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Comment "The good news"? (Score 5, Insightful) 196

"The good news is that Google has so far left many of the links up."

How is that good news? If the studio wants a link to their own Facebook page for a movie removed from search results, DO IT. Google should comply with the idiotic requests. I would imagine the response would be similar to those newspaper sites that have requested their stuff be removed from Google News: traffic dives and they change their tune rather quickly. IMO, the best way to show the stupidity of the DMCA is to plainly demonstrate it to the content creators.

Comment "Experiment" (Score 1) 326

Not sure how that "experiment"in American manufacturing is going to work out, considering one of the major complaints is that it is over-priced compared to similar items - roku, apple tv, xbox/ps3. I know the amp adds cost, but manufacturing overseas can be done cheaply. That's why companies do it.

Comment Re:Blu-Ray (Score 1) 276

Completely agree. We use our PS3 the same way, a little gaming, but primarily as media center w/ Play On and Netflix. I just bought an LG blu ray player to put in our bedroom, solely for the streaming services. We own 1 blu ray disk and won't buy any others.

Comment Any, as long as it's funny (Score 4, Insightful) 186

I have a piece of spam I've saved because it made me laugh:

Dear Sir/Madam,

We have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.

Important:
Please answer our questions!
The list of questions are attached.

Yours faithfully,
Steven Allison

*** Federal Bureau of Investigation -FBI-
*** 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 3220
*** Washington, DC 20535
*** phone: (202) 283-7934

That was from "Departament879@fbi.com" Like the FBI has a .COM address. Fantastic. Of course, I'm sure the "attached list of questions" is something nasty, so that's as far as ol' Steve and I went.

Comment Hypocritical (Score 1) 733

The author of the proposal, Philip Gerrie, is a bee keeper and is (was) even president of the local association.

Evidently, his abhorrence of "treating [pets] as commodities and expendable" doesn't extend to stealing bees' honey and selling it for his profit, nor to manipulating the bees social structure and ecology, as is required of any successful bee keeper.

Comment Re:All browsers are consuming more memory. (Score 1) 375

I think that's about right and if I had mod points I'd give you some. I've been an Opera devotee for 12-13 years. Opera has always been pretty good at memory management, IMO, but nowadays, it uses as much as the next browser. Right now, 6 tabs open for the last 2 hrs and I'm sitting at about 512 megs used. Of course, it doesn't seem to be as big a deal when systems are built with 6-8 gigs minimum as the standard. Even so, I'm still relentlessly concerned about every spare resource my rig uses.

Comment Re:Hmm.. (Score 0) 162

When people talk about WoW's bad community nowadays, they are more than likely referencing the random groups from the dungeon finder and not meaning people on the forums at all. The PUG scene is horrid.

Comment Complete and Total Over-reaction (Score 4, Insightful) 822

The circumstances that contributed to the failings at Fukushima are not similar to the situation surrounding nuclear plants in Switzerland or Germany. This is nonsense.

They want to improve their use of renewables, awesome. They should keep the nuke plants while boosting efforts on wind, solar, and hydro. Ramping up reliance on fossil-fueled energy while waiting for those other technologies to get to where we need them to be is foolish.

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