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Comment Re:More regulations stifling businesses. (Score 1) 190

In practice bots push up ticket prices for many people. "Genuine" resale because you can't make it for some reason is fine, it's the people who leverage their bots, which most people don't have access to, to force people who actually want to see the show to pay more.

Maybe they should move to a lottery system for popular shows. Everyone who wants a ticket registers, noting the dates when they can attend. Winners are picked at random and offered to opportunity to pay for a ticket. If they decline another winner is picked. Prices stay low and everyone gets a fair opportunity to buy one.

Some popular bands give the tickets out for free to members of their fan club, with membership having a small fee, and rely on merchandise sales to make up the rest.

Comment Re:Of course they do. (Score 1) 65

The real problem is that companies feel like they can do pretty much anything as long as they bury it in a 90 page EULA somewhere. No need to put "this toy transmits everything you say to us, and we use it to sell you more shit, and sell your details on to other companies" on the box, just hide it on page 36 and most consumers won't even find out about it.

IoT is ripe for some strong regulation. I'd suggest mandatory notifications when vulnerabilities are discovered, unpatched firmware = full refund, and mandatory icons on the box when the device violates your privacy in any way. Oh, and the EULA must be printed on the outside of the box in minimum 16pt font.

Comment Re:I Would Rather Go To Theatres (Score 1) 314

It really depends where you got and what kind of films you like. Blockbusters in the UK tend to be pretty bad, I'd say 8 out of 10 times I go something is quite annoying. Sometimes it's not people, it's things like the volume being painfully high or the seat being dirty. Could be where I live.

On the other hand in Japan I've only ever had one bad experience, and she was my date. People sit quietly and watch the movie. The temperature is always right too... I think in the UK they never change the thermostat, so it's too cold for summer clothes but too hot for winter clothes and there is a 2 month window where it's okay.

Comment Re:Such a bad idea (Score 1) 97

They have them in Japan too, for pedestrians. They put a shroud on them so that drivers can't see them.

I bet the reason why the display cuts out a few seconds before the lights change is that the timing isn't that accurate. Delay over the 4G network and over IP networks is variable and they probably just cut it off a bit early rather than try to make it more accurate.

Comment Re:Why notSimultaneous release toTheaters and iTun (Score 1) 51

They definitely won't do that, unfortunately. Around here movies at the cinema cost the same if you see them on the first day or weeks later. It's probably hurting them, e.g. how many more people would have seen Suicide Squad on the big screen if the price had been reduced after the bad reviews were out? How much more would they have made if Ghostbusters was a little cheaper on the opening weekend, allowing people to realize that it wasn't as bad as the internet rage machine suspected it would be?

Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 1) 321

They do low level assembly at Foxxcon. The high end manufacturing is done elsewhere, e.g. Sharp and LG make the LCD panels. Some of that is done in China, but by robots because human beings are not very good at making silicon ICs and gluing LCD stacks.

I was thinking more about the kind of stuff they do in Germany. You can have a house made in a factory for assembly on-site like a model kit, all bespoke to your specifications. Quality German cars. Wind turbines. Stuff that is not really suited to automation (too low volume, too difficult etc.) and pays at least minimum wage.

Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 2) 321

Are they really "taking" your jobs and factories though? I mean, do you actually want a job that pays $2/hour manually assembling stuff like a robot all day? And if China didn't exist, would you be able to get that job or would it have been automated already?

It's more like, to sustain a reasonable standard of living in a modern western country you need both cheap goods and a higher wage than the cheap goods can sustain, and should focus your effort on better paid high end manufacturing and services.

Comment Re:Moral question of emulation (Score 1) 91

Companies have been protecting the copyright on their old games because they can now sell them again on modern consoles, via classic game collections and the Nintendo Virtual Console.

While they mostly tolerate individuals pirating ROMs, because there isn't much they can do about it, they do go after people selling discs pre-loaded with the emulators and some games. I imagine eBay will get lots of reports of people selling this thing in a similar manner.

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