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Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"

drb226 Re:Nearly all laws are (213 comments)

I'm not philosopher, but one of the reasons our society works is that there is general agreement that we own the product of our labors. In many cases we transfer that ownership to our employers for exchange of a steady income. (...) When it comes to stopping piracy I don't understand how anyone can be against creators having ownership and control over their creations.

I have two problems with this. 1) Individual creators don't really stand to gain much by stopping piracy. It's mostly the entities to whom the creations are transferred to, meaning individuals are (typically) benefited indirectly at best. 2) our society, for the longest time, did *not* put a price tag on culture. Music, knowledge, the arts. The industry worked by means other than preventing sharing. Pay extra for an authentic original painting, or for a live performance of music, or a play. Pay composers beforehand to support their ability to create, instead of restricting other composers afterwards. Then when easy copying via the printing press came along, we invented "copyright" so that a few presses could monopolize on certain materials...and it went downhill from there. The original intent was to secure a limited, opt-in monopoly over copyrighted works for the author, but this has essentially ballooned into an unlimited, opt-out monopoly over copyrighted works for the MAFIAA. I can maybe support granting a limited-time monopoly over original work, but no man is an island; that "original work" belongs largely to the human race.

more than 2 years ago
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How Doctors Die

drb226 Re:so they are kinda like Muslims (646 comments)

10K seems awfully low for the cost of one's life. Especially if you are still capable of working, depending on your salary, you can produce more $ for your dependents by paying 100k and living+working at least a few years; a couple decades are well worth 1m in this regard.

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HTC Unlocks Bootloader For All of Its Devices

drb226 Re:Good job HTC (133 comments)

I'll be in the market for a phone in the next few months...I'll remember this.

+1 Fascinating

+1 Cool Story Bro

more than 2 years ago
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No IPv6 Doomsday In 2012

drb226 Yes let's wait until the last minute (233 comments)

to get worked up about problems that are imminently arising. Because that worked so well for us in this SOPA/PIPA situation.

more than 2 years ago
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Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"

drb226 Re:Morons. (213 comments)

Now, what are you going to do ?

1. Set up a website with ads
2. get a few anti-SOPA stories on slashdot
3. profit
4. sell soul and become a politician
5. more profit

more than 2 years ago
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Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"

drb226 Re:Doesn't matter, the fix is in (213 comments)

Actually, Larry and Sergei could buy all of the movie and music studios with their personal money.

It would make me so happy if they did this.

more than 2 years ago
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Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"

drb226 Re:Doesn't matter, the fix is in (213 comments)

1. hate on religion
2. hate on Rs
3. acknowledge Ds also suck
4. hate on governmental situation in general
5. modded insightful

I'm not disagreeing with what you said, but I am utterly confused at how it is considered "insightful".

more than 2 years ago
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Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"

drb226 Re:Nearly all laws are (213 comments)

whoosh

more than 2 years ago
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Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"

drb226 Re:Nearly all laws are (213 comments)

[they are] too busy rolling in cash and pretending to be important to notice

FTFY

more than 2 years ago
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Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"

drb226 Re:Nearly all laws are (213 comments)

Stopping piracy is not evil.

Maybe it is. I don't have the philosophical finesse right now to think of a way to support the statement "Stopping piracy is evil", but I imagine a somewhat convincing case could be made for it. In any event, "stopping piracy" should not be immediately and universally recognized as a Good Thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Agonize Over Buying $1 Apps

drb226 Hah! (523 comments)

Had Apple created a really low minimum price for apps — say $0.15 — instead of offering free apps on day one, Ariely suggests, we would be anchored to the idea that apps should cost something.

Yeah...because the concept of an "app" wasn't invented until the iPod/iPhone came around...

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Reconsidering Android 4.0 On the Galaxy S

drb226 Re:It's the business model (192 comments)

Seamless experiences always win out over time. We saw it when gaming shifted from PCs to consoles.

Wait, what? When did that "shift" occur? Sure, consoles have been going online, which naturally means that some online gamers might have switched to consoles to play online, and some console players might have started to play online, but I'm calling [citation needed] on this supposedly significant "shift". "From desktop to mobile" is hugely misleading, as most people/companies aren't throwing out their desktops in favor of their mobile device.

more than 2 years ago
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Why American Corporate Software Can No Longer Be Trusted

drb226 Re:"No longer"? (240 comments)

See also: RMS.

more than 2 years ago
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DigiTimes Lends Credence To Apple-Branded TVs For 2012

drb226 Re:Oh good (232 comments)

Soon to follow: iCar, iHouse, iHood, iCity, iCounty, iState, and finally the United States of Apple.

more than 2 years ago
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Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott

drb226 Re:Too many boycotts (542 comments)

So rather then trying to get some frothy public action thing together with promises to buy again if they change their ways. Just quietly buy what you believe in and let the marketing people figure out why sales dropped. Nothing preachy or pretentious. Just buy what you believe.

Apple products make lots of people happy. Good for them. They're welcome to it. I won't be one of them and wish one and all well.

I have a few problems with this philosophy. Take marriage as an example: if your solution to marital problems is quietly dropping hints, you will have a miserable marriage. "Let the marketing people figure out why sales dropped" is a horrible solution. Clear and direct communication is usually the best solution to any problem in which humans are involved.

Also, "Apple products make lots of people happy" is misleading. My mom bought an iPad, and for the most part it serves her well, but she absolutely hates the look of the calendar app. I looked and looked, but could not for the life of me find any way to significantly customize that stupid app. Lots of people are in this situation: they think that Apple products are unrivaled and therefore put up with Apple's crap. Apple does a lot of great things but is generally pretty bad at giving the user significant power to customize. This is a trend that is simply unacceptable for the future computing; it inevitably leads down the path of censorship and excessive governmental control.

more than 2 years ago
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Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott

drb226 Re:"Apple not a Producer" - really? (542 comments)

The solution is not to boycott Apple, for that helps no-one - the solution is to continue to battle absurd software patents however it is possible to do so.

I think I'll try both and see what works out.

more than 2 years ago
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Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott

drb226 Re:Boycotts (542 comments)

Well it kinda-sorta worked on GoDaddy. Ish.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tools For Teaching High School Kids How To Make Games?

drb226 Racket: Bootstrap (237 comments)

The project you are looking for is Bootstrap.

Bootstrap is a standards-based curriculum for middle and high-school students, which teaches them to program their own videogames using purely algebraic and geometric concepts.

Bootstrap uses Scheme/Racket and focuses on the algebraic/functional aspects of programming. The teaching materials are freely available online. They even sell "I program my own videogames" T-shirts.

more than 2 years ago
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A Right To Bear Virtual Arms?

drb226 Remember that "I agree" button? (201 comments)

The one that came after a wall of incomprehensible legalese? I'm sure you "agreed" to give up your virtual second amendment rights, among various other things.

more than 2 years ago

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