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Smartphones Becoming Computer of Choice in Developing Countries

Yamioni Re:Let the certificate expire and (187 comments)

Everyone keeps telling me Apple is a very innovative company. From what you say, it sounds like Apple innovated a new kind of paywall. Guess those people were right after all.

more than 2 years ago
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Smartphones Becoming Computer of Choice in Developing Countries

Yamioni Re:The problem is with software distribution (187 comments)

Loops led you to web development? You must be the person that forced Firefox to add the 'Firefox has detected the server is redirecting the request in a way that will never complete' error message.

more than 2 years ago
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Smartphones Becoming Computer of Choice in Developing Countries

Yamioni Re:Developing countries (187 comments)

You can get rather cheap MP4 players these days. Hell you can probably get a cheap first/second gen IPod touch off of craigslist et all for less than $50 American. One would assume you could just download your porn to that, go home, then start wanking. Now doing it with people looking over your shoulder and wrestling with the various file types used on the internet (I think most would need transcoded to play on a portable player) would maybe be roadblocks, but technically speaking, it wouldn't be outside the realm of reality.

more than 2 years ago
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Famous Wildlife Photographer Busted For Using Stock Images

Yamioni Re:An obvious reminder (182 comments)

I realise that it is trendy to be cynical of anyone who has gained any form of celebrity, but I think that it is also appropriate to remind people that the person behind the spotlight is as human as anyone else that you meet. Just like us, the make mistakes. Just like us, sometimes they are regretful because they were caught. And just like us, sometimes the regret that they express is sincere.

This idea is laughable for 95% of the people with celebrity status (this guy might be in the other 5%, I don't honestly know.) When they're on their high horse they expect to be treated as better than everyone else, but when they make mistakes we're reminded how 'they are human too and make mistakes'. Bullshit. You don't get to have your cake and eat it too. If you want to live your life on a high horse be my guest. Just don't come looking for sympathy when you fall off.

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Study the Video Game, Study the Gamer

Yamioni Re:or.. (163 comments)

I was going to reply to you, but then I remembered it was time to take my Ritalin. Wait what? I replied anyway? These damn things aren't working!

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Study the Video Game, Study the Gamer

Yamioni Re:Cause and effect (163 comments)

So the proper thing to do is to let it lie there, go find an officer, and lead him to it? That has to be the dumbest fucking thing I've heard this week. Yes please, allow this dangerous weapon to sit where anyone of ill intent has unfettered access to it while I go find an authority to properly handle and dispose of said weapon. What kind of fuctards are running the UK that shit like that even happens?

...... Not to throw stones from my glass house or anything though, as it's plenty fucked up over here in the US as well. But arrested for being a responsible citizen? What the fuck?

more than 2 years ago
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EU Extends Music Copyright to 70 Years

Yamioni Re:What if they are still performing it? (536 comments)

Not sure why you got modded Troll. Must be because the majority of people on slashdot (seem to) want no copyright law at all, rather than a fair compromise. I'll point you all to a comment I made earlier today about my vision of a better copyright system, which just so happens to be very close to your idea; read it here.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Extends Music Copyright to 70 Years

Yamioni Re:Incentivise (536 comments)

Europe is batshit insane anyway with "artists".

Hey! Leave Björk out of this!

more than 2 years ago
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Japan's Richest Man Outlines Renewable Energy Plan

Yamioni Re:Really? (224 comments)

Swamp land. The power plant was build in the midst of swamps.

So that's why all those people on Swamp People are missing so many teeth! It's the radiation!

more than 2 years ago
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Authors' Guild Goes After University Book Digitization Projects

Yamioni Re:Heaven forbid (170 comments)

This is why I'd like to see copyright law changed to the following model:

1. The creator of a copyrightable work is granted sole reproduction rights to their work indefinitely.
2. The creator may only hold copyright to one of each class of copyrightable work at a given time (book, musical album, movie, etc). Previous copyrighted works are surrendered into the public domain upon the publishing of a new work that is itself not released directly into the public domain.
3. All copyrights expire five(5) years after the creator's death.

