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Comment: Re: Not France vs US (Score 1) 199

The regulations say that the merchant must first ask the customer whether they agree to let them store their CC information. If the customer agrees, the customer name, CC number and expiry date can be stored in an encrypted format.

Is a merchant required to let a customer place an order even if the customer chooses not to place his billing information on file with the merchant for future orders?

Comment: Re:Difference between SF and fantasy, or lack ther (Score 1) 198

technology [...] magic

Book sellers that group science fiction with fantasy follow Arthur C. Clarke's observation: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Larry Niven pointed out the converse about sufficiently analyzed magic. I'd be interested in how you would rigorously separate these.

future [...] middle ages

I understand what you're getting at: you're trying to avoid works of speculative fiction that take place in a so-called standard fantasy setting. But otherwise, it sounds like you're trying to distinguish "past" from "future". This is complicated by settings that are nominally soft science fiction but do not cross over with real-life history in such a way as to anchor dates. These include BSG ("All this has happened before, and all this will happen again" more than 150,000 years ago) and Star Wars ("A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..."). What opinion do you have about speculative fiction settings closer to the present day, such as "steampunk" (recent past) and "urban fantasy" (present)?

The other topic about translation, that is easy to answer: american copyright law is at fault. As it prohibits authors to sell their work as they please. Once sold to a publisher the publisher has 'the copyright'

What compels an author to sell permanent exclusive rights, whether through assignment or exclusive license, to a publisher?

I fail to see what your two points add to the discussion :)

First, I was clarifying that the convergence of science fiction with fantasy is not the fault of book sellers but instead the result of a fundamental continuum between the two. Second, I was clarifying that unavailable translations are not the fault of book sellers, be they Amazon or brick and mortar, but instead business decisions made by authors.

Comment: Difference between SF and fantasy, or lack thereof (Score 1) 198

On top of that for some dumb reason they put SF and Fantasy into one category 'SF&Fantasy' however I'm not interested in the later

At the soft end of speculative fiction's Mohs scale, what difference do you see between "SF" and "fantasy"? What's the difference between "ETs" and "elves"?

and it takes 5 or more years till an interesting title is finally translated into german.

Your complaint could be worded that most works of SF literature that you find "interesting" are not published under a license that allows fans to translate it. Whose fault is that?

Comment: Re:Translation (Rough) (Score 1) 150

by tepples (#47442893) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education
In that case, allow me to try again: Perhaps it's a claim that the originally claimed similarities are not enough to support the point that the original analogy purported to demonstrate. For example, both paint and soft drinks come in cans, but that obviously wouldn't support the original argument "if it's canned, it ought to be drinkable".

Comment: Re:Programming without a license (Score 1) 150

by tepples (#47442875) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education
They're not "stealing" in the sense of larceny, but they are "stealing" in the sense of infringement on various government-granted monopolies put in place by legislatures elected by the people. Here are the citations, as requested:
  • Reimplementing patented processes: Apple v. Samsung and every other software patent lawsuit.
  • Reimplementing Pajitnov's video game: Tetris v. Xio.
  • Taxi service: Various legal actions taken against Uber and Lyft.
  • Television service: The recent case decided against Aereo.
  • File sharing: Lawsuits against the operators of Napster, Aimster, Grokster, and more.
  • Programming for set-top platforms: The Lik Sang lawsuits, the R4 lawsuits, and Sony v. Hotz.

Comment: Buses do not operate on Sundays (Score 1) 150

by tepples (#47442815) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

Public transportation means that you don't have to own a car or pay for gas/insurance.

Unless you get an ultimatum that if you don't come into work on one of the 58 days a year when buses don't run, you'll lose your job. In my city, this includes New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the first Sunday of the year, the second Sunday of the year, ..., and the fifty-second Sunday of the year.

Comment: Programming without a license (Score 0) 150

by tepples (#47442747) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

Someone writing code is not "stealing" from anyone else

Yes they are. They are implementing patented processes without a license, implementing copyrighted video game rules without a license (such as all those projects for computer science classes that require students to reimplement a video game created by Alexey Pajitnov), implementing ways to provide taxi or multichannel television services without a license, implementing means to allow end users to trade copies of major label music and major studio movies without a license, writing programs that run on set-top computing platforms without a license, etc. I can provide citations on request.

Comment: Re:Translation (Rough) (Score 2) 150

by tepples (#47442697) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

You seem to have a fundamental misunderstanding of what an analogy is. An analogy is not the same as saying that two things are exactly alike. It's saying that two things are similar in one or more ways. Understand that, and you'll soon stop replying as if someone said that two things are exactly alike even when it's perfectly apparent that they did not

Perhaps people who post "analogy fail" mean that the differences between two things outweigh the similarities so much as to invalidate reasoning from situations with the one to situations with the other.

Comment: App approval (Score 1) 176

by tepples (#47442621) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

Should every new concept, innovation, invention, tool, technique, strategy, and technology be prohibited by default? What the hell is wrong with you? If I come up with a clever new way of slicing deli meat, should I be prohibited from using it or showing someone else how to use it until I've sufficiently begged an un-elected, un-accountable agency bureaucrat to allow me to use it?

BasilBrush is known in Android vs. iOS articles for claiming that every application should be approved by "an un-elected, un-accountable agency" by the name of Apple to make sure it isn't malware, doesn't waste battery charge or data transfer allowance, and doesn't let the user help contribute to a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspots.

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