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  1. Comment on Alex Jones’s Pepe the Frog Copyright Trial Will Help Decide Who Can Use Memes in ~misc

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    Yep, those are breaking the law, and mostly artists throw up their hands and don't fight it because the effort to defend their copyright is nearly pointless in those cases. Many of the sites are...

    Yep, those are breaking the law, and mostly artists throw up their hands and don't fight it because the effort to defend their copyright is nearly pointless in those cases. Many of the sites are located outside the US, and even if there was any international agreement between the artist's country of origin and the country the company owning that website is based in, the amount of money recouped from legal action would never replace the time spent fighting it. And even if legal action is successful, actually claiming the money can be challenging. All in all it pays better to make something new and sell it for as long as you can before it's knocked off, and then make something else. That also builds an audience (and with it potential larger payoffs in the future) in a way that fighting with foreign companies over copyright claims won't do.

    This is why Matt Furie is only bringing a suit now. He felt helpless to do much about it for years, and is notably only targeting domestic violators of his copyright, which is a much more manageable thing.

    9 votes
  2. Comment on Alex Jones’s Pepe the Frog Copyright Trial Will Help Decide Who Can Use Memes in ~misc

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    Both Know Your Meme and Meme Generator monetize memes in the aggregate, rather than from a specific image and don't gain revenues directly because of the image but by providing either context or...

    Both Know Your Meme and Meme Generator monetize memes in the aggregate, rather than from a specific image and don't gain revenues directly because of the image but by providing either context or easy graphical customization. Grumpy cat was monetized by its owner, not by a third party.

    10 votes
  3. Comment on Alex Jones’s Pepe the Frog Copyright Trial Will Help Decide Who Can Use Memes in ~misc

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    The reason it's going to court is about the extent to which Alex Jones can profit off of Matt Furie's (Pepe's creator) work without compensating him. Most memes are never monetized and fall easily...

    The reason it's going to court is about the extent to which Alex Jones can profit off of Matt Furie's (Pepe's creator) work without compensating him. Most memes are never monetized and fall easily and safely under existing fair use laws.

    15 votes
  4. Comment on What should I do with all my old tech junk? in ~tech

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    In my area electronics recycling companies will take away the whole set of things for free. They'll then sort out things to their various uses, with things new enough to be refurbished fixed up...

    In my area electronics recycling companies will take away the whole set of things for free. They'll then sort out things to their various uses, with things new enough to be refurbished fixed up and resold, other things sold for scrap, anything else thrown away or recycled if there's truly no use.

    With hard drives there have absolutely been instances of data leaking out because of donated hardware. I always smash them with a hammer. It means they're only good for scrap, but the chances of someone going through the effort of stealing personal data from a physically damaged hard drive is pretty low.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on What's your special trick or preference for making the perfect cup of hot chocolate? in ~food

    MimicSquid Link
    This is for particularly cold weather when you're backpacking and really really need to warm up: butter. Like a half a stick. When you're so tired you're not even hungry anymore but you still have...

    This is for particularly cold weather when you're backpacking and really really need to warm up: butter. Like a half a stick. When you're so tired you're not even hungry anymore but you still have 5 miles to hike before nighttime a cup of hot chocolate can seem like something still worth consuming and the extra calories of pure fat can keep you warm and moving until you can get to your destination.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on ‘Fairbnb’ Wants to Be the Unproblematic Alternative to Airbnb in ~life

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    I am underwhelmed. They are committing to obeying the law and donating some portion of their profits to efforts in the community, but obeying the law isn't (yet) reason enough to celebrate a...

    I am underwhelmed. They are committing to obeying the law and donating some portion of their profits to efforts in the community, but obeying the law isn't (yet) reason enough to celebrate a company and the money going back to the community is guided by the renter, not by the community. Either way, they're still causing many of the same problems that Airbnb causes.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What are your thoughts on Minecraft? in ~games

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    You might enjoy the modded Minecraft scene. It's not as huge as it was in the heyday of Minecraft, but there's still dozens of mods that expand all sorts of things including mining. The Twitch app...

