Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?

Comment Besides DRM (Score 1) 263

Minidisc used lossy compression, but did so before MP3.
Still being a physical format on a spinning disc, with a lossey codec devised early on, before much experience was gained, which was not well-rated... that killed it for me.

Sony at the time (as usual) was hoping to replace the open CD format with their closed format. It wasn't just about portability. They wanted to sell pre-recorded discs and kill the CD.

I'm amazed it has taken them this long to stop making them... I hope they lost money on it.

It made about as much sense as ministick memory.

Comment Re:Hiring Kim Dotcom! (Score 1) 377

I'll tell you,
I compose music. I take photos and videos.

NOBODY can steal my music or photos unless they break into my house and take all my copies so I no longer have them.

Do other people make copies of my music and photos and videos?
I have NO FUCKING IDEA, because I don't waste my time worrying about stopping people from doing something I have no moral right to stop them from doing.

It's fucking NOTES in a particular sequence. I cannot OWN that any more than I can "own" a particular configuration of lego blocks.

The very idea is fucking idiotic.

Comment Re:Hiring Kim Dotcom! (Score 4, Insightful) 377

"They cannot dictate our laws, regardless of if those laws are dumb."

I didn't see anything about Antigua stopping the US from having copyright law.

I DO see you demanding that Antigua copy and mirror *US* copyright law.

And "taking other people's stuff?" No. Even the Supreme Court says you aren't right about that, they ruled that copyright violation is not theft. It's copyright violation.

And until the US started "dictating their laws" other countries had very different ideas on copyright.

Comment Re:Don't use 4G constantly (Score 4, Funny) 323

Me, I leave my cell phone at home.
First, I never have a problem with the battery running out during a call...
Plus I never have calls come in at inconvenient times.
Also, I don't have to remember to shut it off in movie theaters and doctor's offices.

These advantages are so great, I'm thinking of inventing a cell phone that can't be taken from your home. Maybe use some kind of tether.

Comment software. (Score 0) 333

"Sorry, we can;t make the product that you've paid for do what we promised we would do so you would be able to use your purchase the way you want - we're too busy working on the task of making the product you paid for something that we can give to everyone else for free."

The software industry was the first to get away with shipping product known to be defective, at first using the "we'll fix it for you later" excuse, and then the "we'll make sure the NEW version works better, if you buy it... um, except for all of the new things that won't work."

Yeah, I know, this was a feature request and not a bug fix... but I see the software company influence pervading the actual hard PRODUCT market now too.

After all, what really is Newegg and Amazon feedback, often with bugfixes mentioned, driver updates, and techniques to get the product to work? It's handing part of the customer service work to the buyer, is what it is.

Comment Re:Nice, but that raises a new question. (Score 4, Interesting) 215


In an interview in the mid 1980s, an RIAA exec admitted that they were trying to get away from "selling" music and wanted to go to a "pay-per-listen" model. Mot even pay per format - they want pay per listen.

This was in the same article that he justified continued high prices for CDs, which were twice that of LPs (they were later found guilty of price-fixing) DESPITE the fact that CDs cost far LESS than LPs to produce.

His justification for colluding to fix prices to make a CHEAPER product to produce more EXPENSIVE to purchase was that it was a better value due to sound quality.

So apparently a massive increase in profit margin due to illegal activities = "a better value."

In short, the content cartels are scum.

Comment Re:Nice, but that raises a new question. (Score 3, Interesting) 215

"How do you buy 'it' twice when the 'it' is two different things, unless you're talking about the text itself and not the form, formatting, etc.?"

You might better address that question to the Supreme Court, since they are the ones that ruled that it is NOT two different things, and that there is such a thing as fair use.

Maybe you can convince them to change their minds, um... because.

Comment Re:Have some shame (Score 3, Insightful) 589

Can there be a person who reaches adulthood and has only minor issues?

No. Not unless they live in a society that has no issues.

In a society with rampant racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, unequally applied justice, massive wealth disparity, and which exalts militarism, nobody grows up without the need for some deep grappling with indoctrinated toxic values, even if they have largely escaped their effects.

In such a society it is perfectly possible to harbor prejudices resulting from that indoctrination without knowing it - even if you are aware of the larger implications and are fighting against them.

Even devoted civil rights activists need to check themselves, check their assumptions and reactions regularly.

You cannot live in a flawed society and be the product of a flawed society and completely escape internalizing some of those flaws.

And every society is flawed.

Comment Re:Have some shame (Score 4, Insightful) 589

" Most people who try and succeed in committing suicide have pretty much in some form or other harbored daemons their entire life."

There's an unspoken assertion in your comment that there are people who exist who harbor no demons.

I'm pushing 50 and have known many people and I've yet to see one.

Or evidence of one.

Slashdot Top Deals

The one day you'd sell your soul for something, souls are a glut.