top Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges
The funny (messed up funny, not amusing funny) thing is one of the suggested links I see at the top of the page:
"33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater"
That's right. In today's society, you can get more prison time for recording a movie than for killing someone through criminal negligence.
top Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak
How easy it is to ignore the fact the that the people who created this movie need to be paid.
They're paid for services rendered at the time of completion.
Not only the actors, writers, directors but the hairdressers, electricians and even the computer special effect workers.
All these people are paid just like you would pay any other contractor. They do the work, you cut them a check. They all work for a set, specified rate, not for any cut in the profits. Those who do earn based off ticket sales are usually A-listers with enough clout to negotiate for a cut of the gross, not the net. So no matter how poorly it does in the box office, these people still get a cut of whatever it brings in.
And God forbid that investors who fronted the money in the hope of a return on their investment should realize a profit.
ANY investment prospectus will tell you that
"All investment carries some degree of risk." This means that when you invest in something, yes, you expect a profit. But you also have to accept the possibility that the money you put in will go up in smoke. By your logic, I should be able to sue whoever I invest with if my mutual fund doesn't give me a 500% ROI. They decided to invest in something, they knew it was a risk. Lets not forget that the investors are going to be the LEAST damaged by any of this, since one film is simply a line-item in their ledger.
That being said, downloading films in this manner IS ethically questionable. Mass downloading can make a studio earn a reduced profit. But reduced profit is not a monetary loss. The real loss is that if the profit reduction is large enough, they have less incentive to produce any more films that require actual effort. The more this happens, the more you get dreck that caters to the lowest common denominator (such as The Expendables whose mass downloading furthers the cycle), and filmmaking is reduced to an exercise in formulaic cinematography to maximize monetization and merchandising paradigms (and other such buzzword-y bullshit). THIS is the real cost of mass copyright infringement - an art form reduced to a paint-by-numbers affair where no one dares to make anything truly unique. And to me, this cost is far, FAR worse than any perceived monetary loss.
At least the Capitalists who wish to to profit from the labor of others paid for that privilege unlike simple thieves.
How many times does it need to be said that
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS NOT THEFT?. Theft is the taking of something tangible which deprives the individual owner of its use. Downloading a copy of some bits does not deprive the original owner of said bits. They still have them, and can still use them for their intended purpose.
top Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet
The way I read it, he had a 1st class ticket, but his kids were traveling economy. So he was trying to board them at the same time as first class, even though they were not.
There is only one class on Southwest: Cattle Class. When you check in prior to your flight, you are assigned a boarding group and number. Groups are A, B, and C from 1 through 60. A1 through A15 are reserved for Business Select and other special privileges (including frequent flier miles). Other than getting to board earlier and have a wider selection of seats, they are all the same.
According to Southwest's policy, people travelling together but with different boarding positions have the option to board together, provided the person higher up in line waits with the people further back. How this applies to families, I'm fuzzy on, but I would assume if you have a business select or other pass that allows boarding in the A1 through A15 group, it would make sense to have young children (say, under 10 years old) board with you. It seems like this is what the guy had done on several flights previously.
What the gate agent did was apply the boarding policy in the strictest possible terms, which IMO was an asshole move. But it was still technically according to policy. Did he get lucky, or was this particular agent just being overly strict? Could be either or. Pulling them off the flight for a tweet, however, was completely uncalled for. Threatening to call the police unless he deleted said tweet was harassment, plain and simple. Plus, how in the hell did she figure out who it was so quickly? Was she on twitter while she was supposed to be working, or did some corporate wonk call the gate?
I've been a customer of Southwest for a while, but how they handle this in the long run will determine wether or not I continue to be.
top This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America
Bank of America is
always looking for new ways to screw over their "customers", be it through fees, lying, or trying to steal their (paid off) houses through foreclosure (and blaming it on "computer error" when caught). They're probably drooling like hungry dogs over all the ways they can fleece people with Bitcoin...
top RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse
How can I shield my car against this? I'm willing to add up to 20lbs to do it.
Sell it and buy an antique from the pre-electronics era. Carburetor and points ignition. Although I assume most of them will be a wee bit more than a 20lb increase over a modern car...
Bad assumption to make; A V6 2012 Toyota Camry XLE has a curb weight of 3,395 lbs, whereas a 1956 Ford Fairlane Skyliner (that's the hardtop convertible one!) has a curb weight on 3,390 lbs.
Although, in your defense, I was a bit surprised to find that out myself... and I'm one of those 'car guys.'
Learned firsthand how heavy a Camry is when I rented one (L, instead of XLE though) on a visit to Texas a couple years back. Really nice car, and the steering took almost no effort. However, having to go from the off-ramp IMMEDIATELY to the street I needed to be on brought me back to reality. No amount of hydraulics and drive-by-wire wizardry could fight the physics of taking that much metal from 55 to 15 in about 400 feet. No danger of skidding, but I DEFINITELY felt the weight of the car on that one...
top Indian Mars Probe Successfully Enters Sun-Centric Orbit
Seriously, my humble congrats to the team on their success so far. We need more players in the space game, and knowledge gained will hopefully benefit everyone.
