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Comment: Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (Score 1) 124

by msauve (#47534599) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?
Good luck with that. Copyright law is pretty clear:

(Section) 106 . Exclusive rights in copyrighted works

Subject to sections 107 through 122, the owner of copyright under this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following:

(1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies...

(Section) 501. Infringement of copyright

(a) Anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner as provided by sections 106 through 122... is an infringer of the copyright...

USC, Title 17

If you're downloading and saving a work, you are "reproducing" a copy. And before you quibble about semantics, that's exactly what "reproduction" refers to - playing a work is called "performance." Of course, in your attempt to rationalize your illegal activity, you've conveniently ignored that word.

Comment: Re:.7% (Score 1) 168

by msauve (#47533585) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
You're the one who's confused. I was responding to the GP, who claimed "Given the opportunity cost of the money an investor spent on buying Amazon stock, it's pretty much effectively a loss."

Amazon increased their net assets by about $3/share FY12-FY13 (on revenue per share of ~$170, so less than 2%), so re-investment doesn't explain their lack of significant bottom-line profits. They're just working on low margins.

Comment: Re:I also measure distance (Score 1) 190

The headline here was way off - this was over 1 TBq being release to the atmosphere recently over a single 4 hour period. It resulted in radioactive contamination of crops 20 km away. The total amount of radioactive material released from the site is obviously much, much greater.

Comment: Re:So am I. Specifically, violated how? (Score 1) 871

It's amazing how many people actually believe that the Constitution gives us rights. It only lists some of them. Likewise, many people think the gov't can do whatever they want unless specifically prohibited, they don't understand how the gov't derives only limited, enumerated, powers from the people through the Constitution.

Don't get me started about how the federal gov't itself thinks that everything under the sun is somehow "interstate commerce," begging to be regulated.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.