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Comment: Re:Idiots ... (Score 1) 66

by stephanruby (#47918445) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Unlike yourself, Quickflix has obtained all necessary Australian rights to the content on its platform, faithfully meets all necessary security requirements, including geo-filtering imposed by the content rights holders, and...

Netflix has geo-filtering in place, hence the need for private VPNs. In fact, if the reverse was true and non-Australians watched Quickflix movies through VPNs, I very much doubt that Quickflix could do anything about it.

My guess is that Quickflix is just posturing to get better terms on content licensing. 200,000 is an awful big guess estimate. VPNs are not free (the free ones just aren't reliable). I doubt very much that 200,000 people would put down money for a VPN subscription, on top of a Netflix subscription, on top of broadband service. If people are getting VPN subscriptions, it's probably for porn, business, and/or free video streaming services like or

Comment: companies pay workers to develop software (Score 4, Insightful) 37

by Mr. Slippery (#47916661) Attached to: Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

"It's not enough getting a free ride off of developers building great software, we want to shove our roadmap down their throats and get them to work harder for us â" without having to pay for it, of course."

Looks more like "We want to figure out how best to coordinate and share that portion of the work that the people whom we pay to develop software for us, do on free software." (Though they're not using that dangerous word "free", of course.)

"Free" or "open source" doesn't mean no one is getting paid to develop it.

Comment: Re:Request fastlane for games (Score 1) 187

by stephanruby (#47916619) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Why would you request a fastlane for Netflix?

For cell-based broadband at least, it's usually the difference between a fast-lane and a zero-speed lane.

On T-Mobile for instance, once you exceed your initial quota, your device is supposed to slow down to 3G speed, but it actually doesn't do that. It keeps its 4G speed for Facebook (because Facebook pays for the privilege), and it slows down the rest of the traffic to zero for everything else (even for low speed things like email).

Comment: Rules for fat cats versus rules for smallbies (Score 2) 135

by Tablizer (#47913801) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

I believe it's reasonable that if a company is too large relative to the market, then restrictions on dealership ownership & control make sense to prevent collusion and killing seller competition.

However, for a smaller car company, such rules work against it, protecting the big boys from competition, which was allegedly the reason for the dealer restrictions to begin with.

Thus, cross-sector collusion rules should be tuned to mostly apply to companies with a large market share of car manufacturing. Maybe a way can be made to make the restrictions incrementally higher per market share percentage rather than have blunt cut-off points, which is one of the criticisms of ObamaCare in relation to employee count and work-hours.

Comment: Re:Not much different than the fire starting laser (Score 1) 166

The laws of war generally oppose weapons intentionally intended to maim rather than kill. Mostly dates to popular revulsion around the WW1 era over weapons designed to inflict nonlethal but gruesome casualties to hobble the other side by flooding their hospitals and supply chains. As a result, countries agreed to a ban on various chemical weapons, expanding bullets, weapons designed to blind people, etc.

Comment: Smithsonian should commission a new model (Score 1) 96

by swb (#47907215) Attached to: Original 11' <em>Star Trek Enterprise</em> Model Being Restored Again

It seems kind of contradictory to hang the TV production model in the A&S museum, where people will complain about how simplistic the model is without understanding the nature of a TV model (ie, not meant to be seen other than in controlled TV shots on 1960s standard def television).

The TV model should be restored as closely as possible to its TV version and then put in the Smithsonian wing that houses various forms of Americana so that it can be a proper historical relic.

Then they should build a new model of the Enterprise with all the detail people have come to expect for A&S.

Comment: Re:And KDevelope is what exactly? (Score 1) 45

by MikeBabcock (#47905961) Attached to: KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

Its an IDE that has been around for quite a while. Googling 'what is kdevelop' I got:

KDevelop is a free software integrated development environment (IDE) for the KDE Platform on Unix-like computer operating systems. KDevelop includes no compiler; instead, it uses an external compiler such as GCC to produce executable code.

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