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Comment: Re:The review, it does something... as does sandbo (Score 1) 69

Android Apps don't ask for permissions, they list demands. Once you've installed the App, you're just forced to just live with all their demands, uninstall, or root your phone. iPhones, on the other hand, allow you to grant and revoke permissions on the fly.

I realize that here on slashdot, rooting your phone may not seem like a big deal, but it's a pain and violates my agreement with my carrier--not something I'm willing to do.

Comment: Re:ASCAP and BMI (Score 1) 218

by gumbi west (#49475277) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

You weight to avoid this. So if a station has a 10% chance of getting into the sample, you multiply it's results by 10. If a station has a 100% chance (say some huge NYC station) you multiply it's results by 1. This is how estimation via sampling works. Survey methodology is a real field and it's not occupied by idiots as you seem so willing to believe.

Comment: Re:Work made for hire (Score 1) 218

by gumbi west (#49475259) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

No arguing there, and that's probably how they are paid. When the firm decides if it should make an additional album (so, this would be a low level star group, they always make as many huge star songs as they can get from them), they have to think about how much it will cost and how much money they will make. If they think it will make more money than it will cost, they probably make the album / song.

Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 3, Informative) 218

by gumbi west (#49467985) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

There are a lot of people besides artists who work hard to make music. There are many jobs that need to be done. It's like a movie--think of how many people you could name that work on a movie vs how many appear in the credits. Yes, the people you could name get paid more, but everyone else in the industry still would rather have that money to do that movie job than some other job.

Human's have a tendency to focus on the obvious (the star, in this case) and not to think about the everything else--but it's still there, even if we don't think about it. It's like dark matter and dark energy in that way, I guess.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 349

by gumbi west (#49467609) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

Hi, can you explain what you mean by this, "Government should not be concerned with redistributing wealth (which is almost wholly unrelated to the legitimate social responsibility of caring for the poor and needy)."?

Also, progressivity has decines quite a bit in the US over the last 40 years.
  http://eml.berkeley.edu/~saez/...

and there are good reasons to want a progressive system https://www.aeaweb.org/article...

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 1) 441

by gumbi west (#49467553) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

Ok, when did regulation help with communication. Let's see. maybe when we all payed taxes and then funded the creations of TCP/IP and arpanet. Just throwing that one out there.

Another time government regulation was good--when we didn't allow banks to do anything but be boring with deposit accounts and loans. These rules were lifted in the late 90s and slow but steady growth was turned into an erratic economy.

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