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Comment It's all just shit anyway. (Score 1) 342

Seriously, everyone is talking about the features of a good cinema or how annoying all the teenagers are, but Nobody has even touched on the fact that all the movies running these days are just complete shit. There is nothing original happening. Everything is either the nth sequel to some shitty film that never should have had a sequel or it's a remake of a film that was good the first time around and is still just as good today.

Personally, I don't go to the cinema any more because I would rather sit at home with a good book. In fact sitting at home with a bad book is preferable to 3 hours of shit like Batman vs Superman. I would almost prefer spending three hours sitting in the emergency ward with multiple stab wounds.

Comment Re:rotten at the top (Score 1) 341

I say aggressively prosecute everyone you can prove was in on it, top to bottom.

I couldn't agree more. Certainly a criminal investigation involving 5300 employees should be able to provide enough evidence to prove that the managers were involved, or at least cognizant of the crime, enough managers should be able to point fingers up the stack as well, and bring some serious penalties against the senior management.

All of these people should be doing time, and/or should be banned from employment in a position of trust. The higher up the stack should also involve some hefty fines too.

Comment Re:This is serious business (Score 1) 244

Yes, many parts of the world did fine without bees for a long time, but that was before those parts of the world were trying to sustain billions of people, and I'm sure those parts of the world will continue just fine without european honeybees after all the people have starved to death.

Comment Bunch of useless cunts. (Score 1) 288

So, if I have this right: A bunch of useless cunts can't figure out how to exploit their own talents to make money, but god forbid anyone else should know how to do it.

Fuck Off!

So called intellectual property is an artificial monopoly to begin with, and it is becoming more and more clear that it is not suitable in the digital era. Just as the popularization of the printing press created a need for reformed perceptions and essentially the founding the intellectual property principles, the digital revolution requires some radical changes in perceptions.

The most balanced approach would probably some form of mandatory licensing. If you are the producer of a creative work, you must apply for a copyright registration, and set a value to your work. If someone wishes to use it, they can purchase a license for that value or not. No registration, no copyright. That essentially creates a free market for creative works while still protecting the creators rights. At the same time it protects the consumer from the anti-competetive behaviours we see with "exclusive distribution rights" etc. Any party has an equal opportunity to access any media.

This does not completely cut out the middle-man, but makes that role much more competitive and puts the power back in the hands of the artists, while putting more money back in the pockets of the artists.

Comment Re:landlords aren't legally allowed to consider (Score 1) 371

I don't know about the UK, but In Canada private investigators need a license. This definitely fits the definition:

“private investigator” means a person who investigates and furnishes information for hire or reward, including a person who
(i) searches for and furnishes information as to the personal character or actions of a person, or the character or kind of business or occupation of a person...

Comment Re:A prisoner could just as easily read the works. (Score 1) 527

One of the mysteries of the universe is that anti-religious people such as myself tend to support freedom of religion much more than religious people do.

The answers to that question can probably be found here:

TL;DR: "Religious people" are to too stupid to understand a different viewpoint.

Comment DMCA (Score 1) 99

Doesn't the DMCA have some anti-circumvention measures in there? While the FBI may be immune to that sort of thing, I'm pretty sure that circumventing encryption for profit is not exempt, aside from being a criminal offence. Despite the fact that the phone belonged to an alleged criminal, afaik it is still illegal for a private individual to hack into it.

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