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Comment: Re:And who lives downstream of this wonder? (Score 3, Funny) 286

by winthrop (#32106738) Attached to: Beaver Dam Visible From Space

If it ever cuts loose there will be an epic flood. Did the Beaver Inspectors ever get a look at it? After all Size isn't everything. How many logs went into that thing anyway? Was it checked for strength, flexibility under loads, ability to hold back before gushing? This could be pretty important for anyone below it. Canada's National Honour could be at stake!

I'm sure the beavers appreciate your input. Let me assure you, extensive thought goes into dam design.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 419

by winthrop (#31545822) Attached to: YouTube <em>Was</em> Evil, and Google Knew It

It irritates me to no end that the open source community will frequently scream bloody murder over a GPL violation, then turn around and say stuff like this "isn't evil."

Not everyone shares the same motivation / principles you do. If your principle is: "respect the author's stated wishes", then it would seem hypocritical to complain about GPL violations but not other copyright infringement. If your principle is: people should be allowed to copy everything freely, it's perfectly consistent to not complain about people infringing copyright in a way that facilitates further copying, but to complain about people infringing copyright in a way that makes further copying more difficult.

XBox (Games)

An Early Look At Halo: Reach 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the go-go-gadget-arms? dept.
KatanAlpha writes "Based on all the information coming out about Halo: Reach, it seems that Bungie's basic philosophy has been: 'The sequels to the first Halo sucked. Let's fix that.' We've already seen a little bit of this with Halo: ODST, wherein Bungie returned to some of the core elements of Halo gameplay and ditched many of the changes introduced in Halo 2 and 3. Reach seems to continue this idea while trying to invigorate the franchise by introducing greatly improved graphics and additional gameplay mechanics."

Comment: Re:Burden (Score 1) 507

by winthrop (#30570150) Attached to: NY Times, LA Times Want Amazon To Collect More State Taxes

I know there's the problem of submitting the taxes to the jurisdiction, but if the problem of figuring out what the taxes are is so hard, they could just include the sales tax in their prices, and then submit taxes based on the maximum tax rate to each jurisdiction. So, if some state charges 9% sales tax, they could just charge everybody 109%, then send 9% to every state. That way, they'd be freed of the administrative burden.

I'm willing to bet that if they were required to do that, they'd discover pretty quickly how easy it is to collect variable levels of sales tax across various districts.

Comment: What about throwaways? (Score 1) 435

by winthrop (#30214270) Attached to: Would You Use a Free Netbook From Google?

If google offered completely free netbooks, people would use them as disposable, costing google tons of money. Even subsidized hardware like game consoles relies on the fact that the consumer is putting some investment in, so they'll probably increase their investment over time by buying games, and not just throw it out and get a new one every month because they feel like it.

Comment: Re:No biggie (Score 2, Insightful) 610

by winthrop (#30060068) Attached to: OS X Update Officially Kills Intel Atom Support

I think the complaint is that the requirement for a Mac computer is a business requirement for Apple to make money, not a technical requirement in order to run the software, except in so much as Apple cripples their software (from the end-user's perspective) in order to achieve their business goals.

Comment: Re:If True, Fascinatingly Bizarre Logic (Score 1) 720

by winthrop (#30053070) Attached to: Whistleblower Claims IEA Is Downplaying Peak Oil

I do have a problem when my taxes are raised to fund a mass transit system that I'll never use.

A lot of public transit users feel the same way about cars. I live in a city, and the cost of private parking spaces is pretty high. The city mandates inefficient land use patterns: every landlord *must* provide parking for their apartment complexes. So, effectively, I'm paying for a parking spot--a pretty expensive thing, whether I use it or not, because god forbid they raise parking prices to a price point where the car-drivers would actually be paying for the land they use...

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