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Comment Re:Please explain... (Score 1) 303

That's not lost on me, however my gripe is that far too many people (geeks particularly) justify their unrestrained copying of digital content because it's just 1s & 0s. They conveniently overlook the fact that there are still *some* costs involved. This behaviour is especially damaging for indie producers where every single sale counts.

If you developed a piece of software for the market, you wouldn't then try to sell each copy at cost it took to develop. Now fine, someone copying your content isn't necessarily going to incur you any *extra* costs, but it also doesn't provide any return on your risks & investment.
I dunno, I think I've just become a bit jaded by the hypocrisy & entitlement that seems to be rife in Slashdot's community today.

You also completely skipped over the key point I tried to make about the elephant in the room, that if people refuse to pay for their content, and they also refuse to accept the advertising that otherwise pays for their consumption, then the only option content producers will have left will be to make the ads the product in the form of product placement, paid content & sponsored branding.

Comment Re:Please explain... (Score 2) 303

Problem not solved - you expect the money to pay those artists is just conjured out of thin air? Those artists get their pay out of the revenue generated by advertisers paying the platform to spread their brand. As a consumer, you're given a choice as to how to pay for your content - purchase it, subscribe to it, or have a third party pay for it in exchange for you seeing their ads.

Circumventing the site to get the content without paying is akin to shoplifting. The argument that stealing virtual media is different to physical media doesn't wash - someone still had to pay to produce & broadcast that media, and a good majority of the people on this site owe their livelihoods to being able to sell products based on their own virtual media (code).

I fully get the argument of certain types of ads being completely shitty, so I block anything flash & avoid the sites with abusive ads. But unless people start to accept that they either have to pay for the content directly, or indirectly via ad revenue, then we'll soon end up in a world where the product *is* the ad, and I personally think that's far far worse.

Comment Re:Please explain... (Score 1) 303

I'll play into that daft question...The hits aren't recorded, so the artist misses out on popularity rankings & ad revenue.

If you're using ad-blocking software to avoid YT's ads, then the hits are still recorded, but you're undermining the entire business model that's allowing you to consume the content in the first place. An analogy about eating cake comes to mind...

Comment Re:"faulty cables and cooling fans" (Score 1) 103

Whilst I agree in principal, in practice, we know that the 5* service offered by a budget provider will not be equal to the 5* service offered by a reputed provider.
A decent datacenter wouldn't be taken down by shoddy cables & ventilation.

There's no problem with choosing a low-cost datacenter...as long as you factor that into your infrastructure design and put the saved money into redundancy. Done right, spreading your risk over several low-cost options can provide a stronger service than putting all of your eggs into an expensive quality service with little contingency. But cutting costs on both infrastructure and redundancy is a fools game.

Comment Re:Clickbait troll much? (Score 1) 629

I sympathise, although that's also kind of the attitude that got you guys into this binary party problem in the first place. Even if the candidate has little chance of winning this time around, and even if you don't align with their politics, the more votes the third option gets each election, the more confidence voters will have in the viability of voting outside of the two default choices. Fixing your binary party system won't happen overnight.

There're even a number of vote matching sites now which pair up rebel Rep & Dem voters, & try to reduce yet more tactical binary voting.
eg. http://www.burnmyvote.org/

Comment Re:Clickbait troll much? (Score 1) 629

I don't think you need too worry much about going insane, he's already as off the wall as they come. The question comes down to whether you feel you'd be in safer hands with Trump, who whilst an unpredictable baboon, would probably struggle to maintain the bilateral political support needed to run a functioning government (as he saw it), or Clinton, who whilst being as trustworthy as a snake, is very efficient at what she does - good or bad, she'll get it done.

If it weren't for the big red nuclear button, Trump might almost be the better option. I'm not a 'murican, so I don't know much about his vice - how's he in comparison to Clinton? Because in the case of Trump managing to pull it off, I don't see it lasting long before he got impeached, so a vote for him would probably end up being a vote for his vice...

Comment Re:Clickbait troll much? (Score 3, Insightful) 629

That's the thing about Trump, I'm not so sure he's as much a liar as a fantasist. He's so enveloped in his own idolatry, he really believes in what he says - even if it's completely contradictory to whatever he said 5 minutes previous. He's got his own Ministry of Truth constantly churning away in his head.

