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by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

In any case, no, people can still choose to spend money on things they like; one of my favourite artists (Josh Woodward) distributes all his music CC-BY, but he evidently makes a good enough living from people choosing to spend money on things they like. If he makes a living on music, he probably m...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Depends on the HHI. But I would say it is likely to be competitive. Sure, sellers can appear to set prices, but they set prices at equilibrium - where supply meets demand. They take the price and set theirs at it. If their price was noticeably higher, they would lose almost all their business since...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

I'm a proponent of freedom. Libertarian, believer in the free-market, whatever term you wish to use. It's not necessarily a radical position; copyright has only been around since around the 1700s. You could just as well say my position was extremely conservative. By 'radical', I mean extremely dist...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

It is not a competitive market; therefore, it is non-competitive. What other word is there to use? It is competitive. Just because there's not identical competition to a product doesn't mean there's no competition. In a market with heavy differentiation, you can only charge more for your product if...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

EDIT: Or are you arguing that if copyright didn't exist at all , Joe Schmoe could just copy all the hundred and twenty dollar textbooks and distribute them for free online? That is true. Okay. This is what's confusing me, then: Actually, this is in instance where government interference causes the ...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Copyright is a barrier to entry. It is a legal monopoly created and enforced by the government. I can only assume your argument here is that copyright shouldn't exist because then we could just download a pdf of the book some guy made with his scanner and bypass the monopoly altogether? That's a de...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

EDIT: Or are you arguing that if copyright didn't exist at all , Joe Schmoe could just copy all the hundred and twenty dollar textbooks and distribute them for free online? That is true. I don't know if it is. I am arguing that it is something that we shouldn't allow, as it will produce negative ou...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Copyright is a barrier to entry. It is a legal monopoly created and enforced by the government.
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

If we made copyright durations equal to patent durations, namely 20 years, then the bulk of the problem would simply disappear. Authors would have 20 years of exclusive rights to monetize their works, just like inventors do. And after that, the books would enter the public domain and be available f...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Of course, what actually occurs is not an equilibrium between supply and demand, but one between marginal cost (equivalent to supply) and marginal revenue (in a non-competitive market, steeper than the demand curve). Without barriers to entry, there will be people willing to supply more of a produc...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

I don't like seeing that as an inevitable consequence, though; the company chooses to mark up the price, when it can readily cover all costs and make a profit with the lower price. If the company raises the price, it's they who are perpetrating the moral wrong, not the person attempting to provide ...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Price discrimination can only occur in non-competitive markets. Else competitors would sell at lower prices (still making profit) to undercut their competitors until a constant equilibrium price is achieved. Except you do realize this equilibrium price would be higher than the poor country price in...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

You are missing the point I am making by about a 10 miles, rough estimation. Firstly, we are talking about copyrighted materials, for which there is very limited competition. Particularly if a course you are partaking in has a specific prescribed textbook, in such an instance, there is, no competit...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

This isn't some guy who was just reselling an old textbook of his. He was intentionally taking advantage of the price difference of the product based on region to generate a profit. And so what? They sold it, he bought it, he owned it, he should be free to do as he pleases with his property. The qu...
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

True, although I don't believe it's been enforced against a private individual before now.

And more specifically, the law says something about books sold without authorisation of the publisher; these books were sold with the authorisation of the publisher.
by Arariel
Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Is it really, when you consider breaking DRM constitutes breaking 'copy'right law?
by Arariel
Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 42310

Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/supreme-court-to-consider-copyrights-resales/2012/10/28/486548a2-1f82-11e2-ba31-3083ca97c314_story.html Kirtsaeng got friends and family to buy English-language textbooks produced for sale in Asia and ship them to the United States, where Kirtsaeng...
by Arariel
Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Distributed Defense
Replies: 171
Views: 32372

Re: Distributed Defense

1) The 'price where supply equals demand' and 'supply being equal to demand' are two completely different things. I don't see how. I can only guess you mean "maximum possible supply is realized and maximum possible demand is satisfied", but that's meaningless in anything other than a post...
by Arariel
Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38949

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

Let's go through the monopoly checklist: Where did you get this checklist? When I asked myself that, I checked Wikipedia which often includes information believed to be common knowledge. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly#Characteristics They provided exactly those 5 items. Unfortunately, that w...
by Arariel
Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Distributed Defense
Replies: 171
Views: 32372

Re: Distributed Defense

Saying no-one is allowed a gun is not discriminating against groups that might be less able to defend themselves, Ormurinn. Carrying a knife makes you less safe . There is no reason to believe a gun, a far more dangerous weapon, would be any different. ... the first link does not back up your state...
by Arariel
Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38949

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

Pfhorrest wrote:
SirMustacha wrote:I mustache you a question.

Arariel wrote:SirMustapha appears to be talking about...

This is not the Sir you're looking for.

Move along.


