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Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

QilessQi Re:I believe it! (48 comments)

Ah, there we go.

about a week ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

QilessQi Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

I see your point; let's try that again:

"Putting it that way kinda makes them sound less like romantic swashbucklers and more like people who aid people who allow other people to watch movies and listen to music for free instead of paying for it as the artists and their producers and publishers and investors intended, doesn't it?"

Nah, my original one was funnier. I especially like how it inspires people to justify obtaining movies, music and games without paying for them. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

QilessQi Re:I believe it! (48 comments)

I was actually going for the +1 Funny. How the heck did I get modded Insightful? :-(

about two weeks ago
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Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

QilessQi I believe it! (48 comments)

According to the Magic Leap website, their Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal technology permits generating images indistinguishable from real objects.

...provided the real objects are themselves images. Look! That simulated JPEG looks exactly like a real JPEG!

about two weeks ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

QilessQi Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Have I ever downloaded something that I didn't have rights to - yes, but not enough for anybody to care.

You can't claim anything about how much a hypothetical individual would or would not care.

The equivalent of a kid sneaking into a movie theater to watch a movie once or twice.

Unless you're 12 years old or under, you don't get to apply that standard to yourself. If you're an adult and you sneak into a movie theater to watch a film -- even if there were empty seats -- that's wrong. If you intentionally download something that you don't have the rights to, that's wrong too.

It's okay; we're human, we all do things from time to time that we know we're not supposed to, but let's not fool ourselves when we do. You can make all sorts of rationalizations to make yourself feel better about illegal downloading, and other people who do it will no doubt support you, but it's still wrong. If you don't understand that, I really can't say anything more to convince you, except that maybe you should discuss the matter with your parents or (if you're religious) your minister or equivalent, and hear what they have to say about it.

about two weeks ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

QilessQi Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

I care because I know people who make their entire living doing music or writing.

In order to sell what they produce, artists (meaning musicians, authors, etc.) make deals with publishers who in turn can market their work to distributors far and wide. Those publishers sign contracts based on how marketable the artist is, or how marketable think the artist will be. Marketability boils down to how much money the artist will bring to the publisher, because after all this is a business arrangement. The more sales by distributors (like amazon.com), the more the publisher makes, and the more successful the artist is. The more pirated downloads, the less the publisher makes -- which not only means that the artist makes less, but the publisher might not care to sign with the artist in the future. So the artist goes broke, and can't make their art anymore, because they need to do other things to put food on the table and pay rent.

If you like an artist, you support their work by paying for it exactly as they intended. If you think the artist should have a different way of making a living, you can suggest that to the artist.

about two weeks ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

QilessQi Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

I provide most of my writing and artwork online under Creative Commons Attributional license, and my Open Source libraries under the Artistic License, so I'm very sympathetic to the notion of sharing -- but only when the artist themselves elects to do so. That's not the case with The Pirate Bay and its users, and what they do doesn't pass the smell test with me.

There are tons of artists out there who release music and books and games and short films on public sites, with licenses that allow unlimited copying and sharing. If that's the model you believe in, then please frequent those artists, and throw a little cash their way -- some of them are friends of mine; they could use it! As for the rest of the artists and their producers and their distributors: if you don't like paying what they ask, then don't consume their product. It's really very simple.

about two weeks ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

QilessQi Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Putting it that way kinda makes them sound less like romantic swashbucklers and more like thieves, doesn't it?

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Design DNA With New Shapes and Structures

QilessQi Re:wrong (47 comments)

Without the double helix, it would be to easy to have errors.

Can you please elaborate on that? It sounds cool... is there something specific to the shape of the double helix that makes storage or transcription less error-prone?

about three weeks ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

QilessQi Re:Duh ... (219 comments)

It would be more accurate to say: it all goes back to money.

Politics is the means by which certain individuals get elected, and how others get appointed by the elected officials. Which is legislation favorable to a particular industry gets passed, and how lucrative government defense contracts get awarded. In exchange for which, the political figure in question can be assured of a nice corporate consulting or board position upon retirement. At which point they become a campaign contributor, and the whole cycle starts all over again.

about a month ago
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

QilessQi Such a missed opportunity... (153 comments)

"Deep Space Industries is planning to build a number of dense spacecrafts called FireFlies, and they plan on sending the satellites on one way missions to gather information about the density, shape, composition and size of an asteroid. They also have plans to build a spacecraft called Dragonfly, which has the purpose of catching asteroids.

Obviously the spacecraft should have been called Serenity.

about a month ago
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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

QilessQi Noooooooo! (57 comments)

Did he not get the message four years ago??

ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA
ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE

The dude's gonna get us all monolithed. I don't wanna be monolithed.

about a month ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

QilessQi Re:Questions for any who have been following this (88 comments)

We've been calling this comet "Rosetta" thanks to the media, but it's actual name is 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Man, anyone who'd name their kid "67P" is just asking for that kid to be picked on. No wonder it prefers to go by "Rosetta".

about a month ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

QilessQi Questions for any who have been following this (88 comments)

1. As the comet approaches the sun, is it likely that the angle of or proximity to the sun will provide enough light to make a difference?

2. I assume we've measured whether Rosetta is rotating, even slightly. Is there a chance that this will help (or hurt) Philae's chances at coming back on line?

3. As the comet gets closer to the sun, I imagine that it will start melting/vaporizing (this being what makes a comet look like a comet in the first place). Since Philae is not firmly anchored (and that might not make a difference in any case), what do we expect to happen, and when?

about a month and a half ago

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