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Comment: Two questions (Score 1) 316

by WillAffleckUW (#47950329) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

1. Did Netflix think it could get away without offering 1/3 Canadian content in Canada in both English and French?

2. Why do they need subscriber data (unless it proves Netflix isn't addressing 1)?

It's Canada. You don't want to deal with Canadian regulators, don't do business in Canada, it's that simple (and, yes, I do have a degree in business in Canada and have run businesses and worked for them there).

Comment: Re:Non-Binding, right? -- Incorrect (Score 1) 466

by WillAffleckUW (#47947025) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

The referendum was a binding vote because it was approved by the Queen and Parliament in the confusingly titled "The Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2013"

For centuries, Canada was just something approved in "The British North American Act".

Not that confusing.

Canada was created in 1867, only was not considered Britain in 1947, gained independence in 1982 (yes, I know you don't know this, you're American, you probably think Canada is a state).

Comment: Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (Score 5, Insightful) 323

by WillAffleckUW (#47920705) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Why are you being modded down? The wars are almost entirely off budget. Maybe they'll make up for it with asset forfeitures..

They can't handle the truth. They believe in fictions written by some old lady who collected social security and received other government subsidies she railed against.

That's my guess.

But, yes, the US has an unfortunate tendancy, since the War of Independence, and the Civil War, continued to the present, of always fighting wars off budget. Which is where the budget deficits come from. Social Security pays for itself and has always had a surplus, and still does.

Comment: Re:As a private citizen (Score 5, Interesting) 213

by WillAffleckUW (#47893947) Attached to: Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

Technically, no.

You are bound by the treaties your country signed. In fact, they have more legal weight in the US than laws passed by your own Congress.

As an example, the US has signed Data Treaties with the EU and with Canada that give citizens of those countries more rights to privacy than you as an American would have (exception: if you are also a citizen of an EU country or Canada, you gain those rights in the US as well).

Same goes for any treaties signed for non-countries such as Antarctica (which you are bound to) and space (where those exist).

That's the law. That you choose to be a space pirate, is your own problem. I recommend wearing a gold colored space pirate outfit, with a cape and a cool helmet.

If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.