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Comment: Re:Virtual DJ / DJs often use GrooveShark (Score 1) 222

by sound+vision (#49598495) Attached to: Grooveshark Shuts Down
Honestly, these DJs should have seen it coming - especially the ones that post on Slashdot. There are articles here all the time about some cloud-based service going under, oftentimes without warning, leaving the users high and dry. Recently I've heard more and more people say things like "I don't download music anymore, I just use [insert streaming service of the month]." I've been warning them that while these services provide a good alternative to radio, they are not a substitute for a music collection. Even if they are doing it legally, the whole thing is a house of cards that can get knocked down at any time when someone tries to re-negotiate a licensing deal (or any number of other scenarios).

It'd be like the DJs of yore showing up at a party with an FM radio instead of a crate of records. "But it was playing the songs I wanted yesterday!" Well, now it isn't. I'd expect a DJ, of all people, to recognize the value of a permanent music collection.

Comment: Re:enforcement (Score 1) 624

by sound+vision (#49583999) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers
Whenever there's a shooting people start talking about gun control more than the underlying problem. It's just one more manifestation of intellectual laziness. It's a lot easier to say "Well, let's just take all the weapons away" (as if that genie can be put back in the bottle), than it is to look at the economic/societal/personal problems that caused the attack and come up with a way to fix that.

Comment: Re:It is an ad. (Score 1) 216

by sound+vision (#49581179) Attached to: How Google Searches Are Promoting Genocide Denial
How is this different from any other kind of ad? Do you think newspapers or billboard owners investigate all their clients to determine if their products are "legitimate"? How do you determine legitimacy? Should they probe all their clients' accounting and business practices to make sure they aren't doing anything shady? I imagine they'd be out of clients pretty fast. Moreover, why is this the responsibility of the advertising agency in the first place? There are already laws regarding false advertising that rightly put the blame on the organization that actually created the ad. Anyone running a false ad is opening themselves up to a lawsuit.

Comment: Re:Easy to solve (Score 1) 52

by sound+vision (#49553357) Attached to: Github DDoS Attack As Seen By Google
To take an entire country "off the internet" would require the cooperation of every country they're peering with. I don't know the details of China's network infrastructure, but I'm willing to bet they have direct connections to quite a few countries. It would be much easier for whichever country is being targeted to have their ISPs blackhole everything coming from China. But then you start risking a trade war scenario. The United States, as you may know, has a particularly large amount of trade with China. Not just physical goods going back and forth, but companies with branches in both countries, and online/remote services of all kinds. If email and web contact between the US and China got broken, there would be major disruption to all sorts of businesses. Neither side wants that. GitHub going down for a few days is nothing compared to the disruption that closing all US-China data exchange would cause.

Comment: Re:Blame the game developers (Score 1) 162

by sound+vision (#49517771) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives
Some games like Morrowind and SimCity 4, you could just delete the video files. This also saved a significant amount of space. To this day my archival copies of both of those games are ZIP files of the game folder after installing the desired expansions and mods, and ripping out the intro videos. (And the nocd patches of course.) The games are almost "portable" like that, in that you can just copy the folder to a new computer and run it. I think the latter game has a couple of registry entris in a .reg file, that's it as far as installation goes.

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 271

by sound+vision (#49499203) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.
This type of thing is de facto legal as a final sentence. Far more restrictive travel bans are commonplace in certain situations, such as when someone is sentenced to probation. It's usually laid out in terms like "You are not allowed to leave the State of X, and must notify the court if you plan to travel outside of County Y". That's a lot more restrictive than banning a Floridian from traveling within D.C.

Comment: Re:masdf (Score 1) 297

Do you have a source for that? Certainly there are narcs, but I've never heard of any of them enrolling in high schools undercover. Cops threatening high school kids who got caught anyway to cough up some names, sure. But when they invest an undercover agent (= lots of money), it's going to be for a big investigation, not to find out which high school kid sold a dimebag to which other high school kid.

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Paul Erlich