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Comment: Re:Will local rights holders sue? (Score 1) 153

by gronofer (#47405393) Attached to: New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

Geo-locking content has been declared illegal in New Zealand, thus the rights holders don't have any stand to sue.

I'm surprised the studios haven't forced technical counter-measures by now, i.e., making Netflix et. al. blacklist the proxy servers / VPNs from access to their streaming servers.

Comment: Re: OR (Score 1) 250

Not to mention all those home and small business routers that don't support IPv6. I know mine doesn't, but then it's at least 10 years old. The last time I looked, maybe 2 or 3 years ago, it was actually hard to buy such a router with IPv6 support. Maybe things have improved since then.

Comment: Re:Or maybe... (Score 1) 309

by gronofer (#47227673) Attached to: Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages
But there are so many languages, most of which seem to give little or anything new. The developers claim that they are better than C or C++. However C and C++ are hardly state of the art in language design. I'd be more interested to know how they compare to OCaml or Common Lisp, and whether perhaps improving one of those languages would be an easier option. Each new language seems like so much work in new frameworks and libraries and developer migration effort that they should be put into wide scale use quite sparingly.

Comment: Re:Minimum wages create unemployment (Score 1) 1040

by gronofer (#47160521) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Government statistics don't tell the whole story. You are counted as employed if you work 1 hour per week. Add up all the part time people who would prefer to be full-time employed and all those who are retired or studying or whatever but would prefer to be employed, and you'd get a much higher number.

The $16 minimum wage doesn't even tell the whole story in Australia. There are legally mandated "award" rates for most occupations that are somewhat higher.

I live in a regional town, where the local economy apparently can't copy with the wage rates set in the large cities, and unemployment is more like 12%.

Comment: Re:Minimum wages create unemployment (Score 1) 1040

by gronofer (#47160457) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
You have a point. However I still think it's a stupid system. If the government thinks that the low paid don't receive enough money, then it should just give them some more, not put them out of work and then give them a benefit that's probably even lower than they'd have been receiving in a job. I think the benefit is less than half what the minimum wage would be for working a 40 hour week.

Comment: Re:robots (Score 2) 402

by gronofer (#46645609) Attached to: NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space
It's not so much the space travel technology, but the technology that would allow a truely sustainable human colony in a hostile environment. Show me that it's even possible to build a sustainable human colony in a domed city somewhere on Earth (without importing food, water, computers etc.,) and then perhaps it will be time to start thinking about living on Mars. Then you can start worrying about all the true space problems, such as shortage of water, excessive radiation, and wrong gravity and temperatures.

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