This system allows a creator to collect money from a work for as long as it remains profitable to do so. However, being able to possess only one copyright at any given time removes the incentive to create and then retire for life. With unlimited (in number) copyrights, a creator could create several works and collect a massive amount of cash. Limiting it to one at a time ensures that as soon the popularity for that work declines below an acceptable threshold, the creator would need to create a new work in order to maintain a certain level of income. If the creator happens to create something so profound that it remains highly profitable for many years they should be allowed to kick back and reap the rewards; if it is really that valuable to society it only seems fair. Clause three just helps ensure that copyrighted works are innevitably released into the public domain, after a time period sufficient for contributing to the creator's estate. I.E. The creator could will his copyright to an heir allowing the heir to collect on it for five years, which would be held separate from the heir's own copyright count (if they indeed hold any at all.) Considering you'd actually have to die to pass that copyright to someone else, it would be very costly to abuse (especially considering you could get more than five years out of it if you simply stayed alive.)

The current system, as you say, is attrocious/an attrocity. It is robbing society of works originally promised to them simply by exptending copyright, and allowing 'ageless' corporations to hold copyrights, rather than people. The system is broken, and I feel mine is about as simple and as fair as one could conceive. I welcome anyone to poke holes in it however, I enjoy (constructive) criticism.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Aren't There More Civilians In Military Video Games?

Yamioni Re:Players do bad things because: (431 comments)

Oh it will be. They require a persistent internet connection so they can alert your local authorities whenever you kill someone or steal something. And you all thought it was to thwart 'pirates'. Ha!

more than 2 years ago
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Why Aren't There More Civilians In Military Video Games?

Yamioni Re:Video Games = School Shootings (431 comments)

My great-grandmother is a zombie you insensitive clod!

more than 2 years ago
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Why Aren't There More Civilians In Military Video Games?

Yamioni Re:Video Games = School Shootings (431 comments)

'Apply' for a 'position' with the Air Force then. They have this 'video game' that certainly allows you to shoot people in real life. Though if you want face-to-face you may have to wait until they start issuing AR goggles to soldiers.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Aren't There More Civilians In Military Video Games?

Yamioni Re:Video Games = School Shootings (431 comments)

Heretics don't have green blood. It's black because it's saturated with sin.

more than 2 years ago
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"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

Yamioni Re:Sure, maybe these guys are crazy... (627 comments)

Dear ColdWetDog,

This letter is sent to formally inform you that your reply on the site slashdot (henceforth: 'site') in response to the article '"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains' (henceforth: 'article') is deleterious and defamatory to a the motion picture The Usual Suspects (henceforth: 'motion picture') in that it implicates the motion picture in the deaths of viewers of the motion picture. We represent the rights holders to the motion picture, and are requesting that you cease and desist in your actions. The offending section of you reply is as follows.

It probably doesn't cause anything above the noise floor of people dying from the Usual Suspects.

If this request is not met, necessary legal precautions will be taken to ensure that you no longer harm the rights holders we repesent with your unfounded claims.

Sincerely,
The MPAA

more than 2 years ago
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"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

Yamioni Re:Is it my imagination... (627 comments)

Hell, just do like I do and skip the Cheese-Its altogether and go straight for the cheese. The price difference is marginal in bulk quantities. Current new favorites of mine are Havarti and Muenster. Give 'em a try if you haven't already.

more than 2 years ago
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"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

Yamioni Re:Is it my imagination... (627 comments)

Thank $deity that we have Sarah Silverman to provide a much needed couterpoint.

more than 2 years ago
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"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

Yamioni Re:It's contagious, all right (627 comments)

You forgot Aspergers. Doesn't everyone have self-diagnosed Aspergers these days?

more than 2 years ago

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