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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

meta-monkey Re:about time (151 comments)

I'm just wondering what the catch is.

1 hour ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

meta-monkey Re:North Korea (225 comments)

That is the smartest thing I've ever heard.

Still, the bandwidth over the tin can and string NK uses to connect to the internet might not be that great...

1 hour ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

meta-monkey Re: These idiots remain idiotic (225 comments)

You'd need offline viewing capabilities, and Netflix has said they will never offer that.

Regardless, they need to learn from music. Unencumbered MP3s have been available for purchase for years now, and the music industry has not collapsed. It's amazing, you give somebody an easy to use and high-enough quality format that will work on all their devices for a reasonable price and they'll buy them.

If they did the same thing with movies, I'd buy them. As is, with the DRMed crap, I will not, because I cannot play their files on the 12 different types of devices I have for watching movies.

1 hour ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

meta-monkey Re:Nonsense (225 comments)

With that kind of track record, the goons don't even need to bother with the $5 wrench.

1 hour ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

meta-monkey Re:Go ahead (225 comments)

Once this fails, their next plan will be to try to clog the tubes.

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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

meta-monkey Re:Go ahead (225 comments)

or editing a hosts file

Great, now APK has another bullet point for his shitposts...

3 hours ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

meta-monkey Re:Does the job still get done? (475 comments)

I understand that, but still, there's no incentive to wait tables. Certainly not with any regularity. On Star Trek, food, clothes, housing, all free. (I do wonder, though, how they apportion real estate. You can't replicate ocean front property, and I imagine that would still be desirable). You could go for a walk in the park, you could play in a holonovel, hang out with friends, write a song, play kadis-kot. Why on earth would you show up for a shift as a table waiter? There's no emotional or intellectual gratification.

I suppose in the actual future there will be no waiters. Just robots that bring you your food. And they'll probably get your order right every time and not spill water on you.

3 hours ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

meta-monkey Re:Does the job still get done? (475 comments)

They just beam the poop out of your colon.

4 hours ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

meta-monkey Re:Does the job still get done? (475 comments)

Highest paid job in the future: septic tank cleaner. $10 million/year.

5 hours ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

meta-monkey Re:Does the job still get done? (475 comments)

Who cleans the toilets on the starship Enterprise?

I also always wondered about the waiters at restaurants on Star Trek. Nobody needs to work. There's free energy and free food. I totally get the idea that some people would choose to submit to a military hierarchy for a chance to explore the galaxy and conduct research, treat the sick, engineer great things. Give me free everything and I'd still write code. I enjoy it. I'd do more, not less!

But you still see people do shit jobs on Star Trek. I understand perhaps the barber on the Enterprise, or the waiters in Ten Forward. You want a ride on the starship, but you're not smart enough to get through the academy, so you sign on as a waiter. But there were still people doing this kind of shit on earth. Like at Sisko's dad's restaurant. Who the hell, given the wonders of the future, free of want and worry, says "I'm going to go wait tables for 8 hours at a stretch!"

Maybe they get paid a lot. Maybe that's the answer to the "10% of people working" thing. Those people are paid a shit-ton. They get way more resources than everybody else. And they're the ones doing the worst jobs. Perhaps the janitor really will be the highest paid employee at the company.

5 hours ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

meta-monkey Re:The Pirate Bay (293 comments)

Actually it totally will, because if I'm accused of theft but was in fact committing copyright infringement, the case will be thrown out because copyright infringement is not theft. Not according to the dictionary, not according to the plain words of the law, not according to the Supreme Court. You lose. Thank you for playing.

5 hours ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

meta-monkey Re:The Pirate Bay (293 comments)

No, no it really isn't and they really aren't. If I copy something I wasn't going to buy anyway, the copyright holder is out precisely zero dollars. Not a single dime has been taken from his wallet.

I know you wish it were theft! I know you really do! But it just isn't, and no amount of wishing the definitions of theft and copyright infringement were the same will make it reality.

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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

meta-monkey Re:The Pirate Bay (293 comments)

Also, remember that we, the copiers, are the ones with the fundamental right. If you sing a song, I have an unalienable free speech right to sing the same song. Just because you sung it first doesn't give you the right to use force (your own or through government) to shut me up. I have a right to use my copy machine to copy the book you wrote, the movie you produced, the song you recorded (so long as I did not commit theft of actual property or trespass to obtain the source material).

So we as a society can encourage you to create, though, we will permit you a limited monopoly on reproduction so you can make a profit. This is a voluntary curtailment of my natural rights to free speech and use of my physical property. But only so long as the terms are agreeable and the enforcement is reasonable. I need to get something for what I'm giving up. But once you go power-mad and demand 90+ years of monopoly instead of 14, start spying on people, hacking their computers, blocking access to websites, criminalizing use and modification of property I own, throwing people in jail, so you can make billions on pop garbage then no. Fuck it. Not worth it. Let's go back to the natural rights. I'll keep my right to copy and you can keep your right to suck it. If you can't make a profit, boo-fucking-hoo. I don't need Action Blockbuster #324123 or Teen Pop Idol 14 badly enough to let you do those things to me.

