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Comment: Re:Slashdot news for Nerds (Score 1) 80

by geekoid (#48030379) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

". Discussing legal ramifications of a regulatory change seems pretty nerdy to me."
ANd there are a lot of site that specialize in law that are discussing it. /. is the worse place to discuss it because there are no experts here, and most people haven't even read the FCC ruling itself.

"Discussing legal ramifications of a regulatory change"
I don't think people spouting off their incorrect interpretation of the ruling and having no legal background actually count as a discussion so much as it is angry wankery

". I doubt that a sports site would be as interested in the legal aspects of the change;"
no, they have the same wankery going on on those site as slashdot does.

Comment: Re:So nothing happened? (Score 1) 80

by geekoid (#48030301) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

It means if it's broadcast in non blackout area, the cable/sat can play it in the local area. here, the doc. explains better than I:

  The Federal Communications Commission today repealed its sports blackout rules, which prohibited cable and satellite operators from airing any sports event that had been blacked out on a local broadcast station. The action removes Commission protection of the NFL’s current private blackout policy, which requires local broadcast stations to black out a game if a team does not sell a certain percentage of tickets to the game at least 72 hours prior to the game. The Order finds that the Commission’s sports blackout rules are no longer justified in light of the significant changes in the sports industry since these rules were first adopted nearly forty years ago.

Comment: Re:Goes to show (Score 1) 80

by geekoid (#48030069) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

Regulation is why the country is so stable. Yes it has ups and downs, but nothing compared to other countries that don't have regulation, or enforcement there of.

"I am from the government"
the most dangerous words in the English language are "I am from the government"

These NFL regulations made sense initially, but should have ended a decade age.

Comment: Re:Going Cable! (Score 1) 80

by geekoid (#48030051) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

If someone is a fan and doesn't have cable.Sat. then they aren't going to get it because of this ruling.
The NFL needs to wake up and start selling streaming packages to whomever ants them.

I know a lot of fans would would pay for that service, but since it's not offered, then end up going through UK sites.

Comment: Re:A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare (Score 1) 419

by geekoid (#48027213) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Less then 20k in most place in the US where I've looked into it, some place as low as 12K.
If ytou want to take a couple of lesson to earn how to do it your self, now it's 6k
My research was from a 20 panels on a home.

You can also lay a track system that can expand. So you can add a panel when you have the money if you don't want to finance.

"Oh and a majority of the US gets about 4-5 hours of usable sunlight a day"

"In the US it 'almost' makes sense financially."
long term, it makes sense right now for the vast majority of America.

"Yes please tell me how totalitarian states have made my life so much better. "
now you are blathering.

A link to Henry Hazlitt? really?

capitalism has not failed. IT mkaes business owners money.
The current incoarnation of capitalizm is failing, in that it's destroying the middle class.

Look at the broken window situation. In that situation underlying assumption is that paying for a broken window means the owner won't buy something else. That's not true in most cases. In fact, if the shop owner has a billion dollars he isn't going to spend anyways, then it would make sense to break his windows every day.
Money's real value is there ONLY when it's doing work.
Hazlitt, and others, base their economic on a time where owners where local, small shops using local people.
It no longer applies, and trying to apply it only gives an excuse for international corporations to horde more money.

So, it you goal is to have a few rich giant corporations that dictate peoples live, then yes current capitalism works. For those of us that want a strong middle class, innovation, and industrious people it is not working.

Now on the other side, there are compaie where breaking a window would mean money not spend elseware. But it isn't one for one since its a business expense.

So we need a form of capitalism that can look at both sides of this, build a strong middle class in a country that's industrious. That means regulations and taxes.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 419

by geekoid (#48026995) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

No politician is salivating to track out cars. That's just a nightmare on every front.
Law Enforcement is a different ball of wax. Not that it matters.

Just tax electricity.
Everyone benefits from the highway system and roads.
It's simple, removes tracking.

Also, gas taxes pay for 50% of roads.
75, billion out of about 150 billion
in 2011 America used 4 TKw.
So that would be a tax of .0019 cents for kw.
Hell, make it a penny and 100% for roads, and a good mass transit system.

Comment: Idiot (Score 5, Insightful) 90

"The bill's exceptions, however, appear to be too narrow and could impose requirements beyond what is required by either the 4th Amendment or the privacy provisions in the California Constitution."

Lamest excuse ever. If it didn't "go beyond" what is required by the US and state Constitutions, there would be no need for the law!


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