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Comment: Re:How does one determine the difference... (Score 1) 389

Sadly, the prosecution can frame evidence to make you appear guilty by a legal definition, which in reality does not prove guilt.

The so-called burden of proof bar has been lowered to an seemingly vague level of crap! Even technicalities can be found as guilt, resulting in a severe sentence that any moral and intelligent person would think is ridiculous. But because it was a law and it is technically considered to be breaking the law, the judge still comes down with his hammer following his orders like a slave following their master to obey.

Comment: VERY NICE! (Score 1) 66

by kualla (#47126141) Attached to: YouTube Releases the Google Video Quality Report

This is a really great tool!!!

You can look at your ISP and determine by using this tool which hours your ISP's network is running into a bottleneck(peak hours), and as well look at other ISP's to determine bandwidth/bottlenecks. Also, see if other ISP's may offer better deals if you like to have a good connection at peak hours. You can actually see how the ISP's are performing throughout the day, rather than being advertised as X-Mbit connection, only to find out those speeds are only reachable at 3A.M.

This tool is very damn cool, great for competition and could even be used to help determine if throttling is occurring.

Comment: Re:Coded language? (Score 3, Insightful) 475

by kualla (#47008717) Attached to: Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years
If my entire state has hundreds of ISP's, but the block I live on is restricted to just one ISP; that to me is still a monopoly! If any ISP has a significant portion of their business market limited to only their own networks(and no, dial-up DOES NOT count as an alternative ISP), that too would be a monopoly that needs badly to be broken up and/or regulated. It seems like a vast majority of people do not understand how much tax money these giant ISP's have gotten for upgrading their networks with little to pretty much nothing to show for it... This alone should bring outrage, ontop of how poorly performing the network speeds are in comparison to several other countries. As much as I do not like government running stuff, I think this is an area that is in need of it! But in reality, I have a feeling many lobbyists have paid great sums of money to allow this to happen as well as putting in measures to ensure this remains.

Comment: Too expensive and have done better without (Score 1) 415

by kualla (#45176635) Attached to: I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...
I would really like a yearly checkup, but the costs are too expensive without first having expensive insurance. In the mean-time, the internet medical sites are my doctor and medications are all-natural products. Which has had a great benefit; I have had bad allergies my entire life and a doctor would cost $2000 from what I hear to diagnose allergies, but I found a natural medicine that 100% works(stinging nettle). Besides that benefit, if I went to a doctor for medication, I could most likely expect being given a prescription for allergies that are a gamble to if they work with a high probability of negative side-effects. It leaves me wondering if doctors and health insurance companies are noticing this as a trend resulting in less customers(patients) and a required health insurance plan by law is a heaven-sent(Obama-sent) gift for doctors and health insurance companies check books.

Comment: Re:The answer is in the wording (Score 1) 452

by kualla (#44803073) Attached to: The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox
"Now, the only argument I can see for him claiming the 5th is if his testimony would reveal criminal actions on his part, which does not apply here because of protections to journalists." Good point! I would claim the 5th too just for the simple fact that the law can some how always get you and unless your a professor of law, you probably do not comprehend the entire legal system. Just looking at recent news of how whistle blowers are getting treated and how the ones getting away with the revealed wrong-doings should be enough for anyone to fear what is more and more appearing to be a very corrupt and dirty system. So claim the 5th, and declare that you BELIEVE it would reveal criminal actions on your part.

Comment: Re:Biased, but that is okay... (Score 1) 72

by kualla (#43479245) Attached to: Anonymous Raises Over $54,000 For Dedicated Your Anon News Website
"but the fact is that we have no high-profile news service that doesn't exhibit a strong pro-corporate bias right now" Not true... search: "Breaking The Set" No propaganda and false information compared to the corporate media. Free on Hulu and has many past issues to watch.

Comment: simple (Score 1) 400

by kualla (#43413493) Attached to: Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms
Speeders once puled over and receive their tickets then are aware they just incurred a large debt and do not want to incur another so then the speeding stops. Officers pull over speeders based on their own judgement to a certain degree based on driving conditions... Slippery roads with heavy traffic and fog going 5 over can be multiple times worse than say someone going 15mph over on a highways with zero traffic and excellent driving conditions. So the question is if these systems are designed to bring in profits or increase safety???

Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value 583

Posted by samzenpus
from the fake-money dept.
Velcroman1 writes "More than $1 billion worth of bitcoins now circulate on the web – an amount that exceeds the value of the entire currency stock of small countries like Liberia, Bhutan, and 18 other countries. Bitcoin is in high demand right now — each bitcoin currently sells for more than $90 U.S. — which bitcoin insiders say is because of world events that have shaken confidence in government-issued currencies. 'Because of what's going on in Cyprus and Europe, people are trying to pull their money out of banks there,' said Tony Gallippi, the CEO, which enables businesses to easily accept bitcoins as payment. 'So they buy gold, they put it under the mattress, or they buy bitcoin,' Gallippi said."

Comment: Some judges actual have common sense (Score 1) 143

by kualla (#43296697) Attached to: Supreme Court of Canada Rules That Text Messages Are Private
"The CBC reports: '[Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman] Abella said the only practical difference between text messaging and traditional voice communications is the transmission process." I wish judges in USA all were this intelligent... So many laws have been passed to benefit big business that I think judges get confused and forget about the basic fundamental laws.

Comment: Very realistic way and provides incentive to pay.. (Score 1) 687

by kualla (#43232939) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?
I saw a site develop basic functioning software and then selling it with details of future updates when $X amount was reached. The main product was useful to get people to purchase just for the initial software, but the updates were very tempting to be had. This way the company can also contract work when funds become available and then need less initial investment as well. Genius idea if you ask me! Plus have updates require downloads which would then have a new encryption to be paired with. The verified and working serials can also limit duplicate redownloads, so if a pirated copy gets out, it gets blacklisted quick and stops updates from being performed. To take it even one step further, you could put an encrypted piece of code that fails after a certain flag or starts to degrade in quality. But in all reality, it is truly a cat and mouse game. As long as someone tries hard enough, they will reverse engineer the software. A second option I thought of after writing the above... Instead of selling software that users can download onto their computer, put it in the cloud. You could have the application be hosted on your own servers(software developer), and have a VNC style interface where you can only use the functionality of the program thru a web interface but not have access to the actual files for the applications. For dealing with large files, this could currently be a major pain, especially dealing with HD video. Another downside could be that you would need to host servers and if your application is processor intensive, you would need the horse power to run these which might add substantial costs. Another major downside of copy protection; if you have great software with good copy protection that is costing the consumers a good chunk of change, someone else can just see your work and copy. They then release it at a cheaper price without ever needing to design, only write the code. So balancing your software's price to deter this from happening should be considered. Probably part of the reason prices on new released software is expensive then usually falls shortly afterwards.

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