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Comment Re:Hey wait a sec (Score 1) 511

Election fraud and the inaccessability of the general population prevent voting from being effective. If you aren't republican or democrat you don't get to talk to Americans in an effective way. Only 5 or so companies own around 90% of all television stations, and newspapers. The voting population simply doesn't get their information from sources outside the established powers.

Comment Re:How far do we go to fight terrorism? (Score 1) 189

Terrorism cannot be fought. If someone has a fear, they can be terrorized. Not all fears are rational or shared by all humans. Some fears are crafted and given to people. It is simply a banner under which people and behaviors can be placed and then fought without fear of political recourse.

Fighting such a vague and undefined enemy is a great distraction from real work, its no wonder the law makers continue to do it.

Comment Re:So, what... (Score 1, Redundant) 108

You are most certainly infringing their copyrights. To download you request the server make a copy for you that is sent/copied accross routers and filters and proxies. You then make another copy into your ram while downloading and another when saving to your hard drive. Then make another copy back to ram and likely to your video card when you view/play the file.

All of those are infringing copies since you had no copyrights for the first copy. This applies if you are an American or in America. Apologies if you meant in another jurisdiction.

Comment Re:John Carmack on Software Patents (Score 1) 283

The issue comes from the part about logically solving the problem. Anyone familar with a field should find the patented invention, well, inventive. Unfortunately, general education is not keeping pace with common practice of each field. So obvious ideas get through. The worst offender is the "on a computer" or "in the cloud" patent. And it seems that this a case of "algorithm on a specific processor". Math is unpatentable because it exists and we just reorganize and discover pieces as we go. Claiming that because you wrote the math problem in x86 asm makes it inventive is simply greed.

Comment Re:The essential forgetting (Score 1) 202

It's actually a very short-term line of thinking. It starts with a fear of losing their oldest but still popular item (think Mickey Mouse). "Quick! Extend copyrights before we lose this monopoly!" they would think. Now they have a huge catalog that isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Now whenever it's time to be creative they have two paths. Create something new, and try to make sure it's not infringing on anyone else's huge catalog. Or take something that was popular in a certain demographic and remake it at a time when that demo' is full of brand new people that likely don't have any emotional ties to a 15+ year old movie. Now that a AAA movie costs dozens if not hundreds of millions of dollars to make, those investors will prefer a proven performer versus a risky startup.

I agree that the people behind all this stagnation likely have little concious knowledge of it or it's long term effects. But they know what is profitable, regardless of how, and they keep doing it. Which is a pretty near-sighted short term strategy.

Comment Re:Hmmph. (Score 1) 477

Yeah. And all people hate each other and never help anyone without making turning a profit. And all cultures are the same because all humans have not only the same impulses but no impulse control. Just because you say humans are dumb beasts that just want to eat, sleep and fuck indiscriminately doesn't make it true.

Plenty of people are convinced to volunteer and give away their resources. Some even believe that procreating is something that should only happen under certain situations and abstain from it otherwise. Others are even capable of going on hunger strikes for long periods of time.

People that were already lazy to begin with likely keep being lazy when they're provided for. People who already work hard will likely keep being productive and busy when they are provided for. Personally I'd rather have the lazy people provided for so they don't become destitute and desperate, which leads to crimes like assault and robberies.

Comment Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (Score 1) 795

You are focusing on the wrong point. Just because people are freeloading doesn't mean you aren't meeting quotas and quarterly estimates. A product could have 99% piracy as long as that 1% actually pays the bills. If the DRM scheme causes a net loss of customers your DRM actually caused you to lose money, even if the piracy was 0.00%

The data shows that people LOVE buying cheaper games, so much so that the income from those sales (when lowered enough) actually exceeds the income at launch time. Lowering prices costs nothing to do and apparently increases income.

DRM has been shown to cause negative PR, bugs, and other defects. Those things have never lead to more customers or more income. All while costing money and time to implement and maintain.

So the attractive option is to just drop prices by 75% and make more profit while paying $0 extra. Instead of spending thousands developing and maintaining, or just licensing out a DRM solution that will create nothing but disincentives to actually pay money for the product.

Comment Re:Freenet (Score 1) 467

You should really switch to a more secure operating system. When I type my passwords in linux the cursor doesn't even move, thus preserving the secret of how long my password and passphrases are.
Seriously consider increasing your security by moving to Linux.

Comment Re:We will see... (Score 2, Interesting) 269

Exactly. They conspired against the free market. You know what we used to do to the people that did that? Look back at McCarthy. Your ass would be blacklisted and you could no longer play with others that followed the rules. They would also spare no expense at throwing the legal system at you (regardless of the legality of their arguments).

Weather or not I agree with what happened back then it is plain to see just how different the American public feels about protecting their Free Market these days.

Comment Re:Agreed. (Score 4, Interesting) 383

I've been helping some students learn programming that have similar math issues. Their code is sub-optimal. It's just that simple. They don't have the knowledge to design or understand certain algorithms and usually just brute force trial & error until they happen upon the correct output.

Since it is the correct output they've done well for introductory courses. Unfortunately their code is littered with superfluous variables, if/else blocks, and no ability to sub-divide into smaller problems with well defined inputs and outputs. In fact I assume these are exactly the kinds of programmers that end up on

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