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Comment Re:minidisc is where its happening! (Score 1) 562

But copy protection for cassettes was actually inherent. Each generational copy got worse and worse, so digital media actually CAUSED the DRM revolution... Sort of.

Oh come now, most of us figured out that mastering was critical pretty quickly. You just had to know who bought the original of each tape you wanted and get the copy from them. Even 3rd generation mastering was not "too" bad if you had good recording gear.

Comment Re:Agree with IMDb (Score 1) 217

Did the actress herself have a page that displayed the data, and/or was a Wikipage available for her? Legitimately asking, I don't know. Even C/D/E/F list celebrities tend to have as much information as possible, because that is how they get jobs. Their resume is name recognition, not technical projects and tenures at various establishments.

If IMDb is simply sourcing other data, sucks to be her. You want to be in showbiz, there is a price for fame (and the quest for such).

Comment Agree with IMDb (Score 1) 217

I'm not that into following actors and actresses, and not much of a movie goer. That said, every time I have looked someone up they have a Wiki page which displays their birth date. Often with accompanying stories of childhood, family, and other personal notes. If the information is already available, why is it only IMDb that can't display it or calculate today-birth date = current age?

Going a bit further, acting already discriminates on all kinds of issues. Casting requires it. How popular would Buffy the Vampire Hunter been if the actress was 45 years old? How about the 40 year old virgin played by Sean Connery in his 70s? Like a whole lot of political issues coming out of CA, I question the sanity of this one.

Comment Re:Leave. (Score 1) 427

It is perfectly reasonable to write the complaint for public review without naming the person. People inside the company interested will know who the message is about if there is a history of that sort of thing. The exit interview is the place to name the specifics.

The company taking a hit because of bad reputation is not something they can sue for without specific conditions. E.G. Article states that the company policy dictated that type of behavior, management encourage that sort of behavior, etc... Even then, it's a difficult case for the company to make.

Comment Realistically (Score 1) 732

All you need to provide at the polling station is a name and address. It is illegal to ask people for ID in California, and I know of several polling stations (publicized on 870AM LA morning show) who chastised people who volunteered ID.

This is why it's so hard to prove voter fraud, especially in places that refuse to implement a requirement for ID at polling stations.

Comment Well (Score 1, Flamebait) 732

California suffers from numerous problems. 1. Illegal voters 2. Voter intimidation 3. Voter depression

Are those three things enough to make up for the difference in votes? We don't have a way to measure those things accurately, but they surely played a big role. I work in SF, and the majority of the people I discussed politics with either didn't vote or voted Trump. The majority of the non-voters were afraid to vote Trump for fear of being blackballed.

Comment Re:Stupid hidden apps (Score 2) 34

The vendor is to blame for this much more than Google. They could have set up a landing page which said not available yet, and even given a release date. That said, I'm not big on blaming the vendor for this type of thing either. People will download and install things without doing any validation and/or testing, and it happens all the time.

Should we have constant PSAs on TV, Radio, Youtube, etc..? Or perhaps consider the wisdom of Bill Engval "You can't fix stupid!"

Comment This! (Score 2) 433

Just because a bunch of people in marketing said it was the "next big thing" does not make it true. 3D has been around for longer than I have worked with computers and it's never been a "big" thing even though we periodically go through the hype and marketing claims.

There are numerous reasons why it's a niche market and will remain a niche market. Off the top of my head, little is gained by 3D compared to the costs and negative side effects. Too much depth and people are in discomfort, too little and there is no depth so no visible 3D for people to enjoy. The camera is the only way to see the perspective, so anyone sitting out of center camera view is getting skewed displays. Computer generated 3D is nothing like real 3D so the overall "wow" factor diminishes after a few viewings.

Like the overly hyped Apple Watch and Google glass 3D will remain a niche market. I think it's fair to predict the same for IoT.

Comment I prefer Twain (Score 1) 30

There are three kinds of lies. "Lies", "Damn Lies", and Statistics.

Fake numbers are used so often that I simply assume a provider of any type is lying and half their numbers (at least). In addition to creating bogus (aka "test) accounts and forging numbers, companies today can go to a PR firm overseas and have them create a ton of bogus accounts for you.

Facebook claims to have more accounts than there are people with Internet access in the world, and LinkedIn claims that there are hundreds of thousands of jobs for people with my background in the SF Bay area. Hyperbole without bad intention? Perhaps. Can it cause legal issues if taken literally? Not very often.

Comment Blissful Ignorance? (Score 2) 70

The lawsuit is done, as is SCO. The complaint from SCO boiled down to them LYING! Hence, they lost every single lawsuit and appeal. I'm not sure if you are a shill or just completely ignorant, but in the case of the latter there is a site called Groklaw which covered the cases start to finish. With I'll add, an exceptional paralegal pulling down PACER files, and numerous attorneys adding commentary and explanation to the proceedings.

As one example, SCO tried to sue for source code they claimed to own that was released by AT&T before AT&T lost their lawsuit trying to recapture source code they gave away so that people would improve the AT&T code for free. The AT&T lawsuit ended up in the branches of BSD and System V(5).

SCO tried very hard to play the patent troll game and lost. Most of us in the world are happy about it, and better off because of it. Go do your homework, or shill back at the Junior High schools where people may believe the trolls.

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