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Comment Re:Yes, you entitled fuck, it is the destruction.. (Score 1) 343

Right. The freer the market, the harder it is to win with Hollywood Accounting. It works as well as it does because it's not a free market. In a free market, you pull that trick once, people will never work with you again.

While that may be true, a number of people who back films either:

a. Have some other way they are getting paid for their involvement so they don't care about the upfront costs since they will make money anyway. In addition, they don't have to share that money but profits would be shared so they have no good reason to want a profit

b. It's a way to get to hang around Hollywood types and that's the cost of entry...

The ones who get screwed are those who take a cut of the net profit because they don't understand the system; such as a writer who doesn't understand the system and gets a 10% of the net instead of .1% gross.

Comment Re:Yes, you entitled fuck, it is the destruction.. (Score 2) 343

...of your abusive business model, where you make shit films, charge too much for them, trick people into going with clever advertising, and then get laws passed that criminalize format-shifting because you're so afraid that a tiny bit of revenue will slip through your greedy fingers. Even Hollywood accounting can't win in a free market. Man, that really sucks. Your life is so hard.

While I agree with you overall, I disagree with you assessment of Hollywood accounting, it always wins. A film's purpose is not to make a net profit, it's to take the angel's money and make a profit for everyone except those investors. Hollywood accounting is a brilliant scheme to do just that.I mean, where else can you spend 60$Million, make 580$Million, and still be in the red so you don't have to payoff the people who gave you the money in the first place?

Comment Re:Rotten Tomatoes is getting self-important (Score 1) 343

Their curated list of critics simply don't like the same movies I do. Therefore there is little to no correlation between my enjoyment of a film and its RT freshness. It's also setting expectations. People went into BvS expecting a terrible movie. If you look for a terrible movie, you will find it.

Then don't bother with reading RT reviews. I don't use it much but generally if I do look for similar movies to se how they tend to rate them and then take their ratings with a grain of salt. Hollywood doesn't like people saying their babies are ugly and want to go back to having to only please a few and build a relationship with to get decent reviews.

Comment Re:Pay your taxes (Score 1) 270

Does that same taxable gain apply to any other currency transactions in U.S. ? If you exchange 100 U.S. dollars for Japanese Yen or British Pounds or Euro's and the currency exchange somehow results in a doubling of your value do you have to pay capital gains on the difference? I'm asking because I have accounts in several currencies including U.S. dollars but I don't pay capital gains in my country on the exchange,

No because you were already taxed on it as income at some point. With Bitcoin you are trading a commodity that you purchased at X and sold at Y and thus have either a gain or loss; just as if you bout Pounds or Yen, held them and then traded the at a different price than the purchase price.

Comment Re:Low Takeup (Score 2) 64

however that ruling was just (or soon to be) reversed so... why the cancellation e-mails now?

Uncertainty. The rule could easily be later reversed a Google left holding the bag; I'm guessing Google found the cost of building out wasn't worth the investment and so bailed after the initial test. Next step is probably to sell the infrastructure to an incumbent ISP and move on to the next big idea.

Comment Re:My how times change. (Score 1) 270

Just think how rich you'd be if you started buying up bitcoins back when they were worth nothing...

How liquid is the market? If I have a million in bitcoin I am a paper millionaire unless I can convert all of them at will. Is there a market maker that can do such a transaction, like you can do on the NYSE, to ensure the transaction can be processed immediately? Liquidity is one of the problems bitcoin must overcome to be a viable store of wealth and not speculative. Given the concentration of production in a few miners also means if you create a liquid market a few people can easily manipulate the price to their advantage; that makes it ripe for a pump and dump scheme than a currency.

Comment Re:Pay your taxes (Score 1) 270

Are they seeing this a currency or stock? Because what they could (and probably do) tax is Capital Gain. You bought some bitcoins at 50$, they are now 1050$ (looks like some people cashed in from the 1280$ peak :-)), so that's 20-30% capital gain tax on 1000$/btc please. Since you did hold on to them more than a year that's long term capital gain tax which is a bit less, though But it may indeed be hard to prove where these come from. Did you mine them, did you buy them as an investment, was this some kind of payment, etc...

