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Daily News Stuff 8 July 2022

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  • You will own nothing and honestly we don't care whether you like it, part one: Sony is deleting movies "bought" via the PlayStation Store in Germany and Austria.  (FlatPanelsHD)

    The alternative would be for them to pay to retain the license for products they ostensibly sold on to customers in perpetuity, and that is simply not on the cards.

    Nor is there any mention of refunds.

  • You will own nothing and honestly we don't care whether you like it, part two: Google's "Democratic AI" is better at redistributing wealth than America.  (Motherboard)

    Well, I would hope so.  Though if it were worse, perhaps we could learn from it, because a key factor that makes America great is not redistributing wealth.

    Players in the game that tested this algorithm preferred it because it was a game and they didn't have to look at their paycheck each month and see what the government had stolen.

    On top of that, of course, is the fact that we've known for nearly a century that redistributing wealth doesn't work.  Writing in 1926, JBS Haldane - himself a socialist - pointed out that socialism cannot possibly work on the scale of the modern nation state.  San Marino or Andorra, maybe, but not much beyond that.

    If Google had a million players in that game, the redistribution would either be grossly and obviously unfair, or take far longer to calculate than playing the game itself, like ending a turn late in a game of Civilization.

    Or both.  There's no solution to the problem, but it's always possible to make it worse.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Good morning Sun Francisco, it's a warm one out there today, with temperatures expected to peak in the mid seventeen hundreds.  Remember to stay hydrated - and underground - and disconnect your QNAP devices from the internet.

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1 I've never needed a face/meta account to use a oculus rift vr headset.  Just like I've never needed a baby elephant to help me fly my private jetliner to a private island with Bill Clinton to hump smols.  It's funny how that works out.

Posted by: normal at Friday, July 08 2022 09:48 PM (obo9H)

2 "it's always possible to make it worse"

No, no, no!  All those previous attempts to make it worse weren't really properly making it worse.  This time, though . . .

Posted by: normal at Saturday, July 09 2022 12:12 AM (LADmw)

3 Also, ever since Sony Music (I know, not really SONY Sony, but still, Sony) sued John Fogerty for sounding too much like John Fogerty, I've had it in for them.  And the rootkit fiasco, too.  Can't wait until they get what's coming to them.

Posted by: normal at Saturday, July 09 2022 12:15 AM (LADmw)

4 "Nor is there any mention of refunds."
Maybe now people will start to learn a lesson about not trusting these scumbag media companies.  OTOH, it's possible that doing this in Germany was the wrong move and the government might say "ah, nein."  I mean, I wouldn't count on it, but it could theoretically happen.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, July 09 2022 01:36 AM (BMUHC)

5 Let's see some of those overpaid Google employees redistribute *their* wealth first, as a demonstration of commitment to their so-called principles.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, July 09 2022 01:37 AM (BMUHC)

6 QNAP is basically why I went with Synology, but I still can't get SMB working[1], even though as far as I can tell it's all set up properly.
[1] or it may be name resolution?  All I know is I can't type \\alexandria:5000 in the address bar but have to use the IP.  Drives me up the wall.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, July 09 2022 01:46 AM (BMUHC)

7 Rick, why specify the admin-interface HTTP port 5000 if you're trying to mount via SMB? It should just be "\\alexandria" in the search bar.

(now, why my Win11 search bar currently contains an ad for "Discover Melbourne", I couldn't say...)


Posted by: J Greely at Saturday, July 09 2022 07:12 AM (oJgNG)

8 J, you may not remember but i asked you about this a couple years ago.  If I just put \\alexandria in File Explorer's address bar, it can't find the NAS.  I have to use \\192.168.0.whatever.  Also, it doesn't show up under Network.  The :5000 thing was probably me remembering it wrong when I made the previous comment.  As far as I remember, you gave me several settings to check and they were either already set, or I set them the way you said, but nothing seemed to make the name resolution work, so I gave up, and eventually turned it off because using it was a PITA.  It's still sitting on my desk plugged in and powered down.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, July 09 2022 11:34 AM (BMUHC)

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