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Comment: Re:Bullet, meet foot (Score 1) 571

by ppanon (#46759457) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

It's Microsoft trying to get a 30% cut of every software purchase for the Windows 8.1 platform. Now I'll grant you that Apple and Google do the same thing on their mobile platforms, but they didn't have established sales ecosystems to trample on. It's questionable what service they provide to users and developers for that 30% cut.

Anyways Microsoft tax now has a new meaning (although you're free to also talk about Apple tax and Google tax too). The interesting thing is that there are competing App Stores such as Amazon and Samsung for the Android platform but they all take the same cut - 30%. That vaguely smells like oligopolistic collusion to me.

Comment: Re:Poor poor bigot (Score 1) 1110

by ppanon (#46744711) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
Now there can be problems with the standing requirements for legal challenge, and that's when you get into issues of national secrecy Catch-22s, such as with the Patriot Act, where the people who are being harmed aren't allowed to demand access to any evidence that would show that they are being harmed. But that's quite different from allowing everybody with an axe to grind free rein to butt into the business of other people who they otherwise would have no dealings with.

Comment: Re:Poor poor bigot (Score 1) 1110

by ppanon (#46744691) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Now suppose everyone but a trucking company supports this law but it makes them late for their deliveries so they pay a governor a lot of campaign contributions and then take the law to court claiming it unconstitutionally impedes their right to travel and participate in commerce.

That's the thing you see, they would have to buy off the governor and the judge. They could try judge shopping by carefuly choosing the jurisdiction in which the case is tried. In the end whether a law is popular shouldn't matter, but whether it follows established constitutional precedent does.

But even if the scenario played out as you said, the difference is that anybody who had had a child injured due to an incident where a car didn't stop for school bus would have had standing to appeal the ruling striking down the school bus law. If nobody can prove standing by showing that they were actually harmed (as opposed to not being allowed to promote their bigotry) then yes the state by default gets the chance to look at the ruling on prop 8 and say: the judge is right and the prop is garbage so no point throwing good money after bad.

Prop 8 was bought and paid for by religious fundamentalists who were upset that other people that they don't like might have the chance to be happy. There was plenty of precedent that indicated that piece of toilet paper shouldn't get the time of day at any jurisdictional level.

Comment: Re:Poor poor bigot (Score 1) 1110

by ppanon (#46718959) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Ok, one more time for the slow among us. The Sjpreme[sic] court's take on it is not impkrtant[sic].

Of course the Supreme Court's take is important. The Constitution of the USA is the supreme law of the land and the Supreme Court provides a verification check that all laws are consistent with and do not violate the Constitution.

While the people may be capable of using referendums to pass laws that violate the constitution, if the state believes that that law violates the constitution then why should the state be forced to waste court and legal resources defending a law that they know is going to be eventually stuck down? Since when are conservatives in favour of useless waste of government resources? Oh I guess it's OK when those wasted resources are spent defending their pet bigotries.

Comment: Re:The solution to polygamy is gay marriage! Lots! (Score 1) 1110

by ppanon (#46701665) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
In theory reverse traditional polygamy would be a solution. In practice, there are biological/evolutionary and social reasons why fewer people seek such an arrangement, making it an unsuccessful approach to correct gender imbalances arising from traditional polygamy.

Comment: Re:Poor poor bigot (Score 1) 1110

by ppanon (#46701633) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
That's because standing is paramount in pursuing cases. The state and the individuals being married are the main parties affected in a marriage contract. The Supreme Court properly identified that everyone else who wanted to intervene to prevent gay marriage were self-important busybodies who would not actually be personally affected in any significant way (compared to the requested imposition on equality rights of the prospective spouses) if Joe marries John Doe or June marries Julia, and who should therefore butt out.

Comment: Re:But we WANT people to buy into that lane. No? (Score 1) 544

by ppanon (#46656869) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S
All laws are about behaviour modification, whether it be deterring/reducing murder, theft, or jaywalking. You just happen to think your preferred behaviour should be exempt from legal limitations. Not a big surprise considering your post seems to peg you into the "Libertarian - the free market solves everything" bucket.

Comment: Re:tldr (Score 1) 490

by ppanon (#46587211) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
Probably has to do with residuals paid to actors. Don't forget that kerfuffle a few years back where writers wanted to be paid more for digital distribution because the previous agreement was just for physical media. You can bet that there are similar issues with actors and directors. So the studios/distributors make more profit on digital distribution (because they don't need to pay as much on residuals) and provide deals to Netflix et al. to encourage digital distribution over DVD rentals

Comment: Re:You Will Be Surprised (Score 2) 870

by ppanon (#46580197) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

The problem is, with all the naysayers and luddites, their combined negative outlook slows everything down instead of speeding it up by poisoning popular sentiment which is why it takes an Elon Musk to make electric cars and space companies. It's not that Ford could not have done it, it's that Ford and similar companies are staffed by people terrified to make a decision and try anything new unless it's 100% obvious that the time for a thing has come, which is usually when a competitor starts doing it.

No, in the case of electric cars it's that Ford and the other makers of ICE cars realize that they stand to make a bigger profit with ICE-based cars than with electric cars because maintenance cost of the ICEs is higher and they get a big cut of that pie. Because the barriers to entry in the vehicle production market are so high, it's better for the established players to continue business as usual until either legislation or new successful competitors force them to change.

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