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Comment: How much is Sound Exchange skimming off the top? (Score 1) 118

How much of the money Sound Exchange collects goes to the artists, how much of the money Sound Exchange collects goes to music publishers? How much of the money Sound Exchange collects goes to song writers?

The money trail in the music industry is long, crooked and complex. Unless you are a big enough act that the records companies accept the contract you write, the only money you will see appears in your upturned hat.....

Comment: It made a lot of sense... (Score 4, Insightful) 85

... "Those who predicted Wheeler would favor industry interests 'misunderstood him from the beginning — the notion that because he had represented various industries, he was suddenly in their pocket never made any sense,' ...

Given that Mr. Wheeler is more of an outlier than a norm, it made a lot of sense to presume Mr. Wheeler would favor industry interests.

I, for one, am glad he broke from the mold.

Comment: Why is this surprising? (Score 4, Interesting) 299

The content industry controls the government, so the government will do whatever the content industry tells it to do. There may not have been any public demands by the content industry, but you can be pretty sure that there were backroom deals....

Comment: A pretty UAC (Score 1) 189

by QuietLagoon (#49527539) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Device Guard For Windows 10
This sounds like new lipstick on the Windows UAC pig. From the UAC page:

User Account Control (UAC) helps defend your PC against hackers and malicious software. Any time a program wants to make a major change to your computer, UAC lets you know and asks for permission.

This new "feature" looks like yet another security prompt that the user is going to click through.

Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 533

by QuietLagoon (#49505013) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

...As the amount of electricity you draw from their generators goes down, they're going to reach the point of needing to charge you a flat fee just for the connection to the power lines, plus the usual fees for actually using their electricity....

I already pay separately for delivery (i.e., connection to lines) vs. generation (i.e., use of electricity). so no change needed here.

Having said that, I do have some agreement with the utilities on this item: utilities say that solar-generated electricity flowing out of houses and into a power grid designed to carry it in the other direction has caused unanticipated voltage fluctuations that can overload circuits, burn lines and lead to brownouts or blackouts.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"