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Comment: idk (Score 1) 200

by Entropy98 (#46826597) Attached to: How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

I'm not sure it has much to do with DRM. If the stream is protected by DRM it will still be protected if it's saved locally. Obviously streaming makes it harder but it's very possible and Netflix shows like House of Cards on thepiratebay show it is being done.

I think one of the reasons for the absence of the feature is simplicity. When people ask me how to get movies for free I always recommend bittorrent, but most think that is too cumbersome, they just want to pick a movie and click play. If Netflix was to add the option they'd have to use a more complicated UI. They'd have people calling up complaining "It's not working" when they run out of storage, a lot of the non technical people I know still think RAM and storage are the same thing. I'd guess that the majority of Netflix users are non technical, stream from home, and not enough would use the feature to justify the development costs and complicating the UI.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 307

by Entropy98 (#46661983) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Change "reasonable chance of survival" into "very likely chance of survival" and I would change my mind, but "reasonable chance of survival" in NASA and space exploration terms means something like a 1/1000 chance of death (just pulling a number out of the air).

Space Shuttle missions had a 1/67.5 chance of death. Not the best odds.

Comment: Re:The basics... (Score 1) 324

If you know someone nearby with decent internet point an antenna at their house and use theirs. With the right antenna on each end you can get a decent connection over a mile away.

If not you could pay to have fiber run to your house and charge the neighbors for wireless access.

Comment: Re:Cant be worse (Score 1) 351

by Entropy98 (#45920757) Attached to: Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

"conspiratorial" and "money making scheme" are your loaded words not mine.

And the idea that when regulators are corrupt it means "regulation wasn't happening anymore" is ridiculous. You fear business people will abuse their power without regulations but don't fear the people trusted to make and enforce regulations will. People are the problem and you shouldn't put too much faith in any of them.

If you don't believe people make money from regulations you are either uninformed or willfully blind.

In my state all license testing is done by a private company. Needless to say this state created monopoly makes someone a lot of money.

Regulations can also be used to create barriers to entry and there are plenty of well documented cases of regulations being used to keep out competition.

Also in my state they recently legalized medical marijuana but they are only issuing a very few licenses to sell it. Who's getting one? A state senators wife.

Comment: Re:Cant be worse (Score 1) 351

by Entropy98 (#45919919) Attached to: Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulatory_capture#United_States_examples

There was a study that is often used to make the claim that "minimum wage doesn't cause unemployment" which came to it's conclusion by looking at the difference in unemployment rates between counties with different minimum wage rates despite the fact that the difference in minimum wage in these areas was negligible.

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