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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

anarcobra Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

So?
Why should anyone have almost perpetual* control over something he thought up one day?
14 years is more than enough to make money off the movie, and after that there is nothing stopping you from making more movies about it.
Get a trademark for the "Star Wars" name if you don't want others using it. Also, Disney doesn't get to "take" anything.
Sure they could make a remake or whatever after 14 years, but then again, so could the original creator.

* I know that 70 years after death isn't perpetual, but it might as well be since everyone who was alive when that IP was released will be dead when it comes out of copyright.

about a week ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

anarcobra Re:Yes!!! Please don't pay me overtime!!!! (545 comments)

The point of overtime pay isn't to get payed more.
It's to encourage your employer to hire more people rather than overwork you.
The fact that you misunderstood this and used overtime to get more pay doesn't mean that overtime is bad.
Without overtime your employer will just make you work more without paying you more.
And I'm sure if you don't want overtime pay you can negotiate with your employe about it.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

anarcobra Re:And for a contrarian view.... (545 comments)

This whole expectation that people put in 60 hours without compensation is the problem in the first place.
So is the "you haven't managed to negotiate a better deal? sucks to be you" attitude.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

anarcobra Re:If I demanded overtime, I'd be unemployed (545 comments)

> a dozen or so extra unpaid hours a week
That's more than 2 hours extra per day (assuming standard 5 day work week).
That's pretty bad.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

anarcobra Re:No (545 comments)

Yes, it is to be expected that you be able to pay people for the work they do.
If you can't finish your project without overtime that is a management failure.
You either pay for the extra work, or you hire more people.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

anarcobra Hard to say (346 comments)

Without knowing what he means by "digital media company" and what changes exactly were taking place it's impossible to know.
Maybe the staff overreacted to some BS corporate email?
Maybe the publication was being turned into something with typical clickbait articles, because it makes more profits?

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

anarcobra Re:Depends on Embargo Lift (474 comments)

I think you should be able to write a review for a shitty game in 17 hours.
All the other companies will be tied to the 17 hour embargo. As a company that isn't allowed a preview copy you can just buy one on release, play it for an hour, and then publish a story about how shit their game is. It seems like a better deal than getting the preview game.

about a month ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

anarcobra Re:motion sickness (286 comments)

I thought the problem with motion sickness was the discrepancy between your eyes telling you you're moving, and your body telling you you're not?
So wouldn't this be better for them?

about 2 months ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

anarcobra Re:Monochrome, Yes (347 comments)

Having three lights is pointless anyway.
You only need one.
Stop when it's off, go when it's on.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

anarcobra SR1107 2011-12 SUPEREAL (700 comments)

I think the most interesting part of the story was this little gem:
> This chip is completely different! We can notice right away that number of contact pads is much higher than needed. Chip has marking "SR1107 2011-12 SUPEREAL"

I'm guessing that's supposed to be SUPER EAL, which as far as I can tell isn't an actual Evaluation Assurance Level, but that's just hilarious given the situation.

about a month ago
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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

anarcobra Start rant here (156 comments)

Ok, maybe I've been doing it wrong all these years, but emacs default indenting scheme is completely braindead imho. (or should I say GNU indenting scheme)
Of all the indenting schemes they could have chosen, they chose the one that is the most inconsistent.
Generally here are some common indentation schemes:
Tabs only
Spaces only
Tabs for indent level, spaces for alignment
Which one do you think emacs uses by default? None of the above.
No, emacs uses spaces for indenting 4 spaces, and tabs for indenting 8 spaces.
This means that if you write a function whose name is at indentation level 0, the braces will be indented by 2 spaces.
The code will be indented by 4 spaces. If you then start an if statement, the code in the if statement will be indented not by 8 spaces, but by 1 tab.
This is completely braindead and breaks completely if you ever over one of those files in an editor with tabs configured differently.
At least with the other approaches you can still open the file in an other editor and have the indentation levels make some kind of sense.

about 2 months ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

anarcobra Re:A bit silly (245 comments)

It doesn't really matter though.
You can use git to commit onto an svn or perforce or whatever repository.
You get to use git locally, and the company gets to have its big central repository.

about 2 months ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

anarcobra Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

I just have to be a pedant here, but a DAC is a digital to analog converter. Anyway, I've never had customs check my suitcases when leaving the US (or noticed it at least). Maybe it's different for Argentina, or for high end stuff like Teslas. It seems pretty strange that they'd make such a big deal of it, since they ship lots of units to other countries, which presumably don't limit the amount that are sent to other countries (unless they do, I wouldn't know).

about 3 months ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

anarcobra Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

The US is notorious for inventing reasons not to import stuff, but that story about the Teslas is a bit strange.
How would they stop you from simply flying there, buying 10 of them and taking them home in your suitcase?
It's not like they check your passport when you buy them is it?

about 3 months ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

anarcobra Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

Damn it. I wrote a long comment, changed a setting in options and my comment disappeared. Anyway, the long and short of it was that local content producers need to find a different selling point from just "we made it in this country". In any established industry you need to find a way to differentiate your product from the others. With locally produced cars it's usually the price. For a show it might be the topic.

There are things on youtube produced with a very small budget that are still very entertaining, so it's possible to do. The problem is that if you just try to emulate US tv shows without the same budget, you will simply fail. As a local content producer you should have a big advantage over a foreign one: namely that you know what people are interested in culturally. Make a film based on a real life events in that country or use comedy styles specific to that country.

If the government wants to support local content they can offer subsidies. If Netflix agrees to charge the tax, that's fine, but I don't think it will help much with the popularity of local shows. If they are entertaining, people will watch them. If not they will continue to watch foreign stuff.

I'm not a Netflix subscriber, and I no longer live in Suriname, so I couldn't have checked either way. Finally, just look at Chinese action movies or Korean horror movies. Those have small budgets compared to Hollywood movies, yet they are still popular around the world.

about 3 months ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

anarcobra Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

I'm pretty sure that if the Argentinian content producers sell or give a license to Netflix, that Netflix will offer their content in their catalog. As for the issue of taxes, that should be the consumers problem. If I buy a car in the US and have it shipped over to South America I pay import taxes on it, not Toyota, or whatever car dealer I bought it from. The government could just require its citizens to pay taxes on online international purchases. Unless Netflix has an office in Argentina there is really no reason why they would pay anything. Also, I can't speak for Argentina, but in Suriname the reason we have channels with US shows is because people want to see them. There is a clear difference in the production value of local shows and American shows. I wouldn't want to have to watch some quota of local crap just to be able to watch the content I actually want. The government trying to support local content producers is fine by me, but unlike for the local store, being locally produced isn't a selling point for a tv show if you ask me. It has to compete on some other factors as well.

about 3 months ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

anarcobra Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

The word you're looking for is right there in the sentence you wrote. It's copying, not something else. Unless you deprive them of the diary or information, it's not stealing. If I sneak into your garage and copy your car, have I stolen it?

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

anarcobra Re:How would we know? (819 comments)

If you ask the stewardess they might let you sit on their seats during most of the flight. They don't recline at all, but they have plenty of legroom.

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

anarcobra Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

KLM has this. I almost always pay for the extra leg room. It gets more and more expensive every time I fly though but on a 9 hour flight it makes a big difference for me.

about 3 months ago

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