On a more philosophical note, I'd love to see this benefit India as a whole by pointing out to everyone just how insignificant we ALL are in the grand scheme of the universe. While they've "officially" abolished the caste system, it's still there in a lot of ways. The more people realize that Earth is but a tiny speck, the more people will (hopefully...I can dream, right?) begin to treat each other better, especially those deemed to be in a "lower class" by some arbitrary rules that nobody alive has any connection to anymore. Actually, it would be nice if we could all work toward that, not just Indian society.
top SourceForge Appeals To Readers For Help Nixing Bad Ad Actors
All uninstallation procedures are exhaustively documented, and all third party offers go through a comprehensive compliance process to make sure they are virus and malware free.
You clowns at SourceForge/Dice are missing the point. Users DON'T WANT this garbage on their system. You are deliberately trying to get them to install it, even if it's by mistake.
And what about all the institutions providing you with mirroring? Are they getting a cut of this revenue now? If they're not, then you are DELIBERATELY attempting to profit from their charity and generosity. Personally, I hope every single mirror deletes any SourceForge related material from their servers and tells you to go die in a fire. You are attempting to profit from the work and resources of others who believed they were contributing to the free software community. For that, you are to be shamed, shunned, and written off as yet another group of clueless MBA's out to monitize the entire fucking world at the expense of others. Go fuck yourselves and look for a real job where you have to WORK instead of ruining other people's reputations by bundling useless shit with their software.
top Netflix Pursues Cable-TV Deals
At least not on Comcast. The crappy Motorola boxes they use are barely capable of running the 1980's style GUI they have now. Adding in anything more complex than a calculator (and I'm not so sure about that) will cause the damn things to fry themselves. How they manage to decode HD streams has to be some form of witchcraft, because splurging on good MPEG decoders would mean eating into the corporate yacht funds.
top The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin
I say the party now most threatened by high-speed fixed infrastructure is Comcast, not AT&T.
Actually, it's Time Warner in Austin...which is far, FAR worse than Comcast, sadly.
top Massachusetts Set To Repeal Controversial IT Services Tax
"Idiots make laws they know nothing about, without doing any research into the possible consequences. Film at 11."
top PayPal Freezes MailPile's Account
...It is pretty widely known and agreed that PayPal very rarely rip off buyers; just sellers...
exactly why I closed my account. They continually treat sellers like criminals, so I refuse to use them as a buyer. I can't BE a buyer if nobody wants to sell due to the risk of having their account pillaged at the drop of a hat.
top Time Reporter "Can't Wait" To Justify Drone Strike On Julian Assange
I'd love to see this, but not because I wish any harm on Assange (even though I personally think he's a douchebag of the highest order, that's not an offense worthy of capital punishment). No, I'd love to see the boot-lickers TRY to justify the unsanctioned murder of a foreign national on third-party soil. They would be so torn between their supposed progressive ideal of "we shouldn't police the world" and their unabashed devotion to Dear Leader that their heads would probably explode from the contradiction. I honestly don't think they'd know which way to spin it, and would end up just mumbling on air while looking like a deer in headlights.
In the end, they'd still try to justify it because they know it could be the rallying cry for the masses FINALLY waking up and booting every single one of these clowns out of office. If that happens, the media loses their biggest ally and would have to go back to actual journalism instead of repeating whatever the White House Press Office gives them...
Or maybe we'll just end up with more reality-tv tripe and things will continue on. Probably this, but I can dream, can't I?
top Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?
Does he have a piece of paper in his hand from this mythical company that clearly states they are offering him a job and what the compensation will be? Does he have one from Blizzard? The correct choice is whichever of these two he can say "yes" to.
If your friend doesn't have this dubious "$70k as a college graduate" offer/promise on paper, signed, and , then such a position doesn't exist. Period. If he believes otherwise, he's gonna have a bad time.
in his possession
top Easily-Captured Asteroids Identified
motor windings made of rock insulated wire, asteroid derived lubricant, rock circuit boards, etc...
Sounds like the company is run by one of
Mr. Slate's descendants.
top Apple Files Trademark For "iWatch" In Japan
I seem to remember the idea of such a thing being laughed at not too long ago. Actually, it was in one of the Pebble threads where an iDrone specifically proclaimed "If a connected watch were a good idea, Apple would have done it years ago!"
But now that such a device is already on the market (that seems to be more practical and will have much better battery life due to e-ink vs OLED), Apple decides they can't let that stand. To not be filling every little mobile device niche is tantamount to admitting failure, even if their device turns out to be crap. But wait! You might be able to control this one by TOUCH! Well, that makes all the difference in the world!
