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Comment Re:Not about the free market (Score 1) 901

"Claiming that one is pro-free speech while supporting a company that engages in draconian censorship (not merely "supports their right to", but actually supports and patronizes and defends the companies) is akin to claiming to be against racism whilst patronizing and vocally defending a private golf club that doesn't allow black people to enter. Just because they're not the government doesn't magically make it not racism."

You have a very warped, entitled view of companies' right to censor content they choose. Free speech does, as you say, exist outside of the US Constitution as it's a natural right, not one created by the Bill of Rights, but merely enumerated as one the government had no right to infringe upon. What you don't seem to understand is that neither you nor PDP are being deprived of free speech. You merely cannot say whatever you wish on SOMEONE ELSE'S forum. Everyone has the right to say what they wish, but not the right for those words to be distributed far and wide to an audience through a company that doesn't care to participate in disseminating your message. This is as absurd as if you claimed in the 1800's that book publishers dared to censor your manuscript, or even worse -- not to publish it at all! How DARE THEY step on your free speech by not using their money, clout, and good name to publish your work! And introduce you to their sponsors who will help them pay for distributing it! Do you think everyone in the 1800s had a printing press?!?!? Hardly!

You claim that no one owes anyone anything, but you contradict yourself by implying these companies owe you uncensored speech and go so far as to compare their practices with racism within private clubs as some wrong that you feel they have done to you or others, and therefore you are hurt and damaged by this terrible wrong because they OWE you the right to say what you want on THEIR distribution network.

Youtube isn't yours. They owe you nothing. They owe no one anything. They can censor to their heart's desire, and they do censor quite a lot as it is. You think the nudists aren't irked that their innocent videos of natural human nakedness are deemed immoral and often taken down? You don't get to dictate what freedoms you have with other peoples' things by cloaking yourself in "freedom of speech" when you clearly DO have the freedom to say what you please, but if you don't wish to obey the rules or abide by the whims of your sponsors, you must create your own distribution channel. Start your own newspaper, your own web page, or your own streaming site. PDP has tens of millions of dollars -- He could do it if he wished, and he could do and say whatever he wished so long as it was legal... oh, and he wanted to pay for it himself... or find a sponsor that doesn't mind his peculiar sense of humor.

Comment Re:Not about the free market (Score 5, Insightful) 901

Subby, the mere fact that there was anything to mine to give as evidence is admission of poor taste. PDP, even when streaming live, has the ability to censor his broadcast. He can turn off the screen view and flip to his face cam, he can end a game, he can even just straight up hit the power button on the PC or yank the ethernet cable out if he had to. If he bothers to edit his video before uploading it, I'm sure he could snip out those controversial aspects as well. Instead, he rolled the dice and lost.

Ultimately, he's responsible for what gets posted, and he chose poorly -- regardless of what his views are or whether he's as evil as the mean media wants to portray him -- he had Nazi jokes, imagery, slogans, and clips in his videos! You can say that's just his sense of humor and he doesn't mean it -- sure. I agree that it's a character assassination, but that's NOT why he was let go. Disney would have ended its relationship at the slightest whiff of indecency, much less a scandal. It has ended business relationships before over MUCH less. Google/Youtube is just reacting to its advertisers. When advertisers say they don't want their brand to be associated with show X, and enough are concerned, show X gets the ax. At least with Youtube, PDP has a chance to try again at a later date to work with them, and he still has his regular channels, just not the same advertising levels. Disney won't touch him again.... ever.

This is a particularly economics-only reason for Youtube. They don't even like for people to curse on their broadcasts and have been tightening the screws on anything not G, PG, or very mild PG-13 material for their adsense programs.... which has ticked off a lot of foul-mouthed youtubers (many of which I love dearly... especially because they are foul-mouthed!).

Youtube wants fresh, kid-friendly shows they can push advertisements towards as if it were really cheap TV. They bend the rules now and then and are OK with bending the rules bigtime in return for potentially big bucks, and they figured out they backed the wrong horse with PDP.

