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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

s0nicfreak Bad idea for a supermarket. It would be better at (165 comments)

a gym. If you're unhappy with your shape at a supermarket, you'll probably buy less, but at a gym they can be all "we'll get you into the shape you WANT to be!"

4 days ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

s0nicfreak Re:Prices change based on how you get there (163 comments)

This only works if your average customer is buying enough to make giving them deals worth it. Most small businesses probably don't need enough banners to make it worth it.

4 days ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

s0nicfreak Re:I can't stand coupons (163 comments)

There are actually many people who feel superior by not using coupons. They believe coupons are for poor people, or as said above, people with too much free time. Why would the store not take an extra .50 profit from those people, and the people who just don't feel like cutting out the coupon?

4 days ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

s0nicfreak Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (160 comments)

Plus, a Walmart streaming service where all of your favorite shows/movies could be viewed for half the monthly price of Netflix. Of course, none of the money would go to the people who actually made the shows. Just to Walmart. And it would be priced intentionally low so that it would make financial sense for people to buy them from Walmart and not from anyone else. (Just like how Walmart does to other stores when they open up.)

Unless Walmart has some magical way to get all new movies before they are released, people will get them from the creators first; and if there's no DRM on there, they'd have no reason to re-buy them from Walmart. What would happen is that some popular creators would sign deals with Walmart, saying that they give all new content to Walmart. But then once Walmart releases them, they'd be put up on torrent sites and such.

And even if it did turn out the way you say, why would that be bad? That would encourage competition. If anyone can stream all the same shows, they have to lure customers in with other things - interface, speed, video/audio quality, etc. Netflix pretty much has a monopoly on streaming American shows right now, Crunchyroll on Japanese shows. And that's not good because there is little reason for them to innovate. Amazon streaming video has Nickelodeon shows, but I only watch stuff that is free with Prime - if not for the other features of Amazon Prime, I'd do without. Two shows I watch stream on their own websites the day of airing, and I watch them on there rather than Netflix to see them faster.

If anything, the reasons for copyright are more alive than ever. It's the copyright term length that's messed up - not the existence of copyright itself. 14 years + a one-time 14 year renewal would be more than enough for anyone to make whatever profit there is to be made off of a work.

Then we'd just live in a world where everything is revamped every 14 years, so that companies can keep their copyright. All those horrible movies based on 70s & 80s cartoons that have been released in recent years? Imagine nothing but that, forever.

4 days ago
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Tetris Is Hard To Test

s0nicfreak Re:Nonsense -- make your own test suite (169 comments)

Because it's much cheaper to give the game to some voluntary beta testers (or nowadays... early buyers) to do some normal use testing than to pay a programmer to force a sequence of pieces or premake a board?

5 days ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

s0nicfreak Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (160 comments)

Why would customers buy the "re-release" rather than buying from the creator - unless the creator is stupid and releasing it in a way that is less accessible than the big companies? Copyright was a necessity in a world where only the big companies could get things out to the public, and where they could do it much easier; where you had to press a fuckton of DVDs to sell your film, where you had to get a major publisher to release your film in theaters and get it on cable tv. But now, when every Tom, Dick and Harry can distribute his film via the internet, and customers prefer it that way vs DVDs, theaters and cable, and all the "big companies" are doing is fighting a battle long ago lost to keep DVD, theaters and tv alive; copyright is silly.

I'm not saying there should be NO laws. Maybe just a major revamp of copyright would work. But copyright as it stands, in today's world, is both silly and non-functional. I say change things before the last people get over the idea that "violating copyright is wrong because it's illegal" and "Since it's illegal, I could be punished for violating copyright." Because THOSE are the reasons that the majority of people who don't violate copyright don't do it. And even a lot of those people have violated it one time or another without even realizing it, because it's so archaic.

