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Comment: Re:The problem is presentation, not recording. (Score 4, Insightful) 225

by hoxford (#42097449) Attached to: Supreme Court Blocks Illinois Law Against Recording Police

As long as cops are given the authority to use force above and beyond what ordinary citizens are they expected to behave differently than ordinary citizens. They are supposed to follow the law and follow their training. If they cannot behave better than a typical goon when confronted with an emotionally charged situation then they should not be given any more authority than a typical goon. Ultimately, though, you are correct which is why the idea that only cops should be allowed to carry guns is silly.

Comment: Re:Facts! Don't talk to me about facts! (Score 1) 663

Yes yes... we *know* it's not stealing or theft already.

Then why do people continue to use that word to describe it?

Saying theft is not the same as piracy, is like saying

...like saying that piracy is not theft in response to people continuing to use the word theft to describe piracy over, and over, and over, and over... That's what it's like. And it's necessary because despite the repetition people still do not seem to get it.

Yes, copyright infringement technically isn't theft. But it might as well be, and it should carry the same penalty and weight because it's close enough to theft

No, it's not as people have clearly pointed out over and over again. Yet people like you still can't see the difference. Go educate yourself.

Comment: Re:Facts! Don't talk to me about facts! (Score 1) 663

Same thing applies to Slashdot. Threads of this exact nature pop up every 2 months or so for the last 10 years -- and the point they're trying to make is still incorrect.

No, they aren't trying to make the point you think they're trying to make. The MPAA lies about piracy and its impact on their profits. They distort reality at every opportunity in order to get horrific legislation passed and create propaganda to twist the minds of people who haven't studied the facts. Combating that misinformation is the point of articles such as this. The copyright holders can attempt to choose their business model (though the market may reject it) but they should not be able to distort reality in pursuit of favorable legislation.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 5, Interesting) 891

by hoxford (#38616636) Attached to: Why Fuel Efficiency Advances Haven't Translated To Better Gas Mileage

Ok. But should taxes be used to capture the costs of externalities not accounted for otherwise?

For instance, the increase in the cost of healthcare caused by polution isn't reflected in the price of gas at the pump. That cost is passed along to society at large. Do you think it's appropriate for that cost to be captured by a tax?

Comment: Re:By Slashdot standards, Reddit's crap looks savo (Score 3, Informative) 91

by hoxford (#38221760) Attached to: GamePro Shutting Down After 22 Years

Slashdot today is a bad joke. I often find better content and discussions on Twitter.

IMHO, part of the problem is that most Slashdot comments are literally bad jokes. Too many of the comments are feeble attempts at humor by some attention starved idiot who believes he/she is far more clever than they actually are.

Comment: Re:The patents in question are - (Score 0) 386

by hoxford (#38066312) Attached to: Barnes & Noble Names Microsoft's Disputed Android Patents

You forgot the descriptions.

6,339,780 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
5,579,517 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
5,652,913 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
5,758,352 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
6,791,536 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
6,897,853 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
6,339,780 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
5,778,372 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
5,889,522 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
6,891,551 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places
6,957,233 - Trivial something or other that would be obvious to any developer and is found many other places

There, much more complete and informative.

Comment: Re:Good... (Score 2, Insightful) 94

by hoxford (#33252038) Attached to: MagicJack Moving To Smartphones

You start with talking about VOIP via wireless then switch to talking about hard-wired circuit switched technology? What is your point exactly?

I'm pretty sure that VOIP over 3G can carry more simultaneous calls per cell than GSM or CDMA2000 so I'd dispute your claim that it's incredibly inefficient. And compared with a dedicated, circuit-switched 64kbit stream like the ISDN calls you mention, it's VERY efficient.

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