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  • Lessons Learned From 'Pay What You Want'

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 09 Nov, 2011 @ 01:28pm

    Re: Re:

    You don't get it if all you play is the multi-player part of the game. I have a friend that did just that. They got it so that they could play in the multi-player levels with me. Yet have never played the stand alone game.

  • US Chamber Of Commerce Quickly Showing That It's Out Of Touch, As Google, CEA Consider Dropping Out

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 07 Nov, 2011 @ 08:04am

    Re: Re: Re: Yup, there's no way that Big Hardware and Big Search are out of touch

    You and I both know that's not how this law will be used. That's just what the people pushing the law say it's about. Go and read it. Youtube, google, facebook, myspace, mailing lists, usenet, and email all fit under the 'rouge' site definitions of that law. I can't work out what part of the internet doesn't fall under the law.

  • Court Says That Outing Closeted Gays Through Mass Infringement Lawsuits Not A Big Deal

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 04 Nov, 2011 @ 12:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Agree/Disagree

    It sounds like you haven't had to deal with relentless bullying and unreasoning hate to your person that others have had to deal with.

  • The Coming Fight Over Sales Tax For Online Retailers

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 04 Nov, 2011 @ 07:32am

    Re: Every state...

    While he is a good Senetor for Oregon I don't think he would do well on a national scale.

  • Don't Complain About Piracy When You Create Crappy Games

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 01 Nov, 2011 @ 07:33am

    Re: Re: give better refunds

    The only problem I have with the free to play style of game is that, from what I can see, it focuses on games as an addiction. Such games are designed to try and get people 'hooked' on the game and not so much on a story narrative or creative game play.

  • Don't Complain About Piracy When You Create Crappy Games

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 01 Nov, 2011 @ 07:04am

    Re: Guy's got a point

    How is this any different then the normal PC market? People running all kinds of versions, on disparate hardware?

  • California Politician Discovers That You Can't Ban Specific Type Of Music; Admits 'I Didn't Know What Was Going On'

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 25 Oct, 2011 @ 02:29pm

    Re: Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Oct 25th, 2011 @ 7:34am

    I have known people that have done all of the above, yet turn out just fine as well. They had a wild youth and a lot of fun, but end up setting down and having a family and kids.

    However I can see that good parenting could help someone with a natural inclination to be bad, choose to be good instead.

  • California Politician Discovers That You Can't Ban Specific Type Of Music; Admits 'I Didn't Know What Was Going On'

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 25 Oct, 2011 @ 10:47am

    Re: Re: Re:

    No real danger... but when you dance with the gloves you can create really fancy coloured light show weaves. Much like what you can do with Poi and Orbits.

    Banning them makes no sense sense there are people that do LED glove weaving professionally for music video's and such. It has become much an art form in its own right.

  • Steve Jobs Was Willing To 'Rip Off' Everyone Else… But Was Pissed About Android Copying iPhone?

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 24 Oct, 2011 @ 08:15am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Counterpoint

    The unavailing of the LG Prada took place in 2006 while the iphone was unveiled in 2007.

    The Prada sold about 1M units in the first 18 months. So it was a well received phone.

    So, given that it is an older phone and LG wasn't making a music player, is the ability to make a play list a 'big' or a 'small' feature? Or a feature that would have been added in by software if the phone had become wildly popular?

    All I see is evaluation of technology.

  • Senator Wyden Asks President Obama: Isn't Congress Required To Approve ACTA?

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 12 Oct, 2011 @ 02:48pm

    Re: Re: Proud, but skeptical

    Technically you need to order up a Portland Oregon. Sense what your getting is the left leaning guys that the city is sending you.

    Watch a show called Portlandia... while it kind of goes to some extent to be overly funny, it's still hitting the barn wall.

  • One Of The Most Successful NY Startups… Is Dedicated To Infringing Activities (According To The Entertainment Industry)

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 11 Oct, 2011 @ 12:09pm

    Re: Only a Writer here.

    Actually I'm a writer and have found this site to be very useful in feeling out trends for creative works and good ideas for dealing with digital copies of works.

