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Comment: Corporatism (Score 1) 94

by CanEHdian (#49785163) Attached to: Russian Space Agency Misused $1.8 Billion, May Be Replaced

and replaced by a state corporation of the same name by the end of the year. "In its new, corporate identity, Roscosmos will be responsible not only for setting mission goals but managing wages for space industry workers and modernizing production facilities."

THAT'S how you fight corrupt (semi) public officials! You turn the whole thing in a corporation. When the executives then give themselves exorbitant salaries and benefits (incl. pensions), and hand themselves 15-25% wage increases year over year, while at the same time "managing wages for space industry workers" and doing a "realignment" every couple of years, it's just good business!

Comment: Re:No sympathy is deserved for these idiots. (Score 3, Insightful) 142

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Comment: Re:Seems a bit harsh (Score 1) 142

If you read the indictment, they did not just create the code, they actually used it themselves and showed others how to use it by demonstrating it. Now of course comes much greater consequences, their customer base is also in the firing line and they will all be turned over for a reduced sentence. This could lead to a whole bunch of crimes being exposed.

If you remember the Aaron Barr/HBGary e-mails, which preceded the Snowden revelations by years, it was already obvious that there was a whole subculture of businesses who bought and *sold* 0-day exploits (HBGary's boss called them 'Juicy Fruits"), of course with the obvious intent of being used against non-censenting targets. So if these Photobucket guys are guilty, let's start filing suits against the dark "security businesses" of this world.

Comment: Free Employees (Score 2) 141

by CanEHdian (#49660689) Attached to: Prison Messaging System JPay Withdraws Copyright Claims

To justify the discipline, prison officials said they were enforcing JPay's intellectual property rights and terms of service.

If you told someone that 20 years ago, they'd have called you a crazed conspiracy theorist and asked where your tinfold hat was. Well, ladies and gentlemen, there you have it. Let's make our life's goal the enforcing of "intellectual property" rights and TOS.

Comment: Re:But this is not a free market (Score 1) 126

by CanEHdian (#49603571) Attached to: Judge Tosses United Airlines Lawsuit Over 'Hidden City' Tickets
It's all about competition. The price is as high as they can get away with. So if their A->B->C flight competes with direct A->C flights, they will need to ask a similar price. For A->B they compete with other A->B and A->B(-->X) flights which might end up at a higher price point if they can get away with that. It has nothing to do with 'fair' pricing. Just how high they can set it. Booking the A->B->C flight and getting off at B, in their view "robs" them of the extra revenue the A->B flight would have netted them -- even if you wouldn't have bought that ticket in the first place (now where did we hear that again?).

Comment: Re:Fair (Score 2) 126

by CanEHdian (#49603541) Attached to: Judge Tosses United Airlines Lawsuit Over 'Hidden City' Tickets

If you buy a dozen apples from a farmer, (...)?

Here's the right analogy. You want 8 apples. The farmer will sell you 8 apples at dollar each, or you can have a bag of 10 apples for 5 dollars. You buy the bag. Then you throw 2 apples away (for the birds), ending up with 8 apples for 5 dollars. The farmer will then sue you since you didn't pay 8 dollars for your 8 apples, and they can't sell the 2 apples you discarded to another customer.

Comment: Popular support (Score 2) 179

by CanEHdian (#49603435) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

more focus on launch systems and manned exploration

Perhaps a joke for the 'robotic exploration' crew out there. A man walks into a bar. Tells the bartender "Well, it's over for MESSENGER but we're getting a lot of New Horizons data soon!" Bartender: (blank stare).

Look up some old footage of public interest in NASA during the Apollo program. NASA needs to have heroes, and they need to have something that is seen as a major accomplishment. And they need it soon. Luckily the Chinese are the new Russians.

Comment: Re:More religious whackjobs (Score 1) 286

In the grand scheme of things they were lucky to have had the USA and not some other power appropriate that land.

Exactly, otherwise there would have been several trade agreements containing Investor-state dispute settlements and they'd have their native asses sued off (in front of a secretive tribunal, of course).

Comment: Obligatory Geocracy Clarification (Score 1) 109

For the citizens of democratic countries: Canada (and many English-speaking countries) is not a democracy but a geocracy, which ensure geographic regions (called ridings) are fairly represented. As can be seen on this official GoC website less than 4 in 10 Canadians voted for the party that somehow has an absolute majority in parliament.

Comment: Re: Do not (Score 1) 133

by CanEHdian (#49552733) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

Exactly. The big trick way back when was a limited written history. When craving into stone tablets you only hit the highlights and none of the gritty details. So people ended up duplicating each other's work hundreds if not thousands of times before paper copies started getting created.

Savages! Wonder why it took that long for Copyright to be invented.

Comment: Why this HURTS society (Score 1) 309

The record labels (here CRIA, the Canadian RIAA, trying to hide behind the official-sounding 'Music Canada' moniker) often like to say that there is no benefit to society when works fall into the public domain.

Here is what I use. Suppose you haven't been in touch with your father and you learn he passed away, and you have inhereted whatever is in the house he rented. You go to this house, up the attic and find a few dusty containers full of old 50s and 60s vinyl records, most performed by artists you've never heard of, with a record player. You start listening... and can't get enough!

These records falling into the public domain, and being made available by volunteers, is like giving is all these dusty containers full of old vinyls to go through. Yes there might be the odd Leonard Cohen (haven't seen him line up at the food bank, by the way), but the large majority has been forgotten. This is our heritage! This needs to be preserved and widely shared.

On another note, people with vast vinyl collections purchased with the understanding that they would enter the public domain in the mid-to-late 2010s, are they eligible to demand compensation for the sudden drop in value?

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.