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Comment: Re:His choices... (Score 1) 194

by mog007 (#47362801) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

There was a big industry behind copyright when the constitution was being drafted. It wasn't authors, or artists. It was map makers.

Map makers spent a lot of money ensuring that their maps were accurate, and they wanted to ensure that people wouldn't be able to seize their maps and build on them before they made back their initial investments.

Comment: Re:Well now you've gone and upset my digestion. (Score 1) 458

by mog007 (#45938963) Attached to: Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

Then you have the new breeds

(of Republicans)

, you have the rand pauls and ted cruzs, the small government anti establishment types.

The entire Republican party was like that before Reagan became president. Reagan turned them into a bunch of religious lunatics hell bent on overspending to keep the military budget inflated.

Comment: Re:Is this important? (Score 1) 396

by mog007 (#45130939) Attached to: DOJ: Defendant Has No Standing To Oppose Use of Phone Records

he 4th Amendment doesn't cover foreigners engaging in war against the US or our allies, and the NSA is supposed to be looking for things like this.

Case law on this is very clear. When you have an expectation of privacy, a warrant is required. If you were on the phone in a public place, it's legal to record your half of the conversation, because you're speaking loudly in a public place. If you're at home, a warrant is required to record the phone call, because you have an expectation of privacy in your home.

Comment: Re:Being a Saudi (Score 1) 537

How can you be an extreme atheist?

A hard atheist who actively dis-believes in any deities?

I'm an atheist, but I don't actively dis-believe in any deities. I could understand it would be foolish to be certain about something like that, but I don't think people who would fit that description would be as dangerous as the Saudi "legal" system.

Comment: Re:gamefly wins to lose (Score 3, Insightful) 147

by mog007 (#44766683) Attached to: GameFly Scores In Longstanding DVD Mailing Complaint

Breakage is not a big deal for Netflix because brand new movies are not that expensive to replace. Even if they have to pay retail prices, you're looking at 15-20 bucks. Brand new video games are easily more than quadruple that at 50-60.

Gamefly wouldn't be able to handle those losses.

Comment: Re:Hey... (Score 3, Informative) 248

by mog007 (#44379501) Attached to: Court Upholds Ruling On Dish Network's 'Hopper'

The hopper doesn't analyze meta data or closed captions or anything like that.

The reason the commercial skip feature doesn't work right after broadcast, is because a human being actually watches the program at Dish HQ, marks the start and end time stamps of each commercial break, and the device then skips those times when you tell it to.

It's not an elegant solution, but it's immune to anything the broadcasters can try to do to muck up an automated solution.

Comment: A personal anecdote (Score 1) 835

This post is going to get buried, but it seems applicable to put here.

I was "escorted" off of a bus by a SWAT team, at least three of them pointing automatic weapons at my head while the six or so people on the bus were removed.

Fortunately for me, the SWAT team that was doing the "evacuating" had enough trigger discipline to not end up shooting me in the face.

Don't steal; thou'lt never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat. -- Ambrose Bierce