How you got them is somewhat irrelevant. What counts is your cost vs what you sold them for so the delta is a taxable gain in the US. Unless you mined them you'd do well to record your deductible cost so as to verify the gain or loss like any other cost associated with production. If you mined them you probably could include the mining costs as to offset the gain but that cost would be negligible since the cost of the infrastructure probably could not be included and the actual electricity cost directly related to mining is small in comparison. Equipment would probably be a depreciable expense but unless you are selling in the same tax period you would have no revenue to be offset by the expense; in essence, is it an investment in which case the costs of equipment is not an expense or a business in which case it would. It all comes down to how the IRS would treat them.

Comment Re:I am curious if people think this is good or ba (Score 4, Interesting) 164

If you're constituency is the entrenched hospitality industry, it's hardly and overreach. If your constituency is actually the people who voted for you and you actually give a rats ass about their interests, its most egregious overreach. Gee, I wonder where the party lines will be on this one.

That's the key - it's only over reach if they prevent you from doing something or let others do something you don't like; it's good policy if they let you do something or prevent others from doing something you don't want them to be able to do. personally, the state's function is to set uniform rules for safety, codes, etc. where uniformity is needed and let local governments decide what sorts of regulations are appropriate for their locality. Of course, special interests find it easier to influence state legislature so they work at that level, wether it's to ban municipalities from becoming ISPs or overriding local laws they don't like. For all the "libertarian" talk often coming from startups some sure sure jump right into government regulation when their business is being disrupted.

Comment Re:Next! (Score 3) 155

"inaccurate," "irrelevant," "inadequate" or "excessive"

According to whom? Free speech, etc, etc, etc... As long as it's not ruled libel in court, it's just an opinion someone doesn't like. Yeah, there are a lot of assholes out there that need to grow some skin or get off of the Intertubes.

This is just more nonsense from Luddites that will never see a vote, although lawyers would love it since it smells like litigation...

Yup, and how do you enforce it if it becomes law? First amendment aside, it would only apply to New York and thus be ineffective at best. You could wind up being sued in NY even if you don't live there so it would definetly have a chilling effect on speech. It sounds like someone called a politician a butt head and they decided to do something, even if that is an accurate statement about them.

Comment Re:Sharing Paper (Score 4, Interesting) 153

Yep, I was going to post that as well. I have a library of over 5000 paperbacks, It's fun introducing people to Remo Williams, or Tarl Cabot, Casca and many others :)

Interesting that the same argument made by the "younger" generation - we're used to sharing, is now being used by "those of a certain age" to explain theirs. From a cultural standpoint, it's interesting to see how a norm, in this case passing around books, translates to a similar behavior in the eWorld. That has ramifications for a whole lot of industries. For example, if the really younger generation gets used to using Uber vs buying a car what happens when they start raising families. Will tehy automagically start buying minivans or will Uber morph int a Parent Taxi service?

Comment Re:No it doesn't (Score 1) 202

People are usually the weakest link, but they're also not ideal for an attacker because they're rarely in control of a lot of communication channels. Stagefright, for example, was a vulnerability that made it possible to install malware (with root privilege - more privilege, in fact, than the owner of the device) on 100% of Android phones that visited a malicious URL for about a week and around 30% of them for several months (it took a really long time to roll out the patch). Malware installed via that vector could protect itself from removal by updates and could compromise all encrypted communication to or from that device. It's unlikely that you can find a human that could give the same level of access.

I think we are basically on the same page here; my only point was by getting a human, either deliberately or by subterfuge, to visit the URL you have exploited the weakest link - the human vs being able to remotely enter a machine and install the malware; although that type of attack is also certainly possible with some malware.

Comment Re:Because the tech industry is soulless (Score 1) 181

Religion is a huge net negative for our species. So it's not so bad that a lot of developers aren't christian.

However, faith can be a big plus because it drives people to do things for altruistic reasons and to help others. The problem is taht religion often gets in teh way as people use it to control others rather than follow the precepts of their faith.

Comment Re:No it doesn't (Score 1) 202

It's a bit different, because it's now not the person that you're attacking, it's something that the user views as part of the communication channel. The analogy would be sending a message in a sealed box in an armoured car with an armed escort and then delivering it to someone's unlocked mailbox where anyone off the street could grab it and make a copy.

While I get your point, I still contend the person remains the weak link; it's more like sending it to a locked mailbox where someone can be convinced to lend out the key (akin to opening that pdf that came as an attachment) or putting it in a locked dropbox that either has a default password that can be determined or you pay the courier to give you access. While it is a communications channel the two end points tend to be the weakest links because of human behavior; and subject to coercion, blackmail, money or other enticements to allow you to gain access.

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