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Comment Re:Well then... (Score 1) 114

Pirate bay just raised the bar...

Honest question -- who wants to stream media?? Why?

At home I do not have good internet and I often watch stuff while traveling (flights, buses, coffee shops).

I'd be more likely to pay for a service that can pre-load things for future use.
Example: I can't even find hi-def movie trailers that don't insist on streaming themselves every time. Even for free stuff that they (presumably) want me to watch, I have to work hard to get a local copy for myself. But I don't know why.

Comment Re:The solution? (Score 1) 442

I think I would rather just pay the $10, OR NOT PARK ILLEGALLY AND GET THE FINE in the first place!

You must live in a wonderful place where fines are only given to illegally parked cars. Over time, I've gotten a number of tickets both for a reason and without

When I got a $100+ "parked in emergency zone" ticket for no reason, I went to court and had it removed. But for regular parking tickets it is definitely not worth my time. Problem is -- there is zero penalty for giving a bogus ticket.

Comment Re:Private Profit, Public Costs much? (Score 2) 442

One thing I noted from the description was that the 25% goes to Vigilant, pure profit for them. But if the person can't pay, it's arrest and probably jail, bail, and all that - which is a public cost. I'm sure vigilant isn't seeing any of those costs.

Also, for anyone who is accidentally getting on this "debt" list, these people can either pay the fee or fight it at their own expense. There is no downside to either police or Vigilant to falsely list someone

I'd be surprised if they don't regularly add a few people at random. If the person can afford it, they will pay the fine rather than spend day in court to prove their innocence. Worst case scenario, nothing is collected.

Comment Re:Who wants geo-blocking? (Score 1) 172

If they can convince the content owners that the VPN problem cannot be solved, all the better for both Netflix and the users.

Or maybe it should be illegal to do Geo-blocking, particularly if it applies to customers who reside in the correct region but happen to be traveling this month. Why should they even need to use VPN to access their paid-for account while traveling??
I am certainly amazed that DVD region restrictions are (apparently) legal. Why does globalization (e.g. H1-B) only work for corporations?

Comment Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 289

This is just the usual bullshit from people that get starry-eyes when fantasizing how the future will be, but have no clue how reality actually works.

Oh, I don't think so. It's not starry-eye people at all

Facebook is hoping you would replace your phone with a Facebook (TM) app. And Windows is surely hoping that your Windows Live (TM) login would serve the same function (after you login to your Windows account on your desktop/laptop/phone/car, your calls should just carry over via Skype, right?)

Other venues are hoping for the same thing, but don't have the penetration to seriously expect this.

Comment Re:Also unblocks the update (Score 1) 720

they have destroyed any goodwill and trust they built up in recent years.

What "goodwill" and "trust" have they built up in recent years? Somehow a newly bought (about a year ago) laptop crashes hard during installation off Win7 disk. This has to be at least semi-intentional.

if they expect people to buy into their new software-as-a-service approach

Hopefully that will severely damage Office (one can dream). This idea of having cloud-based office documents and paying an annual subscription fee for the honor is not so great for the users. And they are pushing that hard too.

Comment Re:It's a great move forward. (Score 1) 202

There should also be punishments or reprimands if the device is turned off during a shift (malfunctions aside).

That's a key part right there. If there is no punishment, then videos would exonerate when helpful and "disappear" when not so helpful.

From what I understand there was at least one incident when something like 16 different dashboard car cameras all simultaneously "malfunctioned" during a beating incident.

Comment Re:Executive orders? Like the NSA scandals? (Score 1) 935

there's no way this sort of decision should be being made by the President.

Indeed, quote below has my emphasis added

Obama would devote $500 million more in federal funding to treating mental illness -- a move that could need congressional approval

When did the President gain the ability to budget things directly without Congress? Same goes for investing money into other things in the TFA (additional background check staff for FBI, etc).

Comment Re:Sounds like a good idea (Score 1) 77

The Uber drivers are already paying registration fees, and fuel taxes, which are proportional to mileage

The Uber riders already pay a "safe rides" fee and, in Chicago, a "Chicago" fee and an "Airport or Navy Pier destination" fee, the latter one being $5.
I think taxes will be levied until the price is the same for both cabs and Uber rides. Airport cost (Chicago downtown to Midway airport) went from ~$18 to ~$25 in the last few months.

Comment Re:Anonymous travel (Score 1) 428

Buses are supposed to check it too, although they don't (yet?)

Concord trailways certainly does check for ID, requiring it for the person traveling. At least on the routes involving Logan airport, Boston South Station and Portland, Maine. They have been doing this for a few years, and I am yet to figure out why (is there a law?)

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