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Is the Concept of 'Cyberspace' Stupid?

slippyblade Re:Just like the "New World" (292 comments)

This is wonderful, wish I had mod points. Well, other than the lack of a spell check.

about a year and a half ago
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As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

slippyblade Re:I have a problem with this... (665 comments)

Except for that little fact that that is how it DID operate for several thousand years. Musicians and authors and performers were paid for their PERFORMANCE. For the one time exhibition of the work, or the one time commission for the portrait or artwork. There is nothing in the world keeping you from buying a chair from me and then copying it for your own use. Well, nothing except for stupid and monopolistic IP laws that is.

Another problem here, if the artist in this article was getting X dollars, what extortionist amount was the label getting?

about a year and a half ago
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As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

slippyblade I have a problem with this... (665 comments)

If I build a chair for someone, I get paid x dollars. If 1000 people sit in that chair I do not get paid 1000x dollars. I've never quite understood why copyright artists get "royalties". You create a song, you perform the song, you get paid. Why should you get paid every single time someone hears your song? As an artist you should not be set for life based on a single miraculously successful song.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon AutoRip — 14 Years Late

slippyblade Re:Nice, but that raises a new question. (215 comments)

That's because, amazingly enough, that's exactly what they did. Many, many E-books are simply OCR'd versions of the print book, which makes almost zero sense.

about a year and a half ago
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Legislators: 'Spaceport America Could Become a Ghost Town'

slippyblade Re:Why not? (143 comments)

You mean your Reagan phone? Oh - sorry. I guess the fact that it's a 30yr old program and it's actually cheaper for the program to provide cell phones than traditional land lines shouldn't make any difference...

about a year and a half ago
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Empty Times Square Building Generates $23 Million a Year From Digital Ads

slippyblade Re:Profit (227 comments)

And I guarantee he, personally, does none of that.

about a year and a half ago
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The Web We Lost

slippyblade Re:Uh...it's still there, you know (255 comments)

I hate it when someone actually explains things in an understandable way but does it from an AC post. Hard to give proper credit that way, ya know? I never knew about Trillian's shortcomings in that area since all the folks I talked to were on AIM and MSN at the time.

about 2 years ago
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The Web We Lost

slippyblade Re:Uh...it's still there, you know (255 comments)

Weird, I remember using Trillian specifically because it supported a bunch of the incompatible IM protocols that the zillion different companies used back in the day.

about 2 years ago
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Has the Mythical Unicorn of Materials Science Finally Been Found?

slippyblade Re:The Invisible Unicorn Argument. (238 comments)

How about this, tell me why you don't believe in Thor, Osiris, or Marduk. I will then apply those exact same reasons to your "god" and they will be equally valid. Considering the several thousand gods known to have been worshipped over the years the difference between us is negligable. I simply believe in one fewer gods than you.

about 2 years ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

slippyblade Attendance "points" (670 comments)

Wrong. Weakness has nothing to do with it. In the states, most large companies anymore have what is called "PTO" Paid Time Off. If you can schedule in advance then you can use those PTO days as vacation, in theory, without penalty. Though they do of course get logged. If you get sick and have to call in last minute, you can usually still be paid from your PTO, but you get "attendance points" for doing so.

You also get "attendance points" if you are late or absent for any reason. After a certain number of "attendance points" you are fired. Regardless of where the points came from. Sick, late, no show. Doesn't matter. So even though you can be sick and still be paid, you will get fired for it in short order. Mind you most places I've worked the PTO accrues at apx .02 hours of PTO per hour worked so roughly an hour a week.

Also, ANY type of advancement or promotion tends to look at used PTO. The more PTO you've used the less likely you are to get raises, promotions, etc. That INCLUDES pre-approved vacation time.

This is from my own experience of course. But it was this way at American Express, Amazon, Go Daddy, AOL, 2Wire, and several other places I've worked.

about 2 years ago
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GOG: How an Indie Game Store Took On the Pirates and Won

slippyblade Re:Love GoG (397 comments)

Agreed, I've spent a lot of money with GoG over the past year. And most of the stuff works just fine off a USB stick so I can take my games with me!

about 2 years ago
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What Nobody Tells You About Being a Game Dev

slippyblade Re:Why? (181 comments)

I keep saying this over and over and over.

Real life is the biggest MMO out there, and strangely enough, I like to do things by myself sometimes. So why shouldn't I be allowed to do stuff by myself in MMO's occasionally. I've played far to many MMO's where you have to be in a group to wipe your ass for crying out loud.

Just because a game has multi-player in the title does NOT mean I should HAVE to be in a group to accomplish every little thing.

about 2 years ago
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Man Arrested At Oakland Airport For Ornate Watch

slippyblade Re:Another Moron (519 comments)

We have always been at war with West Eurasia...

We have never been at war with West Eurasia...

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Charges Sales Tax On "Shipping and Handling"

slippyblade Re:Buy Amazon Prime. (330 comments)

The share they are allowed to keep is minuscule. In Arizona it's apx 0.1% of sales tax collected. It's been a few years since I ran my business so I'm sure the numbers have changed a bit - sorry for a non-exact figure.

about 2 years ago
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Explosive Detecting Devices Face Off With Bomb Dogs

slippyblade Re:dogs vs machines (115 comments)

Because there is far more money to be siphoned off using scanners and spectrometers.

about 2 years ago
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Explosive Detecting Devices Face Off With Bomb Dogs

slippyblade Re:Well.... (115 comments)

Well, anything is better than the 0% of the TSA. Yep - 0%. I've yet to see a single successful catch by the TSA.

about 2 years ago
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DHS Gets Public Comment, Whether It Wants It Or Not

slippyblade Re:Popular vote (228 comments)

Coming INTO the airport is way different than trying to go OUT of it. In the States it is actually illegal to go half-way through security then change your mind and leave. It's illegal to argue with the TSA. Your luggage will be taken from you into another room (out of sight) and then you are interrogated if your luggage has, at any point, been out of your sight. There have been multiple cases of TSA agents stealing stuff from luggage. Let's not even discuss broken colostomy bags, forced ingestion of breast milk, or pat downs of 5 year olds in body casts.

about 2 years ago
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China's Alibaba To Outsell Amazon, eBay Combined

slippyblade Re:What's the big deal (177 comments)

And here's the clincher. The US isn't #1 in *anything* right now except military spending and wealth concentration.

about 2 years ago
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California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled

slippyblade Re:Lobbyists (559 comments)

The labeling is not attempting to itemize what or how an item is modified, that'd be impossible given the obscurity of supply chains these days. A label that simple says, "This food has been genetically engineered", or simply "GMO" so I know what it is. No statements regarding the health, safety, or otherwise. I have the right to know.

about 2 years ago
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California Wants Genetically Modified Foods To Be Labelled

slippyblade Re:Better Label Apples, Ornages, and Bananas... (559 comments)

Huge difference here. Grafting and cross breeding is NOT splicing bacteria or squid or what have you into a nucleus. Do you not see the difference?

Here's a racist example.
        White Guy + Black Girl = dark skinned kid. -- cross breeding - natural - normal
        White Guy + Load in test tube + genetecist = WTF? -- GMO - not natural

about 2 years ago

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