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Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 207

PewDiePie only has to support one person: himself. His investment to do his thing is a good camera, a good mic, a good gaming rig and that's it. And at this stage he probably gets paid plenty to endorse certain products. To shoot a movie, you need a much bigger investment, hundreds of people and experts with different trades, secure locations and studios, soundtracks, a distribution network etc ....

Comment Re:They just don't care (Score 1) 119

They actually do care in sectors like healthcare where information is heavily protected by law through HIPAA and it definitely is everyone's concern.
Fines are high and the damage to the business may be even higher. Stocks go down. Partners don't trust you anymore with their data.
You bet the C-suite is concerned if a breach means their 50 million $ worth of stock just dropped by 50%.

Comment models may re-enforce themselves too (Score 1) 85

Take the deployment of Police resources. They try to predict in what area crimes are more likely to happen at a time in point. Area has higher crime rate, police forces are deployed in the area. Result: even more crimes recorded in that area.
Model says people are not the right candidate to get the job. Result: you don't get the job and other people who look good to the model get the job. Again, more data that "proves" those people should not get that job and the other people do.

Comment It's just a media player (Score 3, Interesting) 105

Kodi is just media player software. Every TV now has a build-in media player and internet access. Okay, maybe not those 'illegal' streaming plug-ins, but they all have browsers where you can access the same content. I mean, do these built-in TV media-players really expect all those .mp4 and .mkv files they play to be "legally" obtained? They know damn well the origin of most of that content is shady at best, yet they enable it.
I think there is more behind this story and it's probably more tax than copyright related. They are making hundreds of thousands in a parallel market without paying taxes. That's the real crime here.

Comment Re:A Mega-Mac Pro is Needed (Score 1) 228

This. I've also heard the argument of buying the high-end mac because that's the best value for money period.
If you went for the 27" iMac 1 to 2 years ago, you'd have a monitor that is basically worth 1,000$ compared to the competition 27" 4k's out there (27" 4k monitor prices of last year). So for the 1,000$ left of the price of the 27" iMac you'd have top-end hardware in there. Plus you get the great design look of the iMac. Great value for money.

Comment Re:Sharpened? They blurred the original intentiona (Score 1) 304

They still do it in Rogue One (and pretty much every action movie). All the battles and shoot-outs are filmed handy-cam style with maybe 1 or 2 second shots, because if you keep that fixed it will probably look a bit corny with stormtroopers and other characters in heavy costumes logging about.
Loved the movie, btw!

Comment Re:In communist Russia (Score 1) 80

Francois Mitterand, former French president was also diagnosed early on with prostate cancer, but they kept this a secret for obvious political reasons. Every time he had to go abroad, they made sure not to throw any of the medication packages in the trash can, since they know it would be searched. I don't know if they went as far as making him poop or pee in another bathroom or porta-potty though.

Comment subscribe mailinglist to itself (Score 2) 302

Back in the 90s I was in college and the CS department implemented some mailing-lists per course and one for the whole department (this was on a Unix server). Someone was smart enough to subscribe the mailing-list to itself (and they didn't saw it coming). He successfully mail bombed all the accounts in the department and crashed the server :). Evidently the CS department was not amused, proclaiming they would certainly find the prankster but back in those days you could just probably have done this by telnet-ting the smtp server so nope ...

Another classic in big companies (and has happened several times at one I worked for) is people trying to send an e-mail to a department in the company like HR, finding a list named something like "HR_Dallas" in the global address listing not knowing this is not the HR Dallas department but rather the list that sends an e-mail to all Dallas employees. Yep, you just send your private confidential mail to all the employees :-)

Comment Re:Leftism as usual (Score 2) 454

Calling Hilary "Leftist" is pretty ridiculous though. Maybe she is leftist in the seriously "rightist" biased US; but she is definitely at least "moderate-right" to just plain "right" from a European POV.
Which still leaves out standpoints on abortion and gay marriage, which in most European countries are well agreed upon by the "regular" right and left. Only religious conservative parties are really against it. So these are not typical "left is pro" and "right is contra" topics. Both left and right are pro, just the religious and very conservative are contra.

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