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  • Mar 19th, 2019 @ 3:13pm

    (untitled comment)

    It's getting to the point where you have to assume that any interaction with law enforcement is going to result in your death, and that you should take appropriate action based on that assumption.

  • Feb 21st, 2019 @ 11:10am

    Re: Music Industry revenues and trends tell the real story

    "In the 90s mid level acts could make a lot of money selling CDs and touring, but that is not the case today"

    Citation needed. I was involved in the music industry in the late 80's and early 90's (as a DJ) and I can tell you that most (but not all) mid level acts did NOT make money from vinyl/CD sales. Contracts from the major labels were designed to eat your profit from the first 4 albums, and most mid-level acts weren't good for many more profitable albums than that. In order to make money you had to hit it big and survive for a second contract where you had more leverage or be smart and/or lucky to not sign bad contracts to lose the touring money. A couple of our monthly record pool meetings were to go over exactly these kinds of contracts and what to beware of if you decided to make music.

  • Feb 21st, 2019 @ 11:02am

    Re: Distributor or marketer?

    Think of them as the equivalent of a personal assistant. They do all the minutia and handle the details freeing you up to do stuff like make music and interact with your fans.

  • Feb 21st, 2019 @ 7:40am

    Re: yeah but...

    This is the elephant in the room that everyone seems to ignore when they cheer cord cutting on. Instead of paying $250 / month for internet/cable/phone you'll pay $250 / month for internet and maybe get free cable/phone. And as streaming proliferates every broadcaster/studio will end up being a separate stream that will cost you $10-$15/month on top of that.

  • Feb 19th, 2019 @ 6:34am

    Re: anyone's guess

    You forgot to mention that "They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.”

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 7:00am

    Re: Fair use

    Stopping comments wouldn't be good enough. Even with view only access it's entirely possible that someone outside the EU posts copyrighted content which could then be viewed in the EU. Lacking a magic copyright filter which cannot exist, the choices for someone like twitter appear to be:

    1) Leave everything as is and roll the dice that you won't get fined. Funnel some cash to appropriate parties to help ensure this outcome. 2) Block any IP from the EU from viewing any and all content that has not been approved by a content filter. For this to have any real shot you have to have a pretty high confidence level in the filter. 3) Block EU IP's from accessing your site entirely. 4) If you're really paranoid, block all EU IP's from accessing your site. Block any link where the IP is in the EU. Completely shut down all EU operations. Executives avoid ever entering an EU country.

    The problem is that #3 doesn't even fully solve the problem, non-EU users could post EU content and even though you aren't showing it you could be found to be infringing and be penalized (assuming you still have any EU operations and thus the EU has a way to get at you). For example, google has a data center in Ireland, even if they just block all EU IP's from google news, what happens if an EU link gets through the cracks and gets posted? The EU could still hit them with fines even though no EU user can see it, and since they have a business in the EU (even though it's unrelated) that gives the EU a way to get at them. The only way to really avoid fines is to go full nuclear and use #4 and totally and completely abandon the EU.

    As for what would happen, I expect major services that already have pretty good content filters (like youtube) would go with option #2. Just block the content until it passes the filter. The problem is that they may just decide to do that for everybody instead of just for EU IP's since that would be easier. I think small sites like enthusiast/hobby forums would go with #1 counting on the fact that they aren't the target of the law and nobody would bother with them. For a major site that lacks good content filtering like twitter I'm not sure what they would do.

  • Jan 7th, 2019 @ 7:13am

    Re: Depends...

    "I haven't read the Shutterstock contract at all"

    "This one strikes me as a possible misuse of royalty free stock photography"

    The level of cognitive dissonance that goes into putting the above two sentences in the same paragraph is frankly astonishing.

    If you are interested in commenting on whether this was a possible misuse, perhaps you should read the terms before commenting. Here, I'll help you out:

    https://www.shutterstock.com/license

  • Oct 31st, 2018 @ 4:47pm

    (untitled comment)

    The lesson here is that next time Officer Gasparino should empty his service weapon into the sign holder and claim they were resisting arrest. Dead people don't get to tell their side of the story.

  • Oct 31st, 2018 @ 8:30am

    Working as intended

    Where is the problem. This is working exactly as intended. The corporation gets giant bags of money. The politicians get small bags of money and the ability to point to this so they can win at buzzword bingo come election time. A few of them will probably get cushy private sector jobs from this when they finally get voted out of office.

