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Comment: Re:I'm shocked! (Score 1) 219

originally, in the early 80s, 100 percent of all cross-exchange calls were listened to, without warrants. Basically, anything that went beyond a service area.

However, the tech at the time meant that most calls were not recorded, beyond the first few seconds, unless you used a trigger word or were on a list to be recorded.

This did mean no local exchange calls at the time.

Now the five data centers record a lot more than we admit.

And, yes, I said five.

Comment: Re:It's only fair (Score 1) 132

If those folks could just pick up a cheap Areo subscription

There won't be any such thing as a cheap Aereo subscription though.

Once Aereo starts paying broadcasters their requested fees their product will cost as much as any basic cable subscription, because the bulk of the cost of the service is the content, and Aereo needs to cover service costs and make a profit on top of that. Aereo's entire business plan (from a revenue standpoint) was based on using OTA provisions to cut out the content costs, making their only cost the service itself. The SCOTUS ruling has put an end to that.

Aereo can "win" in as much as they may be able to force the networks to negotiate with them, but that's it. And TFS got something very wrong here: the 1996 cable reforms mean that the rates are de facto set by the networks and not the government. The older statutory royalties provisions will not apply here; for various reasons this is not how business is done today, and every last cable company is now paying rates set by negotiations.

Consequently Aereo's backup plan of simply paying less than the cable companies for the same content will also fall flat on its face. They are going to pay full price, the same as anyone else, and they're going to need to find a way to structure their business around it to make it viable. Otherwise, to invoke XKCD, this is the copyright equivalent of thinking you can protect a laptop from the government with encryption. Aereo will simply get wrenched; this isn't a battle that can be won with legal tricks, as evidenced by the SCOTUS ruling.

Comment: Re:Why in America? (Score 1) 142

by WillAffleckUW (#47432663) Attached to: Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

It's illegal due to privacy rights that Canadians have (in their Constitution) to do this in Canada, according to their Supreme Court.

And, actually, Canucks have twice the guns per capita, so the drones would survive even less time.

They just don't shoot people with handguns or automatic weapons.

Comment: Re:ketchup n horseradish (Score 1) 8

by kesuki (#47429313) Attached to: F. Gimp

kosher roughly means blessed.
that is why there is a 'kosher' hot dog and 'kosher' pickles they are blessed by rabbi under judaic law. however jesus preached a few things about people who said they had to teach the laws to children when those laws were not written by god. at least thats my take on these matters...

Comment: Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (Score 1) 205

by kesuki (#47428379) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...
where we're going we need roadways! solar freakin roadways! and before you say 'can't be done' the people doing it are doing it in the snowbelt. if you haven't seen the video watch it! i know they funded already but i was skeptical until they said they had used it in the snowbelt.

For every bloke who makes his mark, there's half a dozen waiting to rub it out. -- Andy Capp