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Comment Re:The Plant (Score 5, Informative) 81

Actually, he cut it short because it WAS working well

False. This is the Wired article wherein his assistant, Marsha Defillipo states:

By part four, only 46 percent of the people who downloaded the book paid for it, DeFillipo said.

As I always say when these stories come up, and routinely get modded down, people are lazy and cheap. If they can get something for nothing, they will, regardless if it hurts the person producing the work. They feel they are entitled to take someone else's work without compensation and will use every excuse and twist of language to justify their actions.

Comment Re:In other news today. (Score 1) 99

Then I guess video games are a waste of time and money as there is a hell of a lot of art in them.

So would be any pictures in any book as they're art.

Then of course there are the thousands of museums housing pieces of art from over the centuries from such wastes of time as Michelangelo, Cezanne and Gauguin.

Yeah, art is such a waste. I guess four bare walls painted grey is what the world should have instead.

Comment Re:Chinese/Oriental medicine (Score 1) 386

If you go to and do a search for acupuncture, you will find that Randi's thoughts on acupuncture and chi are the same as for faith healing, dowsing, psychics and all other supposed paranormal matters: they're bunk. There is no evidence to show acupuncture has any health benefit beyond the placebo effect.

Here, have a look at the numerous articles on the site.

As to tai chi and chi kung, since those are exercises, they would obviously have some health benefits and would not be considered in the realm of paranormal or woo.

Comment Re:In other news today. (Score 1) 99

Define waste of money. What you might consider a waste, others might consider art. As in this case.

You might say spending millions every year to feed hungry people in Africa is a worthwhile endeavor while others say it's a waste because we've been doing it for decades and nothing ever changes. Why don't we use that money to move them where the food is? (thx Sam Kinison).

Unless you're saying people should be told what to do with their money rather than spend it as they wish simply because you think how they're spending it is a waste.

Comment We would never do that (Score 1) 117

"One time at my lab, a petri dish of genetically modified super-virus went missing. That day we made a pinky swear never to admit we crossed Ebola with the common cold."

"Why the hell would you cross Ebola with the common cold?"

"We never did. That would be a terrible, terrible thing."

Comment Re:Old software? (Score 1) 415

before you are going to have to move off Windows XP.

Bullshit. No one has to move off XP. They can continue to run it as long as they want so long as they have the hardware to do so. I have my own XP system and I will run that as long as I am able to. There are people still running 2000 and 98 without issues.

One can always do other tricks to lock down their system regardless of whether they get security updates or not.

Comment Re:negatory, cut them back, hard (Score 4, Informative) 605

The space program was dramatically accelerated by accepting German immigrants.

Try again. We didn't accept them, we captured them. We got Von Braun and the other Nazis and had them work for us. Our rockets kept exploding but it was the Nazis, with their usual efficiency, who got us on the right track and took us to the moon.

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Comment Possibly some truth (Score 1) 514

smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.

Considering in China it's not "Buyer beware" but rather, "If you got taken, it's your own fault", that does appear to insinuate that at least in China, deceitfulness is part of the culture.

As to the criminal personality, almost without exception when the evil Asian female is portrayed, she has long hair. Not that I mind Asian women with long hair (gives you something to hold on to), but it's disconcerting every time I see an Asian female with long hair as my first thought is usually, "How will she try to kill me if I ask her out?"

Comment Re:It's not just this community (Score 2) 319

It's not just activist communities. Numerous studies have shown that the more creative someone is, the higher the prevalence of mental disorders such as depression.

Writers such as Zane Grey, Ernest Hemingway, Philip K. Dick and others, had a history of depression. Look at Poe while you're at it.

For whatever reason, creativity and mental disorders go hand in hand.

Comment Re:The reason a "cyber Pearl Harbor" isn't imminen (Score 2) 215

or put the lights into 4-way blinking red mode. ... buy a gun and shoot people as they drive by.

Those two events are not mutually exclusive. Cause the lights to go 4-way red, have people waiting at intersection and start teeing off. Since everyone has come to a halt, people will try to race away but can't because everyone else is trying to race away.

Fish in a barrel and all that.

Comment Pirates will still run rampant (Score -1) 224

"We don't want them to go to torrent sites. Why not give them a legal route?"

Because no matter how low the cost, the number of people who will not pay for the product by using torrents will far exceed the number of people who will pay for the product simply because they can. They're lazy and cheap, expecting everyone else to do the work but not get paid for their effort.

Guaranteed, within 15 minutes of the first download you will be able to get this stuff for free, thus legitimizing the comments from producers the world over about pirates hurting their business and the need for DRM.

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