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Comment Re:Paying for pussy (Score 1) 163

I am not a K-fan. But a while back I watched a documentary (I forget the actual topic) that went into the industry that is Kim Kardashian, and how she ran the business. While class is not a term I would use in conjunction with her and the whole 'community' around them, I had to admire the professional way in which she ran the business. She in fact works very hard to provide value given for value received, and to maintain a good relationship with her 'customers' - fans, that receive her tweets, watch her shows, buy stuff she promotes, etc. She really does a good job at being famous, and maintaining that relationship in a way that satisfies her market and makes her a lot of money.

A somewhat related side note - for a long time I pondered the attraction and success of the supermarket tabloids with their gossip and pictures of movie stars and so forth. Then, a decade or so ago, I saw an interesting article about a study of monkey economics. The scientists first established a primitive monetary system, where monkeys could exchange units of juice as a monetary unit, so they could potentially 'buy' and 'sell'. Then the scientists studied what monkeys would buy. It turned out that the two things that monkeys would most happily pay for were pictures of the alpha male and female of their tribe, and naked monkey butts. To me, this explained both People Magazine and Hustler instantly. We now know that it's biology, not culture. ;)

Comment Re:Seems about right (Score 1) 163

Also, "copyright" is the current generic term for "Intellectual Property" because "intellectual property" takes too long to say/type, and "IP" is ambiguous, at least in many contexts.

Since this is the second instance of this assertion in the comments, I'll just point out that this is completely absurd, and can only be true among the truly illiterate or those too lazy to learn the language or basic logic. (he says, hoping that's not too strongly put ...) I've never heard _anyone_ misuse copyright in that way. It's reasonably OK to use IP as a generic because you are unsure of whether something is copyright or trademark, but not the converse. Using "copyright" that way is analogous to saying "avocado" instead of "fruit".

Comment Re: Seems about right (Score 1) 163

Ha, you reminded me of the "Dog's rules of ownership" - there are various versions floating around.

Dog Rules of Ownership

  If I like it, it's mine.
  If it's in my mouth, it's mine.
  If I can take it from you, it's mine.
  If I want it later, it's mine.
  If I want it now, it's mine.
  If I chew it up into pieces, they're all mine.
  If you want it, it's mine.
  If I saw it first, it's mine.
  If I ever had it, it's mine.

  If it's broken, it's yours!

Comment Re:They want 600k (Score 1) 163

You're pretty much right on. Grumpy Cat was a Reddit meme a couple of (several?) years ago, it got popular, companies wanted to use it, the cat's owner "won the lottery". That's all good. IMHO they've got as much right to exploit their good fortune based on the looks of a cat, as some random person who is lucky enough to have a photogenic face.

One thing that many people aren't aware of is that almost _nothing_ in the real marketplace is priced based on cost, nor should it be (there's a lot more to that.) The price is always set by what the market will bear (technically, there is a price/demand curve, and the goal is to maximize the area of a rectangle under a point on the curve), or put another way, according to the value perceived by the buyer. The decision about whether to actually make and market a product is based on whether it can be made and delivered cheaply enough to make that price viable. And manufacturing is likely going to be somewhere under 20% of retail.

Comment More silliness (Score 1) 179

Strong crypto is widely available, and given a .js library can be done in a browser. There was a golden age of information spying, when info was carried by wires or waves, without strong crypto. Before, you had to capture the courier, now you have to attack either side of the maths. Deal with it. Rolling back strong crypto will just give a false sense of security.

Comment Cry me a river (Score 1) 179

I bet he also thinks it really hurts his efficiency that he can't simply open letters as he pleases or simply storm suspects' homes and take away whatever he considers to be evidence.

Pesky thing those "liberties" and "rights". Things are so much easier for police in a police state, I tell ya.

Comment Re:We have these (Score 1) 124

There's this technology called "version control". It's rather nice.

Back in the day when sane people still used CVS, I put together a doc store based on CVS with a nice Windows plug-in. Word has a diff viewer, so you could present version diffs as if they used Word change tracking. Would be trivial to do that with SVN today.

Also, folders can have a "readme.txt" in them with all the annotations you want, but that's far too straightforward for anyone who would use Sharepoint.

Comment Re:They want 600k (Score 1) 163

No, they're just afraid you're going to dox them and attack them online with your horde of PC lynch mobs, harass their boss at work until they're fired, then make the headlines in various news outlets about how you defended the world against oppression and bigotry of the cyginscist white males.

Wow, that's messed up. Do you really believe that? Has this ever happened to anyone on Slashdot or are you just doing drama queen theater?

Oh wait, I already know the answer to that.

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