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Ubisoft Announces Music Game For Real Guitars

j0nb0y Re:rock band 3 already has this (172 comments)

You could just as well skip guitar lessons and guitar books as well. What's your point?

more than 3 years ago
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Ubisoft Announces Music Game For Real Guitars

j0nb0y Re:rock band 3 already has this (172 comments)

The game is a good option for self learning. I'm not sure what point you are trying to make.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Arrested For Linking To Online Videos

j0nb0y question (308 comments)

What percentage of videos linked from McCarthy's site infringed copyright?

A single act of linking to copyrighted material is not criminal, but if you systematically do it, aren't you "inducing infringement?" That's copyright infringement under current law.

Now, I don't believe that this should be criminal, but it's hard for me to believe that encouraging and aiding infringement should be perfectly legal. I just believe that McCarthy should be facing a civil suit rather than a criminal one.

On a side note, I love how the linked article blames this on "conservatives." What does the Obama DHS have to do with conservatives? It's like he believes Bush is still President or something. Actually, we should start that as a conspiracy theory.

Obama is just a puppet!!! Bush is still President!!!! (Hey, people believe in 9/11 "truth" and Obama's "Kenyan birth," right? This isn't that much more unbelievable.)

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Wants Net Neutrality Suits Stopped

j0nb0y The FCC loses... (108 comments)

The FCC loses... because the FCC *always* loses. They've lost every major case for the last fifteen years.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikipedia and the History of Gaming

j0nb0y Re:then? (240 comments)

Many obscure games have been highly influential. The entire rogue-like genre is obscure, but has been extremely influential in games like Diablo.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Mark Zuckerberg the Next Steve Case?

j0nb0y Re:stupid (470 comments)

Time Warner offers broadband, but they do not serve the entire country. Nor was Time Warner ever interested in serving the entire country. AOL was essentially a marketing company designed to market Internet access to the entire country. Without that, AOL was not going to survive.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Mark Zuckerberg the Next Steve Case?

j0nb0y stupid (470 comments)

AOL died because it was impossible for them to transition from dialup to broadband. While they could easily serve the entire country with dialup, it was impossible for them to do the same with broadband because broadband access is controlled by an oligopoly of companies who knew it was in their interest to keep tight control.

AOL died when the open access rules died.

There is no parallel to facebook because there is no oligopoly who can keep facebook from upgrading their website.

Actually, that may turn out to be the dumbest thing I've ever written. The lack of net neutrality rules could kill facebook just like the lack of open access rules killed aol.

Even if that doesn't happen, I would not eagerly invest in facebook. Of course, I said the same thing about Google when they IPO'd, so what do I know?

more than 3 years ago
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Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?

j0nb0y Re:Real problem (705 comments)

Every corporation has a charter from the government...

And if the phone company is the only one allowed to lay phone lines to your house, I would call that a government granted monopoly.

more than 3 years ago
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Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

j0nb0y Re:indirect taxes are important (377 comments)

You seem to be saying that employees and customers don't *already* pay for government services that businesses use.

more than 3 years ago
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Fucking Matt Drudge

j0nb0y meh (4 comments)

drudge makes money by having outrageous headlines. "Spielberg picks Laurie to play Lincoln" doesn't make him any money.

more than 3 years ago
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Shadow Scholar Details Student Cheating

j0nb0y Re:The source of the problem (542 comments)

Many schools have a rule that you cannot use work you did for a prior class.

more than 3 years ago
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Huge Shocker — 3D TVs Not Selling

j0nb0y Re:Gaming, gaming, gaming, gaming,... (535 comments)

Honestly, I think /.ers are hugely underestimating the draw of sports. ESPN has already made a huge investment in 3D. ESPN3D is a huge draw for sports fans.

It's going to take time to catch on though. HDTVs didn't take off overnight either.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Billionaire Gives Money To Legalize Marijuana

j0nb0y Re:This is good (527 comments)

Not all Americans get drunk every time they drink.

You are right about cigarettes though. Those who smoke, smoke a lot. The percentage of the population that smokes has been going down for the last few decades though.

I don't think that there would be a big increase in marijuana consumption after legalization. It's already available pretty much everywhere. Where I live, there is a huge drug bust every six months or so. They'll bust a truck just completely filled with marijuana. And my thought is always exactly the same. The drug cartels wouldn't send truck loads of marijuana if most of them didn't get through without a problem.

I personally don't smoke marijuana, but it's not hard to look around and see that prohibition is a failed policy.

more than 3 years ago
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US Negotiators Cave On Internet Provisions To ACTA

j0nb0y still need to kill it (80 comments)

We can't have secret treaties become law in democratic countries. It would be the end of democracy as we know it.

more than 3 years ago
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Flat Pay Prompts 1 In 3 In IT To Consider Jump

j0nb0y Re:Raise in the past 6 months? Try year. (608 comments)

Seriously. I want to see the result for the past year. Or better yet, the past two years. Not everyone in the private sector gets a pay raise every year, even in good times.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

j0nb0y Re:yup (2058 comments)

*Yawn* go read up on federalism. Sadly, so many Americans know so little about how this country actually works...

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

j0nb0y Re:This is what taxes are for (2058 comments)

Believe it or not many rural areas get by with volunteer fire departments that are largely funded through donations...

more than 3 years ago
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House Democrats Shelve Net Neutrality Proposal

j0nb0y Re:My first "bump" where this law could help (221 comments)

I'll also note that this per subscriber fee is significantly higher for small ISPs. By about a thousand percent... as a result, small ISPs do not carry the service. If you *want* ESPN3, you have to switch to a big carrier, because you cannot buy an individual subscription to the site.

more than 3 years ago

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