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Comment America's Funniest Home Videos (Score 2) 86

OK, so how does this patent differ from what America's Funniest Home Videos did back in the 80s? Each audience member had a clicker (so there was more than one) and made a simple selection based on 3 choices. The information was aggregated and a prize was given. I really don't see why anyone would allow MS's patent on this.

Comment Broadway as a Dance Club? (Score 1) 319

This really just sounds like the conductors are turning into handsomely paid DJ's. Are they replacing the conductor's wand with a Wii remote, so the strings know what to do, and the conductor doesn't look like a keyboardist / DJ from your favorite hip-hop band? As long as they're advertising the fact it isn't a complete live playing of the music, I have no issues with it. But advertise the fact. If I want a recording, I'll pay $20 for it. If I want to actually hear the artist, and the local orchestra play, well I'll pay for that privilege in the ticket price.

Comment Re:If this precedent holds... (Score 1) 266

Actually, if this means the demise of DRM as we know it, don't you think it would be a GOOD thing? I mean, if you can't use a dongle to protect your work, it sounds to me like you can't use a DVD / CDROM etc to protect your work either. I mean, each is merely a storage medium when you get down to it. Silicon or plastic, makes no real difference. Chips or disks, who cares... What would happen if Hollywood decided that disks were no good anymore and decided to use USB keys instead. With each movie, they`d put a use-restricted numerical code. That usb key could also be speed restricted, so that the data could only go out at the speed the movie required, to deter copying. (Or, at least make it reminiscent of the video tape copying days...) I hope we never see those days, and that the ``dongle precedent`` holds. Kill DRM.

Comment The big bang begot the eggs! (Score 1) 341

Ok, The big bang begot the eggs! The chickens are lucky they don't have yolk on their faces, and are extraordinarily grateful of this! For if the big bang let loose their yolks, none of them would exist! Now the chickens needed to pray to their yellow-feathered god, to thank him for the big bang not blowing up their eggy ancestors. Their god requested a sacrifice, so they gave up the gift of flight. This makes them easy to catch, and provided KFC with a wondrous business opportunity...

Comment Re:if 'twere permanent... (Score 1) 599

Having kids is selfish? I'm sure your parents felt the same way. How many siblings do you have? Are you the oldest? I'd say there is no more selfish act in the world than to commit suicide, and denying the extention of your bloodline is akin to suicide. Otherwise, we'd end up with family trees with only one trunk and no branches. And forget about the roots of the tree, cause nobody would give a shit about where they came from.

Comment Capitolistic freedoms and the Laws of Nature (Score 1) 336

The idea of capitolism working was that it was "survival of the fittest." Supposidly just like nature. If your company @#$%s up, well, you need to pay up. If that hurts your company, well, tough beans. Your company is big, remember... let your lawyers figure it out on their battlefield. Every time the government bails out a company, regardless of what the company does, it's a step towards comunism. Banks, Car companies and Drug companies are supposed to be private entities, or traded on the stock market. Why is the government even contemplating bailing them out? If the governemt wants to continue on this line of thinking, perhaps we should go one step further. When a company is able to show over $100,000,000 in the black, or when CEOs of a company can make more in bonuses than what they pay 15% of their total workforce, the works of the company become public domain. Why? Well if a company is too big to fail, the only way to ensure the works of the company always remain available to the public is to make those works public properties. The side effect of such a law would bring one of two things: either higher wages to their employees, or huge charitable donations. Maybe a bit of both. Maybe my idea of a size restraint is a little communistic too, but it does keep the cost down for the government overall. As if bailing out any bank or car company isn't communistic... And get rid of that whole shell company BS.

Comment Secure enough for Porn... right? (Score 1) 241

Oh Gizz... Come on everyone. On a $200 router you figure you've got all the security locked down for these kids. On computers the KIDS own, you can't lock down shit. How did that song go again. Oh yeah "The Internet is for PORN" The boys arn't beating on one another 'cause they're beating themselves!

Comment Re:Did it do it to itself? (Score 1) 119

Ah ha... so, you want to someone to use MS-DOS, clustered, to attack MS in a sort of "MS-DDoS" via MS-DOS. To that end, wouldn't it be even better to get a few PC-DOSs in there too? I mean, they were licenced from MS... And then there's the Novel-DOS. Now how novel would that be? A MS-Novel-DDoS attack. (ie: Using Novel Dos for a DDoS on MS) Just nutty stuff. The Acronym soup NEVER ends!

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