Don't rail against Youtube and Disney for doing what all entertainment businesses do when a star gets embroiled in controversy.... and you would as well if it were your money on the line. Want to go after crooked journalists that twist stories to put a spin on things that doesn't fit reality? Best of luck to ya in starting your own newspaper/news network. You'll find quickly that the money is in scandals, so that's what the public gets.

At the end of the day, the story is true enough -- he had Nazi material on his show, and for many -- that's enough for them to not want to be associated with it... regardless of what he meant by it or whether he found it funny rather than taking it seriously.

I've never been a fan of PDP, but I respect the business he's built around doing what he loves and wish him well -- I'm sure with his $7 Million he made last year and millions before that that he's perfectly capable of making his own streaming service -- question is... will anyone pay for ads on it to support him.... especially if he keeps up with the Nazi jokes.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 88

Frankly, they got tired of being blamed for botnets caused by users not updating Windows, so now everyone gets updates whether they like it or not, and they get 'em within a reasonable time frame of their release.

I'm not sayin' it's right, but I understand their reasoning... and botnets on windows have gone down (they've mostly shifted to routers and other IoT devices).

Windows still has tools to set when updates should be installed -- it's just that no one bothers to do it. Just like no one bothered to keep their machines updated before and kept clicking to install/reboot later or turn the updates off completely.

You have to remember MS Windows market share is huge. That means a lot of people are using Windows that have below-average technical skills that need a lot of hand-holding. In this case, the good of the many outweighs the good of the few... or the one. So, when you ask why we can't have nice things like a method to better schedule updates -- think of all the people out there that mismanaged their windows boxes for decades that forced MS's hand.

Comment Re:Summary blames the wrong companies (Score 1) 55

And this makes one wonder what the result will be. Say you have Corporation X that wants to release its content through Netflix, but only to countries A,B,C,D, and E -- because F,G,H, and I have lucrative movie theater, TV distribution, DVD/BluRay sales, or other marketing channels that they want to play their course before streaming to. Now, instead of just telling Netflix where it can and can't stream within the EU, it must decide when it wants the entire EU to be able to view its content through Netflix.

Point being, you may get the lowest common denominator here and have all your releases pushed back so that viewings don't interfere with other distribution channels and cannibalize sales. This would get worse as the EU added members. Ah, Turkey is in the EU now... so... we have a different language release date especially for Turkey for DVD sales... and we want to make sure people that want to see the movie will buy those first, so ALL of the EU will have to wait 'til that's done before we release our movie to EU Netflix.

Comment Re:The scary thing is (Score 1) 100

Take heart. Life expectancy for men is closer to 76. Even then, with years of diet, exercise, and cutting out smoking and heavy alcohol, men can live well into their 80s and 90s with great quality of life. I know guys that are in their 60s whose fathers died in their early 70s and they take it as a given it'll happen to them as well, so it becomes a sort of self-fulfilling prophesy as they get depressed, get overweight, and just plain give up on healthy living.

Barring cancer or predisposition to Alzheimer's or dementia, there's no reason you can't live to be 95 or older. Even then, medicines are advancing at a rapid pace and exercise can boost your immunity and ability to repair damage to stave off those conditions. Exercise and generally taking care of your immune system and seeing a doc every so often to take care of any pre-cancerous issues, you could live a long, long time with good quality of life.

Think about how amazing modern medicine is now compared to 30 years ago... and how much better it might be in another 30 years. Here's to decades of good years go come!

Comment Passionate actor, advocate for sci-fi (Score 4, Insightful) 100

I met Richard Hatch at DragonCon 2016. I'd seen him before at other events, but I actually had time to sit and talk with him among friends this past year, along with Gigi Edgley who had been working with him on a small film project, Diminuendo (catch the trailer on vimeo at https://vimeo.com/181168232 ). It was really refreshing to speak to an actor that was very kind and personable and genuinely interested in opening a dialogue with sci-fi fans about the sort of projects we were all mutually interested in.

