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Comment I'll wager it doesn't actually matter (Score 3, Interesting) 190

Here's the thing. This is like a microeconomics modeled market. If the click rate is inflated by 25%, I'll wager the payouts compensate by being deflated by 25%. Advertisers are willing to pay for clicks, and will probably adjust their prices accordingly.

One of the few times I feel comfortable saying online that the free market will handily solve this problem, without worrying that I'll end up sounding like a lolberterian.

Comment Re:Any evidence? (Score 2) 287

You have to be aware of the actions that the NSA has taken previously, the statements they make, and how their words don't match up with reality.

So, I'm quite sure that if they say that they're not allowed to request info from an ally, they are telling a very sanitized version of the truth. They in fact don't request such info from an ally.

What they don't say is that if an ally just happens to give them that info, they can't have it ... so that's almost certainly what they're doing.

They're not asking for anything ... but they still end up getting it.

Comment Good (Score 1, Insightful) 1010

I'm getting pretty tired of seeing extension cords snaking through parking lots and parking garages.

I don't think the issue here is just five cents; some places can't handle the capacity this puts on their systems or wiring, or perhaps they don't want the liability of you screwing up your car thanks to faulty wiring, and suing you for it. And hell, what if some bright person uses a cord that's too light of a gauge for the current, and ends up starting a fire or hurting someone?

Charging should be done where appropriate, not wherever anyone wants.

Comment Re:Stupid question (Score 4, Informative) 306

Ability to tune for performance on know hardware; better permissions structures; ability to get support from the company; data security, replication, backup; clustering; not wanting to reinvent the wheel using man-hours when you can more easily pay for a known working solution that is well documented ...

etc. There are a lot of reasons.

Comment Re:Jesus, stop being pathetic! (Score 1) 518

This argument has been bandied about for almost a decade, now. Simply, the market base for Linux users is simply too small (and the subset of that contingency that uses Wine for gaming is even smaller yet) for any conglomerate consideration of that markets buying power to matter worth a damn to any of the large studios.

Small indie houses, maybe. But nobody is going to go out of business not selling to the Wine userbase.

The reality of the situation sucks, but given past trends, it's safe to conclude at this point that it will never change.

Comment Re:warranty in case of bankruptcy? (Score 1) 302

Laziness and complacency. Innovation is hard. It's long been show in the technological marketplace that copying someone else's ideas (and thus letting someone else spend their money on R&D), then selling a knock-off, is a financially viable business model.

RIM just hasn't made a good copycat, yet. If they're able to ride out the storm for long enough, they'll figure out the right balance of rip-off and shininess to produce a viable product again.

Comment Re:Distance (Score 2) 89

I don't think so. They've been under attack for a long time, and have always had an irreverent attitude to the Powers That Be. They've always seemed indifferent to how they are viewed by ISP's and governments.

I don't believe there's anything ulterior to this, they probably just don't like DDoS's. No reason not to take them at face value on this.

Comment Re:Incidentally... (Score 1) 488

So, are you advocating that we do nothing? We tried that, and it doesn't work.

Perhaps the point here is that it is recognized that this action will not cure the problem, but might help reduce it. Frequently, these type of complex issues can't be fixed by just one thing. But we can't do nothing. We have to at least try.


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itwbennett writes: "A new site called SopaTrack, created by ex-Googler Randy Meech, 'shines the light on whose votes are for sale, and for how much'. Blogger Dan Tynan spent some time poking around SopaTrack and found 'four US Congressfolk have perfect 100 percent records, which means they favor the bills that put more greenbacks in their campaign coffers every single time.'"

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