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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

tgeek Re:The real crime here (456 comments)

Now is a 33 month prison sentence fair for gross stupidity? /shrug I've heard of worse . . .

Fair? Put fair aside a moment. What will the result of putting him in prison be? Will it improve society in any way? Odds are sharply against it.

Who said prison sentences are supposed to improve society? Yeah, it'd be great if somehow they did. But the reality is in most cases it's to deter or prevent some action from occurring again. That action may be something affecting society as a whole, or could be as specific as an individual.

For example, let's say some otherwise rational guy has some personal grudge or vendetta against ME and ME alone. Every night he comes and breaks out one of my windows. Police catch him and give him a warning. Next night the police catch him breaking another one of my windows. Why shouldn't he get some jail time for that? It's not affecting society as a whole, just me.

Now, do I like the MPAA/RIAA or the laws supporting their failing business models? Nope. But when somebody like this Philip Danks is caught and warned that he needs to stop doing what he's doing, and he flagrantly ignores such warnings . . . then I suppose those groups have a right to expect the laws to be more strongly enforced (regardless of how I feel about the groups or the laws)

5 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

tgeek Re:The real crime here (456 comments)

Nah, the real crime here is . . . STUPIDITY:

1. He failed to sufficiently anonymize his upload and got caught (I'm unclear if he was caught from his p2p or physical sales though).
2. When he DID get caught, he didn't cease doing something that would land him in jail
3. We can (and have!) debated all day long about the morality of p2p sharing . . . but he went a step further and was monetarily profiting from his acts (albeit via physical media as opposed to p2p sharing). I think it's safe to say most people don't agree with this.

Now is a 33 month prison sentence fair for gross stupidity? /shrug I've heard of worse . . .

5 days ago
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Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

tgeek Re:what's an iPad? (50 comments)

Let me just clarify, that sure fine, Apple developers earn more money from apps. But when your developing a free app that is purely an interface for your hardware it's best not to disclude 90% of the market because you bought a first gen iPad from Steve Jobs for $900.

Nicely said. It never ceases to me amaze me how so many app developers think the millenia old business strategy of "expand your markets" doesn't apply to them.

about a month ago
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Heinz Zemanek Passes At 94

tgeek Father of Computer Puns? (52 comments)

Maybe that's his greatest contribution. Possibly he's what inspired the Unix name to be a play on Multics, C to be a play on BPL, and the literally uncountable other successor puns (in the *nix-verse alone!)?

about a month ago
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How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

tgeek Re:Discovered? (183 comments)

Yep! Leave it to our government to totally bypass the faster-than-light propulsions systems, advanced life support and other amazing alien technology and go straight for the techs to make cheap, pocket-sized AM radios! (probably subbed the research out to GE)

about 2 months ago
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Amaya Gaming Buys PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker For $4.9 Billion

tgeek Re:This ban on gambling, porn, etc (52 comments)

With all due respect, I don't think you've known very many gambling addicts. Gambling can be a very real addiction - very similar to alcohol or other chemical dependencies. It's not simply a matter of financial irresponsibility or needing to "learn a lesson". Financial ruin is no more or less likely to help a problem gambler than a DUI conviction or loss of a job will help an alcoholic. Sure, it *might* provide that moment of clarity needed to realize they need help . . . or it may send them deeper into their addiction.

about 2 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

tgeek First Aid Certification (301 comments)

. . . the missing choice.

about 3 months ago
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

tgeek Re:This is going to be fun to watch... (378 comments)

What do you mean "exit dense urban spaces"? This sounds like a service designed for the wide open, upper class suburbs where the purchaser wouldn't blink at paying a premium charge for drone delivery - chances of it being practical in an urban setting are virtually nil.

about 9 months ago
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NASA's Next Frontier: Growing Plants On the Moon

tgeek Re:How much will it cost me? (193 comments)

Pretty cheap since the first thing they'll do after delivering the plants is apply for farm subsidies . . .