Ah, I should've noticed the avatar (or lack thereof). And the pun. Silly me.
by Arariel
Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38949

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

You clearly have no idea what a monopoly is. A company being successful and dominant in a particular market does not make them a monopoly. If that was true than the 12 person inmate telephone company I work for is a monopoly since we control virtually the entire inmate telephone business in our hom...
by Arariel
Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)
Replies: 84
Views: 16174

Re: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)

Apple and Design Copyrights, Part Swiss Clock . At least it's a copyright and trademark issue and not a design patent, I guess? Though I will admit I laughed a little inside when I saw this. Just deserts, I'd say. Germany tells us all what we all already know: Internet Exploder is unsafe. Just more...
by Arariel
Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:22 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0011: "Droppings"
Replies: 68
Views: 31736

Re: What-If 0011: Droppings

Well, we might get a better approximation if we just consider North America, which evidently has 10-15 billion birds in the spring and 20-30 billion in the fall, so maybe about 20 billion birds. Area is about 24,710,000 km², and so that's a density of about 809 birds/km² (Randall's was 587 birds/km²...
by Arariel
Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55193

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

sotanaht wrote:
Quicksilver wrote:A panda eats, shoots and leaves?


That's not ambiguous at all in text form since we can see the comma or lack thereof.

We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin?

(Oxford comma ftw)
by Arariel
Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

I'm not replying to the rest, since, again, it's an issue of opinion, but this is just wrong. Obviously, this software shows that it is possible, just that these guys decided to sell the software. Whatever license this software has has absolutely nothing to do with OS X itself. Yes, it just takes a...
by Arariel
Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

No, it's only partially locked down: there's a difference with fully locked down things, like iOS or proprietary firmware entirely. No, I just said it was never designed to be replaced; call it locked down if you want, Apple and the vast population just sees little reason to care. Only partially? T...
by Arariel
Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

It's not as black and white as you make it out to be with "locked-down, overrated BSD ripoff". It's not horribly locked down. Restricted and simplified in many ways, but not to the point where it becomes an issue with your average user, or even most power users. The dock in OS X is like t...
by Arariel
Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)
Replies: 84
Views: 16174

Re: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)

But still an interesting development, nonetheless.
by Arariel
Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

"Others" have only pointed out that 2 new OS X features (of a new OS that hasn't even been released yet), neither of which are critical gamebreakers (alternatives exist), are limited to appstore-only apps. That's far from "locked down". There are ways to remove, disable or other...
by Arariel
Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

Others have already pointed out how Mac OS X is locked down with regards to those applications. Going along a different route, can you change the DE? Or even do something as simple as get rid of the Dock? Even in Windows you can change the DE (apparently it's called a shell replacement). Mac OS X an...
by Arariel
Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

It's a locked-down, overrated BSD ripoff. Along with iOS. Really, the only Apple software that doesn't completely suck has been ripped off of BSD-licensed software.
by Arariel
Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

OS preference may be a dealbreaker, a hard one if you prefer OSX and a soft one if you don't and need to add the cost of a retail windows license to any perceived "Apple Tax". Comparing just the hardware to similarly priced all-in-ones, iMacs usually come behind in features (touchscreen, ...
by Arariel
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:41 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0002: "SAT Guessing"
Replies: 62
Views: 20641

Re: What-If 0002: SAT Guessing

I would wager that if enough people got perfect scores such that a perfect score wasn't 3 sigma above the mean, they would probably have to reissue the test, as it would probably indicate some major cheating event occurred. Not necessarily; a few of the subject tests have 800 at a rather lowish per...
by Arariel
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

I fail to see why people can't apply the same methods they use for car shopping as they do for shopping for computers. Certainly computers are much cheaper, but unless you value your time (that you probably won't spend working anyway) at upwards of a hundred dollars an hour, I really don't see why y...
by Arariel
Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

Sounds sweet in theory. In practice, do you ever see anyone browse around various models for a month until they find one that fits? It's part of why people rely so much on reviews and word of mouth. And of course it's in their interest to make you buy one of theirs. All companies have that interest...
by Arariel
Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

The CPU, RAM, etc. might be identical, but if all you're concerned about is what's inside, then portability probably isn't a concern, in which case, you should probably build yourself a desktop. Casing, keyboards, screens, trackpads, and so on are not things easily identifiable by numbers or specs ...
by Arariel
Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

If you install bash-completion or the equivalent. Personally, as nice as it is sometimes, I find that it's a mixed bag: when using my Ubuntu system (which apparently has bash-completion installed by default), I sometimes feel that it gets things wrong and fails to tab complete files often enough th...
by Arariel
Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129309

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

Arariel - yeah, I meant the Transformer Prime, rather than the original Transformer. That's the recently released one, though, and it really is $499 at Amazon, though it can be had for $450. Here . There's a $400 listing on Google's list, but it's fake. As for Vivaldi - the Vivaldi's hardware base ...

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