    The taxpayers of Wisconsin get screwed but do you really think anybody involved cares about that? That is part of the plan. Let them eat cake.

    We've created a political system which encourages the morally strong to avoid politics and the morally bankrupt to run for office. We are getting exactly the government we asked for. (Note that humans are very, very good at screwing other humans so you'd probably get a similar government no matter what you asked for.)

  • Oct 4th, 2018 @ 8:07am

    The Perfect Balance

    Clearly New Zealand should just execute everyone that attempts to enter the country. After all, anyone entering could be a nefarious criminal, so if you just kill everyone then zero criminals will enter the country.

  • Jul 31st, 2018 @ 6:52am

    Re: 'Do better, or you'll join the last company who had the job'

    It's an empty threat. Who else besides Charter/Comcast is there to choose? There are so few players in the space there is nowhere to go. Except perhaps for the state to take a crack at providing the service itself. Given the competency of government run programs I can only imagine how well that would go.

    And Charter knows this which is why they can be so belligerent.

  • Jul 23rd, 2018 @ 7:18am

    Re: Cord Cut

    That is the clear end game for them. As it stands right now from my provider (FIOS) it's cheaper to get cable/broadband/phone than it is to get cable/broadband, so I have a home phone line whether I want it or not.

    They will just shift the prices around so that you get "free" phone and "free" cable tv with your broadband. Your bill isn't actually going to go down. That would require actual competition in the space which is something I won't see in my lifetime.

  • Jul 18th, 2018 @ 7:46am

    (untitled comment)

    To me this is how the "justice" system works these days. Instead of applying law and then forming an opinion on a case, far too often judges start from an opinion that feels right to them and then work backwards to try to twist the law so that it fits that opinion. The system generally incentives them to do so, judicial accountability is low to non-existent and there are no repercussions for doing this other than a few people pointing at them and saying "naughty, naughty". So the behavior shouldn't be surprising.

    In this particular case the judge in question really couldn't bend the law enough to justify what felt right, so once it was clear he was going to be called on it he walked it back.

  • Aug 9th, 2017 @ 12:40pm

    Re: Re:

    It's actually a million different monopolies. Each streaming service is essentially a network, if you want to watch Disney shows, then you have to subscribe to the Disney streaming service. Want to watch a CBS show? That's only available on the CBS streaming service. Want to watch a Netflix show? Only on Netflix.

    Unless you just want the TV on for background noise there isn't actually competition, each service is a mini-monopoly. It's actually the worst of both worlds.

    Consumers wanted companies to adapt and they are adapting. Except they are adapting to maximize the amount of revenue they get from you per purchase, instead of adapting to maximize consumer convenience.

  • Jul 24th, 2017 @ 1:01pm

    Re: Re: The Great Flood

    Ah Boscon, there's a name I haven't heard in a while. I still have great memories of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea party and the paper mache octopus tentacles, anyway...

    My first comic convention was in 1972 and back then they were all called comic con whether they included that in their name or not, it was just the generic term used.

    In terms of the usage in an actual show name there was a show in England called comicon (slightly different I know but potentially confusing) that predates SDCC by two years:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Comic_Art_Convention

  • Jun 21st, 2017 @ 6:42am

    Re:

    Why do you find this amazing? People will always believe someone that tells them what they want to hear. If you live in a coal town you have the following choices:

    1. mine coal
    2. sell stuff to people that mine coal
    3. figure out something else you might want to do, get the money (which you don't have) to get the required education, and move somewhere else to do it.

    Number 3 is pretty scary for a lot of people, so when someone tells them its all going to be fine and they can keep doing numbers 1 and 2 of course they believe them.

  • May 25th, 2017 @ 7:17am

    (untitled comment)

    Customer service to the press release

  • Jan 6th, 2017 @ 11:35am

    Re:

    Because the tools don't actually work and they are making the evidence up?

  • Nov 9th, 2016 @ 7:24am

    Re: No lube it is

    Actually more likely the next eight years. Four of the past five presidents served 2 terms, so odds are that you would be stuck with the winner for eight years, regardless of who it was.

  • Oct 27th, 2014 @ 10:23am

    Re:

    Because at work you are a serf serving a lord instead of part of a state sanctioned gang.

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