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Comment Re:Someone start a defense fund (Score 1) 955

The fact that the program is actually not even really that bad just makes his future problems seem like a case of unloading a firearm into his foot for no good reason.

So, spying on every single communication in the US is "not really that bad"? So what kind of program would be bad?

Comment Re:Strongly Disagree (Score 1) 250

So, because most teachers don't have a degree in the subject they are teaching (do you have statistics on that highly precise number?), you think a parent, who most likely hasn't seen a classroom in the last 10 years (at the very least) and hasn't read anything on the subject taught in 20 could do better?

I have had my share of bad teachers, but there were definitely a lot more good teachers than bad ones, and pretty much none that simply "read the textbooks" to me...

I was pretty good in school, I have a history of very grades all through my education, most people would tell you I would make a very good teacher, but there's no way I could possibly teach all the subject in a child's program.

How many homeschooled kids have actually become scientists, in the last 20 years, for instance?

Comment Re:Double dipping (Score 1) 129

True, but I paid for the song, then I paid for the 3 or 4 storage medium that I use to store that file I already paid for.
Once again, as with DRM or unskippable ads, only the people who actually respect the law get the bad treatment. The rest of us buy our media in the countries where such a tax doesn't exist (Luxemburg, Andorra...)

Comment Re:Double dipping (Score 4, Interesting) 129

Actually, in Europe, in most of the countries (but not all), you pay a tax on every single storage media that's called "private copy tax".

It's supposed to compensate artists for the loss incurred because of people LEGALLY copying their music (and not because of piracy, as that would be taxing an illegal practice, which is... illegal)

It includes cd's or dvd's, but also hard drives, phones (even dumb phones with a few megs of storage...), ipods...

In practice, it means that you get taxed when:

- You buy a song, and store in on your ipod : you pay

- you then transfer that song to your hard drive: you pay

- then you decide to copy it on your phone: you pay

The list could go on and on...

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