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Comment And this is where movie studios get it wrong (Score 1) 87

From the first linked article in the summary:
In recent years, American distributors have experimented with what’s known as premium VOD (video on demand), a scheme by which a newly released film is made available simultaneously on pay-per-view television for a high price. (This tactic is virtually unheard of in Canada.) Goon’s U.S. distributor, Magnolia Pictures, made the film available via U.S. cable providers for $30.

$30?? This shows exactly what is wrong with the movie studios and why they'll never "get it". It should be priced at $15 at the most. I hate movie theatres these days. Mostly due to the ignorant jackholes that can't shut up or stop checking their damn phone during the movie. I'd pay $15 to watch a first run movie on demand at home and I'm sure I'm not the only one. But $30? They can go blow it out their @ss.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 228

And once again, the collective /. intelligence drops a little.
"What should I do the summer before I start my PhD program, party or work?"

Drops a little?

To subby....WTF? You need to ask Slashdot what to do over the summer? Do you ask your parents for permission to stay out late on a school night too?

Comment Re:Why Always Suicide? (Score 1) 326

When are we going to ban JSTOR and PACER's theft from the public? When are JSTOR and PACER going to return their ill gotten gains to the people whose documents they stole?

For those who will make the argument: Copying is not theft. Keeping people from accessing things they rightfully own or should have access to is. A car is stolen when the owner cannot use it anymore, not when the same model is produced again by the factory. The owners of these documents are all the members of the public. Denying access to anyone for any reason is theft.

You obviously have no idea what JSTOR is or how it works. JSTOR is not withholding anything from the public. The articles JSTOR has are available through other methods. You want access to those papers? Well, then go use the other methods, including digging through print journals for them. Nothing JSTOR does is preventing you from doing so.

Comment Re:The hell it doesn't cost consumers! (Score 5, Insightful) 195

Not only that, but your reimbursement had to come from somewhere, and it's not the CEO's pocket. It's everyone else's pockets in increased fees.


As well as increased insurance costs. The authors of the article are rather dense if they honestly think that the costs of reimbursement are not passed down to consumers.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 451

Java... free.

Rebranded Sun Java that was already free.

VirtualBox... free.

Rebranded Sun VirtualBox that was already free.

Oracle Linux... free.

Rebranded Linux distro that was already free.

How can you say they're greedy?

Look at the products Oracle made themselves and not those they acquired from Sun. They're greedy.

Comment Re:Programs shouldn't NEED to be secure (Score 1) 432

Whoa. So much wrong with that statement. You do realize that insecure programs can cause many problems other than just exploiting holes in the OS, right?

So, yes while there are definitely problems with Linux, Windows, Unix, and Mac OS, programs themselves still need to be secure and application programmers need to be the ones making sure their programs are secure.

Comment Re:the way folks use photos these days. .... (Score 1) 316

An with new optical technology thats in the works, this whole idea of a camera - a device whose sole purpose is to take still images will go the way of the buggy-whip.

Well unless they are finding a way for a phone to do optical zoom there's no way single purpose cameras are going the way of the buggy-whip.

And my guess is, if they do manage to offer optical zoom it will probably only be in the 2x to 3x range.

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