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Comment Re:The US wants Instant Gratification (Score 1) 439

You can still custom order a car from any dealer. If you know exactly what you want, are willing to wait, and willing to pay for it then they will be more than happy to set it up for you. Several of my relatives still order trucks in exactly that manner.

Personally I'm more than happy to just search dealer inventories online.

Comment Re:Did they learn anything?? (Score 1) 278

Elementary schools teach neither hunting nor Spanish

When I was in elementary school, that was true. By the time I graduated high school, Spanish was being taught in 5th grade. The school I formerly went to was one of the first in the state to start an elementary foreign language program. I suppose it could just be a quirk of the area that I live in, but I was under the impression that now, many years later, it had become pretty widespread.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 1) 67

What is right wing about filing a lawsuit to unmask a doe, suing that person, then settling for a much smaller amount. It seems this is used by many different trolls, and likely doesn't have any political ideology behind it. It is sleazy though. Filing a lawsuit with the intention of settling just to get a payout is wrong. It is short circuiting the justice system for personal profit.

Yeah that's neither right nor left, it's the universal language of greedy bloodsuckers.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 3, Interesting) 67

What is right wing about that process? The Democrats support the movie industry, not the Republicans.

The fact that Democrats support something doesn't negate the possibility of something being right wing. The Democrats are not ideologically pure, or ideologically homogenous, and very few of them can be considered "left".

To me, pretending that copyright is only about property rights, and ignoring the fact that copyright was also supposed to be about free speech and about making material available for free to the public after a limited time, is definitely "right wing".

Comment Re:DMCA needs to die (Score 1) 67

This has nothing to do with the DMCA, this is a straight out copyright infringement lawsuit being filed. The real problem is that the methods the copyright holders (or the copyright enforcement goons acting on their behalf) are using to identify torrent users aren't good enough and its good to see at least one judge willing to call these enforcers out on it.

Exactly. Would have been nice for judges to start doing this 11 years ago, but glad they've come around.

Comment Re:Benefits of LTE-U? (Score 2) 173

The companies that will use this already have frequencies dedicated exclusively to them. In fact they have a huge amount for their exclusive use. I as a consumer have a limited number of frequencies available for my purposes. I have to share them with every other person around me.

There is absolutely no need for cellular operators to start intruding on unlicensed spectrum. If this truly is about "fair sharing of a shared asset," then when can I expect an equivalent amount of spectrum to be opened in their bands for my uses? If I have to share with them it's only fair they share with me, right?

I realize that this is completely legal by current regulations. It's probably past time to review those regulations to keep commercial operators on the parts of the spectrum they already own. If you have dedicated frequencies allocated to you, then there is no reason to spread onto shared frequencies as well.

Submission + - All Malibu Media subpoenas in Eastern District NY put on hold

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: A federal Magistrate Judge in Central Islip, New York, has just placed all Malibu Media subpoenas in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island on hold indefinitely, due to "serious questions" raised by a motion to quash (PDF) filed in one of them. Judge Steven Locke's 4-page Order and Decision (PDF) cited the defendant's arguments that "(i) the common approach for identifying allegedly infringing BitTorrent users, and thus the Doe Defendant, is inconclusive; (ii) copyright actions, especially those involving the adult film industry, are susceptible to abusive litigation practices; and (iii) Malibu Media in particular has engaged in abusive litigation practices" as being among the reasons for his issuance of the stay.

e-credibility: the non-guaranteeable likelihood that the electronic data you're seeing is genuine rather than somebody's made-up crap. - Karl Lehenbauer