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  • Oct 21, 2012 @ 02:40am

    This model is useable

    So, to stimulate ticket sales, all that needs to happen is for a band's itinerary not to be cast in stone. (At least in the smaller towns and cities.)
    It can't be too difficult to have a system where f you want them to come to YOUR town, not the one 20 miles on, you have to get your vote on.
    This naturally organises townsfolk into communities, thereby generating interest.

  • Apr 28, 2012 @ 12:56am

    not a chance

    any argument to the contrary would have to be based on two presuppositions:
    ii) that contact via social media has the same effect on loneliness as no contact at all; and
    (ii) that time spent on social platforms equals time taken away from contact in vivo.
    i find both exceedingly unlikely.
    in fact, the challenge is pretty much impossible in the way that it is phrased. far from being "useless", social networks clearly have some utility. this, to me at least, is self-evidently true.
    - i would argue that books have a higher value because the data in them are organized by the writers and editors, thus saving the reader-browser the time of having to organize it themselves.
    - i would argue that they have a higher potential for imparting information at a greater level of depth. (this is why you don't see study materials on social media platforms.)
    - i could even argue that they add better conversation value to a coffee shop conversation if you ever get out enough to have one.
    but are books any sort of substitute for facebook if you're tom hanks in "castaway"?
    not a chance.

  • Jun 16, 2010 @ 06:09am

    what's it called?

    I'd call it "Don't Boot Camp"

  • Jul 21, 2009 @ 03:16pm

    the CD and "the CD"

    @ chris: Interesting paradox, but I can't agree with it. It's not "theft", it's "infringement". You cannot copy a CD, only the data contained on it. This is what necessitated the distinction between property and intellectual property in the first place.

    This is also why if someone nicks my BMW, I don't try to sue him for IP infringement, but for car theft.

    Anything that is subject to exact copying of the original without the destruction or modification of the original necessarily must have a different set of rules governing it.

    Intellectual property may have a similar name, but it is not part of the order of what we understand as "property". It is another animal altogether.

    The loss incurred is anybody's guess, which is why the figures in NC infringement suits are so outrageously high.