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Comment: Re:It's only fair (Score 2) 147

by ZipK (#47431677) Attached to: Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

It has started leveraging those stations by selling a set top box [] that decodes sub channels on its local broadcast to deliver premium channels from Showtime and Starz as well as PPV content.

It's surprising to find that the FCC has no rule against the broadcast of encrypted PPV content on public television channel allotments. Or maybe it's not surprising at all.

Comment: Cable companies welcome Aereo to the fold! (Score 1) 147

by ZipK (#47431547) Attached to: Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

The broadcasters are not happy with this move, of course, claiming that Aereo should not be allowed to flip-flop on how it defines itself.

Which, of course, Aereo didn't. The broadcasters and the supreme court defined Aereo, and Aereo's is just working within the space in which they were confined by the law.

Comment: Backward compatibility is expensive (Score 4, Informative) 199

by ZipK (#46516301) Attached to: A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

That's because software developers are always operating under the assumption that the latest version is the greatest version, when it may not be.

No it's not. It's because engineering for backward compatibility and maintaining multiple versions is both difficult and expensive. Building, testing and maintaining multiple backward compatible versions is an expense that most app vendors probably can't afford.

Comment: Re:And the Stockholders Don't Want the Policy Chan (Score 1) 348

by ZipK (#46376045) Attached to: Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

Corporate policies are made by the Board of Directors and the corporate officers. The Board directs the officers. The Board can be directed by the stockholders.

The Board isn't just directed by the stockholders, it is hired (through election), and if they so choose, fired (again, via election) by the stockholders. The Board works directly for and at the discretion of the stockholders.

Comment: Re:Actually he is debating Steyn in court (Score 5, Insightful) 393

by ZipK (#46076051) Attached to: Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

Sure would hate to see "Global Warming" get slapped down by the courts now wouldn't we?

I think we'd all breathe a sigh of relief if the courts could rationally and scientifically strike down the phenomenon of global warming, or its source in man-made activities.

+ - Legal podcasting of commercially licensed music?

Submitted by ZipK
ZipK (1051658) writes "Although there are thousands of podcasts on iTunes and elsewhere that feature commercially licensed (i.e., ASCAP, BMI and SESAC) music, they seem to be flying under the radar, rather than having found a way to legally license the music and recordings for podcasting. Live365 and the MixCloud appear to have cracked the licensing problem for user-posted streaming content, but has anyone found a practical way to license commercial music and recordings for downloadable podcasting in the US? Has anyone successfully coupled the UK's Limited On-Line License with a license for sound recordings to build license podcasts of commercially sourced music? Are there other countries with licensing organizations that more easily admit podcasting?"

Comment: Re:Door slamming shut (Score 5, Informative) 366

by ZipK (#45872297) Attached to: The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

I'm assuming the answer is "oh, I misunderstood."

(c) Neither the summary nor the article were particularly clear on whether these new rules would apply to Kickstarter-style merchandise pre-order crowdfunding. Reading the proposal, it becomes clear that the new rules would apply to the sale of securities that provide the investor a possible return in the form of a share of future revenue or profits.

Comment: The benefits of Facebook (Score 1) 163

by ZipK (#45704485) Attached to: Facebook Tracks the Status Updates and Messages You Don't Write Too

Facebook users don't expect their unposted thoughts to be collected, nor do they benefit from it.

The benefits given to you by Facebook for your unposted thoughts are on par with those for your posted thoughts: more tightly targeted advertising and the opportunity to receive special offers from Facebook's partners.

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