Without Hatch, the Battlestar Galactica remake would never have made it to the concept phase, much less to TV. He fought for its revival for decades, and it was his persistence that eventually made the moneymen cave and give the franchise another shot. Beyond that, he's actively campaigned for many sci-fi productions and fought for the genre from film festivals to big blockbuster movies. Time and again, the people who hold the purse at the studios don't understand the value of fantasy or sci-fi -- and it takes many years for everything for a project to come together. The right script has to have the right producer, director, funding, actors, writers, musical talent, special effects artists... hundreds of key people all coming together at the right time to make a project happen. Things are shelved for years for simple timing issues. Hatch is one of the few that made sure that certain properties like BSG were kept in the minds of decision-makers so that when things were right, the projects could go forward with speed.

When he spoke with me, he talked about some of his most recent work that was circulating at film festivals and how he really appreciated the fan base that shows up to events as they support him and give evidence that these projects can really have legs. We're talking about a guy in his 70s who could easily just up and retire, but was so passionate about his craft and world-building, he toured with various artists to drum up excitement for their work. He still held workshops for budding actors, and he authored many BSG books. He could have taken offers for lots of movies, but he preferred to work on projects he was passionate about.

I'd had the privilege of sitting not 10 ft from nearly the entire BSG cast at a prior DragonCon -- Hatch included. While all of the actors were very interesting and shared a lot of great info while being funny and entertaining, he and Edward James Olmos especially carried the room when they spoke and were very humble about being able to deliver rich performances about meaningful topics that resonate in today's socio-political landscapes.

Whatever else you may think of Richard Hatch, know that he was a sci-fi fan at heart and he loved being a part of worlds and stories that he as an actor and writer and you all as fans helped build together.

Comment Re:Very common legal requirement (Score 1) 245

It's a curious line to draw -- b/c I have personal experience with using fax machines at a very well known international bank, and almost everywhere I've worked has had fax lines digitally tied to e-mail. I can send and receive faxes from my work e-mail in Outlook. I can also ask a customer to scan their document and attach it to any of dozens of free web-based fax services and e-mail to fax services. The line between fax and e-mail is already blurred to where they're nearly indistinguishable. Both fax lines and e-mail are considered insecure methods of transferring important documents with SSNs, account numbers, and private, confidential information. Even secure fax lines are iffy.

E-mail can include digitally signed signatures in PDF files that are legally binding, but a fax machine's copy can't. A fax isn't even considered a certified true copy as that requires a loan officer, notary, or other official to endorse it (often in the presence of the signer and/or the original copy.) Legally, a fax is about the same as photocopying something and mailing it. The signatures aren't valid if not certified true, and they can be altered or copy/pasted before sending.

The PDF digital/online signature is legally binding. There are other ways to authorize things, though... verbally, through account verification, etc. But, no way is a fax any better than an e-mail. Incoming/outgoing fax numbers can be spoofed just like e-mail addresses - you just might have phone records to back things up which are easier to obtain than e-mail records, but... what good is it if there's no legally binding signature?

Comment Re:No complaints (Score 3, Interesting) 262

Perhaps for Overwatch that'd be a bad plan, but there are games designed for controllers that don't map well to mouse and keyboard.

Try playing the Metroid Prime Trilogy made for the Wii controller on a PC through an emulator w/ just a keyboard and mouse. Heck, even with a pretty standard controller it's clunky... you really need the Wiimote and IR Bar to play it properly.

3D motion can be handled much faster with controllers or cameras to map to your own 3D motion.

I propose Overwatch make their own damned controller for PC and console and make a ton of money selling it by billing it as "the best way to play"

Comment Re:That's not good... (Score 1) 97

AMD released the first intel-compatible 64 bit processors in 2000. That's almost 17 years ago. Sure, people kept buying 32-bit crap for a long while after that, but even Intel saw the writing on the wall, licensed the tech, and eventually mostly moved everything over to it.

