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Comment The Fight to Piracy? (Score 1) 297

Here is how you take the fight to piracy -- take some risks, make some NEW movies (get off the remake train), make some GOOD movies, with a plot and character development and, you know, things that make it interesting and make people want to discuss your movie in a general way -- not just "That sucked! I wasted $25 to see that piece of shit? I should have downloaded it instead..." Also, stop gouging theaters so that tickets are $8 to $15 a head and climbing rapidly. I know theaters gouge us, the movie goer, with popcorn, Coke, and candy but we can opt out of that. We can't opt out of the ticket if we want to see the movie. Unless, you know, we pirate it *yarrrr!*

So, that's how you fight piracy James. Not make the movie theater experience "unique" -- fucking make the movies unique so we'll want to go see them. See the Marvel Cinematic Universe for an example of this. Even the bad ones. Stop changing movies because YOU know better -- when the fans want to see The Killing Joke, make The Killing Joke and don't change the story around. When we want to see God Loves, Man Kills (X-Men storyline), don't change the story around -- just make the movie. If you need to pad it out a bit, that's fine, just don't change the fundamental story. When we want to see Ender's War, put in the scene where Ender kicks that asshat in the balls until he dies -- don't change it to soften it up. I mean, fuck, it isn't rocket science. If the money people in Hollywood don't want to fund you, the internet exists -- crowdfund that fan-wanted movie. Go rogue, do something unique, take a risk and stop kissing Hollywood's ass for permission to make a movie.

Comment Fax Machines gone? (Score 5, Informative) 395

There are tens of thousands of fax machines and fax systems still in use today because, despite all of our technological advances, the fax machine is still the most secure way of delivering medical and legal documents between locations in a compact time frame.

E-mail? Right out unless you're configured for encryption and getting all the companies you deal with to agree on, utilize, and understand how the encrypt/decrypt works is ... beyond Herculean in scope. In the medical field alone that would require suppliers, doctor's offices, HME/DME companies, hospitals, hospices, quick care/walk-in style facilities, pharmacies, and so on to all have a system that worked easily that everyone agreed on. Of course, that doesn't begin to take into account the MILLIONS of patients that just might want to communicate with you via e-mail.

The legal field is just as bad - judges, courts, lawyers, public defenders, police departments, fire departments, etc, and clients of course.

So, yeah, technology that has supposedly died usually is alive and well and the people who think it has died just work somewhere they don't have to deal with it.

Comment Re:Curious... (Score 1) 1094

I had this happen to me a while back as I was working while going to college. Admittedly, it was when the minimum wage was $5.00/hr and they raised it to $5.25 per hour so nothing drastic like $7.00/hr to $15.00/hr but for a college student it was a decent increase. The problem was, I was already making $5.25 per hour because I was good at my job and had earned a pay raise.

So, the week after the minimum wage increase went into effect my co-workers, who had not earned a raise, were now making $5.25 per hour and I was looking forward to my $5.50 per hour. Check came in, checked my totals, and my pay was $5.25 per hour. I explained to the store manager that this was incorrect and, at first, he just kinda laughed and said it was correct. I explained to him that no, it was not, because my pay was tied directly to the minimum wage and I had EARNED a pay raise of $0.25/hr and I asked him to explain to me how it was fair for the other three employees (small store) to be making the same I was when they had not earned a raise, but been handed one by the government. He just stood there for a minute with his mouth hanging open and said "You're right. Let me talk to corporate." Sure enough, our parent corporation agreed with me and increased my pay to where it should be and paid me my missing wages for the previous week.

Unless I am a salaried employee, I _always_ make it plain to my company that my pay is tied to the minimum wage and if it goes up my pay goes up by a corresponding amount -- otherwise, I just took a pay cut and someone fresh off the street without my years of experience with the company could be making nearly as much as I do (depending on the increase of the minimum wage vs. my wage, of course).

