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Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 204

The landlord example shows me that you never tried to be one. But be it as it may.

The original copyright was an incentive, allright. The current one is a travesty. Where the FUCK is an incentive to create from the right to reap rewards for three generations after your DEATH? Are you aware that even if both remaining Beatles died today their hits would go into public domain over 125 years after they have been created?

You have to be big into reincarnation to consider this an "incentive to create".

Comment Re:"Windows sails on serenely" (Score 2, Funny) 146

Wow. Way to go presenting a calm, clear and coherent argument against the entrenched install base of Windows and showing people that Linux is a viable alternative.

He only just made his Slashdot account on Monday. He hasn't yet learned the value of calm, objective commentary the way you and I have.

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 204

The same laws? Show me one single group of people who can work once and milk it forever. When was the last time you saw a bricklayer getting to charge everyone moving into a house he ever built? Or a plumber being paid every time someone flushes a toilet he connected?

Sorry, but the content industry HAS its very special laws that everyone and their grandchildren up to 70 years after their death can at best DREAM of.

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 204

That we can agree on.

Your original posting came across as if the creator of something is entitled to being rewarded for the mere creation of whatever he did, and this he is not. Only when he finds someone who considers the creation valuable enough he will be rewarded, not by the mere feat of creating something.

Comment Will of the People (Score 2) 165

On Thursday, a Ukrainian man who hatched a plan in 2013 to send heroin to my home and then call the cops when the drugs arrived was sentenced to 41 months in prison for unrelated cybercrime charges. Separately, a 19-year-old American who admitted to being part of a hacker group that sent a heavily-armed police force to my home in 2013 was sentenced to three years probation.

Sergey Vovnenko, a.k.a. "Fly," "Flycracker" and "MUXACC1," pleaded guilty last year to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors said Vovnenko operated a network of more than 13,000 hacked computers, using them to harvest credit card numbers and other sensitive information... A judge in New Jersey sentenced Vovnenko to 41 months in prison, three years of supervised released and ordered him to pay restitution of $83,368.

And now people like this are in charge of our elections.

Comment Re:or Driverless racing (Score 1) 72

People watch racing because there is risk of a crash with humans in the cockpit. People drive in professional racing because there is a risk to themselves. Those things translate into money, jobs, technological advancements in vehicles (performance and safety). Take away the human element and it's like sitting and watching airplanes fly. Interesting for a few visits, but no sustainable market and not really entertaining. Put up a bar and bleacher stand, and it would be mostly empty.

Absolutely correct. It was just a publicity stunt for self-driving cars. It had much less drama than me playing Forza Horizon.

Comment Re:So many word puppets (Score 1) 904

I'm going to watch and care about Pewdiepie exactly as much as before--namely, not one bit--so the main thing I care about is that the WSJ's doing things

So, you admit that your mention of "black humor" was just horseshit?

However, since you're also going to ignore the point that, once upon a time, investigative journalists would do things exactly like test what you can get through on a place that lets you ask people to do something for 5USD, in favor of insulting me, I see no point in talking to you further.

Citation, mister, "I've spent more time in a library than a retired university professor"?

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