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Comment Re:Welp, back to pirating (Score 1) 213

I think piracy is theft. It's not the content that's being stolen, it's the forgone revenue that is being stolen.

There is no forgone revenue when you can not buy the content because of the geo-locking.

I certainly am no fan of the current copyright enforcement regime, but I do think that content creators and owners should be able to control the terms by which their works can be obtained.

The moment a (copyrighted) work gets published it can be copied (in the worst case you could mount a camera in front of the TV screen) and, hence, the only way to make sure that content creators and owners have complete control over how their works are distributed is to impose a surveillance system on the viewers, welcome to 1984.

The market will sort out those who over-charge, but piracy distorts the market and hurts all content-creators.

Also wrong, on one hand the marked can do nothing about over-charge, if exclusive deals are made, on the other hand "piracy" can also work as advertising, for instance Metallica as a band became famous because there fans were copying and distributing there tapes (oh the irony). In that "piracy" indeed may distort the market, but it doesn't hurt the content creators.

Comment Re:That's bullshit (Score 1) 323

Actual effectiveness ratios for birth control:

US CDC document on actual effectiveness


Condoms are about as effective as the withdrawal method, sponges, or the rhythm method. 20% or so failure rates. [snip]

... when used inconsistently you should add. With perfect use you get (Trussell J, Contraceptive failure in the United States.) way better numbers:

Our estimate of the proportion of women becoming pregnant during a year of perfect use of the male condom is [...] 2%.

Which means with a proper education you can lower the rate of unwanted pregnancies significantly.

Comment Re:Where am I? (Score 1) 135

Why even use JPEG?? JPEG2000 has been out there for a while, professional photographers and digital cinema use it for a reason..

My DSLR spits out JPGs... it could spit out RAW as well, but then I need to do development of it is say, Canon Digital Photo Professional, which well, spits out JPG.

But if you use Darktable then you can also output JPEG200, PNG, OpenEXR, TIFF, and a few more file formats when developing your RAW photo.

Comment you should also post the response Greanpeace gave (Score 5, Interesting) 470

One should always hear both sides, and this article does exactly this with an update. About the bashing of ‘Golden’ rice Greenpeace says:

Accusations that anyone is blocking genetically engineered ‘Golden’ rice are false. ‘Golden’ rice has failed as a solution and isn’t currently available for sale, even after more than 20 years of research. As admitted by the International Rice Research Institute, it has not been proven to actually address Vitamin A Deficiency. So to be clear, we are talking about something that doesn’t even exist.

And about alternatives;

The only guaranteed solution to fix malnutrition is a diverse healthy diet. Providing people with real food based on ecological agriculture not only addresses malnutrition, but is also a scaleable solution to adapt to climate change.

Comment Re:And how much will the EU (Score 1) 866

If you would inform yourself a little bit than you would find out that the EU did not so much pay Greece, but the banks who invested in Greece - that is, instead of having to cut their losses for a bad investment these banks and their investors (mostly French and German, btw.) got EU tax money. The scheme sounds familiar, doesn't it?

If things would have been done right, Greece would have defaulted in 2010.

There is even a letter written by Alexis Tsipras from January 2015 to the German people that explains the issue.

Comment Re:Closed source... (Score 2) 51

So it's how long, about 8 years, since AMD announced it's going open source with its GPU drivers?

They did say it's going to take a while to fully shelve Catalyst, and I could understood if the new open source drivers didn't fully support 5+ years old GPUs due to various transition periods etc. But really?!

This is the open source driver status. Looks pretty good to me. Regarding the new driver, it is part of their mixed open source and closed source strategy: The kernel module is open, AMD provides the closed source user space that that should provide the latest and greatest features, while the community provides user space part as open source that might have to catch up a little performance wise.

Comment Re:Trump is untouchable (Score 3, Funny) 242

As an outside observer I think the main divide between Republicans and Democrats is that of idealists and pragmatics.

I think it's more like Jarod Kintz put it in This Book is Not FOR SALE: “There exists a big circus tent, and the right entrance is named The Republicans, and the left entrance is called The Democrats. People argue over which is the correct path, not realizing everyone inside is a clown.”

Comment Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 210

Regions ruled by Muslims and their laws are some of the worst hell holes on Earth, only ever exceeded in their evil and barbarity in human history by places run by Communists or National Socialist pagans. Oh, and YES, there is such a thing as "evil".

Don't forget the witch burning Christians on that list, and all the old religions where human sacrifices were common, or maybe it is all just about "power of authority" like shown e.g. by the Stanford Prison Experiment

Comment Re:Yeah, sure (Score 1) 412

[...] Also note that a similiar mechanism is well established already: Those without other income can get money from social services. [...]

That's different from country to country, for instance in Spain, when you don't have a job and are out of the unemployment aid (maximum two years), you are on your own. Last time I read something about this it was stated that in Spain there are around 2 million persons without any kind of official income.

Comment Re:Stop these stories (Score 2) 107

I would like ./ editors to stop with "future Russian plans" stories, 'cause I can almost give you a warranty that given the today's economical situation in Russia, and given the fact that it's on the verge of collapse next to nothing will pan out in the nearest 20 to 50 years.

I think it is way to early to write Russia off: Russia is big and has most if not all of the raw materials needed for all the important industries, the ties to China are also becoming stronger, and 20 to 50 years is a very long time.

It would have been better if you'd run a story about the Russian ruble. It's dying. [...]

A low value of a national currency makes imports for this country expensive and exports cheaper for buyers, which means a low valued currency is good for export oriented countries. Russia is an export economy. Considering that Russia mostly exports raw materials, and imports goods like cars, computers etc. such the push from the falling value of the Ruble may actually be good for its industry, because it makes these industries more competitive compared to imported goods (e.g. as imported cars become more expensive cars produced in Russia may become more interesting to Russian buyers).

Comment Re: Scary Times (Score 2) 458

Sign of the times. Back in the day at least they gave us a blue screen, now we're stuck with black ...

Or like Neil Young put it ...

Out of the blue and into the black
You pay for this, but they give you that
And once you're gone, you can't come back
When you're out of the blue and into the black.

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