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Comment: Re:Don't be too sure of yourself. (Score 1) 279

by diamondmagic (#46498633) Attached to: The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

Economists call it a sunk cost - it's a cost that's already been incurred, and cannot be recovered. We should still try and recover whatever benefit there is, even if continuing the behavior into the future is harmful.

Sunk costs: Even if your farm is going to turn a loss this year, you STILL need to sell the corn crop and minimize your losses!

Comment: There's plenty of free decoders (Score 1) 235

by diamondmagic (#46257387) Attached to: FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

File formats aren't copyrightable, and therefore the "FLOSS" label does not apply. Only specific software is copyrightable, and last I checked, there's a plethora of Free Software encoders and decoders, including ffmpeg, x264, etc.

What the maintainer of the codec wishes to do isn't my problem, and it's not Wikimedia's problem.

Comment: Re:ah, yes (Score 1) 535

by diamondmagic (#46158001) Attached to: US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

No one is against equality, they're against the FCC dictating that. The government doesn't have the power to force private parties to do anything. How do you expect the FCC to enforce their regulations? The FBI.

But don't take my word for it: EFF: "We are not confident that Internet users can trust the FCC, or any government agency, with open-ended regulatory authority of the Internet."

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