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  • Apr 27, 2011 @ 08:32am

    The strobist blog is awesome.

    Two grand a weekend isn't bad if you ask me...and thats on the low side of what wedding photographers charge. It may not be glamorous work, but it will certainly pay the bills.

    Basically, any good photographer can make that kind of money so when they start complaining about not making money, they either choose not to go out and get it or they really weren't that good to begin with.

  • Apr 21, 2011 @ 09:06am

    Its interesting that they are blaming Napster, what about the rise in popularity of the mp3 file format and broadband internet access ubiquity.

    IMO, That leveling off displayed in the first graph from 1994-1996 was due to .mp3's rise in popularity and then the dip in 1997 was when mp3's really took off.

    I've always view the drop in record sales revenue as a long overdue market correction.

  • Apr 20, 2011 @ 12:16pm

    Re: A quick Google search

    Agreed..

    This doesnt make sense...there must be more to it because there's PLENTY of other entities with the name Rivendell. Why did the estate single out this one.

  • Apr 20, 2011 @ 09:12am

    Really "good" cops, if there is such an animal, would not be allowed to follow you onto private property. The "following citizens onto private property" part of this argument has teeth and will be a big problem for anyone trying to get this past the supreme court.

  • Apr 08, 2011 @ 06:42am

    But its for our own protection...its for our security and peace of mind. If it makes us 'safer', it must be good. The day has come where we must give up some of our freedoms for the sake of our safety. Only the government and law enforcement can protect us from ourselves.

  • Apr 06, 2011 @ 06:34am

    I also blame google for all the grandma porn that it shows me when I search for grandma porn. I think they should go down for that too...as a matter of principle. Im just sayin

  • Apr 05, 2011 @ 11:31am

    Sen. Leahy's quote is very disturbing.

  • Apr 05, 2011 @ 06:48am

    For once I would like to see someone man up and take responsibility. Even IF he did not know about it or take any part in it, if it happened under his watch...he needs to admit to it.

  • Apr 04, 2011 @ 10:40am

    Love it or hate it, their reaction to the album being leaked is really the only way to handle the situation. Otherwise, it makes the artist come off as greedy and attacking their fan base.

  • Mar 31, 2011 @ 10:23am

    Your suggestions are very sensible, except for the polygraph part. It's a real shame that politicians are not held to such common-sense standards.

  • Mar 24, 2011 @ 02:31pm

    You have to admit...thats some damn good lobbying.

  • Mar 24, 2011 @ 02:19pm

    Lost respect for wired.

    What a load of BS. They asked for his hard drives...he gave them. If the prosecution's IT people cant figure out the rest, then so be it. They should have known someone like Hotz isnt going to have consumer grade hardware.

    This guy is a freakin genius and he knows exactly what he's doing. There's no way in hell he would jeopardize this case because its verdict has such far reaching consequences.

    His trip may look a little odd on the surface, but why shouldnt he try to enjoy himself. Sony's CEO's didnt put their lives on hold for this case and neither should Hotz. I sincerely hope Sony's leadership are incensed by his little vacation.

  • Mar 18, 2011 @ 06:54am

    It always begins this way. The gov. tells us it will not be used on US citizens, which is illegal in the first place. Then, at some "crucial" moment, it will be used on US citizens in the name of fighting the "T" word.

    This is wrong in so many ways. When will the US gov. realize that the ends do not justify the means. This isn't an episode of 24.

  • Mar 17, 2011 @ 11:11am

    Re:

    The documentary about the whole Tommy Chong debacle is quite disturbing...All politically motivated of course. But you're correct about the system working because now its impossible to purchase a glass water pipe. ;)

  • Mar 17, 2011 @ 09:43am

    The only thing "out there" is how these intelligence agencies work.

    They play the role of the seller and the buyer and create situations to trap people who would otherwise not have the resources or knowledge to commit the crime.

  • Mar 17, 2011 @ 07:13am

    I live in Louisiana, about an hour from the gulf and it is alive but not well. I personally wouldn't touch gulf seafood, especially the oysters. BP has agreed to finance a $30 million campaign to promote Louisiana seafood, but I cant help but wonder what chemicals are in the seafood at this point. So many shrimpers take their catch directly to a restaurant or to a street corner or empty parking lot to sell by the pound. There's no regulation or testing done to these shrimp. Often there is no paperwork documenting the catch and that's why so many fisherman received $0 from BP. They make a living fishing but its cash only. If they arent paying taxes, they sure as hell arent getting their catch tested nor are they documenting where the catch came from.

    To be fair, this isnt true of every fisherman, but it happens enough for it to be common knowledge and generally accepted.

  • Mar 15, 2011 @ 11:55am

    Seems like Rambis could easily clear this up.

  • Mar 15, 2011 @ 11:12am

    It was a disappointing time...not magical. What is it with these out of touch musicians pining for the old days of getting screwed over by record companies.

    What has been happening in the music industry is basically a long overdue market correction...which they are fighting every step of the way.

  • Mar 04, 2011 @ 11:57am

    "The majority of American citizens don't really have any money so I don't see why they would receive any rights"

    This is the reality. Gov. officials can easily ignore the namesless, faceless masses of American citizens because they rarely have contact with them. On the other hand, they are frequently visited by organizations with big money and power.

  • Feb 11, 2011 @ 11:23am

    We really need to have better protections for computer searches. Someone correct me here, but if a warrant is issued to search a home for item X, and they discover an illegal item Y, then item Y cannot be collected until another warrant is issued...is that correct?

    They cant just search a persons house for anything incriminating, it has to specific, correct? If so, why are they able to search his computer for anything when they are specifically looking for sony ps3 info.

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