about 9 months ago
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In an arcade with only the following games ...

tgeek Re:Mmmm.... Pinball (283 comments)

Going with pinball for similar reasons . . . and hopefully the choice of machines would be from, what for me, is the Golden Age of pinball: late 70's to mid-80's when the machines were still all mechanical but the scoring was electronic. A few favorites from my rusty ol' memory: Alien (damn it seemed wide!), Six Million Dollar Man, and Playboy. Seems all the "current" -- gotta put that in quotes because I'm honestly not aware of when the last new machines were produced -- are all too gimmicky and convoluted. (If the rules don't fit on that little paper card near one of the flipper buttons, it's too complicated! LOL)

about 9 months ago
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I'd rather be spied on by ...

tgeek Re:Gotta Go With Cuba (324 comments)

It's been my assumption that by far the largest purchasers of such info is US companies . . . with the Cuban trade embargo still going on it may not be that easy for them to find a purchaser . . . or my assumption may be incorrect.

about 9 months ago
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I'd rather be spied on by ...

tgeek Gotta Go With Cuba (324 comments)

Because quite frankly, what the hell could they do with any info they gathered about me? Exploit it for propaganda purposes? /shrug

about 9 months ago
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Aussie Company Planning To Use Drones For Textbook Delivery

tgeek Oh The Humanity!!!!!! (178 comments)

" . . . as God is my witness, i thought textbooks could fly . . . "

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Another Stab At Tablets, Unveils Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro

tgeek MS Tablet Strategy (381 comments)

Is like a broken Coke machine . . . maybe if they keep putting one more quarter in it, they'll finally get a cool refreshing drink . . .

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

tgeek Re:MythTV Integration anyone? (510 comments)

That's pretty much going to be my litmus test before considering one. Currently using a myth backend with XBMC for frontends . . . if I could use a SteamOS machine as a frontend for watching recordings, and it has other HTPC capabilities similar to XBMC (I hate the myth frontend for anything except watching TV) then it could be a serious contender to replace my XBMC boxes.

about a year ago
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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

tgeek Not Me Personally . . . (410 comments)

. . . but I've had to setup dialup modems on a number of AT&T supplied routers for installation & maintenance. Or more precisely, dig up a POTS line for their tech to plug their dialup modem into.

about a year ago
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45% of U.S. Jobs Vulnerable To Automation

tgeek Duh (625 comments)

At what point will we start seeing legislation forbidding the automation of certain industries?

The day we can automatic politics . . .

about a year ago
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When it comes to (download) bandwidth needs, I require..

tgeek Re:Young whippersnappers! (279 comments)

I'm old enough to remember and have used those ASR-33's as well. But my preferred terminal at the time was a DECwriter. Most of them at the uni I was at were only capable of 110 baud (Gandalf modems fault, not the DECwriter). So if I managed to sit down at one setup for 300 baud I was gonna do me some serious computin'!!!!!! There were a few 1200 baud units around, but the handshaking was so fubar'ed on those they were useless . . . Ah, the good ol' days!

1 year,13 days
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Signs Point To XKCD's Time Ending

tgeek Re:The concept of a geek card (226 comments)

I'm not so sure that's a very good analogy.

OHHHH!!! We're doing analogies! Then we need the obligatory Slashdot buffet and car analogies:

XKCD is like an all-you-can-eat buffet . . . where you can pick and choose what pleases you, and you can share with your friends . . . er, wait a minute, sharing is frowned upon at most buffet establishments . . . scratch that analogy . . .

XKCD is like your car . . . er, well, not really . . . no comic strip has ever left me stranded on the side of a highway in West Texas for 4 hours . . .

Come to think of it, I'm liking the tattoo analogy more and more!

1 year,29 days
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French Parliament Votes To Give Priority To Free Software

tgeek Well Shit! (98 comments)

We can forget about such similar legislation ever passing in the US . . . ain't no way in hell we're gonna (knowingly) follow France in anything!

about a year ago

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