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Comment Hello! (Score 1) 351

There is a precedent with the "Hello" webrtc calling functionality, which also relies on a proprietary service. I wish Mozilla had invested in writing a decent WebRTC server, it's really something that is missing from the WebRTC ecosystem. Currently we only have MCUs (where all the media goes throught the server) and hosted services, but no good P2P WebRTC service.

Comment Re:Funny how this works ... (Score 1) 184

Very different, Netflix licenses the content from the copyright owners. So this case is about regulatory oversight, not about copyrights. In particular, it's about knowing if Netflix has to pay to produce "canadian content", it's about knowing if there will be any Canadian TV in the future or not. And the big problem is that English Canadians like the idea of Canadian TV, but they don't watch it and aren't ready to pay for it, they'd rather watch Americans shows, etc.

French Canada (Quebec) is a whole different matter because there is a cultural and language barrier that keeps foreign content as 2nd tier.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 533

systemd's big feature of the alternatives is that is also supervises running deamons after they've been started. OpenRC (and baselayout 1.x, it's predecessor), tried to do it, but in a half-hearted way that never really worked. That why we have the "zap" command to tell the init system "you think this daemon is running, but it's actually not". With systemd, this kind of thing can no happen because it actually uses modern kernel features to keep track.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 4, Interesting) 533

PolicyKit specifically can be compiled to use consolekit instead of systemd for session tracking.

Except that, last I heard, Lennart is also the maintainer of ConsoleKit, and he has officially declared it dead in favor of systemd-logind. Seriously, the reason everyone choses systemd is because it's just better. And as a former Gentoo dev with a good knowledge of openrc, systemd is one or two levels above.

Comment Re:Odd... (Score 2) 186

Switching between the two distributions (or even Scientific Linux) is already as easy as switching repos and updating a few branding specific packages. I'd imagine that Red Hat would make the process even easier to do so in the next release.

Actually their FAQ says that isn't an option, you have to re-install from scratch to get an officially supported system (as the binaries are not exactly the same).

Comment Re:Two-edged sword? (Score 2) 162

Sorta... well no, It's still highly illegal and you can get sued for making an illegal copy.

For example: some Canadians got sued for coping "Hurt Locker" (The erotic comedy about two gay shoe store employees and their love of leather uppers.)

This is entirely untrue, in Canada, making copies of AUDIO recoding for personal use IS legal.. This only applies to Audio content, not to movies, etc. This is also why the levy is only on CDs, not on DVDs for example.

Comment Re:evidence-based policy (Score 1) 1106

Capital gains is also normally irrelevant to all but the "pretty rich"

Buy a house for $200K, sell it for $300K years later would be $100K in capitol gains. Many people who are not "pretty rich" do that. Then there are 401K's, Small stock portfolios, etc.

For that specific use-case, you can use the Canadian model, where capital gains on one's primary residence are not taxable, this covers the 99%.

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"

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