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Comment Mass piracy has been solved by better business (Score 4, Informative) 423

This is exactly the same thing that happened with Napster and others.
It wasn't JUST the enforcement that caused music piracy to switch from widespread to niche, it was the ability to buy songs on iTunes, and more and more streaming options.
Normal people will jump to piracy when they can see they're being screwed. The music industry wouldn't adapt until people started pirating at a widespread pace, and then they did.
Sure, many people still pirate music, but a majority of people stream it, either by an ad-supported service or by paying for a subscription.
The same thing has finally happened with video. HBO is a good one to use as an example. Game of Thrones was only available with HBO on a pay-TV subscription. They added the ability to buy seasons online, but that was too expensive for a single show.
Then, they did HBO Now (again, Apple helped make that happen), and many people decided that the price was fair for the benefits it gave them, and far fewer people were torrenting it.
The lesson is that when corporations get too greedy, people work around them. They can still be plenty greedy, though, and as long as people feel they're getting a reasonably fair deal, they'll go legit.
Enforcement alone didn't kill TPB, businesses adapting caused fewer people to fight against the enforcement.

Comment Re:Air raid sirens??? How delightfully "Cold War" (Score 1) 230

Australia relies on radio, TV and SMS/phone alerts - no sirens.

Part of the reason sirens are used is that they don't depend on the same centralized systems, normally.

If the storms have knocked out power, the only likely remaining source active is SMS, and not everyone has it, or has it charged. It is not uncommon for a storm to knock out power, preventing everyone with their phone charge level in the single digits from recharging, and then a more severe storm to show up a few hours later.

The sirens are almost always equipped with battery backup and can be activated without a central system.
That distributed nature may also be what was leveraged to commit this attack.

Comment Re:simple answer (Score 1) 227

Are the major of people killed by handguns killed in justifiable self-defense?

Are most defensive gun uses reported, or even result in a gun being fired?

That's honestly the hardest part with this debate. We simply have no idea when the mere brandishing of a gun caused a potential victim to move on unharmed while the attacker left.

I'd love to actually see some method of reporting an tracking DGU, just do know the answer, whatever it is.

Comment As usual, more detail needed (Score 4, Insightful) 125

I really hate these studies, because they don't give us actionable information.
What I'd like to see:

-Those that never drank in their lives vs those that drank moderately vs those that were heavy drinkers at a younger age and drink moderately now vs those that were moderate drinkers and quit, and several other permutations.
-"Drinks per day/week" replaced with "ml of pure alcohol per kg of body weight, per day/week". A woman drinking a "glass" of wine at 110 lbs is not the same as a man drinking a "beer" at 300 lbs, and both the wine and the beer can vary wildly from one size glass to another, or a 5% standard beer vs a 7-10% craft beer.

Comment Re:One more time? (Score 2) 128

-I don't care what my local chain thinks
-I know a lot of people with families that would FAR rather pay $30 for their family to watch a movie at home (with pause and rewind) than pay $60+ to go to the movies
-These same people already pay for their home theater to be the way THEY want, which includes no sticky floors and annoying assholes that disrupt movies.
-There are many films, like comedies, that some of us REFUSE to see in the theater. The jokes that come second, and you can't hear because people are already laughing, are often the best ones.
-I recently saw a movie on my own. I paid $14 between my ticket and food/drink. That wasn't a bad deal. My family was mildly interested, but not enough to spring for all of them to go. I would have gladly paid $30 to watch at home with them, and the studio would have got far more out of me.

Comment Re:SAVING (Score 1) 228

To make things more human friendly, you can do the 15minute blocks thing, and base it on UTC.

That's my point from the start.

Once you realize that in order to have blocks of time available for everyone to come together, you've accepted work meetings are best done in UTC, and personal time done in solar time if you wish.

I've worked in exactly one business that did everything in UTC, and it was awesome.

Comment Re:SAVING (Score 1) 228

The iCalendar/iCal format, and many others, already solved that

How do they solve the inconsistent start times?

Let's say I want to meet right when I start my day, at 8:00am solar time. I'm going to have a 30 minute meeting with people in 3 other places.
Person A accepts my invite, and they get a meeting start time of 7:47am solar. They're cool, so they start 13 minutes early.
Person B gets 10:11am solar. They'll have to leave 11 minutes early, because they have a 10:30am solar meeting.
Person C gets 1:29pm solar, and they can only stay for 5 minutes before running to another invite they got at 1:34pm.

The point is that even with calendaring software, having set start times in 15 minute intervals eliminates a lot of overlap that happens when you do meetings starting at any 1 of 60 minutes.

It is hard enough to find a meeting with everyone starting at 15 minutes after the hour. I would likely never get a meeting if we all started a different times.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 202

There's very little difference between driving at 40 mph and 120 mph when the car is autonomous.

Yet, there is a HUGE difference on how much kinetic energy a self-propelled 1,500kg projectile will transfer at 40 mph and 120 mph.

The point is, until they get them well-proven, (and they will, in time), let's limit the damage a minor programming error can cause.

After that, yes, let's start zipping down the highway at 180mph in a NASCAR-esqe parade only inches from the car in front. Automatic cars can join the high-speed lane for the bulk of their trip and cleanly permit cars to leave and join the train.

Comment Re:SAVING (Score 1) 228

That's a cool idea, if you never have to meet anyone online.

Imagine trying to schedule a meeting with people where their start and end times for their meetings vary by 7 minutes, 13 minutes, 23 minutes, etc.

Perhaps you say "Well, schedule all meetings in UTC".

I'm down with that, but then, why would many people use solar time? Most people just want to know when the sun rises and sets, and that is also easily-provided information.

So, go UTC!

Comment Re:Security levels (Score 3) 498

password that changes every six months to a year.

Why? Why not every 2 years, or every week?

What problem are you solving by forcing password changes to uncompromised accounts?

I can tell you a problem you're creating, and no technical policy can fix: Passwords written on a notepad in the drawer or taped to the friggin monitor.

I work 100% remote and have a pin+rsa VPN login, but my AD password changes every 90 days. How on earth is my password being compromised? It isn't. Quit treating it like it is.

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