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  • May 26th, 2015 @ 9:09am

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    You know, if only this tangled web hadn't existed even back when Maurice LeBlanc wrote "Holmlock Shears vs. Arsene Lupin", perhaps the famous English detective duo might have emerged healthier for it. Because LeBlanc had to go with Captain Ersatz versions of the characters though, he appeared to take that idea and run with it, so "Shears" has none of the eccentricities he is known for, while "Wilson", Watson's counterpart, is reduced to an embarrassing yes man who thinks Shears is perfect and spends the stories being quickly put out of commission by broken arms and stab wounds. I'm more than a little suspicious that copyright is ultimately responsible for that "fat dullard" version of Watson slowly gaining popularity over his bold and intelligent characterization from the original books, which would make Watson an example of how copyright can harm an IP instead of help it.

  • May 23rd, 2015 @ 4:06pm

    Re: Home Video Vs Cinemas

    How often have you seen a movie and thought "Man I wish I could see this at the cinema!" but because it's months (or even years) since it was at the cinema, too bad.

    Never, sad to say, because movie theaters have become uncomfortable places where there are frequently sticky messes hiding under the chairs in the darkness and the focus at the theater is about packing as many people into chairs as possible and overcharging for snacks.

    I think Roger Ebert once promoted a new kind of theater that addressed those problems though. Can anyone provide me with more information?

  • May 23rd, 2015 @ 8:33am

    Re: Re: On top of that...

    It's as if good will always win because evil is dumb.

  • May 23rd, 2015 @ 7:42am

    On top of that...

    Apparently there's a "land mine" in the fast-track trade bill. A section of it is designed to crack down on human trafficking, and the White House considers that section a deal breaker because it would force Malaysia out of the TPP, thanks to its love of modern day slavery and all. Because of this, the fast-track bill needs to either be amended by the House and sent back to the Senate, or passed so the House can go to conference with the Senate. Thanks to the upcoming summer recess and subsequent presidential campaign season though, there may not be enough time to do either.

  • May 19th, 2015 @ 8:23am

    Re: Re:

    What's funny is that all those "due process" comments were also flagged by the community back when they were still being made. They didn't add anything to the discussion, so trying to be clever by turning them into "copyright law" comments just reveals the poster to be a deep pit of inanity.

  • May 14th, 2015 @ 8:46pm


    Revolutions have already been occurring in bite sizes, in places like Ferguson and Baltimore. They don't start when a people think success is absolute; they start when a people believes it has nothing left to lose.

  • May 13th, 2015 @ 8:34pm


    I've actually never had much of an interest in traditional music in the first place. I prefer orchestration, or pieces by comedy artists, or video game soundtracks, which are all generally underrated.

  • May 13th, 2015 @ 4:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: "keep the community clean" -- You're for purity, eh?

    You honestly sound like someone who thinks the Apollo moon landings were staged. That's why no one can take your claims seriously.

  • May 13th, 2015 @ 11:26am


    It's not censorship because you can still click on the link to see the comment, as I'm sure this comment will soon demonstrate.

    Techdirt, for better or for worse, is a very democratic environment. Sometimes I wish the staff here would actually start punishing trolls and keep the community clean via deleting comments, IP bans, and other such things, but on the other hand, the present system does seem to work because it provides commenters all the rope they want for hanging themselves.

  • May 13th, 2015 @ 8:41am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I really doubt that any IP blocking is taking place. In fact, people like me occasionally get frustrated with Mike specifically because he refuses to do anything like that, which means that trolls get to spam the comments section with little to no consequences.

    What's funny though is how a lot of trolls end up thinking they're being punished by Mike when their comments are flagged by the community. I suppose the system works in a way because it allows the reputations of dubious commenters to quickly spiral down into the toilet. It's so purely democratic that it allows individuals all the rope they want for hanging themselves.

  • May 12th, 2015 @ 7:33am


    Super Bunnyhop is an excellent source of quality journalism, and a lot of what George talked about in that video is consistent with information that's come from other leaks, as well as the general suspicions of the public that's been watching Konami suddenly go violently insane as it collapses in on itself.