If you want to be reasonable, we can talk. But if you're get too big on yourself and forget who actually has the natural rights here, and that we are doing you a favor by curtailing those rights, for which you should be eternally grateful, then like you said. Contract breached. Null and void. Fuck 'em.

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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

meta-monkey Re:The Pirate Bay (293 comments)

But I do. If you sing a song, I have a fundamental right, my unalienable right to free speech, to sing that same song. Just because you sung it first doesn't mean shit. You do not have a fundamental, unalienable right to shut me up. I'm not depriving you of life, liberty or property. You have no right to use force (your own or through the government) to squash my right to free speech.

I have personal property rights, to use my property the way I see fit (as long as such use does not trespass upon the fundamental rights of another). I own a copy machine, a personal computer. If you write a book and release it, I have a right to use my copy machine to copy it. Same with a movie, or a song, or any damn thing I please. It's my copy machine, and you do not have a right to come smash it up or prevent me from using it.

Now, I understand that if you don't have a limited monopoly on reproduction of your work, you're not going to be inclined to create works because you cannot profit from them. So, I am willing to submit to the creation of a legal fiction, copyright, that curtails my speech and actual property rights in favor of your manufactured, fictional "right." But only for so long, and only under terms with which I am comfortable. But if the terms are too onerous, too costly, require me to abrogate more of my rights than I deem acceptable, then go fuck yourself.

And that's what's happened with the copyright cartels. They've got everybody confused about who actually has the rights here. They've got people thinking the copyright holder has the real, fundamental rights and they should be allowed to do whatever they want to protect those "rights." Spy on people, hack their computers (Sony rootkit I'm looking at you), use tax dollars to throw people in jail and raid their servers, block access to websites, make compliance with shaky takedown notices mandatory, criminalize me for breaking restrictions that allow me to use my devices I own.

Fuck 'em. Not worth it. Let's go back to the natural rights. You get no monopoly on reproduction of content you produce and you have no power to curtail my free speech and (real) property rights. If that means you can't make money on shitastic summer blockbuster #34224 so be it. I don't need the creation of new commercial work that badly. Or we can flip it around and make people pay up front. Want to make Iron Man 4? Okay, I'd pay to see that. Hold a kickstarter. I'll chip in $20. Hell I gave $150 on indigogo for Star Trek: Renegades. If you reach your $200 million funding goal, the movie gets made and released to the public for anybody to copy. There we go. You still get paid, you still make your work, and my rights are in tact.

Now if you want to play fair, that's fine. Then we can talk. Limited curtailment of my rights so you can have a reproduction monopoly. Say, 14 years. And violation of these terms is a civil matter, not criminal. And you can't spy on me, and you can't throw me in jail for modifying property I own. Then we'll be all right.

But don't forget who has the rights here. Me. The copier. Not you.

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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

meta-monkey Re:The Pirate Bay (293 comments)

It's even better these days. The movie goes on my plex media server. I don't insert a DVD, I just press a button on my xbox controller.

Even anything I do buy legally, I'm still going to either rip or download a torrent for because nobody can give me a file I can play on whatever one of my devices is most convenient for me. I've got Xbox, Apple TV, an iPad, an Android device, a mac, three linux machines and a windows PC. If I want to view the content I paid for, my only option is ripping/downloading it.

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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

meta-monkey Re:The Pirate Bay (293 comments)

That's fine, but getting something without paying for it isn't theft. From wikipedia "theft is the taking of another person's property without that person's permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it." By copying you do not deprive the rightful owner of it. The owner still has their copy.

You can call copyright infringement "theft" until you're blue in the face, but it won't make it theft. Copyright infringement is copyright infringement. Theft is theft. The two are not the same.

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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

meta-monkey Re:The Pirate Bay (293 comments)

From what imaginary land did you conjure this "right to have control over your work?" So if you say something first, you should have control over the ability of anyone else to ever say the same thing? What about my right to free speech? If you sing a song, and then I sing the same song, you get to shut me up?

That right doesn't exist. For a car analogy, if you build a car, you don't get the right to control where the purchaser can or cannot drive it. Copyright is a legal fiction, not a right.

If I want to use my copy machine to make a copy of something George Lucas made, I'm not infringing on any natural right of George's. He, using the police power of government, is infringing upon my natural right to use my copy machine, my property.

Now, in order to encourage people like George to produce works like Star Wars for me to enjoy and copy, I'm willing to forgo my natural right to copy for a limited period of time such that he may profit off his creation. To this end we will create a legal fiction called "copyright." But don't forget who has the actual rights here. My right to copy using my property is the fundamental, natural right. The force of government that prevents me from copying is a legal fiction, not the enforcement of a natural right.

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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

meta-monkey Re:Apple is more anonymous (157 comments)

But since your iPad is freely accepting cookies and blocking no ads or anything else, you're just as trackable by traditional methods. Damned if you do...

2 days ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

meta-monkey Re:Just wondering... (416 comments)

I'm so sorry for your loss.

5 days ago

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