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Amazon Coins and How the Definition of 'Crypto-Currency' Is Getting Too Loose

ArbitraryName Re:What a stupid thing. (115 comments)

Who gives half a shit how many line items are on their debit/credit statement?

Amazon does. They don't want to pay processing fees running nickel and dime transactions. This isn't about any benefit to the end customer, Amazon just needs to spin it that way so people will use it.

about 9 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

ArbitraryName Re:O(1) channels vs. O(n) VOD (235 comments)

Getting video over cable TV channels will always be cheaper than getting it on demand.

Yes. That was the entire point.

about 9 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

ArbitraryName Re:throttling, crappy HD quality, is why I downloa (235 comments)

Torrents and Netflix are different ways of getting video over the internet. That's not what we're comparing. This is about comparing getting your video over the internet instead of getting it via cable TV.

about 9 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

ArbitraryName Re:throttling, crappy HD quality, is why I downloa (235 comments)

If vast quantities of people dropped their cable TV subscriptions and instead downloaded or streamed video over their internet pipe speed wouldn't drop? That's an interesting assertion. You are saying that Comcast (for example) would be able to simultaneously lose a great deal of revenue and upgrade their internet pipe faster than customers were demanding it.

about 9 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

ArbitraryName Re:throttling, crappy HD quality, is why I downloa (235 comments)

You want to play unfair? Well, Comcast, guess what? I can download what I want at a better quality then you can offer, so no need for your cable. Oh, you don't like people using Netflix? Well, fuck you then, I'll just download off usenet and torrents (via a vpn).

You understand that's not sustainable, right? Only so many people can cancel cable and go internet only before internet prices increase and speed drops.

about 9 months ago
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Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

ArbitraryName Re:So (118 comments)

Basically students build a pub on the university grounds. Did they get a licence for it or were they trading illegally?

Did you read the article or are you commenting ignorantly? Hint: The article specifically answers that.

about 9 months ago
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Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

ArbitraryName Re:So a fake pub with drinks and a place to sit (118 comments)

Also, psychologists will frown upon any research where the subjects do not know they are part of a research project.

RTFA. The "pub" is in a room on the fourth floor of a university building. No one is being tricked into thinking they're in a real pub. It's just a set to help people relax and act more naturally. Every experiment performed must be approved by the university ethics committee and no one will be given enough alcohol to put them over the legal driving limit.

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years

ArbitraryName Re:I just wish... (225 comments)

When a microwave is available, they're not eating MREs. They're eating B-Rats or, more likely A-Rats.

about 9 months ago
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FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

ArbitraryName Re:Sensible, in some utopia (235 comments)

Yes, that's the very definition of freedom. You are not required to do anything you don't want to (install other codecs) and they are not required to do anything they don't want to (serve other codecs). If one party is unhappy with the consequences of their decision, they are free to reevaluate. If you decide you want the media bad enough, you can install the required codecs. If they decide there is a drop in traffic they find unacceptable they can choose to start serving up other codecs again.

There is no possible way this situation could be more free.

about 9 months ago
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'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

ArbitraryName Re:Logic (218 comments)

And Lance Armstrong said "I have never doped." How is that relevant? I'm sure that producer either wants to feel like he's not accepting payment or wants others to view it that way. Unfortunately for him, that's not an accurate reflection of reality. Giving someone items of value in exchange for performing a service is the very definition of payment. End of story.

about 9 months ago
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'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

ArbitraryName Re:Logic (218 comments)

On what planet does giving someone expensive electronics in return for a service not count as "payment"?

about 9 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

ArbitraryName Re:Really good question (326 comments)

Really? So these are all actual scientific disciplines then?

Applied kinesiology
Baraminology
Chirology
Cryptozoology
Graphology
Iridology
Phrenology
Physiognomy
Pseudoarchaeology (well okay, that has pseudo right in the name)
Reflexology
Rumpology

I really hope that "well, it has -ology" is not something you use a rule of them when encountering new concepts.

about 9 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

ArbitraryName Re:Go back .... (326 comments)

This $5 study does NOT support that conclusion since the overwhelming majority of Mechanical Turkers are NOT Americans.

Not that you have provided any source for that assertion, but it's irrelevant anyway. You can set the qualifications for the job requiring them to be American. Studies have shown that while using the Mechanical Turk for social science research is not perfect, it is not wildly inaccurate either. In fact it works best for exactly this sort of study, a random sampling of the population with no other strict qualifiers.

about 9 months ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

ArbitraryName Re:And A Rebuttal (360 comments)

If you're looking to replay your Atari classics, you've got two options that I see: either already own a working legacy console and buy the games from some secondhand source (such as eBay), or download an emulator and a ROM and work with it that way. Neither option gives Atari or its related companies any extra money..

Or, you know, buy an Atari Flashback.

about 10 months ago

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