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Sony Pictures CEO Thinks the Net Wasn't Worth It

zxnos Re:I dunno... (562 comments)

you are clearly not an artist. production, no matter the media, takes time. and lots of it to be good. a good movie isnt filmed in an afternoon. a good painting or sculpture has a handful of iterations, each costing money in time and materials. with good art you are also paying for practice. your favorite band did not wake up one day and produce a hit album. they spent years practicing and writing songs.

my favorite explanation for why things cost they way they do comes from the carpenter who fixed the sqeaky floor that the homeowner couldnt, no matter how hard he tried:

cost of nail: $.10
knowing where to place the nail: $59.90

total due: $60.00

production takes time and money. the internet is not the only medium for art. if it really is one in the first place.

i cant stand how ignorant people are when they try to justify getting something for nothing. you probably expect to get paid for flipping burgers, show some respect and pay someone who creates a work of art you enjoy, no matter how 'easy' and 'free' it is to reproduce.

finally, the relevant clause for your review:
"To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries; "

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Pictures CEO Thinks the Net Wasn't Worth It

zxnos Re:I dunno... (562 comments)

no offense, but who pays for software that doesnt work and requires continuous support? is it that poorly written/hard to figure out?

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Pictures CEO Thinks the Net Wasn't Worth It

zxnos Re:What people want is progress in art and science (562 comments)

i was going to make a snide comment, but you gave me a wonderful idea for an art installation. thank you. (still think you are an idiot)

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Pictures CEO Thinks the Net Wasn't Worth It

zxnos Re:Well, it all makes sense (562 comments)

yeah, who does sony pictures think they are? spending millions to produce a film and expecting people to pay to see it, so they can then make another film people might enjoy... bastards!

i have a feeling they could care less if you made some dopey little film in your mom's basement and then distributed it yourself.

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Hosting a Highly Inflammatory Document?

zxnos sorry... (471 comments)

sorry dude, you are already under investigation...

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To the extent there are taxes, I mostly favor ...

zxnos Re:Business focus, not consumer focus... (913 comments)

The worst thing we did under the Bush years is make it so that a full 40% of the population no longer has any stake in government spending. That's way too big of a chunk of population to have expecting that someone else will pay for their free stuff.

wait, i thought he raised taxes on the poor and reduced them on the wealthy. so is it that 40% of the highest earners no longer pay taxes? actually, the bottom 40% of earners do have a stake in government spending. it is called all of their 'free stuff' besides, isnt it a sign of a developed nation to help those less fortunate? what better way than to eliminate income taxes? now, if only we can make it so that 40% doesnt have to pay social security and medicare.

personally, i think it is a sick country that (before deduction, credits etc) skims 25.3% off the income of the lowest earners and 40.3% off of the average households income. look up payroll taxes(both employee and employer contribution), tax brackets and household income.

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Norfolk Police Officers To Be Tagged To Improve Response Times

zxnos Re:Real world learning from video games? (150 comments)

couldnt this go horribly wrong?

i know a guy who used to be a sniper and he said that he had to be extremely careful with communications devices for fear he could give up his position in the field. essentially the enemy could conceivably monitor for communications and determine general locations.

granted local police and the military are different. yet, couldnt a troublemaker get a hold of this information and use it to their advantage?

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Microsoft Begs Win 7 Testers To Clean Install

zxnos Re:Why not always clean install? (420 comments)

whatever man. imho, those people out there who cant replace their own muffler belt and use dpkg to force the installation of the latest windows build are worthless.

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CFLs Causing Utility Woes

zxnos Re:Still... (859 comments)

i did the same 6 years ago and have only replaced one. that one came over from a floor lamp in my apartment. the other apartment cfls (and new) are still going.

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Conviction of Sen. Ted Stevens Is Thrown Out

zxnos Re:Is He Guilty (440 comments)

what is really annoying here is that there are people in the legal system who think they don't have to follow the rules. chilling.

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How Do I Make My Netbook More Manly?

zxnos Re:Stickers... (993 comments)

no, no, speed holes are the new rage.

