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Why Copyright Trolling In Canada Doesn't Pay

DanTheStone Re:Copyright C+Ds aren't "trolling" (98 comments)

You're thinking of trawling. The modern trolling is the actual trolling, unless you're talking about the Three Billy Goats Gruff (collecting undeserved tolls).

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What Are You Doing For Hallowe'en?

DanTheStone Re:Spellchecker (273 comments)

What's horrifying to me is that the writer bothered with the pedantic spelling (like Hawai'i instead of Hawaii) but wrote "appropriate" instead of "appropriately" and "loosing" instead of "losing", not to mention the unusual choice of comma positions.

about 10 months ago
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Obama Admin Says It Won't Fight Looser Marijuana Laws, With Conditions

DanTheStone Re:Weasel words (526 comments)

Agreed. If you have the ability to fix a problem and choose not to, you should not be congratulated for standing on a soapbox and saying it should be fixed.

about a year ago
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Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC

DanTheStone Re:Phone Alerts (382 comments)

My phone is my alarm clock. It's certainly been more reliable than any dedicated alarm clock I owned in the past (which would run out of either electricity or battery power. It wouldn't work very well if I turned it off at night.

about a year ago
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Amazon Delivering Groceries? It's Coming, Thanks To Sales-Tax Politics

DanTheStone Re:Good-Bye "No Sales Tax" (214 comments)

You missed it. There's no federal sales tax; it's still just state sales tax on the state you live in. In NH, there's no state sales tax, so we don't have to pay any despite this. What does change is that our NH businesses have to collect tax on behalf of other states when you buy from us online. So when you guys buy stuff online from our businesses, they'll now have to collect sales tax for your state. That's why we fought it, not because consumers would have to pay more, but because our businesses will have to do a lot more work.

about a year ago
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Ender's Game Trailer Released

DanTheStone Re:F22s (470 comments)

I believe that's supposed to be showing when humans were attacked, prior to the events of the book.

about a year ago
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High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

DanTheStone Re:Did the Penny Drop! (79 comments)

It's certainly an unusual shape for a snowflake untouched by human hands.

about a year ago
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Mozilla: Unlike FB and Twitter Single Sign-in, Persona Protects User Privacy

DanTheStone Re:This just in... (81 comments)

Linux is free. How are we the product in that situation?

about a year ago
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Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

DanTheStone Re:I'm not buying it (572 comments)

We have 3 Xbox 360s in our house, one per person, from when we all lived separately. And we have 3 Gold memberships. I've already converted my desktop computer to Linux and am working on building up a game library on there (mostly Indie Bundles so far, but I've Kickstarted games like Dreamfall Chapters for the future), because I fully expect Microsoft to do something awful in the near future. I'm even preparing for the likelihood that it could be in this very next generation. And you can't expect Sony or Nintendo to be significantly better.

I use Microsoft's "Cloud Save" functionality, and its outages when my internet is working perfectly have been infuriating. I have no faith that they can manage to make an outage-free service, and I don't want my games console to just refuse to work when I want to use it, even if it's the middle of the night on a weekday.

about a year ago
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Ask Nathan Myhrvold What You Will, Live Q&A April 3

DanTheStone How can we avoid contributing to you? (124 comments)

Let's say I work at a company that makes a good, useful software product, which is the best in the market. How can I convince them not to patent my solutions, so that I don't contribute to a system that rewards people like you do the detriment of people who would succeed on merit?

about a year ago
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Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

DanTheStone Re:Shocking? (436 comments)

Is it any surprise that the Federal govt. has knee-jerked and not thought through the repercussions, or the real-world applicability of their solutions?

Is that what you think this is? It seemed to me that it was a solution waiting for a sufficiently heart-wrenching problem, like how they doubtless have all the "Cyber-Patriot Act" stuff just waiting for an opportunity (Rahm Emanuel crisis style).

about a year and a half ago
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NY Attorney General Subpoenas Craigslist For Post-Sandy Price Gougers

DanTheStone Re:Morons. (458 comments)

And if you're successfully charging high prices, other businesses/entrepreneurs will see that there's a lot of money to be made and are more likely to spend money trucking in more, helping to increase the supply. You wouldn't get as many generators trucked in at the normal prices. Capping prices makes outside people less likely to rush additional supplies in, because there's no big payoff.

How is this hard to understand? It's why (even though it's still suboptimal) capitalism makes a more efficient economy than centrally-managed price controls. Additional supply shows up where it's needed, because that makes people money.

about 2 years ago
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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

DanTheStone Re:Been There, Done That (821 comments)

Can someone tell me why voter registration can't happen at the polls?

It can, you just live in the wrong state. Here in NH you can register at the poll. If you care, start working to change the rules in your state.

about 2 years ago
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Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

DanTheStone Physician-assisted suicide (439 comments)

"Suicide" is considered a loaded term with bad connotations, as people desiring death are considered "mentally ill", so the newspeak term does not include it.

about 2 years ago
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Promoting Arithmetic and Algebra By Example

DanTheStone Re:Missing the point (158 comments)

mixing the medication themselves with a mortar and pedestal.

That seems like it would be overly difficult. You'd need to use the mortar as an improvised pestle and the pedestal as a poorly-shaped mortar.

about 2 years ago

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