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Comment Re:The game is too one-sided (Score 1) 423

Here's an idea: Prepend a couple minutes of ads to your movies, and release them on torrent yourself, in several popular DRM-free formats and qualities. Charge your advertisers according to how many downloads each gets, and do your best to spread them far and wide. Everything becomes available for "free" for a minimally-invasive give-back (the ads) and it becomes not worth the bother to chase down actually-pirated content (which remains an incentive to keep your ads non-annoying), yet the content owner still gets paid.

Not like I want more ads in the world, just trying to come up with a win-win that won't annoy consumers into finding an alternative and doesn't require any new infrastructure or delivery method.

Comment Re:FreeBSD, Hackingtosh, or Linux (Score 1) 281

For folks who like WinXP, PCLinuxOS "full monty" is a fairly close drop-in replacement.

Any KDE or LXDE desktop is functional enough, if not quite XP, but some are definitely closer than others. Run the "Live CD" version for a pretty good looksee.

Mint or Puppy aren't bad as simpler desktops.

If you actually like Win8/10, then you might like Gnome, and may God have mercy on your soul.

I've had zero luck getting Hackintosh/iATKOS to run, but count it as small loss since I can't stand MacOS anyway.

ReactOS is practically XP again but still too alpha for everyday use.

Comment Re:Where is the Federal Criminal Probe on the CIA? (Score 2) 236

Judge Napolitano on the debacle:
http://jewishworldreview.com/0...
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"Here is the back story.

The president can order the National Security Agency to spy on anyone at any time for any reason, without a warrant. This is profoundly unconstitutional but absolutely lawful because it is expressly authorized by the FISA statute.

All electronic surveillance today, whether ordered by the president or authorized by a court, is done remotely by accessing the computers of every telephone and computer service provider in the United States. The NSA has 24/7/365 access to all the mainframe computers of all the telephone and computer service providers in America.

The service providers are required by law to permit this access and are prohibited by law from complaining about it publicly, challenging it in court or revealing any of its details. In passing these prohibitions, Congress violated the First Amendment, which prohibits it from infringing upon the freedom of speech."
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Comment Yeah, because... (Score 1) 516

"...mass-mobilization warfare, violent and transformative revolutions, state collapse, and catastrophic epidemics. Hundreds of millions perished in their wake, and by the time these crises had passed, the gap between rich and poor had shrunk." ...by the time the catastrophe was over, the wealth was gone. So naturally the gap had shrunk.

Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 1) 183

Same here. In fact what happened is that if Amazon was going to ding me for shipping, I promptly went off to eBay, located the same item (usually from the same seller!!) offered with free shipping, and after a few iterations stopped bothering with Amazon entirely.

So yeah... stop trying to make your profit on shipping, make the threshold realistic for smaller purchases, and you'll get me back.

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