  • May 11th, 2015 @ 8:22am

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    I live in rural Washington state on the Olympic peninsula, where my T-Mobile coverage just isn't enough. Unless I'm near a major city like Sequim or Port Townsend, I can't get any cellphone reception at all. People tell me that switching to Verizon would fix that, but... they're just so relentlessly evil... and I'm not convinced that any contract I'd get with them wouldn't have more than a few lies in it. So I'm stuck.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 @ 12:15pm

    Re: "jointly liable" is not a slippery slope. Overt acts with sole purpose to infringe.

    I'm sorry... I just can't stop giggling at this comment. I REALLY want someone to make a wanted poster for "Madman Masnick" now. He'd probably photograph it, share it with Cory Doctorow, then hang it in his office.

  • Apr 23rd, 2015 @ 6:18pm

    Re: Re: Re: Clickbait article

    You probably want to switch careers to something with more long-term prospects then. How about a caregiver? There's no shortage of people getting older and it's a lot more satisfying to help them rather than sue them.

  • Apr 19th, 2015 @ 7:35pm

    Re: This got funnier after more looking.

    Insane Troll Logic

    Entry pirated from:

    Insane Troll Logic is the kind of logic that just can't be argued with because it's so demented, so lost in its own insanity, that any attempts to make it rational would make it more incomprehensible. It is logic failure that crosses over into parody or Poe's Law. A character says something so blatantly illogical that it has to be deliberate on the part of the writer.

    For examples of Insane Troll Logic by video game developers, see You Can't Get Ye Flask, Moon Logic Puzzle, and [extreme examples of] Guide Dang It.

    For examples of characters who engage in this, see The Ditz, Cloudcuckoolander, Strawmen, Moral Guardians, and of course trolls of both internet and mythological origin. A character will tend to use this when he thinks he is smarter than he really is. For when the Insane Troll Logic leads to a true conclusion, see Bat Deduction and Right for the Wrong Reasons. If this trope is exaggerated beyond the point that it even makes grammatical sense, it can become a Word Salad Philosophy. Irrational Hatred may have this as its basis, and Chewbacca Defense is literally built of it. And then, sometimes it's just Obfuscating Stupidity or Obfuscating Insanity in action. No relation to Insane Clown Posse...for the most part.

    Remember that not all bad or faulty logic is Insane Troll Logic. Insane Troll Logic is so badly screwed up that it isn't even wrong - usually either the presenter or the audience have no grasp of even the concept where the "logic" should apply.

    A character consumed by this trope tends to say things along the lines of "Because I say it is!" or "You're a liar!"

    Warning: trying to understand such trains of logic may make your brain hurt.

  • Apr 18th, 2015 @ 9:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Dodd is correct

    See, you don't even know how reciprocation works. Seriously, stop incriminating yourself, man.

  • Apr 18th, 2015 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Dodd is correct

    I'd think if Dodd was being misrepresented, you'd be able to talk more about all the good things he's done for us. Your thesis is poorly constructed and lacks support.

    I also find it ironic that the people who claim that Net Neutrality will allow the government to take over the internet are the same people who would push the government to do exactly that if they came to power. In actuality, Net Neutrality acts like the building and fire codes that keep your house from falling apart or burning down.

  • Apr 16th, 2015 @ 1:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    That's still true. When you download and install a Steam game, you can access it via the Start menu in Windows, just like any other non-Steam game you install. You get unrestricted offline play and everything.

    At its worst, Steam is like a rich, crazy uncle that smells funny. It's not the villain that must be slain in the struggle to preserve consumers' ownership rights. Don't attack Steam, but instead promote Good Old Games and The Humble Store.

  • Apr 16th, 2015 @ 8:43am


    "Crippled" is how one typically describes Origin and Uplay games, not Steam ones.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 @ 7:16am

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    For me, this news is significant because it indicates we may already be in the midst of the next, great, long-prophecized video game industry crash. There's been a LOT of bad gaming news lately; Jeff Minter being harassed, Maxis shutting down, Sony still in trouble, Kojima leaving Konami, and more. It's hard to not get the feeling that everything is falling apart. The last time that happened, way back in 1983, the console market imploded and the survivors fled to the PC market and helped it boom, which is what freaking Nintendo may actually be trying to do here.

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