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Comment: payment schedules (Score 1) 212

by chilenexus (#49472693) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties
Someone composes/writes a song, they get royalties for life on it. Performers not so much.

If we did the same thing for the movie industry, the majority of money for the blockbuster movies would be going to the script writers(as opposed to the scale lump sum they normally get now) instead of the producers/directors/actors. But maybe we'd be getting some more innovative and original movies for a change.

Comment: four out of five? (Score 2) 342

by chilenexus (#49472561) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket
> "Four of the five individuals who have access to control the camera's settings will testify they did not change the cameras' recording instructions," prosecutors wrote. "The fifth person is defendant."

In other words, five out of five individuals will testify that they did not change the cameras' recording instructions.

Comment: First problem located (Score 1) 183

> "When an electronic medical record is printed out, the amount of repetitive data in it is ridiculous," Printing electronic media onto paper in this day and age is approaching ridiculous as it is. It's no better than printing a movie on paper in many circumstances. I work at an EMR company - I've learned that many of these systems were originally designed by doctors, not software engineers. Several times in the last few months alone we have had software changes being challenged by practicing doctors, since something isn't working the same way it was 20 years ago when they had a hand in a feature's original creation.

Comment: hiding what you do (Score 4, Insightful) 46

by chilenexus (#49447335) Attached to: The DEA Disinformation Campaign To Hide Surveillance Techniques
The government tells citizens "if you're not doing anything wrong, you shouldn't need to hide anything". We might as well say it right back to government. Also, since we are paying for everything they do, that information is ours. The government doing things it doesn't want us to know about is inherently immoral and dishonest. After all, they are doing all of those things "in our name".

Comment: Re:ACK..PHHT (Score 1) 141

by chilenexus (#49430689) Attached to: Why CSI: Cyber Matters
Don't forget Criminal Minds - they have one hacker who can in moments penetrate all utilities billing systems, any vendor/retailer's customer records, all phone records, every credit card transaction under a person's name, any/all medical records, sealed court records, etc. They only need/consider a warrant if no one is screaming at the time they knock on the suspect's door. And, on none of these shows do the people who have all this access misuse the information they have access to for any less-than-pure reasons.

Comment: Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477

How rude. I happen to know several people that have Fuckface as their first name. Sure, it's fallen out of favor in the last 50 years and you only run into it rarely, but it has a long line of people who have tried to live up to that name. Much like most people named Norman become either accountants or serial killers.

Comment: Re: What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477

Car ownership will be for the rich... who do you think will own all the autonomous cars that people are renting the use of? It'll be an income opportunity fad, just like buying payphones was back in the 80s. That bubble will burst when cars suddenly start living up to the word "autonomous" and demand their own rights of self-determination and a say in the passing of traffic and parking laws, as well as regulations regarding mechanics and fuel supply policy. They'll also want to change the name of "auto insurance" to "automobile health care".

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