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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

z4ce Re:Copyright law and the first sale doctrine (490 comments)

You'll find that DVD's are nearly twice as expensive as DVD's in the US. Streaming services are extremely limited and even more expensive than DVD.

Definitely agree DVDs are way more expensive there. Although, for rental it seems like both streaming and DVD rental are about $5-6AUD.

Again, I'm wondering what Australia you're talking about here. 2nd hand sales are perfectly legal, I can sell my entire DVD collection, I can even sell my Steam account, hell unlike the US grey importers operate openly and legally in Australia. I can buy a pallet of DVD's in China and sell them to Australian customers with no problems (well I have to pay tax on my sales, like all businesses). Only certain products are prohibited from resale such as even tickets (to crack down on scalpers), sensitive technologies (I.E. military tech) and perishable goods. I can put a half bottle of Vodka up on Gumtree if I wanted to, the only restriction I have is that I cant sell it to minors (the drinking age is 18 over here).

You cannot, however, rent your DVD collection in Australia. That's what I am referring to.

about 7 months ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

z4ce Copyright law and the first sale doctrine (490 comments)

If you go to other countries where the first sale doctrine doesn't apply (like Australia) you'll find the DVD and Streaming rental prices are about the same. I think the reason you see such a discrepancy here in the USA, is that once a company buys a DVD the copyright owner can no longer control its use. With a streaming rental, it is considered distribution and they do require licensing.

about 7 months ago
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Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

z4ce Migration is not easy (140 comments)

The eclipse "export" to gradle function barely works. Importing an eclipse project into Android Studio doesn't really work either. If you create a build.gradle file, that gets you further along, but things in Android Studio still behave funny especially with identifying the "modules." In the end, if you're looking at migrating I strongly recommend just creating a new project and copying your source and resource files into the latest android file structure and gradle build system.

about 7 months ago
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Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

z4ce Re:Slow (140 comments)

If you want to mix projects you have to use IntellJ with the "Android-plugin" instead of Android Studio.

about 7 months ago
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Iconic Predator-Prey Study In Peril

z4ce Did anyone else read this as Iconic Study In Perl? (84 comments)

$moose = Moose->new()
$wolf = Wolf->new()

($mutant_moose1, $mutant_moose2) = Land::split($wolf);
($mutant_wolf1, $mutant_wolf2) = Land::split($wolf);

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

z4ce Plan and proposal (308 comments)

If you think the code needs to be refactored, come up with a plan and a proposal to do that.

It could be this individual is well respect for their ability to come up with ideas and realize through prototypes and not necessarily create long-term maintainable code.

about 9 months ago
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Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

z4ce Public minded government? (537 comments)

"no bank or bitcoin-emitter can be as public-minded as a government"?? Hahaha.. is that a joke? The government is hardly "public-minded." The government is just self-interested as any other entity plus they have a monopoly on violent force..

about a year ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

z4ce Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

They will just stop working or never become CEOs.. or start their own companies instead and get paid in equity.. it would be devastatingly stupid to cap CEO pay.

about a year ago
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Wikileaks Aiding Snowden - Chinese Social Media Divided - Relations Strained

z4ce Re:Done us all a favor (629 comments)

If you haven't, you should read Isaiah Berlin's "Two Concepts of Liberty." He lays the case out for liberty from government interference extremely well.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

z4ce Keep the law confined to justice (694 comments)

"Here I encounter the most popular fallacy of our times. It is not considered sufficient that the law should be just; it must be philanthropic. Nor is it sufficient that the law should guarantee to every citizen the free and inoffensive use of his faculties for physical, intellectual, and moral self-improvement. Instead, it is demanded that the law should directly extend welfare, education, and morality throughout the nation." Frederic Bastiat

Here is my recommendation. If you want a party of Justice focus on making the law just and avoid making it philanthropic. You'll never have both.

Ian

about a year and a half ago
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Bosch Finds Solar Business Unprofitable, Exits

z4ce Re:Unprofitable (477 comments)

OK.. in the real world name examples where "predatory" pricing has been effective.. go ahead.. start now..

about a year and a half ago
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Bosch Finds Solar Business Unprofitable, Exits

z4ce Re:Unprofitable (477 comments)

And then.. someone new enters the market.. and consumers got great deals on the cars at the expense of the "Evil Car Corporation"

about a year and a half ago
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Bosch Finds Solar Business Unprofitable, Exits

z4ce Re:Unprofitable (477 comments)

I hate it when countries make stuff for us for free or below cost. Maybe we should punish them buy sending them some free/discounted stuff. I'm sure that will teach them a lesson they won't soon forget.

about a year and a half ago
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Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

z4ce Re:Familiarity (943 comments)

Note the GAO says it will save the GOVERNMENT billions of dollars. Ask yourself.. how is that possible?

Here is how it is possible. The GAO is projecting that the dollar coins will be stored in jars -- exactly because they are undesirable.

So here is how it makes the government money. Treasury creates coin. The treasury deposits coin with federal reserve effectively buying coin for $1 (treasury makes 98 cent profit or so), Coin is distributed to a bank, a bank gives a business, business gives it to a customer.. customer throws it in a jar for several years. Tada. The US government just made a dollar, hey, hey.

about 2 years ago
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Fox's Attempt To Block Ad-skipping TV Recorder Autohop Fails

z4ce Re:I remember when... (142 comments)

The cost of things goes down all the time. Look no further than the computer you are typing on.

If you adjust for inflation, you have to work to find examples of things that have increased in price.

If the cost goes down, supply at the previous price goes up (increase profits!). The increase in supply will cause the supply and demand curves to shift, and then you have a lower price.

Of course, this never works for insurance because humans are programmed for risk. So if you make the car safer, you make the human more risky -- risk homeostasis.

about 2 years ago
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Algorithmic Trading Glitch Costs Firm $440 Million

z4ce Re:HFT for dummies (377 comments)

So here is the argument I've heard against HFTs: in most circumstances the buyer and seller would have found each and exchanged peer-to-peer less than a second later if the HFT didn't see the order and intercept it first.

This seems to be backed up by the fact they seem to purchase special data feeds from the market that gives them an earlier peek at the data than everyone else. When an HFT works between different exchanges to execute a trade, I can't see why anyone would see a downside.

Is there some value-add step I am missing there?

more than 2 years ago

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