    You might enjoy the modded Minecraft scene. It's not as huge as it was in the heyday of Minecraft, but there's still dozens of mods that expand all sorts of things including mining. The Twitch app has a whole lot of modpacks that are as easy to get into as just telling it to install, and it'll set up the proper version of MInecraft, install all the mods, everything. By far the easiest modded game experience out there.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Minecraft Earth goes a step beyond Pokémon Go to cover the world in blocks in ~games

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    I'm very interested in the intersection of griefing and real life. But also it seems that what you build will only be temporarily accessible to others, so there will be less possibility of people...

    I'm very interested in the intersection of griefing and real life.

    I could, if I wanted to, also steal my friend’s blocks here to create my own mega building. That introduces an interesting social dynamic because, unlike most games, you’ll be physically next to the person you’re stealing from in the virtual world. “In order to steal, you would have to look up and go, ‘Hmm, I’m going to take your blocks,’” says Saxs Persson, creative director of Minecraft. “Shenanigans will come from when people have different opinions about what needs to happen, or they band together and do something meaningful.”

    But also it seems that what you build will only be temporarily accessible to others, so there will be less possibility of people just burning down the whole world:

    Once you’ve completed a build, you can then share a link to it for friends or followers to then play with your creation on a table or in giant scale in an open space. You’ll only be able to share a temporary copy of your build to friends, though. They can burn it down and massacre your animals, but it won’t get saved.

    Also, there's not a clear signal about whether there's any permanence in the world:

    Because every block, every animal, and every item came from somewhere, it’s a chance for Minecraft Earth players to show off how many hours they’ve put into the game.

    and

    Adventures will start off conservatively, and players will walk up to the rough area that Microsoft has designated a place to play.

    This sounds much more like an MMO with instanced adventures than the sort of open sandbox that made Minecraft great. f you just get stone from stone nodes somewhere, you're going to just be walking around in a Disneyland version of Minecraft, and I think that will lack much of the joy of the original. I don't believe that anyone (aside from the players) wants for players to have a permanent effect on the environment of the game, so we'll see how much interactivity you really have with the game world.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Necrobarista - Gameplay Trailer - PC release on August 8, 2019 in ~games

    MimicSquid Link
    Ok, the game looks interesting, but that name... Who picked that name? That's awful.

    Ok, the game looks interesting, but that name... Who picked that name? That's awful.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Is there an app for this? Help me fix my terrible security in ~tech

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    LastPass can store secure information that isn't passwords, and newer phones are definitely better at the fingerprint scanning.

    LastPass can store secure information that isn't passwords, and newer phones are definitely better at the fingerprint scanning.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What's missing from your life? in ~life

    MimicSquid Link
    Money. My life is pretty wonderful right now. Work I enjoy at a rate I can enjoy it, good relationships with friends and family, a reasonably secure living. But I have debts that I am digging...

    Money. My life is pretty wonderful right now. Work I enjoy at a rate I can enjoy it, good relationships with friends and family, a reasonably secure living. But I have debts that I am digging myself out from under very, very slowly. I have no ability to save for retirement; everything extra beyond a small cash buffer goes towards paying off the debts. It's not a big concern yet, as I'm still reasonably young and reasonably healthy, but if I ceased being able to work tomorrow I would have nothing. I can see a path to being debt-free and having something resembling savings and maybe retiring one day, but it's a long path and there will be expensive surprises along the way, I'm sure. Who knows if I'll ever get there.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on The Notion of "Trolling" in Ancient Sanskrit in ~humanities

    MimicSquid Link
    We haven't improved in 1800 years. We're still dealing with the same aspects of humanity on the internet as we were long, long ago.

