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Comment: Re:Not a boycott but a confirmation (Score 3, Insightful) 288

by dskoll (#47958995) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

systemd does have some very good ideas when it comes to the init system. Socket-based activation and process supervision are Very Good Things.

But when the systemd developers started trying to embrace, extend and extinguish other things like syslog, core dumps, etc. then systemd jumped the shark.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 316

by dskoll (#47949657) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

How about penalizing clothing manufacturers unless they make certain amount of clothing in Canada with a Canadian theme.

You've been listening to the CBC again. Link is to an excellent Canadian comedy show, by the way, that I'm sure would survive even without CanCon protection.

Comment: Re:CRTC needs to be reined in (Score 1) 316

by dskoll (#47949619) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Killing a non-competitive industry causes short-term pain. But in the long-term, a more competitive and stronger industry will emerge.

Just as the US and Canada should never have rescued the auto-makers when they imploded, there's no way a government should use taxes or protectionist laws to protect non-competitive industries.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 316

by dskoll (#47949111) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

If everyone starts watching all their TV on Netflex and similar services, Canadian TV could all but disappear.

Speaking as a proud Canadian, I say: Good. That's called the power of the free market.

I have no doubt that 90% of Canadian content producers would shrivel up and die without CRTC protection. I also have no doubt that the survivors would adapt, improve, and make shows that people actually want to watch, possibly even opening up an export market for Canadian content.

Any time the government protects cultural content, the quality of that content plummets because there's no free market competition to keep producers sharp.

Government can help content producers with strategic investments. TV Ontario produces far superior shows to the CBC with a fraction of the amount of government investment and in a commercial-free environment. The CBC needs to go commercial-free and concentrate on making decent shows, not copycat shows of American crap.

Comment: Re:Uh (Score 1) 316

by dskoll (#47949045) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Actually, this federal government is more likely than the Liberals and way more likely than the NDP to restrain the CRTC. So if you are not happy with the CRTC, giving Harper the boot is not going to help. (Not that I'm a Harper fan, particularly, but on this issue his party is probably closer to the consumers' position than the other parties.)

Comment: Re:Fuck Canadian content welfare system (Score 2) 316

by dskoll (#47949009) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

If you want Canadians to watch Canadian content, then... make content that Canadians want to watch. It's that simple.

I watch a few excellent Canadian shows (for example, TV Ontario's The Agenda). But most TV shows produced in Canada are crap. They're no better than the cheap American shlock.

Comment: CRTC needs to be reined in (Score 1) 316

by dskoll (#47948969) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

The CRTC is nuts. The only things the CRTC should regulate are telecommunication tariffs, bandwidth allocation, telemarketing abuse and wireless interference. Trying to "protect" Canadian content is ridiculous in 2014. Either our Canadian content is good and will find a Canadian and international audience, or it's crap and the content producers will deservedly go out of business.

There's no place any more for cultural protectionism.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1, Insightful) 950

by dskoll (#47929525) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

No, Islam is fundamentally different from other religions. It's a fascist ideology whose goal is world domination; read any of the Islamic writings to see Islams attitude towards non-Muslims. This fascist ideology is cloaked in religion in order to call those who criticize it bigoted.

Physician: One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our dogs when well. -- Ambrose Bierce

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