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Comment: Re:Changed the laws? No (Score 1) 131

by jedidiah (#48434323) Attached to: Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

> The existing laws defined them as a cable company. They were not very smart to think otherwise. The laws may need to go away, but that was always the correct interpretation.

The existing laws did no such thing. The existing laws did not even address them. Furthermore, they were going out of their way to conform to what legal precedents have been set.

The "legal theory" used by the Supreme Court in this case was a national embarrassment.

Sometimes, it doesn't matter so much if you do the "right thing" or the "wrong thing" but how you do it. This was done in such a wrong manner that the consequences of that could be far more harmful than the general "thumbs up" or "thumbs down".

"Walks like a duck" should embarrass anyone posting here.

Comment: Re:innovation thwarted (Score 4, Insightful) 131

by jedidiah (#48434203) Attached to: Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

> Innovation? They were a CATV system who didn't want to pay their statutory licensing fees.

No, not really. Not at all actually.

First they are nothing like a CATV system. That's just the lame ass "walks like a duck" nonsense from the Supremes. However, once declared a CATV system by a bunch of senile old luddites, they actually did try to pay their statutory licensing feeds.

Lesser judges wouldn't let them.

They were either a CATV system or not a CATV depending on the way the wind was blowing and the judge du jour and the will of the incumbent monopolies.

Comment: Probably not the same thing at all... (Score 4, Interesting) 97

by jedidiah (#48429993) Attached to: Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year

Chromecast and the Roku thumb sized machines are very specialized hardware that likely won't have the capabilities or flexibility of an Intel variant. They likely not to be in the same class at all.

If anything, they might be comparable to some generic Android stick and possibly not even that due to the limitations of Android.

This might be more like a Chromebox.

Comment: Re:off chance (Score 2) 262

by jedidiah (#48429793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

We like Unix because it works a HELL of a lot better than the alternatives. Linux gained a foothold because it was a cheap Unix that worked well. It was a re-implementation of a well understood and successful design.

Unix is the product of "real pros". It's managed by "real pros". These are people that are probably responsible for keeping you fed and keeping your lights on.

Destroying a successful design that's the workhorse of the industry is a dubious prospect at best.

Comment: Re:Easiest way... (Score 1) 262

by jedidiah (#48429719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

No. Apple is lame and restrictive.

If he uses a real BSD, he can install it on any hardware he likes.

If he uses "marketing-bullet-point-BSD", he can only install it on a small number of overpriced machines in strange novelty form factors.

HELL, he could try the real BSD of his choice in a VM right now without disturbing his Gentoo install and without spending any extra money.

If only trying "marketing-bullet-point-BSD" were so cheap and easy.

Comment: Re:Easiest way... (Score 4, Insightful) 262

by jedidiah (#48428773) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

The only problem with that is that Macs probably represent all of the anti-Unix nonsense he's trying to get away from by fleeing to one of the pure BSDs.

I also can't imagine a Gentoo user being satisfied with Mac hardware. Gentoo is kind of the polar opposite of the Apple mentality. The end user has limited control and is presented with limited questionable choices.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 55

by jedidiah (#48421997) Attached to: Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

They are bean counters pandering to other bean counters. Free TV is a model for cheapskates. It's interesting that it took as long as it did for it to slide into a race to the bottom with cut-rate reality style programming.

It's hard to say how many discriminating customers there are out there and if there are enough to support the better shows. You may think that "insert favorite show here" is the bee's knees but there might not be enough audience to support it.

Although the ala carte premium channels like HBO and Cinemax seem to do OK.

Comment: Re:What service, exactly, is Nielsen providing? (Score 1) 55

by jedidiah (#48421575) Attached to: Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

...except they can't advertise to any of those people. If anything, it's perhaps a good way of measuring how far people will go to escape from the old model.

This seems like something useful for production companies that might contemplate bypassing conventionl TV entirely.

Still don't see the value in going through Neilson though. At best they could rate entire services and possibly give extra exposure to lesser services (besides the ones mentioned here).

Comment: Re:Nothing to do with freedom of speech of 1st ame (Score 1, Interesting) 137

by jedidiah (#48410869) Attached to: Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

So this is actually a freedom of the press issue?

That at least seems to be more relevant, make more sense, and avoids expanding this whole "corporations are people" nonsense.

You can do the right thing and still do it for the wrong reason and manage to cause collateral damage. This is another fine case of that.

Comment: Re:Ah, more of this (Score 1) 137

by jedidiah (#48410809) Attached to: Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

They are your individual rights. They are not your collective rights when you choose to become part of some collective. You can still exercise your rights outside of the collective. Nothing is stopping that.

The corporation is a legal fiction with limited moral awareness and should be treated as such.

Comment: Re:I am sure there will be a challenge (Score 1) 137

by jedidiah (#48410743) Attached to: Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

> I always wondered what kind of imbecile thinks that people stop being people just because they form a group.

People stop being "people" when they lose all moral awareness and are absolved from all personal responsibility.

A group of people does not have the same attributes as it's individuals. This is especially true when the group is specifically formed to avoid moral and legal responsibility.

At best. That is a child or a house pet.

Comment: Re:reads like paid advertising for overpriced garb (Score 1) 226

by jedidiah (#48406201) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Sounds like Corinthian. They've been in the news lately for being a total scam preying on the weak and taking them for large sums of money. They made some pretty impressive claims too. They all turned out to be completely bogus.

What this outfit claims about itself is just more advertising propaganda. You can't trust it.

Comment: Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (Score 1) 226

by jedidiah (#48406105) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

> What college has become is a crutch for the public school system for being as shit as it is. And it is shit because it has to pass most people.

That's only because we have this absurd fixation on college prep. This is something also inherent in common core. Not everyone is suited for college. So not everyone should be pushed into the college prep program.

Most people would be better off with the vocational programs that used to be quite common but don't exist anymore.

So both types of "college" have become a crutch for mismanaged public schools.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson

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