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Comment Re:"insomnia" is probably the wrong word (Score 1) 234

Yes, insomnia and having atypical schedule are different. The OP equates the two. But I'd like to discuss the prejudice there is against people who get up late. For some reason generally people believe someone who gets up at noon is lazy. And someone who gets up at 3:00 pm is a misfit. Actually, civilization wouldn't function without people getting up at those times.

Comment Re:In Principle vs. Practical (Score 1) 391

Although I agree with Zombie Ryushu in that in principle the PP's ideals are far better than in practice, I do not agree that copyright should "go back to what it was around 130 years ago". Instead, copyright should be entirely optional. Indeed, perhaps copyright could be sold by the govt; if the creator of something wishes to copyright it, he must make a one-time payment to the govt, and perhaps they could sell the copyrighting rights for certain things to private bodies as well. That way, copyright would exist but most things would not be copyrighted and the state would keep money, and so the country would prosper.

Comment Re:Money (Score 1) 391

By the same logic that mime artist who performs on the high street has a right to be paid by everyone who sees his act .... ...You have two options
      hire a venue, charge people to watch your act, and hope they come...
      perform in public, and hope they pay...

Published works should be the same : give me something physical and hope I am willing to pay for it, or give it away and ask for payment if they like it...

The current copyright system works on the principle of selling something that people are forced to pay for when they don't need to ...

Comment Infection (Score 1) 1051

I've refused to block ads for well over a decade. I want to support the sites I visit. I grumble, but endure the slow downs caused by hitting up ad servers. The ads on my girlfriend's site give us some extra money each month. However, twice in the past 6 months I've been infected with horrible viruses through someone's compromised ad network. Each time I was on a perfectly reputable site running third party ads from third party servers. So now I have ad block and no script and all of that. Sending slashdot a couple bucks isn't worth hours and hours of virus removal. (Yes I have a virus scanner. No it didn't stop it. Yes, I could run Linux, but my TV card isn't fully supported.)

Comment Re:Forcing authors to lose rights over work (Score 1) 391

You could do a work-around for the GPL argument by making agreeing to a contract functionally identical to the licence a pre-condition for accessing the program. The only problem with that is that it raises questions of liability for bugs.

Anyway, the first paragraph of your post didn't relate to GPL infringements, because mostly GPL authors don't care about non-commercial infringement, because it doesn't really matter. Commercial infringement would still be illegal, so the problematic infringements are not affected.

Comment Re:Questions (Score 3, Insightful) 391

I see the point you're making - but most of those questions are only relevant for a party forming a Government.

There's no chance of that happening here - I don't mean that in a "they won't get that many votes" sense, but I mean in the sense that they don't have enough people even standing for election. So such a thing is impossible.

It's still important I think to have policies on a wide range of issues, because if you had one as your MP, you'd still want to write to him, and hope he has an opinion on more than a single issue, and such things would be voted on in the Commons.

But let's be fair - individual MPs are not expected to come up with solutions to the economy, or immigration problems. (As an aside, I'm not sure what uncontrolled problem you are referring to - although I appreciate that these might be questions asked by your typical Daily Mail reader, so it's useful to have responses to them.)

Comment Re:Poor ABC (Score 1) 217

Cablevision already has some of its own television networks, although the are small by comparison to ABC. They own MSG Sports and a fledgling hyperlocal news network News12. MSG Sports carries Knicks (basketball), Rangers, Devils and Islanders (hockey) so Cablevision tends to tout "...carries all 9 New York major sports teams" in their ads. What they don't mention is that the two Cablevision owned franchises, basketball's New York Knicks and hockey's New York Rangers, are horrible. All of these are further examples how the Dolan family tends to run businesses into the ground.

Comment It's a problem... (Score 1) 446

I worked, until recently, as a "Student Affairs Administrator" and I see a very similar problem in my own field. Much like Education, Student Affairs/Higher Ed Admin seems to attract those individuals who we might all call "nice but not very bright." They're not, by any means dumb, but they're not the most analytical minds on the planet either. A big part of their job involves thinking through problems, which they are often not equipped to do by the education they've received.

Like K-12 teaching programs, their graduate program does not actually prepare them by teaching them things relevant to actually doing their jobs. Many Student Affairs Administrators spend a great deal of time supervising students, and yet they never take a class on supervision or discuss the best methods for supervising their population, much like many education programs do not focus on strategies that actually improve classroom management.

Both fields share similar philosophies (frakking Dewey and his sloppy Positivism). I've given some consideration to becoming a teacher. I enrolled in a teacher preparation program only to be disgusted by the curriculum and the "push everyone through" attitude displayed by many in my cohort. Only one of the professors I took a course with actually had any experience as a classroom teacher.

Much like in Student Affairs, it's not the money. It's not even necessarily the pool of talent; it's the philosophical underpinnings of the field. "Caring and sharing" and "Everybody's a winner" are the mantras that these fields live by.


Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."

Comment Re:Kindle Prices ... (Score 1) 111

Unfortunately, Amazon seems to have a pretty good lock-in on the eBook market right now despite any potential price gaming. They're still much cheaper than the Sony Reader store for most books; Books on Board manages to offer slightly more competitive prices than Sony, but they're not as cheap as Amazon.

Amazon seems to be maintaining its competitive pricing on books, even in the eBook arena; and, other stores are either unable or unwilling to follow suit.

Comment Re:Well, all are illegal... (Score 2, Interesting) 554

It's a general problem with any kind of social service in most parts of the United States. If you start making any money at all, whether or not the unemployment, welfare, SSI/SSDI, etc are a considerable part of you being able to get on your feet, you almost immediately start to lose benefits. American social service/social insurance programs shoot themselves in the foot.

Comment Re:Oracle already owns an open source database (Score 1) 67

MySQL has been forked several times since Sun bought them. There's now a confusing welter of forks of MySQL, and no one is sure which is the 'real' one anymore since the original owners of MySQL AB are responsible for one of the forks.

MySQL has an ace in the hole, however: a HUGE install base in ISPs. MySQL is THE default database you're going to be exposed to for web hosting, and a perception that it's being allowed to whither on the vine will kick up a backlash against Oracle (just as it did with Sun).

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