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Comment Re:Guilty until proven innocent? (Score 1) 190

Because music industry thugs can make life hell for Google if they don't cooperate. Right now, Google makes a ton of money from content hosted by the music industry. If they didn't take the music industry's side by default every time, then the music industry could take off all of their content which would cause a huge loss of revenue for Google. In addition to that, the music industry may be able to hold Google liable for every video that infringed on their content to the tune of $150,000 per view of each infringing video. That would add up extremely quickly so Google doesn't have much of a choice but to give in to the industry's demands.

Comment Re:License agreements need an automatic terminatio (Score 1) 190

if licensee claims ownership of the work in any form

Your clause wouldn't work since it was Epic's parent company that made the ownership claim. You would need to put something nice and broad in there about parent companies, partners, or affiliates. I'm sure a lawyer would know exactly how to close that loophole.

Comment Re:I find it amusing (Score 2) 152

The problem is that systemd's functionality spans way beyond an init system or even a daemon management system. Sooner or later, Linux apps are going to be built on top of systemd functionality. Therefore you will be stuck switching over to systemd if you want to use those apps or hope that someone maintains init compatibility within those apps. And then projects based off of that software will start to depend on the systemd functionality, creating multiple layers of mess.

It all boils down to the fact that you can't stop devs from using systemd features despite the fact that they're poorly designed and maintaining forks that are compatible with non-systemd init systems will only work for so long before the task is too overwhelming. That's why there was such a battle against it being adopted by distros but that battle has been lost and resistance is now futile.

Comment Re:I find it amusing (Score 2, Informative) 152

Why is this argument not used against X11?

Because Wayland is being written with a clean, modular design that doesn't attempt to tightly couple a bunch of unrelated nonsense into it to create a complicated mess. Because Wayland is being written primarily by former X developers who have pushed X to its limits but have no choice but to start from the ground up to get modern features such as tear-free drawing. Because Wayland is capable of running X applications thanks to a compatibility layer. I'm sure there are plenty of other reasons that escape me, but these are just a few off of the top of my head.

Comment Re:For HVAC, makes sense, but may lose on aestheti (Score 1) 89

Allowing less heat in would be good for the summer but bad for the winter. For that, I think the windows lined with e-ink would help. The windows can be set to darken during the day in the summer and clear during the day for the winter. In the winter, when you want privacy, there's a capability to scatter the light coming through to blur the view without blocking a significant amount of the light from getting in. These windows would look nice and they could eliminate the need for blinds or curtains. Set the windows to automatically open up when someone is home and the outside temperature is within a comfortable range (and it's not raining or too windy) and you'd have a significantly more efficient home.

Comment Re:they don't ban installation of open source (Score 1) 242

It would be absolutely fantastic if people would be rational about tech news.

With the amount of fearmongering that goes on in the media, it would be great if people would be rational about ALL news. With that said, I can't help but think that in some cases the reason that the proposed regulation isn't as bad as people fear is because the fearful raise some reasonable objections and the government scales back the scope of the new regulations. Therefore, a little paranoia (and more importantly, voicing your concern to the government) can be good at limiting the scope of proposed regulations.

Comment This Really Needs to Stop (Score 2) 224

This is absolutely outrageous and the fact that it happens so often is even more maddening. This is way worse than piracy. When a pirate makes an infringing copy of a video, they still leave the original copies behind so that other people can consume them legally. However, in cases like this, companies are having works removed from distribution channels when those companies know that they have absolutely no claim of ownership over that material. Could you imagine the damages the studios would claim if one of their movies was pulled from theaters during the opening weekend because someone made a bogus claim that the movie infringed on their content? There needs to be severe fines for this behavior. Given that this behavior prevents rightsholders from distributing their material over claims that are made in completely bad faith, the penalties should be hundreds of times worse than the penalties for a single case of copyright infringement. And the penalties should scale considerably for repeat offenders on top of that.

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