Comment Re:File manager without file, edit, view.. (Score 1) 442

Back in the pre-Gnome 2 days a lot of distros actually used to offer you a bunch of choices at install time which DE or WM you wanted, but that trend changed when distros started to focus heavily on offering one desktop experience that the system was targeting. Some distros would have separate teams working on different environment packages, so technically with distros like Fedora and Ubuntu, other desktops are available at install time, but you have to select the appropriate installer because they have different install images now. With many distros installing an additional desktop environment after the default can basically be done by typing a command.

Comment Re:File manager without file, edit, view.. (Score 1) 442

My hat goes off to you because you go above and beyond the average usage case. Plus you know what you need, which is important.

What I get from a lot of commentators is that they feel betrayed like Gnome 3 is somehow forced on them, or just saying that they don't like how it works. I'm in no way trying to say that everyone should have to use Gnome 3 (desktop choice is important, after all), or that it must clearly be the best desktop ever (to be honest there's something special about Gnome 2 / MATE that is hard to replace). I just want to say that it's a little unfair that Gnome gets this angry sea of negativity, with people suggesting it's the worst DE ever conceived by man. It may not tickle everyone's toes, but it's not THAT bad.

Comment Re:File manager without file, edit, view.. (Score 3, Informative) 442

I have been using Gnome 3 on Fedora for about a couple years now, and I honestly can't understand why people don't like it. In fact, I don't really feel like using other UI's anymore because Gnome 3 is too efficient. Yes, it still has its quirks. The title bar is a little big and gets obnoxious when you maximize some applications, but I'm willing to accept that in order to get everything else it offers.

The best thing about Gnome now is that it doesn't get in my way. Switching apps/windows is easy. All the useless crap I don't need to see has been taken off the screen. The application launcher is nice, though nothing particularly innovative because anyone who has used Mac OS X or Windows 7 knows what it's doing.

I'm guessing that people who don't like Gnome 3 never really learned how to use it, like people who say they hate vim. Learning how to use Gnome 3 isn't even that challenging in itself, as the main keyboard shortcuts are very standardized. Launcher and window behavior are exactly what you'd expect them to be. It's fast and sleek, end of story.

Also it can't be denied that the desktop has undergone appreciable improvements with literally every release. Two years ago the keyboard layout switcher was broken, but now it works beautifully (this feature is important to me because I switch layouts a lot). Fedora 22 has just gone into beta, and if you want to see what Gnome is like now then you can give that a spin. Like I said, I don't use anything else anymore, although when I want to remember what using Windows XP was like, I'll load up KDE or XFCE or LXDE or something. Plus if you're really that attached to Gnome 2, Gnome 3 got a "classic" mode several releases ago which basically duplicates Gnome 2's UI features. You'll get your drop-down app menu back and the little task bar at the bottom.

Comment Judgement-Free Zone (Score 1) 667

Language is pretty complicated. The culture among linguists today is summed up by this rule: "Keep it descriptive." While I agree that description is important and useful, I think that it's possible to throw the baby out with the bathwater by denying prescription *completely*. Yes, pedantry is awful, and so being overly prescriptive isn't helpful, but there has to be some possible argument at times for why prescription is beneficial.

Comment Re:Solution (Score 0) 410

It is simple and not simple at the same time for a Flat Tax:

Anything bought anywhere outside of the United States and then imported is taxed based on the value of the object. Now value is subjective in some cases, but if you buy a $1,000,000 yacht (small, I know ;-)) in Mexico then it is still valued at $1,000,000 when it enters the United States and you impose the Flat Tax on it then. Otherwise, you can go visit your yacht in Mexico but if it ever enters United States territorial waters it will be seized until you pay the taxes you owe on it. Same for cars, paintings, jewelry, electronics, and so on.

Yes, some things will slip through the cracks or a black market will spring up or a loophole will be found -- but even if you save money on the tax using tricks, you STILL wind up paying out money to do it. It might not be as much as the Flat Tax rate, but money is still moving in the markets AND will eventually get taxed. Everyone has to eat, buy fuel, insurance (yes, must protect that $1,000,000 yacht from ... bad things), and so on -- all taxed or can lead to items being taxed.

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