  • How Quickly We Forget: Google's Competitors Falsely Claim Google Dominates Because It Was 'First'

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 22 Sep, 2011 @ 10:03am

    Re: It doesn't matter...


    When you install Chrome it already asks you what search engine you would like to use by default. Google, Bing, Yahoo, ect.

  • Citizen Recording Of Police Proves Officer Lied About Arrest

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 20 Sep, 2011 @ 02:20pm


    They already have dashboard cams... and it has been shown that they will deliberately have people walk off camera and then beat the shit out of them and claim that they attacked first.

  • HP Tablet Fire Sale Lets Us Put A Price On The Value Of A Strong Development Community

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 02 Sep, 2011 @ 02:21pm

    Re: I'm not sure you understand...

    There is one point that I think you miss that really would change the picture about the ipad and that is, in absolute terms, the bigest group of ipad owners, are iphone owners.

    So when looking at sales, one of the things that should be looked at is how well the ipad is penetrating the market beyond iphone users and how well the android tablets are doing with the non-iphone users.

  • Appeals Court: Arresting Guy For Filming Cops Was A Clear Violation Of Both 1st & 4th Amendments

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 29 Aug, 2011 @ 08:07am

    Techdirt tends to go for some harsh stories about police and such but I would like to note that I still believe that the majority of cops are trying to do their jobs. Most of the time that I have heard of cops going for people with camera's its because they really were doing something excessive.

    Filming arrests with cell phones, has gotten popular here where I live. Lots of people bring the camera's out when they see the police now. So far from what I have seen they just ask people to step back and stay out of the way.

  • NYC Arrests Stop Dead Chinese From Infringing

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 26 Aug, 2011 @ 09:42am

    Re: Confusion over use of trademark, not over real or fake

    It gets better though. Even if it isn't ligit and the company doesn't want something like that on the market, this is getting into the religious spectrum. Where things that are normally not allowed, can happen. Think about it this way, during prohibition, there were still vineyards making wine, a few, for the catholic church. Specifically used during their religious practice.

    So by extension... We will leave that question open.

  • EMI Doesn't Pay Royalties, Or It Does, But To The Wrong People, Or It Doesn't, Or Maybe It Does…

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 25 Aug, 2011 @ 07:22am

    New music and back catalogs.

    One of the things that I have seen about music is that many of the new bands I know of are not using the big labels. In recent years, take the last ten or so, the number of small start up music labels has actually grown.

    It's those small labels that are signing new bands and putting out their 'first' studio album and such. At least that is the way it is working in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.

    What I have also seen is bands that are working with a small label and do really well do sometimes sign with a big label. However by then they have a full time lawyer, are after selling in Wal-Mart, and can cut a much better deal as they don't need the 'upfront studio costs' that new bands need.

    So for the big labels there are some extra pressure and a new reality. They are not making the same kind of money off bands they are signing today as they were thirty years ago.

    It's why I have suspected for a long time that the major labels are mostly making money off their back catalogs.

  • Samsung Cites 2001: A Space Odyssey As Prior Art For Tablet Design

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 24 Aug, 2011 @ 12:08pm

    Re: Prior Art in Art

    Not quite true. What it does is show prior art for the idea. AKA, the ipad as an idea for a tablet computer has been around for 40 years but the way you implement a touch screen can be patented.

  • A Response To Felicia Day On How Video Gets Funded In A Fragmented, Digital World

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 19 Aug, 2011 @ 11:28am

    Re: Patronage: you mean fund shows that you KNOW you like.

    Look up a film called Iron Sky. Its not due out tell next year, but it has been paid for with patronage. They originally did a trailer for their 'idea' and then pitched it to the world.

    They got enough funding that the film will come out. Should be fun!

  • Once Again, Basic Detective Work Tracks Down Criminal Activity Done On Open WiFi

    tarka saarmas ( profile ), 19 Aug, 2011 @ 07:57am

    Re: Re: Correction

    There are a lot of dumb criminals, but like with most things, there are always a few that do know what they are doing.

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