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Comment: Re:Time will tell (Score 5, Insightful) 350

by aaron4801 (#47508481) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same
I see so much bitching over Netflix' lack of selection/declining service/raising prices, that it makes me wonder who is forcing all these people to be a subscriber? Don't like it, don't pay for it. 99% of Netflix' problems are due to the licensing fees by the movie studios. Don't blame the messenger.

+ - The Loophole Obscuring Facebook and Google's Transparency Reports

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "The number of law enforcement requests coming from Canada for information from companies like Facebook and Google are often inaccurate thanks to a little-known loophole that loops them in with US numbers.
For example, law enforcement and government agencies in Canada made 366 requests for Facebook user data in 2013, according to the social network's transparency reports. But that's not the total number. An additional 16 requests are missing, counted instead with US requests thanks to a law that lets Canadian agencies make requests with the US Department of Justice."

Comment: Re:One hundred *billion* dollars? (Score 2) 103

Are you sure you read the comment correctly? (Am I?) I believe he was saying that the $100b will buy a tiny fraction of the 5000 helicopters that could be purchased if they spent it on the existing platform, not that the cost will be a tiny fraction of the budget.

Comment: Re:Superman logo is a Trademark (Score 2) 249

Trademark is a consumer protection law, not a corporate ownership right. Trademarks are protected to prevent consumers from buying things that they believe are produced by a particular company instead of a fraudulently produced knockoff. Since there is no commerce here, there is no chance of consumer confusion.

Comment: Amazon's on thin ice here (Score 1) 272

by aaron4801 (#47369803) Attached to: Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job
Non-compete agreements are on shaky legal ground to begin with. But pile that on top of the silicon valley lawsuits about employee poaching, and how badly that has gone for the companies involved, and you would think that Amazon wouldn't be quite so tone deaf about the issues this brings up. It's illegal to agree not to hire other employees, but if you do, they'll still sue over it? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Comment: MS got it backwards (Score 1) 681

What we wanted: Device-specific interface, with a shared software architecture for compatibility purposes. What they gave us: Device-specific architecture with a phone's interface. Apple may be able to get away with creating demand for whatever they put out (when you're selling more of a culture than a product, you can do that), but MS isn't there, and never will be.

Comment: Re:The Founding Fathers are crying.. (Score 0) 284

by aaron4801 (#46602547) Attached to: U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'
Freedom means different people/corporations are going to act differently. As long as it's not the government, or other monopoly-holding entity, they are free to do what they wish and the users are free to choose a better alternative. I would think the Founders would find it much more disturbing if this decision had gone the other way, and ruled that the State of NY basically had the final say in what one private entity can tell another private entity, inserting government approval in all communication. This is hardly different than the editorial pages of various media outlets having a particular slant, political or otherwise. Should the government get involved in making sure that no editorial board is stacked with too many supporters of one political party? That's not an America I'd like to see.

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