It's more difficult to find electricity and an internet connection than it is to find a 64 bit machine in poverty-stricken and/or war-torn countries. I threw away my first 64-bit AMD machine well over a decade ago. I'm sure there's mountains of them at recycling centers in Asia.

I don't think your average refugee is dumpster diving for computer parts -- anything that's gotten wet or crushed is most likely useless, and one would instead go to a garage sale or some other second-hand store to get parts anyway.

North Korea's Red Star OS 3.0 had both x86 and 64-bit versions three years ago. Even they have probably moved to 64-bit only by now. I'm hard pressed to think of a country with higher sanctions and barriers to technology and freedom than NK, but if there is one, I bet their computers are 64 bit by now also.

Comment Re:Assembly language is good enough for anyone... (Score 4, Insightful) 236

Great. Here's some sand. Bake me an intel-compatible x86 chip. The specs are all out there, and it's unencumbered by patents.

What's that? You need a wafer oven and a lithography machine? pffft. no kiddin'.

You sometimes have to make a tool to make a tool to make a tool that will make the tool you need to do the job. Human hands don't have the dexterity to cut a silicon wafer, nor do human eyes have the ability to see to do it... nor do human minds have the capacity to construct and memorize a proper layout -- we use computers to do that for us. An amazing amount of chip design is automated with most of the details worked out by complicated algorithms.

Same is true of software. We build frameworks and modules and libraries and use compilers for various languages because no one on the planet can create the binary for a massive modern program using only their head and a pen and pad and hand-feed it into the machine with punch cards.

If you don't understand this concept, you are truly lost.

Comment Re: Stock ROMs are shit (Score 1) 215

And you bought that BS? They want you to use their online storage services. Period. All of Google's hardware is designed to coax you into using their online services by limiting the local storage space. This saves them pennies on the hardware, but gives them exposure on the cloud software. Why else would they be the ONLY android and chrome-book manufacturer who omits a widely used storage expansion port?

Thankfully, with an OTG cable, most of their phones and tablets can use flash drives. I'm a Nexus 7 tablet owner... love the device, though a bit sad it's reached end of service life. Hope other ROM makers will support it now that Google has relegated it to the dustbin.

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 2) 1560

Most of us in the USA are glad Hillary isn't president (including the ones who voted for her.) We also aren't very happy about Trump being president either. We're stuck with a 2 party system and pick the lesser of 2 evils mostly.

Clinton's voting history has been gung-ho for wars, so I cannot argue with you there. Trump is very likely the better president for foreign relations in that arena. He's also very crass and likely to insult our enemies and allies alike, and do a bit of bullying as well, but I don't think he's the sort of president that wants to start WWIII... or even spend as much as we currently do on wars in the middle east.

Trump is mostly dangerous to our domestic side -- he has no concept for how macro-economics work or how international trade and tariffs work on economies. His policies would likely lead us to a recession and/or a trade war... but, I think he's finaly beginning to wise up to that as he backs off from his campaign promises.

Comment Re:Apple also lost education to Chrome OS (Score 1) 228

One doesn't compete in education for money. It's to introduce the next generation to your walled garden so they will go home and buy compatible products and eventually use them at home, work, and play -- because you learned it early on and everything works together... and switching is a pain.

Often, Apple would give very steep educational discounts. They'd be smart to just donate computers to schools and universities and take the tax deduction.... especially for currently unsold inventory before the next models come out.

Comment Re:Funny thing about 8K... (Score 1) 192

Not really. For 20/20 vision ("good" eyesight), the limit is closer to 5K, so most everyone will notice the difference from 4K to 8K because it will surpass the 5K barrier. But, that's not the limit of human eyesight. There are those of us with 20/10 vision and better that can discern up to 11K or better. Lots of pilots have "eagle eye" vision in the 20/10 or better range. One can also get better than 20/10 with laser eye surgery.

You can read up on a decent article about it here:

My bet is it'll hit a barrier at 16K where no one will be able to appreciate anything higher, but we aren't there yet.

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