I'm waiting for this iWatch thingie to be more about flair and eye candy than functionality, and for Apple to market it like the idea wasn't even possible until they came along. Then they'll likely sue Pebble for some sort of copyright infringement despite Apple being late to a party that someone else started.
"The all-new iMeToo: Designed by Apple in California"
top Snowden's Big Truth: We Are All Less Free
Given the damage he's done to the US and the West, he will suffer consequences, there's no doubt about that.
While it raises important issues, I'm struggling to find sympathy for him personally, as he
has committed an extremely serious act of treason. By doing what he did, he's ended himself as surely as if he'd put a gun to his own head. Except he'll probably have the US government do it for him (or if he's lucky, life in supermax).
You can't do what he did, and not expect consequences.
Article III Secton 3 of the United States Constitution (emphasis mine):
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.
As Snowden has taken care to NOT release material that would put people in harm's way, he has done nothing to levy war against the United States, nor has he adhered to their enemies or given aid and comfort. What he's done is illegal under current laws, but it is NOT treason. He acted upon a moral duty to the ideals of the Constitution to expose government wrongs, and in so doing, pissed off a lot of powerful people. THAT is why they want to crucify him - because he DARED believe that the Holy Administration of Purchased Officials should be held accountable for their actions.
If Snowden committed treason, then what does that say about Bradley Manning, who threw a temper tantrum and gave a cache of whatever classified material he could get his hands of (damn the safety reprecussions) to an asshole with an ax to grind? If you believe Snowden a traitor, then Manning is one as well.
top Eric Schmidt: Regulate Civilian Drones Now
This is another use of a very common, and very powerful, trick:
1. Taunt opponent, provoking them into striking back. If they don't, taunt harder.
2. Once they strike back, call upon authority to come to your aid.
So basically the same thing those ass-clowns at Westboro try to do.
top Firefox Will Soon Block Third-Party Cookies
The initial response from the online advertising industry is unsurprisingly hostile and blustering, calling the move 'a nuclear first strike.'
Translation: Boo-fucking-hoo. Online marketing scum have been abusing users for years, making this a retaliatory measure. Let them cry all they want, because nobody gives a shit.
about a year and a half ago
top Have a Wi-Fi-Enabled Phone? Stores Are Tracking You
Avoid places where this kind of garbage is known to be in use. Turning off the wifi means you have to sacrifice some of the functionality of your phone just to not be tracked. Similarly, the op-out is crap as well. Why should I have to opt out? And what's wrong with the door sensors that have been in use for years to figure out conversion ratios?
Not that I've gone into a mall recently, but seeing any of the stores using this system would be the best way to make sure I never come back.
about a year and a half ago
top Manipulating Heat Like Light
...but is this a step towards a working
Thermal Discouragement Beam?
about a year and a half ago
top Firmware Flaw Opens Some TrendNet Cameras to Everyone
FSWKU (551325) writes "According to BBC News, several popular models of TrendNet cameras have a firmware bug that allows anyone to access the feed, regardless of password setting. Worse yet, TrendNet has known of the issue for several weeks and has yet to issue a formal media release concerning the problem. Several models seem to be affected, so if you use one, take the necessary precautions." Link to Original Source
top How NOT To Treat Your Customers
FSWKU (551325) writes "Courtesy of
Penny-Arcade, Paul Christoforo of Ocean Marketing provides a perfect example of what not to do when interacting with customers, especially if you are doing so on behalf of another company. Name dropping, an ego trip worthy of Charlie Sheen, and even what appears to be a promise to commit libel. Other outlets are already picking up the story and running with it."
top U.S. Govt. Manipulates Cartel Weapons Cris
FSWKU (551325) writes "According to a CNN Report, many of the weapons used by Mexican drug cartels are said to originate in the United States, causing lawmakers to once again call for more gun laws.
Proponents of stricter gun controls say that the staggering numbers of U.S. weapons that end up in Mexico show that something must be done to control arms smuggling."
But it could be said this is precisely what the current administration wants to happen in order to be able to pass more laws banning firearms. Back in February, CBS Evening News was one of the few media outlets to report on Project Gunrunner,
a project that seemed to allow large numbers of firearms to cross the border into Mexico despite protests from ATF agents.
"For months, ATF agents followed 50-caliber Barrett rifles and other guns believed to be heading for the Mexican border, but were ordered to let them go. One distraught agent was often overheard on ATF radios begging and pleading to be allowed to intercept transports. The answer: "Negative. Stand down."
According to the CBS article, two of the guns allowed to walk were found at the scene where Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered, and despite arrests for the guns themselves, no further mention has been made of the murder.
Theories will vary wildly, but it would seem the government is purposely allowing guns to cross into Mexico to "prove" that the illegal gun trade is a problem in order to garner support for more gun laws, rather than consistently enforcing the ones already in existence."
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