Roger Friedman, an entertainment columnist for FoxNews.com, discovered over the weekend just what Rupert Murdoch means by "zero tolerance" when it comes to movie piracy. On Friday, the film studio 20th Century Fox — owned by the News Corporation, the media conglomerate ruled by Mr. Murdoch — became angry after reading Mr. Friedman's latest column. The subject was "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," a big-budget movie that was leaked in unfinished form on the Web last week.
Mr. Friedman posted a minireview, adding, "It took really less than seconds to start playing it all right onto my computer."
The film studio, which enlisted the F.B.I. last week to hunt the pirate, put out a statement calling Mr. Friedman's column "reprehensible," among other things. Then the News Corporation weighed in with its own statement, saying it asked had Fox News to remove the column from its Web site. (It did.)
Maybe Fox can get NewsCorp to get the FBI to raid Fox's datacenter? If they would kindly leave the Simpsons, please."
I see what you did there. Very clever. How is that working out for you?
OK, Smartguy. Please explain the difference in logical content between these three conversations:
"Nobody voted for Nader." "I did."
Translation: Nader received a negligible quantity of votes. Your vote was one of the negligible few.
"There was no demand for this product." "I bought one."
Translation: There was so little demand for this product that it was not viable. There were so few of you who purchased this product that it was not profitable.
"P is an empty set." "I am a member of P."
Translation: P is an empty set. You are an element of P. You are NULL.
Stinginess with privileges is kindness in disguise. -- Guide to VAX/VMS Security, Sep. 1984