fucking Randian superman: he's going to live forever, he's paid his guys to find a cure for cancer and his primary residence is almost certainly inside a hollowed out volcano.

He's going to live as long as he can afford bodyguards. I can't believe that this joker doesn't comprehend the intrinsic disconnect between being able to stay healthy until the age of 120, and simultaneously escalating class warfare through "no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons."

Comment: Re:I am cynical (Score 1) 586

by sh00z (#48622173) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

I have the feeling the reason the show was cancelled , was because the pre-release feedback was very negative, that it was a bad film, but with those threat they saw an opportunity, and now they are priming the US market for a massive "buy it to spite terrorrist !" direct to DVD.

Then the next round of threats will be against Amazon, BestBuy and Walmart. Bittottent is the only real solution.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 191

by sh00z (#48621729) Attached to: Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

They should have been punished and punished hard for the antitrust violations inherent in using their music store to force people to buy iPods if they wanted the full quality music for use away from their computer.

How did they do that? It was entirely possible to insert a CD, rip it with iTunes to high quality AAC, and put it on your iPod.

Even better, you could rip a CD entirely losslessly, and put a bit-for-bit copy on your iPod (or your Nomad or your Rio). As you could with WinAmp in Windows. Apple never FORCED anybody to do anything remotely like GP claims.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 191

by sh00z (#48620285) Attached to: Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

...This is not about DRM on the songs, it is about DRM on the connection between iTunes and the devices. That is, you can't use a non-apple device with iTunes. And Apple can go out of their way to make that happen.

That's not what the case is about at all. I've owned non-Apple devices that worked just fine with iTunes. The case is about Real writing software that tricked iTunes into thinking that their DRM was Apple's. After the way the music labels strongarmed Jobs into including DRM in the first place, the simple defense would have been to show those threats, and describe their worries about losing access to the music if they couldn't detect and reject counterfeit DRM. Note that at the same time, Audible.com was working *with* Apple to get their DRM into the iTunes ecosystem.

Comment: Re:I'm shocked. (Score 1) 191

by sh00z (#48620113) Attached to: Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Apple hardware/software stack is proprietary and owned by one company, so this decision is correct.

True enough, which is reason #2 that I will never own Apple anything. Reason #1 why I will never use Apple music devices is that would force me to use iTunes, which sucks beyond measure.

And does your reason #2 also carry over to Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, all of whom use similar tactics to prevent outsiders from developing and releasing games for their platforms? This case is exactly the same premise.

Comment: Obligatory joke... (Score 2) 388

by sh00z (#48618181) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

uhm, regular old dotted quads (ip addrs) work fine and cannot be 'taken down' since they are not lookup based but topology based.

and even with ip alias and redirects, a dotted quad can be just about as good as a dns name. better, in some ways, since it cant' be faked like a name can, and does not require another fetch for the name->ipaddr lookup.

...about the awesome library of stuff hosted at 127.0.0.1

Comment: Re:How does he (Score 2) 226

by sh00z (#47827571) Attached to: Ask David Saltzberg About Being <em>The Big Bang Theory's</em> Science Advisor

rationalize a smoking hot chick hanging out with nerds?

Apparently, you've missed the running gags in which this is explained. To provide her with free wi-fi, and to set up her printer.

Like others, I had hopes that this show would break down some stereotypes, but it just reinforces them for big laughs.

Comment: Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (Score 1) 441

by sh00z (#47731673) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
These are the same companies that as part of setting up shop, extorted millions of dollars in tax exemptions out of the cities and states in which they operate their businesses, thereby depriving the public education system of the revenues needed to help their students achieve at the level the companies "require." They created this problem, and it's wholly disingenuous to claim that the only viable solution is to look outside of the country for talent. I'm not exactly a proponent of Big Government, but if President Obama is the only one who can make this point to them, and get them to wake up to the ethics of their situation, then he should absolutely clamp down on tech-driven immigration.

Comment: Re:Disengenous (Score 1) 306

by sh00z (#47573823) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

... With the ebook you get a ... license to read the book but only in the format you purchased your license for.

This applies equally to physical books.

You left out the word "revocable" in the original. With a paper book, the publisher cannot come into my home and take the book back.

Comment: Re:Disengenous (Score 1) 306

by sh00z (#47573757) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

WHAT? So, authors don't want to have a large price gap between a real book and an ebook? Do they NOT realize that with the real book you get an actual real book. With the ebook you get a limited, revocable license to read the book but only in the format you purchased your license for. I'm still wondering why the price gap isn't larger.

I think some publishers and authors "get it." Lucius Shepard's last two hardcover books were published by Subterranean Press, and came out with boutique retail pricing (~$40, if I recall). I bought *both* of them, because, well, it's Lucius Shepard, and every word is golden. Amazon.com offered both at quite nice discounts from MSRP, so that's where I made my purchase.

THEN, I spotted that Amazon has also released Kindle ebooks of both, at $5.99 and $6.99. This is, to me, a stunning example of price elasticity. These prices are so outrageously low that I happily bought the ebooks IN ADDITION TO the pbooks.

I have the best of both worlds. My treasured paper copies won't have to suffer from being thrown around on a car seat or taken to the beach, and I have the reassuring solidity of a real copy that isn't subject to licensing.

So, in some cases, increasing the price gap even further can lead to that most elusive thing in the publishing world: repeat sales.

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