5 days ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

s0nicfreak Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

Come on now, who among us does not regularly drive down the highway for 15 hours straight while pissing in a bottle?

about a week ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

s0nicfreak Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (160 comments)

If we didn't have copyright, what would stop someone from taking some big content item (be it a movie, book, song, etc), repackaging it (ripping the song and burning it to DVD, scanning the book and reprinting it, etc) and selling it without giving the creator any money?

Uh, even though copyright exists, this is happening.

about two weeks ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

s0nicfreak Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (160 comments)

Honestly, when I first started pirating - really until Don’t Copy That Floppy came along - I saw it as the same as lending a book to a friend. It was just that now with the wonders of modern technology, we could both have it at the same time!

about two weeks ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

s0nicfreak Hmmm, is Lisa Simpson (474 comments)

27 or is she 8?

about two weeks ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

s0nicfreak Re:Im concerned for my anime girlfriend (474 comments)

Well if you go by the "1 dog year = 7 human years" rule then she only has to be 3.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

s0nicfreak Re:Whaa?? (249 comments)

Personally, I don't have time to keep up with everything I'm interested in. And sometimes, I'd really have to go searching. I don't have time to google "are there any Lego events within a 50 mile radius of me in the next few months" every day in the hopes that information about a new one is now online, but when I was sent an advertisement by mail about a new one, I was glad I found out about it ahead of time (and not when people were posting pictures of it online and it was too late to get a ticket or over already).

about three weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

s0nicfreak Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

That's great if you have enough money to always immediately buy/do what you desire. Personally I usually look into something, and then have to wait a few weeks or months to buy/do it. If I'm saving up for a $300 item, and I'm saving $50 a week, and then on week 3 I see an ad saying it's on sale for the next two days at $150, I'm going to be very happy that I saw that ad.

Or if it's something I looked into and then decided it's too expensive, but am willing to pay less for it, an ad can be helpful. This happened last Christmas; my daughter wanted a certain toy, it was $90, that was way too expensive and I said she'd probably never get the toy. But when it went on a flash sale for $10, and I saw an ad for that, I was able to get it for her.

Ads also show me that oh, Amazon has that item I was looking for, great, since I have Prime that means I can get free shipping. And ads show me RELATED items that I didn't know existed, but which are helpful to use along with or instead of the items I already know about.

There's also ads for things that can't be bought just once. Children's clothes. Consumables. Materials for my business. Yes, when I need these things I usually research them myself; but if there's a random sale when I'm not looking, or a site I don't know about selling them for cheaper than I usually pay, great!

about three weeks ago
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New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

s0nicfreak Re:mostly clarity (138 comments)

What if a person achieves "clarity" that they really should end it all?

Well then they can kill themselves. I don't understand the point of forcing someone to live a shitty life (or a life where they feel shitty) that they don't want to live. Sure, other people might be sad for a little while. But they'll get over it. So in my book, it's better than forcing someone to live in depression for who-knows-how-many-years.

about a month ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

s0nicfreak Re:Not about ease, about authority (231 comments)

When I was in school, we just had a PIN, no id card needed, no id from the cashier needed. Yes, we could give that PIN to friends, but if you did that every day, your parents would notice the lunch account was draining twice as fast as it should and ask you what was up. I suppose we could have forgotten the PIN, but it's a few numbers that a kid uses way more often than their address, and we expect a kid to remember their address.

about a month and a half ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

s0nicfreak Re:Bring a lunch yourself? (231 comments)

So how are these kids surviving over summer vacation?

about a month and a half ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

s0nicfreak Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

The thing is, no difference is seen between "driving" and "sitting completely still in a traffic jam for 40 minutes."

about a month and a half ago

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Just broke the streak!

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I grew tired of digg a couple of years ago and now I have grown tired of reddit. Should I come back here or just give up completely?

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Keepin my "not commented since 2003" streak alive!

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

But considering sending the RSS feed to my Kindle...

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It's been a long time since I rock n rolled

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 6 years ago Wow. I haven't made a comment since 2003.
I use to come here daily. Now I don't really care because the news is on digg before it gets here.

I feel bad that I don't care.

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