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Comment: Re:Can someone explain (Score 2) 418

"customers should never lose access to their Amazon Instant Video purchases."

This was actually one of Amazon's big selling points a couple of years ago - if you purchase a digital video through Amazon, you are not suppose to loose access to it.

Naturally, you are supposed to keep tight access to it. Only you can prevent media piracy...

Comment: Re:Reverse Santa? (Score 1) 418

An always-connected player would defeat the whole purpose of physical media

You're quite right, but the OP's assumption isn't that far-fetched. Didn't the original DivX players (the old rental units) refuse to play their disks until they phoned home? Yes, I know it's a bit apples-and-oranges, but you know the media corps would do that again in a heartbeat if they thought they could get away with it.

Comment: Re:Reverse Santa? (Score 5, Insightful) 418

Furthermore if you bothered to read the Militia Act of 1792, signed into law by George Washington, you'd know that the militia was to consist of everybody who could vote under the age of 45. Gun ownership was mandatory for this group, not owning a gun was, in fact, a crime.

Except for the women, of course. Oh, and the blacks, I imagine. And any other "non-people". I mean, while we're being slavishly faithful to the founder's intents and everything...

Comment: CyberCash (Score 4, Informative) 131

by nsuccorso (#37434612) Attached to: The Saga of the Virtual Wallet

Fourteen years ago, Microsoft wholesale copied an existing competitor's product to announce Microsoft Wallet. That competitor was CyberCash, which was the first to provide a secure payment system on the Internet. I remember watching a Microsoft promotional video where actually showed pages from CyberCash's web site and presented them as their own, being careful to scroll down enough before the cameras rolled to cut off the CyberCash banners. I learned an important lesson about Microsoft that day.

Comment: Re:Speaking as a chemist (Score 1) 229

by nsuccorso (#29424775) Attached to: Most Detailed Photos of an Atom Yet

What a shame. I remember taking college level Chemistry in my U.S. government-run school. (Well, actually, my school was run by state government like most public schools. You must have gone to school on a military base or something.) And getting credit for it when I went to University. On the other hand, I didn't get drivers ed until I graduated, and I had to pay for it at a private driving school.

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