    We haven't improved in 1800 years. We're still dealing with the same aspects of humanity on the internet as we were long, long ago.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Recommend me a game that _________. in ~games

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    Forager. Forager is exactly that.

    Forager. Forager is exactly that.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Israeli Defence Force takes responsibility for deaths of 17 militants and 6 civilians in recent operations in Gaza. in ~news

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    You say that, but you also say: and So it seems like you've taken a distinct stance on what is and is not relevant to this thread, even as you're saying that people can say whatever they want. And...

    You say that, but you also say:

    Please don't let this devolve into tangential topics, such as Israeli or Palestinian history, or the merits or flaws of BDS.

    and

    I am fine with discussions of the immediate history that relates to this topic, but if you start discussing Kfar Etsion or Deir Yassin or the Balfour Declaration or what Yasser Arafat ate for breakfast, then I think you are getting off topic. All I am saying is keep it relevant.

    So it seems like you've taken a distinct stance on what is and is not relevant to this thread, even as you're saying that people can say whatever they want. And indeed they can, but you've set what you consider the acceptable terms of the discussion ahead of time. Do you see how that might limit the discussion?

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Israeli Defence Force takes responsibility for deaths of 17 militants and 6 civilians in recent operations in Gaza. in ~news

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    Who determines relevance in a situation like this?

    Who determines relevance in a situation like this?

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Switch's 'boost mode' tested: what is it and how does it work? in ~games

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    Right? I got the free 3 months of the Nintendo game subscription from Twitch and I tried a wide variety of the games on offer, and I can say that barring nostalgia, the gameplay on offer is...

    Right? I got the free 3 months of the Nintendo game subscription from Twitch and I tried a wide variety of the games on offer, and I can say that barring nostalgia, the gameplay on offer is equivalent to some of the flash games that are available for free online. Not even the really good ones, the simple ones that are like "my first flash game".

    Game development has come a long way.

  17. Comment on But Do You Want Dylann Roof To Have Rights? in ~news

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    For this conversation what it means is that we should use this admittedly imperfect instrument as lightly as possible. I think that It's absolutely necessary to imprison people sometimes, for...

    For this conversation what it means is that we should use this admittedly imperfect instrument as lightly as possible. I think that It's absolutely necessary to imprison people sometimes, for their safety and for the safety of society. But knowing that imprisonment is an imperfect solution to ensuring public and individual safety, I think that we should limit the other effects it has on the prisoners. Taking away further rights and responsibilities beyond the bare minimum necessary to protect society doesn't seem to provide any additional benefit, and also serves to further alienate prisoners from society in general.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on But Do You Want Dylann Roof To Have Rights? in ~news

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    Imprisonment does not guarantee that a crime was committed by the person imprisoned. As such, your claim that prisoners have proved anything about themselves based simply on the fact that they are...

    Imprisonment does not guarantee that a crime was committed by the person imprisoned. As such, your claim that prisoners have proved anything about themselves based simply on the fact that they are in prison is based upon an idealized view of a criminal justice system that has shown itself to be remarkably imperfect in its ability to punish wrongdoers and avoid punishing the innocent.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on How would you bring together friends who still don't know each other? in ~talk

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    A good point about passive experiences, that's why I specifically said movie with a meal after. The movie isn't enough by itself, it's only there to provide grist for the conversational mill.

    A good point about passive experiences, that's why I specifically said movie with a meal after. The movie isn't enough by itself, it's only there to provide grist for the conversational mill.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on But Do You Want Dylann Roof To Have Rights? in ~news

    MimicSquid Link Parent
    So it's a matter of trust, then? What I'm hearing is that, because they've been imprisoned people cannot be trusted to have a voice in society and that once they're out of prison you can trust...

    So it's a matter of trust, then? What I'm hearing is that, because they've been imprisoned people cannot be trusted to have a voice in society and that once they're out of prison you can trust them again. Is that in line with your feelings?

    2 votes