Comment Re:It's Hillary time! (Score 4, Insightful) 271

When you say "the West", I'm guessing you really mean "the US". Because they could cause a lot of hurt to all of the "Western" countries that aren't the US (ie. Western Europe).
They've got a strong military & a whole lot of man power. Let's not forget that it was basically Russia who won WWII - if it weren't for them, we'd be living in a very different world today.

Comment Re:The losing side must automatically pay (Score 1) 242

But if it loses, which is an unfortunately likely event in such David v Goliath cases, it'll be in far less trouble than if it also got saddled with the other side's A* legal team's fees.
With loser pays, the little guy would only take on the risk if they were absolutely certain they'd win. Few cases have such certainty.

Comment Re:The losing side must automatically pay (Score 1) 242

And then you're back to the problem of wealthy companies/individuals who can afford expensive legal teams, intimidating poorer, lesser funded individuals who can't afford good legal support, with the threat of being financially destroyed & saddled with millions in debt.
This is the system we've got in the UK, & it's also notorious for being abused.

I don't know how to fix the problem, but it's not as easily solved as you suggest.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

Good luck using your "spacious" car anywhere reasonably populated.

...my Yukon XL is an $80K truck...

So the price of a new EV comes between $20k for a Leaf (after incentives, etc) to $35k for the Model 3. Your truck is between 2 & 4(!!!) times the price of these vehicles - $45k to $65k more!

According to this site, your truck ranges between 12 & 16 miles to the gallon, so lets take the middle range & say you pay ($2.13/14) $0.15/mile. Engine maintenance seems to hover around $0.10/mile & depreciation reportedly averages 20% per year, or 60% of its total value after 5 years.

EV's maintenance costs are so low that manufacturers are basically giving them guarantees that are so long term I'm not going to even bother trying to calculate their per mile maintenance costs.
An EV typically consumes 20kWh per 100 miles, which with an average US price of $0.12/kWh, runs at $0.02/mile - if you even pay!

You sound like a big driver, so you probably do more, however let's use energy.gov's annual average of 11,244miles/car.

Your Yukon XL costs (11,244*0.25)+(80k*.2) = $18,811 per year, or $62,055 over 5 years - plus the additional $45k-$65k you paid up front. I'll let you do the sums for your real mileage.
The EVs cost $4k-$7k/year in depreciation, plus $225 if you recharge at home.

At 56k miles over 5 years, you're totalling...
Yukon: $107,055-$127,055
EVs: $12,000-$21,000 + up to $1,125 'leccy

And that's the point. You might be prepared to pay half the price of the median US home to finance your car, but I highly doubt you align with that quoted 90% of your fellow Americans.

£90/day is not "cheap", rent that for a week vacation and you've made a monthly car payment...

*sigh*

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

Okay, let's break this down...

£60/year membership, with a good selection of vehicles available starting at £3/hour or £33/day.
Following your requirements, you can get a nice spacious Ford C-Max Grand for £90/day.
I can locate & reserve a car for pickup with 30 mins from my phone - immediate availability of your chosen vehicle isn't 100% guaranteed, but I've never had a problem yet.
Given how the model works I'd be surprised if the cars are vetted after every use, however I'm pleased to say, and even a bit surprised, that in over 10 years I've not once had a complaint about the condition of the vehicle. Booking is all completely automated, so mistakes with double bookings & such aren't a problem.
If I'm in town, I also don't have to worry about parking fees for most areas - it's all included.

So back to price, that's £450 for 5 days holidaying in a large, comfortable vehicle.
Sure, that's a lot dough if you do this regularly (in which case you're not their market anyway), however if you only do this once or twice a year, it's a big overall saving.

A quick Google shows that you have a good choice of similar services in the States. You might not have as great a selection of pick-up & drop-off areas if you happen to live deep in some rural area, but then you'll most likely frequently travel large distances & already have your own suitably equipped vehicle for doing so.

The idea of renting cars from time to time sounds easy to someone who already drives an average basic car and doesn't take much with them...

Um...it is easy!
It might have been a different story if you used some shitty rentals company in the 90s, but I'm afraid I've never shared your experience.

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