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Comment Re:The problem is MUCH, much wider ... (Score 2) 473

Motorcycles and aviation catered to a certain demographic of people looking to get out there and do something interesting, something crazy. Perhaps they were the adrenaline junkies of their time.

I have a bike license. Haven't owned or driven a bike in ten years, and by now I probably never will again.

Part of it is simply growing up. It's just not as much fun any longer as it was in my 20's. And with work and other committments I have little time left to ride, never mind maintenance and other chores.

Why young people don't ride, though, has - I guess - nothing to do with risk. Driving is simply not fashionable, and not cool. A generation earlier than me, getting your license (and a bike license especially) was a badge of honour, and a symbol of adulthood. It isn't any longer. Many hobbies rise, flourish and die over time. Once, wood lathing was a major, very popular hobby across Europe and the US; today it's a tiny niche. That's probably where these things are heading as well.

Car ownership has suffered the same decline in cool, but as cars are utilitarian they don't see as large a drop in usage. Young people still drive, but see cars more akin to owning a washer and dryer, not a status symbol. Necessary but boring. Bikes and private airplanes don't have the same level of utility in general, so they suffer more when interest wanes.

Comment Re:Asahi Shimbun (Score 1) 361

Ah, I was too brief. They have an iOS and Android app - effectively a specialized browser with controls for navigating a paper - and the main format is made for the app, working like a proper mobile reader. All the different parts of the paper (Sunday magazines and so on) are available for up to a month or so, and the web site keeps indefinite archives.

But in addition, you have PDF facsimiles of all the regional editions as well, for those that prefer the "real" paper experience. And some people evidently do, especially on large computer screens.

We could add a paper subscription as well if we want, for a fairly modest sum. Effectively the added cost of getting both is not much more than having only the paper edition used to cost us. But one reason we went digital only is to avoid the piles of paper garbage that results :)

Comment Re:I am reminded of pigs and engineers here (Score 1) 593

The more T-Rex fossils we find without finding any evolutionary ancestors or descendants, however, begins to point to the fact that they may not have existed.

The lack of descendants of Tyrannosaurus Rex is likely because the line went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period, and it seems like there are about ten other Tyrannosaur species found in the fossil record so far, then there's the Coelurosaurs that the Tyrannosaurs most likely evolved from, and the Theropods before that.

So given that they probably had no descendants because they were wiped out by an external event, and we have found fossils of some of their ancestors, what does that mean for evolution?

Comment Asahi Shimbun (Score 2) 361

We get the digital Asahi Shimbun. It gets us all editions of the full paper, including a browsable, zoomable PDF copy of the morning paper edition, at a price slightly lower than the paper edition cost us earlier.

The reason is mostly convenience: I and my wife can both access the website and the iPad and Android apps at the same time, through the same subscription. With the paper we'd get only a single copy, so I'd end up bringing yesterdays evening paper on the train in the mornings while she'd read the morning edition.

Comment Re:oh well (Score 4, Funny) 385

We recently had an issue with HP servers showing temperatures of 255C on motherboard sensors...
They said this was a firmware issue and told us to flash the bios to fix this. We did... the sensor now shows -127C. Big help.

"Big help" - Why are you complaining? This is great! Think of the electricity savings! Not only can you stop cooling these servers, you can actually use them to cool your other hardware!

You're not thinking outside the box, that's the problem with you young people.

Comment Re:The problem George Broussard has (Score 1) 360

Well, let's say we're talking about 14 year copyrights (the old U.S. way). How many clones of 14 year old games are you playing? How many people would have bought a copy of "The Legend of Melda" on the Nintendo Entertainment System in the year 2001? Note: They couldn't use the name "Zelda" in the title because Nintendo presumably owns a Trademark on the name "Legend of Zelda".

Besides, for the most part we're not talking about clones, but about making the original available without licensing costs. So what you might find is that some company is selling again, in the year 2001, a package of the best games from 1986, or this year, the best games from 1999. The problem with derivative works, is that you still have to be very careful not to include anything that's newer than the age of the copyright. For example, while you could make a game that's derived from Ocarina of Time now if copyright were 14 years (instead of life + 75), you would not be able to use anything from Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, or Skyward Sword, and you still wouldn't be able to use any of Nintendo's trademarks which probably means they could still sucessfully sue you for using Link as the protaganist.

So, the short answer is: Yes, Nintendo would have still made those games, and it's highly unlike Zelda clones (if any at all were made) would ever have any impact on that decision. It's even reasonable to supposed they might have made more Zelda games to keep a steady supply of fresh copyright material available to fend off all of the potential poachers that you envision.

Comment Re:Article's arguments are weak. (Score 4, Insightful) 360

The fact that is a viable business kills his point that old games have no economic value.

Actually, it does not. does value-added work on old games. There is no evidence that the games themselves maintain any significant economic benefit without that work. As I understand it, fixes the game and those fixes should be entitled to copyright protection for a suitable length of time, however, the underlying games should no longer have any protection. Do you really think it's reasonable that the source code for Pacman, for example, will be protected by copyright until 2055 at the earliest?

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