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Comment Absolutely. I never give it a second thought (Score 3, Informative) 159

I pay for a lot of content through Dish, Netflix, iTunes, etc but if there's something I can't find there (and it happens more than I would have thought possible) then I don't even hesitate. It's 2017 and I want everything ever made and I want it at the click of a mouse or press of a button on my remote. I understand that it isn't something I'm in any way entitled to but that's how the world works a lot of the time now. Sorry.

Comment Re:I wonder if the TextBlade is next (Score 1) 88

This is why people should be very wary of crowdfunding because so many of the crowdfund campaigns are exactly that. So much bullshit. There's quite a few legit companies that do get started this way but enough failures that people shouldn't be backing projects as carelessly as they do.

Comment Who has to pirate anything anymore? (Score 1) 79

Every person I know who spent any time at all ripping, downloading, trading or sharing is sitting on a small mountain of music. Terabytes of high quality MP3 files that contain months of music, most of which I've barely had time to grow tired of. We each serve as one another's off-site backup and we all buy the relative handful of new music because at this point we don't have to go back and re-buy libraries of music we'd purchased time after time as formats changed. We didn't get more conscientious or more law abiding. We got full. Seriously, when I see that some older act is releasing new versions of their catalog that have been magically remastered or whatever I don't look to see if I can afford to buy them. I say "Fuck off, I'm stuffed!" like the fat guy in Monty Python's History of the World (which I also have in BluRay ripped MKV files thank you).

Comment Re:Simple solution : Keep the name (Score 2) 117

That works if you do have the means to defend it. But the means to defend it get pretty thin when you're talking about clones selling on Alibaba. Even if you have legal resources in China, they're going to use your brand. Even those only selling very different competing designs will use your brand.

Comment Re:Assange is a punkass (Score 1) 401

I agree. Assange has said on TV that he has dirt on Clinton that he will release in due time. If he has it why not release it now? It has to be because he wants to time the release to do as much damage as possible to the Clinton campaign or he doesn't really have it. Either way, Assange is crossing the line from freedom of information fighter to attempted spoiler of a political campaign in service to his personal grudge.

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 331

Yeah, I think Cameron has a case of rose-colored glasses on how great the theater going experience supposedly is. But maybe that's what theaters are like in Hollywood. That said, nine times out of ten, I do enjoy going, it's the one time out of ten that really tanks it, then there's the cost.

I really think offering something that allows families and groups of friends to watch from home is more likely to help save the theater going experience than hurt it, provided it's not punitively priced.

Comment Re:Not apples to apples (Score 1) 1023

The restroom problem is easily solved. Create one that contains nothing that could be damaged or destroyed by a cleaning process that runs automatically at regular intervals when the restroom is confirmed empty using motion sensors, heat sensors, etc. Since we're already going toward the single toilet with a door that closes model thanks to the transformers go ahead and put in 2-3 of those. Ceiling and wall mounted sprayers with cleaner/disinfectant/air freshener and and drying sequence. Big drain in the floor for everything. We'll probably see that in our lifetimes become a standard of a sort. Toilet paper disappears completely and everyone learns to live with a stream of cold water being shot at their asshole instead. Should be a lot of fun. Sink areas will have hand dryers that are water resistant but don't work anyway. Old people will sit around and reminisce about these things called paper towels.

Comment Re:And then those employees burn down your restaur (Score 1) 1023

Consider that menial tasks like sweeping the floor, bagging the fries, and flipping burgers merits nothing like $15 an hour. It's an entry level job in a world where staying at entry level for life is commonly known to be a bad idea. People not able to make it on minimum wage are doing it wrong. This is why the United States doesn't need to bring in (or allow in) any more unskilled Third World labor. There aren't even going to be enough entry level jobs for those already living here.
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Comment Re:of course it will burn.... IF (Score 1) 418

A lot of people always get fucked up. It's the way the world around us works. It is the way it has always worked and it's quite likely that it will always work that way. Something will replace fossil fuels before we ever reach the alarming states you're worried about just like something replaced that steam engine and all that coal it burned. Sure we still burn coal but not in the same ways and not nearly in as filthy a fashion as we did a hundred years ago. Have a little faith in the progress that got us this far. We're going to work it out.

Comment Re:rest of world vs USA (Score 1) 566

I learned that in the police academy. I went into law enforcement almost thirty years ago but didn't stay in it. I injured my back at home and couldn't continue that career path. I remember though when capital punishment was discussed and how surprised people were to learn that it costs a great deal more to get a person into that death chamber than it does to incarcerate them for the rest of their lives. They also went over how the death penalty doesn't deter anyone at all. Almost without exception prisoners on death row state that the possible consequences of their actions never entered their minds while they were committing the crime for which they faced execution. It might deter you or I but then most likely wouldn't do it to begin with so it's sort of like preaching to the choir. It provides a measure or vengeance or retribution for the survivors and/or victims but it doesn't undo what happened or bring anyone back. The only justification we were given for the death penalty was that it serves as society's ultimate penalty. It is nothing less than the human race saying that you are no longer fit to exist among the rest of us and that society has chosen to rid itself of that person forever. I'm OK with this. I do think that people get so wrapped up in applying this ultimate penalty that they discount the really terrible experience that life without the possibility of parole can be.

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