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Comment Re:really? (Score 1) 379

I can't remember the last time I went out of my way to look up a movie trailer to see if I wanted to see the movie. It HAS happened, but not nearly on the same scale.

I do this all the time. The trailer often picks some of the most interesting sequences of the movie. If it isn't good enough, the movie is binned to rental or exclusion.

Comment Re:I hope it's under the BSD or MIT licenses. (Score 1) 205

> Why do you label him a "troll"? What he says is absolutely true; the MIT and BSD licenses are basically the most-free licenses around.

And pointless.

They aren't entirely pointless. They force new developers to give credit to those that came before. I figure this is what a university is most interested in (i.e. their reputation).

Comment Re:I hope it's under the BSD or MIT licenses. (Score 1) 205

Putting aside your whining about being unable to monetize your changes to someone else's code, I think you can expect a relatively permissive license. In TFA, EditShare mentions they intend to let developers sell plug-ins and such. While some device drivers demonstrate you can make binary blobs interact with GPL code, I imagine it would make things much simpler if they stuck with a BSD or MIT license.

Comment Re:Well, government "oversight"... (Score 2, Insightful) 452

Yes, and now you have a thoroughly subsidized monocultural food production system which breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria and outputs decidely non-nutritious food at its most affordable levels; and the abusive working conditions you decry have simply been moved offshore, leaving the corporations who contract for such cheap labor to enforce our enlightened norms, if they feel like it. The moneyed interests which benefit from these arrangements have much more influence over the people in power than do you, the single voter. So while these problems may, eventually, be addressed by the government, it will not happen until they are almost catastrophes. This is the downside to such a heavily centralized republic.

Comment Re:Fees (Score 1) 525

I don't know about how brazen the RIAA is, but as far as I can tell, the Court ruled them statutory damages--There was a table with each song on a row and a column titled "Statutory Damages Award," and written in each box was 22,500.00 (source). If they thought they were handing down a punishment, well, they picked the wrong box. While I agree with you that tens of thousands in compensation for each song is ridiculous, that's how the fools ruled.

Comment Re:Fees (Score 1) 525

Disclaimer: IANAL.

It's not being twisted around, honestly. Perhaps the intent was to prevent the injustices we're talking about now, but that isn't how it was written. The RIAA seeks what it sees as damages, at least ostensibly; this is compensation, not punishment. Even if this were a criminal trial, it would be foolhardy to use the eighth amendment to attack awards for statutory damages. Totally different story if we're talking about a fine.

And that's why they're talking about due process instead. I'm not sure how that works (certainly didn't read the brief), but it sounds logical to me.

Comment Re:Package management (Score 1) 162

One question... why? I bet your prejudices are based on very outdated information.

I've used yum, zypper, apt, and pacman based systems before, and I don't see any significant differences in the packaging format's power. Repositories are often set up a bit differently, but that's a policy issue. What is this major feature DEB has that RPM doesn't? Or even that apt has that yum doesn't?

Comment Re:I'll believe it when I can buy it. (Score 1) 220

I figured netbooks were positioned between handhelds and notebooks... but if you're going to include the DSi, perhaps the Pandora would be a better answer for that. They may actually start shipping sometime this year... ;)

They're working with their contractor to perfect the case moulds right now, and the rest of the components are supposedly together, ready for assembly. I'm not qualified to judge, but it sounds like they aren't far off. Too bad ordering is a snafu.

Comment Re:Depends on specialization and responsibilities (Score 1) 844

Get your EE or ME degree...

It's also important to know the entry-level requirements of the field you want to work in. I made a mistake when I graduated in May; I thought I could find a job in digital systems design/verification (centering at the RTL level). It turns out that only the government looks at someone without a Master's degree.

Comment Re:vote with your money (Score 1) 258

The appeal in CoD for me was very much gameplay-related. Thus far, MW (not MW2) struck the best balance between realism and the arcade for its niche. Though each of them had flaws, its standout points were reasonable recoil, map designs that usually provided ample cover, and a pace that wasn't ridiculously fast (Unreal Tournament) or slow (Ghost Recon). In short, it seemed like the beginning of a FPS series that would encourage squad-level tactics without taking you far from the shooting.

Sadly, that balance shifted immediately towards the arcade side with the very next game (CoD 5), making its gameplay just like every other.

Comment Save Star Trek? (Score 1) 404

What if the tech is used on a character who's supposed to look slightly inhuman? I'm thinking chiefly of Data from Star Trek, whom Brent Spiner has said he will never play again since an immortal android doesn't age. But if you could reset his looks to 1987, while also setting the character further apart from the normal humans surrounding him, I think that would be an enhancement rather than a drawback.

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