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Comment Amazon Instant Video (Score 3, Informative) 112 112

Amazon tried doing that to me with prime instant video on my Kindle, until I pointed out that I paid good money for the option of not having advertising on my Kindle, and that in my opinion that included while watching prime instant video. They quickly modified my account so I no longer see those ads.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 1) 452 452

But the point is volunteer moderators can easily be replaced.

While I don't run a site the size of reddit, I do have 18,000 members, 250k unique visitors per month, 100+ volunteer moderators, and 7.5 million page views a month. I know what I am talking about.

I don't have any of the problems reddit does, because I wouldn't put up with them.

Comment Reddit should (Score 0) 452 452

1. Establish their ownship of all reddits.
2. Remove the ability to have private reddits.
3. Establish a code of conduct for reddits, moderators, and members.
4. They should enforce said code of conduct.

Their members think they have reddit by the short hairs, but they don't. Reddit is the source of their traffic and reddit can take it away from them at any time. Yes some members may go elsewhere but they will be back.

Comment Re:Typical Slashdot... (Score 4, Informative) 97 97

Except for the fact that all works by U.S. Government employees in the line of duty are by default public domain, and not eligible for any copyright protection at all.

So I seriously doubt that the US Navy has an agreements with Rumblefish or any other organizations to collect royalties for their performance. It wouldn't be legal if they did.

Comment Hold them liable (Score 3, Informative) 97 97

Reuters claimed to own Nasa's video of the 1969 Moon Landings

CD Baby claimed ownership of music by an artist sang by the artist and used with their permission.

I have frequent claims on classical music especially military marches that are clearly out of copyright and are live performances.

The organization should lose all rights to claim copyright via youtube's content id after one false claim of copyright.

Youtube should also be liable for allowing blatantly false claims once they have received notification of the copyright status of public domain works.

Comment FAA Mimimum Safe Altitude (Score 1) 176 176

The FAA Mimimum Safe Altitude is 1000' so we limit consumer drones to 500'. This solves 90% of the problems. We prohibit use of any drones within 3 miles of controlled airspace at airports.

At wildfires simplly allow police and firefighters involved aircraft operations only, to use highpower frequency jammers when the aircraft are within 3 miles of their position. Then you require any drones that lose control signals to automatically land safely.

If their drone was over the fire and they lose it then that is the operators fault.

When the air operations are complete the jammer is turned off and the drone operator can recover their drone by simply taking off.

Have federal penalties that would apply for the improper use of these jammers at any non-aircraft involved operations.

Comment It's simple. (Score 1) 479 479

When you call walk them through the process, list every thing you have tried and the results, When you get through ask them to escalate it.

As a 20 year IT Pro, I have on occasion found that I too have missed something simple that fixed the problem during this process. But normally I don't miss anything.

It also doesn't hurt that I have the direct phone number of the head network engineer for my ISP.

Comment No expectation of Privacy say what? (Score 1) 216 216


I very well do have a legal expectation of privacy. cell blocked (or cellular blocked) is a phrase applied to scanners and wideband receivers manufactured for sale in the US which denotes that they comply with the provisions of PL 102-556, which amended Section 302 of the Communications Act (47USC302) to prohibit manufacture, importation, or certification of scanners which could receive the frequency band allocated for analog AMPS cellular telephony, "the frequencies allocated to the domestic cellular radio telecommunications service":


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