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  • 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:


  • Oct 31st, 2018 @ 4:47pm

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    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

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    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:


  • Jun 21st, 2017 @ 6:42am


    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

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    Customer service to the press release

  • Jan 6th, 2017 @ 11:35am


    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


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

  • Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 1:17pm


    Obviously you will be arrested for felony interference of an investigation (a very similar crime to felony interference of a business model).

  • Mar 20th, 2013 @ 10:14am

    Re: Re: Re:

    How about Conroach?

  • Mar 7th, 2013 @ 1:30pm

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    The obvious reply to the "emergency" request is:

    Dear Sir(s):

    The below list includes all IP's that have visited us within the past 2 years:

  • Dec 4th, 2012 @ 2:53pm

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    Being a retired DJ this hits home pretty hard. My main archive has ~25,000 tracks only a small percentage of which are on my performance laptop. Checking my laptop my Traktor collection I have 2,121 tracks on the laptop; this includes some stems of tracks for live remixes. Times range from a few seconds to a long of 21:58. I'd say about 1/3 of what is on the laptop is 5 min or less and about 1/4 is 8 minutes or longer.

    If I were paying their proposed fee structure for my laptop based on what I used to get paid when I gigged out (vaguely adjusted for inflation), I'd be owing them a substantial amount of money every time I performed.

    For those who have suggested streaming, neither of the big players in the DJ software world (Serato SSL or Traktor) support such a thing. There is a company with a streaming front end in closed beta, but it works by putting copies of the files on your laptop in a "secure" locker so I'm sure you'd still have to pay for those files. Track selection from such services can also be pretty problematic; there are numerous styles of electronic these days and DJ performances can vary greatly in musical content.

  • Dec 4th, 2012 @ 2:41pm

    Re: Question for the DJs

    I'm "retired" (still DJ as a hobby with a web presence but no longer play out). These days my music is pretty obscure, so it's either free from Soundcloud/the artist, WAV's mostly from Juno Records, or vinyl that I rip. None of the artists I currently play would be registered with GEMA (or any other collection society).

    When I played Raves in the 90's I bought 95% of my music but did get a few promos from the artists or labels here or there. If fees were paid to any collection societies it was done by the promoter without any input from me on what tracks I played.

    When I played clubs in the 80's I was in a record pool. You payed a flat amount per month to get promos; how many you got depended on how important a DJ you were but it covered most of the top 40 music I needed for 1/4 to 1/2 of retail. If I didn't get something from the pool I was on my own to acquire it. The clubs I played in paid the BMI/ASCAP fees (which were flat fees based on venue size) again without any input from me on what tracks I played.

  • Sep 6th, 2012 @ 9:13am

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    Before you get too carried away showering the love on Ubisoft, read the fine print on the "best gaming experience". It includes such things as a limited number of activations of the game and requiring you to log into their "service" UPlay (Ubi's GFWL). This will be on top of any service based DRM such as Steam. Left unanswered are details such as how (if at all) you "deactivate" an install of the game, etc.

    I think this change was based purely on looking at how much it was costing them to keep their always-on DRM infrastructure going vs. the lack of a drop in perceived piracy rate. I wouldn't be surprised if drops in sales had little to do with the decision (in Ubiland that is just more people flying the jolly roger).

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