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Comment Re:Fixing orphan works (Score 2) 128

Without an escalating fee works owned by corporations will never, ever come out of copyright. The RIAA and MPAA will renew their copyrights for a 1,000 years under a $10 renewal fee.

At some point these works need to become part of history and culture. For example every photograph from WWII will be under copyright until after most people that are alive today are dead. I think that is just wrong. WWII is a major part of history and should be available freely to everyone.

Comment Re:Fixing orphan works (Score 1) 128

A fee like this is fine for corporations too....

You need to renew the copyright every ten years with a one year grace period.
Renewal is via an on-line registration system.
On-line system makes it easy to check if the work has been renewed or not.
First renewal is free.
Second renewal is $1,000
Fee for each subsequent renewal doubles.
You can renew as long as you keep paying the fee.

Comment Fixing orphan works (Score 4, Interesting) 128

There is a very simple way to fix the orphan works problem and also let Disney have Mickey forever. The root of the problem is giving free, automatic copyright for 150 years or so to every work.

Instead require that copyrights be renewed every ten years with a one year grace period. First renewal is free but you have to fill out a form on-line. Second renewal is $1,000. Fee for each subsequent renewal doubles. This will quickly place all of the non-economically via works into the public domain. It also lets you keep a copyright forever as long as you keep paying the renewal fees.

Comment Re:or else what, exactly? (Score 5, Insightful) 242

No, they want the routers to ship with CPU Trusted mode turned on. Without access to the private key you won't be able to load WRT.

This a security nightmare since you will now be dependent on router manufacturers for issuing security updates and remotely loading them into your router. We all know how well that has gone in the past.

I also believe that to date the FCC has received zero actually complaints about someone illegally modify current routers. So in attempting to address this imagined problem the FCC is going to enlarge a gigantic real problem (ie unpatched routers).

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 4, Interesting) 173

It isn't a normal laser, it is a gravity laser. The gravity laser compresses all of the matter in the way to the point where fusion occurs between all elements. This lets you poke a whole through the planet since the beam can get past the matter it has already compressed. While the beam is still on it will be pulling more and more of the planet into it. When you get enough captured in the beam, turn it off and left the compressed matter explodes via nuclear fusion.

Comment Re:Family reunification vs STEM (Score 1) 142

The rules for this were more lax when they came about twenty years ago. I believe the work requirement was five years back them. They did get minimal type jobs helping out in businesses connected to the family (which I am fairly sure was done specifically to qualify for Social Security).. Their children more or less supported them during this period. Currently all four are receiving Social Security and Medicare and will probably do so for another decade. Pretty certain benefits being paid will be 10-20x what they put into the system.

The 10 years, 40 quarters rule applies to everyone, it is not specific to green cards.

Comment Family reunification vs STEM (Score 4, Insightful) 142

Prioritizing family reunification visas is worse. I know of two people that have used family reunification visas to bring in their parents. All four of which went onto Social Security and Medicare shortly after arriving. The US would have been much better off if those four slots had been given to STEM workers.

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