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$6 Billion Proposal For High-Speed Internet Grants

zxnos Re:Nationalise the networks (280 comments)

from what i understand the government is buying up troubled assets (TARP) from banks and whatnot to get them off the banks books. in return the government gets equity warrants which allows the government to purchase non-voting shares (which probably may or may not be preferred) in the bank from which it bought the troubled assets.

this really all goes back to how our finance system works. normally a bank has 'x' dollars to lend out. once they lend out the 'x' they package up those loans and sell them to someone else. now the bank has more money to loan out. problem is, no one wanted to by debt anymore since many people have been defaulting on those loans.

here is a basic place to start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troubled_Assets_Relief_Program

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IRS Eyeballing Virtual World Tax Policies

zxnos Re:bullshit doublespeak: voluntary tax compliance (226 comments)

The vast majority of the complexity in the tax code comes from figuring out what exactly qualifies as income. Flat tax proposals like yours address none of the complexity issues.

hate to use this phrase but: paradigm, please get out of the box and leave.

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IRS Eyeballing Virtual World Tax Policies

zxnos Re:Always looking for a pocket to pick... (226 comments)

On the other hand, if they want to take my Everquest Gold, or my World Of Warcraft Epic Mount, they can byte my virtual posterior. It doesn't exist, it can't be taxed.

does that mean that the music on my digital music play doesnt exist? or the words i see on the screen in front of me don't exist?

dood! have you ever looked at your HANDS?

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IRS Eyeballing Virtual World Tax Policies

zxnos Re:feh (226 comments)

what is so hard about a line that says: "enter income here (all sources)_________ * x% = income tax paid." then the government can define income as: wages, tips, dividends, etc. see your first point.

taxes on goods would work the similar to how it does now. new goods are taxed, used goods are not. it discourages waste. necessities are not taxed (food).

last i checked, services weren't taxed. the services provider pays taxes on what they are paid to provide a service. i don't charge clients taxes for my professional services. though, what i have to pay in taxes are calculated into what i charge.

better, i think, if you only charge a sale tax then you get taxes from hookers, drug dealers, "rich" people buying caviar etc.

morally, i think, taxes, as a percentage, should be equal. i shouldnt pay a higher (or lower) percentage of my income because of some magic number the government pulls out of its cornhole.

however, i should be able to give the government more money if i want to. do high tax advocates do that? i havent met any that do.

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Windows 7 Beta Released To Public After Delay

zxnos Re:Why 32-bit? (848 comments)

what was that quote about ram/memory?

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Another Attempt At Using the Courts To Suppress an Online Review

zxnos Re:Chiropractors are quacks anyway (180 comments)

i know a guy who used to suffer back pain. he was tall and drove a tiny car. he had to sit funny so his head wouldnt rub the ceiling liner. he was always going to the chiropractor.

then he bought a larger car in which he could sit normally.

no more chiropractor. anecdotal. posture.

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Musicians Protest Use Of Songs By US Jailers

zxnos hmm.... (210 comments)

..maybe they should quit bitching and write better music. :)

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FCC Commissioner Lauds DRM, ISP Filtering

zxnos Re:Where's an economist when you need one? (217 comments)

lets see if i follow this.

1. someone does not desire a product
2. product becomes free
3. product is now desired

if i dont desire a new blender, i wont take one just because it is free. same with music or software. if i dont want something, even if it is free, i am not going to listen to a tune or play a game.

it really comes down to price point. digital things are harder for people to rationalize since you don't have a great big hunk of stuff hanging on your wall after you drop a bunch of cash for photoshop.

i am an architect, the real kind, that designs buildings. anyway many clients feel the same way about drawings for a house. they don't want to spend 20k+ for a roll of paper and ink. they forget about all of the hours that go into producing that roll of drawings. similar to software and music.

now i havent actually taken econ 101, but my guess is that if you provide a product for free, you wont be in business very long. at least not in business to make money.

i just think people should be respectful of other peoples time and effort. if someone wants to create something and charge for it. that is their choice. you should pay for it if you want to benefit from their labor.

if someone wants to spend time creating something and give it away for free, that is also a choice.

for the record i think drm is wrong. also think the whole piracy != losses is a convenient rationalization.

more than 5 years ago

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zxnos zxnos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

zxnos writes "In a bold move McDonald's has filed a patent for a "method and apparatus for making a sandwich". I am pretty sure I have heard of these "sandwiches" before.

A choice sample of the article: A "bread component" is then placed over the cavity and the assembly tool "inverted" to tip out the contents. "Typically, a sandwich filling will thereafter be placed in the bread component," the 55-page patent explains. "Often the sandwich filling is the source of the name of the sandwich, for example — ham sandwich.""

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