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Comment: Re:Robot factories (Score 2) 257

by jedidiah (#48283103) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

Why should non-profits get a free ride? If a University wants to retain their underwater basket weaving department then they should either find donors or students willing to pay cash.

Non-profits have escalated their tuition at brutal rates and have been doing so for decades. So I really don't have much sympathy for them either.

Comment: Re:Not a Fan of Google Glass, But... (Score 1) 320

by jedidiah (#48282279) Attached to: MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

There is also confusion regarding the whole "copyright is illegal" thing. Copyright violations can be a crime or they can be a tort. In the general vernacular, "being against the law" only applies to things that are criminal.

Things that give other people standing to sue you are not "illegal" in the vernacular use of that term.

Not sure how actual lawyers would split that particular hair.

Furthermore, the line between crime and non-crime is fluid. That is that it changes over time. It's also notable that the existence of that line by itself is enough to distinguish imaginary property from real property.

Real property interests don't expire.

Comment: Re:Not a Fan of Google Glass, But... (Score 1) 320

by jedidiah (#48281577) Attached to: MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

There is nothing to protect themselves from here. They are just being jerks for no good reason.

Also, this is not "private property" we're talking about here but a "public accommodation". Getting to do business with the public means that there are any number of compromises you have to make with your "property rights".

Comment: Re: how many small businesses has Obama killed? (Score 1) 614

by jedidiah (#48280461) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

We are free citizens of a democracy?

It is not the role of government to force people to buy things.

Furthermore, Obamacare has done NOTHING to make health care more affordable. It does not address health care at all. It's a gift to the health INSURANCE industry.

You are laboring under the bogus notion that "health insurance" == "health care"

Insurance rates have not gone down and insurance plans haven't gotten better. If anything, people's attempts to be responsible and self-reliant are being actively sabotaged.

AVOIDING insurance still remains the cheapest option in many cases.

Comment: Re:It freakin' works fine (Score 0) 702

by jedidiah (#48278335) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Yes but at least pulseaudio seems easy enough to turn your back on. If you have a lowend system or just no tolerance for errors, you can rip out pulseaudio easily enough.

That doesn't seem to be the case.

I wish I could say that about systemd but that doesn't seem to be the case. It even violates that design aspect of Unix.

The real problem is that nothing was broken before. So the absolute best you can hope for is "it didn't break things".

Comment: Re:I welcome the Death Spiral (Score 1) 386

by jedidiah (#48271665) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

> People "think" they want TV a la carte (pay for only the channels you want) but they don't understand how the industry works

You can already get ala carte RIGHT NOW. It's called iTunes and Amazon. Since Amazon is nice and open with it's platform, anyone can see how much they might spend if they were to trade cable for "ala carte". There is no mystery here.

On the other hand, some people just hate the idea that they are subsidizing dreck like Duck Dynasty. We're that kind of cable cutter.

So the price of shows on Amazon isn't even a thing for us since no one in the household minds paying for shows we actually like.

Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 386

by jedidiah (#48271507) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

A PC acting as a DVR should be running IDLE most of the time. It should be pretty much nearly completely shut down and not drawing much of anything.

Although there's commercial detection and flagging to consider. That's not something you're going to get from any appliance as those kinds of features tend to trigger nasty lawsuits from big content.

Skip the commercial flagging and you can almost run a DVR on a Raspberry PI (which is kind of what those appliance boxes are anyways).

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.

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