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Comment Re:ENough Bullshit. It Definitely Can Be Free (Score 1) 398

When the internet started, yes, everything was free. It was also almost entirely educational institutions and hobbyists. These things don't scale. Yes I can provide free e-mail to my friends and family, but I can't give it to everyone. As more "consumers" joined the web, it became a lot more one sided. Most people on the internet now provide nothing of value to the internet. I can provide a free product (say facebook, google, drop box, etc) when I can handle the load off of one computer. When demand grows, I either have to shut it off or monetize it, I can't continue to give it away when the demand for my product requires a million dollar server farm on every continent.

To provide a car analogy:
I can give my friend a ride to work for free every day so he has no need to have a car. I might even be able to work a couple more friends in. But eventually, I either have to charge for the ride and become a full time taxi service, or start saying no.

Comment Re: Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 1) 391

It's common to have polarity, but not directionality. It's always been common to have them denoted in some way (usually a white stripe on the jacket, or gold/silver wire, etc). This denotes your "common" and your "signal" (alternating). Polarity is different than directionality. The arrow would indicate that a signal travels through better one way than another, which would mean your cable is acting as a diode. If that doesn't fail spec I don't know what would.

Comment Re:Jamming (Score 3, Informative) 368

Mandatory mode? Mine runs a modular radio system which I can operate on any band I choose, including digital over cellular if I so desire. It also runs open source software on open source hardware, so it's pretty easy to control what "modes" it can operate on. This isn't something that can be controlled by a dictating rules to a few commercial manufacturers, though I don't know if statistically that may solve the majority of the problem. They're not hard or expensive to build. The flight controller is nothing more than an arduino with an accelerometer and (optional) GPS.

Comment Re:Kickstarter and Pre-ordering (Score 2) 223

I would say there's one BIG difference.
The employee working at EA is doing so for a considerable salary. His wife may not feel the money is worth his sacrifices (and I agree, but to each their own). Because of that, he has a choice, and can easily move to a different job, even if he does have to take a pay cut, and have a good quality of life.

The employee at the clothing company may be 12, may be a single mother with no skills, etc, and the job is held over them as a means of survival. They may NOT have a choice if they have grown accustomed to eating, even if it is only rice and beans.

It's really not a comparison in any way.

Comment Re:Intent matters. (Score 2) 312

Information that could make civilians more dangerous to police or military should not be available to civilians at all, obviously

Obviously! We wouldn't want the ability for the peasants to stand up to a rogue dictatorship. The police and military should not have to fear repercussions from their actions against against the undesirables. Let the ruling class do whatever they want, as history has repeatedly shown, as long as I can still get a Big Mac and watch American Idol!

Government entities and proponents of such love to use the "If you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about" argument, but shouldn't the same be said of police, military, and others that we grant the authority to "rule" over us? What about information that makes the police or military more dangerous to us?

"The Avis WIZARD decides if you get to drive a car. Your head won't touch the pillow of a Sheraton unless their computer says it's okay." -- Arthur Miller